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Poly-MVA Testimonial for Lung Cancer

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happydance3kName: John Flint
7300 Bear Ridge Rd.
N. Tonawanda, NY 14120
Date: July 23, 2000
Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
eileent1@netzero.netUPDATES: April 12, 2001 – December 3, 2003 – July 6, 2004

On September 1997 I started having difficulties with reading comprehension, I could read a sentence but could not understand what it meant. Within a week I also developed strong headaches. My GP made an appointment to see a neurologist which he scheduled for 2 months in the future and suggested I continue to take aspirin.
That same weekend my headaches were so bad that I went to the emergency room of the local hospital.

After a very short examination the doctor concluded that I had a bad set of headaches but “one thing you do not have are brain tumors”. I felt reassured that I did not have anything serious and went home. As the headaches kept getting worse and I became more and more disoriented, I managed to obtain an appointment with a young neurologist. After a ten minute examination, she sent me for a cat-scan and within a few hours she gave us the bad news that I had two large brain tumors. She also suggested that the brain tumors were probably not primary and that they probably had metastasised from somewhere else.



That day our life changed forever. The quick action of that neurologist might be one reason that I am still alive.
Within a few days they identified the primary as a large lung tumor, non small cell carcinoma, that had spread to the brain. I was rated as stage 4. During the next few weeks I saw 3 different oncologists, they all gave me a prognosis of 3 months to a year at most. All of them suggested I get my affairs in order. They also stated that it would be a waste of time and money to try any alternative methods.



I started full brain radiation which was followed after several weeks of recovery by chemotherapy. This lasted almost six months until the oncologist refused to give me any more treatments as the chemo was having many negative side effects on my system. At that stage the doctors stated that they had nothing more to offer and that I should enjoy life as much as possible. We felt we were left on our own, like abandoned, with no one to help us.



During the long months of chemotherapy, my wife had started looking at possible alternative treatments since my doctors did not seem to think that I had much chance. She called survivors to see what they were doing, cancer organizations to see what they could offer, read books, looked at web pages for the latest that kept on recurring among her various contacts. As we spent more time researching these products we got a clearer understanding of why they worked. Some were being tested in various research laboratories and showed definite signs of reducing cancer. Others dealt with helping the immune system and maintaining the body at its peak condition.
The different cancer fighting products we found attack tumors in different ways. Some prevented the tumors from growing the necessary blood vessels required for growth, these are known as angiogenesis inhibitors. Others attacked the protein membrane that the tumors use to shield themselves from the immune system. Others have chemicals that are necessary for some cancers to grow but also contain chemicals that are poisonous to the tumor – Poly MVA.


Some prevent the small new tumors from attaching themselves and therefore cannot grow. I take them all. To date, most of the data show that no single chemical is 100% effective and that taking more than one product increases chances of survival. Some are probably more effective than others, none of them are harmful. The cost of many of these products is relatively small.
It has been 3 years since I was first diagnosed. To date I have no sign of any visible tumors in the brain or lung. I even have some hair back. We would be glad to send you a specific list of the products I am taking. Also we are always happy to talk to anyone looking for help. We were not able to get help from the medical profession so we took the initiative to do something ourselves. If we can share this with other people, we are happy to do so. Please feel free to telephone e-mail us at


John Flint
UPDATE: April 12-2001


Hi Tim,
We have written a short paragraph below with the latest on Johns health. As you see, he is still doing very well.



We receive at least 5 calls or emails a week asking about poly and the other products that John is taking. We are happy to give moral support and provide any information that we have.
Best wishes to you and your father
Judy and John
John is doing great. As of April 2001, recent CAT scans could not detect any sign of his earlier brain or lung tumors. He is still taking all of his supplements, including POLY MVA, although reduced to a maintenance level. He also has maintained a diet of at least 7-8 fruits, vegetables daily balanced with protein.




UPDATE: December 3, 2003Hi Tim,

We thought we would let you know that John is still doing great and we are into our 3rd year of cruising on our sailboat. This winter we are off to Belize. John is still following his protocol including polymva.



We wish you and your father the best for the holiday season. Please give him our regards.
Judy and John Flint


UPDATE: July 6, 2004Hi TimAnother 6 months has passed and John still enjoys good health. My mother has been receiving at least 2 -3 requests for John’s “protocol” each week. She is happy to forward it to anyone that requests it. John also emails messages to anyone that would like more information. John is still taking Poly MVA

as well as other supplements and continues to eat 7-9 fruits and vegetables per day.
Best Wishes,
John and Judy


Source:  PolyMVA


Update on Mom (3/5/09)

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mom030409bWell, Mom has been home from the physical rehab facility for almost two weeks now and she’s getting stronger every day.  Her biggest victory has been that she’s been able to go back to see Dr. Jason Porter, her Naturopathic Medical Doctor and resume her Vitamin C IVs.  Yesterday was her first treatment since January 14, 2009.  I took this picture of her yesterday during her treatment.

She’s still wearing the TLSO brace to support her back and stabilize it so she doesn’t twist and/or turn.  It’s causing her some discomfort, but overall it’s fine.  She’s not having any pain with her back whatsoever.  So, we feel very blessed about that.  We had been very concerned about  her level of pain with her back.  Now, that issue has completely resolved.

mom030409dShe was able to use her walker to walk out the front door, down the little sidewalk that leads to the driveway, down the driveway, and (with a little help) get into the car for her appointment.  This was the first time we’ve been able to transport her without a wheelchair transport service since she was hospitalized back on January 21st.

Once we got to Dr. Porter’s office, we used the wheelchair to get her into his office.

It was so nice to see everyone there again.  We talked with Dr. Porter for quite a while as he got her IV ready and hooked her up.  He started her back on her usual 75 gram bag of Vitamin C with an energy push at the end.

