A Bitter Sweet Reality
The article below was written in March 2000.
I used this product, MGN3, for three weeks to completely eradicate
in June 2000 per my
retest two weeks after treatment ended. As you will read later, there is
now a replacement product available called ImmPower.
I offer this information in a effort to open
your eyes to one tiny but integral piece of the "real" world that was pulled out
from under you. I've left the original article largely in-tack so you can
glean the importance of this remarkable rice bran/mushroom supplement and its
potent immune boosting power - that was quietly removed from the market
overnight by the FDA.
Everything in this article can be said for the
replacement supplement ImmPower, which some say is even stronger than the
original MGN3. So if you just received that dreaded cancer diagnosis,
don't despair. Between the time you're diagnosed and your next
appointment, you can be cured if you act quickly.
Louis Pasteur is credited with
giving the world his theory that germs were the cause of disease and for 100
years now, conventional medicine has been based on Pasteur's work. Researchers
and doctors have operated under the belief that disease is caused by the
invasion of germs, and to eliminate disease these invading microbes have to be
In our continuing quest to
eliminate these microbes, our medicines have become increasingly more potent.
While this has led to a great deal of success in healing many infections, it has
also exposed a number of germ theory's shortcomings. As a result, many
researchers are now rethinking the theory's validity.
Two Schools of Germ Theory
Over the years, two schools of
thought concerning health and healing have emerged.
Conventional medicine and its disciples have accepted germ theory in its
entirety--that the road to disease is paved with microbes, and to remain healthy
these microbes must be eliminated. They believe this can best be accomplished
through the use of drugs, particularly antibiotics.
The pharmaceutical industry
loves this idea. Since there are literally millions of different microbes all
around us, it stands to reason that thousands of different medicines will be
needed to destroy them. This translates into billions of dollars in profits,
both from the sale of the drugs and the hundreds of testing procedures required
to identify each of the pathogenic microbes involved and the effectiveness of
the drugs used.
The second school of thought
opposes both the idea of using drugs to destroy microbes as well as the basic
premise that microbes are the sole cause of all disease. We live in an
teeming with millions if not billions of microbes. These organisms inhabit and
thrive in our air, water, soil, and even in our bodies. Thanks to the delicate
yet very complex actions of our immune system, we are able not only to survive
but actually thrive in this microbe-infested environment. An active, healthy
immune system is the one thing that keeps us alive.
The Second School champions the
importance of the immune system in health and healing. Under normal
circumstances, our immune systems are able to destroy harmful microbes while
leaving benign varieties alone. Health problems, therefore, occur not simply
because we've been exposed to one microbe or another, but because our immune
systems are not functioning as well as they should be. This helps explain why
not everyone exposed to the cold virus comes down with a cold, or why some
people are able to avoid and recover from deadly diseases like cancer while
When illness does take hold,
followers of the second school of thought believe that emphasis should be placed
on boosting the immune system through nutrition and other natural techniques.
They recognize the importance of enhancing the body's own innate healing powers
through a proper diet and lifestyle.
To put it mildly, the
pharmaceutical companies haven't been too supportive of this latter idea.
There's not as much profit involved in promoting the use of whole, natural
foods, herbs and vitamins as there is in selling drugs. As such, for years the
pharmaceutical companies and many individuals within the medical profession have
been trying to persuade the public that "alternatives" to drugs are a waste of
time and money at best and outright quackery at worst. Recent trends and events,
however, have begun to prove them wrong.
We Now Know that Drugs are Not the Total Solution
Over the past few years, we have been witnessing
the backlash of germ therapy in the form of deadly, antibiotic-resistant
bacteria. As a result of being "attacked" by stronger and stronger antibiotics,
several strains of bacteria have mutated and developed a resistance to all forms
of medication currently available.
It should come as no surprise,
then, that more and more people are dying of cancer each year. The toxic drug
and radiation treatments heralded as the solution just aren't working as
expected. Similarly, AIDS researchers have determined that bombarding the body
with anti-viral medications isn't the answer. With AIDS, there are a number of
different viruses at work (HIV, HHV-6B, etc.), and developing a specific
medication for each and every one could take decades or longer. To complicate
matters even further, viral mutations occur quite rapidly and can quickly make a
promising medication useless. And very often the side effects of these drug
treatments prove to be far more deadly than the virus itself.
Be it AIDS, cancer, or other
deadly and seemingly incurable diseases, current research is confirming that
therapies which hold the greatest promise are the more natural, less toxic ones
that work in conjunction with the immune system.
