Friday, October 15, 2010

A "Wave" to Kill Cancer

I. Introduction:

There are many unpleasant things that happen in this world, whether it is hunger, disease, or genocide sparked by government corruption. These things happen and they aren’t predictable or 100% controllable. On the other hand, there is a topic that is one of the most controversial issues in the world today, is there a potentially harmless cure for cancer? For quite a while, the answer to that question has always been chemotherapy. Chemotherapy treatment started in 1965 but was discovered in the 1940’s by Alfred Gilman and Louis S. Goodman. This treatment involves the use of folic acids and nitrogen mustards and has proven to be a good combatant towards lymphoma (cancer) but includes offsetting side effects in which some do harm the body. For example, almost all diagnosed cancer patients will lose their hair, endure loss or damage of bone marrow, and in worse cases sterilization. The other downside to this is that the treatment isn’t even close to guaranteed success every time. So this left researchers and scientist for decades on a mission to find a way to defeat cancer without damaging the body. After much research, people have become less hopeful that there was a way until 2003, when a man no one expected made a breakthrough that could change the world forever. Only 50 miles away from Naples, once living on Sanibel Island, who made his profound discovery in his garage, his name is John Kanzius.

II. Discovery:

John S. Kanzius made a breakthrough that could change the world forever. In 2003, he invented a machine that targeted and controlled radio waves to be directed at a given target, having the intention of killing cancer cells and leaving healthy cells untouched.

in picture above: Mr. Kanzius and his ground breaking machine in his garage.

The procedure itself would only take less than 10 minutes according to Mr. Kanzius, and would not involve any difficult process and the patient would not feel any pain or discomfort. The procedure would start with the patient being injected with tiny metal nano-particles (nano-tubes). Then it would be distributed throughout the body through the blood stream, and by the use of targeting molecules, they would attach themselves to infected cancer cells. The only part that might hurt is the injection for the people that are afraid of a shot or IV, but other than that, it is simple. The next step is the patient would then be exposed to a radio wave energy field, which again the patient would feel nothing while the energy waves would slowly heat the nano-particles just enough to kill the cancerous cells that there attached to without harming any healthy cells around them.

They have tested the machine by injecting liver with carbon nano-particles. Then putting it through a radio wave energy field, they found that it only heated the exact spots of the liver where the particles were located.

John Kanzius, while experimenting with his machine, accidently discovered that the radio waves condensed water. He didn’t go far in-depth in research about this since he was focused on a cure for cancer, but the water condensing led him to yet another break through. He took a test tube of salt water and lit a paper towel inside the test tube. When he sent radio waves through the salt water, the salt water ignited and was capable of producing a continuous flame of up to 3,000 degrees as long as radio waves were going through it.

III. Biography:

John Kanzius was born and raised in Erie Pennsylvania. He never went to college and had no prior teachings in science and biology besides high school. For not having a college degree, he found Instead that he always had a knack for radio broadcasting and engineering. He would make radio transmitters all the time when he was a kid because it always fascinated him. So he went on to become a radio and TV engineer and also a radio station owner. His business was very successful financially and ran a steady income through his late 20’s and early 30’s. Since he was becoming so well off so quickly, he was able to sell his station and retired early and moved to Florida. Kanzius bought a fairly nice house in Sanibel with his wife, and lived many of their years in the good life.

Like every good story, one day turned Mr. Kanzius’s life from good to bad. He was headed for a regular physical, and his doctor suggest that he sees a specialist because he was showing starting symptoms of Leukemia. He was hit hard by this news but he didn’t tell his wife because he thought it was a mistake. Sadly, it wasn’t and he was diagnosed with Lukemia.

His first 2 weeks of chemotherapy made him realize how the treatment can cripple cancer patients from being happy and restrict patients from living regular lives again. This inspired him, a man who wasn’t a doctor or didn’t have a college degree, to search in hope of discovering an alternative cure for cancer.

One night, not long after his first treatments of chemo, his wife awoke to the sound of metal and hammers being hit together downstairs in the kitchen. She got out of bed and went into the kitchen to find the noise coming from her husband screwing and melding her pie pans together. This was the beginning of his great invention. He was able to build it within the time of his leukemia, and finished in 2003. His invention gained so much attention and was so impressive that he was awarded the key of the city from his hometown in Pennsylvania.

As for the Leukemia, it spread far within his body and John S. Kanzius passed away in 2009, leaving behind all his work in the hands of nationally known Dr. Steven Curly with whom he worked with since 2004. He is continuing the work and research of the treatment.

IV. Impact on the World:

The impact that this discovery has on the world has the potential of being one of the biggest ground breaking inventions of modern science and health worldwide. The invention itself is still on the chalkboard as far as finding a way to make self-locating molecules to direct the nano-particles of the injection capable of finding and attaching themselves to the cancer invested cells. That is the only unsolved roadblock to the treatment. Once that is figured out, we potentially could have a way to save millions of people from enduring the pain and stress of chemotherapy and to be saved from a disease that has caused so much suffering. To stop such a disease by just a simple procedure would change the world forever by doing something no one has done before. For when asked by a reporter what made a man like Kanzius think that he could cure cancer, Kanzuis replied with a laugh "What made me think I couldn't cure cancer? Nobody else was doing it!"

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