The Amazing Story of The Woman Who Put Cancer in Permanent Remission

Posted on March 20, 2016

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My Book Review of: “The Woman Who Cured Cancer”


Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler’s life odyssey is a remarkable journey from a rural Pennsylvania hamlett–where she was born in 1906 in the home of her father Dr. Herman Weurtheke, a respected country doctor–to a very enviable and successful medical career. A career which ultimately concentrated on cancer research and culminated in a final cancer cure rate of 90% in her San Diego cancer clinic. She preferred to call her success rate a permanent remission instead of a cure. [egg id=”6″]

As a small girl and during her teen years, Virginia accompanied her father on his hospital rounds and house calls and became very knowledgeable and empathetic because of the wise, loving, and caring nature of her mentor. It isn’t difficult for me as a physician myself to picture those pre-World War I days a doctor visiting a patient’s home with his daughter and explaining to her the fundamental and practical principles of medicine and medical care in the presence of a possibly mystified and dismayed patient–I have in fact done that very thing with one or more of my children or grandchildren in tow on many of my house calls to patients’ homes through the years. [egg id=”7″]

On a typical evening, young Virginia would persistently badger her father to read to her from his medical books and explain to her in repetitive detail the fascinating pictures and illustrations. As a result of her extraordinary memory and continual exposure to many aspects of the complexity of medical care, she developed a profound affinity as well as a perfect vocational and professional fit for medicine and its many seemingly unknowable mysteries. By the time she went to college, her father was astounded by her knowledge and often asked her for a diagnosis after discussing a particular case history with her. She would almost always be correct.

[egg id=”9″]  In the early part of the 20th Century, the idea of a woman becoming a physician was unheard of; and, so, at Vassar she majored in Economics and Literature. Her tormented yearning for a medical career along with her father’s influence eventuated her final acceptance into New York University’s Bellevue School of Medicine. She graduated with distinguished honors as one of ts first female graduates in 1936. Then, Upon graduating from medical school, she had a discussion with Dr. Goldberg–New York City’s commissioner of hospitals who complained that a woman had never been appointed as a resident or a chief intern at a New York hospital. Within a few days she was requested to become New York City’s first [egg id=”10″] woman resident physician.

Among other duties, she was in charge of the prison ward for venereally infected prostitutes! Her preconceived notions of the prostitutes underwent rapid reevaluation and she developed a great compassion for these women, who were often diseased and discarded by Society. Her subsequent graduate training and specialty medical education covered a broad-spectrum of subspecialty fields, but her primary interest and focus was finding the cause or causes for cancer and developing curable interventions. This propelled her into the field of microbiology because she was led to believe that the cause, or one of the causes, for cancer was a microorganism or a filterable virus.

The next few years were to be the most significant period of her work in cancer research. While working in a hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Virginia collected the entire spectrum of cancerous tissues directly from operating rooms in and around the Newark area and she was able to demonstrate microbes inside of all cancer cells. In 1949, she was named the head of the new Rutgers Presbyterian hospital laboratory for the Study of Proliferative Diseases, Bureau of Biological Research, Rutgers University. She was subsequently named associate professor of The Bureau of Biological Research and proceeded to develop her research team. After studying the cultures from many tumors, she confirmed that a specific organism was present in all the tumors she examined. These strains were sent to many laboratories for identification, but none could easily or readily classify them because at that time they were totally unknown. They had many forms, but they always evolved into the same microbe.

This bacterium was an acid-fast bacteria that stained in the same way as did the tubercle bacillus through the dark field microscope. The microbes resembled the mycobacteria more than anything else. (The tubercle bacillus is a Mycobacterium or fungoid bacillus.) They were very highly pleomorphic in their growth pattern. Dr. Virginia called her microbe: Progenitor cryptocides. For more than 100 years Dr. Rudolf Virchow, known as the father of modern pathology thought that cancer cells themselves were parasites within the body. But Dr. Virginia conjectured that the microorganisms within the cancer transformed a normal cell into a sick cell that cannot mature by normal cell growth processes. The microbe, for possibly a number of reasons, and all involving the immune system, was propagating the cancer.

It was at this time all of her advisors at Rutgers felt that she had a pure and uncontaminated culture, her team was ready to test them against Koch’s law, or postulates.

Koch’s law is the accepted foolproof method of proving the cause of the disease. Koch’s postulates are:

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1. The microorganisms must be present in every case of the disease.
2. It must be possible to cultivate the microorganisms outside the host (i.e., animal) in some artificial medium.

