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>Subject: Blood Feud
>Dear Wolf Eyes,
>Thank you so much for your offer of assitance and the delivery of
>same.   Following is a few documents for you, you may do as you wish
>with them.
>There are a couple of things that have aged or changed in this doc, the
>Supreme Court has already decided the issue for one.   It is fine, it
>gets the point accross.  Is there a way to edit the documents from my
>The other is I have been ordered to deliver my body for incarceration
>September 12, 1997, my wife's birthday.  Still fighting though and we
>are Praying for a benefactor to help support our battle.
>Our prayer has come through you!  Thank you once again.
>Sincere Regards,
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>B L O O D  F E U D
>y Paul William Roberts
>        Gaston Naessens claims to have discovered a new way of looking
>at blood
>that could revolutionize the treatment of cancer.  Why does the Medical
>establishment consider him so dangerous?
>        In 1989, a French-born biologist named Gaston Naessens was
>arrested in
>Quebec and charged with four counts of illegal practice of medicine and
>one count of contributing to the death of a patient.
>        The patient, a woman with metastasized breast cancer in the
>stages, had refused all conventional treatments and insisted instead on
>taking a camphor-based medicinal that Naessens had developed.
>        The medicinal, which he called 714X, was designed not to destroy
>cells in the way of conventional treatments but to bolster the immune
>system and help the body heal itself.
>        Naessens, who had a tiny private lab on the banks of the Magog
>River in
>the Eastern Townships, had instructed a close friend of the woman's in
>how to inject the substance into the lymphatic node in the groin.  She
>received injections for seven months before she died in July, 1984.
>        The prosecution wished to prove that Naessens' patient might
>have stood
>a chance if she had pursued conventional treatment.  The corollary was
>proving that Naessens knew his alternative treatment to be
>worthless--that he was a charlatan hoping to profit from the desperation
>of someone in the throes of terminal illness.
>        The prosecution was not fooling around--the charge of
>contributing to
>the woman's death carried a potential life sentence.
>        The trial, which made the front pages of Quebec newspapers for
>weeks in November, 1989, opened with a parade of doctors and scientists
>testifying to the scientific untenability of 714X and the spurious
>nature of Naessens' theories of cancer and its treatment.
>        In the media, a sketchy, negative image of the man began to
>emerge; he
>claimed to have invented a microscope that could reveal the mysteries of
>living blood.  He claimed to have discovered, through his studies of
>blood, something he called a somatid, which he said was a precursor of
>DNA and the absolute ground zero of life.
>        He claimed to have identified a sixteen-stage cycle through
>which the
>somatid passed, and claimed that he could link the various phases of
>that cycle with the health (or ill health) of a patient.
>        He'd drawn the ire of medical authorities in his homeland; he'd
>forced out of France twenty-five years earlier.  He'd set up in the
>quiet backwater of Quebec, his critics said, hoping to evade medical
>        By the time the defense was ready to present its case to the
>jury, the
>mood was grim in the Naessens camp.  But it soon changed.  Witness after
>witness took the stand to describe the horrors of their battles with
>cancer and the apparent cures they'd finally achieved after using
>Naessens' treatment.
>        Gerald Godin, politician, journalist, poet testified on the
>behalf, outline his struggle with a brain tumor that he believed 714X
>had helped to check.  The French ambassador to the Seychelles told a
>similar story.
>        In the courtroom the gratitude to Naessens was so apparent and
>running so high that the prosecutor not to cross-examine defense
>witnesses on "Human grounds."
>        Moreover, the testimonials to Naessens integrity were
>He'd never promised a cure, never told one of them to discontinue
>conventional treatment, and never asked for payment.
>        When Gilles Vigneault, chansonnier and bard, a Quebecois folk
>arrived from Paris to show his support for Naessens, the effect was
>electrifying.  To the press during a court lunch break, Vigneault
>described what was happening to Naessens as a "witch hunt" and went on
>to sing the praises of alternative medicine.
