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From the Townsend Letter
January 2007


Three Years of HCl Therapy (Part II)
as recorded in The Medical World
with introduction by Henry Pleasants, Jr., AB, MD, FaCP (Associate Editor)
Originally published by W. Roy Huntsman, Philadelphia, PA

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Acid Mineral Chlorides in Treatment
In a previous article, emphasis was laid upon the necessity of free chlorine in the gastric fluid and its fundamental role in carrying on normal digestion, assimilation, and excretion. Also, certain consequences were indicated of the metabolism of the body cells, if its secretion is affected by various causes. It was also shown that chlorine deficiency would cause incomplete digestion and bring about a slow starvation of the mineral elements, thus producing abnormal symptoms, indicating profound changes, not only in the skin, bones, and glands, but also in the nervous system. Such changes would cause malfunctioning of the spinal nerves. Also, it was shown that this dysfunctioning of the motor and sensory spinal nerves by lack of control over cell life may give rise to neoplastic growths.

In this paper, an attempt will be made to bear out this hypothesis, to show that mineral deficiency is quite common and also to show results of treating various diseases with a solution of mineral chlorides, the formula of which was given in the before mentioned article and here as well:

Liq. potass. arsenitis (Fowler's)
Tr. ferri chloridi
Sol. potass. chloride (ten-percent.)
Sol. acid. hydrochlor. (three-percent.)
πλ xv
f 3 iss
ad f 3 ij
M. Sig.: Gtt. v to xx well diluted three or more times daily.

Before continuing, the writer desires to bring out some interesting facts found in the vegetable world to clarify, if possible, the hypothesis advanced. Mineral deficiency has long been recognized in the agricultural world. Results of the same, to a marked degree, have been studied, appropriate remedies or fertilizers have been applied, and results from their use verified. It is not the writer's intention to take up all these minerals, but to select the few necessary to bring out the salient points involved.

Let us take, for instance, deficiency of potassium in soils. Corn or maize grown in such a soil is apt to be sickly and die. When examined by biochemical methods, deposits of iron salts were found in joints of corn, also coagulation of proteins. When potassium salts were applied to soil, this condition disappeared. Tobacco plants grown under the same deficiency will become sickly. Areas of necrosis of cells also appear on the surfaces of leaves, etc. Does not this at once call to mind pernicious anemia with its debility, lack of gastric HCl, deposits of iron salts in liver and kidneys? The necrosed cells of tobacco leaves surely point to a great similarity of our commonplace epitheliomata of the skin.
In soils deficient in calcium and phosphorus, another variety of disease appears: wilts and fungi of root system and an accumulation of aluminum in the tissues of the corn. Quite a few articles on absorption of aluminum have appeared in various medical magazines, indicating that this element, foreign to the body cells, causes much disturbance, such as nerve and digestive disturbances. Calcium deficiency is quite common even in Florida, where the artesian water is impregnated with calcium salts. It is recognized by the tendency to nocturnal asthma, worse from cold and dampness, slow healing of broken bones, lack of strength, and myocardial weakness; also a low blood pressure, twitching of muscles, and cramps.

That the nervous system is implicated in tumor formation we believe is indisputable. The lack of sensation or pain in area involved in the early stage of the disease shows dysfunction of the sensory nerves. That spinal nerves may have more than one function to perform is a truism corresponding to the varied functions of other organs. Nutrition, cell growth and repair, cell control, and inhibition of cellular growth must also be included in their functions, as well as motor impulses and sensory impacts.

We need greater knowledge of gastric chemistry: how the warm peptic hydrochloric solution functions, how it breaks down food products, changes slowly but surely the minerals into chlorides to be again transformed in the duodenum – these chemical changes liberating heat and vital forces for the use of the brain and nervous system, etc.

Deficiency of this hydrochloric peptic solution must, of necessity, bring about, in the animal economy, a slow starvation of the mineral elements, an imbalance, and also a fixation or deposits in various tissues. For instance, as already mentioned, deposits of iron in anemia, deposits of urea and sodium in gout and arthritis, an overplus of sodium in edema, a probable deficiency of potassium in tumor and epitheliomata; also a deficiency of calcium in parathyroidism and some forms of asthma. A lack of chloric acid must be manifest in alkalosis of cancer, tuberculosis, and septic infections. Progressive diseases of eyes, ears, kidneys, and uterus may come under potassium deficiency; also tumor formations. The value of potassium iodide in syphilitic nodes and gummata is well known and universally applied. The various calculi of kidneys and gallbladder and deposits of uric acid in tissues also indicate a lessened solidibility of salts, showing deficiency of hydrogen and chlorine. Chlorine, like oxygen, carries on its own combustion in the digestive organs, while oxygen functions in the blood and lungs. Deficiency of chloric acid solution also indicates a lowered immunity to infective organisms, lowered vitality, impaired appetite and excretions, endocrine dysfunction, and premature old age. Hydrochloric acid is also the protective agency against microbic life in food and water intake of stomach.

