The Persecution and Trial
of Gaston Naessens
The True Story of the Efforts to Suppress
an Alternative Treatment for Cancer, AIDS and Other Immunologically
by Christopher Bird
Most secrets of knowledge have been discovered by
plain and neglected men than by men of popular fame. And this is
so with good reason. For the men of popular fame are busy on
(c. 1220-1292), English philosopher and
This is about a man who, in one lifetime, has been
both to heaven and to hell. In paradise, he was bestowed a gift
granted to few, one that has allowed him to see far beyond our times
and thus to make discoveries that may not properly be recognized
until well into the next century.
If the "seer's" ability is usually attributed to extrasensory
Gaston Naessens's "sixth" sense is a microscope made of
hardware that he invented while still in his twenties. Able to
manipulate light in a way still not wholly accountable to physics
and optics, this microscope has allowed Naessens a unique view into
a "microbeyond" inaccessible to those using state-of-the-art
This lone explorer has thus made an exciting foray into a
microscopic world one might believe to be penetrable only by a
clairvoyant. In that world, Naessens has "clear-seeingly" descried
microscopic forms far more minuscule than any previously revealed.
Christened somatids (tiny bodies), they circulate, by
the millions upon millions, in the blood of you, me, and every other
man, woman, and child, as well in that of all animals, and even in
the sap of plants upon which those animals and human beings depend
for their existence. These ultramicroscopic, subcellular, living and
reproducing forms seem to constitute the very basis for life itself,
the origin of which has for long been one of the most puzzling
conundrums in the annals natural philosophy, today more sterilely
Gaston Naessens's trip to hell was a direct consequence of his
having dared to wander into scientific terra incognita. For it is a
sad fact that, these days, in the precincts ruled by the "arbiters
of knowledge," disclosure of "unknown" things, instead of being
welcomed with excitement, is often castigated as illusory, or
tabooed as "fantasy." Nowhere are these taboos more stringent than
in the field of the biomedical sciences and the multibillion dollar
pharmaceutical industry with which it interacts.
In 1985, Gaston Naessens was indicted on several counts, the most
serious of which carried a potential sentence of life imprisonment.
His trial, which ran from 10 November to 1 December 1989, is
When I learned about Gaston Naessens's imprisonment, I left
California, where I was living and working, to come to Quebec to see
what was happening. I owed a debt to the man who stood accused not
so much for the crimes for which he was to be legally prosecuted as
for what he had so brilliantly discovered during a research life
covering forty years.
To partially pay that debt, I wrote an article
entitled "In Defense of Gaston Naessens," which appeared in the
September-October issue of the New Age Journal (Boston,
Massachusetts). That article has elicited dozens of telephone calls
both to the magazine's editors and to Naessens himself.
Because the trial was to take place in a small French-speaking
enclave in the vastness of the North American continent, I felt it
important, as an American who had had the opportunity to master the
French language, to cover the day-to-day proceedings of an event of
great historical importance, which, because it took place in a
linguistic islet, unfortunately did not make headlines in Canadian
urban centers such as Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver, not
to speak of American cities.
When the trial was over, Gaston Naessens asked me, over lunch,
whether, instead of writing the long book on his fascinating life
and work that I was planning, I could quickly write a shorter one on
the trial based on the copious notes I had taken. He felt it was of
great importance that the public be informed of what had happened at
I agreed to take on the task because I knew that a great deal was at
stake, not the least of which are the fates of patients suffering
from the incurable degenerative diseases that Naessens's treatments,
developed as a result of his microscopic observations, have been
able to cure.
The tribulations and the multiple trials undergone by Naessens will
come to an end only when an enlightened populace exerts the pressure
needed to make the rulers of its health-care organizations see the
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When the great innovation appears, it will almost
certainly be in a muddled, incomplete, and confusing form... for
any speculation which does not at first glance look crazy, there
is no hope.
Disturbing the Universe
Early in the morning of 27 June 1989, a tall, bald
French-born biologist of aristocratic mien walked into the Palais de
Justice in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to attend a hearing that was to set a
date for his trial. On the front steps of the building were massed
over one hundred demonstrators, who gave him an ovation as he passed
The demonstrators were carrying a small forest of placards and
banners. The most eye-catchingly prominent among these signs read:
"Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Medical
Choice, Freedom in Canada!"
"Long Live Real Medicine, Down With Medical
"Cancer and AIDS Research in Shackles While a
True Discoverer is Jailed!"
"Thank you, Gaston, for having saved my
and, simplest of all: "Justice for Naessens!"
Late one afternoon, almost a month earlier, as he
arrived home at his house and basement laboratory just outside the
tiny hamlet of Rock Forest, Quebec, Gaston Naessens had been
disturbed to see a swarm of newsmen in his front yard. They had been
alerted beforehand—possibly illegally—by officers of the Surete,
Quebec's provincial police force, who promptly arrived to fulfill
As television cameras whirred and cameras flashed, Naessens was
hustled into a police car and driven to a Sherbrooke jail where,
pending a preliminary court hearing, he was held for twenty-four
hours in a tiny cell under conditions he would later describe as the
"filthiest imaginable." Provided only with a cot begrimed with human
excrement, the always elegantly dressed scientist told how his
clothes were so foul smelling after his release on ten thousand
dollars bail that, when he returned home, his wife, Francoise,
burned them to ashes.
It was to that same house that I had first come in 1978, on the
recommendation of Eva Reich, M.D., daughter of the controversial
psychiatrist-turned-biophysicist Wilhelm Reich, M.D. A couple of
years prior to my visit with Eva, I had researched the amazing case
of Royal Raymond Rife, an autodidact and genius living in San Diego,
California, who had developed a "Universal Microscope" in the 1920s
with which he was able to see, at magnifications surpassing 30,000
fold, never-before-seen microorganisms in living blood and tissue.*
Has Become of the Rife Microscope?," New Age Journal (Boston,
Massachusetts), 1976. This article has, ever since, been one of the
Journal's most requested reprints. Developments in microscopic
techniques have only recently begun to match those elaborated by
Naessens more than forty years ago.
Eva Reich, who had heard Naessens give a fascinating lecture in
Toronto, told me I had another "Rife" to investigate. So I drove up
through Vermont to a region just north of the Canadian-American
border that is known, in French, as "L'Estrie," and, in English,
"The Eastern Townships." And, there, in the unlikeliest of outbacks,
Gaston Naessens and his Quebec-born wife, Francoise (a hospital
laboratory technician and, for more than twenty-five years, her
husband's only assistant), began opening my eyes to a world of
research that bids fair to revolutionize the fields of microscopy,
microbiology, immunology, clinical diagnosis, and medical treatment.
