frequently asked questions
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COLLMED FOUNDATION?
The Foundation has two main purposes: to educate colleagues and patients about the essentials of nutrition and nutrient supplements in cancer therapy and to enhance the efficacy of conventional therapies.
We’re also constantly researching new areas of therapy that can be applied to patients with unusual or resistant cases.
In Italy, for example, treatment of pancreatic cancer is very successful (via the National Cancer Institute in Naples). Dr Mancini’s patients’ cancer disappears in a matter of months and stay away for years.
In China, new treatments are found to be successful in treating many types of cancer, proven to be safe and effective.
There is so much data coming to doctors–too much. That is why they don’t know about these advances. No one has time to filter and research these areas, so they wait until it is a product on the market. Unfortunately, many of these treatments also not products at all, so are not marketed. They have been shown to be effective but can’t be patented so are not a valuable asset to a pharmaceutical company.
ARE YOU COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT?
Yes, our foundation is completely independent. I’m not promoting any products. We receive funding from foundations and other organizations involved in cancer research. All are able to see what we are doing as well as results in the patients.
HOW IS YOUR FOUNDATION UNIQUE?
The foundation is unique because we are not representing any company and not selling any products. The foundation is actively involved in research, finding or designing treatments which are effective now or in the future.
As the top toxicologist at the FDA, I began writing a book on the molecular biology of cancer, reading approximately close to 250 articles a week. This has continued since 1979. At the foundation, we are in a constant state of education, always reading and informing each other. We’re networked all over the world.
For example, the information on the plant material which helped to remove the brain metastases from my breast cancer patient, came to me from my colleague Dr. Zander in Austria. We have foundation advisors all over the world. Any new information which has been proven safe and can be applied for the patient, we are spearheading.
WHAT HAPPENS TO DONATIONS?
Any donation to the Foundation will help to support further research on a combination of treatments, both conventional and complementary as well as distributing that research to our colleagues. They must be informed… and that costs money.
We are not supporting particular products; we are supporting research as well as individual patients currently using combination therapies. Other foundations works hand-in-hand with companies, essentially providing research areas to test their products. For them, it’s about money. Our foundation is about lives.
One of the essential advantages of combining conventional and complementary medicine is that complementary medicine enhances the efficacy of conventional treatments. Patients learn to strengthen their own bodies and eliminate their own cancer so they can stay in remission and have a healthy happy normal life.
HOW DO YOU RELAY DATA TO DOCTORS?
I give presentations worldwide as well as provide written research so they can know what is available for their patients now.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE OBSTACLES OF YOUR FOUNDATION’S WORK?
In medicine today, we are much too specialized. We test a single substance and forgo the big picture. A new chemo is out and it’s extremely strong. We know the side effects can be lessened with alpha lipoeic acid. But this isn’t general information and many patient have gone through agonizing side effects because they did not know of this natural substance.
If patients want specific treatment and dosages, they should contact me directly. I don’t believe any patient should be denied information.
HOW CAN YOU DENY CHILDREN SOMETHING THAT IS NATURAL, NON-TOXIC, THAT WON’T AFFECT THEIR CHEMO BUT WILL REDUCE THEIR SIDE–EFFECTS?
I came to America and spoke with colleagues to raise money to do the study which had to go through a foundation. So I created one to support the study.
WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA FOR THE COLLMED FOUNDATION?
One of the turning points: when I had a patient with acute mylogonous leukemia who already received one gram of chemotherapy. Colleagues asked me to give her nutritional support. I said yes (although leukemia was not my primary area). But from the literature, I knew what would help her.
We started on a natural supplemental combination I had designed. She then received two grams of chemo (a whopping dosage) and she should have been violently ill. The consultant called me in and said, “Mrs S’s white blood cells have all sunk but she didn’t have any side effects.” I said, “Now, we must do this for the children. They suffer so much with the side effects. They can’t have bone marrow transplants because they can’t stand the chemo. We must do a study.” She looked at me and said, ”Well no one will pay for it.”
WHO CAN A PATIENT TRUST, WITH SUCH MUCH MISINFORMATION OUT THERE?
One of the biggest problems patients have today: who can they believe. I’ve seen patients lied to. I’ve seen colleagues compete for patients, and even when there is a good treatment, people don’t recognize it. So many people making claims, like the boy crying wolf.
My goal is to simplify and disseminate decades of my experience and research as well as leverage the assistance of trusted colleagues around the world. I hope when a patient speaks with us, they will be informed enough to make a wise, long-term decision for their health.
WHAT AREAS OF TREATMENT DO YOU FIND THE MOST SUCCESS?
I have had tremendous response to conventional treatment of lung cancer with accompanying therapies. I’ve seen brain metastases disappear. I’ve seen primary tumors disappear. The problem with lung cancer is that the patients don’t stay in remission long so I’m now looking into treatments from two different companies.
I want to combine these treatments and create a new regimen because the preliminary results are promising. Lung cancer is one of the difficult ones. (I used to think that pancreatic cancer was difficult until I saw my colleague Dr. Mancini’s work.) Now, we are very successful with liver cancer, prostate, breast, bone cancer, but lung is still difficult. Best advice: don’t start smoking.
Ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers are on the rise. Fortunately there is a new vaccine developed for the papaloma virus (HPV) – the one that causes cervical cancers in most situations. It’s unusual to find cancer without the virus, but the rise in these cancers may have to do with hormone replacement therapy.
Bottom line: there are treatments. Several years ago, a Japanese team proved that hyperthermia combined with chemotherapy actually destroyed the peritoneal spread of ovarian cancers–very effective work. The normal treatment has been an operation (if you can reach the tumor) but many of these tumors are found later and it spreads. So it’s wonderful that there are new treatments, combining the best of conventional and complementary medicine, together.
IS YOUR WORK MORE ALTERNATIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL?
Both. For example, Dr. Mancini’s protocol is chemotherapy plus a substance he has isolated himself, an enzyme. So it both alternative and conventional. We are also having excellent results (in the case of brain metastases) using a plant which has been proven to work in primary brain cancers but is also extremely successful with brain metastases.
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