This episode covers the alternative cancer treatment devised by Hulda Regehr Clark and her book The Cure For All Cancer. Her parasite predilections, dalliances with dysfunctional devices, and legal liabilities deserved an episode all their own.
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Clark’s Tremendous Education
Hulda Regher Clark (1928 - 2009) claimed to cure many diseases, including AIDS and Cancer, based on her work as an “Independent Research Scientist”. She was so independent, in fact, that none of this work was conducted in a university or recognized private laboratory. Can’t let proper scientific practice get in the way of ground breaking “independent research”.
Clark not only has a BA and MA from the accredited University of Saskatchewan, but she even has a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was titled “A study of the ion balance of crayfish muscle; evidence for two compartments of cellular potassium”
Recognizing that legitimacy would put a dent into her future career preying on the hopes and desperation of cancer victims, she also got a naturopathic degree from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clark’s Clayton Naturopathy Doctorate only took 100 hours and $695. Clayton College of Natural Health, in case you were wondering, has never been accredited by any accrediting body ever. And they shut down in 2010 after being sued by over 14,000 former students who won a $2.31 million settlement. I guess when they say “distance education” they are talking about the distance between a Clayton degree and any kind of useful knowledge or success.
What causes cancer?
According to Clark, it's “parasites, toxins, and pollutants”! Clark said that killing these parasites and purging the body of these environmental chemicals would cure cancer as well as many other diseases. In one of her presentations Clark said that every disease was caused by a combination of both parasite and pollutant. That parasite is a flatworm called Fasciolopsis buski.
There was one small problem with this whole parasite thing. This flatworm isn’t native to the United States or Europe but mostly only in parts of China, Vietnam, India, and other east-Asian countries. And mostly only found in rural areas where people are eating unboiled food from water plants, or where humans and pigs live side by side.
Her book was titled, The Cure for All Cancers. Here’s a passage from her book,
All cancers are alike. They are all caused by a parasite. A single parasite! It is the human intestinal fluke. And if you kill this parasite, the cancer stops immediately. The tissue becomes normal again. In order to get cancer, you must have this parasite.
This parasite typically lives in the intestine where it might do little harm, causing only colitis, Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome, or perhaps nothing at all. But if it invades a different organ, like the uterus, kidneys or liver, it does a great deal of harm.
If it establishes itself in the liver, it causes cancer! It only establishes itself in the liver of some people. These people have propyl alcohol in their body. All cancer patients (100%) have both propyl alcohol and the intestinal fluke in their livers. The solvent propyl alcohol is responsible for letting the fluke establish itself in the liver. In order to get cancer, you must have both the parasite and propyl alcohol in your body.
Clark claims that this adult liver fluke "stays stuck to our intestine (or liver, causing cancer, or uterus, causing endometriosis, or thymus, causing AIDS, or kidney, causing Hodgkin's disease)." For the pancreas - you get diabetes! For the brain - you get Alzheimer's disease! For the prostate - you get prostatitis!
As soon as there are adult fluke in the liver ortho-phospho-tyrosine, a growth factor, will appear. These growth factors make cells divide. Now you have cancer. Having propyl alcohol in your body allows the fluke to develop outside of the intestine.
How am I cured?
Clearly, you need to do 3 things: kill the parasite; get that propyl alcohol out of there; flush out the metals and toxins.
How do we get out the parasite? Luckily, Clark’s blend of black walnut hulls, wormwood, and common cloves kills over 100 parasites. And she adds just a touch of ornithine and arginine to improve the mixture. This blend will kill the cancer-causing fluke in 5 days and all the rest in another two weeks.
So, that’s it. You’re cured in 5 days regardless of stage or type of cancer. So now you can cancel those appointments for surgery, radiation, or chemo. What’s the point! You have a date with a spice cake from the gods! What does Clark have to say about those doctors you had appointments with?
Remember that oncologists are kind, sensitive, compassionate people. They want the best for you. They have no way of knowing about the true cause and cure of cancer since it has not been published for them.
So they’re not EVIL; they’re just DUMB.
But Clark isn’t totally negligent here; she recognizes the curing cancer is one thing while maintaining a non-cancerous lifestyle is another. The road to cancer freedom is paved with all the fillings, crowns, and bridges you’ll need to pull out of your mouth fucking up your immune system. You also need to stick with an herbal blend regiment for ever, along with high dose treatments every 6 months or so. Plus you have to treat your family, friends, and pets.
