"I do not think zinc chloride has much capacity to discriminate healthy from malignant tissues. Depending on scar tissue and pigmentation and some other variables, it might be more readily absorbed by certain tumors, but the healthy tissue is definitely not impervious to this product.
Zinc chloride is made by pouring hydrochloric acid over zinc. It is extremely caustic and will not merely damage skin but result in possibly extreme pain and scarring. However, it can be washed off with water when accidental contact is made outside the intended treatment area. Just keep in mind that it is caustic and needs to be used sanely and carefully."
The simple fact is, Ms. Naiman doesn't know what she's talking about. Yes, zinc chloride is a caustic compound, and if you create an ointment or salve with a high enough molar concentration, yes it can burn the skin -- depending on the person. (This is how the word itself originally came to be: "escharotic" is Greek for "burning.") But the fact is that ALL PROPERLY MANUFACTURED ESCHAROTICS DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN CANCEROUS AND HEALTHY TISSUE. (We'll get to minor exceptions below.) To dramatically illustrate our point, the pictures at right show one of our production people working with raw zinc chloride right out of the container. That's means 100% strength. We would never, ever recommend that anyone else do this, by the way. But if zinc chloride were as severely caustic as Ms. Naiman suggests, our worker would not be able to work in it for hours at a time before washing it off.
There are exceptions, of course, the most notable being a high yeast count in the blood. You can apply Cansema to almost anywhere on the body and if a high yeast blood count exists, you will see the emergence of what we call "pinprick eschars" -- little pusculars, normally white or yellowish, that come up. With discontinued use, these pusculars go away without fully escharizing.
Another point worth mentioning, since it's mentioned at the above site, is one of scar tissue. Normally, Cansema Salve leaves little or no scar tissue. You can see this from our many pictorial testimonials. But there are exceptions. Some people have more significant scar tissue that takes the form of hyperpigmentation or slight discoloration. But only in a small minority of cases is this more noticeable than if the subject had gone ahead with a surgical approach to remove their cancer.
Why do some doctors warn their products about "Hoxsey-type" products, saying that "all they do is burn the skin"?
In one word, ignorance.
This is not to say we don't think licensed physicians are an important part of the process. We end up telling many of our prospective customers to stop their guessing and go to a doctor and get a qualified diagnosis before trying to fix what they don't understand. In a perfect world, doctors would have enough knowledge about escharotic preparations that they wouldn't put out this kind of misinformation. In time, this will be the case. For now it's not.
Like most misinformation, this one has a grain of truth. Cansema contains zinc chloride, a mildly caustic compound (see previous question ), and in a high enough concentration, it can chemically burn the skin -- just like aspirin, taken in sufficiently quantity -- or any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, by way of example, will burn holes in your G.I. tract. In actual practice, Cansema is very discriminatory in its action. You can apply it to healthy tissue with great regularity, and in vain, never get a scab.
Will it remove everyday non-cancerous warts and moles?
It can in some cases, but not with great consistency. Besides, that application is really "overkill," and we do not recommend it for that use. Whereas Cansema salve is designed for one to three applications, a topical used to treat warts and moles will normally require a longer period of use for maximum effectiveness.
The best approach to removing non-cancerous warts and moles is to take the Cansema capsules over a 30 day period, plus our Bloodroot Paste For Warts & Moles . Both on our own bodies and in reports from our customers, we have noticed that many growths, both warts and moles, diminish in about a month with the taking of the internal version, along with the Bloodroot Paste.
Is Cansema, in any of its forms, approved as a cancer therapy by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration? If not, why not? If something works as well as you indicate, wouldn't a major drug company jump at the opportunity to get it approved, and then manufacture and sell it?
The address the first question: Neither Cansema, nor any other escharotic product made over the last 150 years, has ever been approved by a "food and drug" agency anywhere in the Western World.
Read our suppression page as well as our welcome page. What Cansema has going against it is it's cheap, fast, safe, effective, and no one in the pharmaceutical industry can corner the market. No one molecular structure ("empirical formula") is the proprietary basis for why these compounds work, hence no exclusivity for anyone. Ultimately, not even us.
Pity... On New Year's Day, 2,100 A.D. this product will still not be approved by the FDA. Fortunately, you do not have to be victimized by institutionalized politics, greed, stupidity, and a worthless imprimatur that has no bearing on your ability to get the product that does the job right, the first time, every time, or your money back.
As to the second part of this question, yes, many people are told by their ill-informed physician, "If this stuff really worked, the drug companies would have snapped it up a long time ago."
