SOMATID CYCLE REVEALED:
OPEN NEW WORLD OF HOPE FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER
From The Cancer Chronicles #24-25
© Dec. 1994 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
Gaston Naessens is a Québec biologist who, many believe, has made
fundamental discoveries relating to cancer, AIDS, and the nature of life
itself. Through the use of a unique microscope of his own invention, named
the Somatoscope, the 70-year-old French-born Canadian has discovered a primitive
biological entity, which he calls the "somatid."
Naessens claims that the somatid is found in all biological fluids he has
looked at, including plant sap and human blood. Over the last 45 years, he
has also developed a number of promising new drugs, including G.N. 24, Anablast,
and a stabilizer for the immune system called 714X. 714X is at present available
to cancer and AIDS patients in Canada, but its legal position in the US is
moot, due to restrictions of the FDA.
Naessens is best known for 714X, which some people believe has helped them
control or even cure their cancer or AIDS. To Naessens and his followers,
this is ironic, since 714X is only a byproduct of his more fundamental biological
work. It is simply an attempt to help people in need, in accordance with
We have now made three separate visits to Naessens's Rock Forest laboratory.
We have also visited the Cliniques Santé Levesque south of Montréal
where people are trained in properly self-administering this product.
This special issue of The Cancer Chronicles is the result of an intensive,
three-month investigation. We shall focus on Naessens's fundamental ideas
rather than case histories of successes with 714X, although some of these
can be found in Christopher Bird's book, The Persecution and Trial of Gaston
Naessens (Tiburon, CA: H. J. Kramer, 1991)..
Naessens's ideas are so far-reaching that it would be naive to expect them
to be instantly accepted by the scientific establishment. Yet opposition
to Naessens, as well as to those espousing similar views, has gone almost
beyond belief. Since the early 1960s, Naessens has been pursued with fury
by medical authorities. In 1964, he was "escorted" out of his homeland, France,
after a national uproar over another one of his medications, G.N. 24. After
the beneficial effects of this drug were publicized, tens of thousands of
people attempted to fly into Corsica, where Naessens had sought refuge at
the time. This is still well remembered in France as l'Affaire Naessens.
Seeking peace to do his work, Naessens resettled in Montréal, Canada.
With his wife and co-worker Françoise (who died in October, 1991),
he eventually moved to more peaceful quarters in her family's cottage in
Rock Forest, a suburb of the provincial town of Sherbrooke. Françoise,
a trained laboratory technician, was co-developer of many of Naessens's
Initially, Naessens was able to work quietly with the help of the McDonald
Stewart Foundation of Montréal, a well-known supporter of innovative
cancer research. His work was also investigated by Sherbrooke University
until administrators there realized that he was the Naessens of l'Affaire
Naessens. And, inevitably, this scientific revolutionary gained the attention,
and hostility, of the Medical Corporation of Québec, and its determined
former director (1964-94), Augustin Roy, MD.
In May, 1989, Naessens was suddenly arrested and thrown into a filthy jail
cell: the charge was negligent homicide, as well as 64 counts of practicing
medicine without a license. (In Québec, this can refer to not just
treatment but diagnosis.)
The major charge stemmed from the death of a woman who had refused chemotherapy
for her disseminated breast cancer in favor of 714X. The various charges
added up to a virtual life sentence.This arrest galvanized public opinion
in much of Québec. A group of Naessens's supporters organized mass
demonstrations in Sherbrooke itself, and there was an unprecedented outpouring
of international and celebrity support. In the end, Naessens was found innocent
of all charges.
This incredible turn of events is reported in Christopher Bird's dramatic
book. After the trial, in early 1990, patients successfully pressured Health
and Welfare Canada to allow the distribution of 714X under their "Emergency
Drug Relief Program." So far, in Canada, about 4,000 prescriptions have been
written, by about 600 open-minded doctors.
Yet one should not suppose that the campaign of organized medicine against
Gaston Naessens and his revolutionary ideas has ceased. In 1992, the US FDA
issued an "Import Alert" against 714X, banning its importation for commercial
or even for personal use [see p. 13]. And in July, 1994, six FDA agents raided
a Rochester, NY company that was trying to educate the public about 714X,
as well as to assist US patients in receiving this unique product. [THE HEAD
OF THE COMPANY, CHARLES PIXLEY, WAS LATER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DOING
Is Naessens indeed the master charlatan his enemies project? Or is he one
of the greatest geniuses of our age? Is 714X just a worthless nostrum, with
possibly dangerous side effects? Or is it an ingeniously designed and unique
product, which has the ability to stabilize or even reverse symptoms in people
with cancer, AIDS, and other chronic illnesses?
