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Monday, March 26th 2007

Man Invents Machine To Cure Himself Of Cancer?

I’m not sure how seriously to take this. I don’t think the investigation of radiofrequency energy is totally novel. But this is just a kind’ve weird story.

Inside his Sanibel Island garage, [John] Kanzius invented a machine he believes sits on the brink of a major medical breakthrough.

“It’s a kick-ass cancer cell generator,” Kanzius said.

Kanzius said his machine basically makes cells act like antennae to pick up a signal and self-destruct.

Unlike current cancer treatment, Kanzius’ machine does not use radiation. Unlike today’s radio-frequency treatments, it’s noninvasive.

Now, some of the nation’s most prominent doctors and scientists are using Kanzius’ machines in their research. In January, researchers said they performed a breakthrough at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“The complete killing of pancreatic cells in laboratory conditions is encouraging,” Dr. Steve Curley said.

Curley is currently testing whether cancerous tumors can be wiped out in animals.

“We’ve got a lot more work to do, but this is very interesting preliminary work,” Curley told WPBF.

Here’s an article on Kanzius’ efforts from 2005. Google searches (here and here) turn up little but the same.

Here’s Dr. Curley’s profile on M.D. Anderson’s website. Here’s Dr. Curley’s research interests with some selected publications.

There’s no doubt the article is dancing around an active area of research (see here and here), I guess the real question is what John Kanzius’ machine has contributed to it.