Dr Johanna Budwig, turn up the heat on cancer with hyperthermia

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Dr Johanna Budwig, turn “up the heat” on cancer with hyperthermia

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Dr. Budwig was in favor of hyperthermia. She writes in her book “Der Tod des Tumors (Bd. 2)”

[The Death of the Tumor, Vol. 2] on page 143:

“What other therapeutic measures are advisable, permitted, recommended? I always reply: Everyone should do what they can – cold water treatments, hyperthermia, homeopathy, phytotherapy (herbs)…..”

“Sunbathing, taking a sauna or a nice warm bath makes us feel good and provides many health benefits. Heat can also play a vital role and provide numerous health benefits in treating cancer.”

Hyperthermia creates heat and initiates a fever-like state, causing an intense, sustained elevation in core body temperature, which enhances the immune system and therefore activates a natural self-healing process in the body. Often people get concerned when they experience a fever. However fever is a natural and vital defense reaction against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. During the state of fever pathogens are eliminated, metabolic turnover is accelerates the detoxification of the body is in full swing.

“In July 2013, The Lancet Oncology published an article on the beneficial effects of hyperthermia (heat therapy). A team of clinicians headed by Rüdiger Wessalowski, MD of the University of Düsseldorf, showed that conventional treatment that included deep-tissue heating produced better results than generally achieved with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy alone [1].

There were 7 major findings:

  1. An objective response (i.e., tumor shrinkage) was seen in 30 out of 35 patients, or 86 percent.
  2. Sixteen of these 30 patients had a complete remission and 14 of the 30 had a partial remission.
  3. Ten patients who still had tumors after treatment then received additional radiotherapy: 8 of these 10 then had complete and durable remissions (“cures”).
  4. The probability of 5-year event-free survival was 62 percent and the five-year overall survival rate was 72 percent.
  5. Among those who received chemotherapy + hyperthermia as a salvage therapy the overall 5-year survival rate was 78 percent. “
  6. Immediate pain reduction and the elimination of the need for pain medications.
  7. No nausea, no discomfort, rapid improvement seen even after one session and improved immune system response.

“The combination of hyperthermia treatment and low dose radiation makes this therapy one of the most effective and lower side effects cancer treatment available today,” according to The Bicher Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, California. [2]

The Greek physician and philosopher, Parmenides, 540-480 BC said; “Give me the power to create fever and I will cure all diseases”. The oldest known method of whole body hyperthermia of the Native American Indians is the sweat lodge. And the Egyptians prescribed baths in the hot desert sands as well as the healing properties of hot springs.

By 1900, the American physician, Dr. William Coley, stared using fever-causing agents in the treatment of cancer with considerable success.

In 1927, Julius Wagner-Jauregg received the Nobel Prize in medicine for work involving the therapeutic application of hyperthermia.

Fever has long been a misunderstood, but now many modern Cancer clinics and hospitals are starting to offer this hyperthermia heat therapy to their cancer patients.

What is Hyperthermia?

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Basically hyperthermia treatment is using a special machine that exposes the body to supra normal temperature (41.5 to 43ºC / 104 -113ºF) to kill the cancerous cells and microbes, without damaging the healthy tissues.

Hyperthermia offers the following benefits:

  • Hyperthermia is a constructive, health-promoting system, initiated and created by the body in its own effort to fight infections and other conditions of disease and to restore health.
  • Fever speeds up the metabolism, inhibits the growth of invading virus or bacteria, and accelerates the healing processes.
  • When heat is applied to the tumor, vital nutrients and oxygen are cut off from the cancer cells. This results in a collapse of the tumor’s vascular system and destruction of the cancer cells, which can then be mopped up by the immune system.
  • Hyperthermia removes the accumulations of toxic chemicals that cause tumors and disease, improving circulation so that tissues are both nourished with oxygen and flushed of acidic wastes and weakening or even killing tumor cells that have a lower tolerance for heat than healthy cells.
  • Hyperthermia can also be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation and studies indicate that lower doses are needed and the results are often better than chemotherapy and radiation used on their own.

As Dr. Johanna Budwig approved of heat therapies such as in hyperthermia, at the Budwig Center Cancer Clinic in Southern Spain we offer this therapy to our cancer patients. We have both types of hyperthermia: local hyperthermia and full body hyperthermia. Contact us to find out what would be recommended in a certain patient’s case or schedule a medical consultation to put together a plan of therapies including hyperthermia sessions.

+34 952 577 369

References:[1]https://peoplebeatingcancer.org/articlepediatric-cancer-hyperthermia-solid-tumors/[2] http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/hyperthermia-treatment-cancer/

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  1. Kathy Walker March 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Can you use a biomed pad for hyperthermia ? Please advise as I have been detoxing my body, using Budwig protocol , have turned vegan, and using only organic veggies as well. I use hyperbaric chamber, PEMF machine, plus other supplements to battle breast cancer.

  2. Kathy Jenkins March 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Kathy,

    Thank you for contacting us with your question. We use a clinical machine called Andromedic. It is not the same as the Biomed pad. When doing local hyperthermia sessions one should not be wearing jewelry or using any metal so magnets would not be recommended to be used during a local hyperthermia session and the doctor overseeing this treatment would know that. It sounds like you are doing many beneficial and natural things to take care of your body and help it heal. Let us know if we can help you with anything at the clinic here.

