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Rudolf Steiner on cancer and mistletoe- Cancer can grow where the vital force withdraws from the physical and leaves a “void”: “… mistletoe counteracts this "void” and draws the etheric forces again to the area which they do not want to enter… Modern science has reaffirmed the therapeutic importance of mistletoe, through identification of the viscotoxins (literally, "mistletoe toxins"), lectins, and alkaloids thought to be responsible for its anticancer and immune modifying activities. Presently 60% of all cancer patients in Germany and Switzerland are prescribed mistletoe at some point in their treatment. 

The mistletoe family contains more than 1000 species, however, anticancer drugs are derived solely from viscum album (common or European mistletoe). Viscum album occurs across a small number of host-trees. The host trees are: apple (mali), pine (pini), fir (abietis), oak (quercus),hawthorn (crataegus), ash (fraxini), elm (ulmi), and poplar (populi). 

Dr. Kathleen Lazare and Steven Johnson are extremely well versed in mistletoe therapy with over 35 years of combined experience. We also have close contact with the clinicians and researchers in Europe allowing us to maintain the “best practices” available for mistletoe therapy, helleborus and other anthroposphic medical support treatments now famous across western Europe and gaining interest rapidly in the USA. Unfortunately, we still have to state mistletoe like all naturally dervived treatments is not approved by the FDA for cancer or other conditions. It is however available if requested as adjuvant support. 

Information can also be found on the CDC website at: 
www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/mistletoe-pdq 

Please see the article: MISTLETOE THERAPY AND CANCER-AN OVERVIEW 2014 by Dr. med. Gunver S. Kienle, IFAEMM Freiburg. The most extensive list of trials is available at www.mistel-therapie.de. Unfortunately this site is only in German. 

An extensive number of articles and studies can also be found in the AnthroMed Library section on Mistletoe and Immunology Research Mistletoe is especially interesting botanically because it is a partial parasite (a "hemiparasite"). As a parasitic plant, it grows on the branches or trunk of a tree and actually sends out roots that penetrate into the tree and take up nutrients. But mistletoe is also capable of growing on its own; like other plants it can produce its own food by photosynthesis. Mistletoe (viscum album) is listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS). Homeopathic remedies are regulated as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). 

If you are a licensed medical prescriber (MD, DO, ND, NP or PA) interested in obtaining more information about mistletoe research, please write to us at paamdrscourse@anthroposophy.org. 

Dr. Johnson and Lazare can also assist you to integrate mistletoe into your nutritional and conventional program of care. We are familiar with most all aspects and dimensions of mistletoe care and administration. Dr. Johnson and Lazare are also knowledgable about biological, nutrtional, adaptogenic and functional medicine protocols. Both doctors can also work together to support you where needed.

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