Thursday, 20 May 2010

Cancer is not a fungus

Where is the fungus?
We recently became aware of the controversial claim that cancer is a fungus by an Italian ex-medical practitioner (Tullio Simoncini). Unlike many controversies that may have a grain of truth somewhere within, this one is complete nonsense.

Simoncini has been struck off by the medical authorities in his country and successfully convicted of manslaughter and defrauding of his patients, apparently sentenced to 4 years in 2006.

Is there anything to back up his claims? Well let's be charitable and suggest that what he actually means is the cancer is caused by fungi and that if we open up a tumour we will find a fungus within - though what he actually states is that the cancer IS the fungus. The fact that he presents no data, no pictures of fungi within a tumour must mean that it is technically a challenge to do so? Or that the thousands of histologists who do this every day are missing something?

In fact it is very easy to remove a tumour, thinly slice it, stain it and look at the cells within and here is a website of a pathologist doing exactly that. No sign of fungi there and plenty of evidence of human cells undergoing changes related to them turning cancerous.

The tumour must be fixed & stained to carry out these examinations - perhaps then that process removes all sign of the fungus from the tumour tissue and THAT will explain why histologists & pathologists don't see it? Well no that isn't the case either - this webpage clearly demonstrates that fungi (in this case yeast) are easy to fix, stain and see under the microscope. There are many more pictures here of Aspergillus (another type of fungus) fixed and stain in sections of lung tissue.

There is no obvious medical or scientific reason why Simoncini could not carry out similar work to back up his assertions. It would do his case a huge amount of good (and earn him a huge income) if he would adopt this approach, but as far as we can reasonable find, he doesn't. Likewise it would be straightforward for him to publish the results of his efforts at treating patients based on his hypothesis, but again there is no sign of that happening. Perhaps he would care to leave a comment below enlightening us?

Make your own conclusions.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have read Dr. Simoncini's book and listened to his interviews. Are you questioning his case histories with breast cancer patients who received his antifungal protocol? I understand if you disagree with his broad assertions, but I'm wondering if you contend with his actual experience as a surgeon, who directly treated tumors with an alkaline, antifungal solution and reports getting results from it.

Cancer As I See It by Dr. Abelmann, though 60 years old, is another fascinating book that also asserts the fungus link to cancer, as is Doug Kaufmann's, The Germ That Causes Cancer, (a more recent book). Kaufmann's is rich with studies referenced throughout.

Between Simoncini's actual hands-on experience, Abelmann's fascinating observations, and Kaufmann's wealth of references in his book - not to mention the plethora of studies which incidentally observe certain cancers' response to antifungal drug treatments - it seems that we don't want to be too quick to judge this too harshly. Aflatoxin is one of the most potent carcinogens in the world, for example. Weather or not we should say, "Fungus IS a cancer", or merely, "Fungus can cause cancer" is another issue. The issue is the fungus link to cancer, and there seems to be mounting evidence that such is the case.

Food for thought. Keep up the good work.

Website Team GA said...

We are not questioning the link to cancer - the point to this article is that he clearly attempts to assert that fungus IS cancer or is physically at the centre of every tumour which is clearly wrong.

There can be little doubt that fungus CAN cause cancer as mycotoxins are carcinogenic and when taken in enough quantity cause many health problems including cancer - any cursory look at the published media confirms that truth http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17719115

Do fungi cause cancer in humans - well yes they are part of the picture - see the review quoted above.

Do antifungals cure cancer - latest research result suggest that they could play a role in limiting tumour growth http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070427120221.htm
This is quite distinct from their antifungal activity so the anticancer activity is not a result of it reducing fungal infection in these experiments.

Does sodium bicarbonate have an effect on cancer? Yes it does in some experiments in mice http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19276390 but this is the beginning of a long series of experiments, not an end in itself. Cancer treatment is far more complicated than simple single solutions.

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