There was a group of people in the 1960s – the forerunners to the Cancer Control Society – who were like-minded in their pursuit of alternative cancer treatments. Their goal was to share the virtues and prowess of natural treatment and prevention.

Yes, even 50 years ago people were skeptical of chemo, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer!

Seems the more things change, the more they stay the same …

Humble beginnings with Cecile Hoffman

You’ve probably never heard of Cecile Hoffman. She wasn’t a First Lady, or a groundbreaking scientist, or even a jet-setting businesswoman.

No, Cecile Hoffman was a schoolteacher – and a cancer patient, just like many people today.

In 1959, doctors performed a radical mastectomy on Cecile. She was assured her cancer was gone.

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It wasn’t. Three years later, the breast cancer had metastasized. She was given no hope; the doctors told Cecile it was only a matter of time.

Funny how Mother Nature doesn’t follow man’s timeline.

“My experience is the same as that of countless thousands of other women. I had a radical mastectomy [amputation of a breast tumor] in 1959. A period when I was assured ‘they got it all,’ so I was lulled into a false complacency, by false counsel,” Cecile said.

Cecile’s husband, a chemist, discovered the book Laetrile: Control for Cancer by Glen Kittler. The science behind the book made sense to Mr. Hoffman.

Enter the McNaughton Foundation in Montreal, Canada, an early leader in Laetrile Therapy for cancer patients.

Laetrile is a partly man-made form of the natural substance amygdalin, found naturally in raw nuts and the pips of many fruits, particularly apricot, or kernels.

Laetrile works by targeting and killing cancer cells and building the immune system to fend off future outbreaks of cancer.

While laetrile is a good cancer treatment it should not be the primary cancer treatment for any cancer patient. It is an effective supplemental treatment.

Cecile began the Laetrile Therapy, which uses amygdalin (also called Vitamin B-17) and other non-toxic natural substances to attack cancer.

And she began to recover.

When the Hoffmans returned home to California, her family physician was advised by his attorney not to treat Cecile with laetrile.

(After all, it is not a government-approved therapy. It’s natural – and Big Pharma cannot patent and sell nature.)

But the Laetrile Therapy worked – right?!

Still, Cecile’s doctor refused – so she began searching for a doctor who would be focused on her continuing to live.

Her prayers were answered by Dr. Ernesto Contreras Sr., a pathologist and oncologist, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dr. Contreras opened Oasis of Hope Hospital in 1963. A pioneer in body, mind, and spirit medicine, Dr. Contreras’s philosophy was rooted in “do no harm and love your patient as you love yourself.”

“Dr. Contreras agreed to administer laetrile to me, and promised to keep accurate technical records and data to give to the McNaughton Research Foundation,” Cecile said. “He also agreed to help others, who had been seeking me out for information.”

He explored hundreds of treatment modalities – including laetrile – in the quest to help patients.

By March 1964, X-rays showed that Cecile’s tumors had disappeared. The Laetrile Therapy was successful.

Today, Dr. Contreras is remembered for his model for integrative medicine for the advancement of cancer research, treatment, and control.

Said Cecile: “I owe my life to my friends and kind, forward-thinking professionals in Canada and Mexico.”

Indeed, she did owe her life to those who were forward-thinkers.

Launch of the Cancer Control Society

To share her story and to help thousands of others, Cecile founded the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends in July 1963. Today, the IACVF is known as the International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends.

Although Cecile died in 1969 – 10 years after orthodox medicine left her for dead – her legacy still thrives.

From the original IACVF, the Cancer Control Society was launched in 1973 as a non-profit charitable organization.

Cancer Control Society

Since 1973, the Cancer Control Society has brought life-saving information to thousands of patients and their families.

Every Labor Day Weekend since 1973 more than 40 speakers, six movies, and 80 exhibits are presented – this year, at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, in Glendale, Calif.

Among the topics to be discussed at the 45th annual conference in 2017:

• What are alternative cancer therapies?

• How are alternative cancer therapies different from conventional or allopathic treatments?

• What does non-toxic cancer therapy mean?

• Can cancer really be cured?

• How do I know if I really have cancer?

• Does a biopsy spread cancer?

• Does a mammogram detect early breast cancer and increase my chances of survival?

• Can I visit some alternative cancer clinics?

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The CCS has evolved into one of the leading alternative cancer voices.

Betty Lee Morales, the “First Lady of Nutrition” and a proponent of natural foods, and Lorraine Rosenthal were co-founders of the Cancer Control Society.

Betty Lee was a lecturer at conventions and a guest on TV and radio programs.

Lorraine also believed nutrition was the primary source for maintaining health and preventing disease.

Together, these women championed natural answers to the toughest cancer questions – answers as relevant and true today as they were 50 years ago.

Another CCS co-founder was Norman Fritz, who met Cecile Hoffman in 1964.