Let us have a brief look at Naessens's discoveries in these usually
separated fields to see, step by step, the research trail over
which, for the last forty years—half of them in France, the other
half in Canada—he has travelled to interconnect them. In the 1950s,
while still in the land of his birth, Naessens, who had never heard
of Rife, invented a microscope, one of a kind, and the first one
since the Californian's, capable of viewing living entities far
smaller than can be seen in existing light microscopes.
In a letter of 6 September 1989, Rolf Wieland, senior microscopy
expert for the world-known German optics firm Carl Zeiss, wrote from
his company's Toronto office: "What I have seen is a remarkable
advancement in light microscopy ... It seems to be an avenue that
should be pursued for the betterment of science."
And in another letter, dated 12 October 1989, Dr.
Thomas G. Tornabene, director of the School for Applied Biology at
the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), who made a
special trip to Naessens's laboratory, where he inspected the
Naessens's ability to directly view fresh
biological samples was indeed impressive . . . Most exciting
were the differences one could immediately observe between blood
samples drawn from infected and non-infected patients,
particularly AIDS patients. Naessens's microscope and expertise
should be immensely valuable to many researchers.
It would seem that this feat alone should be worthy
of an international prize in science to a man who can easily be
called a twentieth-century "Galileo of the microscope."
With his exceptional instrument, Naessens next went on to discover
in the blood of animals and humans—as well as in the saps of
plants—a hitherto unknown, ultramicroscopic, subcellular, living and
reproducing microscopic form, which he christened a somatid (tiny
body). This new particle, he found, could be cultured, that is,
grown, outside the bodies of its hosts (in vitro, "under glass," as
the technical term has it).
And, strangely enough, this particle was
seen by Naessens to develop in a pleomorphic (form-changing) cycle,
the first three stages of which—somatid, spore, and double spore—are
perfectly normal in healthy organisms, in fact crucial to their
existence. (See Figure 1.)
The Somatid Cycle The figure above
shows the complete somatid cycle first observed by Gaston Naessens.
The somatid is a subcellular
living, reproducing form which has been found to be virtually
This illustration shows the
pleomorphic (form-changing) somatid going through sixteen separate
Even stranger, over the years the somatids were
revealed to be virtually indestructible! They have resisted exposure
to carbonization temperatures of 200°C and more. They have survived
exposure to 50,000 rems of nuclear radiation, far more than enough
to kill any living thing. They have been totally unaffected by any
acid. Taken from centrifuge residues, they have been found
impossible to cut with a diamond knife, so unbelievably impervious
to any such attempts is their hardness.
The eerie implication is that the new minuscule life forms revealed
by Naessens's microscope are imperishable. At the death of their
hosts, such as ourselves, they return to the earth, where they live
on for thousands or millions, perhaps billions, of years!
This conclusion—mind-boggling on the face of it—is not one that
sprang full-blown from Naessens mind alone. A few years ago, I came
across a fascinating doctoral dissertation, published as a book,
authored by a pharmacist living in France named Marie Nonclercq.
Several years in the writing, Nonclercq's thesis delved into a
long-lost chapter in the history of science that has all but been
forgotten for more than a century. This chapter concerned a violent
controversy between, on the one side, the illustrious Louis Pasteur,
whose name, inscribed on the lintels of research institutes all over
the world, is known to all school-children, if only because of the
pasteurized milk they drink.
On the other side was Pasteur's nineteenth-century contemporary and
adversary, Antoine Bechamp, who first worked in Strasbourg as a
professor of physics and toxicology at the Higher School of
Pharmacy, later as professor of medical chemistry at the University
of Montpellier, and, later still, as professor of biochemistry and
dean of faculty of medicine at the University of Lille, all in
While laboring on problems of fermentation, the breakdown of complex
molecules into organic compounds via "ferment"—one need only think
of curdling milk by bacteria—Bechamp, at his microscope, far more
primitive that Naessens's own instrument, seemed able to descry a
host of tiny bodies in his fermenting solutions. Even before
Bechamp's time, other researchers had observed, but passed off as
unexplainable, what they called "scintillating corpuscles" or
"molecular granulations." Bechamp, who was able to ascribe strong
enzymatic (catalytic change-causing) reactions to them, was led to
coin a new word to describe them: microzymas (tiny ferments).
Among these ferments' many peculiar characteristics was one showing
that, whereas they did not exist in chemically pure calcium
carbonate made in a laboratory under artificial conditions, they
were abundantly pre-sent in natural calcium carbonate, commonly
known as chalk. For this reason, the latter could, for instance,
easily "invert" [ferment] cane sugar solutions, while the former
With the collaboration of his son, Joseph, and Alfred Estor, a Mont-pellier
physician and surgeon, Bechamp went on to study microzymas
located in the bodies of animals and came to the startling
conclusion that the tiny forms were far more basic to life than
cells, long considered to be the basic building blocks of all living
matter. Bechamp thought them to be fundamental elements responsible
for the activity of cells, tissues, organs, and indeed whole living
organisms, from bacteria to whales, and larks to human beings. He
even found them present in life-engendering eggs, where they were
responsible for the eggs' further development while themselves
undergoing significant changes.
So, nearly a century before Gaston Naessens christened his somatid,
his countryman, Bechamp, had come across organisms that, as Naessens
immediately recognized, seem to be "cousins," however many times
re-moved of his own "tiny bodies."
Most incredible to Bechamp was the fact that, when an event serious
enough to affect the whole of an organism occurred, the microzymas
with-in it began working to disintegrate it totally, while at the
same time continuing to survive. As proof of such survival, Bechamp
found these microzymas in soil, swamps, chimney soot, street dust,
even air and water. These basic and apparently eternal elements of
which we and all our animal relatives are composed survive the
remnants of living cells in our bodies that disappear at our deaths.
So seemingly indestructible were the microzymas that Bechamp could
even find them in limestone dating to the Tertiary, the first part
of the Cenozoic Era, a period going back sixty million years, during
which mammals began to make their appearance on earth.
And it could be that they are older still—far older. Professor
Edouard Boureau, a French paleontologist, writes in his book Terre:
Mere de la Vie (Earth: Mother of Life), concerning problems of
evolution, that he had studied thin sections of rock, over three
billion years old, taken from the heart of the Sahara Desert. These
sections contained tiny round coccoid forms, which Boureau placed at
the base of the whole of the evolutionary chain, a chain that he
considers might possibly have developed in one of three alternative
ways. What these tiny coccoid forms could possibly be, Boureau does
not actually know, but, from long study, he is sure about the fact
they were around that long ago.
When I brought the book to Naessens's attention, he told me,
ingenuously and forthrightly, "I'd sure like to have a few samples
of moon rocks to section and examine at my microscope. Who knows, we
might find somatid forms in them, the same traces of primitive life
that exist on earth!"
