Metabolic treatment available at the Livingston-Wheeler Clinic in San Diego, CA. This therapy involves a strict vegetarian diet, BCG vaccine, coffee enemas, autogenous vaccine, vitamins, antibiotics, antioxidants, nutritional counseling, and support groups/counseling. Patients use it to treat cancer, arthritis, allergies, and AIDS. The regimen is based on the theory that cancer is caused by the bacterium Progenitor cryptocides, which Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, the developer, claims to have isolated in a wide variety of cancer tissues (3) (4). A weakened immune system supposedly allows the bacterium to grow, and consequently the therapy's focus is immune-stimulation.
A self-selected, matched-cohort, prospective comparison of patients at Livingston-Wheeler Clinic and a conventional cancer center found no difference in survival times between groups, but consistently lower quality of life in the Livingston-Wheeler cohort (6). Although clinic activities are illegal under California's 1959 Cancer Act, no legal action has been taken by the state. Metabolic diets may result in nutrient deficiencies (5). Repeated use of coffee enemas is linked to several deaths from serious infection and electrolyte imbalance (2).
The American Cancer Society strongly urges cancer patients not to seek treatment at the Livingston-Wheeler Clinic (1).