Please read my recent interview with Sue Best (Bilsuebest@aol.com), whose son Billy is 7 years cancer free from Hodgkin's Disease using so-called alternative cancer treatments, 714X, Essiac Tea and a strict diet.
Alternatively you can read it at my nonprofit web site complete with photographs of Billy, Sue and family.
This e-mail interview between Gavin Phillips and Sue Best was conducted between March 6 and April 19, 2002.
The multimillion-dollar campaign against quackery was never meant to root out incompetent doctors; it was, and is, designed specifically to destroy alternative medicine..."
-Dr. Robert C. Atkins
"The Healing of Cancer" by Barry Lynes p. 158
Exposing the Cancer Indu$try
Hello Sue. Thank you very much for taking the time to tell others about your experiences with
cancer and certain cancer treatments.
Q. For the record, what is your name and where do you live?
Susan Best - Rockland, MA
Q Your experiences with cancer first began when your son, Billy, contracted Hodgkin's Disease
in June 1994, is that correct?
Q. What type of cancer is Hodgkin's Disease exactly?
Cancer of the Lymph Nodes
Q. A parents worse nightmare is their child contracting a life-threatening disease. Please tell us
the effect it had on your family.
We were devastated - couldn't believe our very healthy son could have cancer. Also, my
husband's 49 year old sister died of Breast Cancer the day of Billy's biopsy so our entire family
was totally overwhelmed.
Q. Did you know anything about cancer or so-called alternative cancer treatments before your
son was diagnosed?
No - nothing at all.
Q. What did your doctor say? Did he refer you straight to an oncologist?
After several tests, our family doctor said he felt that Billy had Hodgkin's Disease or another type
of Lymphoma and referred us to an oncologist. The oncologist performed further testing and
came up with Hodgkin's Disease as the diagnosis.
Q. What was your oncologist's prognosis for Billy? What treatment options did he recommend?
Initially he thought they could do radiation only but in that case Billy's spleen would need to be
removed which we were not at all in favor of. Then he decided that Billy was at stage IIA and
would need chemotherapy and radiation. He was considered to be highly curable using their
Q.What chemotherapy drugs did your oncologist prescribe? Billy began taking chemotherapy in
July, is this correct?
I believe he started chemo in August. ABVD is the protocol for Hodgkin's. Adriamicin, Vincristine
and I can't think of the other two. I am looking for some of my records which should have that info.
Q.What was Billy's reaction to chemotherapy? What were the side-effects?
Billy did fairly well compared to other patients. He lost his hair pretty quickly. With each treatment
his reactions increased. Nauseous - although never actually got sick. Loss of appetite, loss of
weight, metal taste in his mouth, very tired at times.
Q. I understand that Billy ran away from home because the side-effects of chemotherapy were
making him very sick. Is this true? If so, how long after taking chemotherapy did he run away?
Billy ran away because he had seen his Aunt Judy die of Breast Cancer and he felt the same
would happen to him. He knew right away that he didn't want to do chemo but we said it was the
only thing available so he must do it to save his life. He didn't tell us how strongly he felt about
this. He did chemo five times and each time the side effects got worse. He ran away on October
Q. You went on TV to try and find Billy, correct? Where did he go and what happened to his
treatment during this time?
Yes we contacted the media to try and find Billy. He took a bus to Houston Texas and was not on
any treatments at all.
Q. So Billy refused further chemotherapy treatments and wanted to try so-called alternative
I actually told Billy on a telephone call from Texas that he would not need to go back to chemo -
he wasn't the one insisting on that. At this point my husband and I were receiving all kinds of
information in the mail and by phone about alternative therapies. Billy didn't know about that yet.
But he knew that I would stick to my word.
Q. The media was interested in the story at this point. What was the reaction of the general public
to your decision to stop orthodox treatment?
There were some news articles about the rights of teenagers, etc. A lot of people probably
thought we were crazy!
Q. Who found out about 714X, you or Billy?
After Billy returned home, a man called one night and spoke to Billy on the phone about 714X. It
was very rare at this time for Billy to answer the phone because he was avoiding the media. This
also happened after we prayed for God to lead us through this maze - to the right treatment for
Billy. The next day a packet of info arrived about 714X from a different person. We felt God had
pointed us in the direction of 714X.
Q.What were your thoughts about this unapproved treatment?
We were somewhat nervous but also excited because the idea behind the treatment made
sense. Boost the immune system so the body can do what God intended it to do - fight off
Q.What did your oncologist say about it?
After reading information that we gave him, he had nothing good to say at all. In fact he said Billy
would be dead within two years if he didn't do the treatment the Dr. was recommending.
Q. What is 714X and what did you find out about it's inventor, Gaston Naessens? Have you ever
met or talked with Naessens?
714X is composed of camphor, nitrogen and mineral salts. Billy and my husband Bill met Mr.
and Mrs. Naessens in January 1995 just before Billy would start 714X and were very impressed
with them. I have met them several times in the last couple of years and he truly is a genius!
Q.Why do you think he is a genius?
Because of his inventions, the somatoscope and 714X. After inventing the somatoscope he
could look very closely at people's blood because it is magnified and began to study sick
people's blood. He then came up with the remedy for immune system illness - 714X!
