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FOREWORD TO "A CURIOUS MAN"
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HANS A. NIEPER, MD
(to be published by Avery Press)
© 1998 by Ralph W. Moss, PhD
When I arrived at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York in June, 1974, there was an atmosphere of great excitement. The "war on cancer," declared by Pres. Nixon in December, 1971, was finally gearing up. Viruses were being explored as causative agents, new chemotherapeutic drugs were being discovered, and scientific leaders such as Robert A. Good, MD, PhD, Lloyd Old, MD, and Lewis Thomas, MD were pioneering the immunological approach to cancer.
But, as I soon discovered, there was another side to the "war on cancer" that few people, even at MSKCC, knew. This was the highly controversial "alternative" type of treatment that existed in Germany, Mexico and underground in the US itself. In the Public Affairs office we routinely cautioned patients away from such nonconventional or what we called "quack" approaches, such as Laetrile (amygdalin). Imagine how astounded I was when, in June, 1974, I discovered that Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, DSc, Sloan-Kettering Institute's senior researcher, was not only conducting scrupulous research on Laetrile but getting positive results on metastases in mice.
Even more astounding was the fact that such methods, while publicly disdained by all "right-thinking" oncologists, were quietly and sympathetically being explored in private meetings on the 13th floor of Sloan-Kettering's Howard Building, where Drs. Good and Old had their headquarters. The person they most consulted was a youthful and obviously brilliant German doctor named Hans Nieper. In fact, it was an open secret that one of these leaders had sent his own mother to be treated by Nieper, with beneficial results, much as many celebrities would later make the trek to Hannover.
I remember Dr. Nieper well from those days. He was a solidly built man of medium height. His hair was already starting to turn gray and he wore thick glasses. He had a strong, serious expression on a decidedly German face, which occasionally lit up with an almost mischievous smile. There were complaints at the time that Dr. Nieper held the leaders of Sloan-Kettering in sway as he expounded his treatment ideas. Although Drs. Good, Old and Thomas were world-famous immunologists, they had little practical experience in the application of non-conventional concepts to cancer patients. In this sphere, they were pupils of Dr. Nieper.
Laetrile was the focus of many discussions. This was "officially" a money-driven rip-off of desperate patients. But Sugiura, Nieper, and Dean Burk, Ph.D., co-founder of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, had showed that laetrile had in fact scientific foundations rooted in the nineteenth century. These ideas explained Sugiura's otherwise incomprehensible results. Nieper in particular was in the midst of his fruitful exploration of the many permutations of the amygdalin molecule.
The reader is probably aware that Sloan-Kettering's leaders later publicly disavowed this substance and denied their own positive results. It was a sorry moment in the history of a great institution, and a misdeed from which it is still trying to recover.
Dr. Sugiura, with great courage, refused to accept this distortion of his factual record ("I write what I see!" he declared. "Laetrile is a good palliative drug.") He was hounded for doing so, a story I tell in my book, The Cancer Industry. I protested against this coverup in numerous ways and I was fired in November, 1977 for "failing to carry out my most basic job responsibility," which means to lie when your boss tells you to. However, no amount of suppression could change a single scientific fact. The careful scientific work of Sugiura, Burk, and of course, Nieper continues to excite interest in the scientific world. In the 1980s, Japanese scientists discovered that benzaldehyde (a breakdown product of laetrile) had important clinical effects. I believe that in the end it will be these honest scientists who will be proven right, and the knee-jerk defenders of orthodoxy who will be exposed.
Hans Nieper is far more than a "laetrile advocate," however. He has developed a whole class of related compounds that appear to have even greater efficacy. In the 1970s, he worked with German chemist, Dr. Franz Kohler, Sr., to design a molecule in which the l-glucose portion of laetrile was replaced by urea. Together, they produced what are called the ureyl-, nicotinyl-, and para-aminobenzoic mandelonitriles. Even today, Nieper uses a combination of such compounds in his Hannover hospital in the treatment of cancer. By caving in to the "quackbusters," American science has lost 20 years of the potential development of such compounds.