>        He concluded:  "One must seek, on humanity's behalf, medical
>unblocked by pharmaceutical lobbyism that, together with that of arms
>mongers, is one of the world's most powerful."
>        The jury was not long in coming to a verdict:  Acquittal on all
>counts.  The Journal de Montreal went to town, its front page headlined
>        A sidebar, however, bore the headline "It's Twenty-Five Years
>Now That
>This Farce Has Continued," quoting Dr. Augustin Roy, the head of the
>Quebec Medical Corporation, the professional self-regulating and
>licensing body that had pushed for charges to be laid against Naessens.
>        The Trial, Roy said, was "wholly incomplete"; the prosecutor
>have "savagely cross-examined every one of the patients who had
>testified on Naessens' behalf....
>        "All the patients who testified simply don't know the difference
>between feeling healthy and being healthy...  All of them should stand
>at attention or, more properly, get down on their knees to thank
>orthodox medicine for having kept them alive."
>        Roy apparently had not noticed that the majority of Naessens'
>were refugees from conventional medicine, which had either written them
>off or offered a treatment that frequently seemed worse than the
>        And Roy was not about to relent.  Within weeks of the not-guilty
>verdict, eighty-two more counts of practicing medicine without a license
>were brought against Naessens, each carrying the threat of a $5,000
>        As was clear from this rhetoric, Augustin Roy wasn't fighting
>any more
>to protect innocent patients from an unscrupulous quack.  He was
>fighting to protect his profession from an alternative vision of
>healing, an alternative model of disease processes, and a press that
>kept on insisting that this heretic, Gaston Naessens, was the Galileo of
>modern medicine and the microscope.
>        Naessens himself prefers a comparison with Antoine Bechamp.  Not
>well known as Galileo and not so persecuted for his "heresies," Bechamp,
>a professor of biochemistry and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the
>University of Lilles, France, in the last decades of the nineteenth
>century, had been Louis Pasteur's major adversary.
>        The controversy between Pasteur and Bechamp--now a forgotten
>episode in
>medical history--had been the scientific equivalent of front-page news
>and concerned the very nature of disease itself.
>        Bechamp believed that the cause of disease lay within the entire
>of the body; Pasteur insisted that disease came from without, which
>fitted with the formulation of his now famous and standard germ theory.
>It seems likely that both men were right to a certain degree, but
>Pasteur was a tireless self-promoter while Bechamp was diffident and
>somewhat reclusive.
>        Pasteur's model was also more appealing to physicians who wanted
>definite disease target on which they could make war, rather than a
>state of good health they had to delicately maintain.  Thus: the Pasteur
>Institute, on the one hand, and on the other, a baffled shrug from most
>doctors if Bechamp's name comes up.
>        Under his microscope more than a century ago, Bechamp had
>observed in
>fermenting solutions tiny particles, which he called microzymas, that
>appeared to have powerful catalytic effects--facilitating change while
>remaining essentially unchanged themselves.
>        He went on to note the presence of these particles in the bodies
>animals, coming to the conclusion not only that they were the most
>fundamental form of all living matter but that they were essential to
>any form of life, from cell division and basic bacteria up.
>        What seemed most extraordinary to Bechamp was the observation
>that the
>microzymas could apparently actively participate in the destruction of
>an organism without being destroyed themselves.
>        Indeed, their indestructibility was such that he believed a
>paleontologist had found evidence of them in 60 million year old
>limestone from the early Cenozoic era, the period when mammals first
>started to develop on earth.
>        How Naessens became Bechamp's inheritor is a bit of a convoluted
>story.  The youngest child of a banker, Naessens was born in 1924 in
>Roubaix, near Lille in northern France.  As a child he showed a
>mechanical proclivity that both amazed and terrified his parents.  From
>manipulating Meccano sets at five the boy went on to build his own
>motorcycle and then an airplane just big enough to carry him--which his
>mother burned before it could take its maiden flight.
>        The Second World War broke out as Naessens was beginning to
>physics, chemistry, and biology at the University of Lille.  When the
>Nazis occupied the city both he and his professors ended up in exile
>near Nice, where he continued his studies towards a degree.
