Nobel committee breaks rules by awarding prize to dead medical scientist who died after using conventional cancer treatments
Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Steinman had conducted extensive research into how the human immune system works, and is credited with discovering a type of immune cell known as the dendritic cell, which plays a crucial role in developing adaptive immunity, and protecting the body against infection and disease. Steinman then used this discovery to develop his own experimental type of immunotherapy for treating cancer, which was later adapted into other methods.
However, years after making these discoveries, Steinman ended up developing pancreatic cancer himself, upon which he decided to employ a hybridized treatment of conventional surgery and radiation, as well as the immunotherapy methods he had developed. This approach ultimately failed, though, resulting in his passing away on September 30, 2011, at the age of 68.
The Nobel committee was apparently still impressed with Steinman's work despite his eventual death, and decided to grant him, as well as two others, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. And even after later discovering that he had died before the award was announced, the committee went against its own rules and stuck with its decision out of good faith.
Steinman's immunotherapy techniques were based on the idea that stimulating a person's own immune system will help it to fight off cancer. But the method of stimulation involves either consuming therapeutic antibodies in the form of drugs, or getting vaccinated with "cancer vaccines" that allegedly spur immune capacity -- both of these methods, of course, are hardly any more effective than conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatments at curing cancer.
A 2000 study published in the journal Anticancer Research, for example, explains that immunotherapy cancer vaccines are "of little use" because they simply do not work as intended on real, live people. In fact, they ultimately fail to even stimulate the correct immune response in the first place (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...).
Steinman may have had better success in treating his cancer if he had ditched the radiation, surgery, and vaccine approach, and instead employed nutritional methods of treating cancer such as juice fasting, aggressive detoxification, and supplementation with anticancer nutrients like spirulina, vitamin D, and selenium.
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Oct. 10, 2011