Q. When did Billy begin taking 714X?
Q How is 714X administered?
Injection. The injection is done in the groin area and it's not difficult to do nor is it painful. First
you find the pulse in the femoral artery. Then measure 2 inches diagonally toward the naval. That
is the area of injection. You stay in that spot about the size of a quarter. Each day you move to a
different spot. Before injecting you ice the area down so it is numb and also the syringes are tiny,
like diabetics use.
Q. Was Billy on a special diet? If so, what was it?
Chicken, Fish and Turkey - only meat for 6 months. No dairy, no Sugar. Ate non processed,
home cooked, low fat food. Lots of organic fruits and vegetables. 8-10 glasses distilled water
Q. Sue, is it true that the hospital where Billy was having his chemotherapy treatment brought
court action to try and stop him from taking the treatment of his choice and force him to take
chemotherapy? Did this surprise you?
The hospital filed a document with the state of Mass called a 51A which basically said that we
were unfit parents and the state should oversee Billy's care. The state opted NOT to do this
thank heavens! If they had gone that way they could have forced chemo on Billy and this has
been done in the United States to other children.
Q. How long after using 714X did you see an improvement in Billy's condition? When did the
cancer go into remission?
Within about 2 weeks Billy started feeling more energy and just better. He was tested after 3
cycles of 714X (2 1/2 months) and the cancer was gone! That was March 1995 and it has been
gone since then.
Q.What was your reaction to such a dramatic recovery?
It is what we thought would happen but we were ecstatic anyway! We were very grateful to God
for leading us to this regimen and to Mr. Naessens for his invention and his help.
Q. What other therapies, orthodox or so-called alternative was Billy taking?
Essiac Tea - the original formula from Resperin Corp. Vitamin Supplements Nutritional Changes
Q. How do they help fight cancer?
Essiac boosts the immune system, cleanses the blood, and flushes toxins from the body.
Vitamins and nutritional changes were nourishing his body.
Q.Some people may say that you are only promoting Essiac Tea in order to make money. What
do you say to that?
We sell Essiac tea and Shaklee vitamins. We could certainly never live on what we make doing
this but it does help to pay the phone bills for all the calls I return to people who have called to
ask me questions. The reason we started selling Essiac was because of all the confusion about
counterfeit Essiac. We hoped to be able to share what we had learned and help people avoid
counterfeit brands of Essiac. We also feel very strongly that God lead us to the right treatments
for Billy's healing and we want to share that information with anyone who is interested. By
distributing Essiac and Shaklee I have been able to stay at home and do that. I might add that
there are many people that I call back and talk with for 30 minutes to an hour who never buy
anything from me and that is fine. The main thing is being able to be here to give them the
Q. What was your oncologists reaction to Billy's excellent health and cancer remission using
these natural treatments?
Didn't really admit it was the Alternative Therapies that healed Billy. In March 1995 they said
that's nice but it may not last.
Q. When someone goes into remission after using conventional treatments, oncologists usually
attribute the recovery to a delayed result of their treatments. What do you say to that Sue?
I think that oncologists almost never admit that something besides their therapies have worked.
They don't look left nor right just at the three things that they have been taught; chemotherapy,
radiation and surgery. Even when those things don't work, most of them won't look at other
therapies. In Billy's case, he stopped chemo in October 1994. At that point the cancer was gone
or almost gone according to CT Scan and Gallium Scan at Dana Farber. When tested again in
December 1994 after two months of no treatments the cancer was coming back and the Drs.
were very upset. Billy never resumed Chemotherapy but started on 714X, Essiac Tea,
Nutritional Changes and Vitamin Supplements in January 1995, and when tested again at Dana
Farber in March 1995, the cancer was gone and has been ever since. Chemotherapy had
absolutely NOTHING to do with Billy's healing. It was with 714X, Essiac Tea, Nutritional Changes
and Vitamin Supplements and God's Grace!
Q. Did the media express any interest in Billy's recovery using so-called alternatives?
Yes various shows have done stories on him (Dateline, Good Morning America, Inside Edition,
48 Hours and local news) although the interest was never as big as it was when he was a
runaway. And they usually put their own "spin" on the alternatives -- particularly 714X. Except Fox
25 who have been our kind of people - right on our wavelength and looking for the truth!
Q. Has your oncologist ever expressed any interest in investigating further 714X and Essiac
None at all. In fact, he and the hospital have never contacted us since the scans in March 1995.
Billy has contacted the Dr. and hospital a couple of times to let them know that he is alive and
Q. Still no interest Sue?
Q. Orthodox cancer researchers and oncologists say that unapproved treatments such as 714X
are impossible to evaluate because they have never been subjected to any clinical trials. They
say that people like Naessens are selling worthless remedies to desperate cancer patients who
are fooled by these "quacks". What do you say to this?
Absolutely disagree. We have known other people besides Billy who have had great results with
714X - even people who were terminally ill.
Q. So Billy has been in remission 7 years this March?
We don't use the word remission - it suggests that the cancer is coming back. He has been
healed or cancer free for 7 years.