>        Naessens received a diploma from the Union Scientifique
>Francaise, the semi-official institution that operated during the
>chaotic conditions of the war.  But in what turned out to be a typically
>independent fashion he never bothered to ask for the formal
>equivalencies the de Gaulle government issued after the war.
>Consequently, he's been accused of having no academic credentials.
>        The young man went to work in a laboratory for blood analysis,
>hated both the routine job and the imprecision of the microscopes he
>used.  Blurrily he was able to observe something in the blood that had
>so far not been defined: other researchers had seen it, too, and called
>it "dross in the blood."
>        He needed a better instrument.  Searching the literature for
>on blood and microscopy, Naessens learned of a nineteenth century French
>biologist now best known as the "noon lunatic."
>        Emile Doyen claimed to have observed through an ordinary
>particles in human blood that were visible only around noon during the
>months of May and June.  Naessens was as willing to laugh at the notion
>as anyone, but began to wonder whether there was any scientific
>explanation of Doyen's findings.  There was: During May and June, in the
>south of France and at around noon, the natural light available to
>anyone using a microscope contained far more ultraviolet light than at
>any other time of the year.
>        The work of the noon lunatic became the basis for the microscope
>Naessens went on to develop in the late 1940s, working in a lab funded
>by his mother at the family home in Lyon.
>        An extreme and as yet un-duplicated version of what is now
>called phase
>of dark-field microscopy, Naessens' instrument allowed him to examine
>living blood not only at high magnifications but with extremely high
>        Although an electron microscope can approach 400,000 X
>it can do so only with fixed and dead tissue.  Naessens' microscope,
>which identified particles with light refraction rather than staining,
>could approach 30,000 X with living tissue at a resolution of 150
>angstroms (one angstrom is one-hundred-millionth of a centimeter).
>        The uniqueness of the microscope has to do with the way Naessens
>manipulates the light source to achieve that extraordinary resolution.
>(Several optical companies have approached him over the years but
>Naessens has been unwilling to give over control of his life's work to
>big manufacturers.)
>        What the tool unlocked for Naessens the researcher was a deep
>deepest and as yet unsurpassed view--into the processes of living blood.
>        Naessens started by looking at preparations of his own
>his finger, transferring the drop to a slide, watching until the fresh
>blood began to clot.
>        Through his microscope, he observed what he maintains are
>microzymas:  the most fundamental particles of living matter that
>exist.  He called them somatids (tiny bodies) and through seven years of
>observation concluded that they appeared to play an extraordinary role.
>        No cell division was possible without them; they were seemingly
>precursor to DNA, and probably the bridge between energy and matter.  He
>found them all but indestructible, surviving carbonization temperatures
>of more than 200 degrees C and 50,000 REMs of radiation (more than
>enough to kill a person); they were also unaffected by chemical agents.
>        With a better tool to use, Naessens could go way beyond Bechamp,
>was able to see only the largest of these microzymas.  Naessens observed
>the somatid in human and animal blood to develop in a form-changing
>        The first three changes of this cycle--somatid, spore, and
>spore--were apparently not only normal in healthy organisms but crucial
>to their existence in that no cell division could take place without
>them.  Having studied what he took to be healthy blood, he began to
>study blood from people he knew to be diseased, referred to him by
>physicians.  Unhealthy blood looked drastically different, and exhibited
>somatids in not a three-stage but a sixteen-stage cycle.
>        The other thirteen stages were apparently the result of an
>system under stress, and seemed to signal the likelihood of degenerative
>disease up to two years before any symptoms appeared in the organism.
>        Naessens began to believe that with observation of the somatid
>cycle--in effect, monitoring the physiology of blood--he could figure
>out when it was possible to intervene to prevent illness.
>        Take cancer, for instance.  Every body every day produces a few
>cells and a normal immune system destroys them.  But when that system
>comes under stress, its ability to fight is impaired and the cancer
>cells proliferate.
