Chemotherapy heals cancer…
the earth is flat.
Cancer is perhaps the most feared disease in our
modern society. For many it’s a death sentence, as
effective treatments are scarce. Lothar Hirneise
travelled the world in search of successful
methods of treatment. His discovery: anyone can
find a solution to cancer. But brazen confidence
is an essential precondition. A talk with an
authoritative cancer specialist, who never studied
- Author - Tijn Touber | Printed in Ode
Magazine issue 7, October 2003
We’ve been talking for an hour when Lothar
Hirneise bends over as if to tell me something in
confidence. In a dead-serious tone he says: "A
tumour is the body’s solution to a problem.
A tumour forms because someone is no longer
producing adrenaline, which is needed to break
down sugar. An excess of sugar is dangerous, so
the body produces tumours. Tumours ferment - burn
- sugar. They also use a lot of energy - sugar -
due to the fast division of cells. That’s why some
tumours grow so fast.
Cancer cells function like liver cells, only much
more efficiently. So the tumour helps you to rid
your body of poisons. Without the tumour you would
be really ill. I always tell people: “The tumour
is not your problem. A tumour is an incredibly
ingenious solution on the part of the body.”
When you get healthy, the tumour disappears on its
own, which is why you shouldn’t immediately
operate to remove it. First detoxify yourself. If
the tumour continues to grow - which is almost
never the case - you can always operate later."
Cancer is not a problem. Cancer
is a solution.
the provocative and hopeful vision of Lothar
Hirneise. He suspects that in the course of our
evolution our bodies created tumours in order to
survive: "For instance, too much sugar in the
cells causes blindness - as is the case with
diabetics. Creating a tumour is a solution. An
infection in your intestines is also a potential
danger. If it gets too big, the intestines become
blocked. Here too, the body’s solution is a
tumour, which produces enzymes that stop the
spread of infection and heal it. The actual tumour
then often disappears by itself.
Most cancer patients are very surprised that they
have a tumour. They’ve been healthy for years,
never had a fever, never needed a doctor and now
suddenly they have a tumour. Where did it come
from? The tumour was helping them stay healthy,
until one day everything fell apart."
Lothar Hirneise is not a doctor. But he does have
a pioneering - and well-founded - vision on
cancer. Aided by the gründlichkleit,
meticulousness, of his native German culture,
reasoning is his forte. Hirneise is a man of
research and solid proof; a man who took an
unusual path in becoming an influential, albeit
controversial, cancer specialist in Germany.
Ten years ago Hirneise was a master in Eastern
combat sports and a Kung Fu teacher. He also owned
a successful sporting goods store. In 1996, he
sold the shop for a tidy profit and promised his
wife, Chris, and his two sons that after years of
hard work and too much time on the road, he would
spend more time at home with them. Then a good
friend was diagnosed with cancer.
Hirneise: "Before I had the sporting goods store I
spent 10 years working in hospitals. I was
educated as a therapeutic nurse and also studied
psychotherapy for four years. So it was not
illogical that my friend called on me for help,
but I didn’t know a lot about cancer. I went in
search of information and came across Lynne
McTaggart, the founder of the English magazine
"What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You" and author of the
book of the same title. I attended a conference
she organised in London on alternative cancer
treatments. A few of the speakers told somewhat
esoteric stories, but I was impressed by the
research results that were presented."
Doctor’s Don’t Tell You"
conference in London marked the start of an
intensive quest by Hirneise for potential cancer
therapies. He had time and money - "a unique
combination not granted to many people" - and read
everything he could get his hands on. "I nearly
drove Chris crazy. Every time I was onto yet
another potential cure, I hopped in an airplane
and went there - Mexico, India, China, the
Bahamas, the United States, all over Europe… where
haven’t I been?"
The quest ultimately led to the
foundation of Menschen gegen Krebs in 1997, which
was partly inspired by "People Against Cancer'"
founded by Frank Weavel, who Hirneise had met at
the conference in London.
Menschen gegen Krebs now publishes a newsletter,
organises lectures, workshops and conference and
also offers assistance by telephone and advice via
e-mail. You can become a member and take advantage
of these services for a small fee. Hirneise levies
no additional charges for his advice.