He looked at her thumb and felt he could help get the blood flowing into it a little better, so he did three acupunture treatments around the thumb.  We’re just believing when it’s all said and done her thumb will be completely whole again.

She finished up her last Decadron pill last Friday – so it’s been almost a week.  We just can’t wait until all that stuff is out of her system.  It’s not been her cancer – but the Decadron that’s been our biggest challenge since she was diagnosed back in August 2008 with lung cancer.  We call it the “demon drug” because it’s so insidious.

In the above pictures, she’s at Dr. Jason Porter’s office for an IV Vitamin C treatment.  She’s sitting in her wheelchair during her treatment (since it’s easier for her to stand up because of the arms) and she’s wearing her back brace.  Hopefully, she’ll only be in the brace for a few more weeks.

When we got her home, we were helping her with the walker in the driveway and all of us were with her (me, Dad and Gretchen).  She had been doing so well with her walker that we weren’t concerned to have her stand with it.  Well, Dad turned to shut the car door, I was dealing with the wheelchair in the back of the SUV, and Gretchen was in front of her.  It was like for one split second we all took our eyes off Mom and … wouldn’t you know it … down she came in that one micro-second she wasn’t being supervised.  She says her knees gave out and she came down landing on her bottom.  She bonked her head pretty good too.  But, overall, besides being pretty shook up, she was fine and uninjured.  She complained of a little bit of soreness today – most likely from the fall – but she is fine otherwise.

Today was my birthday and we all got together tonight.  Gretchen made me a homemade pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.  It was delicious.  Mom had a bowl of fruit – which is about as sweet as she can handle these days after being off sugar all these months.

A good time was had by all.

I think Mom’s at the place where she can begin to have short phone calls from her friends.  Dad, Gretchen and I talked about it and we think it would do her a world of good to hear from you.  So, feel free to call the house now to chat with her.

Until next time…


Written by Tracey

March 6, 2009 at 12:01 am

Mom’s Gamma Knife Procedure

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry I didn’t update last night when I got home, but with all the crazy stuff going on lately – I forgot to pay my internet bill and I came home to find I had no internet connection.  Yikes!!  So, I figured I would just update it today when I came back to the hospital and leave the internet bill with my wonderful husband, Marc, to sort out.

We are so happy to tell you all that Mom did have her Gamma Knife procedure yesterday and it went well.  I took some photos to help document the story of her day.

5:00 AM – We had to get Mom to St. Joseph’s for admitting at the crack of dawn.  All of the Barrow Neurological Institute patients are first admitted to St. Josephs before they are transferred over to the Gamma Knife Center.

6:00 AM – We then had to go up to the second floor to the pre-op area where they put us in a little waiting area. 

Pre-Op Area

Pre-Op Area

They asked Mom to change up into the hospital gown and get onto the gurney.

Well, that was easier said than done.  With all the pain in Mom’s back, it was just too much to ask her to try to stand up and move onto the gurney.  So, several very, very compassionate nurses went and got the sling maching and helped Mom get into the sling and then they were able to put her into the bed that way with very little pain.

While they were moving her they saw the condition of her arms and knew they were going to need their “master” blood person to put in her IV.  So, they brought in the specialist, Mary, to get her IV set up.

She had one of the nurses put a warm blanket on Mom’s arm about five minutes before she came over.  When she got there and took a look at Mom’s arm, she seemed confident she could find a good place to set the IV.  She was amazing and got it going on the first try.  She set her up with a very slow saline drip and got her ready to go to the Gamma Knife Center.

9:00 AM – After a few hours in the Pre-Op area, they finally came to get us and take us to the Gamma Knife Center.  This hospital complex is HUGE and is like a small city.  We were wound through various hallways and taken on elevators and walked FOREVER until we finally came to the Gamma Knife Center.  Yeah!!  All that work we have been doing for the past seven or eight weeks was finally going to make it happen.  We were all so excited.

Mom was a last-minute addition to the schedule, so they didn’t initially have a place for us.  So, we were parked in the hallway for about an hour.  During that time, Dr. Brachman came by to see her.  He is the radiation oncologist who’s on her Gamma Knife team.  He explained to her that at no time during the procedure should she experience any pain or any discomfort.  If she did, she needed to let them know so they could take care of it.  He was very nice.

Then we met Mom’s anesthesiologist.  She took a look at Mom’s chart and let her know that she would be putting a sedative into her IV during the placement of the head frame.  She would be asleep for that procedure and would wake up with the frame in place.

The Gamma Knife treatment is done in four steps:

  1. Fitting the frame onto the head.
  2. Getting an MRI of the head with the frame attached.
  3. The doctors will plan her treatment based on the results of the MRI.
  4. The actual Gamme Knife treatment.

10:00 AM –  Sometime during this hour Mom was given her designated room at the Gamma Knife Center.  This would be our home for the day.  We were introduced to her nurse for the day, Mary, who ended up being one of the nicest nurses Mom has ever had.  They told us we could stay in the room until we saw the whites of Dr. Porter’s eyes.  He would be coming to attach the frame and we couldn’t stay for that part.  I don’t think we would have wanted to anyway.  It’s a little on the freaky side.

So, Mom was all ready for Step 1:  Fitting the Frame Onto the Head.

11:00 AM – Dr. Porter arrived and greeted us and we left Mom’s room and went up to the family waiting area at the front of the building.  There were chairs and a TV up there and we watched “The Price is Right” with the other families and visited with them.  There were a total of four patients there for Gamme Knife treatment.  The nurse said the most they’ve ever had was five in a single day.

