Skip to comments.Possible cancer breakthrough "invented" in Florida garage
Posted on 09/01/2007 9:12:16 PM PDT by Red Badger
Susan Moses Created: 5/15/2007 2:59:08 PM Updated:5/16/2007 6:11:13 AM
SANIBEL ISLAND, FL -- A Florida retiree battling cancer himself has discovered a possible method of killing cancerous cells with radio waves. If it works, it could be the "Holy Grail" of cancer treatments.
His is the great American story. A broadcast engineer, who shrewdly evolves into the owner of several TV and radio stations, sells them for a bundle and retires early to picturesque Sanibel Island.
But Easter 2002, began an unexpected chapter in the story of John Kanzius, a year and-a-half after he retired. He was diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia.
Soon after receiving this news, Kanzius began his punishing chemotherapy and was heartbroken at its effects on fellow patients, especially children.
"There was one scene I could not forget and that was the young children came in with smiles and a week later see those smiles disappear and so forth and literally would watch them waste away," recalls Kanzius.
Necessity is the mother of invention and the need for a gentler treatment for those sick children proved a powerful motivator for Kanzius, a tinkerer, inventor and grandfather.
"We really haven't developed a better way other than going into people's veins and putting systemic drugs into them and hoping we kill the cancer before we kill the person," Kanzius says.
Kanzius wrestled with the idea of a better way and in the middle of the night in October 2003 inspiration struck: kill cancerous cells with radio waves.
"I had all the equipment that one could use for sending and picking up radio signals."
He was a ham radio operator.
Kanzius continues, "And all I needed in my house was antennas. And the best thing that worked as antennas at 3 o'clock in the morning was my wife's pie pans."
Startled out of bed by clattering in the kitchen, wife Marianne found her husband cutting up her pie pans.
"I got up and immediately thought he'd lost it," says Marianne Kanzius.
His idea might have sounded crazy but he wasn't. Here are the basics of his idea.
Radio waves for the most part are harmless but they will heat certain metals. Gold is one of those metals and was also previously FDA-approved for use in humans.
A lab provided Kanzius with what is essentially gold, broken down into the tiniest possible size. They're called nanoparticles.
These nanoparticles are injected into a cancer patient and are attracted to the abnormalities of the cancerous cells, attaching themselves to those bad cells. What's more, the nanoparticles ignore healthy cells.
The patient is then exposed to radio waves and only the bad cells heat up and die. The healthy cells, which have no metal on them, are not warmed up at all and are unaffected.
Early, crude experiments done on hot dogs in his garage seemed to work. In 2004, Kanzius showed the results to a prominent cancer researcher.
"He said, 'You know this is the most amazing thing I've ever read in my life,'" proudly recalls Kanzius.
Today Kanzius has several universities working on his research and a manufacturer now builds clinical-sized versions of the machine he first built with radio parts and his wife's pie pans.
This 62-year-old Florida retiree with no medical background whatsoever has grabbed the attention of the medical community.
"We could be getting close to grabbing the Holy Grail," says physician Dr. Dan Pulsipher.
Kanzius spends 70 hours of his retirement every week working on a cure, still motivated by those children he saw in chemotherapy.
"My best term scenario would be to watch a patient get treated and have a doctor tell them they're cured. To me, that would be all the thanks I would need."
Human trials are expected to begin in a couple of years.
Here’s an update:
didn’t this just happen in Erie , pennsylvania??
Who knows? I remember reading someplace that most major leaps in science are the products of happenstance and serendippity more than rigorous applications of fundamentals. If so, this guy could be another Wright brother...
Well radio waves are a form of radiation. By sending multiple beams that cross at a cancer it is possible to give the cancer much more radiation than the surrounding healthy tissue.
So this isn’t unthinkable except that precision would be better without the pie pans and with some better controls.
He could also give himself some new cancer.
Same guy in a more formal lab setting..........
This I don't understand. I know the FDA must be careful but since gold has already been approved for use with humans and radio waves are harmless, why wait? Think of all the people who will die, especially children, while they fool around. Seems senseless to me.
Yes, thanks, I saw that one. This article has more of the details of how he came up with his idea. Gold nano-particles and RF energy seem to be the trick..........
Me too. In the old days, criminals could volunteer for medical experiments in exchange for time off their sentences. We ought to re-think that idea........
>>This I don’t understand. I know the FDA must be careful but since gold has already been approved for use with humans and radio waves are harmless, why wait? Think of all the people who will die, especially children, while they fool around. Seems senseless to me.<<
Radio waves can cause cancer and leukemia plus every kind of human trial takes time. It may also be a function of prioritizing treatments deemed most hopeful and getting funding. That said, testing and certification takes too long.
Isn’t this the same thing that a guy named Royal Raymond Rife bent his pick on a few dacades back?
What a ridiculous thing to say... I guess using your cell phone causes cancer? What about those people living next door to 50,000 watt transmitters? Do they get cancer?
So this isnt unthinkable except that precision would be better without the pie pans and with some better controls.
He could also give himself some new cancer.
I think they are generating heat in the metal (gold), more like a microwave oven does than what is normally thought of as radiation.
Because the gold attaches to the cancer cells, that heat is directly applied, causing selective cell death.
I would suspect that the frequency involved is far from what is normally thought of as "radiation."
Do hot dogs contain living cancer cells? Wow!!! Where is Art Bell??? Someone please send this info to him!!! /sarc off
>>What a ridiculous thing to say... I guess using your cell phone causes cancer? What about those people living next door to 50,000 watt transmitters? Do they get cancer?<<
From Coyote’s response it sounds like the risk is not great.
But in principle all electromagnetic waves (including radio waves, microwaves, ultra violet waves, gamma rays etc) follow the inverse square law - so that one watt at a range of one foot has a thousand times more effect than 1,000 watts at a 1,000 feet. Enough radio waves at close enough range can be dangerous.
But if these are below the threshold its likely not a consideration.
BTW, there are people who think there is a link between cell phones and brain cancer.
That makes sense.
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