Over years of careful microscopic observation and laboratory
experimentation, Naessens went on to discover that if and when the
immune system of an animal or human being becomes weakened or
destabilized, the normal three-stage cycle of the somatid goes
through thirteen of more
successive growth stages to make up a total of sixteen separate
forms, each evolving into the next. (See diagram on the somatid
All of these forms have been revealed clearly and in detail by
motion pictures, and by stop-frame still photography, at Naessens's
microscope. Naessens attributes this weakening, as did Bechamp, to
trauma brought on by a host of reasons, ranging from exposure to
various forms of radiation or chemical pollution to accidents,
shocks, depressed psychological states, and many more.
By studying the somatid cycle as revealed in the blood of human
beings suffering from various degenerative diseases such as
rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, and, most
recently, AIDS, Naessens has been able to associate the development
of the forms in the sixteen-stage pathological cycle with all of
these diseases. A videocassette showing these new microbiological
phenomena is available.
Among other things, it shows that when blood
is washed to remove all somatids external to the blood's red cells,
then heated, somatids latently present in a liquid state within the
red blood cells themselves take concrete form and go on to develop
into the sixteen-stage cycle.
"This," says Naessens, "is what
hap-pens when there is immune system disequilibrium."
It is not yet
known exactly how or why or from what the somatids take shape. Of
the some 140 proteins in red blood cells, many may play a role in
the process. The appearance of somatids inside red blood cells is
thus an enigma as puzzling as the origin of life itself. I once
"If there were no somatids, would there be no life?"
"That's what I believe," he replied.
Even more importantly, Naessens has been able to predict the eventual onset of such
diseases long before any clinical signs of them have put in an
appearance. In other words, he can "pre-diagnose" them. And he has
come to demonstrate that such afflictions have a common functional
principle, or basis, and therefore must not be considered as
separate, unrelated phenomena as they have for so long been
considered in orthodox medical circles.
Having established the somatid cycle in all its fullness, Naessens
was able, in a parallel series of brilliant research steps, to
develop a treatment for strengthening the immune system. The product
he developed is derived from camphor, a natural substance produced
by an East Asian tree of the same name. Unlike many medicinals, it
is injected into the body, not intramuscularly or intravenously, but
intralymphatically—into the lymph system, via a lymph node, or
ganglion, in the groin.
In fact, one of the main reasons the medical fraternity holds the
whole of Naessens's approach to be bogus is its assertion that
intralymphatic injection is impossible! Yet the fact remains that
such injection is not only possible, but simple, for most people to
accomplish, once they are properly instructed in how to find the node. While most doctors are
never taught this technique in medical school it is so easy that
laypeople have been taught to inject, and even to self-inject, the
camphor-derived product within a few hours.
The camphor-derived product is named "714-X"—the 7 and the 14 refer
to the seventh letter "G" and the fourteenth letter "N" of the
alpha-bet, the first letters of the inventor's first and last names,
and the X refers to the twenty-fourth letter of the alphabet, which
denotes the year of Naessens's birth, 1924. When skillfully
injected, 714-X has, in over seventy-five percent of cases,
re-stabilized, strengthened, or otherwise enhanced the powers of the
immune system, which then goes about its nor-mal business of ridding
the body of disease.
Let us for a moment return to the work and revelations of Antoine Bechamp. As already noted, with the fairly primitive
microscopic technology available in Bechamp's day, it was almost
incredible that he was seemingly able to make microbiological discoveries
closely paralleling, if not completely matching, those of Naessens
nearly a hundred years later. We have already alluded to the fact
that the microzymas in traumatized animals did not remain passive,
as before, but, on the contrary, became highly active and began to
destroy the bodies of their hosts, converting themselves to bacteria
and other microbes in order to carry out that function.
While the terminology is not exactly one that Gaston Naessens would
use today, the principles of trauma and of destruction of the body
are shared in common by the two researchers. Had Bechamp had access
to Naessens's microscope, he, too, might have established the
somatid cycle in all the detail worked out by Naessens.
So what happened to Bechamp and his twentieth-century discoveries
made in the middle of the nineteenth century? The sad fact is that,
because he was modest and retiring—just like Gaston Naessens—his
work was overshadowed by that of his rival. All of Pasteur's
biographies make clear that he was, above all, a master of the art
of self-promotion. But, odd as it seems, the same biographies do not
reveal any hint of his battle with Bechamp, many of whose findings
Pasteur, in fact, plagiarized.
Even more significant is that while Bechamp, as we have seen,
championed the idea that the cause of disease lay within the body,
Pasteur, by denouncing his famous "germ theory," held that the cause
came from without. In those days, little was known about the
functioning of the immune system, but what else can explain, for
instance, why some people survived the Black Plague of the Middle
Ages, while countless others died like flies?
And one may add that
Royal Raymond Rite's microscope, like that of Naessens, allowed him
to state unequivocally that "germs are not the cause but the result
Naessens independently adopted the
view as a result of his biological detective work. The opposite
view, which won the day in Pasteur's time, has dominated medical
philosophy for over a century, and what amounted to the creation of
a whole new worldview in the life sciences is still regarded as
Yet the plain fact is that, based on Naessens's medical philosophy
as foreshadowed by Bechamp and Rife, up to the present time,
Naessens's treatment has arrested and reversed the progress of
disease in over one thousand cases of cancer (many of them
considered terminal), as well as in several dozen cases of AIDS, a
disease for which the world medical community states that there is
no solution, as yet. Suffering patients of each sex, and of ages
ranging from the teens to beyond the seventies, have been returned
to an optimal feeling of well-being and health.
A layperson having no idea of the scope of Naessens's discoveries,
or their full meaning and basic implications, might best be
introduced to them through Naessens's explanation to a visiting
"You see," began Naessens, "I've been able to establish
a life cycle of forms in the blood that add up to no less than a
brand new understanding for the very basis of life. What we're
talking about is an entirely new biology, one out of which has
fortunately sprung practical applications of benefit to sick people,
even before all of its many theoretical aspects have been sorted
At this point, Naessens threw in a statement that would
startle any biologist, particularly a geneticist:
"The somatids, one
can say, are pre-cursors of DNA. Which means that they somehow
supply a 'missing link' to an understanding of that remarkable
molecule that up to now has been considered as an all but
irreducible building block in the life process." *
* Intriguing is a recent discovery by Norwegian microbiologists. On
10 August 1989, as Naessens was preparing for trial, the world's
most prestigious scientific journal, Nature (United Kingdom), ran an
article entitled "High Abundance of Viruses Found in Aquatic
Environments." Authorized by Ovind Bergh and colleagues at the
University of Bergen, it revealed that, for the first time, in
natural unpolluted waters, hitherto considered to have extremely low
concentrations of viruses, there exist up to 2.5 trillion strange
viral particles for each litre of liquid. Measuring less than 0.2
microns, their size equates to the largest of Naessens's somatids.