3. The inoculation of this culture must produce the disease in a susceptible animal.

4. The microorganisms must then be re-obtained from these inoculated animals and cultured again.

With this finding she proved, at least to her satisfaction, and by Koch”s law, the infectious nature of all cancers. Sinceshe knew her filterable organism was absolutely a bacterium and not a virus (the most universal opinion at the time was that cancer was caused by a virus) she knew that she was presuming a totally different cancer etiology and was at cross purposes with the medical establishment.

Dr. Virginia finally had to relinquish any thoughts of being acknowledged by the mainstream scientific community. She published many articles and scientific papers in respected journals including the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, The American Review of Respiratory Diseases, The Annals of the New York Academy Of Sciences, the International Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, among others. One of her papers was even presented at the historic meeting of the New York Academy of sciences when, by invitation, she and her team classified her microorganism in the proper bacteriological fashion. All of these were met with enthusiastic applause but no official commendation recommendation or acceptance by the medical establishment.

The reason that Dr. Virginia left her position at Rutgers Presbyterian Hospital was as a result of a series of indifferent and even hostile actions by her medical counterparts who had become unsympathetic competing factions in the medical community. The medical establishment denounced and ignored her findings which threatened their established highly lucrative treatment modalities. Dr. Rhodes, the chairman of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute chemotherapy program was committed to chemotherapy, since he was in charge of United States chemical warfare division during most of World War II. [egg id=”14″]

To Dr. Virginia, “unleashing the horrors of chemical warfare and the atomic bomb” in the form of chemotherapy and radiation against helpless victims of microbic disease was illogical. In addition, Dr. Cornelius P. Rhodes and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, along with Dr. Virginia as Chairman of the research center at the Presbyterian Hospital in New Jersey had been designated as the recipients of a $1.5 million endowment in 1951. Dr. Rhodes who, was her most outspoken critic, unethically prevented the progression of her treatment plans in regard to this endowment.

At the time, the endowment was to be distributed by Mr. Harden, a terminal cancer patient in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Mr. Harden was persuaded by Dr. Cornelius P. Rhodes to sign a codicil to the endowment preventing Dr. Virginia and Presbyterian Hospital from receiving the funds. Dr. Virginia was not allowed to use the funds as she and the Presbyterian Hospital had invisioned. The Memorial Hospital and Dr. Virginia, as well as the Black Sisters–the family of the endowment’s origin–were betrayed because officials of the two hospitals had given written agreements pledging faith to the vision of the Black sisters for helping cancer victims. Dr. Virginia and the Presbyterian Hospital did not know how the faith was betrayed for more than a year.

At the time of her Rutgers discoveries, many of the large research centers, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer center in New York City–which was dedicated largely to finding a chemical or group of chemicals that would destroy the cancer cell–were completely oblivious to her accepted growing stature in Europe. Her opinion at that time was that Dr. Rhodes would allow no competition or interference from anyone who disagreed with his concepts regarding the treatment of cancer. He considered her and her collaborators as a fringe group without merit. He was often heard to say, “when the cause and cure of cancer is found, I will find it.” Dr. Virginia thought he must have died a disappointed man.

In the early years of 1950 to 1953, she was conducting animal immunization experiments. She was taking the microbes that were specific to many different types of cancers taken from multiple human cancers subjects and injecting them into test animals. From these microbes the animals developed the same cancers that were specific to the cancers in the people from which the microbes were extracted. She then developed vaccines from the animals blood and vaccinated the same animals and, in virtually every animal, the cancer tumor resolved.

In 1953, she was exhibiting at numerous medical and scientific meetings in the United States and preparing for a presentation at the sixth international Congress of microbiology in Rome, Italy. After exhibiting at the American Medical Association conference in June of 1953, she left for Europe where she presented her work in London, Germany, and finally in Rome. The total presentation of Dr. Virginia’s team was nothing less than sensational. The commentation and publication in the Scientific and general press was worldwide. Unfortunately for humanity her work was then and now discounted by American press and scientists. The reasons are related to jealousy and greed. Her work was maligned and disregarded in the United States.

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer Center was heavily endowed with millions of dollars from private industrial giants and Dr. Virginia felt that Rhodes wielded his authority like a heavy club. She claimed that he himself was less a scientist than a promotor and a politician determined to perpetuate the powerful cancer interest vested in him and his institution. On multiple occasions he prevented a number of influential prominent medical groups from interviewing her. He also threatened to withhold further news releases from the press if they reported on her findings. Thus, because of politics, attention to her research findings was disallowed and her subsequent cancer treatment obscured. The profound political influence of Dr. Rhodes eventuated the closing of [egg id=”11″]  Dr. Virginia’s Newark laboratory.