A corrupt system.
There appears to be a great need among cancer
patients for independent information, which is
lacking in the medical world. Hirneise: "Most
doctors are good professionals, who truly want to
help their patients. But … they’re working in a bad
system. After all, from whom does the doctor get his
information? Firstly, from university professors.
And how do you become a professor? By working your
way up in the establishment. By repeating what
everyone has already said. There is no other way of
becoming a professor in the scientific community.
Then every doctor regularly attends conferences in
his area of expertise. I haven’t been to a single
conference in three years that wasn’t sponsored by
the pharmaceutical industry. And then there are
magazines and trade journals. They’re full of
advertisements from the pharmaceutical industry. And
that’s not even addressing the question of who owns
these magazines. There is only one possible
conclusion: within conventional medicine
independence is a thing of the past."
Hirneise is a great supporter of an integral
approach to cancer treatment, which also includes
non-Western methods: "In all the years I worked in
hospitals, I never heard anyone speak of alternative
ways to treat cancer. The average doctor knows
nothing of cancer treatments in Russia, India, China
or South America, for example. If I ask a doctor
about such a treatment he says: “If it worked, I
would have heard of it.” But that is just the point:
nothing is published about those treatment methods
in the magazines he reads. This is how the system
maintains itself. Oncologists don’t know anything
Frankly, I think the word
“oncologist” isn’t even appropriate for most
doctors involved in cancer. "Chemotherapist" or
"radiotherapist" would be better descriptions.
That’s often all they do.
It is early in the morning, 8:30 am,
and we’re sitting having breakfast in Hirneise’s
office on the top floor of his lovely home looking
out on the rolling hills just outside Stuttgart. The
subject has been broached: chemotherapy. Hirneise
recently wrote on a book on the subject with the
provocative title: "Chemo heilst Krebs und die Erde
ist eine Scheibe" (Sensei: Kernen, 2002) - in
English "Chemotherapy cures cancer and the earth is
flat". Hirneise’s vision leaves little to the
imagination: chemotherapy - the therapy that so many
cancer patients undergo every day - doesn’t work.
"I can imagine that in certain cases chemotherapy
could provide a temporary solution, but then as part
of a complete protocol which includes
detoxification, nutrition and mental/spiritual
support. However, I am against the way in which the
poison is often used.
By following the current protocol,
people are being killed. Full stop. Moreover,
(doctors), tell patients that once the tumour is
gone, they’re healthy. That is not only untrue, it
By the way, I know a lot of doctors and
I have a lot of friends who are doctors, and over a
beer they confide in me that they would never use
chemotherapy on themselves or their family.
Doctors send patients to me because they know
the conventional treatments don’t work. They tell
their patients: “I have to give you this, but it
won’t work. Just go see Mr. Hirneise.” And yet they
continue to work within the system. That’s
schizophrenic isn’t it?
But a doctor has a lot to lose if he turns his back
on the system: money, career, professional standing
- everyone looks up to you if you’re a doctor.
Moreover, if you go against the tide, you are fought
tooth and nail. You have to be able to stand that."
also a highly disputed figure. Doctors say he is
crazy, dangerous or worse. "But I haven’t come
across any doctor who said: “Mr. Hirneise, what
you wrote on page 235 doesn’t make sense because…”
There is no scientific discussion. But that’s not
If I ask them for examples of patients that have
been cured thanks to their treatment, they become
silent. On the other hand, I can cite thousands of
patients and cases that got better even though
those same doctors gave up on them. I know them, I
shake their hands every day."
Hirneise has traveled a lot, has read a lot, and
has spoken to doctors and patients all over the
world. He has set down his experiences and
research in an impressive number of statistics.
And his conclusion is clear: every successful
cancer treatment includes the following three
ingredients: thorough detoxification, a change of
diet and mental or spiritual work.
"In every clinic I visited it was the same
story, always and everywhere. It is what the
people who overcame cancer did. I have seen people
on their deathbeds, where the cancer had spread to
their bones, brains, lungs and bone marrow… and
they got better. In the final stage of cancer,
there is no medicine in the world that can save
you - conventional or alternative."