>        When the ovum is fertilized by a sperm, growth (or cell
>begins: two, four, eight, and so on.  There are many such divisions
>before cells begin to specialized, some becoming skin, some liver, some
>heart, and so on.
>        This specialization is controlled by a series of growth hormones
>"talk" to the various cells' nuclei.  These intracellular commands come
>from various sources--lymphocytes, for example, controlled by one, liver
>cells by another.
>        In normal circumstances, the growth hormones are controlled by
>inhibitors in the blood, but when a system is stressed these inhibitors
>diminish and more growth hormones are liberated.
>        The result is almost a reversal of the cells' "education."  They
>to a simpler state, losing their individuality and "remembering" only
>basic functions from their origins, chief of which is the ability to
>multiply rapidly and chaotically.
>        This, it is thought, is malignancy, the pathological cells
>primitive organisms that have forgotten everything they have learned.
>        Naessens, through the microscope he called a "somatoscope," was
>able to
>observe the consequences of the minimution of sanguine inhibitors and
>the liberation of the growth hormone by watching the three-stage somatid
>cycle in the blood suddenly proceeding on through its full sixteen
>polymorphic stages--before patients had any conventionally diagnosable
>sign that they were ill.
>        His next challenge was to figure out how to bolster the immune
>to correct the imbalances in the body that led to disease.  He began
>experimenting with ways to combat the effects of degenerative or
>cancerous cells by neutralizing their mode of replication--developing a
>series of novel anticancer products.
>        These early medicinals proved effective enough over a
>period for Swiss and German pharmacies to put them on sale and for
>numerous doctors to administer them to patients.  (By 1964, more than
>10,000 people had been treated.)
>        On the strength of his sales, Naessens was able to move his lab
>Paris in the mid-'50s..  But in Paris he came to the attention of French
>medical authorities, after complaints from some pharmacists and
>physicians that this un-credentialed young biologist was dabbling in
>        In the early 1960s, Naessens was twice brought before the bar.
>He was
>fined heavily, his Paris laboratory sealed, and much of his equipment
>        He tried to start again on the island of Corsica, but Corsica
>was still
>France.  Patients began again to seek him out and the authorities were
>soon after him.  Naessens decided that he had to pursue his work far
>from France, in a place he believed to be more open-minded.  He left
>Corsica for Canada in 1964, carrying only a few key components of his
>microscope with him.
>        Unable to obtain any funding to pursue his research, Naessens
>life as an immigrant by working day in an electronics repair shop in
>Oka, Quebec.  The nights and the weekends were reserved for refining his
>somatoscope.  Through some work he did repairing scientific equipment
>for several Quebec Universities, he got what seemed to be his first
>        A senior professor at the University of Sherbrooke hired him as
>consultant on microscopy with a Nation Research Council grant of
>$25,000.  But soon word got around the university of Naessens' trouble
>with the medical authorities in France, and overnight the grant and
>Naessens' opportunity were gone.
>        It wasn't until 1971 that he could begin again as a medical
>researcher.  A friend introduced him to David Stewart, scion of a
>tobacco fortune and head of the McDonald Stewart Foundation, which had
>funded unorthodox cancer research for many years.
>        After losing a dear friend to cancer, Stewart had vowed to
>pursue an
>avenue that might lead to a cure, and he was decreasingly confident of
>the conventional approaches the foundation supported.  He agreed to
>finance Naessens' research personally, and established a laboratory for
>him on the Mcdonald Tobacco Company's premises in Montreal.
>        Naessens' run-ins with the French medical authorities, however,
>forever branded him as a quack; his name was on the Quebec Medical
>Corporation's blacklist.
>        His new laboratory infuriated the orthodox oncologists under
>wing, and they complained bitterly to the philanthropist.  Stewart's
>response was to advise Naessens to move his research to some low-key
>spot and avoid getting embroiled in any more controversy.
