Dr. Anderson highlights this article by Mark Hancock, MD MPH on the different methods of using mistletoe in the treatment of cancer.
Mistletoe has been used for the treatment of cancer since 1917. This article will describe several different methods of using mistletoe. We will cover the most aggressive therapy down to supportive therapy and then mention special uses of mistletoe including bladder instillation for bladder cancer as well as other therapeutic approaches of interest. Scientific literature exists on most of these approaches and I will attempt to sketch the supporting studies. This does not serve as individual direction for patients, only as information for a better understanding of different approaches with mistletoe.
Heat Seeking Mistletoe Therapy
This approach is used in several European centers such as the Oeschelbronn clinic as well as the Martin Clinic. Very high dose, high lectin content mistletoe, usually from the ash tree, is first infused intravenously daily over several days. This loads the body with high levels of lectins but the intravenous dosing does not yet activate the dendritic cells. Dendritic cells are special immune cells that can activate and direct the cancer killing T cells of the immune system. A very high dose below the skin (subcutaneously) is then administered. This is where the dendritic cells live and they are activated especially strongly . A fever of over 102ºF is often noted. Like a healthy fever this process is self regulated by the body. Patients need to have some reserve of vitality and be able to tolerate several days of fever, often with chills, body aches and feelings of malaise- usually over 2 weeks. But these fevers often hold an emotionally transformative power. Many of my patients have described lucid dreams. One patient had always had sleep disturbed by anxiety but had a lucid and peaceful experience of frankly speaking to her breast cancer, telling it that it has served its purpose and it may go now. This was accompanied by a regression of the tumor.
This Heat Seeking Mistletoe therapy as well as high dose intravenous therapy have been the methods most often associated with spontaneous remissions. Dr Maurice Orange reports on using this method and noting complete remissions from several cancers. This case series included in a dissertation on mistletoe includes patients who used only mistletoe as treatment for their cancers (excluding chemotherapy and often surgery) .
The Heat Seeking Mistletoe protocol will commonly give symptoms of short term, local inflammation where tumor is located. Patients treated in the Martin Clinic Healing House have reported such symptoms during the induction phase. A patient with cancerous tumors in her lungs from stage 4 breast cancer reported a non productive cough. Chest xray was negative for pneumonia or other concerning process. Several weeks later a chest CT scan showed her tumors had shrunk to less than half the size. Another patient had metastasis from colon cancer in her spine and liver. She had an achy pain in her right abdomen where her liver was, as well as similar pain in her spine and in her lower abdomen where her primary tumor was located. This occurred the day after her first treatment and corresponded with a robust remission that baffled her conventionally trained oncologist. These body pains are typically temporary and they represent an immune reaction to the tumor. Immune identification results in a robust attack against the tumor and changes the extracellular matrix (the body’s terrain) to resist further growth or metastasis.
One picture of cancer therapy is the untying of a series of knots. Usually one needs to gently loosen from many angles these knots. Similarly with cancer we should work from many sides- working on not only the tumor, but diet, removing toxins from the environment, decreasing (long term) inflammation, emotional and spiritual, artistic, biographically and socially. The Heat Seeking Mistletoe protocol is a strong initial approach in this process usually reserved for turning the tide when strong measures are needed. Acute inflammation is used to resolve chronic inflammation in the same way that often a febrile state may resolve some chronic conditions.
High Dose Intravenous Mistletoe Therapy
The High Dose Mistletoe protocols are another strong way of working with cancer. High doses of mistletoe are infused intravenously. Two commonly used brands of mistletoe are Helixor and Abnoba. Fermented mistletoe preparations are generally always avoided in intravenous use due to the higher risk of allergic reaction, which is quite low with Helixor and Abnoba. Intravenous protocols with Helixor usually start with 50 to 100mg and will use either A,M, or P (Fir, Apple, or Pine). Daily or every other day injections are performed for 2 weeks- injections are held if there is fever. A similar regimen is used with Abnoba products but at doses of 20 to 60mg as abnoba has much more fever producing lectins than Helixor. As the subcutaneous injections are not immediately performed and the dendritic cells are not stimulated, there typically are not high fevers or flu like symptoms though these occur occasionally. The infusion dose is doubled each infusion until 800mg Helixor dose is reached or until any of the fever effects are reached. After this induction infusions are continued regularly- from weekly to once a month. Other methods are to transition to a high dose subcutaneous administration…
Mistletoe has a vast role in cancer. Whether it is used as an additional agent for reducing chemotherapy side effects, or as the cornerstone of a transformative cancer treatment when no other hope has been given, it stands as the safest, most evidence based natural treatment for cancer in existence. It is time for this popular European medicine to become adopted around the world.