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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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The Conquest of Cancer
It is incumbent upon all physicians and surgeons who have made any improvement or discovery that may help in the constant warfare against disease and premature death to report such discovery or improvement to the medical world at large, so that perchance it may fit in, becoming a necessary cog or a stepping stone whereby the army of this world may function more readily or move upward toward the unseen and perhaps unattainable ideal of a humanity free from disease, plague, and early death. Also, it is morally obligatory upon those who gain help and knowledge from such contribution to acknowledge their obligations by reporting back to the same journal their successes or even failures, in order that such claims may be fully verified or disproved by the light of experience and corroboration.

The following article is to bring up-to-date the writer's progress in the war against cancerous disease, to present his clams, deductions, and the results of his treatment.

First of all, what are the underlying causes which allow the formation of neoplastic growths? These he believes to be the following.
1. A deficiency of potassium in animal tissues
2. Potassium deficiency causes loss of function in posterior spinal nerves.
3. Hypochlorhydria is the chief cause of potassium deficiency.
4. Hypochlorhydria, likewise, causes alkalosis of tissues.
5. When a group of cells becomes isolated from nerve control, such cells will become a parasitic entity.

Potassium is one of the essential minerals of animal tissues as well as in vegetable life. Potassium is found in all cells, tissues, and fluids with the exception of milk. Potassium salts are absolutely necessary for the sustenance of life. In small doses, they stimulate the heart and raise the blood pressure. In poisonous doses, they depress and paralyze the various functions of the body. It is claimed by Wood that the stimulating effect of beef tea, beef extracts, and coffee is due to the small amounts of potassium contained therein. To its value in vegetable life, reference has been made in previous articles. No crop can be grown without its presence in the soil, and the contrast when potassium deficiency is corrected is at times almost unbelievable. That a deficiency of potassium in the human tissues can set up great pathological disturbances is easily imagined, but just what these tissue changes are has never been established.

Clinical reports are few, yet for years has not Blaud's mass, with its potassium carbonate content, been one of the standard remedies for impoverished blood and asthenia? The writer contends that potassium deficiency in nerve tissue will bring about a slow degeneration and loss of function, attacking particularly the posterior spinal nerves, and that this malfunctioning is the cause of neoplastic growths.

Deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice is becoming, under the stress and strain of modern civilization, very common. That this deficiency will cause imperfect digestion and assimilation of food is easily understood. Rhe mineral content of food will also be imperfectly absorbed. Thus, a vicious cycle is thereby set up. As potassium in the acid gastric cells becomes depleted, less and less HCl will be excreted into the digestive fluids, thus giving rise to asthenia, diabetes, toxemia, and, above all, profound tissue changes. That hypochlorhydria will bring about the condition known as alkalosis in the cells of the body is easily grasped, although much further laboratory work is required to show the process by which this condition appears. As HCl is the only normal acid to the human economy, it must be inevitable that such is the case.

When carcinoma, for instance, is fully established, this alkalosis is increased by the lactic acid excreted by the cancer cells. Therefore, excess of lactic acid in stomach and tissues of body is but another term for alkalosis. This condition is supposed by man to favor the formation of or to precede the appearance of cancer.

In this city, a thick, waxy-leafed plant is grown for ornamental purposes. When one of its leaves is broken off and lies upon the ground, it puts out roots and shoots, and if in a favorable location, the seedling will grow into a similar plant from which it came. In other words, cut off from its nerve control, it takes on an independent existence. So, in cells of the body, any cell supplied by nutritive elements, yet cut off from nerve control, must of necessity become an independent growth, the nature of which depends upon the kind of cell or cells involved. This theory, therefore, can explain all the innumerable varieties of neoplastic tumors, both benign and malignant growths.

It is the writer's belief that the posterior spinal nerves have a sensory function controlling and inhibiting cell growth and that the anterior spinal nerves, as is well-known, in addition to their motor control, stimulate cell production. This is shown in progressive muscular atrophy, and in infantile paralysis, where the anterior spinal nerve centers are involved, causing destruction of tissue cells in affected muscular areas. So, likewise, if the posterior spinal nerves or centers are involved, a loss of control over areas affected will ensue, thus allowing the various forms of neoplastic growths. In other words, the cells are cut off, both from sensory and inhibitory control. This also explains the lack of pain or discomfort in early cancerous growths.