Much too small for any larger marine organism to ingest, the tiny
organ-isms are upsetting existing theories on how pelagic life
In light of Gaston Naessens's theory that his somatids are DNA
precursors, it is fascinating that the Norwegian researchers believe
that the hordes upon hordes of viruses might account for DNA's being
inexplicably dissolved in seawater. Another amazing implication of
the high viral abundance is that routine viral infection of aquatic
bacteria could be explained by a significant exchange of genetic
As Evelyn B. Sherr, of the University of Georgia's Marine
Institute on Sapclo Island, writes in a sidebar article in the same
issue of Nature: "Natural genet-ic engineering experiments may have
been occurring in bacterial populations, perhaps for eons." What
connection the aqua-viruses may have with Naessens's somatids is a
question that may become answerable when Naessens has the
opportunity to observe them at his microscope
and compare them with the ones he has already found in vegetal saps
and mammalian blood.
If somatids were a
"missing link" between the living and the nonliving, then what, I
wondered aloud in one of my meetings with Francoise
Naessens, would be the difference between them and viruses, a long
debate about the animate or inanimate nature of which has been going
on for years?
There was something, was there not, about the somatid
that related to its non-reliance and non-dependence upon any
surrounding milieu needed by the virus, if it were to thrive.
"Yes," agreed Francoise, "to continue its existence, the virus needs
a supportive milieu, say, an artificially created test-tube culture,
or some-thing natural, like an egg. If the virus needs this kind of
support for growth, either in vivo or in vitro—a 'helping hand,' as
it were—the somatid is able to live autonomously, either in a
'living body,' or 'glass-enclosed.' This has something to do with
the fact that, while the virus is a particle of DNA, a piece of it,
the somatid, as we've already said, is a 'pre-cursor' of DNA,
something that leads to its creation."
To try to get to the bottom of this seemingly
revolutionary pronouncement, I later asked Francoise to set down on paper some
further exposition of it. She wrote:
We have come to the conclusion that the somatid is no less than what
could be termed a "concretization of energy." One could say that
this particle, one that is "initially differentiated," or
materialized in the life process, possesses genetic properties
transmissible to living organ-isms, animal or vegetal. Underlying
that conclusion is our finding that, in the absence of the normal
three-stage cycle, no cellular division can occur! Why not?
it is the normal cycle that produces a special growth hormone that
permits such division. We believe that hormone to be closely
related, if not identical, to the one discovered years ago by the
French Nobel Laureate Alexis Carrel, who called it a trephone.
The best experimental proof backing up this astounding disclosure,
Francoise went on, begins with a cube of fresh meat no different
from those impaled on shish kebab skewers. After being injected with
somatids taken from an in vitro culture, the meat cube is placed in
a sealed vessel in which a vacuum is created. With the cube now
protected from any contamination from the ambient atmosphere, and
anything that atmosphere might contain that could act to putrefy the
meat, the vessel is subsequently exposed during the day to natural
light by setting it, for instance, next to a window.
Harboring the living, indestructible somatids as it does, the meat
cube in the vessel will, thenceforth, not rot, as it surely would
have rotted had it not received the injection. Retaining its
healthy-looking color, it not only remains as fresh as when
inserted into the vessel, but progressively increases in size, that
is, it continues to grow, just as if it were part of a living
Could a meat cube, animated by somatids, if somehow also electrically stimulated, keep on growing to revive the steer or hog from which
it had been cut out? The thought flashed inanely through my mind.
Maybe there was something electrical about the somatid?
could ask that question of her, Francoise seemed to have already
"The 'tiny bodies' discovered by Naessens," she went on, "are fundamentally
electrical in nature. In a liquid milieu, such as blood plasma, one
can observe their electrical charge and its effects. For the nuclei
of these particles are positively charged, while the membranes,
coating their exteriors, are negatively charged. Thus, when they
come near one another, they are automatically mutually repulsed just
as if they were the negative poles of two bar magnets that resist
any manual attempt to hold them together."
"Well," I asked, "isn't that the same as for cells, whose nuclei and
membranes are, respectively, considered to have plus, and minus,
"Certainly," she replied, "with the difference that, in the case of
the somatids, the energetic release is very much larger. Somatids
are actually tiny living condensers of energy, the smallest ever
I was thunderstruck. What, I mused, would the great Hungarian
scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, winner of the Nobel prize for his
discovery of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and many other awards, have
had to say had he, before his recent death, been aware of Naessens's
discoveries? For it was Szent-Gyorgyi who, abandoning early attempts
to get at the "secret of life" at the level of the molecule, had
predicted, prior to World War II, when still living and working in
Hungary, that such a secret would eventually be discovered at the
level of the electron, or other electrically related atomic
more recent discoveries relating to the electrical basis for
life, readers are also referred to two fascinating books by Dr.
Robert O0. Secker, The Body Electric (New York: Quill, William
Morrow, 1985) and Cross Currents (Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, 1990).
Probing further into the world of the somatid and its link to life's
basis and hereditary characteristics, I asked Francoise if Naessens
had done any experiments to show how somatids might produce genetic
effects on living organisms.
"I'll tell you, now, about one experiment we have repeated many
times," she answered, "whose results are hard for any orthodox
biologist to swallow. Before describing it, let me add that it is
our belief—as it was also Antoine Bechamp's—that each of our bodily
organs possesses somatids of varying, as yet indescribable,
natures that are specific to it alone. But the whole ensemble,
the 'family' of these varying forms, collectively circulates,
either in the circulatory or the lymph system. On the basis of
this experiment, we hold that, as a group, they contain the
of each and every individual being."
As described by Francoise, the experiment begins by
from the blood of a rabbit with white fur. A solution containing
them is then injected, at a dose of one cubic centimeter per day,
into the blood-stream of a rabbit with black fur, for a period of
two weeks running. Within approximately one month, the fur of the
black rabbit begins to turn a grayish color, half of the hairs of
which it is composed having turned white. In a reverse process, the
fur of a white rabbit, injected with somatids from a black one,
also begins to turn gray.
Astonishing as this result, with its "genetic engineering"
implications, might be, the effect of such "somatid transfer" from
one organism to another also, said Francoise, produces another
result offering great insight into the role played by the somatid in
the immunological system.
"When a patch of skin," she continued, "is
cut from the white rabbit and grafted onto the empty space left
after cutting a patch of similar size from the black rabbit, the
graft shows none of the signs of rejection that normally take place
in the absence of somatid transfer."
What this might bode for the
whole technique of organ transplant, attempts at which have been
bedeviled by the "rejection syndrome," we shall let
readers—especially medically trained readers—ponder.
GASTON NAESSENS - LIFE AND WORK
Is it not living in a continual mistake to look upon diseases,
as we do now, as separate entities, which must exist, like cats
and dogs, instead of looking at them as conditions, like a dirty
and a clean condition, and just as much under our control;
or rather as the reactions of a kindly nature, against
the conditions in which we have placed ourselves?