Gamme Knife Frame

Gamma Knife Frame

It just took a little while for them to fit the frame onto her head and we got to go back and see her again. 

She was resting comfortably when we got back there. 

The frame was attached and we were so excited to have one more step completed in Mom’s Gamma Knife treatment.

At first, we were a little concerned that she might have some bleeding because of her low blood platelets, but we knew Dr. Porter wouldn’t have done the procedure if she were in any danger.

She slept when we first got back into the room because she was still slightly sedated.

But, after a little while she woke up and talked to us.  She says she has no memory of them attaching the frame.

When I spoke with one of the nurses, she told me that most of the Gamma Knife facilities do not use any anesthesia when applying the head frame – they just use a local numbing cream.  We were sure glad that Mom was in a facility that does utilize some anesthesia.  I think the mental memory of that could be weird if remembered.

Gamma Knife Frame

Gamma Knife Frame

Once Mom had the frame on, we were now just waiting for her to get her MRI.

I took a few pictures of her in her head frame.  It was very interesting to see how the whole process worked.

There were two screws in the front (just above her eyebrows) and two screws in the back.  We haven’t seen those yet, so we don’t know if they shaved her hair a little bit or not.

The frame is made of aluminum so it’s lightweight for the patient (since it has to be worn for quite a while).

The weight of the frame is 2 pounds.  There are a series of pieces fixed together with bolts so it can be customized for the size of each patient’s head.

Mom's Cute Face!

Mom's Cute Face!

I decided that the whole design of the thing had to be made by a man.  A woman (especially a Mom) would have designed it much differently.

First, a Mom would have considered how the patient would manage eating while wearing this thing.  A Mom would have made a hinge on the front piece so it could swing away from the mouth for eating.  lol

Mom was such a brave trooper.  She handled each thing that took place with courage and faith.

We just knew that if we could get her here, that would be the resolution to her brain tumor issue.  So, while everyone was so apologetic for various things – like putting us in the hallway, or for making us wait – we were very happy and grateful just to be there at all!  It was a long uphill battle, it seems, to get to this point and there wasn’t anything that was going to take away from that.

Another great thing that happened was that when Dr. Porter saw Mom when he was attaching the frame, he could see how much pain her back was in.  He decided at that point to keep her after the Gamma Knife procedure and take care of her back and get her out of pain.

Mary told us that she was trying to find Mom a room at the hospital so she could be re-admitted back into the hospital after the Gamma Knife treatment and have back surgery on Thursday.  I think we were all a little scared about that at first.  Not that we didn’t think she needed it, but we just didn’t know what it involved and we were concerned about her having back surgery in such a weakened condition.  Mary didn’t know the details about it at this point, so we were just hanging our trust on Dr. Porter because we all trust him very much to take good care of Mom.

11:20 AM – Step 2 – MRI:  Mary came in and told us that it was time for Mom’s MRI.  They said it would take about 40 minutes to complete.  So, Dad and I decided we would go get some lunch at this time.  Her wonderful nurse, Mary, told us that we could bring Mom something to eat and drink.  Mom asked for some herb tea and Mary told us that it was fine.  So, Mom was in heaven that she could have some herb tea (after her two week restriction from any water, tea or coffee).  So, Dad and I headed to the cafeteria for lunch.

Waiting for Gamma Knife

Waiting for Gamma Knife

NoonStep 3 – Dr’s Planning Treatment:  When we returned from lunch, Mom wasn’t back yet from her MRI. 

She came back shortly after we arrived and was thrilled to see that we brought her herb tea, french onion soup, and a fresh fruit bowl. 

She gobbled up the soup and fruit and enjoyed sipping her tea through a straw. 

I forgot to mention that because of the anesthesia and sedatives for the frame attachment and the MRI, she wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink since midnight the night before.  So, she was very parched by this point (actually, she was really thirsty since the morning).

She was in and out for the next several hours.  She complained about being a little bit claustrophobic because of the frame being right in front of her eyes and Mary brought her a Valium to calm her down.  We wanted to nip it in the bud so she wouldn’t start panicking and raise her blood pressure or anything.

Within a few minutes of taking the Valium, Mom was calmed down again and sleeping.  Once she ate, she mostly just slept during the next few hours.

At around 4:00 PM, she complained of a bad headache.  I told the nurses and they said she was just about ready for Gamma Knife.  They said she would probably be done before any pain med would start to work for it.

4:15 PM – Step 4 – Gamma Knife Treatment:  Dr. Porter came back and told us that the MRI wasn’t any different than it had been two weeks ago.  She still had a 1.13 cm lesion on her brain.  He told us they found two very tiny dots on her brain that they weren’t sure about.  He said they could be nothing, but just to be on the safe side he wanted to treat them.  We were all in agreement with that.  We were so thrilled to see that the tumor hadn’t grown in the two weeks that Mom’s been off her alternative medicine regimen.

He also told us more about the back surgery.  He said it’s really not a very invasive surgery at all.  It’s called something like vertibroplasty and they put cement in her spine to relieve the pain from the compression fractures he found on the CT scan of her spine.  I guess it fills in the spaces of her vertebrae and takes the pressure off the nerves (or someting like that).  Anyway, he said she should feel relief within a few days.  He said there’s virtually no recovery time and she’ll feel better very soon.

So, that’s so nice.  I was anticipating having to call her primary care physician and get a referral for a back specialists.  That could have taken weeks.  Then we would have had to take her to that appointment, then for imaging, then back for some type of consult.  And, then, finally — a month or two later — she would have gotten some back relief.

Dr. Porter rocks!  He’s awesome and we’re so grateful for his care of Mom.