As all theories and hypotheses are dependent for their substantiation, finally, on clinical proof, the writer presents two cases that are uncomplicated by other diseased conditions to illustrate above claims, in addition to those already quoted in December 1932 issue of The Medical World, giving not only the remedy used, internally and intravenously, but the treatment applied to the local lesions.

Cancerous growths, when localized on skin or in the orifices of the body, must be destroyed. At the same time, if the conditions that caused their appearance are not corrected, sooner or later their appearance at the same site will become manifest. The formula I use, by mouth and by intravenous injection, in these cases is as follows:

RX Sol. potass. ars. (Fowler's:)
Tr. ferri chloridi
Saturated sol. potass. sulphatis
Sol. HCl (two percent)
f 3 ins
f3 iv
f 3 ij
q, a. sd. f3 iv
Dose by mouth: five to 20 drops.
Intravenously: 3 to 7 minims in 10 cc. of sterilized distilled water.

Why should the above formula be effective? What, in other words, has to be accomplished? First, phagocytosis. This term not only implies destruction of invading germ life, for these are always present as scavengers of the body in diseased condition, but also destruction and absorption of diseased tissues.

Arsenicum has been known for many years to have this therapeutic virtue, to increase hemoglobin and red cells of the blood. It also helps to correct toxemia, always present in cancerous affections. Ferrum seems to have a special affinity for cancerous cells. When applied locally, it is very destructive to local lesions. Ferrum, likewise, is essential to restore hemoglobin, to create cell oxidation, and, with the sulphur atom present in the solution, to maintain normal metabolism of the cells. In cases of hemorrhage from cancerous growths, the writer has found it necessary to add a sulphur lozenge daily to the treatment. This readily brings relief from bleeding lesions as found in stomach, bladder, rectum, etc.

As to potassium, one might ask what proof exists that a deficiency of this metal is involved in neoplastic growths. It can be readily surmised that this element, so necessary for life, can become deficient, but whether this supposed deficiency is responsible for the above condition can be demonstrated only by the biochemist in spinal nerve tissue of cancer victims. Since this metal has been added to the acid mineral solution, results have been so uniformly satisfactory and curative, even in the most advanced and hopeless cases of cancer, that the writer feels justified in making this claim. The contention of the writer, that potassium chloride in the gastric acid cells is the chief source of HCl in the gastric juice, and primarily not from the sodium chloride in the plasma, is, he believes, logical and understandable. Therefore, a deficiency of potassium would be a potent factor in hypochlorhydria present in so many of the progressive degenerative diseases. If such a deficiency of potassium is corrected, and if this hypothetical deficiency is really the chief cause of the degenerative diseases (including neoplastic growths), marked improvement must appear in these patients and so substantiate this hypothesis. And these curative manifestations are exactly what the writer, day after day, has witnessed and wishes to put on record. Every case of cancer put on the acid mineral solution has responded favorably to its action. No matter whether it be applied to local lesions, given by mouth or administered intravenously, the result in cancer is always favorable and at times unbelievable.

As to hydrochloric acid, Dr. Burr Ferguson and Dr. C. De Witt Colby both have shown repeatedly the value of this acid. In spite of alarmist cries from the ranks of the ultraconservatives, they have repeatedly, with miraculous effects, injected this dilute acid into the bloodstream. They have also demonstrated, by careful watching, a marked increased activity and number of phagocyte corpuscles. The increased supply of chlorine to the tissues rapidly controls sepsis; the H ion slowly changes alkalosis of tissues to the normal pH 7.3.

This acid mineral solution is the outcome of four years' clinical study. It has the virtues of all those minerals and contains all the possibilities of HCl therapy demonstrated by those eminent physicians. Also, being an acid solution, its ions are readily absorbed and consequently are very active.