>        Engaged by now to Francoise Bonin Sdicu, a divorced lab
>technician with
>four children, Naessens took over her family's summer cottage in Rock
>Forest, on the banks of the Magog river new Sherbrooke.  He winterized
>and refurbished the place and built a lab in the basement.
>        Stewart's next concern was to get independent validation of the
>theory and of the latest of Naessen's immune-system boosters, 714X; this
>was the nontoxic camphor-based medicinal designed to be injected by way
>of a lymphatic node in the groin, that was to figure in his trial in
>        Naessens had come to the conclusion - not essentially disputed
>by the
>orthodoxy - that cancer cells needed nitrogen to survive and "stole"
>this nitrogen from healthy cells.
>        Discovering that camphor had a natural, if inexplicable affinity
>cancer cells, Naessens' biochemically linked a molecule of nitrogen to
>one of camphor, aiming to force-feed the rouge cells - which would leave
>the immune system free to rebuild itself and fight the cancer.
>        Excited by the potential of 714-X, David Stewart approached
>University Medical Centre in Hamilton, offering to fund an investigative
>research project into Naessen's theory of the somatid cycle and the
>potential of 714-X as an immune-system booster.
>        The initial meeting at McMaster in March, 1972, went well.  The
>university was represented by Peter Dent, then chairman of the
>pediatrics department and consultant in immunology to the Ontario Cancer
>Foundation.  But of all of those present to hear Naessens, the most
>impressed was a young assistant professor of pathology and surgery named
>Daniel Perey, who volunteered to head the proposed investigation.
>        "The scope and the insight which Mr. Naessens has brought to
>this area
>of research potentially stand to benefit mankind and may be a source of
>pride for Canada."
>        Perey's first visit to Naessens lasted eleven days and was by
>accounts a revelation to him; he saw through the somatoscope a new world
>to be explored.
>        The next time he brought Dent with him, assuming that his
>would be shared.  But Dent was clearly not happy to look through a
>microscope and see something that contradicted the definitions of
>disease he'd learned in medical school.
>        On returning to Hamilton, he wrote to the National Cancer
>Institute of
>Canada requesting its opinion of Naessens and his work.  The institute
>sent him a page taken from a longer report it had published called
>Unproven Methods of Cancer Treatment.  The page concentrated on an
>account of Naessens' trial in France and subsequent fine levied.  This
>curt dismissal of Naessens' work confirmed Dent's unease.
>        But it was still Perey, not Dent who was conducting the
>and his enthusiasm for the somatid theory remained undiminished.  Over
>the course of several visits to Rock Forest, Perey observed each of the
>forms in the somatid cycle proliferating and their apparent relation to
>cancer and other serious stresses on the body.
>        He recommended that Stewart's foundation purchase specialized
>photographic equipment enabling Naessens to capture these marvels on
>film - which was done.  But the most telling sign of Perey's commitment
>to Naessens' work was a letter he wrote to support Naessens' application
>for landed-immigration status in September, 1972.
>        Emphasizing to the government the need for new and imaginative
>approaches to the search for a cancer cure, Perey extolled Naessens'
>contributions to the field, ending: "The scope and the insight which Mr.
>Naessens has brought to this area of research potentially stand to
>benefit mankind and may be a source of pride for Canada."
>        Apart from helping to secure landed status for Naessens, this
>letter -
>a solid endorsement signed by an orthodox medical researcher - augured
>well for the future.  Or so one would think.
>        Just over two years later, Perey wrote another letter to
>enclosing with it a copy of his final report to the Mcdonald Stewart
>Foundation.  The report rejected the somatid theory and Naessens' notion
>of bolstering the immune system to fight cancer.
>        Even so, Perey tried to reassure Naessens that the report was
>not a
>condemnation of his work, rather, he wrote, "We have come to different
>conclusions and interpretations based on the scientific evidence which
>we have gathered, although in many instances we have observed identical
>or similar phenomena as you have."  What happened to change Perey's
>        Late in 1972, Perey had been assigned other duties that
>effectively ate
>up the time needed to run the Naessens study.  The day-to-day running of
>the project was passed on to a husband-and-wife team of researchers who
>were not in the least interested in proving the overarching theories
>Naessens has sketched.  They were interested only in one large form of
>the somatid cycle that had been described as bacterium by German
>researchers who had isolated it in the 1930's.
