This information was derived from Daniel Haley's book, "Politics In Healing." All quotes have a bracketed page number by them. Thank you. Gavin Phillips.


Dr Koch and Glyoxylide/Malonide

These days polio is a virtually unheard of disease in America. But there was a time when it was devastating and greatly feared. In August 1949, 19-year-old Mary Lou Barnes’ leg gave way. The next day the leg became paralyzed and their doctor, Harold Wilson, told them it was Polio. Wilson injected Mary with 2cc of Glyoxylide. The next day sensation returned to Mary’s leg and that evening she came down to dinner. The news of Mary’s startling recovery immediately made headline news across the country. This was the first time Wilson had used Glyoxylide and he asked city hospital authorities if he could try it on more Polio cases. Permission was denied. The AMA had blacklisted the drug. In December 1952 the local branch of the AMA expelled Wilson from membership thereby denying him hospital privileges. It didn’t matter that Dr. Wilson had done his job and saved Mary from at least severe physical problems, probably paralysis. What was important to the AMA was that he had done it using a drug unapproved by them.

Glyoxylide/Malonide was developed by Dr. William Koch (pronounced “Coke”). Koch (1885-1967) received his BA, MA and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) all from the University of Michigan. In 1914 he became professor of physiology at the Detroit College of Medicine where he earned his MD in 1918. Koch noticed that cancer and other diseases broke down the bodies oxidation system; if there was healthy oxidation in the body there was no disease. Koch decided to develop a nondestructive cancer therapy that would work with the body’s natural chemistry. He found that heart and brain tissue was particularly resistant to oxygen starvation. He identified carbonyl compounds as being responsible for producing energy and was vital to the body’s oxidation process. Now it was time to test his theory, and in 1917 he was given his chance. A woman in late stages of metastasis liver cancer in a Detroit hospital was only expected to live a week. Koch gave her a carbonyl rich extract of heart and brain tissue. When visiting the following week Koch found the hospital bed empty and assumed she had died. The following June however Koch was astounded to bump into the woman on the street who gave him a big hug. The woman said she’d asked after him but the hospital had lied and told her he went off to work for the U.S. Army.

After Koch wrote an article about this in the Detroit Medical Journal an AMA representative came to visit. He asked for all rights to the treatment as well as all the research and methodology of creating it. Not surprisingly, Koch refused. A couple of months later Koch was denounced as a quack in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA). Koch soon developed a method of creating oxygen rich carbonyls synthetically that was far cheaper and easier than the complex heart and brain tissue extract. They were called Glyoxylide and Malonide. A simple explanation of Koch’s treatment is that it kick starts the body’s oxidation system.

In 1919 Koch requested the Wayne County Medical Society to appoint a committee to test his treatment in five terminal cancer cases. The committee chose five “stretcher” cases, all at deaths door. Koch treated them and in three weeks they were all up and about, cheerful and gaining strength. The committee immediately ordered them all home and “forbade them any more care from Koch.” (p 55). The committee’s final report was no results. Koch wrote about one of the patients’ recoveries in his 1955 book, “Survival Factor.”

“Mrs. Edith Fritts had cancer of the uterus proven by laporotomy as extending throughout the abdomen and perforating the stomach so as to cause severe bleeding. She lived fifteen years in good health after the treatment and died from an accident. The coroner’s autopsy showed no cancer was present…” Koch had given Edith one shot of Glyoxylide. "(p55.)

In 1923 Koch appealed to the committee to change its false report made in 1919. They refused. Dr. Dewey M.D., a professor of homeopathy at the University of Michigan had observed the Cancer Committee’s official review and wrote to Koch on October 25, 1924.

“I have received what is termed the latest report on your treatment. This claims to be an account of the séance held on Nov. 5, 1923, at which I was present and took notes of each case. For a studied intent to falsify, a premeditated determination to condemn everything, and an unscientific, un-American assumption to be judge, jury, and prosecuting witnesses, the report of this so-called committee outstrips in bias, unfairness, and mendacity anything that has ever been my lot to observe in a medical practice of forty-two years.”( p56/57.)