Q.Does he go for regular check-ups?
No scans - blood tests.
Q. Does he still take 714X? Is he still on a special diet?
He does at least 2 cycles per year of 714X, takes 2 - 4 oz daily of Essiac and lots of Shaklee
Vitamins. He watches his diet somewhat but not like when he had cancer.
Q. In the past 7+ years since Billy's diagnosis with Hodgkin's, how many other people do you
know personally Sue who are in remission using 714X and or Essiac Tea? What regimen do
I don't have an exact number because some never call me back to let me know how they are
doing. There are several in this area of Mass who are doing great. Those who have been
successful used a regimen similar to Billy.
Q. Have you found out about other unapproved treatments that are effective against cancer? If
so, what are they and what is your knowledge of them?
There are probably hundreds of treatments out there. I have heard that many are successful
treatments but we can only speak of the ones that were successful for Billy.
Q. Sue, as you know, over ten thousand Americans die ever week from cancer and untold tens
of thousands more worldwide. In your opinion Sue, why is this therapy and others not being used
by every oncologist in America, or the world, for that matter?
The FDA and the pharmaceutical company seem to be very happy with the way things are. They
just keep coming up with more and more drugs - lots of money to be made in the medical field.
Q. What do you think about the fact that the primary orthodox cancer treatments have not
changed for over 50 years?
I think it's horrible - people are dying every day, many of them needlessly. Again, money is at the
bottom of all of this.
Q. Sue, how much influence, if any, do you think drug companies have on the Federal Drug
Administration (FDA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) in suppressing competition from
natural or inexpensive treatments?
An enormous amount of influence.
Q. What are your thoughts about the medical profession in America today and about orthodox
cancer treatments/research in general?
The medical profession is simply Drs. dispensing medicine. Not many Drs. seem to look for
causes of illness or disease - they just give you some pills to take. Cancer researchers aren't
even looking into treatments that boost the immune system - I think that is the key to beating
Q.Over the last few decades the NCI and ACS have poured tens of billions into research yet
cancer deaths have doubled in 40 years. Through your own research Sue, your family found an
effective treatment that has worked for 7 years with no side-effects and you didn't have a
multi-billion dollar budget. What's going on?
The Orthodox Medicine people are only focusing on drugs to cure cancer. These drugs cost lots
of money, therefore lots of money can be made. One day of chemo for Billy was 00 while 6
months of 714X was about the same price. 714X is not for sale to Orthodox Medicine therefore
they can't make any money on it.If you look into Alternative Therapies you will find that these
treatments and their inventors are maligned and made to look like quacks. Such as 714X,
Laetrile, Gerson Therapy, Burzynski, etc. These are all viable treatments but Big Business
Medicine likes things the way they are. This may be shocking to most people, I know it was to
me, but money is the root of the problem here. This is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Did you also know that the ACS charter says that the day that a cure is found, they will close their
doors? I don't believe that they are too interested in that happening and losing their jobs and all
the perks that they receive.
Q. Most people do whatever their doctors tell them. Sue, do you have anything to say to people
who have cancer or know somebody that does?
I would suggest getting an accurate diagnosis from your Dr. and then getting on a program
similar to the one Billy was on including 714X, Essiac Tea, Vitamin Supplements and Nutritional
Changes. And I would do that right away! Or look into other Alternative Therapies if you aren't
comfortable with the therapies that we chose. There are many excellent treatments available to
cancer patients. I would also recommend looking up information on chemotherapy and radiation
to see how effective they actually are. Most people would be surprised to learn that they would
live just as long using NO treatment as they will using chemo and radiation. And with no
treatment the quality of life would be much better. Finally I would suggest praying to the Lord
through all of this and asking for His wisdom and guidance.
Thank you again Sue for taking the time to participate in this interview.
So there you have it, the experiences of somebody who has been through the grief,despair and
turmoil of a loved one with cancer. Many other people have been put into remission using this
treatment *. One of the most important points in this interview to remember is the fact that, with
no knowledge whatsoever about unapproved treatments, Sue's family finds an effective,
non-toxic treatment that has no side-effects. Think about that for a minute. The NCI's yearly
multi-billion dollar budget and they just started testing 714X in the last year or so. How did an
agency, that is supposedly desperately searching for an effective cancer treatment, overlook a
treatment that has been around for over 25 years?
Why did the NCI defraud the public when it supposedly "tested" laetrile in 1973? Their fraud was
exposed in 1988 by a fellow of the Royal Statistical
Society in London who studied the NCI trial. He stated:
"The NCI conclusions were a total distortion of science. The underdosed and the
overdosed mice were combined with those mice receiving the optimum dosage. The
trial was absolutely, absurdly dishonest...NCI is an absolutely corrupt, inept,
incompetent organization distorting the truth in order to support their own image and
own budget." 
In In the mid 1960s Dr. Lawrence Burton produced a very promising treatment called
Immuno-Augmentative Therapy. He moved the treatment to the Bahamas in 1977. Burton
claimed the NCI tried to steal his formula and then take credit for it. In 1985 the newspapers
carried the story that Burton's treatment had become infected with the AIDS virus. The clinic was
closed down. Shortly afterwards