But how are you going to pull out all your teeth? Who is going to get rid of your cat’s parasites and put together an herbal maintenance plan? Clark herself, at Century Nutrition located in … come on, you already know. For the benefit of those for whom this is their intro to this podcast, it was located in Tijuana, Mexico.
You can visit for a two week treatment at a cost of only $4500 (plus 10% tax). Unfortunately this doesn’t cover:
Motel room ($210 a week)
Meals ($250 a week)
Blood tests ($70)
Diagnostic imaging ($40 to 400)
Dental x-rays (206)
Individually tailored supplements (400 to 1500 a month)
Teeth extraction (80 each)
Or full dental extractions (450)
This two week stay will cost you a grand total of . . . Around $7000 in 2001, the last year the clinic was opened. In 2018, that would be $10000. And that’s just the first two week!
To graduate to the next level of quackology you really must use and promote useless medical devices. Clark did just that! She was the brilliant inventor of the Syncrometer which could identify the toxic substances and organs inflicted with the disease. The device would make various sounds when “test substances” were placed on a plate. In reality this Syncrometer is really just a galvanometer which measures skin resistance to a low-voltage current which passes from the galvanometer through a probe that connects the patient’s hand.
Clark’s “zapper” is a low-voltage device that she claimed kills bacteria, viruses, and parasites with this electrical energy, but while doing so does not actually harm human tissue. So Clark stated that all living organisms broadcast a characteristic range of radio frequencies. This device, she said, gives counter-frequencies which kill unwanted dangerous organisms. Of course neither of these devices have any actual therapeutic or diagnostic value.
The Self Health Resource Center which was administered by Clark’s son Geoff, sells these worthless devices, herbal products, as well as Clark’s books. Many other websites hock this shit too. The Self-Health Resource Center has a “Testing Division” which offered “syncrometer classes” twice a week, “scheduled as needed,” for only $175.
Clark’s son Geoff issued certificates for Zapper devices which are “within specifications found in Dr. Clark’s books.” If you are shopping around for useless medical devices you can find these for a price range from $10 for a simple model to $200 for devices that will also make colloidal silver.
Dr. Clark Research Association, founded by David P. Amrein in 1998, advocated for Clark’s quackery. Amrein was a Scientologist who describes himself as a freelance consultant in taxes and finance. Membership in this association in 1999 cost $40 per year which included a subscription to the Dr. Clark Research Association Bulletin. According to the Nov. 1999 issue the Bulletin had a circulation of 1,500 readers. Amrein also sold products of the same type Clark recommends.
In Nov. 1999, An Australian company called Raylight Pty Ltd was stopped from advertising by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision. It was advertising that its “Parasite Zapper” passed an electric current through a person’s bloodstream which is successful in combating the AIDS virus, hepatitis, herpes, parasites, obesity, and other serious conditions. They were forced to provide refunds to all their customers who they mislead.
On Quackwatch they have a picture of the devices we’re discussing. A couple who was scammed by this worthless device purchased it for $30,000 in a desperate act to cure their child after Clark promised to “determine the true cause of the disease.” and “clear this up completely.” The whole package purchased included a videotape, a book, 2 zappers, 2 syncrometers, 5 boxes of microscope slides, and 24 vials which Clark incorrectly stated would treat various parts of this child’s body. So this large box is a Radio Shack kit used to make a homemade syncrometer.
Most of the other items shown in the picture were purchased from the Self Health Resource Center. The white box in the picture is labeled “SyncroZap Pulse Generator: For research only. Not approved for use on humans”.
In 2004 according to the New England Journal of Medicine a 52 year old man with a cardiac pacemaker experienced dizziness and almost fainted when using the Zapper. This man’s doctor said the worthless zapper caused the man’s pacemaker to malfunction and disrupt the patient’s heart rhythm. In all fairness the the device was sold with a warning about pacemakers.
Arrest and Lawsuit
In 1999, Clark was arrested in San Diego on the basis of a fugitive warrant from Indiana. The warrant was from Indiana in 1993. A former patient of Clark’s complained to the Indiana attorney general. A health department official and a deputy attorney went undercover and visited Clark’s clinic. They walked in thinking they were perfectly healthy, but in fact Clark let them know they had AIDS and sent off for blood tests. Somehow the lab tipped her off that this was a ruse, and she fled Indiana a few days later. After the arrest, she was sent to Indiana to stand trial. In April 2000, the Indiana judge dismissed the case because too much time had passed between the 1993 filling and the 1999 arrest.
