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Who is behind the mask?
By Fritzraven Sky, with eyewitness reportage by Bob Silverman


Gaston Naessens, the french born microbiologist, whose alternative theory of cancer etiology and controversial treatment with 714-X have been the subject of a veritable "witch hunt" by the medical establishment, was recently acquitted of the charges brought against him by the Quebec Professional Corporation of Physicians (QPCP). His axquittal, however, rather than mitigating the hostility of orthodox medicine, has served only to heighten it.

On December 2, 1989, one day after Gaston Naessens' acquittal on charges of criminal negligence that could have sent him to jail for life, the Journal de Montréal gave full play to the hysterical reaction of Dr. Augustin Roy, president of the QPCP, which had brought the suit against Naessens. Says Roy, "Prosecutor Melançon did not, as he should have, savagely cross-examined every one of the cancer patients who testified simply don't know the difference between feeling healthy and being healthy. All of them should stand at attention or, more properly, get down on their knees to thank orthodox medicine for having kept them alive."

Three months after Roy's outburst, a team of Montréal oncologists, Drs. Jolivet of Notre Dame Hospital, Batist of Mc Gill University and Latreille of Hotel Dieu, called a press conference for the putative purpose of announcing the results of their study of 714X. The data, however, was never produced. In fact, not a single scientific result disturbed the steady menu of arrogance and ignorance which characterized the good doctors' rather pitiful performance. In an apparent (and partly successful) attempt to discourage the hundreds of phone calls pouring daily into Notre Dame Hospital from cancer patients desperately seeking access to 714X, they pronounced Naessens' work useless and declared that no further investigation was necessary or intended. The media then dutifully "informed" the public of the doctors' "serious investigation" and its "results."

That the so-called investigation was mysteriously devoid of laboratory tests, patient interviews, observation and/or examination of Naessens' revolutionary microscopic techniques, or, in fact, any other scientific evidence, did not seem to bother the three specialists. Dr. Latreille has apparently never met or spoken to with Naessens, or consulted any any of his files. Dr. Batist was at the Naessens laboratory for the 10-minute duration of a Newswatch broadcast in December of 1989 and consulted three files (out the hundreds available), Jolivet saw 20 files in 30 minutes. None of the three was interested in speaking with the many patients claiming to have been cured by 714X. In an even more shocking display of complacence, both Batist and Jolivet refused to observe the Naessens "somoscope" -hailed as a "revolution in ocular technology" and considered by experts worldwide (including the foremost, Zeiss Co. of West Germany) to be the world's most advanced light microscope. This is how cancer specialists "investigate" a product that has already gained international support among medical researches and practitioners as a valuable therapeutic against cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative disease.


The Trial of the Century

Naessens's trial (brilliantly documented by author Christopher Bird in his newly published work, Galileo of the Microscope: The Life and Trials of Gaston Naessens) was a profoundly educational and moving experience. It was also a highly symbolic drama that put into sharp relief the bitterness and dogmatic "scientism" which have come to characterize the attitude of established medicine to any alternative therapies. Doctors testifying for the prosection at Naessens' trial consistently displayed an almost paranoid narrow-mindedness, limited theoretical scope and simple bad faith, but most striking was their complete lack of curiosity. Lorenzo Haché, a well established surgeon who spent four years at the world famous Mayo Clinic, told the court, "Sometimes, patients, so shocked by the news that they have cancer, do not show up at the hospital for their appointment. Sometimes we send out the police to fetch them." When informed by the defence attorney that four doctors in Belgium, France and the United States were currently using 714X to treat cancer, he replied deploringly, "They must be marginals." Serenely undisturbed by the facts, Dr. Haché steadfastly persisted in the opinion that only treatments covered in mainstream medical journals could possibly be valid. This "closed loop" conceptual block, in addition to thorough ignorance of the theoretical and clinical basis of Naessens' work, was shared by virtually all expert medical witnesses for the prosecution.


Somatid and Somatoscope

Although Doctors Batist and Jolivet could not be bothered to examine the remarkable microscope in Naessens' Rock Forest laboratory (even though they were only three metres away from it), others (international leaders in the fields of microbiology, immunology, microscopy and medicine) have travelled far just for that privilege. French physician Dr. Fabre was one. He testified for the defence that Naessens' microscope was "vastly superior to any I have seen," adding that Gaston had elaborated a whole new theoretical framework which would inevitably "revolutionize biology, medicine and all the physical sciences." Fabre went on to describe the remarkable progress he was making with 714X in the treatment of cancer and, more recently, multiple sclerosis. He called the somatid (the sub-microscopic, highly motile, extra-cellular and virtually indestructible polymorphic organisms which Naessens has observed in the bloodstream by means of the somatoscope) the "basis of all life" and questioned the entire approach of allopathic (established) medicine.


How does 714X work?

It is an established observation of oncology research that cancerous tissue is a "nitrogen trap" - that is, it requires an inordinate amount of nitrogen to survive and "steals" it from the host's internal environment. Naessens has been able to show that a tumour, once it has reached a certain critical mass, produces a substance - Naessens has named it the co-cancerogenic K factor (CFK) - whose function is to paralyze the immune system. Naessens developed 714X by enriching camphor (a naturally occuring botanical derivative which shows a marked affinity for cancerous cells) with a molecule of nitrogen. The intra-lymphatic injection of 714X allows a saturation or “force feeding” of the tumour with nitrogen, thereby depriving it of its molecular raison d'être, while simultaneously halting the production of CFK. Thus the immune system is fortified and the organism hopefully restored to good health.


