and the earth is flat.
Intro: Cancer is perhaps the most feared
disease in our modern society. For many it’s a death
sentence, as effective treatments are scarce. Lothar
Hirneise travelled the world in search of successful
methods of treatment. His discovery: anyone can find a
solution to cancer. But brazen confidence is an
essential precondition. A talk with an authoritative
cancer specialist, who never studied medicine.
- Author - Tijn Touber | Printed in Ode Magazine
issue 7, October 2003
We’ve been talking for an hour when Lothar Hirneise
bends over as if to tell me something in confidence.
In a dead-serious tone he says: "A tumour is the
body’s solution to a problem. A tumour forms
because someone is no longer producing adrenaline,
which is needed to break down sugar. An excess of
sugar is dangerous, so the body produces tumours.
Tumours ferment - burn - sugar. They also use a lot of
energy - sugar - due to the fast division of cells.
That’s why some tumours grow so fast. Cancer cells
function like liver cells, only much more efficiently.
So the tumour helps you to rid your body of poisons.
Without the tumour you would be really ill. I always
tell people: “The tumour is not your problem. A tumour
is an incredibly ingenious solution on the part of the
body.” When you get healthy, the tumour disappears on
its own, which is why you shouldn’t immediately
operate to remove it. First detoxify yourself.
If the tumour continues to grow - which is almost
never the case - you can always operate later."
Cancer is not
a problem. Cancer is a solution.
That is the provocative and hopeful
vision of Lothar Hirneise. He suspects that in the
course of our evolution our bodies created tumours in
order to survive: "For instance, too much sugar in the
cells causes blindness - as is the case with
diabetics. Creating a tumour is a solution. An
infection in your intestines is also a potential
danger. If it gets too big, the intestines become
blocked. Here too, the body’s solution is a tumour,
which produces enzymes that stop the spread of
infection and heal it. The actual tumour then often
disappears by itself. Most cancer patients are very
surprised that they have a tumour. They’ve been
healthy for years, never had a fever, never needed a
doctor and now suddenly they have a tumour. Where did
it come from? The tumour was helping them stay
healthy, until one day everything fell apart."
Lothar Hirneise is not a doctor. But he does have a
pioneering - and well-founded - vision on cancer.
Aided by the gründlichkleit, meticulousness, of his
native German culture, reasoning is his forte.
Hirneise is a man of research and solid proof; a man
who took an unusual path in becoming an influential,
albeit controversial, cancer specialist in Germany.
Ten years ago Hirneise was a master in Eastern combat
sports and a Kung Fu teacher. He also owned a
successful sporting goods store. In 1996, he sold the
shop for a tidy profit and promised his wife, Chris,
and his two sons that after years of hard work and too
much time on the road, he would spend more time at
home with them. Then a good friend was diagnosed with
cancer. Hirneise: "Before I had the sporting goods
store I spent 10 years working in hospitals. I was
educated as a therapeutic nurse and also studied
psychotherapy for four years. So it was not illogical
that my friend called on me for help, but I didn’t
know a lot about cancer. I went in search of
information and came across Lynne McTaggart, the
founder of the English magazine "What Doctor’s Don’t
Tell You" and author of the book of the same title. I
attended a conference she organised in London on
alternative cancer treatments. A few of the speakers
told somewhat esoteric stories, but I was impressed by
the research results that were presented."
Doctor’s Don’t Tell You" conference in
London marked the start of an intensive quest by
Hirneise for potential cancer therapies. He had time
and money - "a unique combination not granted to many
people" - and read everything he could get his hands
on. "I nearly drove Chris crazy. Every time I was onto
yet another potential cure, I hopped in an airplane
and went there - Mexico, India, China, the Bahamas,
the United States, all over Europe… where haven’t I
The quest ultimately led to the foundation of Menschen
gegen Krebs in 1997, which was partly inspired by
"People Against Cancer'" founded by Frank Weavel, who
Hirneise had met at the conference in London. Menschen
gegen Krebs now publishes a newsletter, organises
lectures, workshops and conference and also offers
assistance by telephone and advice via e-mail. You can
become a member and take advantage of these services
for a small fee. Hirneise levies no additional charges
for his advice.