But Clark’s late 90’s legal troubles don’t end here. A month after the 1999 arrest, she was sued by Esther and Jose Figueroa of NYC. After Esther was diagnosed with breast cancer, she sought treatment from Clark in September 1998. Clark had a LOT of interesting ideas to relay to Figueroa:
She got breast cancer from...dust.
She can’t go home to clean the dust because her blood type would cause her to develop leukemia
She has asbestos, lead, and “a lot of” copper in her system.
The Syncrometer detected a “rabbit fluke” in her breast.
She had e coli, asbestos, and salmonella from improper food sterilization.
She needed to remove plenty of evil teeth and get some fillings removed as well.
So that’s the diagnosis. What happened next? All of Esther’s front and molar teeth were removed. She prescribed 30 dietary and herbal supplements over the course of 12 weeks. And that “Zapper” device, somehow, badly burned Esther’s chest. During her 3 months of treatment, her tumor grew from 1.5 cm to 4 cm. Mrs. Figueroa was told that she was getting better, that tests for "cancer markers" were negative, and that pain she was experiencing did not reflect persistence of her cancer. All these claims were false. Although it looks like the Figueroas had a good case, they decided to end the suit in 2001 because it would be too hard on Esther.
But this story doesn’t end here! Geoferry Clark, Hulda Clark’s son, operator of the Self Health Resource Center, and a REAL piece of shit, sued the Figueroa's attorney Christopher Grell for “malicious prosecution and abuse of process”. Grell filed a motion for dismissal which was granted. The court of appeals stated:
The evidence amply supports a reasonable belief on the part of these defendants [Grell and associates] that plaintiff [the Self Health Resource Center] was part of a network of persons and entities who acted recklessly, at best, luring Mrs. Figueroa into a bizarre, grotesque, and extremely expensive regimen of "alternative" cancer treatments which has no effect other than to exhaust the Figueroa's life savings and divert Mrs. Figueroa from conventional treatments, thereby reducing her prospects for recovery and survival.
So what was the response to all of this? Well, In September 1999 Geoffrey Clark hired Tim Bolen to help after Clark was arrested. Bolen and his wife are part of JuriMed, which is a company whose stated purpose is to assist “alternative” health practitioners that are faced with criminal prosecution, regulatory action, or various other matters which threaten their financial standing and/or license to practice. Bolen describes JuriMed as a “public relations and research group.”
In Nov. 1999 Bolen started to distribute defamatory and false statements against those who were writing about the truth regarding Clark. In fact Stephen Barrett, M.D. the author of Quackwatch, was attacked by Bolen and I want to go through what exactly Bolen said about Barrett. He called him:
a dishonest journalist,
a hired gun for vested interests,
the leader of a subversive organization,
and engaged in criminal activity (such as conspiracy, extortion, filing a false police report, and other unspecified acts).
Another M.D. by the name of Terry Polevoy, who is a Canadian pediatrician that operates several anti-quackery websites was attacked by Bolen as well. He was described as
a hired gun for vested interests,
and engaged in criminal activity (such as conspiracy, stalking of females,
and other unspecified acts as well as making anti-Semitic remarks.
Bolen even attacked Esther’s attorney, Christopher Grell, as someone who was professionally incompetent and had filed a false report with the FBI.
So many of these messages were republished often with embellishment on various websites like newsgroup postings, and other emails by other Clark allies and defenders. Geoffrey Clark also set up a defense fund which was to pay for the costs associated with defending Clark against “legal attacks.'' These expenses included such things as publicists, expert witnesses, attorney fees, court costs, and appeals. Geoffrey administered this money without compensation.
Ok here’s some specifics of the report. The report stated that by May 31, 2000, $113,430 was raised for the fund with an earned interest of $665.96, spending $27,900.51 for the legal expenses, $327.65 for “Acc/Copies”, $56,408.43 for public relations, and $714.30 for Hulda Clark's travels but did not indicate how much of the public relations payment actually went to the Bolens. The information was published on the New Century Press website, which is a website Clark owned and operated; she used this website also to sell her books.
Good news though: Stephen Barrett, M.D. of the Quackwatch site and several others also filed a libel suit against Bolen and others who spread this false information about them.
In February 2001, Mexican authorities inspected Century Nutrition and ordered it shut down. The crucial problem was that the clinic was never registered and operated without a license. The clinic was allowed to reopen, but only if they practiced real medicine and paid a 160,000 peso ($18,000) fine.