Mary talking to Mom

Mary talking to Mom

Okay, now back to the Gamma Knife treatment …

Once we knew what the plan was, it was time for her to go.  They let us in the Gamma Knife room while they were preparing her for her treatment.

They moved from her gurney to the Gamma Knife table and adjusted the table to make her comfortable.

During this time Dr. Brachman spoke to Dad and me and explained that the whole procedure would only take 30 minutes for Mom – 40 minutes at the most.

We were just thrilled that this time had finally come.  She was actually in the Gamma Knife room and it was really going to happen!  We were elated.

Here are a couple more pictures of her in the Gamma Knife room once her frame was attached to the machine. 


Mom w/Gamma Knife machine

This will  keep her head from moving at all during the procedure so they don’t accidentally zap any healthy brain tissue. 

So, while it’s sort of strange and uncomfortable for her, we are grateful for the accuracy of the entire process and how targeted the gamma rays will be on her brain.

The machine looks a bit like an MRI, except that Dr. Brachman said it would be very quiet (which is very different from an MRI machine).

You’ll notice the label on the upper part of the machine that says “Gamma Knife Perfexion”.  I blew the picture of that up and that’s the first picture at the top of this blog post.

There was a whole team of people on computers who were going to be part of Mom’s team.

The whole experience was really neat.  Since Mom doesn’t remember much of it, this will document it for her too.

So, we said good-bye to Mom and good riddance to her brain tumor and off we went to Starbucks to get a latte during her procedure.

We called my sister, Gretchen, while we were on our Starbucks run and let her know that Mom was in the Gamma Knife machine.  We all rejoiced that it was finally happening for her.

5:00 PM – When we came back from Starbucks, Mom was already done with her treatment and her head frame was already removed.  Yeah!!!  When we saw her, she was looking great and feeling good too!

Mom resting after Gamma Knife

Mom resting after Gamma Knife

Mary told us that St. Joseph’s had found a room for Mom, so we were going to be going back to the Pre-Op area we started the morning in and wait for her room to be cleaned and readied for her.

Her nurses back in Pre-Op were wonderful and took her vital signs and even ordered a tray of food to be sent to her room so she would have dinner when she got there.

Mom was then wheeled back up to the 6th floor and into her new room.

It was a familiar site to us (as it is almost exactly like the room she had last week) and is only 2 rooms away from that one.   lol

7:10 PM – We made it up to Mom’s room at St. Joseph’s.  We met her nurses, Alicia, who was going off-shift in about 20 minutes.  She got Mom all settled in and introduced us to her night nurse, Susanne.  Susanne was wonderful and took great care of Mom during the night.

I went home about 11:00 PM and Dad stayed the night last night.  Mom had a wonderful day today.  Alicia was back on shift today and she took excellent care of Mom all day.  I came back this afternoon around 3:00 PM to relieve Dad so he could get home and get some sleep.

Mom is scheduled for vertibroplasty at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning.  So, once again, we’d like to ask for your prayers and happy, positive thoughts for Mom for tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for being there for Mom.  This has been an amazing journey with this whole Gamma Knife deal and we’re so thankful that it all went perfectly and she’s on her way to being pain-free after her back surgery tomorrow!

I’ll post more tomorrow night and let you know how that goes …

Until then,


Update on Mom – 1/23/09

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I just walked in the door from being at the hospital with Mom since last night.  So, excuse my writing right now.  I did want to write and get some news out to everyone who’s praying for her and thinking about her.

I went back to the hospital last night and relieved Dad so he could go home and get some sleep.  Mom had a very rough night.  The Decadron is really doing a number on her mind and last night was the first time she became delusional and extremely irritated.  She only really got cat naps all night and I spent most of the night trying to calm her down.

At one point, her blood pressure soared to 182/97 and we aren’t really sure (still) what caused it.  I’m guessing it was a panic attack.  She was very freaked out and paranoid.  These are all symptoms of long-term Decadron usage.

About 5:00 AM, she suddenly went from being very talkative and irritated to lethargic.  The nurse initially thought it was because they had given her a small dose of morphine to help calm her down.  But, after a while, it became apparent that it was more than that.  At one point, she became completely unresponsive.  The Critical Care Unit was called and they told me that she either had a seisure or a stroke.  They would need to run some tests to determine what happened.

After looking at all the symptoms, their preliminary diagnosis is that she had a seizure this morning.

Because of the risk of another seizure, she was intubated – which was really difficult for her.  They were concerned about sedating her too much, because it would lower her blood pressure too much.  But, if they didn’t give her enough of a sedative, she would be awake and really uncomfortable with the breathing tube.  So, after a while, her wonderful nurse, Joe, found the perfect amount to make her comfortable (mostly).

Later in the afternoon the neurosurgeon, Dr. Porter, came in to update on what the options are.  He said after reviewing the MRI, he was very excited to see that the tumor in her brain shrunk from 2 cm to 1.3 cm.  It was actually even smaller than he initially thought.  He said “It’s either the Decadron, the Low Dose Naltrexone, or the Vitamin C.  I don’t know what is working, but something is.”  That was really, really cool.  It’s so nice to have a doctor who isn’t trying to convince her that natural and alternative medicine doesn’t work.  In fact, I think he’s very fascinated with her treatment and how well it’s worked.  I got the impression he doesn’t see this type of thing very often.

So, because the brain tumor is so small now, he’s definitely wanting to do the non-invasive Gamma Knife surgery.  He’s trying to get it set up tentatively for next Thursday.  The issue is —- guess —- an insurance holdup again!!!  That’s probably okay this time, as Mom needs time to recover from the seizure and get a little stronger.

When I left the hospital tonight, they were getting ready to take Mom for her MRI.  Dad and Gretchen were still there.  Dad is planning on staying overnight.