A few short years ago, any
comment about a substance's ability to "boost the immune system" would have
brought howls of laughter and condemnation from the medical community. Nowadays,
however, this same concept seems to be all the rage among both traditional and
conventional medical practitioners. Slowly but surely, modern medicine is
beginning to understand the vital importance of enhancing the body's own
Quite Possibly The Most Powerful Immune Booster
Known to Man
The work doctor Dr. Mamdooh Ghoneum awakened many
in conventional medicine to the enormous benefits of using natural
immune-enhancing compounds. Dr. Ghoneum worked with the Department of
Immunology at Drew University in Los Angeles. For six years he worked on an
amazing product called MGN3. The only published information about it was buried
in technical medical journals. Why? The answer may surprise you.
Dr. Ghoneum was educated in
Egypt and Japan, and continues to spend much of his time in those countries. His
work with MGN3 began in Japan, where he is quite well-known. (He just finished
his sixth book in Japanese, all of which deal with cancer.) As with most new
therapies, his initial research was performed in vitro and later using
animal models. Although the results were extremely positive, he refused to
publicize the data until he was sure that similar results could be duplicated in
humans. In a world where new fads based on just the slightest hint of benefit
pop up almost daily, it's refreshing and unusual to meet someone willing to
forgo publicity in an effort to perform actual human studies.
Thanks to Dr. Ghoneum, we had
excellent research data showing that MGN-3 was likely the most powerful human
immune system booster on the market, prescription or otherwise. Even more
amazing is the fact that it had no known side effects. The implications this
substance could have had on your personal health are astounding.
MGN3 Combined a Potent Antiviral Extract with the
Three Top Cancer Treatments in Japan
MGN3 was produced by integrating, through
hydrolysis, an extract from the outer shell of rice bran with the extracts from
three different mushrooms: Shiitake (yielding Lentinan), Kawaratake (yielding
Krestin), and Suehirotake (yielding Sizofiran).
On their own, extracts from
rice bran exhibit fairly strong antiviral effects. And extracts from each of
these three mushrooms have been found to have anti-cancer properties. In fact,
in Japan, these three mushroom extracts have become the three leading
prescription treatments for cancer. In the years to come, mushrooms may become a
primary source of natural medicines all over the world. Of the million or so
known varieties, only a small handful have been categorized and analyzed. One of
the challenges of using mushrooms medicinally is that they seem to work
differently with different people. This may be due to the various blood
types. Fortunately, the benefits of MGN-3 were very consistent and
Natural Killer Cells
The human immune system is comprised of more than
130 subsets of white blood cells. In order to understand just how powerful an
immune stimulator MGN3 is and how you can use it to help treat a wide variety of
serious health problems, you need some background information on one of the most
common forms of white blood cells.
Natural Killer (NK) cells make
up roughly 15% of all human white blood cells. They provide the first line of
defense for dealing with any form of invasion to the body--sort of like elite
military soldiers who are called upon to seek out and destroy dangerous
Each cell contains several
small granules which act as "ammunition." Once an NK cell has recognized a
cancer cell, for example, it attaches itself to the cell's outer membrane and
injects these granules directly into the interior of the cell. The granules then
"explode," destroying the cancer cell within five minutes. The undamaged NK cell
then moves on to other cancer cells and repeats the process. When the immune
system is particularly strong, active NK cells will often take on two cancer
cells or other infected cells at the same time.
NK Activity, Not Volume, Determines the Strength
of the Immune System
Unlike other white blood cells, inadequate
numbers of NK cells are very rarely a problem. Instead, it is the activity of
the cells that generally determines whether one is sick or healthy. As long as
the NK cells are active (just as soldiers remain on "active" duty, ready for
battle), everything remains under control. If cells lose their ability to either
recognize or destroy the invader, however, the situation can deteriorate
rapidly. In AIDS and cancer patients, NK cell activity is probably the primary
criteria for estimating the chances of survival. It's pretty much accepted that
when NK cells cease to function, the end is near.
In addition, research has now
confirmed that individuals with low NK cell activity are significantly more
susceptible to autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction (CFIDS,
or chronic fatigue syndrome), viral infections, and the development of cancerous
tumors. (We haven't been able to verify that the same holds true in humans, but
animal research has also shown that females commonly have lower NK cell activity
Doctors can test NK cell
activity with a test called the NK cell function test. Basically, a blood sample
is taken from the patient and placed in a vial containing live tumor cells.
After four hours, a count is taken to determine what percentage of the cancer
cells have been destroyed by the NK cells. The higher the percentage, the more
active the cells.