Dr. Virginia left New Jersey and her laboratory, where she had toiled so tirelessly with such lofty dreams and unbounded ambitions, now dismantled and never to be opened again. She heartened herself with the thought that she was going to join her family in California where her parents and sister lived. She moved to San Diego where she began work at the San Diego Health Association clinic as a medical internist and clinician. It was at that time that her then husband, Dr. Joseph Caspe, died of diabetes and heart disease. She was almost 50 years old, and 3000 miles from her pioneering work in Newark, New Jersey and beginning a completely New life.

It was here at this multispecialty clinic that she met A.M. Livingston, M.D.–eye, ear, nose, throat, and allergy specialist; and, a few years later, in 1957, they were married. From all accounts this was the great love of her life, as she frequently spoke of him adoringly even in the presence of her subsequent husband, Dr. Owen Wheeler.

There is a very fascinating narrative regarding how she obtained the Wheeler part of her name. A practicing physician named Dr. Owen Wheeler–who practiced at the time of this account for more than three decades in San Diego, California and was the primary founder of the Drs. Hospital in that city–was found to have an inoperable cancer. All of his medical Associates, and, specifically, the oncologist who he usually referred his patients to advised him that his only options were radiation and chemotherapy. He discovered that most, if not all, of the patients that he had referred to this oncologist for chemotherapy had died of their disease.

Dr. Owen decided that he did not want to be treated with radiation or chemotherapy. It occurred to him that it was very odd that for years he had been referring patients for radiation and chemotherapy procedures and now was reluctant to have this treatment intervention himself. Why had he been recommending treatments like this that seldom had been effective? He thought to himself, why do oncologists keep administering this treatment over and over when it rarely works? He said he then began to feel guilty because he, as a physician, had for many decades recommended that his patients subject themselves to essentially useless “cures”. [egg id=”12″] [egg id=”4″]

Dr. Owen Wheeler decided to investigate what was being done in alternative cancer therapy. One of his friends suggested he contact The Livingston clinic in his own back yard where they were treating cancer patients. He made an appointment with Dr. Virginia who described her treatment to him and found the Progenitor cryptocides microbe in his blood sample. After looking at the whole treatment process with an open mind he consented to undergo the treatment program.

Dr. Virginia explained in detail how the first vaccine–the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) that was developed for tuberculosis and that she claimed was a first cousin to her own Progenitor cryptocides bacillus–was also effective against cancer when used with other modalities. She explicitly defined how and why her treatment was a “do-it-yourself” cancer treatment that his own body would eliminate the microbe-cancer process–but only if his immune system could be strengthened. She also explained that she would make an autogenous vaccine from the actual microbe cultured from his own body fluids. Within 5 months of the start of this program, his cancerous tumor was completely gone. He lived for more than 20 years and his health remained excellent with no cancer recurrence during his lifetime and his demise was from an unrelated cause.

Although she was, at this time in her career, no longer actively engaged in cancer research except in the clinical regard to cancer detection, her many publications and papers from the Rome Congress where she attended some years earlier had engendered significant interest among several distinguished European scientists who believed in the infectious nature of cancer. They as well had isolated the pleomorphic microorganism that she called Progenitor cryptocides in all cancer tissues they studied. Although they were calling it by a number of different names, they identified it as the same form of causative agent that her research distinguished.

After more than 40 years of studying cancer microbes in cancer tissue and developing a vaccine which has virtually saved thousands of lives from the tormenting ravages of cancer Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler’s treatment protocol associated with the immunotherapy vaccine has finally vindicated her life work and ultimately recognized her as one of the greatest medical geniuses Of the 20th Century. Her treatment protocol and vaccine therapy is now being profoundly and effectively utilized in all parts of the world.

This synopsis and summary of her work serves to identify Dr. Virginia’s historical cancer treatment success and to point out currently acceptable and available treatment sources that use her methods of vaccine immunotherapy. This, in tandem with her total immune boosting dietary intervention associated with physical and emotional health measures, is in many alternative health care centers preferred over many effective cancer treatment protocols. Again, this is just ONE of the MANY pathways available for the prevention and cure of humanity’s most dreaded disease!


A number of her books are available from multiple sources. In 1977 Dr. Virginia published THE MICROBIOLOGY OF CANCER COMPENDIUM, a collection of many of her papers, independently published and copyrighted by the Livingston-Wheeler medical clinic. (Used copies are available online.) THE WOMAN WHO CURED CANCER is available from Basic Health Publications Inc.

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