[GRG] metabolic oncology: Laurent Schwarz (France), Arthur Berkson (Arizona)



I thought that within this mailing-list some people might know what to think about the work of some people I’ve heard about:


Dr Berkson in Arizona indicates that he cured some persons with pancreatic cancer with injections of alpha lipoic acid and low-dose naltrexone:

http://ift.tt/1vaZRcp: B. M. Berkson, D. M. Rubin, and A. J. Berkson, “The long-term survival of a patient with pancreatic cancer with metastases to the liver after treatment with the intravenous α-lipoic acid/low-dose naltrexone protocol,†Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 83–89, 2006.

http://ift.tt/1ANzcH3 : B. M. Berkson, D. M. Rubin, and A. J. Berkson, “Revisiting the ALA/N (α-Lipoic Acid/Low-Dose Naltrexone) protocol for people with metastatic and nonmetastatic pancreatic cancer: a report of 3 new cases,†Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 416–422, 2009.


Dr Schwarz in France (this is how I hear about it) indicates similar results in mice with cancers

–  http://ift.tt/1vaZRcr: Schwartz, L; Abolhassani, M; Guais, A; Sanders, E; Steyaert, JM; Campion, F; Israël, M (2010). “A combination of alpha lipoic acid and calcium hydroxycitrate is efficient against mouse cancer models: preliminary results”. Oncology Reports 23 (5): 1407–16.

–  abstract: http://ift.tt/1ANzcHa: Guais, Adeline; Baronzio, GianFranco; Sanders, Edward; Campion, Frédéric; Mainini, Carlo; Fiorentini, Giammaria; Montagnani, Francesco; Behzadi, Mahsa et al. (2010). “Adding a combination of hydroxycitrate and lipoic acid (METABLOC™) to chemotherapy improves effectiveness against tumor development: experimental results and case report”. Investigational New Drugs 30 (1): 200–11


They seem to think that forcing some metabolic changes in the body could greatly help it fight already largely developped cancers. I don’t know for Dr Berkson, but Dr Schwarz doesn’t say it is very efficient, rather that it is non-inefficient pist that should be tuned rather than ignored.

Their are criticized (some indicate that it is because the pharmaceutical companies are afraid to loose a lucrative business, sincerely I would be surprised of that explanation)

But since I hear about their work and that it is quite relevant with things at GRG I thought I should ask you.


All the best,



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