Every successful cancer
treatment contains three ingredients:
serious detoxification, diet change and
emotional stress release.
If it’s so simple and
unequivocal why aren’t more people getting better?
"Because success demands discipline and effort. It
demands that the patient get moving, become active,
develop a constructive fighting attitude. Most
people choose the easy way: chemotherapy, radiation
or an operation. People say: “What do you mean the
easy way? Do you know how horrible chemotherapy is?”
Of course chemotherapy is no fun, but a radical
change in your diet and lifestyle is more difficult.
That’s why so few people survive cancer. "First
detoxify, then a good diet and stay happy," I tell
people. "What?" they cry, "stay happy? Are you
completely deranged Mr. Hirneise? I have tumors
everywhere, I can’t even walk and you’re telling me
I should have fun?"
"Then I tell them that one of two things are going
to happen: either you’re going to die soon or you’re
going to stay alive. If you’re going to die soon,
you’re better off having lots of fun now, right? If
you’re not going to die, you’re better off having
fun now too because there’s nothing better for your
immune system. It sounds crazy, but I have a lot of
fun with people that come to me.
I recently did a seminar with terminal cancer
patients - rarely have I laughed so much. Ego
satisfaction, money and sex rule the world. Cancer
patients are just about the only people not
interested in these things. It’s as if you were
talking to the Pope or Mother Theresa. I learn a lot
from them. They live one day at a time. They live so
differently than the rest of humanity."
If fun and a
meaningful life make an important contribution
to healing cancer, the question begs whether
their absence encourages the disease.
For Lothar Hirneise, cancer starts
with stress: "Cancer cannot exist without
stress. One hundred percent impossible!
There are a lot of debates on types of stress -
physical and psychological - but for a cell it
doesn’t matter where the stress comes from."
"Every cancer patient has a sugar problem. Insulin
transports sugar to cells. Adrenaline - and to a
lesser extent cortisol and glucagon - takes it away.
Everyone thinks that if you are under a lot of
stress, you have an excess of adrenaline. This is
true, but it’s only the beginning. Long-term stress
results in adrenaline shortages. That’s what you see
in cancer patients.
So the cell is full of sugar that is not broken
down. These cells die. Sugar is a poison; too much
of it destroys your arteries, your kidneys and your
bones. The body combats that danger by creating
tumors - as a last resort for getting rid of the
For some people, the solution to the stress that led
to the sugar problem will be to change their diet -
because they ate poorly - while for others it will
be in the psychological, spiritual sphere - because
they had serious relationship problems, for example.
That’s why a good diet doesn’t work for everyone,
which leads sceptics to say that such a diet
'therefore' doesn’t work. It just depends on where
the stress comes from. This is why it’s so important
that the whole person is taken into consideration.
That is to say: to talk to the whole person."
Frank Weavel of
'People Against Cancer' says: "Give me a half-hour
with a cancer patient and I’ll find the problem."
My experiences are the same. Sometimes we need to
talk for hours, but we always find the problem.
The problem for doctors is that they aren’t paid
to talk to patients.
If two different women with breast cancer go to a
doctor, the problem is clear to him: breast
cancer. My experience is that two cases of breast
cancer can be two different diseases. If someone
who has lost a son develops prostate cancer six
months later, would you use chemotherapy to heal
In Hirneise’s experience, if
patients track down the cause of their cancer
and truly want to change, even those at death’s
door can heal.
Paradoxically, the production of adrenaline gets
back on track once people relax. "I have a
photograph from 1994 of a woman from Karlsruhe,
who at that time had cancer in nearly all her
bones and in her bone marrow. She couldn’t get out
of bed or her bones would break. She was on a lot
of morphine and nearly died.
She’s still alive. I recently visited her. She’s
living a normal life. How much sicker can you be?
