Talk given by Pat Judson, President of the Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies, Ltd. before the House Policy Committee of the Detroit State Legislature on May 19, 1977. Her moving personal testimony, along with other patients from the Detroit chapter, has prompted Rep. Kelsey and other members of the House to introduce a resolution to create a special committee to investigate chemotherapy and alternative treatments. Because the complete information came too late to include in this journal, a fuller account will appear in the next issue.
My name is Pat Judson and I reside with my husband, Robert, and two daughters at 23427 Cherry Hill Road, in Dearborn. I am here today to speak on behalf of House Concurrent Resolution No. 212, calling upon Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution protecting our right to choose medical treatment or therapy without governmental interference.
I speak as an individual, a cancer patient who seven years ago was sent home to die by a doctor who told me there was nothing more traditional medicine could do for me. I was operated on for cancer of the colon, after having doctored for several years what I was told was colitis. When the pains became more frequent I was told it was in my head and I only wanted to spend my husband’s money. One of the doctors that performed my surgery told me that I had the fastest growing type known to man and cobalt or chemotherapy would not help me. Expressing surprise that I even survived the surgery, he told me I had six months to a year to live. However, I was given diethylstilbestrol for hormone balance since they had also removed my ovaries. I have wondered many times why a medical doctor would prescribe a cancer producing drug to a cancer patient.
Despite that prediction, by the grace of God, I lived past the time the doctors had given me. In January, 1972, almost two years after the original surgery, I experienced a recurrence of a blockage of the colon. I knew for a certainty that if I went back to my doctors who had done surgery on me that I would be immediately hospitalized. I looked for an understanding doctor. After he did what he could, he told me that I would have to return to my doctors for surgery; that I could not live three weeks like I was since my cancer had metastasized to the lymph glands. When I asked him how long he thought I could live with surgery he expressed doubt and said “possibly three months.” After considerable thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I decided I could not endure another surgical ordeal. Surgery, for me, was no picnic. I chose instead to accept death, and trusted without question the judgment of the doctors who said nothing could be done to help me.
As you can see, I did not die. As I can attest, death is not the inevitable fate of the cancer victim. I learned of the work of a dentist in the state of Texas who was restoring cancer patients to health by nutritional therapy that he developed in the course of curing his own cancer. His name is Dr. William D. Kelley, and he is now located in the state of Washington.
I went to Dr. Kelley in January of 1972. I spent one,day in his office for tests and diagnosis of my condition. Dr. Kelley determined from a blood sample, on which he then did a computer analysis, that I had a cancer index of 600, a critically high level. On the basis of that analysis, he devised a regimen of diet, rest, exercise, and detoxification. He did not promise me that I would be cured of my cancer, he merely told me to follow the regimen he had prescribed for me, and come back in six months.
After five months of a very rigorous program, which required a complete change in life style for me and my family, I returned to Dr. Kelley for a check-up. I had been accustomed to a daily routine of coffee enemas, prescribed to detoxify the liver, warm showers, sweat baths, sweat baths, long walks, a diet of raw grains, nuts, fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and vitamin supplements. I was told I could have no meat, no animal protein, no cheese, milk, eggs, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, or soft drinks. Also I was told to leave sugar and white flour alone. My cancer index had dropped from 600 to 300. Not only did it appear that my cancer was under control, but I can truthfully say that I felt better than I had ever felt in my life, even be fore the onset of my illness.
I might add that at this visit to Dr. Kelley we were all checked. We had a daughter at the age of ten that was unable to read or write. We were amazed at her progress with her studies as were her teachers and we have a hard time keeping books from her, now. My husband and I experienced many agonizing hours with doctors and school personnel before our discovery about nutrition, and we wonder why doctors are so opposed to it.
Now, seven years and two months after I was told there was nothing that could be done for me, except to relieve my pain, I am in excellent health. I carry a heavy schedule as President of the Metro Detroit chapter of the Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies, acronym FACT, an organization formed and dedicated to gather and disseminate information about alternative forms of cancer therapy, and to make that information available to people, who, like myself seven years ago, thought there was no hope for me and no place to turn.
Members of the committee, if I had accepted the advice of my doctor, if I had not been directed to Dr. Kelley, I would be another cancer statistic. Cancer is epidemic in this nation, and indeed in the Western industrialized nations. Despite the billions of dollars that have been spent on basic cancer research, we are no closer to curing or controlling cancer than we were at the beginning. According to American Cancer Society figures, a cancer victim once diagnosed, even with the orthodox treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and cobalt, has no more than an 8% chance of surviving five years, with research showing colon cancer with a 2% chance.
Such a poor rate of recovery from this disease might be expected to induce in the medical establishment a degree of humility, of openness to alternative therapies, a willingness to admit that it does not have the answer to cancer.
Openness, humility, willingness to admit its helplessness before this dread disease, are not the attitudes we find in cancer specialists, in cancer research institutes, in the traditional medical establishment. We find, instead, that therapists like Dr. Kelley are hounded, investigated, and persecuted by Federal, state and local agencies. Dr. Kelley has been harassed by agents from the IRS, FDA, HEW, CIA, CDC, Texas medical and dental boards, controllers, U.S. Postal authorities, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Consumer Protection Agency, along with the local and county harassment by police, regarding permits, etc. He has been denied the right to see patients and hauled off to court on numerous occasions to help keep him broke and possibly to force him to give up. Some researchers have advanced a theory that stress may play a large part in the development of cancer. Can you imagine the stress I was subjected to knowing the harassment Dr. Kelley was going through and not knowing if he would be able to see me at my appointment time?