The flaw here is that people are accustomed to thinking that the ability of a company to make money is tied to its ability to find or develop products that really work. After all, isn't that the way things work in a capitalistic society? Aren't the best products the ones that deliver on their promises - more so than the competition - and aren't fortunes made by those who "invent the better mousetrap"?
Yes, that's how it usually works. It is certainly the way it ought to work. But the pecularities of modern food and drug law, based as they are on 19th century "atomist" theories on pharmacology, have totally turned the free market on its head - and this is something most people either don't know, or don't take the time to figure out.
The simple fact is, escharotic preparations are not sufficiently proprietary for anyone to get a useful patent on them. No drug company on earth is interested in a compound if they can't get an enforceable patent on it. And why? Because no drug company on earth ---- no, make that no intelligent human being on earth -- would ever invest the $100 million plus it takes to get "drug approval" in the U.S. and other major Western countries without the reasonable assurance a patent provides THAT THEIR INVESTMENT WOULD BE PROTECTED FROM THE ENCROACHMENT OF COMPETITORS!
The fact is, medicine today -- whether you live in Perth, Edinburgh, Nassau, or Los Angeles, is far more about the dynamics of making money, than it is about doing what is best for the patient. Only when you can clearly view this industry from the inside does the intensity of this concept become so solidified and crystal clear that you would no more question it than you would think to doubt the curvature of the Earth.
Like the Mother Goose story about the Emperor who wore no clothes, the masses of those living in Western society live behind the veneer. Only when one stands back and innocently looks at the structure of modern health care for what it is -- only when one takes the time to follow the money trail, can you understand why the very best products on the market have no chance of becoming mainstream if the most powerful interests in health care cannot figure out a way of cornering the market. It can be a "cornering" of short duration (a patent in the U.S., for instance, lasts 17 years), but it must be a turf that can be legally protected, with artificially high margins, for at pre-calculated period of high, sustained profitability.
What studies have been done to prove that Cansema Salve is a proven skin cancer treatment system?
In the orthodox community this question refers to a "longitudinal, peer-reviewed, double-blind study with carefully monitored control groups, using strict statistics measures..." bla, bla, bla, bla. How many have we done? Not a damn one. And we proudly never intend to, just like the U.S. FDA never intended to fulfill the court's order to investigate the effectiveness of Hoxsey's topical formula in the '50's, after hundreds of proven cancer cures managed to stop the government's case against him dead in its tracks.
We believe in the time-honored tradition of empiricism. It is the fundamental principle underlying the development of homeopathic, naturopathic, and herbalist formulas, even entire volumes of formularies (pharmacopoeia), not to mention the healing techniques of dozens of other modalities. A formula is proven to be effective and safe, in our minds, when it has been tested upon thousands of individuals over a period in excess of one century (that's 100 years) and has been found to repeatedly, thousands of times over, cure legions of patients with little or no side effects. Such is the history of escharotics, the illustrious herbal tradition from whose roots Cansema has sprung. It is the foundation of our South American medical herb formulas , and virtually all herb-based products you see on our site.
Who invented the Cansema line and what are their credentials?
Although early escharotic formulas were patented (there are four in the U.S. Patent Office) by individuals who are now deceased, the current Cansema formula was created and subsequently refined over time by our own in-house herbalists.
How many years have you been selling Cansema? And under what other names have you been selling it?
We've been selling Cansema since 1989 when we started Alpha Omega's predecessor company, Applied Botanical Research. In that time we have sold thousands of Cansema in its three forms. Early on, we also created a company with Mr. Richard Ross (now deceased) called Lenex Laboratories. Under contract, we created an escharotic formula called Herbveil 8, and internal versions called Lenex I and Lenex II. These formulas are still available, but we, the original creators, are no longer associated with the current company. In 1991 we also did consulting work for a company called Lifeline Sciences International, Inc. ("LSII"), which created its own very effective escharotic formula. That company is no longer in business, either.
Our Cansema Salve is frequently confused with a product sold out of Fort Collins, Colorado, called Compound X. That product, similar to our own and priced significantly higher in the U.S., was created by a Dr. Russell Jordan, who used to run a business called MedConEx. We know the exact formula of that product, but have no connection with the people who now make and sell it.
What are the side effects of any of the Cansema products?
First, the topical: if instructions are followed, there are none that we know of. In theory, one could get secondary infection by not maintaining proper hygiene at the site of an eschar, particularly during the decavitation stage. But in all these years we have never received even one report of infection. (We always advise the liberal use of hydrogen peroxide (food grade, 6% or under) whenever there is doubt as to the possible exposure of an eschared area to pathogenic microbes.)