A Corrupt System.
There appears to be a great need among cancer patients
for independent information, which is lacking in the
medical world. Hirneise: "Most doctors are good
professionals, who truly want to help their patients.
But … they’re working in a bad system. After all, from
whom does the doctor get his information? Firstly,
from university professors. And how do you become a
professor? By working your way up in the
establishment. By repeating what everyone has already
said. There is no other way of becoming a professor in
the scientific community. Then every doctor regularly
attends conferences in his area of expertise. I
haven’t been to a single conference in three years
that wasn’t sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.
And then there are magazines and trade journals.
They’re full of advertisements from the pharmaceutical
industry. And that’s not even addressing the question
of who owns these magazines. There is only one
possible conclusion: within conventional medicine
independence is a thing of the past."
Hirneise is a great supporter of an integral approach
to cancer treatment, which also includes non-Western
methods: "In all the years I worked in hospitals, I
never heard anyone speak of alternative ways to treat
cancer. The average doctor knows nothing of cancer
treatments in Russia, India, China or South America,
for example. If I ask a doctor about such a treatment
he says: “If it worked, I would have heard of it.” But
that is just the point: nothing is published about
those treatment methods in the magazines he reads.
This is how the system maintains itself. Oncologists
don’t know anything about it.
Frankly, I think
the word “oncologist” isn’t even appropriate for
most doctors involved in cancer. "Chemotherapist" or
"radiotherapist" would be better descriptions.
That’s often all they do.
It is early in the morning, 8:30 am, and we’re sitting
having breakfast in Hirneise’s office on the top floor
of his lovely home looking out on the rolling hills
just outside Stuttgart. The subject has been broached:
chemotherapy. Hirneise recently wrote on a book on the
subject with the provocative title: "Chemo heilst
Krebs und die Erde ist eine Scheibe" (Sensei: Kernen,
2002) - in English "Chemotherapy cures cancer and the
earth is flat". Hirneise’s vision leaves little to the
imagination: chemotherapy - the therapy that so many
cancer patients undergo every day - doesn’t work.
"I can imagine that in certain cases chemotherapy
could provide a temporary solution, but then as part
of a complete protocol which includes detoxification,
nutrition and mental/spiritual support. However, I am
against the way in which the poison is often used.
By following the current
protocol, people are being killed. Full stop.
Moreover, (doctors), tell patients that once the
tumour is gone, they’re healthy. That is not only
untrue, it is stupid. By the way, I know a lot of
doctors and I have a lot of friends who are
doctors, and over a beer they confide in me that
they would never use chemotherapy on themselves or
Doctors send patients to me because they know the
conventional treatments don’t work. They tell their
patients: “I have to give you this, but it won’t work.
Just go see Mr. Hirneise.” And yet they continue to
work within the system. That’s schizophrenic isn’t it?
But a doctor has a lot to lose if he turns his back on
the system: money, career, professional standing -
everyone looks up to you if you’re a doctor. Moreover,
if you go against the tide, you are fought tooth and
nail. You have to be able to stand that."
Hirneise is also a highly disputed figure. Doctors say
he is crazy, dangerous or worse. "But I haven’t come
across any doctor who said: “Mr. Hirneise, what you
wrote on page 235 doesn’t make sense because…” There
is no scientific discussion. But that’s not
surprising. If I ask them for examples of patients
that have been cured thanks to their treatment, they
become silent. On the other hand, I can cite thousands
of patients and cases that got better even though
those same doctors gave up on them. I know them, I
shake their hands every day."
Hirneise has travelled a lot, has read a lot, and has
spoken to doctors and patients all over the world. He
has set down his experiences and research in an
impressive number of statistics. And his conclusion is
clear: every successful cancer treatment includes the
following three ingredients: thorough detoxification,
a change of diet and mental or spiritual work. "In
every clinic I visited it was the same story, always
and everywhere. It is what the people who overcame
cancer did. I have seen people on their deathbeds,
where the cancer had spread to their bones, brains,
lungs and bone marrow… and they got better. In the
final stage of cancer, there is no medicine in the
world that can save you - conventional or
successful cancer treatment contains three
detoxification, diet change and emotional
If it’s so simple and
unequivocal why aren’t more people getting better?