1860 (seventeen years before Pasteur announced
his germ theory), cited in Pasteur: The Germ Theory Exploded by R. B.
Even a single discovery as striking as those made by Naessens in
five inter-linked areas could, by itself, justifiably be held
remarkable. That Naessens was able to make all five discoveries,
each in what can be termed its own discipline, might seem to be a
feat taken from the annals of science fiction.
And that is exactly the point of view adopted by the medical authorities
of the province of Quebec. Worse still, those same authorities have
branded Naessens an out-and-out charlatan, calling his
camphor-derived 714-X product fraudulent and the whole of his theory
about the origin of degenerative disease and the practice of its
treatment, not to add the rest of his "New Biology," no more than
Spearheading the attack was Augustin Roy, a doctor of medicine, but
one who—like Morris Fishbein, M.D., for many years "Tsar" of the
American Medical Association—actually practiced medicine for only a
brief period of his life.
How did a researcher such as Gaston Naessens, endowed with genius,
come to land in so dire a situation? Let us briefly review some of
the story of his life and work, about which, during repeated trips
to Quebec from the United States, I came to learn more and more.
Gaston Naessens was born 16 March 1924, in Roubaix, in northern
France, near the provincial capital of Lille, the youngest child of
a banker who died when his son was only eleven years old. In very
early childhood, Gaston was already showing precocity as an
inventor. At the age of five, he built a little moving
automobile-type vehicle out of a "Mechano" set and powered it with a
spring from an old alarm clock.
Continuing to exhibit unusual manual dexterity, a few years later
Gaston constructed his own home-built motorcycle, then went on to
fashion a mini airplane large enough to carry him aloft. It never
flew, for his mother, worried he would come to grief, secretly
burned it on the eve of its destined takeoff.
After graduation from the College Universitaire de Marcen Baroeul, a
leading prep school, Gaston began an intensive course in physics,
chemistry, and biology at the University of Lille. When France was
attacked and occupied by Nazi forces during World War II, young
Gaston, together with other fellow students, was evacuated to
southern France. In exile near Nice, he had the highly unusual
opportunity to receive the equivalent of a full university education
at the hands of professors also displaced from Lille.
By the war's end, Naessens had been awarded a rare diploma from the
Union Nationale Scientifique Francaise, the quasi-official
institution under whose roof the displaced students pursued their
intensive curriculum. Un-fortunately, in an oversight that has cost
him dearly over the years, Naessens did not bother to seek an
"equivalence" from the new republican government set up by General
Charles de Gaulle. He thus, ever since, has been accused of never
having received an academic diploma of any kind.
Inspired by his teachers, and of singular innovative bent, Gaston,
eschewing further formal education—"bagage universitaire" [academic
baggage] as he calls it—set forth on his own to develop his
microscope and begin his research into the nature of disease. In
this determination, he was blessed by having what in French is
called a jeunesse doree, or gilded childhood—"born with a silver
spoon in his mouth," as the English equivalent has it. His mother
afforded him all that was needed to equip his own postwar laboratory
at the parental home.
His disillusion in working in an ordinary laboratory for blood
analysis spurred Gaston into deciding to go freelance as a
researcher. Even his mother was worried about Gaston's unorthodox
leanings. She clearly understood that her son was unhappy with all
he had read and been taught. As he was to put it: "She told me what
any mother would tell her son: 'It's not you who will make any
earth-shaking discoveries, for there have been many, many
researchers working along the same lines for decades.' But she never
discouraged me, never prevented me from following my own course, and
she helped me generously, financially speaking."
Gaston Naessens knew that there was something in the blood that
eluded definition. It had been described in the literature as
crasse sanguine (dross [waste products] in the blood) and Naessens
had been able to descry it, if only in a blurry way, in the
microscopic instruments up to then available to him. What was needed
was a brand new microscope, one that could see "farther." He thought
he knew how to build one and, at twenty-one, he determined to set
about doing so.
In the design of the instrument that would open a vista onto a new
bio-logical world, Naessens was able to enjoin the technical
assistance of German artisans in the village of Wetzlar, in Germany,
where the well-known German optical company Leitz had been located
before the war. The artisans were particularly helpful in checking
Naessens's original ideas on the arrangement of lenses and mirrors.
The electronic manipulation of the light source itself, however,
was entirely of Gaston's own private devising. When all aspects of
the problem seemed to have been solved, Naessens was able to get the
body of his new instrument constructed by Barbier-Bernard et
Turenne, technical specialists and military contractors near Paris.
Readers may fairly ask why Naessens's "Twenty-first-century"
instrument, which has been called a "somatoscope" due to its
ability to reveal the somatid, has never been patented and
manufactured for wide use. To understand the difficulty, we should
"fast forward" to 1964, the year Naessens arrived in Canada. Hardly
having found his footing on Canadian soil, he received a handwritten
letter, dated 3 May, from one of the province's most distinguished
physicists, Antoine Aumont, who worked in the Division for
Industrial Hygiene of the Quebec Ministry of Health.
Aumont, who had read about Naessens's special microscope in the
press, had taken the initiative of visiting Naessens in his small
apartment in Duvernay, near Montreal, to see, and see through, the
instrument with his own eyes.
Many thanks for having accorded me an interview that impressed me
more than I can possibly describe.
I have explained to you why my personal opinions must not be considered as official declarations. But, after thinking over all that
showed, and told me, during my recent visit, I have come to unequivocal conclusions on the physical value of the instrumentation you are
using to pursue your research.
As I told you, if my knowledge of physics and mathematics can be of
service to you, I would be very glad to put them at your
It can be deduced that Aumont's enthusiasm for what he had seen
caused a stir in the Quebec Ministry of Health, for on 17 July,
Naessens received an official letter from that office stating that
the minister was eager to have his microscope "officially examined"
if its inventor would "furnish in writing details concerning this
apparatus, including all its optical, and other, particularities,
as well as its powers of magnification, so that experts to be named
by the minister can evaluate its unique properties."
In reply to this letter, Naessens's lawyer sent a list of details as
requested and stated:
"You will, of course, understand that it is
impossible for Monsieur Naessens to furnish you, in correspondence,
with the complete description of a highly novel microscope which is,
moreover, unprotected by any patent."
Then, to explain why no patent
had yet been granted, he added a key phrase: "since its mathematical
constants have, up to the pre-sent, not been elucidated in spite of
a great deal of tiresome work per-formed in that regard." In other
words, it seemed that Aumont and his colleagues had been unable to
explain the superiority of the microscope in terms of all the known
laws of optics and it still seems that, so far, no one else has been
able to do so.
There have been interesting recent reports on new microscopes being
developed that apparently rival the magnification powers of
Naessens's somatoscope. It would seem, however, that the 150
angstroms of resolution achieved by Naessens's instrument has not
yet been matched.