Much is at stake here, for Naessens's ideas and discoveries could yield an
entirely novel way of viewing the origin of cancer, AIDS, and other degenerative
diseasesas well as life itself.
If even some of Naessens's claims are correct, this fact could lead to major
advances in such diverse fields as optics, microbiology, hematology, and
It is hard to even estimate the potential leap in medicine. "Somatidian
orthobiology" is truly paradigm-busting science. If Naessens is right, biologists
won't have to rewrite their textbooks. They can throw them away.
WHO IS GASTON NAESSENS?
In the literature of quackbusters, such as the American Cancer Society and
the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCHF), however, Naessens is demonized
as an uneducated international faker, whose entire career has been devoted
to hoodwinking the general public."Naessens has a long history of promoting
dubious cancer remedies," says a 1993 NCHF article. It claims that he "peddles"
secret formulas, making him "one of the folk heroes of the paranoid faction."
Yet, after days of intensive interviews, he and Ms. Levesque made a very
favorable impression on us. Naessens is a calm and dignified man; as Chris
Bird said, he has an almost aristocratic mien. For a person of 70, he is
also remarkably youthful and buoyant.
Naessens and Levesque live in a modest, but attractive house on the banks
of the tranquil Magog River. Ducks play in the backyard and there is a rowboat
moored at the foot of the steps. Inside, the living quarters are airy and
white, sparsely decorated. Naessens's laboratory is in the low-ceilinged
but roomy basement, as it has been for the last 30 years.
World-class scientific research is about the last thing you would expect
in such a bucolic locale. There are no visible signs of other hobbies or
interests: everything suggests that science is his life. One also has the
impression that no one is getting rich here, and that money is not the motive
for him or his three stepsons, who run the Centre d'Orthobiologie Somatidienne
de l'Estrie, Inc. (C.O.S.E.) next door.
Naessens speaks eloquently and with conviction, but in a non aggressive manner.
He struck us as a formal and reserved, but hardly "secretive," man, which
he is often accused of being. These are just impressions, but at least they
are based on some personal knowledge and are uniformly corroborated by others
who know him much better.
His critics, on the other hand, generally condemn from afar, sparing themselves
the bother of looking through his remarkable Somatoscope.Gaston Michel Naessens
was born 3/16/24 in Roubaix, a textile town just north of Lille, France.
His father was a local banker, who died when Gaston was only 10 years old.
Early on, young
Gaston showed a penchant for nervy inventiveness. At the age of four, he
attached an alarm clock to his Meccano set to create a moving mechanical
device. As a teenager, he built a functional airplane, which his mother burned
when she realized it really was going to fly. During the war, when gasoline
was in short supply, he traveled on a motorcycle he had built that was entirely
fueled by wood!
After graduating from the Collège de Marcq-en-Baroeul in 1938, Gaston
began courses in physics, chemistry, and biology at the University of Lille.
When World War II broke out, and the Nazis invaded northern France, Gaston,
with his classmates and teachers, migrated to the south of France, where
they reconstituted their school in Nice. Naessens continued his scientific
education there, and on 5/4/45 received diploma #219 in engineering and biology
from the Union Scientifique Nationale Française. However, after the
war, in a youthful oversight, he neglected to convert this wartime diploma
into a formal degree from the new deGaulle government. Such war-spawned confusion
over records and diplomas has led to repeated charges that Naessens has no
formal education, and therefore no ability to make scientific discoveries.
His lack of credentials have often been used to discredit his message.
For instance, NCHF states that "Naessens claimed to have studied biology
at the University of Lille, but records fail to verify this." As if World
War II and the Nazi occupation never intervened! In 1946, Naessens found
work as a technician in a blood analysis laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand,
west of Lyons. It was here that he first glimpsed unexplained particles in
human blood. Others dismissed these as "dross." But Naessens had an insight
that such "dross" might have biological significance.
At this juncture, Naessens set up his own laboratory with his mother's financial
help. The key problem was that conventional light microscopes could not provide
a clear view of these particles. Standard microscopes barely showed them
at all, and they would not take a stain. Clearly what was needed was a new
way of looking at blood.
There were two ways of increasing the power of the conventional light microscope.
The first was to increase the aperture of the lens, which was the direction
being taken by all of the world's major optical firms. The second was to
alter the nature of the light source itself. This was the ambitious course
young Naessens set for himself. In the late 1940s, he travelled to Germany,
and obtained the aid of that country's artisans, with their long tradition
of skill in optics.
Back home in France, Naessens created the first working model of an entirely
new kind of microscope, which he eventually dubbed the Somatoscope [see left].
