From The Cancer Chronicles #26
© Feb. 1995 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

An unusual medical controversy has erupted in Blue Earth country, Minnesota (southwest of Minneapolis) over an unusual treatment for cancer, Lyme disease, MS and other ailments.The defendant is Herbert Saunders, a local dairy farmer, who sells pregnant cows to people with advanced diseases. The patient then has his or her blood drawn, and this is then injected into the pregnant cow's udder. When the cow gives birth, the patient drink its antibody rich colostrum (first milk) in the form of whey (the serum or watery part of the milk).

There have been reports of dramatic improvement on this non-toxic treatment. The whey treatment became well-known after Rep. Berkley Bedell, from the neighboring state of Iowa, reported that it cured him of his Lyme disease-related arthritis several years ago. Bedell, a recent finalist for Coping magazine's Hero Award, is scheduled to testify on Saunders' behalf.

The state prosecutors consider this an "udderly" worthless treatment. They contend that Saunders is a common charlatan, who is selling people astronomically priced milk. They also claim that his injection technique constitutes cruelty to animals. This is ironic, since (according to the Encyclopedia Britannica) the local economy is "centered on a prosperous hog market." The last time we looked, hog butchering was no less cruel than giving a cow an injection in her udder.

The cows sold for only one or two thousand dollars (their market value) and Saunders is hardly well-prepared financially for this legal assault. In fact, he is practically bankrupt and his attorney, Calvin Paul Johnson of Mankato, along with two legal assistants are working on a volunteer basis, because they believe so strongly in the cause of medical freedom. (They can be reached at 507-345-4545 or faxed at 507-387-1005.)

Aside from some rather astonishing anecdotes, is there any scientific rationale behind this rustic treatment? There is, and it centers around a substance called "transfer factor"(TF), which was discovered by H.S. Lawrence of New York University in 1949. This has been used experimentally for decades. It is a long-established fact that there can be a transfer of immunity (say, sensitivity to the TB organism) from the blood of one individual to another. TF is actually a mixture of at least 200 different chemicals normally found in the blood. According to one orthodox history book, "transfer factor has been applied clinically with some success in...a variety of viral and mycotic [i.e., fungal, ed.] disease."

Dr. Lawrence's problem was that he was too far ahead of his time. In fact, he discovered TF six years before anyone even knew that lymphocytes (white blood cells) had anything to do with immunity! In a sense, it was rediscovered as a treatment by Hugh Fudenberg, M.D. of So. Carolina in 1970. Fudenberg is also scheduled to testify in Saunders' defense.

TF has now been tried against many diseases, including cancer. Fudenberg recently reviewed the results in a peer-reviewed medical paper. While the outcome in breast cancer were rather disappointing (because, he feels, of incomplete knowledge of how to best give the treatment), a recent test in highly malignant osteosarcoma (bone cancer), was promising. Seven control patients all died by 24 months. But five of the six patients who received TFafter surgery "were alive and disease-free" at the end of 24 months "and also at last follow-up, 100-120 months after therapy." This increase in survival was due to the prevention of lung metastases. Saunders provided his folk variation on this sophisticated treatment to patients who in many cases have been abandoned by conventional medicine.


The following document is from Saunders' defense committee.

  • · We the People of the State of Minnesota are guaranteed access to colostrum, the first milk of birthing female animals.

  • We the People have the right to choose viable health treatments for our bodies.

  • We the People possess fundamental rights of privacy, fundamental rights of liberty, common-law rights of self-determination, and fundamental rights of Nature.

  • We the People assert our right to speak freely about our health.

  • We the People preserve our right to act upon our knowledge to improve and maintain health.

  • We the People proclaim our rights, as farmers, to sell and peddle our products.

  • We the People claim our right to buy the products of the farm or garden from those who occupy and cultivate either.

  • We the People proclaim that the laws protect those who seek unconventional means of improving and maintaining health equally with those who seek conventional treatments.



From The Cancer Chronicles #27
© May 1995 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

The trial of Herb Saunders for using a non-toxic "whey" treatment for cancer, Lyme disease, and other ailments (CC #26) ended in a mistrial. The jury deliberated for ten hours without reaching a decision.

"My heart sings with the eagle for the one lone dissenting juror," wrote Saunders' attorney, Calvin P. Johnson. But in mid-March, the Watonwan County, Minnesota Attorney announced that he would re-prosecute the Odin dairy farmer for practicing medicine without a license; but there will be no trial for at least six more months. Saunders remains under restrictions not to sell colostrum from which the whey is derived. Saunders may ask the higher courts to declare Minnesota's Practicing Medicine statue unconstitutional....



From The Cancer Chronicles #32-#33
© June 1996 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

On 5/20/96, a mistrial was declared in the case of Mr. Herbert Saunders, the Odin, Minnesota dairy farmer who has been accused of practicing medicine without a license. The jury in the four-day trial failed to reach a verdict. This follows a hung jury last year as well.The trial's outcome was hailed as "a victory for individual rights," according to the 67-year-old Saunders.

"It showed one thing to me. People want the right to do as they choose. That's the way this country is set up to be." He may however be retried by the district attorney. Saunders was first arrested in 1993 when an undercover drug enforcement officer, posing as a cancer patient, visited Saunders' dairy farm, ostensibly seeking treatment.

He secretly recorded conversations in which Mr. Saunders spoke of the therapeutic benefit of colostrum, the cow's first milk after giving birth. The agent then bought both some milk and a cow from Saunders, with money that had been earmarked for the removal of illicit drugs from Watonwan County.

The agent had his own blood removed by a medical doctor and then infused it into the udder of the purchased cow. The purpose of this procedure was to prepare an immune response in the colostrum.

This sounds far-out, but is closely related to a well-known treatment called "transfer factor," which was discovered by Dr. Henry S. Lawrence at New York University in the 1950s and further researched by Lewis Thomas, MD, later president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The defense team, which largely represented Saunders pro bono, ridiculed the state's argument that curds and whey were dangerous drugs, on a par with heroin.

"The real issue in this case is the State's attempt to silence Mr. Saunders' incredible knowledge about colostrum," declared Calvin Johnson, one of Saunders' attorneys (507-345-4545). "He is being prosecuted for talking about what he knows."

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