There are greater risks associated with our internal formulas. And we clearly state these in our hardcopy literature. First of all, Cansema Capsules & Tonic I contain bloodroot, and one of the reasons we advise taking Cansema internal products on a full-meal is that bloodroot is an emetic. In sufficient quantities it can make you nauseated, and at higher doses even make you vomit. Like many medicinal herbs, bloodroot contains serious phytopharmacological compounds. One of its 60 alkaloids is sanguarene, and although it is cancer-killing in lower doses, at high doses (in the 3 gram range), it is lethal. This is why, with its "let's go shoot mice with elephant guns" mentality, the U.S. FDA banned bloodroot for internal use and you can't purchase it in health food stores. Nonetheless, we keep bloodroot in our arsenal of cancerolytic herbs because it contributes to the overall effectiveness of our formulas.
Our advise to all users of our internal Cansema formulas: nausea isn't just a contraindication; it is your body's way of telling you that you're overdoing it. If you get nauseated taking any of our products immediately back off. If you take our minimum recommended dosage levels and you are one of those rare individuals who continues to have problems, please call us for a return and a money back refund .
Can I take Cansema along with any prescriptions, or even other medicinal herbs?
We know of no prescription medication which will create contraindications when taken with any of our Cansema products; however, we must advise you not to take our products with any other herbal formula that contains bloodroot, chaparral (any of the species of the genus, "larrea"), or caustic zinc chloride. If you do, you could experience contraindications noted above, or worse...
Why do you tell users to take Cansema Capsules or Tonic I on a full stomach?
Because if you don't, you are likely to experience the emetic effects of the bloodroot and get nauseated. (See previous coverage ).
Can I still use Cansema if I'm using my own local physician to treat my condition?
Of course. Ideally, we would prefer if you used Cansema in conjunction WITH your physician's aid, but given conditions we've already discussed, this is not always possible. Our advise is that the best course of action you can take as a consumer is to find a doctor you trust. Get his diagnosis. Go for a second opinion if you have any lingering doubts. Then, as an informed consumer, make your therapeutic and support product choices based what you feel is good for you... not necessarily what is best for your doctor and the local pharmacist. No one will make your own health condition as high a priority as you will. Always value the input of a good physician, but ultimately the final choice must always be yours.
My physician told me that bloodroot is dangerous, and some of your products contain this herb. Is it dangerous?
Your doctor's right. Bloodroot is dangerous -- but only if taken in high doses. Take enough aspirin and you can cause internal bleeding. In fact, 20,000 seniors in the U.S. alone die from this problem every year. Does this mean you should never take NSAID's (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)? Of course not; that's silly. Serious drugs, whether artificial or plant-based, require some attention to proper dosage.
Is it painful to use Cansema Black Topical Salve on a larger cancer?
It can be. There are many factors that influence the possibility of experiencing pain with Cansema. Size of the tumor is an influencing factor: if the size exceeds one inch (a little under 3 cm.) you will probably want to keep ibuprofen, or a similar analgesic on hand. If you DO experience some pain in taking Cansema, expect the discomfort to last no more than two to three days. Remember, part of what escharotics do is initiate the body's own surgical procedures in dealing with an invasion, foreign body (in this case a dying neoplasm). Prepare yourself for this possibility.
Will the internal Cansema products create eschars that impede circulation?
We know of no such occurrence, although we know of no reason why it wouldn't be theoretically possible. In our early days we were more concerned that Cansema Tonic I, which is faster acting than the capsules, would kill tumors that replaced organ linings and quickly create fisculas, but that never happened, either. Apparently, the body's mechanisms for removing necrotic tissue and replacing it with healthy tissue during the healing stage works to prevent either impeded circulation or life-threatening fisculae.
I'm not sure if I have cancer. If I apply Cansema Salve to normal tissue, what will happen?
In such a case, Cansema becomes what herbalists call a "rubifacient," making the skin red, irritated, and maybe even edematous (fluid buildup). It goes away after a day or two. There are cases, however, where small, white "pinprick" scabs have formed, where no cancer was identifiable. This is rare, but it can occur, and it is usually the result of a excessive fungal or yeast condition in the body, sometimes "candida albicans," but not always. The "pinpricks" go away after a day or two, normally without even forming eschars.
Because of Cansema's ability to discriminate between malignant and normal cells, why can't it just be used to diagnose my own cancer(s)?
