Did a Guy Find a Cure for Cancer Using Pie Tins and Hot Dogs?

By Lizzie Buchen | April 16, 2008 9:24 am

hot-dog.jpgJohn Kanzius, a former businessman and radio technician who never graduated from college, may have discovered a way to kill cancer cells throughout the body without surgery, drugs, or side effects.

Kanzius was diagnosed with terminal leukemia six years ago, and after 36 rounds of chemotherapy and meeting children enduring the same, he decided to find a better cure. One night, he had a flash of inspiration, aided by his lifetime of experience with radio equipment. High-powered radio waves are harmless to human flesh, but will heat up metal particles. So if you can somehow lodge bits of metal into cancer cells, you can cook them with radio waves without damaging healthy tissue.

So he started playing around with his wife’s pie tins to try to reflect and concentrate radio waves, and ended up creating a prototype device that could send radio waves between two boxes. He then shelled out another $200,000 to create a more advanced, high-powered version, which he tested out with a copper sulfate-injected hot dog. If you’re hungry for details about how it works (or for a radio-cooked hot dog), read the patent; basically, the metal got hot, the rest of the doggie stayed cold.

But you can’t really go around cancer wards injecting copper sulfate into people’s tumors—and breasts and prostates aren’t hot dogs—so after months of MacGyver moments, Kanzius finally went for a more high-tech tool: nanoparticles. Nanoparticles can be made out of metal, and thousands can fit inside a single cell. Kanzius took this idea to M.D. Anderson liver cancer surgeon Dr. Steven Curley.

Conveniently, one of Dr. Curley’s patients was Rick Smalley, the Nobel laureate who discovered carbon nanoparticles. Curley asked if he could experiment with some of his metal nanoparticles, and Kanzius ended up using his machine to “blow the smithereens out of [them].”

Curley has now used “the Kanzius machine” to cook cancer out of rabbits, and Dr. David Geller at the University of Pittsburgh has used it to destroy liver cancer cells in rats—which he even demonstrated on 60 Minutes.

The big problem is targeting only the cancer cells. Curley mentions that his goal is to find a way for the nanoparticles to bind only the cancer cells, but this is a serious challenge. People have already been trying to target chemo drugs for many years with limited success.

But if the device doesn’t turn out to be the cancer killer he hoped for, Kanzius can figure out how to use his machine for other purposes—last year, for example, he used it to burn salt water.

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  • http://NA Joe Smith

    Thanks for keeping a little journalistic integrity by adding this -

    “The big problem is targeting only the cancer cells. Curley mentions that his goal is to find a way for the nanoparticles to bind only the cancer cells, but this is a serious challenge. People have already been trying to target chemo drugs for many years with limited success.”

    The 60 mins piece was irresponsible journalism and dangerous to boot. God bless Mr. Kanzius for being a proactive cancer patient, but if he was not, this story would be getting zero play. This has yet to prove anything new, and the challenges it presents are still the same as any proposed targeted treatment faces – how to only target cancer cells and avoid any side affects. Sure, sign me up to be infused with nano particles.

    This is a great story from the angle of Mr. Kanzius’ cancer. And my beef is not with him or the team trying to develop something here. My beef is with the media t large for labeling this a cure… Arsenic kills 100% of cancers cells in a petri dish also. It is time the media and journalist start being a little critical of the medical and scientific claims.

  • asdf

    wow………
    this would be AMAZING if it would come true some day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lawrence B. Ebert

    Of –which he tested out with a copper sulfate-injected hot dog. If you’re hungry for details about how it works (or for a radio-cooked hot dog), read the patent; basically, the metal got hot, the rest of the doggie stayed cold.– one notes copper sulfate is NOT a metal, and the hot dog got “hot” because of the metallic thermocouple in it. When “60 Minutes” explicitly makes bogus statements on national television, one might hope
    Discover would notice.

    See more at ipbiz.blogspot.

  • rjs08

    So I understand that you can’t break the laws of thermodynamics to get a wash on energy produced versus energy expended. But perhaps someone with a better grasp on engineering can quell my curiosity. Who cares if you have to expend more energy to burn the fuel if it is renewable energy you are expending. For example: I noted that John Kanzius’ rf machine needed about 200 watts to generate the radio frequency that would cause the saltwater to separate the H and O2 molecules and to ignite the H. So if you were to apply this to a vehicle for instance. A wind turbine can generate 200 watts at 8 meters per second or perhaps less. Why couldn’t you rig up a scoop and turbine in a vehicle designed to generate the same and augment it with solar cells on the roof and perhaps Lithium ion or other batteries to store excess energy? With this combination or other more innovative ideas, it wouldn’t matter if you were using more energy to create the H burn would you? You would have a constant fuel supply as long as you were generating 200 watts of power capable of running the RF machine. Please respond.

  • cheyenne

    so did he make a cure for cancer with hot dogs?

  • Lawrence B. Ebert

    Of –Who cares if you have to expend more energy to burn the fuel if it is renewable energy you are expending. –, why expend the energy to separate H2 and O2? The process of separation is NOT 100% efficient, so you might as well use the energy from the wind turbine directly! The response to your query is that you are adding an extra, inefficient, step for no reason. Returning to the “hot dog” matter, one notes that the other “inventors” on the U.S. case are all medical doctors, presumably hoping to profit from the patent, if it issues. The one “metal” tested was (well-known) colloidal gold, passed off as gold nanoparticles for public relations purposes. As to the rf matter, ablation techniques were already well-known. There remains no excuse for the trickery with the non-metallic copper sulfate. Merely a hoax for the rubes. “Discover” ought to know better.

  • kaht m.

    The skeptics for the “salt water fuel” phenomenon need to be able to answer these questions before they pronounce the device as defying their precious laws of thermodynamics and therefore can’t possibly exist. The fact is there have always been catalysts in nature and we don’t always understand how they work. Scientific laws are not completely unbreakable and when they are “bent” it is usually not because the law is flawed but the method of observation is flawed. It is clear that microwaves can alter the molecular dynamics of water. Why could that not serve to catalyze this reaction?

    1. 200 watts might be what he is pumping out through the tiny test tube. Is it absorbing 100% of the 200 watts to make the flaming water phenomenon? I doubt it. Maybe the researchers working on this (Rustum Roy at Penn) are making those measurements. Maybe it’s possible for 200 watts to get a gallon of salt water to catch on fire with a flame many times bigger.

    2. skeptics assume that the flame is made from pure hydrogen. Hydrogen flame is nearly colorless (faint blue flame) and we are seeing what appears to be a yellow flame, which is the color that sodium burns. But according to Roy’s research, the method can be effective for desalination because salt residue is left behind when the liquid is consumed. Perhaps some sodium is burning as well as hydrogen. But it may not be “pure hydrogen” that is burning.

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