The Los Angeles-based World Research Foundation's flyer, presenting
its autumn (1990) conference "New Directions for Medicine ...
Focusing on Solutions," announced the development of an Ergonom-400x
micro-scope, used by a German Heilpraktiker, or healer, Bernhard
Muschlien, who paid a visit to Naessens's laboratory in 1985. While
his microscope is apparently capable of achieving 25,000-fold
magnification, its stated resolution is 100 nanometers (1000
angstroms), or several orders of magnitude less than the 150
angstroms developed with the somatoscope.*
nanometer is one-billionth of a meter; one angstrom is
ten-billionths of a meter, or one-tenth of a nanometer.
In the July 1990 issue of Popular Science, an article "Super Scopes"
refers to an extraordinary new technology in microscopy engineered
at Cornell University under the direction of Professor Michael
Isaacson, and also in Israel. The technology uses not lenses but
apertures smaller than
the wave lengths of visible light to achieve high magnification.
Isaacson is quoted as saying:
"Right now, we can get about 40 nanometers (400 angstroms) of resolution," though he hopes to
heighten that "power" to 100 angstroms "down the road."
angstroms capacity built into Naessens's microscope over forty years
ago still seems to lead the field.
Returning to the biography of Naessens, during the 1940s, the
precocious young biologist began to develop novel anticancer
products that had exciting new positive effects. The first was a
confection he named "GN-24" for the initial letters of his first and
last names, and for 1924, the year of his birth. Because official
medicine had long considered cancerous cells to be basically
"fermentative" in nature, reproducing by a process that, while crucial
to making good wine from grape juice, produces no such salutary
effect in the human body, Naessens's new product incorporated an
The train of his thinking,
biologically or biochemically speaking, will not be here elaborated
lest this account become too much of a "scientific treatise." What
can be mentioned is that the new product, GN-24, sold in Swiss
pharmacies, had excellent results when administered by doctors to
patients with various forms of cancer.
As but one example of these results, Naessens cited to me the case
of his own brother-in-law, on the executive staff of the famed Paris
subway system, the Metropolitan. In 1949, this relative, the husband
of a now ex-wife's sister, was suffering through the terminal phase
of stomach cancer and had been forced into early retirement. After
complete recuperation from his affliction, due to GN-24, he resumed
work. Only recently, Naessens, who had lost contact with him for
years, was informed that he was alive and well.
Another 1949 case was that of Germaine Laruelle, who was stricken
with breast cancer plus metastases to her liver. A ghastly lesion
that had gouged out the whole of the left section of her chest had
caused her to go into coma when her family beseeched Naessens to
begin treatment. After recovering her health, fifteen years later,
she voluntarily came to testify on behalf of Naessens, who, as we
shall presently see, had been put under investigation by the French
Ordre des Medecins (Medical Association). She also allowed press
photographers to take pictures of the scars on the left side of her
breast-denuded chest. In 1969, twenty years after her initial
treatment, she died of a heart attack.
Seeking a more imposing weapon against cancer, Naessens next began
developing a serum. This he achieved by hyperimmunizing a large
draft horse by means of injecting the animal with cancer-cell
cultures, thus forcing it to produce antibodies in almost industrial
quantities. Blood withdrawn from the horse's veins containing these
antibodies, when purified, was capable of fighting the ravages of
cancel. It proved to have therapeutic action far more extensive than that obtained by GN-24, and
led to a restraint or reversal of the cancerous process, not only in
cases of tumors but also with various forms of leukemia. Many
patients clandestinely treated by their doctors with the new serum,
called Anablast (Ana, "without," and blast, "cancerous cells"), were
returned to good health.
One patient, successfully so treated, was to play a key role in
Naessens's life. This was Suzanne Montjoint, then just past forty
years of age, who, in 1960, developed a lump the size of a pigeon's
egg in her left breast. Over the next year, the lump grew as large
as a grapefruit. After the breast itself was surgically removed,
Montjoint underwent a fifty-four-day course of radiation that caused
horrible third-degree burns all over her chest. Within six months,
she began to experience severe pain in her lower back.
Chemical examination revealed that the original cancer had spread to
her fifth lumbar vertebra. More radiation not only could not
alleviate the now excruciating pain, but caused a blockage in the
functioning of her kidneys and bladder. When doctors told her
husband she had only a week or so to live, Suzanne said to him,
still have strength left to kill myself . . . but, tomorrow, I may
not have it anymore."
Summoned by the husband, one of whose friends had told him about the
biologist, Naessens began treating Madame Montjoint; who, by then,
had lapsed into a semi-coma. Within four days, all her pains
disappeared and she had regained clarity of mind. By April 1962,
after an examination of her blood at his microscope, Naessens
declared that the somatid cycle in Suzanne Montjoint's blood had
returned to normal. As she later told press reporters, "My recovery
was no less than a resurrection!"
When these successful treatments, plus many others, came to the
attention of French medical authorities, Naessens was twice brought
before the bar of justice, first for the "illegal practice of
medicine," next for the "illegal practice of pharmacy." On both
occasions, he was heavily fined, his laboratory sealed, and most of
its equipment confiscated, though, happily, he was able to preserve
his precious microscope.
With all the harassment he was enduring (while at the same time
saving the lives of patients whose doctors could afford them
little, or no, hope for recovery), Naessens was almost ready to
emigrate from his mother country and find a more congenial
atmosphere in which to pursue his work, with the privacy and
anonymity that he had always cherished and still longs for. An
opportunity came when he was invited by doctors in the Mediterranean
island of Corsica, whose inhabitants speak a dialect more akin to
Italian than to French. With a long history of occupation by
various invaders before it actually became part of the French
Republic, its population has ever since been possessed of a
revolutionary streak that, on occasion, fuels an urge toward
secession from the "motherland."
In Corsica, Naessens established a small research laboratory in the
village of Prunette, on the southwest tip of the island. What
happened next, in all its full fury, cannot be told here. Reported
in two consecutive issues of the leading Parisian illustrated weekly
Paris-Match, the story would require, for any adequate telling, two
or more chapters in a much longer book.
Suffice it to say that, having developed a cure for various forms of
degenerative disease, Naessens saw his ivory tower invaded by
desperate patients from all over the world who had learned of his
treatment when a Scots Freemason, after hearing about it during a
Corsican meeting with international members of his order, leaked the
news to the press in Edinburgh. Within a week, hundreds of potential
patients were flying into Ajaccio, the island's capital, some of
them from as far away as Czechoslovakia and Argentina.
The deluge immediately unleashed upon Naessens the wrath of the
French medical authorities, who began a long investigation in the
form of what is known in France as an Instruction—called in Quebec
an Enquete preliminaire—a kind of "investigative trial" before a
more formal one.