A major advantage of the Somatoscope is that it reveals the dynamic behavior
of living materials. Using this unique instrument, one can see right into
the interior of living cells. For example, its view of the movement of some
white blood cells is mesmerizing: not only does one see the amoeba-like movement
of these cells, but every individual granule (lysosome) within the
granulocytesmoving, vibrating, pulsating.
What you see in a conventional microscope is just dead matter. It seems obvious
that Naessens has made a major advance over conventional microscopes, one
that would boggle the mind of any sincere biologist who looked through this
instrument. Yet this remarkable tool, and the inexpensive condenser derived
from it, remain unknown to the vast majority of scientists.
The reasons for this are complex. On the one hand, Naessens is not interested
in publishing in scientific journals, because he feels that completely new
ideas cannot survive the so-called peer-review process. On the other hand,
academics sometimes are unduly skeptical about the work of independent
laboratories, such as Naessens's Centre Expérimental de Recherches
Biologiques de l'Estrie, Inc. (C.E.R.B.E.). Another reason is that the
Somatoscope's mathematical constants have, until now, not been elucidated,
despite much difficult work expended on this question.
Thus, neither Naessens, nor anyone else, is yet able to give a rounded
explanation of the physics or mathematics involved in this remarkable invention.
That it does work, however, is indisputable.
Once Naessens had invented the Somatoscope, he was able to see more clearly
the "dross" that he had first noticed in human blood. This turned out to
be dancing particles, some no larger than viruses, normally present in tremendous
profusion. Naessens called these particles somatids, a word he coined meaning
"little bodies." In fact, on July 1, 1963, he registered his theory of the
somatids with the French Academy of Sciences in Paris.
There was then, and is today, no conventional recognition, much less explanation,
of this phenomenon. It is one of the most extraordinary facts of modern
science that such a prominent feature of blood, which can be seen by anybody
using a Naessens condenser, is non-existent, according to every orthodox
DEALING WITH ARTIFACTS
When Naessens was put on trial in 1989, it forced some doctors to confront
the somatid. One explanation offered for these particles was that they were
simply "artifacts." This explanation is illogical. Webster defines an artifact
as a product, such as a structure on a prepared microscope slide, of artificial
character due to extraneous (e.g., human) agency. Thus, artifacts by definition
are not natural occurrences, but are things created in the act of staining
or otherwise preparing tissues for microscopic examination.
However, remember that Naessens uses fresh bloodno stains, dyes, or
colorants at all. After carefully rubbing the skin with alcohol, he pricks
the finger, and then deftly touches the slide to the resulting drop of blood.
He then quickly places a cover slip over that and examines it for about 20-30
minutes. And that's it. It is difficult to see how millions of artifacts
could suddenly be created by such a simple, virtually sterile procedure.
Another, more intelligent objection is that somatids are merely lipoproteins
of various densities, including chylomicrons, HDL, LDL, etc. The confusion
is natural, since after a fatty meal there are a great number of chylomicrons
in the blood. These often give it a turbid, milky appearance for a few hours.
However, Naessens has repeatedly examined blood samples and heated them as
high as 70°C (158°F). This certainly immobilizes all chylomicrons
and lipoproteins, yet large numbers of dancing somatids remain just as active
after this procedure. (This is visible on the 1992 AIDS videotape from C.O.S.E.)
This demonstrates that the somatids are not chylomicrons or other lipoproteins.
It is also sometimes stated that the ceaseless life-like dance of the somatids
can be explained as "Brownian movement," which is the erratic, nondirectional,
zigzag motion of particulate matter. Even if somatids did move by Brownian
motion this would hardly rule out their biological activity.
(Red blood cells, by analogy, have no independent means of locomotion.) However,
this explanation of the somatid dance hardly accounts for some of the distinctly
non-random properties one easily observes.
Under the Naessens microscope or the condenser, one can routinely see the
somatids repelling one another. Naessens once captured a somatid under the
electron microscope and found that it had a positively charged nucleus and
a thin, negatively charged outer coating. And in fact, somatids are attracted
to the positive pole of a magnet placed on one end of the slide. In addition,
in videotaped experiments, one can see somatids (as well as their extended
forms) emerging from red blood cells when these are stressed by heat.
One can also frequently see somatids `refusing' to emerge from red blood
cells and instead `parasitizing' those cells in little nestswhich look
highly abnormal, and seem to be a sign of present or impending illness.In
our opinion, the least likely explanation of somatids is that they are
just unidentified garbage, cellular debris with no possible significance.
We should recall that a century ago platelets, now known to be a crucial
element in the blood, were considered simply "debris derived from the degradation
of other blood cells" (Beck, WS, ed. Hematology, MIT Press, 1994: 542).