"Because success demands discipline and effort. It
demands that the patient get moving, become active,
develop a constructive fighting attitude. Most people
choose the easy way: chemotherapy, radiation or an
operation. People say: “What do you mean the easy way?
Do you know how horrible chemotherapy is?” Of course
chemotherapy is no fun, but a radical change in your
diet and lifestyle is more difficult. That’s why so
few people survive cancer. “First
detoxify, then a good diet and stay happy,”
I tell people. “What?” they cry, “stay happy? Are you
completely deranged Mr. Hirneise? I have tumours
everywhere, I can’t even walk and you’re telling me I
should have fun?”
"Then I tell them that one of two things are going to
happen: either you’re going to die soon or you’re
going to stay alive. If you’re going to die soon,
you’re better off having lots of fun now, right? If
you’re not going to die, you’re better off having fun
now too because there’s nothing better for your immune
system. It sounds crazy, but I have a lot of fun with
people that come to me. I recently did a seminar with
terminal cancer patients - rarely have I laughed so
much. Ego satisfaction, money and sex rule the world.
Cancer patients are just about the only people not
interested in these things. It’s as if you were
talking to the Pope or Mother Theresa. I learn a lot
from them. They live one day at a time. They live so
differently than the rest of humanity."
and a meaningful life make an important
contribution to healing cancer, the question begs
whether their absence encourages the disease.
For Lothar Hirneise, cancer starts with stress: "Cancer
cannot exist without stress. One hundred percent
impossible! There are a lot of
debates on types of stress - physical and
psychological - but for a cell it doesn’t matter where
the stress comes from."
"Every cancer patient has a sugar problem. Insulin
transports sugar to cells. Adrenaline - and to a
lesser extent cortisol and glucagon - takes it away.
Everyone thinks that if you are under a lot of stress,
you have an excess of adrenaline. This is true, but
it’s only the beginning. Long-term stress results in
adrenaline shortages. That’s what you see in cancer
patients. So the cell is full of sugar that is not
broken down. These cells die. Sugar is a poison; too
much of it destroys your arteries, your kidneys and
your bones. The body combats that danger by creating
tumours - as a last resort for getting rid of the
For some people, the solution to the stress that led
to the sugar problem will be to change their diet -
because they ate poorly - while for others it will be
in the psychological, spiritual sphere - because they
had serious relationship problems, for example. That’s
why a good diet doesn’t work for everyone, which leads
sceptics to say that such a diet 'therefore' doesn’t
work. It just depends on where the stress comes from.
This is why it’s so important that the whole person is
taken into consideration. That is to say: to talk to
the whole person."
Uncover the Source.
Frank Weavel of "People Against Cancer" says: “Give me
a half-hour with a cancer patient and I’ll find the
problem.” My experiences are the same. Sometimes we
need to talk for hours, but we always find the
problem. The problem for doctors is that they aren’t
paid to talk to patients. If two different women with
breast cancer go to a doctor, the problem is clear to
him: breast cancer. My experience is that two cases of
breast cancer can be two different diseases. If
someone who has lost a son develops prostate cancer
six months later, would you use chemotherapy to heal
In Hirneise’s experience, if
patients track down the cause of their cancer and
truly want to change, even those at death’s door
Paradoxically, the production of adrenaline gets back
on track once people relax. "I have a photograph from
1994 of a woman from Karlsruhe, who at that time had
cancer in nearly all her bones and in her bone marrow.
She couldn’t get out of bed or her bones would break.
She was on a lot of morphine and nearly died. She’s
still alive. I recently visited her. She’s living a
normal life. How much sicker can you be? I know
another woman who died twice and was resuscitated
twice. The priest was at her bedside to administer the
final sacraments. She’s doing very well. She’s in her
70s, skis in Switzerland and has a lover who’s 20
Hirneise is all too aware that in
many ways what he says not only flies in the face of
the prevailing view, but moreover is not easy to
understand, let alone to apply once the ‘cancer’
diagnosis has been given. "I had to travel around the
world first and only understood it after a couple of
years, so how can I expect that someone will
understand it after a one-hour lecture?’"