I’ll update you whenI get any more info.  Sorry if it’s a little rambling, but I’m really, really tired.

Written by Tracey

January 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Poly-MVA to Treat & Prevent Cancer

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polybottle“I had this terrible bone pain in my head, spine, ribs, and all over. Then the doctor told me he had discovered holes in my skull the size of nickels and dimes. I felt just terrible pain and needed to sleep all the time to escape it. I took pain pills and sleeping pills. It turned out – the final diagnosis offered by my newly acquired oncologist – that I had been struck by multiple myeloma,” states 67-year-old clergyman Kenneth Walker of Fox Island, Washington. “On March 19, 2001 he told me the diagnosis and in June he advised that because my anemia was so severe, ‘The cancer is ravaging your bone marrow – you have less than three months to live unless you undergo chemotherapy.'”

Also referred to as malignant plasmacytoma or plasma cell myeloma or myelomatosis, multiple myeloma is a disseminated neoplasm of marrow plasma cells. The disease infiltrates bone to produce osteolytic lesions throughout the skeleton (particularly in the flat bones, vertebrae, skull, pelvis, and ribs). Standard treatment is cytotoxic chemotherapy using cyclophosphamid or melphalan – both administered with prednisone to suppress plasma cell growth and control pain. The medical profession considers this disease incurable. According to a respected reference source, within three months of diagnosis 52% of patients die; within two years, 90% die.1

“Today, this same oncologist advises me that if I was visiting him for the first time, he would not suspect cancer had ever been present. The treatment I researched and adopted on my own saved me,” affirms Reverend Walker. “At the doctor’s request I have documented what he describes as ‘such a fantastic result.'”

Illustrative of the “fantastic result” for Ken Walker is that no symptoms of multiple myeloma remain. He is now retired and enjoying a leisure life to the fullest. During the late summer of 2001, for example, the retired clergyman and his wife spent six weeks circumnavigating Canada’s Vancouver Island in their sailboat. During the week just prior to Thanksgiving 2002, he flew to Aruba to engage in scuba diving with dive master and Oriental medicine specialist Carlos Viana, OMD, who practices holistic medicine in Aruba and throughout the Netherlands Antilles.

Reverend Ken Walker (no relation to the author) is utilizing the newest concept in nutritional supplements, an organic “metallovitamin” and amino acid produced under three patents first issued by the US Government in October 1995 to electro-biochemist and former US Navy dentist Merrill Garnett, PhD, DDS, of Islip, Long Island, New York. This metallovitamin derived from a lipoic acid and palladium complex, will be described in detail.

Breast Cancer Remission for Sarah J. Jones

“During February 2002, I discovered a lump in my left breast that seemed pretty big,” says Sarah J. Jones of Denver, Colorado. “Because I could not get an evaluation appointment at the Sally Jobe Diagnostic Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado for several weeks, I researched the holistic medical literature on my own and took a number of nutritional supplements,” Sarah says. “When finally I was seen at the Sally Jobe Center, their multiple Doppler ultrasound films confirmed my breast lump as potentially cancerous. The radiologist browbeat me to have a biopsy, which I refused because of what I had learned from my reading about the spread of cancer from biopsies.

“With hands on hips and challenge in her voice, the head nurse at Sally Jobe Center announced to me, ‘From their star shape, I guarantee that the cells in your breast lump are cancerous.’ “If that be true,” I wondered, “why do I need a biopsy?”

Sarah is married to cancer researcher Bob Jones, inventor of the Cavitat®, a sonogram diagnostic device for detecting neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis (NICO) arising from implanted root canal teeth. The Cavitat® is renowned for its diagnostic endodontic excellence among holistic, biological, mercury-free dentists such as those who are members of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the Environmental Dental Association, the American Academy of Biological Dentistry, and the Holistic Dental Association. The enlightened dentists who are members of these professional organizations consider Sarah and Bob Jones holistic dental visionaries.

“Not then or now do I receive physician-administered cancer treatment. The physician who is supervising my Doppler-ultrasound evaluations, Ob-Gyn specialist Asela C. Russell, MD, keeps insisting that I must undergo biopsy, chemotherapy, and radiation,” Sarah Jones says. “The radiologist at the Sally Jobe Center’s Invision Department, Virgini Stefanoudakis, MD, notes about me: ‘Due to her strong beliefs in holistic medicine, she [the patient] may or may not agree to biopsy.’

“I have never undergone biopsy. Near the end of May 2002, after speaking on the phone about my breast cancer to Emmy McAllister, the director of Health Solutions Now!, Bob learned from her about the same anticancer substance containing minerals, vitamins, and amino acids used successfully by Reverend Ken Walker. Then my husband did his own literature search on the substance, Poly-MVA. Consequently, I added this liquid amino acid metallovitamin to my nutritional supplementation, two teaspoonfuls four times a day taken in purified water,” confirms Sarah. “I’ve continued this supplementation on my own without help from any oncologist, except that Sally Jobe Center Ob-Gyn Associate Asela C. Russell, MD, monitors the size of my tumor.”

Sarah Jones concludes, “After she performed an examination of me on November 8, 2002, Dr. Russell wrote on her prescription pad: ‘Sarah Jones’ left breast mass is significantly smaller. [Now reduced to] approximately 1.5 by 1.4 centimeters [2.1 cm3] maximum dimensions.'”

Within six months of beginning her program of nutritional supplementation with Poly-MVA, this most recent oncological measurement for the patient’s cancerous breast lump shows a reduction from her original March 15, 2002 tumor measurement of 5.382 cm3. The malignant breast tumor of Sarah Jones had shrunk by 67 percent.