The first case to be reported is one showing marked indications of duodenal growth and who, after three weeks' treatment, with good results, of the mineral chloride solution, developed severe nocturnal asthma. Calcium chloride was added to solution, and immediate relief was obtained.

Case of Annie M.; age 45 years, normal weight 170 lbs losing weight one year, now 140 lbs. For past two months, frequent gastric distress. July 5, 1932, found in great distress in region of stomach for past three days. Soreness over duodenum. Unable to vomit, no relief from soda bicarbonate, etc. Gave the acid mineral chloride solution 3 minims, diluted, every half hour. July 6th, reported complete relief in six hours. Examination showed induration and tenderness in duodenum. Gave the solution every hour while awake. Diagnosis: Probably precancerous condition at pylorus.
July 13th: much improved with soreness relieved. Gave the solution, t.i.d.
July 27, no sign of soreness of duodenum or induration, but had developed nocturnal asthma. Gave the solution plus ten percent calcium chloride; relief of asthma reported next day. Still under treatment, steadily improving.

Case of Andrew D., age 26, school teacher. Asthma at night, greatly aggravated by dampness, rainy weather, and bathing in water. Calcium chloride, gr.3, t.i.d. diluted, was given. Immediate relief of all symptoms. Can now bathe in ocean and get wet in rain without previous symptoms. Still taking remedy once daily.

Case of C T., age 46, clubfeet, low blood pressure, weight 188. Fractured tibia and fibula midway between ankle and knee. Seven months in hospital with regular treatment of milk food in excess, also calcium lactate and cod liver oil. Left hospital with ligamentus union of bones freely movable. Given the acid mineral solution, plus calcium chloride, gr. iii, diluted, t.i.d. In spite of sharp attack of influenza, complete ossification had taken place in sixweeks, and he returned to his occupation.

The next few cases are diagnosed growths in digestive organs. They were treated by the solution, some intravenously, all by mouth. Most of these cases were probably in a precancerous condition or early stages of cancerous disease.

Case of James C. age three years. Dec. 12, 1930. Diagnosis: papilloma of bladder; no loss of weight. Second attack of hematuria; last, one year before, bright blood and clots for two weeks, soreness in bladder. Treatment: intravenous injections of the solution once weekly. The solution four times a day for four months. Bleeding slowly disappeared; no recurrence to date.

Case of Peter D., age 50, married, two children, normal weight 135 lbs, now 102 lbs, jaundiced four months, growth in gallbladder easily outlined by palpation. Several surgeons and specialists gave fatal prognosis. X-ray picture indefinite. Oct. 10, 1931, given the solution intravenously once weekly and by mouth four times a day; bile laxatives at night. First two weeks, lost four lbs. Third week passed bile, and icterus gradually cleared. Treated by mouth only after three months. One year later, no indication of tumor, in good health, no history of gallstone colic; weight 128 lbs.

Case of T. W. M., age 6o. Feb. 16, 1932. For two years had suffered from severe gas pains for several hours after eating - no loss of weight, now 158 lbs. Blood pressure, 110. Examination, soreness and induration of sigmoid flexure. Gave .9 minims after meals. Feb. 23, 1932, reported immediate relief of gas pains. Continued the solution, treated spasmodically until May when he had a severe attack of influenza. June 13, 1932, soreness and induration still present, but much reduced. The solution was continued; still under treatment. As he is out of work, he is greatly despondent, but much improved at last visit.

Case of Lyla G., 87 years, many children. June, 1929, found writhing with stoppage, gas pains, vomiting. Examination showed immense adenoma of descending colon. Gave the solution intravenously; no other treatment. Next day reported relief in three hours. Four more injections were given intravenously, then by mouth. October 1929, showed tumor almost disappeared; treated for two months longer. September 1930, reported tumor in right tibia, size of an orange. Diagnosis: sarcoma. Treatment: the acid mineral chlorides by mouth. July 1932, although complicated by two attacks of edema, is in good health; very small swelling of leg still present.

Case of J.L.J., age 40 years. Oct. 8, 1931. Tumor removed from abdomen one year previous; fibroma. Complained of severe pains over abdomen, small tumor present in site of previous operation. Gave the solution internally. Complete relief in three months and disappearance of its duration or tumor. June 10, 1932, no sign of growth.

Case of C.S., age 50, four children living, weight: 100 lbs. Three miscarriages. For ten months had pain during eating; great distress after. No relief from medicine. Asthenia and insomnia. Examination: liver enlarged; hard mass in outlet of stomach and edge of liver. Gave the solution intravenously and by mouth. Complete relief of pain after eating in five days. Growth in pylorus cleared up, but induration still remained in liver. Treated one year, complete relief, no sign of tumor remaining, well at this date, July 1, 1932.

Case of L.P., age 63. Aug. 2, 1930. Dairyman. Operation for removal of stone one year before, suprapubic incision, no history of venereal disease, frequent urination during day, none at night, loss of weight 11 lbs. Examination: prostate shrunken; tumor size of small orange in scar. Treatment: Intravenous injection of the solution weekly; same by mouth q.i.d. In three weeks' time, tumor had softened and, in six weeks, had entirely disappeared. Opened urethra by sounds, which aggravated trouble. Solution continued at intervals. July 7, 1912, still under treatment, much improved; had lost in beginning 15 lbs., regained seven pounds.