Cancer Patients Testify

People came to Sherbrooke from a far away as Austria and California to testify on Naessens' behalf. All said that they had been cured by 714X, after having been abandoned by orthodox medicine. Some of the witnesses had received surgery, radiation or chemotherapy prior to treatment with 714X, while others had used it exclusively. All submitted their medical records to the court as evidence. Media attention was galvanized late in the trial by the celebrity appearance of MNA Gérard Godin, who testified that his brain tumour had shrunk by 60% since receiving the series of 714X injections. As for the weight of the prosecution's evidence, consider the following: Of the 150 dossiers seized in 1984 during a joint QPP/QPCP raid on the Naessens home, only two were of ultimate use to the prosecution; Augustin Roy is currently facing suit brought against him by Mr. Naessens for defamation of character. Amidst all the mud-slinging and absolutist proclamations of medical authority against Gaston Naessens (and they are many) not one single point of scientific contention has been raised. The sad truth is that the training-by-rote of these medical professionals has seriously compromised their critical faculties and left them in no way prepared to comprehend the profoundly significant and unique life work of a genius like Gaston Naessens.


Frontier Science

“Perhaps the greatest obstacle that frontier scientists are unprepared for but inevitably face is political... Science has become institutionalized and... largely regulated by an establishment community that governs and maintains itself... (There is) a growing dogmatism... and arrogance bordering on worship of contemporary scientific concepts and models...taught in a deadening way which... serves to perpetuate the dogma... Strangely, the... scientific establishment has taken on the behaviour of one of its early oppressors: the church. Priests in white lab coats work in glass-and-steel cathedral-like laboratories, under the rule of bishops and cardinals who maintain orthodoxy through mainstream “peer review”.1

Peer review?! Great, if you can get it, but as Christopher Bird queries, “How can so-called peers be called to assess an invention when they themselves... have never invented anything?... It seems to me that the true “peer” of an inventor such as Naessens is someone who has been equally inventive, not some governmental, or private laboratory drone whose “peerage” is based merely on academic equality. In the opposite sense, Gaston Naessens is no “peer” of such people.”2

American biologist Walter Clifford, calling Naessens one of “the few gentle giants who mold the age they live in”, had this to say about the inability of “scientocracy” to see beyond the confines of its own dogma: “I have personally, many times, taken researchers... into my laboratory to demonstrate... some of the things Gaston has been reporting for many years. They viewed... things they have never seen before. Do you think that made any difference? As outrageous as it may seem, because what they had seen was not approved by any professional society, or governmental agency, they simply would not believe it.. Believe their own eyes, that is.” Clifford considers these researchers vassals of the medico-industrial complex, who “kow-tow to authority and limit themselves to discovering exactly what their liegelords want them to discover, as thousands of published research papers indubitably prove... Any project aimed at replicating and substantiating Naessens' work will never fit into the program of grant applications of any major funding organizations that I know of. The very simplicity of the task mitigates against this. Gaston's investigations require no mega-buck irradiation machines, scanners, or other costly equipement. And his findings will certainly not sell billions of dollars worth of toxic drugs.”3


Cancer is Big Business

In North America cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry. The average victim spends $50,000 before dying. The pharmaceutical giant created by the recent merger of Bristol-Myers with Squibb, now controls 50% of the highly lucrative prescription drug manufacturing market. (The top of 12 U.S. drug companies produced an average return on equity of 29%, according to the Wall Street Journal). The huge and interlocking interests of surgeons, radiologists and research oncologists combine to form a monolithic capital and industrial base.


714X now available

714X is now available to physicians under the Emergency Drug Act, administered by Health and Welfare Canada (call (613) 991-0109 (daytime) or 991-0123 (emergency). To date, 30 doctors in Québec and Ontario have requested it - despite footdragging and dire warnings about the “drug” and possible malpractice suits from officials in Ottawa. Other medical professionals and lay-people are administering it clandestinely for cancer and AIDS sufferers, with good results. Printed literature (in both languages) on the theory and adminstration of 714X is available on request from the Committee for the Support of Gaston Naessens (6912 Christophe-Colombe, 279-7570/4867) as well as a fascinating video-taped lecture by Naessens including microphotographic and time-lapse footage of the somatid cycle.


Galileo of the Microscope: The Life and Trials of Gaston Naessens, by Christopher Bird (published in both French and English by Les Presses de l'université de la personne inc. of Longueil, and now available from le Monde à Bicyclette) is certainly the definitive word on Naessens' life and work. Intensely exacting and perceptive, voraciously curious and challenging, this little masterpiece will do much to open the debate. For a solid grounding in the conceptual evolution of the issues, see Bird's previous publications, especially The Secret Life of Plants, co-authored with Peter Tompkins (Harper and Row, 1973).

1. Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., Creation Magazine, Nov./Dec. 1989.
2. Christopher Bird, Galileo of the Microscope: The Life and Trials of Gaston Naessens.
3. Quoted by Christopher Bird, ibid.


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Published in the Le Monde à Bicyclette Journal Spring 1991.


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