Sunday, February 22, 2009

Inventor John Kanzius dies

The inventor John Kanzius, made famous by an interview with Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes," died on February 18, 2009.

See Colleague: Honor Kanzius by supporting research: Sharon McDonald calls Kanzius' radio frequency technology that destroys cancer cells without any significant side effects, one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in cancer treatment.

"He was a visionary, way ahead of his time, but he was also able to describe it and translate it so the scientists could take it and make it become a reality. He never lost sight of the fact that it really was not about him, it was about the amount of human suffering in the world because of cancer," she explained.

See Man Who Invented Machine That Turned Water Into Fire Dies

The Washington Observer-Reporter wrote:

The British have a tradition called the Gifted Amateur. The archetype is a civil servant who takes his pension to devote full time to his hobby of beekeeping and ends up writing a book that confounds experts in the field.

Such a man was John Kanzius.

Kanzius, who grew up in Washington, was a broadcasting executive with no medical training. After he contracted leukemia, he witnessed child patients undergoing chemotherapy and determined to develop an alternative cancer treatment. His brainchild was a machine that would use heat from radio waves to kill cancer cells without harming other cells.

He set up a crude laboratory in his home and tested his theory using his wife's pie plates and raw meat he bought from a local butcher. He was selected in 2008 by Discover Magazine as one of the world's 50 most prominent scientists, and researchers in Pittsburgh and Houston, Texas, are still working to perfect the device he invented.

Kanzius died last week, ironically of complications from chemotherapy treatments. Ideally, his legacy would be a way to treat cancer without drugs, surgery or side effects.


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