Both Sarah and Ken Walker are experiencing dramatic results from their use of the inventor’s Poly-MVA anticancer concept. The Poly-MVA name comes from the combined terms Poly meaning “many, much, more than one”; M indicating “minerals”; V signifying “vitamins”; and A symbolizing “amino acids.”2

The PolyMVA Anticancer Concept

A new principle in the nutritional healing of most cancer types is being presented here in the form of Poly-MVA™, the enzymatic complex of polynucleotide reductase which assists in correcting malfunctional nucleic acids in the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of genes.3

To explain: the nucleotide component is a single building block or step up the “spiral staircase” of DNA. Nucleotides show up as vital units in DNA because they are the basic molecular structures that control cell division and replication. The reductase enzyme catalyzes oxidation/reduction by which any substance gains one or more electrons; and this enzyme invariably assists in bringing about DNA repair. Subsequently, the polynucleotide reductase that is part of the Poly-MVA molecule biochemically affects multiple units of DNA by functioning as a gene-restoring nutrient.4

As stated, the Poly-MVA molecule is a lipoic acid palladium (LAPd) complex, which accomplishes such therapeutic restoration in several ways:

1) Its vitamin complex portion improves synergy with other essential nutrients inside the errant gene.

2) Its metallic components activate cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12).

3) Its alpha lipoic amino acid component aids in energy transfer within cells, which characteristically is highly specific for transferring electron energy from a normal metabolic hydrogen carrier to nucleic acids.

Poly-MVA’s inventor, Merrill Garnett, DDS, PhD, emphasizes that he chose to bind palladium (Pd) to alpha lipoic acid (ALA) because this amino acid is both water and fat-soluble and able to travel everywhere in the human body, even through the blood-brain barrier, taking the palladium molecule with it.

Dr. Garnett, whose Garnett McKeen Laboratory is located in Islip, New York, has produced a self-published book, First Pulse: A Personal Journey in Cancer Research. In it, the author-scientist offers a philosophical, highly technical but interesting anecdotal-filled discussion of how he came to create his invention. Dr. Garnett searched for singular substances for binding together the various ingredients which make up Poly-MVA. He found the therapeutic component in the platinum-derived palladium mineral, poisonous in the hands of an allopathic dentist, but life-saving for someone suffering from cancer. Yet Pd would be poisonous to cancer patients too, if it were not bound tightly to alpha lipoic acid and “sequestered” in the molecule as cobalt is sequestered in vitamin B12. Thus, Pd forms an organic metallovitamin-lipoic acid complex that joins with cobalt (Co), a part of the vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) complex.5

Dr. Garnett created Poly-MVA based on knowledge unknown before he discovered the Second Genetic Code, a huge scientific breakthrough and probably the crowning achievement of his career. (See the Garnett book for details about the highly complicated Second Genetic Code discovery.)

Dr. Garnett discovered that palladium acts as an excellent catalyst for combining oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H); the metal absorbs over 900 times its volume of hydrogen. He adapts Pd for strengthening the actions of other molecules too; e.g., iron (Fe) holds together the active parts of hemoglobin, and its holding action is reinforced in the presence of palladium. Other amino acids besides alpha lipoic acid make up some part of the Garnett formulation.

Poly-MVA Eliminates Brain Cancer for Mark Olsztyn

Now 38 years old, Mark Olsztyn, the son of Stanley R. Olsztyn, MD(H), popular holistic and homeopathic physician of Phoenix, Arizona, was diagnosed in 1993 with a Stage IV frontal lobe brain tumor the size of a walnut. After excision it was judged to be a low-grade pilocynic astrocytoma. Recommended follow-up was merely with periodic diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The imaging was done for five years until Mark decided he was in wonderful shape with no more need for diagnostics.

“While working in Boston, Mark eventually visited his local physician for a routine checkup and a second tumor was found to have grown in the same location of his brain. Surgery turned up that my son now was affected by glioblastoma multiforme, a much more serious condition than the first,” explains Dr. Olsztyn. “The tumor showed as unencapsulated, highly malignant, growing rapidly, and infiltrating extensively. In Boston, he took a full course of radiation therapy and then started on chemotherapy. Realizing that he was not going to live very long, Mark decided to return home to Phoenix expecting to die with his loved ones around him.

“When he came back to Phoenix in early 1998 I became an active participant in his care,” states Dr. Olsztyn. “I put him on a nutritional program, carried on discussions with oncologists about chemotherapy, and acquired Poly-MVA for Mark’s daily use. I invited both Dr. Merrill Garnett and Dr. Albert Sanchez, Sr., to lecture about it at our monthly Arizona Homeopathic Medical Association meeting.

“While simultaneously taking Poly-MVA and chemotherapy, my son decided to discontinue the chemotherapy altogether because of severe side effects he was experiencing. He therefore uses only his regular large daily doses of Poly-MVA,” Dr. Olsztyn says. “From mid-1998, the only contact Mark has had with conventional oncological medicine is for diagnostic MRIs. Poly-MVA is the only treatment he has taken, and for nearly five years there remains no visible evidence of tumor regrowth. My son is asymptomatic and semi-annual MRI examinations are negative for brain cancer.

“I have recommended Poly-MVA to many people because of my extremely favorable impression of the Garnett concept from several viewpoints: First, the theoretical explanation of how it works makes sense,” states Dr. Olsztyn. “Second, the product is completely safe and definitely effective for healthy tissue. Third, it is highly selective for malignant tissue, by influencing oxygen, water, and electrical inputs to the malignancy.

“Patients I’ve observed taking Poly-MVA have thrived. Numbers of them are following its protocol now. In my opinion Dr. Garnett and Dr. Sanchez are providing a really well thought out, safe treatment for all types of malignancies. They should be commended,” affirms Dr. Stanley R. Olsztyn.

