and the earth is flat.
Intro: 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 medicine.
- 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.
That is 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
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 is stupid.
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."
Hirneise is 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 surprising. 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
Hirneise has travelled 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
successful cancer treatment contains three
detoxification, diet change and emotional
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 tumours
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."
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
tumours - 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."
Uncover the Source.
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 him?"
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."
Hirneise 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
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
alternative doctor. 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
about stress! 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 too dangerous."
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
tumour is not your enemy. Stress is the true
source and no one can handle the stress of too
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 inspiration.
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
is a hint for us that our life is out of balance
(body-mind-soul). During your stay in our
centre 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).