Hirneise is currently training 30 people who, like
himself, can talk to patients just after they’ve been
handed their ‘death sentence’. "You need someone
objective just then who can think rationally. At that
moment your friends and family members are just as
emotional as you are. Most people think the doctor is
that objective person. He is not. You see
you’re not just a patient, but also a
customer. He has something to sell, whether it’s
a regular or alternative doctor. We could save a lot
of lives if an objective, independent expert talked to
patients right away. Which is why we set up the
training course whereby each participant promises not
to practice psychotherapy on his or her own."
The second obstacle on the path to healing is the
so-called aftercare. "After a treatment, a lot of
patients are asked to come back in three months. Most
people can’t sleep for two weeks just before those
three months are up. Talk about stress! Then they get
a blood test and have to wait a week for the results.
It makes people extremely insecure. There is too much
opportunity for additional damaging stress. And for
misunderstandings. Most doctors use a language no one
understands. I advise patients to stay away from
aftercare. It is too dangerous."
An example: "A while ago I gave a lecture after which
a man came up, hugged me and said: “You saved my
life.” A few months later his daughter called. He had
died. What happened? The children had convinced their
father to go to a doctor after all. He finally did.
That was on a Monday. That Saturday he died. The
stress, the fear and anxiety around the doctor’s vague
diagnosis had driven him crazy.
When people ask me which diagnostic tests they should
and shouldn’t do I tell them: “Can you sleep without
that diagnosis?” If so, don’t do it. If you need the
diagnosis to sleep better, then go ahead. Instead of a
blood test, you’re better off looking in the mirror.
Look at your whole body, your skin, etc. That is a
better diagnosis. Then meditate and listen to your
body. Listen to what it wants to tell you. You will
discover a great deal, gain a lot of insight.
Afterwards you can always go to a doctor. Don’t just
go to a doctor to have your blood tested or have an
x-ray. I know this is a big sacrifice. We think the
doctor should know best, right? Wrong. Believe me,
that’s not the way it works. The tumour is not
your enemy. Stress is the true source and no one can
handle the stress of too many tests."
Perhaps Lothar Hirneise’s most important message is
that each person must find his or her own path to
healing. A doctor can help in this process. But
so can a friend. Everyone can make their own critical
assessment of whether a particular treatment would
truly be good for them. Individuality is Hirneise’s
Make a deal:
A final bit of advice from the man who spoke to so
many people that were capable of overcoming their
illnesses: "Make a deal with your tumour. I’ve noticed
that a lot of survivors do this. They start a dialogue
with the tumour: “Dear tumour, this is a lose/lose
situation. If you get bigger, I’ll have to die and so
will you. Let’s turn this around into a win/win
situation. You get smaller - you don’t have to die,
but shrink to normal proportions - which will mean I
can live. In return I’ll …”.
I tell patients, you have to be very careful what you
promise, because the tumour will only keep to its end
of the bargain if you do too. If you can’t stick to
it, make a new deal. There are some people I cannot
help. There was one woman whose son had unsuccessfully
attempted suicide. On his deathbed she pleaded to God
to take her life instead of his. The son lived. A
couple of weeks later she had cancer. I told her to
make a new deal with God, to talk to him again. But
she was afraid that God would then take her son’s
life. She died shortly thereafter. No one can help
someone like that. That is the power of a contract.
Every person and every illness is unique and has the
right to respect and a very personal approach."
Hirneise has a center in Germany where people
may go to heal: The healing process focuses on
the 3 Energies - Diet, Detoxification and the
most important of all, Mental/Emotional.
"Any disease is a hint
for us that our life is out of balance
(body-mind-soul). During your stay in our
centre you will individually learn more about the
deeper sense of your disease, you will have the
chance to take a view on your inner world and you
will get an answer to the question: What is
good for me and what do I have to let go."
www.3e-centre.com (English language).