TROUBLE IN BLUE EARTH COUNTY:
From The Cancer Chronicles #26
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 STATE V. HERBERT SAUNDERS
The following document is from Saunders' defense committee.
WHEY PROVIDER TO BE RETRIED
From The Cancer Chronicles #27
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....
"MILKMAN" STILL AT LARGE AS