The Poly-MVA Mechanism of Action

As reported in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer, “A major factor in the success of Poly-MVA has been to provide an electron energy transfer mechanism from normal metabolic hydrogen carriers to nucleic acids. Poly-MVA induces energy-dependent changes in the shape of DNA or RNA [ribonucleic acid] as a result of the new reduced state it induces in the nucleotides.”6

Dr. Garnett’s newly conceived molecule of lipoic acid palladium (LAPd) complex repairs the abnormally altered gene that sets potential cancer mechanisms in motion by following the recommended protocol for PolyMVA. The now deceased oncology therapist Rudy Falk, MD, of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, had repeatedly stated, “The greatest use of Poly-MVA is as a cancer prophylactic.”

Dr. Falk experimented with Poly-MVA for several years at the University of Toronto; he was one of the first physicians worldwide to investigate the new anticancer remedy. After years of research he firmly believed that ingesting 1/2 tsp. daily of Poly-MVA would prevent cancer. Today there is an important ongoing Practioners’ Study of Poly-MVA to see if Dr. Falk was correct; that it’s a preventative. The volunteer practitioners and their families are participating in this 20-year study to see if they can beat the odds against cancer, because as high as malignancy statistics are among the general population, they are even more elevated among health practitioners.

A general surgeon from the Dominican Republic, Ahmad Nasri, MD, took over the late Dr. Falk’s Barrie, Ontario practice nearly two years ago. Continuing to utilize Poly-MVA onward from 1997 in his own country, Dr. Nasri advises: “Going back almost fifteen years, Dr. Falk had combined the Palladium Lipoic Complex with hyaluronic acid as a targeting agent and applied them together for their anticancer effects, both intravenously and orally. [Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan found in lubricating proteoglycans of human synovial fluid, vitreous humor, cartilage, blood vessels, skin, and the umbilical cord.]

“Dr. Falk and I also had added low dose chemotherapy, high dose vitamins, H2O2, other minerals, and vaccines to Dr. Garnett’s organic mineral complex. Poly-MVA was one of our most important cancer remission tools,” continues Dr. Nasri. “With Dr. Falk working in Canada and me in the Dominican Republic, we achieved excellent results against most cancers. We observed tumor shrinkage, cancer down staging from Stage 4 to Stage 2, pain reduction, and additional therapeutic effects. Cancer patients we had started on this protocol even eight years ago remain in good health by self-administration of the oral liquid and periodically receiving intravenous booster injections of Poly-MVA. My practice today involves following the patients’ progress with tumor markers, and resuming their IV treatment if necessary. Today I can definitely offer at least six cancer case histories of patients who stay in good shape from their taking Poly-MVA.”

Poly-MVA is manufactured as a liquid mostly for oral ingestion, although some physicians administer it intravenously.

Dr. Falk’s original anticancer usage protocol strictly for cancer prevention consisted of only 1/2 teaspoonful a day of Poly-MVA. For therapy, a new and updated Poly-MVA protocol is now enthusiastically recommended by the Advanced Medicine and Research Center (AMARC) of Chula Vista, California. The protocol is presented in a publication written by Albert Sanchez, Sr., PhD, EdS, and made available by AMARC.7

Recognized Poly-MVA Therapeutic Benefits

From the established therapeutic effects of its alpha lipoic acid/palladium complex, Poly-MVA provides at least 13 recognized anticancer benefits. The benefits are reproduced here from observations described by Dr. Merrill Garnett in a series of reports published on his animal studies conducted at the Garnett McKeen Laboratory in Islip, New York. One by one over time, he has advised that the lipoic acid/palladium complex (LAPd) does the following:8

1. LAPd causes an indefinite variety of immune system responses, but with specific manifestations as indicated in the twelve additional attributes listed below.

2. LAPd seeks out and destroys cancer cells anywhere in the body by stealing their electromagnetic energy.

3. LAPd invigorates normal cells and helps to repair any damage the invasive cancer may have left behind.

4. LAPd reduces tumor size or causes the tumor to shink.

5. LAPd produces an idiosyncratic set of effects which include a pattern of lag-arrest-slow death of cancer cells from an inhibition of their energy metabolism.

6. LAPd prevents sterol biosynthesis, thereby preventing new cancer cell plasma membrane synthesis.

7. LAPd shows a very large fraction of sensitive cancer cells as a morphological feature.

8. LAPd promotes the growth of proliferating normal cells surrounding a core of central tumor necrosis consisting of dead cancer cells.

9. LAPd stimulates the infiltration of leukocytes for the removal of cancer cell debris.

10. LAPd has absolutely no toxic reaction – no adverse side effects.

11. LAPd accomplishes its therapeutic benefits in both animals and humans.

12. LAPd works against cancer of many types not only as an orally administered liquid but also perhaps even more effectively as an intravenous injection.

 13. LAPd reduces the incidence of cachexia with a potential for increased body weight of the frail cancer patient.

Being aware of the LAPd actions in Poly-MVA, Robert D. Milne, MD, Medical Director of the Milne Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, has employed the metallovitamin complex for a family member and for the adjunctive nutritional healing of cancer in numbers of patients. He does not treat cancer but offers his patients nutritional support for their cancer. Poly-MVA is one of the more vital nutrients that Dr. Milne recommends.

“After undergoing a full oncological evaluation, my father-in-law at age 69 asked me to help him with a potentially deadly 14-cm by 2.5 cm-size Stage 3 transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder producing right-ureter obstruction,” explains Dr. Milne. “Hospitalized in a critical care unit for ten days with acute respiratory distress syndrome from his adverse reaction to chemotherapy, my father-in-law was no longer a candidate for cytotoxic therapy. Upon my educating him about Poly-MVA, he undertook a therapeutic trial of this nutritional agent. With the Poly-MVA, I also recommended that he take 500 mg daily of coenzyme Q10 and 25 tablets daily of pancreatic enzymes. The treatment proved successful for him.