All the "ins and outs" of this long jurisprudential process,
thousands of pages of transcripts about which still repose in
official Parisian archives, must, however regretfully, be left out
of this narrative. Its denouement was that Gaston Naessens, together
with key components of his microscope preserved on his person, left
his native land in 1964 to fly to Canada, a country whose medical
authorities he believed to be far more open to new medical
approaches and horizons than those in France. His abrupt departure
from the land of his birth was facilitated by a high-ranking member
of France's top police organ, the Surete Nationale, whose wife,
Suzanne Montjoint, Naessens had successfully treated.
Hardly had Naessens set foot on Canadian soil than he was faced with
difficulties, in fact a "scandal," almost as, if not just as,
serious as the one he had just left behind.
During the French Instruction proceedings in 1964, one Rene Guynemer,
a Canadian "war hero" of uncertain origin and profession, had
accosted Naessens in his Paris home to beg him to come to Canada in
order to treat his little three-year-old son, Rene Junior, who was
dying of leukemia.
Though puzzled about a certain lack of "straightforwardness" in the
supplicant, Naessens, ever willing to help anyone in distress, and
with the approbation and assistance of the Canadian ambassador to
France, immediately flew to Montreal, where he hoped, as agreed by
Guynemer pere, to be able to treat fits in complete discretion. Upon
his arrival at Montreal's Dorval Airport, however, Naessens was
aghast to see a horde
of representatives of both the printed and visual media, creating,
in antic-ipation of his arrival, what amounted to a virtual mob
The Quebec "Medical College" had, at the time, agreed, for "humanitarian"
reasons, to allow the treatment of the Guynemer child, in spite of
the fact that Anablast had not been licensed for use in Canada.
Various tests, lasting for several weeks, were made on the product
at Montreal's well-known microbiological Institut Armand Frappier to
confirm the presence of gamma globulin in it, the presence of which
purportedly thorough French examinations had failed to detect.
Virtually at death's door, the Guynemer child was said to have been
given nine injections of Anablast. Naessens himself was never given
official confirmation that the injections had actually been
administered. Nor was he per-mitted to make any examination of the
little patient's blood at his micro-scope, or even to meet him face
to face. After the little boy succumbed, the Quebec press exploded
with stories that, in their luridness matched the ones that had been
appearing all over France after the Corsican "debacle."
Some of the mysteries of the "Guynemer connection" will likely never
come to light. Only later did it become clear that the true name of
the leukemic child's father was actually Lamer, a man who had
claimed that, in past years, he had been an officer in the Royal
Canadian Air Force and a "secret agent" attached to the French
"underground" during World War
II. To the Naessenses, the question has always remained: If he was
an "agent," then for whom, or for what?
In the spring of 1965, Naessens journeyed to France for his trial.
When he returned to Quebec in the autumn of that year, he retired
from the public scene to live incognito in Oka, a Montreal suburb,
with a newfound friend, Hubert Lamontagne, owner of a business
selling up-to-date electronic devices, whom he had met while
looking for electrical components for his microscope in 1964.
person skilled in electronics, Naessens was able to be of great
assistance to his host, who also operated a large "repair shop"
throughout the winter and the following summer, when, on tour with a
troupe of comedians, he was put in charge of solving all the
acoustical problems in the many provincial cabarets and theatres
hosting the troupe's performances. Deprived, for several years, of
any support to pursue his life goals, Naessens was constrained to
utilize his skills as "Mr. Fixit," able to repair almost anything,
from automobile engines to rectifiers.
After five years of working in electronics, Naessens had a stroke of
luck, perhaps the most important of his career, when, in 1971,
through a friend, he was introduced to, and came under the
protective wing of, an "angel" who saw in Naessens the kind of
genius he had for a long time been waiting to back.
That "'angel" was the late David Stewart, head of Montreal's
prestigious MacDonald-Stewart Foundation, which for many years had funded,
as it still continues to fund, orthodox cancer research.
about the recent death from cancer of a close friend, and in serious
doubt that any of the cancer research he had so long supported would
ever produce any solution, Stewart's guiding precept and motto was,
"In the search for a remedy for cancer, we shall leave no stone
The philanthropist therefore decided personally to back Naessens's research. But after setting up a laboratory for the
biologist on the Ontario Street premises of the well known MacDonald
Tobacco Company, which Stewart's father had inherited from its
founder, tobacco magnate Sir William MacDonald, David Stewart came
under such violent criticism by leaders of orthodox cancerology
that he advised Naessens to move his research to a low-profile
Having, by that time, established a "liaison" with his bride-to-be,
Francoise Bonin, whose parents lived in Sherbrooke, Naessens was, by
1972, able to take over the elder Bonin's summer house on the banks
of the Magog River in Rock Forest, "winterize" it, and establish a
well equipped laboratory in its basement. And there, the Naessenses,
who were married in 1976, have ever since been located. Of his wife,
Naessens has said to me:
She was persuaded from the very start about the intrinsic value of
my research and at once saw the truth of it. Just as then, so now,
years later, she continues her loyal assistance to get this truth
out. Some ask if it's moral support. Yes, it could be called that.
We have the same kind of attitudes about things. Both of us, for
instance, believe that if some-thing new produces good results, it's
got to be pursued to the bitter end. This is not ambition, but moral
honesty. When one gets to know her, one realizes that she doesn't
just repeat the things I think and say, but is convinced about them
because of what she has seen and experienced.
Because legal restrictions applying to foundations and their grants
pre-vented David Stewart from transmitting monies directly to
Naessens, the foundation director arranged for them to be funneled
via the Hotel Dieu— a leading hospital affiliated with the
Universite de Montreal that specializes in orthodox cancer
treatment and research. Accused by Augustin Roy as a "quack,"
Naessens has consequently had his work modestly funded by checks
made out by a hospital at the heart of one of Canada's cancer
establishment's most prestigious fund-granting institutions. No more
anomalous a situation exists anywhere in the worldwide multibillion-dollar
Given the importance of the foundation's assistance, it is all the
more curious that Augustin Roy had not made the slightest mention of
the foundation's loyal support of the biologist over the years. Instead, at
a press conference held after Naessens's arrest to present
traditional medicine's case against Naessens, Roy, perhaps
unknowingly, demonstrated the "Catch-22" that any alternative
medical, research, or frontier scientist faces.
Roy stated that if Naessens were a "true" scientist he would have long since submitted
his results to proper authorities for check, but when asked by
journalists whether the Quebec medical community had thoroughly
investigated the biologist's claims, Roy inscrutably replied,
"That's not our job."
In answer to another reporter's query about
the assertions of many cancer patients that the Naessens treatment
had completely cured their affliction, Roy added,
"I just can't
understand the naďveté and imbecility of some people."
