Issels treatment

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The Issels treatment, or Issels combination therapy, is an alternative cancer treatment based on the ideas of Josef Issels. The treatment is considered ineffective against cancer by the American Cancer Society,[1] and is listed as a "Dubious Treatment" by the alternative medicine watchdog website Quackwatch.[2]


In Issels combination therapy, patients are asked to remove any teeth containing metal fillings, to follow a strict diet, and to eliminate various substances, such as alcohol and caffeine, which are considered harmful.[3] The treatment makes use of holistic and orthomolecular principles, utilizing certain specialized vaccines, chelation and enzymatic therapies, along with nutraceutical supplementation, such as laetrile and vitamin C.[4] The treatment is not approved in the United Kingdom, nor is it approved by any medical society in the United States, but is available worldwide at a reported cost, in 2005, of US$65,000 (or about £45,000).[5]

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  1. ^ "Unproven methods of cancer management. Issels combination therapy". CA Cancer J Clin. 22 (3): 188–91. 1972. doi:10.3322/canjclin.22.3.188. PMID 4339809.
  2. ^ "A Special Message for Cancer Patients Seeking "Alternative" Treatments". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  3. ^ Metabolic Therapy, from the American Cancer Society. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  4. ^ "The Official Issels Treatment Summary". Retrieved 2010-06-07.
  5. ^ "Home remortgaged for cancer girl". BBC News. 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2008-08-08.