“His original tumor biopsy taken July 2001 was reported by the pathologist as ‘invasive carcinoma Grade 2 with invasion into the muscularis propria.’ Using just the nutritional program I had recommended,” says Dr. Milne, “a report on the six-month followup biopsy of my father-in-law’s tumor on January 11, 2002 stated, ‘There is no cancer.’ And his CAT scan showed, ‘No evidence of the tumor in this patient’s bladder.’

“I believe that the Poly-MVA adjunct for this patient was exceedingly helpful, and the work of Dr. Merrill Garnett is truly remarkable. It’s different from any other therapy that has ever been done against cancer,” says Dr. Robert D. Milne. “Based on my father-in-law’s excellent result and the results experienced by many others, I truly believe that Poly-MVA is worth trying by any person who has cancer or wants to prevent its onset.”


Further information about Merrill Garnett, PhD, DDS, and his work in the field of bio-energetics may be found on Dr. Garnett’s website at

People wanting additional information about Poly-MVA should visit the particular website at

Anyone requiring a contact list of cancer survivors who have benefited from Poly-MVA and for a second list of over 150 health professionals who provide patients with Poly-MVA, should visit the survivors’ website at

Health professionals and others seeking information about how to participate in the Practitioners’ Study on Poly-MVA, may acquire a complimentary practitioners’ informational packet, which includes Dr. Garnett’s published book, First Pulse, plus more general material about the LAPd molecule of Poly-MVA. Make your request to Emmy McAllister at Health Solutions Now!, P.O. Box 1177, Snohomish, Washington 98291; 425-334-9644; Fax 425-334-9834; Email:

Ms. Emmy McAllister is the information agent representing the charitable organization responsible for supporting Dr. Merrill Garnett’s metallochemical research, the Advanced Medicine and Research Center (AMARC), Albert Sanchez, PhD, EdS, President, 539 Telegraph Canyon Road, #281, Chula Vista, California 91910; 619-628-4751 or 619-628-4745; Fax 619-628-4749; Email:

Health professionals having more technical biochemical/physiological questions may telephone the inventor/creator of Poly-MVA, Dr. Merrill Garnett, directly at his office in Islip, New York at 631-774-3821.

Persons wishing to acquire a supply of oral Poly-MVA and other nutritional substances may contact the primary commercial source in North America, AMARC Enterprises, Inc., Albert Sanchez, Jr., President; 866-Poly-MVA i.e. 866-765-9682; Email:

For further information about his multiple myeloma remission experience, contact Reverend Ken Walker, 221 Bella Vista Drive, Fox Island, Washington 98333; 253-549-7676; Email:

For further information about her breast cancer reduction experience, contact Sarah Jones, Cavitat Medical Tech Inc., 10691 East Bethany Drive, Suite 900, Aurora, Colorado 80014-2670; 303-755-2688.

For further information about therapy for his son Mark or other patients taking the Poly-MVA, contact Stanley R. Olsztyn, MD, 4350 East Camelback Road, Suite B-220, Phoenix, Arizona 85018; 602-840-8424; Email:

For further information about his experience administering Poly-MVA and the adaptation of Dr. Rudy Falk’s original protocol, contact Ahmed Nasri, MD, 730 Essa Road, Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4N 9E9; Tel. 705-735-2354; Email:

For his summary judgement about the anticancer qualities of Poly-MVA, contact Robert D. Milne, M.D., Medical Director of the Milne Medical Center, 2110 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106; 702-385-1393; Email:

Source:   Townsend Letter

Cheap, “Safe” Drug Kills Most Cancers

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It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks.

DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar.

Until now it had been assumed that cancer cells used glycolysis because their mitochondria were irreparably damaged. However, Michelakis’s experiments prove this is not the case, because DCA reawakened the mitochondria in cancer cells. The cells then withered and died (Cancer Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.020).

Michelakis suggests that the switch to glycolysis as an energy source occurs when cells in the middle of an abnormal but benign lump don’t get enough oxygen for their mitochondria to work properly (see diagram). In order to survive, they switch off their mitochondria and start producing energy through glycolysis.

Crucially, though, mitochondria do another job in cells: they activate apoptosis, the process by which abnormal cells self-destruct. When cells switch mitochondria off, they become “immortal”, outliving other cells in the tumour and so becoming dominant. Once reawakened by DCA, mitochondria reactivate apoptosis and order the abnormal cells to die.

“The results are intriguing because they point to a critical role that mitochondria play:

they impart a unique trait to cancer cells that can be exploited for cancer therapy,” says Dario Altieri, director of the University of Massachusetts Cancer Center in Worcester.

The phenomenon might also explain how secondary cancers form. Glycolysis generates lactic acid, which can break down the collagen matrix holding cells together. This means abnormal cells can be released and float to other parts of the body, where they seed new tumours.

DCA can cause pain, numbness and gait disturbances in some patients, but this may be a price worth paying if it turns out to be effective against all cancers. The next step is to run clinical trials of DCA in people with cancer. These may have to be funded by charities, universities and governments: pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to pay because they can’t make money on unpatented medicines. The pay-off is that if DCA does work, it will be easy to manufacture and dirt cheap.

Paul Clarke, a cancer cell biologist at the University of Dundee in the UK, says the findings challenge the current assumption that mutations, not metabolism, spark off cancers. “The question is: which comes first?” he says.

Source:  New Scientist