To get a more complete idea of the full impact of Roy's attitude
with respect to a brand new treatment and patients benefiting from
it, we here excerpt some of his additional statements made during an
interview on McGill University's Radio Station in the summer of
When, to open the interview, Roy was asked his opinion about what
the interviewer termed a "remarkable new anticancer product, 714-X,"
the medical administrator replied, "I have been aware of Monsieur
Naessens for twenty-five years. In 1964, he arrived from France with
a so-called cancer treatment, Anablast, the very same medicinal he's
now using under another name—714-X."
That anyone in a position as elevated as Roy's could publicly
propagate so obvious an error is surprising. For Anablast, which, as
we have seen, is a serum, has nothing to do with 714-X, a
biochemical product. Yet here was the head of the Quebec medical
establishment falsely stating that 714-X, developed over thirteen
years in Canada, was nothing but the older French product bearing a
new name, a statement tirelessly, and erroneously, repeated by
journalists in the press.
As for Naessens himself, Roy told his radio audience: "That man's
professional knowledge is equal to zero! You should know that he
has, behind him, in France, an imposing, even 'heavy,' past
involving serious judicial procedures and condemnations." It seems
truly amazing that a doctor who, over a quarter of a century, had
never met Naessens, or once visited his laboratory, or taken the
trouble to investigate why hundreds of cancer patients had survived
because of his new treatment, could so peremptorily reduce the
biologist's knowledge to nil.
Was Roy really being impartial when he said,
"I've got to be a bit careful because Naessens is currently under legal prosecution...
But the fact remains that he was in serious trouble with the French
legal authorities. Let's just say he's a 'slick talker,' one who
knows how to address an audience. But, I ask you, why is it that
he's been working in secret for so
In asking this question, Roy was obviously not in the least
ashamed to be adding a second error to the one he had already
propagated. For the truth was, and is, that Naessens, far from
having worked "in secret", has at all times—as I have repeatedly
witnessed over the years— kept his laboratory open to "all comers"
and has stood ready to discuss his research with any of them.
so obvious," Roy disparagingly continued, "that all this man's
affirmations and allegations just don't have a leg to stand on . .."
"But," ingenuously interrupted his young interviewer, "haven't there
been several people who have testified in writing, or on TV, that
they've been cured by 714-X?"
Roy's unhesitating answer was breathtakingly
"No one's personal testimony has any value
whatsoever! All such testimonies are purely suggestive and anecdotal. Let's show a little common
sense, after all! Common sense indicates that if Naessens had a real
treatment for a malady such as cancer, it would have been criminal
not to put it at the disposition of the whole world! I don't
understand what he's up to, and I have even less understanding of
those who go about publicizing his reputed treatment, which is pure
Given the hyperbole on Roy's part, one could well wonder
what hope there might be for any kind of new discovery in the
health field ever to become authorized, or even known. For years,
Naessens had been assiduously, but unsuccessfully, trying to "put
his discovery at the world's disposition."
Unabashed by the weight of her interviewee's
authority, the interviewer was not loath to press in on Roy again:
however, been certain doctors who have been most surprised at how
terminal patients have been brought back to good physical shape with
714-X. Would that not make anyone eager to verify the facts with
respect to those recovered patients?"
"Not at all!" Roy's rejoinder was a virtual explosion.
"It's not my
job, or that of the Medical Corporation, to check on pseudocures of
that kind! So what, if two, three, four, or half a dozen doctors, in
their isolation, have something good to say in support of it? No
matter where they come from, their statements are worthless!"
To get a countervailing idea of what Naessens might
have said in rebuttal in Roy's presence, we shall next excerpt part of an
interview with the biologist by the same interviewer on the same
radio station a few days later.
"Gaston Naessens," she began, "is your 714-X really effective?"
Naessens: Absolutely! It builds up the immune system so that all the
body's natural defenses can regain the upper hand. I don't make the
in a void, because there are a lot of people around who were gravely
ill with cancer who can now state they have gotten well due to my
Interviewer: If your product really works,
why hasn't Dr. Roy been interested in doing an in-depth study of it? Does he know you at
Naessens: Many people have asked me both those questions. If you ask
him the latter question, he will pull out a thick file on me and
he'll tap it, and say, "Sure, I've known him since 1964." But the
fact is he has never met me in person, never visited my lab, and
never investigated my work! So, he is absolutely incapable of making
any judgment whatsoever on whether that work has a solid foundation,
In his lengthy reply, uninterrupted by the fascinated interviewer,
Naessens, after a brief pause, began to reveal the essence of the
difficult situation in which he had been placed over the years:
Naessens: Let's get to the heart of this matter: The medical
community, on the one hand, and I, on the other, speak completely
different languages. That anomaly connects to the important fact
that all approved anticancer therapies are focused only on cancer
tumors and cancerous cells. The reigning philosophy, medically
speaking, is that a cytolytic (cell-killing) method must be used to
destroy all cancer cells in a body stricken with that disease.
But I, on the contrary, have developed a therapy based on what has
been called the body's whole terrain! To understand that, you have
to real-ize that, every day, our bodies produce cancerous cells in
no great amount. It's our healthy immune system that gets rid of
them. My 714-X allows a weakened, or hampered, immune system to come
back to full strength, so that it can do its proper job!
If medical "experts" pronounce my product worthless, it might even
be admitted that, in terms of their own scientific philosophy, they
are making some sense. This is largely because, when they examine my
product for any cytotoxic effect it might have, they find none!
Interviewer: Is the Medical Corporation interested in sitting down
and talking with you, or running tests to verify your product?
Naessens: No! Because they firmly believe that any success it might
have is due to some kind of "psychological" effect, and they say
that the prod-uct itself contains nothing that could possibly be of
Interviewer: Where did they get that idea?
Naessens: It seems that, with officialdom, it's always a case of
misinformation, or of bad faith. If this whole affair were limited
to patients I've successfully treated, patients who might have
remained silent, I would still have small hope that my research will
one day be recognized. But, now, a crucial turning point has been
reached. I'm back in the international limelight. My arrest,
incarceration, and indictment are important if only because,
immediately following them, people "in the know" have begun to take
action on my behalf.
That being so, the medical community's
negative reaction is no longer the only, or the dominant, one! It
may be too bad that all this has to be thrashed out not in a
scientific forum, but in a court of law. But that's the way it is.
In my upcoming trial, many of my patients' cases will be examined,
one by one, and exposed in full detail, in the courtroom!
medical "authorities" will no longer be the sole judges.
After continuing on with this theme for several minutes longer,
Naessens came to a firm conclusion:
"I wouldn't want you to think
that I'm even trying to boast when I say that my work represents a
brand new horizon in biology! I have found a successful way of
adjusting a delicate biological mechanism. I have no pretensions
beyond that! If I can be of service to anyone, my laboratory is
Gaston Naessens was brought to trial in Quebec, where he was
acquitted and completely exonerated.
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