Case of A.K., age 67 years. Sarcoma of right mastoid for 18 years. Three years ago had radium seeds applied, for pain and swelling had become severe. Partial absorption and relief from pain, then a decided recurrence of all symptoms six months later. Gave solution without HCl. Much improved for awhile; then relapsed. HCl was added to solution three months ago, with great improvement, tumor decreasing, and pain in nerves of jaw nearly disappeared, with gain in weight, strength,and facial appearance.

Case of J.D., Nashville, Tenn., age 62 years. Jan. 11, 1931. Recurrent growth in larynx. Operated on five times at Johns Hopkins; last time Oct. 15, 1930. Very hoarse, larynx swollen, inflamed, involving epiglottis, putrid tongue. Solution given by mouth; still under treatment. Thinks he will get entirely well, as he is greatly improved and able to speak in public.

Case of C.S.S., 57 years. Sept. 19, 1930. No history of syphilis. One year ago had an attack of vertigo, unable to walk, face and tongue paralyzed on left side, deafness in left ear, blood pressure normal. Left knee reflex slightly exaggerated, left pupil larger. Diagnosis: brain tumor causing pressure on brain. The solution gave quick relief. June 1932, recurrence; same symptoms, also a hernia at the sixth cervical vertebra of spinal fluid, which varied in size at intervals and could be squeezed back into spinal canal. Solution again given six times daily. In two weeks, relief of symptoms and drawing in of hernial sac. He is now walking, can stand with eyes closed, reflexes normal, face and tongue normal. This case shows action of acid mineral solution on the fluids of brain.

These cases, chosen for their variety of symptoms, show but little of the possibilities of this method of treatment. Diabetes has been treated with this remedy, with very gratifying results. Doubtless some of the curative results of insulin are due to the one-percent HC1 that the preparation contains; likewise, the famed adrenal cortex solution. During the World War, Dakin's solution of chlorine, lime, and soda became famous for its curative action because of its power to liberate minute quantities of chlorine into suppurating tissues. The acid mineral solution likewise liberates chlorine into the general circulation of the body.

The dose of solution may be criticized for being very small, but we must call to mind how the farmer uses but one ton or less of an eight-percent potassium fertilizer to the acre and how, if too much is used, injury, instead of growth, is produced. In the same way, as we are dealing with the delicate pH equilibrium of the tissues, small doses (repeated often, if necessary) are better than massive medication.

Pulmonary tuberculosis has responded wonderfully to this solution, and if another paper is in order, cases can be quoted later. So far, it appears that uterine fibroids and myomata are not benefited by this method of treatment.

The world is in sore need of a reliable, effective remedy for cancer and tuberculosis, also a preventive treatment. The writer does not claim that he has a perfected remedy, but he does claim, by repeated proofs, that this solution contains in itself an ability to promptly cause many precancerous lesions to disappear, that cancerous conditions of the internal organs, where other methods are so futile, are and have been dissipated, and that in cases too far advanced for recovery, relief of pain and distress is so marked that such patients believe they will entirely recover.

If the chlorine deficiency hypothesis be true, as it seems to be, we have in the solution a reliable, inexpensive medication which, taken daily for several months, will prevent the imbalance of mineral, and likewise restore into the circulation (for assimilation or excretion) pathological mineral deposits in the tissues involved.

Other physicians will doubtless test out these claims, as some are doing now, and publish results, and the writer hopes that in the near future hope will take the place of despair, and cancerous victims will no longer face inevitable and untimely death.

(1) The intravenous dose used by writer is 3 to 5 minims in 5 cc of distilled water at five-to-seven day intervals. Dose by mouth: 3 to 20 minims well diluted three to six times daily.

(2) The solution has been proved by writer to be an effective and curative remedy in many cases of cancerous growths; also, it points the way to the etiology of cancer and reveals how cancer may be avoided.

(3) The remedy can in no way cause injury; also, advanced cases of cancerous disease often times find great relief from pain and toxemia.

(4) It has curative properties in diabetes, tuberculosis, and other degenerative diseases.

(5) It will restore the normal acidity of the stomach and thus bring about those conditions whereby the digestive organs will absorb those minerals necessary for sustained health.

(6) The solution should be administered before and after surgical or other methods of treatment in cancerous affections.

(7) The formula is the result of over three years' clinical study in many diverse diseased conditions, testing and eliminating unnecessary salts, and as now constructed, should produce even better results than those herein reported.

(8) Certain minerals in a weak hydrochloric acid solution by reason of its free ions are quite active, and only small doses are required.

(9) Taken regularly for sufficient time, the solution will correct alkalosis and put into circulation precipitated salts.

(10) The solution, by releasing free chlorine ions, raises immunity against infection, also an increased phagocytosis.

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