Norman was a board member for the original IACVF and helped plan the inaugural convention on alternative therapies.

He also helped Charlotte Gerson republish A Cancer Therapy, a watershed book written by her father Max Gerson, and helped established the first Gerson Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.

Think about it: These were common people brought together by uncommon circumstances. They were truth-seekers who wanted to learn and share.

“When I’m at the Cancer Control Society convention and I give a summary,” Norman said,  “I say, ‘If you do anything to help the body’s metabolism, you’re going to get some results. But the more good things that you do, the more results you’re likely to get.’ ”

At its core, Norman was discussing nutrition and the immune system – two aspects of today’s common sense approach to cancer!

From the 1960s until his death in January 2007, Norman was instrumental in establishing both the IACVF and the Cancer Control Society, serving as president of both organizations.

Today, Frank Cousineau and Lorraine Rosenthal keep the flame for the CCS.

Lorraine met Cecile Hoffman in 1965 and became an active member of the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends.

Lorraine’s roles with the Cancer Control Society have included being the organization’s convention director since 1973.

The CCS convention features doctors and researchers from around the world – natural health care advocates speaking to the latest controls and treatments for cancer and other degenerative diseases.

The convention also includes a Doctors’ Symposium, which allows medical professionals to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

Just as Cecile wanted to share her experience with others, the Cancer Control Society brings together people to share their insight.

And since 1995, the Cancer Control Society has supported a Japanese chapter.

Yes, a natural approach to cancer therapies reaches beyond the U.S. and Mexico.

CCS wants to share what it knows

Lorraine’s interest in natural treatments and prevention led her to help produce two films: Nature’s Answer to Cancer – the story of laetrile – and the documentary Action for Survival, which focuses on freedom of choice issues.

(Obviously with the strict FDA regulations, simply knowing alternative therapies exist is not enough. You also can choose alternative treatments!)

Frank has been president of the Cancer Control Society since 2007, and he also has ties to Dr. Contreras.

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After conventional medicine – chemo and surgery – did nothing to help his mother’s cancer, Frank took her to Tijuana for care under Dr. Contreras.

(Frank also fell in love with Dr. Contreras’s secretary and married her!)

The decision to undergo treatment under the watchful eye of Dr. Contreras paid off. Frank’s mother lived for an extended time and the alternative treatments made her passing more comfortable.

And in the end, isn’t that what we all want – to be able to pass peacefully, comforted by the choices we made?

Instead, too often people die at the hands of toxic chemotherapy and radiation that strip away dignity.

Frank’s journey with his mother changed him. He was committed to doing more – just as Cecile Hoffman was.

In 1980, the Frank and his wife formed Life Support, a company that supplies innovative natural products to alternative doctors, clinics, and hospitals.

Four years later, Frank spurred the Cancer Control Society to begin hosting tours to Mexican medical facilities to showcase natural, alternative, and integrative therapies.

Certainly, the CCS could have traveled across the board, shot some video, taken a few pictures, and put together a VHS tape and sold it to the masses.

But Frank wanted more. He wanted to give cancer patients and their families a first-hand, real-world experience.

On these tours, people see the therapies in action and meet doctors to learn more about available treatment options.

The tours also provide an academic setting where nurses and dentists receive continuing education credit required by their licensing boards and learn how to integrate complementary therapies with conventional approaches.

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And there it is again – sharing information with others. Rooted in Cecile Hoffman’s heartfelt desire to give back to the community, the CCS wants to share what it knows with the nurses and doctors who can make a difference in everyday lives.

Frank also is the co-author of Amish Cancer Secret and America’s Best Cancer Doctors, which feature alternative medical facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Each day the Cancer Control Society sends information to patients and their families and friends. The packets offer hope with directions for a better way to approach cancer.

The Cancer Control Society also sends out books and DVDs providing both education and useful examples of complementary medicine.

The influence of the Cancer Control Society is growing. The CCS continues to promote the importance of non-toxic alternative therapies and nutrition.

You can see for yourself how the Cancer Control Society furthers natural, alternative, and integrative medicine in the fight against cancer.

The annual CCS convention is Sept. 2-4, 2017, in Glendale, Calif.

Well-known medical doctors, clinical researchers, nutritionists, and authors will address the prevention and control of cancer.

They will speak to non-toxic therapies, including laetrile, Gerson, Hoxsey, Poly-MVA, enzymes, and immunotherapy.

There also will be discussions on chelation, DMSO, oxygen, herbal, cellular, and electromagnetic therapies.

If you or a family member or anyone you love has cancer – take the time to learn everything about options to fight this disease.

The Cancer Control Society convention is the complete collection of medical minds that you could ask for.

Learn about the most successful natural, alternative, and integrative therapies known to medical professionals from around the world.

Make the decision to take back your health care. Do it today.

Chemo. Radiation. Surgery. Until you choose to do something different, the more things change, the more they stay the same …