>        The couple wished to study claims that this particular form had
>effect on rheumatism.  So although all future reports to the foundation
>on the Naessens project were still signed by Perey, their content was
>now a product of the new researchers, who did not accept Naessens
>explanation for what they observed in live blood through the
>somatoscope.  They dismissed the stage of the somatid cycle as
>"artifacts" produced by mistake during the process required to observe
>        Perey, caught between two camps, wrote to Stewart that
>dogmas are so entrenched in the couple's minds that they do not allow
>themselves the luxury of challenging them."  More than that, however, he
>could not give.
>        After the McMaster stonewall, Naessens grew skeptical about the
>of the medical establishment's ever confirming his views - though his
>hopes rose briefly again in 1974 after Dr. Raymond Brown, a consultant
>for New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, visited Rock
>        Brown sent a memo to the centre's director and to staff about
>"What I have seen is a microscope that reveals with spectacular clarity
>the motion and multiplicity of pleomorphic organisms in the blood which
>are intimately associated with disease states.
>        "The implications... are staggering... It is imperative that
>what its
>inventor, a dedicated biological scientist, is doing, and can do, be
>totally reviewed.  "I am convinced that he is an authentic genius and
>that his achievements cut across and illumine some of the most pertinent
>areas of medical science.  If the review of his work is confirmatory,
>this man should be brought to New York and given unlimited support and
>facilities to continue his research."
>        Dr. Brown returned to Rock Forest with an oncologist and a
>from Sloan-Kettering; the three eventually drafted and signed a second
>and longer memorandum that reiterated the first.
>        These two memos generated much excitement among the hierarchy at
>celebrated centre until someone noticed that Naessens' name appeared on
>the American Cancer Society blacklist.  Immediately the memorandums were
>repudiated, the concerns of cancer bureaucrats outweighing the
>first-hand observations of expert scientists.
>        In August, 1980, Naessens supplied 714-X to Dr. Gaetan Jasmin, a
>professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Montreal, who
>was willing to embark on the standard animal-control test, 714-X into
>cancerous and noncancerous rats.
>        He found that the compound had no effect on the rodents' tumors,
>his results were reported in the Mcdonald Stewart Foundation literature
>in 1982.
>        But Jasmin had refused to follow Naessens' protocol for use of
>drug.  He had injected the medicinal into the tumors themselves rather
>than the lymphatic system, a procedure he has decided was impossible.
>Jasmin had treated 714-X as if it were a standard anticancer drug that
>essentially poisons either the cancer of the patient.
>        Naessen's whole terrain approach was designed to treat the
>symptom via
>the cause - the diametrical opposite of orthodox oncological approaches.
>        And so Naessens' reputation continued to be vilified among the
>researchers - which may have served only to recommend him to the
>desperate underground of cancer patients.  Through the 1970's and 1980's
>more and more people flocked to his knowledge hoping for a personal
>        Through the 1970s and 1980s, more and more people flocked to
>Forest, hoping for a personal miracle.  And doctors began to come, eager
>to learn more about Naessen's new biology.  Fully aware of the penalties
>for practicing medicine without a license, Naessens was not capable of
>turning away anyone who needed help.  The suffering were taught to
>inject themselves with 714-X, or referred to doctors who were willing.
>        All this action was not lost on Augustin Roy, the head of the
>Medical Corporation.  In his eyes Naessens had been a marked man the
>moment he had arrived from France; David Stewart's patronage had angered
>Roy but had also caused him to proceed with caution.  In 1984 Stewart
>died suddenly.
>        On December 13 of that Year, the police and officers of the
>Medical Corporation raided Naessens' house and laboratory, seizing vials
>of 714-X and some 150 medical files that would bring Naessens to trial

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