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Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? : Alternative Medicine Confronts Big Science - David J. Hess

Can Bacteria Cause Cancer?

Alternative Medicine Confronts Big Science

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780814735619
Number Of Pages: 242

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Growing numbers of cancer patients are exploring diet, food supplements, herbs, and nontoxic immunotherapies like bacterial vaccines as a means of therapy. Yet most cancer research organizations refuse to even evaluate these alternatives. Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? argues convincingly that unless this neglected world of alternative therapies is properly scrutinized, the medical Vietnam of the twentieth century may well affect one in two people by the twenty-first century.

David J. Hess investigates one of the great medical mysteries of the twentieth century—the relationship between bacteria and chronic disease. Recently scientists have overturned long-held beliefs by demonstrating that bacterial infections cause many ulcers; they are now reconsidering the role of bacterial infections in other chronic diseases, such as arthritis. Is it possible, Hess asks, that bacteria can contribute to the many other known causes of cancer?

To answer this intriguing question, Hess takes us into the world of alternative cancer researchers. Maintaining that their work has been actively suppressed rather than simply dismissed, he examines their claims-—that bacterial vaccines have led to some dramatic cases of long-term cancer remission—and the scientific potential of their theories. Economic interests and cultural values, he demonstrates, have influenced the rush toward radiation and chemotherapy and the current cul-de-sac of toxic treatments.

More than a medical mystery story, Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? is a dramatic case study of the failure of the war on cancer.

"Explains why a significant body of scientific research has been largely ignored by cancer research institutions. Hess has clearly demonstrated the valuable role that social scientists can have in offering a neutral perspective on medical research and how it is shaped by cultural bias." --Townsend Letter "Hess has made a careful study of one of the most intriguing themes that weaves through the recent history of unconventional approaches to cancer. Every researcher, physician, and general reader interested in this field should welcome this important and incisive contribution." --Michael Lerner President, Commonweal, and author of Choices in Healing

Introductionp. 1
Germ Warfare: The Case for Bacteria as Carcinogenp. 7
Culture and Power in Cancer Researchp. 49
But Is It Good Science?p. 105
Policy Cures: Forging a New Cancer Agendap. 156
Appendix: The New Science Studiesp. 174
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 231
About the Authorp. 234
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ISBN: 9780814735619
ISBN-10: 0814735614
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.85  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.48