Technically, the test is
referred to as the 4 hour 51Chromium-release assay. I'm certainly not advocating
that everyone go out and have it done, but if you have been dealing with one of
the conditions listed above or have had any sort of longstanding infection, it
may be a good idea. If your local lab doesn't perform the test, your doctor can
order it from Specialty Labs in Santa Monica, California at 800-421-7110.
How did MGN3 Increase NK Cell Activity
MGN3's ability to boost NK activity and overall
immunity appeared to stem from four things.
1) It increased the number of
explosive granules in NK cells. The more granules a NK cell carries, the more
cancer and virus-infected cells it can destroy.
2) It increased
interferon levels. Interferon is another potent compound produced by the body
that both inhibits the replication of viruses and other parasites and increases
NK cell activity.
3) It increased the formation
of Tumor Necrosis Factors (TNFs). TNFs are a group of proteins that help destroy
4) In addition to increasing NK
activity as much as 300% (or even higher), oral ingestion of MGN3 increased
the activity of other key immune cells, like T-cells (200%) and B-cells (250%).
Dr. Ghoneum's years of research
proved just how powerful MGN3 was at boosting NK cell activity and combating a
wide range of diseases, although the majority of his work was with cancer
Unlike most forms of
treatment, MGN3 was totally non-toxic. After years of use and continued toxicity
tests, there had never been any indication of toxicity or side effects
whatsoever. Undoubtedly, this is because MGN3's primary function was to enhance
the activity of the immune system rather than to attack
directly. This also helps explain why it seemed to work well for all types of
Research Shows that NK Activity Shoots Up Within
Two Weeks and Continues To Rise
Dr. Ghoneum ran numerous NK cell activity tests
on patients with all types of cancers. In 80% to 90% of his cancer patients,
their NK cells could only kill about 20 to 30% of the cancer cells during the
first hour of the test. After just two weeks of taking MGN3, however, the kill
percentage jumped to 60 to 70% in 99% of the patients.
Dr. Ghoneum presented the
results from one of his studies involving five patients with breast cancer at
the November 5, 1995 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Each patient was treated with the same dosage of 3 grams per day of MGN3. NK
cell activity increased within two weeks and continued as the study progressed.
At the end of the six to eight-month study, two of the patients were already in
Another study of Dr. Ghoneum's
involved 27 cancer patients ranging in age from 42 to 57. The types of cancers
involved included breast, cervical, prostate,
leukemia, and multiple
myeloma. All patients had low NK cell activity at the beginning of the study.
After only two weeks, the NK cell activity had increased as follows: breast
carcinoma 154-332%, cervical carcinoma 100-275%, prostatic cancer 174-385%,
leukemia 100-240%, and multiple myeloma 100-537%. Remember, this was after just
two weeks of MGN3, and NK activity continued to rise throughout the six-month
(Study reported at the 87th
annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, April 20, 1996.)
MGN3 Helped Cancers That Are Unaffected by
MGN3 filled a gap left by many of the other
natural therapies, in particular the class of therapies known as angiogenesis
Angiogenesis inhibitors work by
cutting off the blood supply to tumors. Whether they be natural products like
shark cartilage or pharmaceutical ones like endostatin and angiostatin, these
angiogenesis inhibitors aren't very effective at treating blood cancers such as
leukemia, lymphatic cancer or lung cancer. In each case, the explanation for
this ineffectiveness is fairly simple. Because leukemia is a cancer of the blood
cells themselves, cutting off the blood supply to these cells is simply
impossible. With lymphatic cancer, it's the lymphatic fluids, not blood vessels,
that supply lymph cells with all of their necessary nutrients, so again, cutting
off the blood supply is futile. And because the lungs have such a rich and
complex supply of blood vessels, there's really no effective way to restrict
blood flow to that area.
None of these factors posed a
problem for MGN3. By increasing the activity of NK cells, which naturally
circulate in the blood and lymph systems, MGN3 was used effectively for all of
these cancers. The NK cells don't have to penetrate deep into massive hard
tumors to get to active cancer cells-they simply identify and eliminate the
cancer cells they "encounter" in the
MGN3 Even Worked with Multiple Myeloma, One of
the Deadliest Cancers
In another study involving 11 patients, the
percentages of patients experiencing complete remission with MGN3 were as
two of the three patients, or 66%. (Note: All of the prostate patients
experienced a decline in PSA levels. One reached a normal level after one month
on MGN3, another's was normal after two months, and the third patient's dropped
from 87.2 to 7 after four months.)
2) Ovarian cancer, two of the
three patients, or 66%.
one of the three patients, or 33%. (The other two had partial remission.)
