by Ellen Brown
Third Millennium Press, 40960 California Oaks Rd. Suite #122, Murrieta, California 92562 USA; 800-891-0390
Softcover, 1998, $19.95, 329 pp.
The story of Jimmy Keller, a purveyor of formulas said to cure cancer, and a purported "quack," is a story every American should know, and every cancer patient should take to heart. The cancer statistics speak for themselves -- "the war on cancer" is a travesty. But the underbelly of the beast is in disseminating misinformation about alternative therapies, and prosecuting and harassing physicians who dare to follow their conscience and good science. The enormous apparatus that has become politicized includes the government agencies that have funding interests, the pharmaceutical companies who profit from treating, not curing, and a few zealous "quackbuster" groups.
Jimmy Keller is a modern day Hoxsey -- curing many people, or at the very least, putting their cancer in remission -- with natural medicines. His formula was a base of L-arginine, and depending on muscle testing, might include one or more of the following: live cell therapy, DMSO, vitamins and minerals, hydrazine sulfate, Pau d'Arco tea, proteolytic enzymes, sublingual free amino acids, Lugol's solution, Carnivora IV, injectable Essiac tea, mistletoe, cesium chloride, GH3. He also potentized the formula, like a homeopathic remedy.
Jimmy Keller's own introduction to alternative medicine followed an unsuccessful and horribly disfiguring surgery for malignant melanoma, which left him with a gaping, twisted hole where his ear should have been. With a prognosis of no more than 6 months to live, he went to a clinic in Dallas that someone recommended, forced down a bitter herbal tonic for 3 weeks, and soon, his "hopeless" cancer had gone into remission, where it has remained.
Like so many other converts, Keller felt called upon to take his new knowledge to others with cancer, and ultimately, opened his clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. The details of his trials and tribulations over the next few years are woven into a dramatic story, sometimes reading like a detective novel, and sometimes like a KGB operation.
The basis of his formula, L-arginine, for example, was testified in court by the FDA, to be worthless... "scientific studies show that L-arginine, when tested, has shown a lack of any significant antitumor activity." Yet Keller's lawyers found over 40 studies, all demonstrating the tumor-shrinking and immunity-building effects of L-arginine. Government agencies obviously covered up factual and scientific data leading to the conclusion that our laws are being manipulated for the benefit of special interests.
Ellen Brown is a lawyer who became interested in alternative medicine (she has authored several health books), and by chance, became involved in Keller's case. No one could document the government's cold and calculated trampling of this man's rights, better than Ellen Brown. Her own research as part of the defendant's case gives her the inside view as well as objective legal scrutiny. In particular, her research and understanding of alternative therapies gives this book added depth.
A well-rounded picture of Jimmy Keller and his therapies is created; details of the therapies and some case histories remind the reader that this really happened, and these are real people. Very much like Hoxsey, whom Keller admired, he has had veritable legions of patients who were willing to testify to their recovery from cancer. The government's legal battle against Keller was contrived and apparently motivated by FBI agents who had been shown up in court by Keller. They were out to get him, and in this case, no paranoia was involved. Get him, they did. He served two years for fraud; and as of 1998 when this book went to press, Jimmy Keller was again in jail awaiting trial, for treating cancer patients.
Forbidden Medicine is a testament to the ongoing war against natural medicine, and a shocking indictment of the government's involvement in suppressing not only life-saving cancer treatments, but the rights of all of us.
The Townsend Letter Group