Re: [MOL] Cantron Response [02631] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Cantron Response



Thanks Caroline, I tried also.  Here is something I found on Cantron.  Your
friend, lillian

> >Cancell, also known as Entelev and Cantron, is a liquid that proponents
claim can cure cancer, AIDS and other diseases. James V. Sheridan, a
chemist, first developed it in 1936. He claims to have received the formula
in a dream inspired by God. Sheridan offers his mixture to seriously ill
patients who request it free of charge because it was received through
divine inspiration.

In 1984, Sheridan gave Edward Sopcak, a foundry owner, directions for
manufacturing Entelev. Sopcak began providing it to cancer patients under
the name "Cancell," which became his registered trademark. Sopcak has taken
over most of the distribution of his version of the drug. Like Sheridan, he
provides it free of charge to seriously ill patients who ask for it.

According to a 1989 FDA evaluation, Cancell consists of nitric acid, sodium
sulfite, potassium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, inositol, and catechol.
Cancell/Entelev can be taken internally and externally. For internal use,
Cancell/Entelev is taken by mouth or by enema. In external use, the mixture
is placed on a cotton pad that is taped to the wrist or the ball of the
foot.

Cancell has been promoted as a cure for many diseases in addition to cancer
and AIDS, including collagen disease, lupus, scleroderma, cystic fibrosis,
multiple sclerosis, adult-onset diabetes mellitus, mental illness (except
schizophrenia), emphysema, Parkinson's disease, hemophilia, high and low
blood pressure, and some forms of epilepsy.

This preparation is now available in some health food stores as a dietary
supplement with various names such as Cantron, Jim's Juice and Sheridan's
Formula.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Sheridan and Sopcak claim that Cancell/Entelev works against cancer by
depriving cancer cells of their ability to receive energy. According to
Sheridan, there are three kinds of cells in the body: normal, primitive,
and cancer cells. Cancell/Entelev, he says, cures cancer by changing cancer
cells into primitive cells which eventually self-destruct. 

Sopcak's theory of how Cancell/Entelev works is a little different. He
states that the drug causes an electrical response in the body which causes
cancer cells to self-digest. When cancer cells self-digest, they are
replaced by normal cells. 

WILL IT HELP?

There is no medical or other scientific evidence that
Cancell/Entelev/Cantron has any effect on cancer or any other disease. The
National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is the U.S. government agency
responsible for cancer research, conducted animal tests in 1978 and 1980 on
Entelev and found no activity against cancer. In 1990 and 1991, NCI
examined samples of Cancell and found no response with cancer cells.

Cancell/Entelev is not produced in conformity with good manufacturing
practices and is considered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
the federal agency that regulates the safety and purity of food and drugs,
to be adulterated (not a pure drug but has additives), misbranded, and
inadequately labeled. Ingredients and strength of the mixtures may vary.
Concerned about public safety, the FDA in 1989 requested and received a
permanent injunction against the manufacturers making it illegal to send
Cancell/Entelev across state lines. 

The most serious potential danger with the use of Cancell/Entelev is the
possibility that patients may stop other conventional (mainstream)
treatments that may be effective in treating their cancer. These patients
who could be helped with conventional therapies may miss the opportunity to
be helped. 

RECOMMENDATION

There is no scientific evidence to support the use of Cancell/Entelev,
Cantron, or other similar products for treating any type of cancer.
Furthermore, the Society cautions that such treatments, which have not been
shown to be safe and effective, can be dangerous. 

The Society urges individuals with cancer to remain in the care of
qualified doctors who use proven methods of treatment and approved clinical
trials of promising new treatments. Patients are encouraged to talk openly
with their health care providers about any alternative treatments they are
considering, and to consider helpful complementary therapies that can be
used effectively along with mainstream (or conventional) treatment.

REFERENCES

American Cancer Society. Questionable methods of cancer management:
Cancell/Entelev. Ca. 1993;43(1):57-62.

Cassileth, B. The alternative medicine handbook. New York: Norton and
Company; 1998.

National Cancer Institute. Cancell. In: Cancer Facts 1992. 

REVISED 4/24/98

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