4) Multiple myeloma, one
of the two patients, or 50%. (Int J Immunotherapy
While all of these results are
impressive to say the least, the case of the multiple myeloma patient is
particularly remarkable. Multiple myeloma is a very rare and fatal cancer. It
makes up only about one percent of all cancers, and among oncology circles it is
considered practically incurable. Without treatment, a patient almost always
lives less than a year. With chemotherapy, some have been known to live two
The multiple myeloma patient
who experienced complete remission was a 58-year-old male diagnosed in October,
1990. He first had several months of chemotherapy following his diagnosis.
Although everything seemed to have stabilized, his laboratory work still showed
specific blood markers for multiple myeloma eight months after the chemotherapy.
He then began taking the MGN3, and in less than six months follow-up lab work
revealed no indication of cancer. Dr. Ghoneum said, this was the first patient
who has been known to survive multiple myeloma.
MGN3 Lessened Toxicity and Improves Effectiveness
of Conventional Therapies
MGN3 also lessened the toxic side
effects of conventional cancer
treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation destroy several white blood cells in
the process of trying to destroy cancer. Taking MGN3 concurrently with these
treatments helped prevent this effect. Many chemotherapy patients taking MGN3
also reported less difficulty in swallowing and less burning of the tongue.
In addition, MGN3 was used
effectively with interleukin-2, the only prescription item that seems to come
close to matching its immune-boosting power. (Although there are other natural
products that have immune-boosting capabilities, such as
CoQ10, none have
been proven in human studies to be more powerful than MGN3.)
Interleukin is a protein that
is normally produced in the body. Much like MGN3, it also activates certain
white blood cells. To potentiate the effects of this protein, scientists
isolated and synthesized it into a chemical called interleukin-2 (IL-2). This
extract is then injected into patients to help stimulate their immune systems.
Although IL-2 is gaining
popularity as a cancer treatment, it can trigger extremely severe and
life-threatening side effects. At the therapeutic doses used for cancer,
interleukin-2 causes leaks in the small capillaries. These leaks result in a
loss of blood pressure, weight gain, fluid retention, difficulty breathing, and
heart problems. Continued use can cause kidney failure, respiratory arrest and
death. In this way, it represents yet another cancer treatment that often kills
the patient before it kills the cancer. Expense is also a factor. A single
inter-leukin-2 treatment can cost as much as $100,000.
Dr. Ghoneum's research has
revealed that when MGN3 is used along with interleukin-2, the dosages of
interleukin-2 can be reduced to extremely low levels--levels which are low
enough to avoid the severe side effects. When used together, these two products
had a synergistic effect that dramatically exceeds that of either used
individually. Once this knowledge became public, one would have thought more
oncologists would utilize it.
Pre-Cancerous Cells (Cervical Dysplasia)
Another of Dr. Ghoneum's studies involved seven
female patients whose pap smears indicated the presence of abnormal cells. This
is not an uncommon finding, and while these cells are not cancerous, they are
often referred to as precancerous because of their propensity to develop into
The severity of cervical
dysplasia, as the problem is termed medically, is classified in four stages
depending on the degree of abnormality in the cells. Stage I is generally a
"wait-and-watch" situation, stages II and III are considered surgical cases, and
stage IV is considered cancer.
In this study, Dr. Ghoneum
found that using MGN3 in stage II and stage III patients completely resolved the
problem. After six months of MGN3 use, with no other form of treatment, all
follow-up exams and tests were normal. Some of the women have continued on
maintenance doses of MGN3 at 1 gram per day. Others have discontinued its use.
Two to three years after the study, none of the women has experienced
recurrence, including women who discontinued the product after only six months.
Additional Therapeutic and Preventive
Applications for MGN3
Dr. Ghoneum has performed an amazing amount of
valuable research in just the last six or seven years but in light of his
limited time and research funding, he's had to concentrate his efforts on
life-saving areas like cancer and AIDS. Based on what he has already uncovered,
however, it is clear that his product holds great promise for many other
Earlier in this article, I
cited chronic fatigue syndrome as one of those conditions. Additionally, MGN3
could prove to be a lifesaver when it comes to any chronic or severe bacterial,
viral or fungal infection.
Dr. Ghoneum has defined what he
calls "high risk" categories, and he believes that individuals in these
categories could also benefit from MGN3 mainly as a form of disease prevention.