The following case demonstrates how, without use of X-ray and expensive radium, small local lesions may be readily and inexpensively treated and destroyed with this acid mineral solution, with far better results than those treated by raying, and it is available in all communities. This case also demonstrates how multiple skin cancers are very often but probable metastases from a pyloric growth.

Case of M. S., St. Augustine, Florida. Male, 55 years. History of gastric distress and frequent vomiting since 1921. Toxemia, high blood pressure; also appearance of sore on right temple, 1926. This lesion was treated with radium twice in 1928. Three more growths appeared on face and one behind left ear in 1930. These lesions were treated by X-ray therapy at Pensacola Veterans Hospital; also his toxemia and hypertension, November 1931.

July 1932, case came into writer's care. Examination showed lesions of face and head were increasing in area and depth, the one on right temple angry, crusted and red from radium burn. Vomiting at least once weekly. Area over pylorus swollen, tender, and indurated. The acid mineral solution was ordered four times daily; dose, nine drops; with relief of gastric symptoms. Later, the smallest lesions on face were scrubbed with Fowler's solution until diseased cells were removed; then site was painted with tincture of iron. Later, the cancers on chin and back of left ear were covered with a thin layer of absorbent cotton, which was fastened at edge to skin by collodion. Then HCl, full strength, was dropped on cotton and allowed to remain on lesion for 90 minutes. Ungt. zinc oxide was applied daily. Results were perfect. The radium burn and cancer was again scrubbed with Fowler's solution, all crusts removed, and painted with tr. of iron.

April 1, 1933. Face well; radium burn still red; digestion nearly perfect, vomiting rare, soreness over pylorus absent. This case should still continue remedy for several months longer.

The next case is one of gastric and duodenal carcinoma.
W. T., age 42, veteran, children. Had suffered from gastric troubles at times since 1911. Disabled by gastric trouble since February 1930. February 1931, attack of chickenpox; stomach trouble grew worse.. Went to Pensacola Naval Hospital, September 1931, for treatment. Discharged with no relief Dec. 1, 1931, as hopeless case of gastric ulcer. May 1, 1932, X-rayed at Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine. May 8, 1932, entered Lake City Veterans' Hospital. Discharged June 1932, as a hopeless case of gastric cancer. Became worse, frequent bleeding from stomach and bowels. Almost died January 1933.

February 22, 1933, writer took over case. He was in great pain and profound cachexia. Hemoglobin, 40; pulse 120; fever and night sweats, diarrhea. Hands bloodless, sores, looked moribund, unable to walk. Palpation disclosed a large mass in upper abdomen very swollen and tender to touch; taking opiates. Treatment was 3 to 7 minims of acid mineral solution intravenously every three days and five drops in oatmeal water, six times daily. On account of extreme poverty, no particular diet could be ordered. Slow improvement took place; bleeding gradually stopped; also less pain.

May 2, 1933, patient up and walks out. Pulse, 100; still pain at times; color returning to face and hands. Hemoglobin, 70. Good appetite, but distress at times; still has fever and sweats occasionally, perhaps due to absorption of disease tissue, slight cough. Mass in abdomen no longer palpable; still tender. Prognosis: looks as though he will recover. Intravenous treatment discontinued. At no time did these injections cause any disturbance. Drops continued by mouth six times daily. Due to extreme poverty and lack of suitable food, entire credit is given to medical treatment.

The first case quoted shows how small cancerous lesions of skin can be quickly and easily destroyed with a minimum of pain and scarring, without the sad after-results attributed to radium and X-ray treatment. The acid mineral solution is quite inexpensive and readily available in all parts of the world, so that everyone, no matter how poor, can obtain this treatment.

The above cases were described in detail and can readily be verified. If the second one recovers, another film will be taken for comparison. That the acid mineral treatment promises much is evident. Further improvement in standardization and correct dosage of remedy needs more experience with a plentiful clinical material. So far, clinical results bear out the hypothesis given, and if, in the writer's opinion, the nerve control of cell metabolism can be reestablished, absorption will take place in internal growths.

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