The FTC also had something against Clark and the goons who peddled her nonsense, starting with their 2001 case against Marvin and Miguelina Beckwith. Their site was called “cancercure.com”. No subtlety there! These idiots sold “Zappers” and tinctures modeled on Clark’s brilliant ideas, including Black Walnut, Clover, and Wormwood tinctures. The Beckwiths claimed these devices and potions would cure cancer, alzheimer's, AIDS, and diabetes, making surgery and chemo unnecessary. The FTC got three doctors to break this shit down.
Aron Primack, M.D.: Clark’s books “Do not provide competent and reliable evidence” for any of this shit.
Peter W. Pappas, Ph.D.: “Clark's 'case histories' represent an egregious example of a highly biased experimental protocol, and her theories are based on bad science . . . She clearly does not have a basic understanding of the most fundamental parasitological principles."
Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.: “No research is presented demonstrating that the Zapper has any physiological effects, let alone ability to kill parasites or cure cancer. The claim that mild electrical shocks to the skin can eliminate intestinal parasites is, frankly, preposterous."
The case was settled in December 2001, with the Beckwiths agreeing to knock it off with the whole unsubstantiated claims act.
In January of 2003, the FTC went after the Dr. Clark Association, Behandlungszentrum GMbH (a Swiss company), and David Amrein, the director of both. What was the FTC’s problem? The fact that these quacks made false claims about the effectiveness of Super Zappers, syncrometers, and Clark’s 21 day program for advanced cancers. The case was settled in Nov. 2004, when these idiots agreed to stop making the following claims:
Use of the Super-Zapper Deluxe is effective to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites in the human body;
Use of the Super-Zapper Deluxe is effective against chronic infections, cancer and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS);
The Super-Zapper Deluxe and the Complete Herbal Parasite Program are effective to cure all forms of cancer in humans;
Dr. Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers is effective to cure all forms of cancer in humans;
Dr. Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers has cured numerous people with advanced cases of cancer;
The Syncrometer device is more accurate than the best testing methods at diagnosing all forms of disease;
The Syncrometer device can detect the presence of any substance at specific points in the human body;
The Super-Zapper Deluxe, used together with the Complete Herbal Parasite Program, is effective to cure AIDS;
The Super-Zapper Deluxe, used together with the complete Herbal Parasite Program and avoidance of pollutants, is effective to cure diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, endometriosis, asthma, and many other diseases;
Dr. Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers and Super-Zapper Deluxe, when used by persons with cancer, make surgery and chemotherapy unnecessary; unless, at the time of making the representation, Defendants possess and rely upon competent and reliable scientific evidence that substantiates the representation.
Hulda Clark died on September 3, 2009 of complications of multiple myeloma. So myeloma is a form of lymphoma where plasma cells become overabundant in the patient’s bone marrow. With the increase in volume of the bone marrow they destroy the surrounding bone. This releases large volumes of calcium into the bloodstream. This also suppresses the formation of other valuable blood cells which causes severe anemia. Diagnosing myeloma is easy through x-rays because the affected bones have visible “holes” in them. Myeloma is fatal when it produces anemia, hypercalcemia, decreased resistance to infection, and/or multiple other problems. There is no cure currently available though most people can benefit from treatment. Recently drugs have been developed to significantly increase a patient’s survival time burdened with myeloma.
So Clark’s supporters claimed that Clark died due to “complications from a spinal cord injury.” However, a few weeks later the Dr. Clark Information Center website stated that she had multiple myeloma. The site states Clark's symptoms began with arm pain due to deterioration of a neck vertebra, but she was "unable to use her Syncrometer techniques to investigate, because her hands and arms did not work well enough.
The blood tests showed that Clark was anemic, and she "saw that she had reduced kidney function … but her health deterioration was a mystery." After "living with severe hip pain for several months, she underwent hip replacement surgery but continued to have pain for more than six months before finding a medication that could control the pain. Later she was scheduled for neck surgery, but preoperative blood tests found hypercalcemia and further evaluation led to the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
The website makes further comments that Clark…
…suffered more than she should have because she wanted to solve her problems herself, even in the face of her severe physical limitations.Perhaps if she had known what to look for earlier she could have better helped herself. But it was too late. In her last few months, Dr. Clark was physically unable to function well.
So basically Clark likely died sooner than she had to because she didn’t seek legitimate medical treatment for her myeloma. The End. I just want to say in conclusion … fuck cancer, I hope we eradicate it from this planet soon but also fuck these assholes that pounce on the vulnerable and peddle quackery when there is competinent medically trained health professionals that can offer you actual solutions and treatments for your disease.