Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Excerpts and FAQ's from the book 'ISCADOR, Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy'

Excerpts and FAQ's from the book 'ISCADOR, Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy'
Printed with kind permission of Christine Murphy, Editor
(Book published by Lantern Books NY http://www.lanternbooks.com/)

An extract from the whole mistletoe plant contains various lectins (the main ones being ML1-3), numerous viscotoxins, and more. In vitro test tube experiments with these two groups of substances indicate that they have an inhibiting or lethal effect on cancer cells.

Mistletoe therapy has been used in Germany and Switzerland in the treatment of cancer for over eighty years. To date, about 30,000 patients have been treated with mistletoe at the Lukas Clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland. About half of the physicians practicing in Germany now use mistletoe as adjunct therapy, and their numbers continue to increase. Many studies have tracked the good results experienced by patients (in vivo) that confirm the anti-tumor effects found in test tubes.
Besides its effects on the actual tumor, mistletoe has other positive aspects, from which an integrative approach to cancer treatment can benefit.

Substances Contained in Whole Mistletoe
Extract and Their Effects on Tumor Cells

Mistletoe lectins and other glycoproteins

Cytotoxicity through inhibition of protein synthesis

Viscotoxins and other polypeptides

Cytotoxicity by dissolving cell membranes

Peptides

Cytotoxicity (tumor inhibition in the laboratory)

Polysaccharides

Inhibitions of the cytotoxicity of mistletoe lectins

Oligosaccharides

Tumor inhibition in the laboratory

Definitions: ribosomal protein synthesis=the process by which a cell produces protein to form new cells/induction of apoptosis=the induction of cell death.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Iscador be administered at the same time as chemotherapy?
A:
Treatment with Iscador can and should be administered during chemotherapy, since the latter causes a decrease in the white blood cell count. Generally, tolerance to chemotherapy is improved by simultaneous treatment with Iscador.

Q: Which types of tumors react well to Iscador?
A:
Studies show a significant increase in patient survival time with treatment of Iscador in various stages of cervical, ovarian, vaginal, mammary, stomach, bronchial, and other carcinomas, all of which indicate the efficacy of Iscador treatment.

Q: Can therapy with Iscador be combined with chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation
A: In my opinion, Iscador therapy should always be carried out in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation, or other conventional cancer treatments. During chemotherapy, the immune competence of the organism is radically reduced. Administering Iscador can provide a positive, balancing effect, which will stabilize the leucocytes. This means that chemotherapy, if necessary, can be carried out with success, and without doing greater damage to the immune system than necessary. Therapy with Iscador can often prevent the interruption of chemotherapy due to leukopenia.

Q: What methods of alternative therapy can be used in conjunction with Iscador?
A:
So-called alternative treatments are manifold, ranging from treatment with enzyme preparations, vitamin preparations and trace elements, to ozone therapy, various kinds of blood cleansings and many alleged immune-stimulating methods. It is important to know that mistletoe therapy is not an alternative therapy, but is included within the framework of an anthroposophically extended therapy.

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