I know another woman who died twice and was
resuscitated twice. The priest was at her bedside
to administer the final sacraments. She’s doing
very well. She’s in her 70s, skis in Switzerland
and has a lover who’s 20 years younger."
is all too aware that in many ways what he says
not only flies in the face of the prevailing view,
but moreover is not easy to understand, let alone
to apply once the ‘cancer’ diagnosis has been
given. "I had to travel around the world first and
only understood it after a couple of years, so how
can I expect that someone will understand it after
a one-hour lecture?’"
Hirneise is currently training 30 people who, like
himself, can talk to patients just after they’ve
been handed their ‘death sentence’. "You need
someone objective just then who can think
rationally. At that moment your friends and family
members are just as emotional as you are. Most
people think the doctor is that objective person.
He is not. You see you’re not just a
patient, but also a customer. He has
something to sell, whether it’s a regular or
We could save a lot of lives if an objective,
independent expert talked to patients right away.
Which is why we set up the training course whereby
each participant promises not to practice
psychotherapy on his or her own."
The second obstacle on the path to
healing is the so-called aftercare. "After a
treatment, a lot of patients are asked to come back
in three months. Most people can’t sleep for two
weeks just before those three months are up. Talk
Then they get a blood test and have to wait a week
for the results. It makes people extremely insecure.
There is too much opportunity for additional
damaging stress. And for misunderstandings. Most
doctors use a language no one understands. I
advise patients to stay away from aftercare. It is
An example: "A while ago I gave a lecture after
which a man came up, hugged me and said: “You saved
my life.” A few months later his daughter called. He
had died. What happened? The children had convinced
their father to go to a doctor after all. He finally
did. That was on a Monday. That Saturday he died.
The stress, the fear and anxiety around the doctor’s
vague diagnosis had driven him crazy.
When people ask me which diagnostic tests they
should and shouldn’t do I tell them: “Can you sleep
without that diagnosis?” If so, don’t do it. If you
need the diagnosis to sleep better, then go ahead.
Instead of a blood test, you’re better off looking
in the mirror. Look at your whole body, your skin,
etc. That is a better diagnosis. Then meditate and
listen to your body. Listen to what it wants to tell
you. You will discover a great deal, gain a lot of
insight. Afterwards you can always go to a doctor.
Don’t just go to a doctor to have your blood tested
or have an x-ray. I know this is a big sacrifice. We
think the doctor should know best, right? Wrong.
Believe me, that’s not the way it works. The
tumor is not your enemy. Stress is the true source
and no one can handle the stress of too many
Perhaps Lothar Hirneise’s most important message is
that each person must find
his or her own path to healing. A
doctor can help in this process. But so can a
friend. Everyone can make their own critical
assessment of whether a particular treatment would
truly be good for them. Individuality is Hirneise’s
Make a deal:
A final bit of advice from the man who
spoke to so many people that were capable of
overcoming their illnesses: "Make a deal with your
tumour. I’ve noticed that a lot of survivors do
this. They start a dialogue with the tumour: “Dear
tumour, this is a lose/lose situation. If you get
bigger, I’ll have to die and so will you. Let’s turn
this around into a win/win situation. You get
smaller - you don’t have to die, but shrink to
normal proportions - which will mean I can live. In
return I’ll …”.
I tell patients, you have to be very careful what
you promise, because the tumour will only keep to
its end of the bargain if you do too. If you can’t
stick to it, make a new deal.
There are some people I cannot help. There was one
woman whose son had unsuccessfully attempted
suicide. On his deathbed she pleaded to God to take
her life instead of his. The son lived. A couple of
weeks later she had cancer. I told her to make a new
deal with God, to talk to him again. But she was
afraid that God would then take her son’s life. She
died shortly thereafter. No one can help someone
like that. That is the power of a contract. Every
person and every illness is unique and has the right
to respect and a very personal approach."
Hirneise has a center in Germany where people
may go to heal: The healing process focuses on
the 3 Energies - Diet, Detoxification and the
most important of all, the Mental/Emotional
"Any disease is a
hint for us that our life is out of balance
(body-mind-soul). During your stay in our
center you will individually learn more about
the deeper sense of your disease, you will have
the chance to take a view on your inner world
and you will get an answer to the question: What
is good for me and what do I have to let go."
www.3e-centre.com (English language).
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