The best hypothesis at the moment remains that of Naessens himself: that
somatids are living entities of tremendous importance to medicine, and in
some fundamental sense are an element necessary for the reproduction and
growth of normal cells.
Certainly, many questions remain about the exact nature of these fascinating
entities, their internal structure, and their chemical makeup, as well as
their relationship to cancer and other diseases. And just because Naessens
discovered and named them does not mean that all his current explanations
are necessarily correct or could not be modified with new information or
explanations. (Even Galileo at first thought that the moons of Jupiter were
"four planets...which have their orbits around a certain bright star.") Naessens
believes we are just at the beginning of understanding a vast new era. But
a fuller explanation of somatids will go hand-in-hand with the development
of ever more sensitive tools.
THE SOMATID CYCLE
After more than four years of work, Naessens developed his own technique
for isolating somatids. When thus cultured in a Petri dish, somatids reveal
a new picture. He observed that in the absence of blood inhibitors somatids
do not remain somatids ad infinitum, but enter upon a definite life cycle.
They routinely undergo a series of polymorphic transformations, which are
predictable and have been repeatedly captured on the Somatoscope. Originally,
to observe these changes took 90 hours of sitting at the microscope, but
more recently, Naessens has employed a video recorder.
His persistent study of the somatids in culture has led Naessens to one of
the most revolutionary aspects of his work: his claim that the little somatid
particle is only the first stage in a string of polymorphic transformations.
In the blood of healthy people, the somatid cycle has but three phases after
their formation in the red blood cells: somatid, spore, and then double-spore.
But in people who have cancer or other degenerative diseases, or are in the
process of developing these, Naessens claims that a kind of natural "gate"
gives way, and the somatid unfolds 13 additional phases, for a total of 16
phases of the complete macro-cycle . That is why the existence of any of
phases 4 to 16 in the blood is a sign of a weakened natural defense system.
Naessens considers the elucidation of this cycle one of the crowning achievements
of his long career. He is the first to admit, however, that over the years
others have also seen phases of this cycle. Between 1840 and 1900, for example,
about 10 scientists wrote about them. Between 1900 and the present, there
have been over 50 [See pp. 14-15]. Most of these dealt exclusively with the
bacterial phase, believing that they were working with an externally generated
"cancer microbe." Naessens has fully defined a sequence of changes that has
only been suspected before: the pleomorphism of an organism normally resident
in the human body.
Naessens also raises hackles when he says that the somatid "microbe" and
some of its dependent phases inhabit normal blood. Every medical student
learns that normal human blood is sterile. A profusion of living organisms
in the blood would not be normal or common: in fact, it sounds like septicemia,
a condition that would require immediate treatment with antibiotics.
But the most fundamental challenge comes in cancer. For it is the prevailing
belief of oncologists that microbes have nothing to do with the onset of
cancer. When they do occur in cancer patients' blood, it is only as an
"opportunistic" infection or as a contaminant on a slide. The very idea of
bacterial causes, once a popular hypothesis has now dropped out of the very
consciousness of modern science. It goes unmentioned in DeVita's 2,747-page
orthodox textbook on cancer.
All of this helps explain some of the resistance that Naessens has faced
over the years. Yet, with all that, the blindness of orthodox medicine is
hard to accept. There the Somatoscope sits, ready for close examination,
just a few short hours from the leading cancer research centers of North
The Somatoscope offers startling vistas into health and disease. For example,
the blood of a woman, who was part of a diagnostic research project, presented
a shocking sight: a virtual "zoo" of living, swarming, micro-organisms in
a single drop of live blood. None of these organisms, to our knowledge, is
found in standard textbooks, yet one can readily recognize many of the forms
Naessens describes in his somatid cycle. According to this woman's oncologist,
however, she is not only free of infections, but is in remission of her cancer,
We also saw the blood of people in the research program who were ostensibly
well, yet who had various stages of the somatid cycle in their blood. Such
people, Naessens claims, are in danger of developing some type of degenerative
disease, including cancer. Protective factors have given way, allowing the
somatid cycle to progress beyond its normal three stages and break into the
DISSECTING THE SOMATID
In its cultured, resistant form the somatid appears to be crystalline and
is remarkably resilient. For example, over the years Naessens has subjected
such cultured somatids to high doses of radiation, to carbonizing temperatures
(200º C), and to dissection. A cultured somatid broke three microscopic
diamond knives before it was successfully cut in half. On the other hand,
the somatid, as it normally appears in the blood, is quite vulnerable to
During one's lifetime, the concentration of somatids varies, depending on
the strength of the natural defenses. Naessens also believes that cell
division cannot happen without the growth promoters the somatids produce.
That makes them essential to the existence of life.
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