    Kind regards,

    Kathy L.J.

  3. Mimi Begovic March 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi, I have Multiple Myeloma and i am concern about using Infra red sauna or any type of hyperthermia. Please advise me

  4. Kathy Jenkins March 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Dear Mimi,

    Full body hyperthermia and Infra red sauna boost your immune system and help activate the lymphatic system so the only times it is not indicated is when a person cannot lie down for 1 hr as it is too uncomfortable, if lymph nodes in the arm pit have been surgically removed, if they have ascites or inflammatory breast cancer. Otherwise it is very good for all types of cancer.

    Kind regards,

    Kathy L.J.

  5. Claudia April 13, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    My husband had thyroid cancer that’s has metastasized to his lungs. Can he benefit from sauna sessions? And if so how often and how hot?

    Please advice Kindly

  6. Ulla April 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I read about Infra red sauna. About how many times approximant do you need to treat breast cancer? UW

  7. Christine Brown April 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Where is hyperthermia done in NY?

  8. Kathy Jenkins April 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Dear Christine, Budwig Center is an oncological clinic that offer natural and holistic treatment for cancer, including local and full body hyperthermia. We are located in Málaga, Spain. Málaga has an international airport. You can find out more information about coming for a clinical treatment at this link: https://www.budwigcenter.com/before-your-trip-to-spain/#.WPTF64iLTIU

  9. Kathy Jenkins April 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Dear Ulla,

    This treatment can be done daily if it is not inflammatory breast cancer.

  10. Kathy Jenkins April 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Dear Claudia,

    He can certainly benefit from doing 15 min. daily but he should not depend only on this treatment to treat his cancer. Also, to be sure how much to recommend, we would need to know more information about his physical condition. We will email you privately.
    Kind regards,
    Kathy L.J.

  11. Laurie April 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Why can’t you do it if you have had lymph nodes removed?

  12. Kathy Jenkins April 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Dear Laurie,

    It is not indicated to do sessions of full body hyperthermia when patients have had lymph nodes removed from their armpit because of the risk of lymphedema.

    Kind regards,

    Kathy L.J.

  13. Susan Else July 26, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Hello, I have been successfully treated for Inflammatory Breast Cancer, I have just reached the five year from diagnosis mark with no sign of recurrence! I did do chemo, radiation and double mastectomy with one arm lymph excision. My question is, “Is it safe to use infra=red sauna as a treatment, having had Inflammatory Breast Cancer”, also. “why is heat not prescribed for Inflammatory Breast Cancer?” Thank you!

  14. Kathy Jenkins July 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for sending us your questions Susan.

    If you have been cancer free for 5 years, there is no need to risk edemas or liquid retention in your arm by doing this therapy. There are other ways to help your body detox that are safer for you.

    Kind regards,

    Kathy L. Jenkins

    Director of Budwig Center
    Certified Naturopath

  15. Britta Kuo August 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Allo Kathy,

    I have been living a healthy life with an infiltrating, diffuse astrocytoma of the right temporal lobe for at least 11 years now (brain cancer) and I have not had chemo or radiation. Recently, I started the Budwig Diet Protocol as prescribed by my physician and I feel wonderful! However, I watch out for my pancreatic enzymes. Recently, I purchased my own infrared sauna as our finances are limited and coming overseas for treatment is not possible at this time. No one in the “States” has information on hyperthermia protocols for brain cancer. My gut feeling is to start out slow in time and temperature and to see how I feel, increasing it as I can tolerate it so that I do not detox too quickly. Have there been similar cases? I don’t come across many brain cancer patients.

    Britta Helene

  16. Kathy Jenkins August 31, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Dear Britta,

    Thank you for contacting us with this question. It is risky to subject a brain cancer patient to extreme temperatures, be it extreme heat or cold. We can’t be sure it would be advisable in your case. If you’d like to discuss other detoxing options that might be more suitable for you, feel free to book in a complimentary 15 minute consultation at this link:

    Kind regards,
    Kathy L. Jenkins
    Director of Budwig Center
    Certified Naturopath

  17. Serafino Docimo November 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    My name is Serafino Docimo. I was a patient at your clinic in May of 2015. I am interested in Infared Sauna for detox the and general health. When I was there you had portable Infared Saunas for the patient rooms. Could you give me the manufacturer of this product so I could purchase one. I have diabetes and would like to know if you have information for me to help me deal with my disease.

  18. Kathy Jenkins November 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hello Serafino,

    So nice to hear from you. Yes, we will email you the information about a portable sauna as well as helpful information about diabetes. Please make sure to see if the email from us goes to your spam folder in case you don’t see it in your inbox. Otherwise, you can also contact Mr. Jenkins directly at: budwig@budwigcenter.eu

    Kind regards,
    Budwig Center Team

  19. dominique January 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I have sigmoid tumor/cancer & fistula to bladder,metastasis to lungs…my only treatmen so far, started 4 months ago : Vectibix (has helped lungs a lot) (must admit kind of desperate w./fistula issue…) I wandered if I can benefit from using my tub w/ hot water…

  20. Kathy Jenkins January 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Hello Dominique
    Thank you for writing us Dominique, we’d prefer to discuss the recommendations we have for you in a private email so look out for an email from us, maybe even in your spam folder.

    Kind Regards
    Kathy Jenkins

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