The letter concludes “I hope that some day your treatment will have an investigation before a body of seekers after the truth. These you will not find in American official medicine, which is a trust to keep all progress not coming from it’s own out of the field.” Incredibly, during 30 some years of Koch’s therapy being used in the U.S. the Wayne County Medical Society’s “trial” is the only official test ever carried out despite repeated requests from Koch.

Dr. C. Everett Field of the Radium Institute of New York reviewed the Institute’s October 1923’s “Investigation of Thirty-Four Koch Cases”. Field wrote, “The exhibit without doubt formed the most remarkable experience of my medical career.” (p57) Field spent many years documenting and publishing the results of many of Koch’s cases. Field was also reprimanded by the AMA for supporting Koch and suffered as a result.

In 1935 Koch went to Belgium at the invitation of Dr. Maisin who was a world-renowned cancer expert. Six weeks later a group of powerful American doctors came to Belgium and tried to convince Maisin that Koch was a fraud. But Maisin was only interested in the truth and told them, “I am convinced it is scientifically sound and clinically efficient.” (p63) The motive for the American’s visit was that one of them had large investments in radium and did not want competition from Koch’s treatment.

Dr. Arnott was acquainted with Maisin and told the Ontario Cancer Commission (1939) what Maisin had told him. (p64)

Dr. Koch’s formula is a new method for treating disease. The Koch formula should not be called merely a cure for cancer. It is a very important step and is likely to change the whole picture of medicine and pathology because of the clinical results. 

In January 1943 Koch was in court fighting the first of two trials brought by the FDA for supposed labeling fraud . It is in large part because of these two trials that we know how effective and how much evidence there was to support Glyoxylide’s effectiveness. Koch organized a large amount of case histories with biopsies and patient testimonials.

The Koch lawyers presented hard evidence of cures of cancer of the bone, uterus, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, ….,breast…as well as cures of TB, polio, asthma, heart thrombosis, leprosy, hyperthropic arthritis…The government lawyers presented various experts who admitted they had no experience with the Koch therapies. Still, they testified, Glyoxylide and Malonide could not be effective “in their opinion.” (p71-72)

One particular case was Wesley Roebuck, who had surgery in 1926 for cancer of the stomach. The disease returned so he went to Koch and received a shot of Glyoxylide. The cancer cleared up and he testified at Koch’s trial over 14 years later and cancer free. In the first trial, two newspapers closely followed the proceedings, the “Detroit Times” and the “Detroit Free Press.” Headlines taken form court testimony read, (p72)

Three Cancer Cures Put in Record at the Koch Trial…Hospital Executive gives Case Histories as Defense Witness…Doctor Testifies Koch Formula Aided 16 Cases…Cancer Doctor Says Koch Cure Replaced X-Rays. 

Even though Koch provided vast amounts of evidence that his treatment worked it was a hung Jury. The country was at war. Americans found it difficult to believe the government would suppress an effective cancer treatment. Koch’s second trial in 1946 was declared a mistrial.

Dr. Albert Wahl of Mt. Vision, NY, is an interesting example of how people can change dogmatic opinions when they investigate, or are forced to face, the facts   for themselves. For years Wahl dismissed Koch’s treatment as worthless, basing his opinion on JAMA misinformation. His sister became ill with cancer and his father took her to Koch, over Wahl’s objections. “She promptly recovered in characteristic fashion” (p81) Wahl wrote in his 1947 book “Least Common Denominator,” in which he documented 150 cures he had observed using the Koch treatment. Wahl said of the Koch treatment, “The most startling element is the utter simplicity of the Koch treatments… After using them, I felt I’d never practiced medicine before.”(p81/82)

Fearing further government harassment and possible further trials that he could not afford to defend against, Koch left the U.S. in 1948 never to return. He died in 1967 and with him went Glyoxylide.

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