Novera Herbert Spector
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Novera Herbert Spector

Herb Spector writes: “In my ninety-first year, I am looking more forward than backward. If our species survives another 30 years, we will look back in horror at the barbaric practices of today in clinical medicine, just as we look back in horror today at the methods used by well-intentioned physicians in colonial times when the standard treatment for most diseases was phlebotomy. Using the best tools of the day, they bled George Washington to death and probably killed thousands of others. Today, too many clinicians use whole body radiation or chemotherapy to treat cancer, thus destroying the body’s natural defenses and repressing natural immunity so that it becomes a race to see whether the cancer or the patient dies first. Too often the patient loses the race.

"Because the body’s natural immune responses include natural killer cell production and other immune responses to destroy cancer and virally infected cells, it is therefore more logical to enhance our natural immune responses than to destroy them.

"I demonstrated [1, 2, 3] with the help of my colleagues and students in Birmingham, AL and Ancona, Italy that we can reverse both aging and cancer in mice by classical (Pavlovian) conditioning methods. There is already some evidence that we can do similar conditioning in humans, thus bridging the gaps between our incomplete knowledge of the molecular and genetic mechanisms of immunity, and leaping from one peak to the next. There is evidence that this type of conditioning can work in humans, but it remains to be definitively demonstrated. I have had protocols approved both at the NIH and in Italy for experiments that would conclusively prove that we can do the same thing with humans. Unfortunately, the funding for these experiments never materialized. At various times in the past, I have been promised $5 million dollars, and then $100 million, to support these experiments, but as we know, too many of the super-rich are notoriously fickle, and have more interest in becoming still richer, than in promoting the health and wealth of future human generations.


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