Included in these would be:
(those smoking two packs or more per day)
constantly work with paint (artists, house
with immune deficiencies
Families with a
strong history of cancer
The dosages Dr. Ghoneum has used in his studies
are scientifically based on repeated NK cell activity tests. As such, they are
very consistent and easy to follow. They fall into two categories:
1) For cancer, HIV, or other
life-threatening condition, 3 grams per day for two weeks, then 1 gram per day
until the problem is resolved. Some of the people Dr. Ghoneum has worked with
continue to take the maintenance dosage even after the problem has been
resolved, while others stop taking it and resume if the problem returns.
2) As a form of prevention, 1
gram per day. Just to reiterate, MGN3 is completely non-toxic and there's no
danger whatsoever in taking it long-term. Many people stay on it for life.
In all of his studies, Dr.
Ghoneum found that taking 3 grams a day resulted in a dramatic increase in NK
cell activity within one to two weeks. At the lower dosage of only 1 gram per
day, the same activity wasn't reached until about four weeks. This explains the
initial heavy doses of 3 grams per day. Even after the dosage is dropped back to
1 gram per day, NK cell activity will continue to increase.
It is best to take the MGN3
capsules with meals in divided doses. For example, when taking 3 grams a day
(which works out to 12 capsules), 4 capsules can be taken with each meal. When
you drop down to 1 gram a day (four capsules), you can take two capsules at
breakfast and two at dinner.
MGN3 was a patented product manufactured by the
Daiwa Pharmaceutical Company in Tokyo, Japan. Currently in the US, our
enlightened FDA has removed this life-saving supplement from the market citing
that it required drug approval. A year or so later a new product became
available called ImmPower that is purported to be even more potent. A
quick internet search will yield it's price and availability.
Based on his research and experience, Dr.
Ghoneum's believes that, depending on the type and location of the cancer,
surgery or a few cycles of chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be justified.
He compared treating cancer to trying to wipe out a city of terrorists. By
bombing the city, you would likely take care of the majority of the terrorists,
accepting the fact that some non-terrorists would also be killed. Chemotherapy,
radiation or surgical removal of the tumor are the cancer-equivalents of the
bombing, and the beneficial white blood cells in the area are the non-terrorist
Even after the bombing,
however, there would always be some terrorists who could survive. The same holds
true for cancer cells that were resistant to or able to survive the therapy. But
rather than bomb the city again, which would only result in total destruction,
special forces should be sent in to locate and eliminate the remaining
terrorists one by one. This is where MGN3 comes in.
Dr. Ghoneum feels that after
surgery or a minimal number of chemo or radiation treatments, MGN3 should be
used exclusively to activate the
and let it do its work. He also clarified that he would begin using MGN3 at the
very first sign of any type of cancer, not just after conventional treatments
had been completed.
Dr. Ghoneum had some strong
opinions regarding the use of any drugs or nutritional products during the
treatment period. For all of the people he's worked with, he recommended that
prescription drugs be continued (such as those for diabetes, high blood
pressure, thyroid, etc.). In addition, because his research did not examine the
combined effects of nutritional supplements and MGN3, he recommended that
patients concentrate on getting
vitamins and minerals solely from natural foods and juices (organic carrots
and other freshly made fruit and vegetable juices).
Through his work with the
immune system, Dr. Ghoneum has also found that poor sleeping habits and
unresolved stress have a major negative impact on the activity of NK cells. He
felt very strongly that both of these problems must be addressed if one expects
to strengthen the immune system. MGN3 provided a safe and effective way of
doing just that. It was for a short while the most powerful immune stimulant man
had uncovered and it may have been our best hope in conquering the world's
Since my first bout with cancer, I have used ImmPower many times. It
hasn't failed me yet. If you find yourself in this dreaded situation,
don't despair. Cancer is only a label. You don't have to accept it.
All illness, simply put, is an imbalance of the basic structure/function of the
body. What better way to correct the problem than to go to the core.
Strengthen your immune system so it can function normally. Do this before
any treatment... before anyone has the chance to frighten you into believing the
In short, when you're scared, it's not usually
the best time to make a life-altering decision. Knowledge breeds
confidence. Do your homework now while you're not under pressure.
Listen only to your own inner voice. Don't allow well-meaning loved ones,
acquaintances or doctors to muddy up your mind. It can literally mean the
difference between life and death.
Never forget that your life is yours and it's a
do-it-yourself job. Don't give your power away to someone else. (They
don't know any more than you do.) So clear your mind, relax, envision a
positive outcome... and treat the whole issue as a problem you have the ability
to solve. Stay focused on what you know and where you want to go.
Then... move forward.
If you wish further guidance on designing a plan of action, you may contact me
Good luck and good health,
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