It is our belief that diagnosis is better left to the licensed physician, and the ultimate decision as to therapy to the patient. If you use Cansema to kill the cancer without first having a physician examine you, there is the risk that you limit your doctor's ability to uncover a deeper pathological condition. (Example: is your skin cancer "primary," or localized to just that area; or is it "secondary," the result of metastasis from another area? This is important to know.) If you eliminate the cancer, but are no wiser as to a possible cause, you risk making your condition even worse at a later stage. So as to not appear hypocritical, we must admit that we ourselves have gotten rid of skin cancers and even treated internal viral conditions with Cansema products without first seeing a physician. Nonetheless, it's generally not the optimal course.
Does Cansema work with melanoma?
Yes. We have a good melanoma pictorial on our site and have helped even advanced patients of melanoma experience a full recovery, through a combination of one of the internal Cansema's and our Cansema Black Topical Salve.
Does Cansema work on "actinic keratosis"?
The results with keratosis is patchy. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Because of the product's great success in dealing with skin cancer and the reputation we have to uphold for it, we generally discourage those with keratosis to use Cansema to treat that condition. Nonetheless, even our Cansema Testimonial page contains statements from users who refute this and say that Cansema got rid of their keratosis. Unquestionably, this is an area where Cansema results depends on the person, and on underlying conditions that are beyond our ability to predict.
To what areas of the body should I never apply Cansema Salve? What cautions do you offer on larger tumors? And why do you tell women not to use the product on breast cancer without the assistance of a physician?
If you are self-administering the product, avoid applications to mucous membrane or any area where there is an existing, unhealed burn (sun, chemical, fire, or otherwise), first degree or higher. We have some people who have used Cansema products rectally and orally, for cancers in both areas, but these were performed in conjunction with physicians who could supply, among other things, the necessary analgesics (pain-killers) as required. If you want to read a case study on the use of Cansema with cancers of the mouth, look into the Kent Estes case.
With respect to larger tumors - growths larger than a centimeter in diameter, we caution users that they may be need to attend to pain management issues . This need varies considerably from user to user, with many variables providing inputs to the user response. Nonetheless, the larger the tumor, all other things being equal, the larger the pain response and the more that pain management has to be addressed.
With breast cancers, you have a particularly sensitive part of the body. We see this same sensitivity in the ears - only to a lesser extent. By the time that a breast cancer is no longer asymptomatic and is large enough to be diagnosed, it is already of sufficient size, as a general rule, to pose pain management issues shortly after Cansema is applied. Cansema is effective in this area, but usually strong "narcotics-class" analgesics are needed to lessen pain through the process.
This is yet another area which was not originally foreseen when we started marketing Cansema and its predecessors back in 1989. Our intent was to provide an effective remedy for skin cancer, not breast cancer. When users started experimenting and reported to us that Cansema worked with breast cancers, we found that a large percentage also reported a painful response. Since about 1994, we have been warning users to observe this caution when contemplating a breast cancer application. You will note we do not make a claim or a recommendation for specific Cansema use with breast cancer on this site.
What is your success rate with internal cancers?
Users report back better than 80%. One distributor, a Rev. John Swyer , reports about 91%, but claims in this area make us nervous, simply because we would never want to be accused of suggesting, let alone promising, more than we can deliver. This is why we have such a liberal money-back guarantee . Suffice to say that whatever the percentage is, it is not as good as with Cansema Salve and the treatment of skin cancers, which is over 98% as a success rate.
Does the user ever experience pain when using either of the two internal Cansema formulas?
Very rarely. Users normally report a "tingling" feeling, or sometimes a "pulling" sensation in the area where cancer has been diagnosed, assuming the tumor or neoplasm is localized. For all intents and purposes, only when dealing with Cansema Salve do we have to attend to pain issues, and this is primarily if the skin cancer is larger in size, as discussed earlier .
How is your product different from the topical salve they use at the "Hoxsey clinic" in Mexico?
Although both are "escharotics," the composition is different. (For instance, we do not currently use potassium iodide in any of the Cansema formula - though it is one of the two ingredients in Lugol's iodine. Moreover, the Hoxsey formula uses at least two herbs that our findings show to be inert as to cancer-fighting effectiveness.) Nonetheless, the success rate of the Hoxsey formula is very impressive, approaching that of our own. Assuming that both approaches were on an even toe, then cost would be the remaining issue. Our product costs $50 plus shipping. Going to Tijuana costs more than $50, even if you live in Los Angeles, and this doesn't include the steep cost of treatment, which can run (last time we checked) well over $3,500. Hoxsey's people would counter that at their facility you get an attending physician, which, of course, has value - (and their dietary consultation). Our response would be: once you have the diagnosis of a competent physician in your own locale, do you really need a doctor to apply an ointment? Especially when we provide such exacting detail as to the expected outcome while using the product? This is a question best left to the patient.