If Hans Nieper had only done this he would have earned a place in medical history. However, his contributions to medicine have been truly astonishing. In cancer, he is the pioneer of a whole class of gene repairing and gene extinguishing substances, which constitute a fresh way of looking at the cancer problem. These substances include Squalene (shark liver oil), Carnivorous plant extracts (such as Carnivora®), Didrovaltrate (an herbal extract from the Himalayan Valerian plant), Acetaldehydes, Benzaldehydes, DHEA, Oncostatins, and Tumosterons. This excellent book will explain all of these and their usage even to readers who have not had a scientific education.
Perhaps the most curious treatment from this "curious man" are the Iridodials. I must admit that I laughed out loud when I first heard about these. Iridodials are derived from the bodies of Australian ants. How much more esoteric can one get? I must also say that we in the cancer field are used to the Niagara of ideas that flow from the mind of Hans Nieper. But this, I thought, really "takes the cake." But the more I talked to Hans about this, the more sensible and exciting it appeared.
This "ant cure" is not just a fad. It brings together a number of themes that this innovative scientist has been developing for over 40 years. Iridodials, he explains, are a primary source of natural chemical substances, called di-aldehydes. These are said to be extremely powerful genetic repair factors. They resemble Didrovaltrate except that they contain smaller molecules. Their anticancer effect was first described by Dr. Peter Thies of Hannover, Germany in 1985 and were first used clinically (against lung cancer) by Dr. Didier of Gifhorn, Germany. But it is Hans Nieper who has made these compounds world famous.
Why ants? As Nieper explains in this book, Iridomyrmex ants (like sharks) rarely develop tumors. They are also able to host unbelievable amounts of viruses without showing any ill effects. Yet these little creatures do this with no immune systems! Big ant colonies are also generally found in areas of intense "vacuum field" energy turbulence, what Dr. Nieper calls geopathogenic zones. Thus, in his terms, they must have very strong genetic repair systems in order to survive.
When an experienced cancer clinician tells us that he has discovered something of value we should all pay careful attention. When such a statement comes from Hans Nieper it should make headlines. Nieper says that in his vast clinical experience, "the Iridodials outdistance most other effective substances known in the therapeutic treatment of cancer," even in terminal breast cancer cases. This is astonishing and deserves the most intense scientific scrutiny including, in my opinion, randomized clinical trials. A key problem has been the lack of purified substance; however as you shall learn, the ubiquitous Nieper is working on that as well.
In addition to his work on cancer, Nieper is world famous for his treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other degenerative or auto-immune diseases. In fact, he was one of the early pioneers of the concept of autoimmunity. And, as if that weren't enough, he has made fundamental contributions to the physics of "vacuum field" or "zero point" energy and even to the U.S. Star Wars program. He is considered a force in gravity physics, worldwide.
One chapter that will be of special interest to Americans concerns the "Import Alert" that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clamped on Dr. Nieper's products in the 1980s. First the FDA prohibited the free use of safe substances within our own shores, thereby forcing patients to leave the country. Then, when the patients returned, they were treated like criminals and had their medicines confiscated at the border. Yet many of these substances were simple nutrients available in other forms in health food stores.
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this was a special campaign directed at Dr. Nieper because of his outspoken defense of the concepts behind Laetrile and his friendship with figures in the movement for medical freedom of choice. Also, the fact that he had become an international celebrity doctor, fêted in Hollywood, did not help.
Today the situation is marginally better, although Americans still lack the basic health freedoms that are freely enjoyed by all Germans. How ironic that 50 years after the defeat of Nazism, Americans are suffering from political repression in the field of health care and turn to Germany for inspiration.
As we do so, our most inspiring teacher is still the successful clinician and astonishing theoretician who introduced us to innovative cancer medicine in the 1970s, Hans Alfred Nieper, MD.