Dr. Kelley has had his license to practice dentistry revoked because he wrote the book, “One Answer To Cancer” which has helped save many cancer patients: Jean Diles with bone cancer, Theresa Lukas with breast cancer, Foster Winter with pancreatic cancer and many others. (I have enclosed a copy of Dr. Kelley’s book for each of you just in case some day you or someone dear to you needs it.) Dr. Kelley was told by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners that if he would stop distributing his book to cancer patients they would drop all charges. All this when Dr. Kelley insists he will not see you without a letter from a medical doctor or osteopathic physician requesting a nutritional work-up. After the state of Texas removed his license to practice dentistry, he moved his clinic to Winthrop, Washington where he is helping thousands of cancer patients every year to bring their disease under control, even though he is still being harassed. I know; I’ve been there.
I am appalled that this can happen in a so called free society. I am shocked at the power the medical profession and the “cancer research interests” have to block experimentation of which they do not approve. I am angry that Blue Cross will pay for cancer surgery, for chemotherapy, for cobalt (and it is not unusual for treatment for a terminal cancer patient, where there is no hope for recovery, to cost upwards of $30,000) but Blue Cross, controlled by traditional medical therapists, refuses to pay for unorthodox treatments. Would they rather see us die? My first visit to Dr. Kelley cost $75; for four subsequent visits I have paid an average of $150 per visit. The cost of vitamin supplements along was at the beginning of my therapy, $450 a month (not paid to Dr. Kelley). This cost has been borne by my husband entirely even though this therapy was my choice, and it has saved my life. The group insurance plan of which my husband is a member at his place of employment has been of little help to me in paying the cost of this therapy.
However, Dr. Kelley is not the only therapist who is helping cancer patients. Dr. Contreras has a clinic in Mexico, Dr. Ransberger in Jamaica, Dr. Nieper in Germany, Dr. Navarro in the Philippines, Dr. Aly in Sweden, the Hoxsey therapy in Mexico, the Koch therapy in Germany (Dr. Koch was a Detroit physician who escaped to South America under pressure because he helped cancer patients. Senator Dirksen had been one of his patients.), along with others. Many of our citizens are forced to accept therapy in a foreign country because they have a desire to live. These doctors are controlling cancer by means of detoxification of the vital organs and a regime of pure, uncooked and unprocessed food.
I believe the results obtained so far by these therapists, many of whom work in a far more tolerant climate than is allowed here by the medical establishment, warrant serious consideration and further research. I think you, as legislators, as those responsible for the laws which make it possible for orthodox medicine to dictate to unknowing and frightened individuals, must rewrite those laws so that we will have restored to us the freedom to choose our therapy.
Let me in closing tell you briefly about the organization of which I am president, the Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies. It was founded two years ago in New York City and has chapters forming monthly. We do not promote any particular therapy; we provide information free of charge or at nominal cost. I receive no salary or expenses, and spend most of my waking hours on the telephone. The work is arduous, and sometimes thankless. But my life today is a gift from God. I will share everything I know with everyone I know for as long as I live. I direct others to alternative forms of therapy out of gratitude for the direction I received when I could not see my way.
The satisfaction I have received from guiding others to sources of help is payment enough. My only regret is that we are not contacted in most instances until someone receives the terminal verdict and then I wonder how we manage to save the ones that we do.
We have many patients on laetrile doing just great. We have a Bob Prohaska numbering among them and I have enclosed a copy of his letter to the FDA which is pretty much self-explanatory. Mr. William McHugh, of Taylor, was given only weeks to live with prostate cancer and showing no signs of it after eight months; and we are all watching closely Venus Thomas who is using laetrile and responding well after a mastectomy, two tumors on the chest wall, a tumor on the intestine, neck and brain. She lost the ability to speak and is now able to speak well and is doing her own housework, takes care of her children and her husband, says she has a dinner fit for a king when he arrives home at night. We were happy and surprised to see her in Lansing last week and climbing all the steps instead of taking the elevator.
I hope the day will come when FACT can be disbanded, and I can disconnect my telephone and lead a normal life. In this the age of the consumer, I wonder why the cancer specialist who tells a patient there is no hope, the only treatment he can offer is mutilating surgery, painful radiation which burns and scars, chemotherapy which induces hours-long bouts of nausea, loss of hair and destroys the body’s own immunological defenses. I wonder why the doctor is not required to also inform that patient about alternative therapies, the way a police officer must inform an accused criminal of his rights. I wonder why the patient doesn’t have the right to know that other forms of therapy are available, that other forms of therapy have saved lives, as they saved mine.
We do have the right to other forms of cancer therapy IF we happen to be lucky enough and rich enough to hear of a Dr. Kelley, a Dr. Contreras, a Dr. Aly, a Dr. Ransberger, or a Dr. Nieper. For many who are uninformed, who are poor, that right does not exist.
Members of the committee, I seem to remember that President Truman said once that Congress represented about 16 million out of our population of 200 million – and that he, the president, represented the rest.
You, the legislature, are our only hope. You here in Michigan, you here in Congress, are the only ones who can guarantee to us our right of choice in medical treatment or therapy. Thank you.