What pain killers should I use in connection with the Cansema Black Topical Salve?
Most of our customers rely on NSAID's (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as iboprofen. On larger cancers, we really prefer working with our customer in conjunction with his or her physician so that if more potent analgesics are needed, they will be readily available. About five years ago, we had one gentleman who had a tumor about four inches in diameter. When we asked him if he experienced any pain during treatment, he replied that on a scale of 1 to 10, it was an 18. Nonetheless, he was delighted with the outcome and his doctor reported that he was cancer-free by the end of the treatment. If your cancer growth exceeds one inch in diameter - or the location of the growth is in a particularly sensitive area, such as the breasts or ears, you should be sure to work with a physician who can provide the necessary pain killers, should you need them.
What is your success rate with skin cancers?
Better than 98%, pure and simple. And most of the cases that report no success turn out to be cases of misdiagnosis. We don't provide a money-back guarantee just because we're generous. We offer it, largely, because our success rate is so high that we can afford to.
Does anyone ever take you up on your money-back guarantee?
Oh, sure. There are cases where Cansema Salve has not worked on actinic keratosis. There are cases where the purchaser used Cansema Salve on their dog or cat, and although we've had good luck with pets, one customer reported that they didn't.
We had one case where a lady told her doctor about purchasing Cansema and the doctor replied that if she didn't return the product immediately he would not treat her. In several other cases, we were told by a customer who purchased one of our internal Cansema products for a sick relative that their loved one died before they could see them to start our treatment. (One of our greatest heartaches is that people often consider alternative therapies when they or their loved one is on the verge of death, usually from chemotherapy or radiation treatment.)
So, yes, we get returns. But they are a very small percentage of our total sales.
I have Cansema I bought a couple of years ago and I want to use it again. Is my Cansema Salve still good? What is its shelf-life?
Yes, your Cansema Salve is still good. It has a long shelf-life - and, in fact, we ourselves have used Cansema Salve that is about ten years old and it was still effective. The reason for the long shelf-life is simple: the active components are quite molecularly stable and non-reactive.
One important point, however, is that despite the addition of a humectant, glycerin (a wetting agent), to the Salve - it may still dry out over time - even though you may have kept the lid on the jar fairly tight. This can be quickly remedied by adding a few drops of water and carefully stirring the contents thoroughly inside the plastic jar in which your Cansema is shipped.
Can I have my eschar biopsied after it comes out to "see what it was"?
In one word, no.
We understand that people routinely use Cansema to remove cancers without getting a diagnosis first. (This is not something, by the way, that we recommend, because a good physician may identify health issues in the diagnostic process that can only be picked up by a health care professional.)
It then follows that some customers will wonder, after an eschar falls out, if they can have it analyzed to see "if it was really cancer." (It isn't just cost and inconvenient; many people avoid an initial biopsy because they don't want a chunk of flesh taken out of their hide. It's not exactly painless.)
This is akin to taking a McDonald's hamburger to a chemist and asking, "Can you tell me what kind of cow this came from?" In order to have an accurate biopsy done, you need a live tissue sample. By the time your eschar falls out, all that is detectable is a mass of dead cellular matter. Analysis would show that it contains serous fluid, certain immunological components, and perhaps the remains of Cansema itself - but little else.
If you want a good diagnosis, get it before you apply Cansema - not after.
What is the best way to take out a larger skin cancer growth with Cansema - pain management issues aside?
Our advice is to start at the edge and make sure you do not apply more than a square centimeter. As usual, apply so that the coating is somewhat thick and definitely opague. A warning in advance: if you do not have good analgesics on you, this thing could hurt. What Cansema does, in a matter of speaking, is initiate a process where the body is conducting its own surgery. Make no mistake about it: Cansema is taking that thing out of there. But pain management can be a real consideration when you have larger growths.
So one very small application .... wait .... see how you feel .... when the discomfort subsides in a day or so .... apply again .... repeat. In this way you are extending over time and in small incremental amounts, any pulling or stinging sensations, so that the entire process is readily manageable.
Can I get the 'applied area' wet while bathing?
You should keep the area as dry as possible from the escharization through the heal-over phase , but since bathing is necessity, we ask that users try to keep the area as dry as is 'practiceable' through the process.
What is preferred is to "sponge bath" the area and don't be too abrasive with it -- given the sensitivity of the area.