Over decades, many different perspectives of understanding and treating cancer have surfaced. While some of them have been backed by clinical trials, there are a few which are yet to be confirmed by independent researchers. In the 1970s, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, started the Livingston-Wheeler therapy based on the belief that cancer was caused by a bacterium called Progenitor Cryptocides. She claimed to have isolated this bacteria from cancer tissues.
The Livingston-Wheeler Regimen is designed to restore the body’s natural defenses by strengthening the immune system. It is a complex vaccine and nutrition-based cancer therapy.
The Livingston-Wheeler Regimen includes:
- A vegetarian diet
- Relaxation techniques
- Psychological therapy
- Guided Imagery
- Vaccines made from the patient’s urine or blood
- Anti-parasitic medicines
- IV doses of vitamins and other dietary supplements
- Oral digestive enzymes, etc.
Foods like coffee, alcohol, white sugar, white flour, and similar processed products are required to be avoided. In most cases, meat and poultry is also forbidden. For detoxification, coffee enemas are recommended if required.
Before the treatment program begins, the patients are given a thorough check-up which includes CBCs, thyroid and liver function tests, urine analysis, hormone levels, tumor markers, etc.
Important Note: In 1990, the California officials are ordered the Livingston clinic to stop administering its vaccines to cancer patients. This was based on a report by a state panel of cancer experts and consumers who didn’t find any conclusive scientific evidence proving the vaccines to be effective and safe. However, the clinic applied for an extension and is still operating.
As is the case with other alternative therapies, it is advisable to research well before opting for any unconventional therapy.
Some patients have also reported side-effects which include:
- Deficiencies in calcium, vitamin B12, and protein.
- Anemia and malabsorption
- The vaccine caused aching, fever, tenderness at the injected part, and malaise among some patients.
References & More Information
- Credit: Beyond Conventional Care Therapies
- ZenOnco.io Integrative Oncology Cancer Care
- Livingston-Wheeler therapy – https://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/livingston-wheeler-therapy
- MSKCC – Livingston-Wheeler Therapy – https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/livingston-wheeler-therapy
- American Cancer Society. Livingston-Wheeler therapy. Ca: Cancer J Clin 1990;40:103-8
- Unproven methods of cancer treatment – Livingston-Wheeler Therapy – http://www.medicinacomplementar.com.br/biblioteca/pdfs/Cancer/ca-3167.pdf