Story Behind Josef Issels
Josef Issels, 76 years old in 1983, 25 years of practice
Josef Issels was a holistic doctor who pioneered many therapies in
the mid-1900s. His various treatments were aimed at rebuilding the immune
system and were individualized for each patient. His"Ganzheits therapy"
(whole-body therapy) included fever therapy, anticancer vaccines, diet
(see below), detoxification, removing sites of focal
infection such as teeth and tonsils, homeopathic remedies and concern
for the emotions of his patients.
other alternative therapists, he saw the tumor as the last step
in a degenerative process that took years to develop. He began
to see cancer as a chronic disease."
"The Cancer Survivors" page 240
state of cancer according to Issels - A deficient immune
system could be caused by deficient nutrition (abnormal intestinal flora
and/or poor diet), chronic infection, and/or chemical toxins from the
environment. Issels' methods of treatment concentrated on building the
immune system and reducing toxins from the body as opposed to traditional
methods which concentrated on attacking the cancerous tumor cells alone.
Issels knew that, in cancer patients, the blood is more alkaline than
acid. He also knew that serum levels of potassium, magnesium, sodium,
zinc, iron, and aluminum are depressed and copper and calcium are elevated.
Blood sugar is increased. Red blood cells are fat and have a tendency
to clump together. These conditions, he surmised, promoted tumor development.
According to Issels, cancer feeds on the toxins in the body. The more
toxins, the more the cancer flourishes.
therapy - to restore organs, Issels provided injections of
liver and mesenchymal extracts, organ-RNA and DNA, proteolytic enzymes,
vitamins, and minerals, to provide the body with the building blocks
to build a healthy enzyme system.
- raw live foods, one half to one third of daily intake
- low protein from sour milk products such as buttermilk, curdled
milk and cottage cheese (easy to digest proteins)
- avoid meat (if the digestive system is weak, digestion of meat could
produce toxins in blood)
- Soybeans, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, brewer's yeast
- no simple sugars; includes malt, cane, beet, nonrefined brown sugar
- maintain proper acid-base balance - each meal should contain 80
percent base formers and 20 percent acid formers.
forming foods (80% of diet)
forming foods (20% of diet)
(except those listed on right)
legumes (dried peas, beans, lentils), nuts,
(except those listed on right)
plums, prunes, rhubarb
(eaten with whole grain, these are less acid producing)
and milk products
and flours, bread and cakes,
(brown rice is less acid
poultry and fish
and egg dishes
(yolks are not acid producing)
and sugars, puddings
- lots of water (up to 3 quarts a day) and herb teas (drinking water
in the form of water, as opposed to water in your juice or soup, is
- prescribed mild purgatives and immunological preparations
- evening meals should be light (because gastrointestinal juices needed
to digest protein are higher during the day)
A fever will stimulate the immune system causing lymphocytes to
produce more antibodies that destroy bacteria and toxins. Drug dosages
can be reduced by a third to a half with fever therapy, reducing the
side effects of some chemotherapies. Issels would induce fevers of 105ºF
with a drug called Pyrifer (made from coli bacteria). He also would
induce passive fevers with ultra-short waves. Fevers were induced up
to twice a week with fevers lasting several hours.
Issels also administered a combination of oxygen and ozone (ionized
oxygen). With hematogenic oxidation therapy (HOT), the blood is drawn
from the patient, oxygenated, irradiated with ultraviolet light, and
returned to the patient's bloodstream. Oxygen-ozone therapy, like fever,
increases the body's ability to destroy bacteria and viruses.
ether therapy involves the inhalation of ether heated to
around 175ºF to dissolve pathological lipids and their toxic compounds
so they may be released through the kidneys and bowels.
therapy involves passing ultra-short waves through the brain
and the glands, increasing hormone production.
of focal infections
Issels learned from his patients and from other doctors and researchers.
Ferdinand Huneke (founder of neural therapy) found that if he injected
Novocain into the vein at the site of a local lesion, such seemingly
unrelated conditions as asthma, migraine, visual disorders, rheumatism,
and so on, would disappear. Issels allowed Huneke to inject Novocain
into his patients' old scars, near dead teeth, infected tonsils, or
any other local abnormality (what Huneke called a "disturbance
field"). Huneke felt that the injections somehow normalized the
electric field of the body. Issels secretly began using neural therapy
in the hospital where he worked on cancer patients. By 1947, Issels
began insisting that his patients have dental x-rays and that all their
dead or infected teeth be removed. In March of 1953, he also began removing
infected tonsils from cancer patients. After seeing a dramatic reduction
in heart related deaths, Issels made tonsillectomies obligatory.
medicine and vaccines
Issels learned this approach to healing that treats with minute doses
of substances that would cause the same symptoms in a healthy person
and was very enthusiastic about it. He treated some cancers with a vaccine
called neoblastine, made from untreated tumor material that contained
quantities of virus-like particles.
In 1958, Issels incorporated a vaccine developed by microbiologist
Franz Gerlach into his treatments at his Ringberg Klinik.
In 1958, Issels began to use a chemotherapeutic drug called cyclophosphamide.
(known in Europe as Endoxana). The drug was produced by Asta Pharmaceuticals
who claimed it had no toxic effects on liver or kidneys. Issels found
that over a period of time, it did lower resistance, so he gave it in
enormous doses for a short period of time. Blood counts dropped to near
zero and were restored by transfusions. He got spectacular results with
By 1983, Issels stopped using high doses of chemotherapy because he
found them too damaging. He found very low doses of chemotherapy valuable
in combination with immunotherapy.
Issels believed strongly in hope and optimism. He would treat patients
for depression and felt this to be an integral part of his Ganzheits
therapy. In his Klinik Issels would speak to his patients for two hours
a day to encourage them. He was a deeply religious Catholic and shared
his trust in God's providence.
The Issels Foundation was established
by Josef Issels wife Marie lssels in 1987 after his retirement. Josef
Issels died in 1998 at the age of 90.