Dr. William F.Koch (1885-1967)

During his lifetime, Dr. William F. Koch presented to the world medical community a new method for the treatment of cancer and its allied diseases based upon his research and studies of the body’s natural immune system

Dr. Koch’s scientific research investigated and eventually isolated the most fundamental factor common to all disease. Dr. Koch’s epoch making discovery of this Least Common Denominator led to the ‘birth of a new science.’

Dr. William F. Koch[1] elected to attend the University of Michigan in 1905 where he studied chemistry under professor Moses Gomberg, Ph.D. (1866-1947), the father of the chemistry of free radicals. Dr. Koch received his B.A. in 1909, M.A. in 1910, and Ph.D. in 1916 from the University of Michigan. While in graduate school and attending medical school at the U. of M., he was an instructor in Histology, Physiology and Embryology. Also while at the U. of M., Dr. Koch was taught the principals of Homeopathic Medicine from Dr. A. W. Dewey, Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, University of Michigan College of Homeopathy


WILLIAM FREDERICH KOCH, M.D., 1920     by Vance Ferrell

Koch was a genius, devising new techniques on several cancer fronts.

Working Summary: Koch was a brilliant researcher/physician who first improved on Coley’s fever treatment, and then develop Glyoxylide which destroyed cancer tissue by bringing oxygen to it. Could Glyoxylide be hydrogen peroxide? Glyoxylide is no longer available, nor do we know the formula.

In 1931, Otto Warburg received the Nobel prize, in physiology and medicine for some of his work, which related to his discovery that cancer cells cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.

But a decade earlier, a remarkable man of the highest intellect had anticipated Warburg’s discovery.In this report, his theories of cancer and methods for treating it are closely interwoven.Dr. Koch had an M.D., Ph.D., was a teacher at a medical college and a careful researcher. He it was who, before the age of 30, discovered that the removal of the parathyroids would produce death. Physicians were routinely removing thyroids and wondering why so many of their patients died from tetany (the parathyroids regulate calcium metabolism).

About the year 1915, while teaching at the University of Detroit, Koch noted that there was a marked coagulation of blood and tissues in cancer tissue. He reasoned that, since this normally was a protective mechanism because of toxic problems, injury, or irritation, could it be that there might be toxins in the cancer tissue which could be removed?

With this in mind, Koch set about devising a means of eliminating those toxins.Actually, Koch had a good basis of thinking. It is now known that cancer frequently is a garbage dump for poisons and waste products produced by wrong eating, overeating, stress, environmental chemicals, etc.

Koch’s first treatment method was to initiate a fevered condition in the body which burn off the toxins. From 1888 to 1936, William Coley, M.D., did this also, using strep germs; but Koch’s fever therapy method was more consistent—and without the aid of a dangerous infection. Koch’s fever treatments were effected by means of tissue thrombin, a ferment which brings on a fever when heat burns off the toxic elements in the system.

Then in 1920, following eight successful recoveries,Koch announced that he had a cure for cancer. Immediately, the surgeons in charge of the Wayne County Medical Society instituted a war against him.

By that decade, surgery was still the most profitable treatment for cancer. It was not until the late 1940s that the cost of cancer drugs was raised enough, to make them equally profitable. From then on, chemotherapy ranked with surgery and radiation as the approved medical treatments for cancer.

Another aspect of Koch’s brilliant thinking revolved around sugar metabolism. Fifteen years before Warburg discovered the same principle (and received a Noble prize the following year for doing so), Koch had stumbled upon the fact that sugar oxidation was a key factor in cancer formation.According to his thinking, if the sugars could be oxidized, the cancer would be reduced. What was needed was more oxygen to the site of the tumor.

Although Koch already had one treatment for cancer (fever therapy), he set to work devising another—one which would not require the fever.He searched for more active catalysts to stimulate the body’s capacity to oxidize toxins. —The result was Glyoxylide. This is the name he gave a liquid formula which he developed. Koch was an extremely capable and original thinker. His bold idea was that Glyoxylide would cause toxins in the cancer cells (and elsewhere in the body) to be changed into antitoxins—by oxydizing them.

This was to be done by adding molecules which changed their composition.Another part of Koch’s theory was that cancer was caused by a germ or virus; and that originally it was harmless, but only became deadly when poisoned by the toxins in the system.

This concept closely relates to the discoveries of Royal Rife in the 1930s, a young man who, subsidized by the Mr. Timpkin (owner of Timpkin Roller Bearing Company), invented a super-powerful microscope (the Rife microscope) and, then, with it, he discovered that germs change from one type to another, depending on conditions in the body. One stage is a fungus; the last is cancer.

That was in the days before the development of the electron microscope, but there has been silence in regard to any efforts made, using the electron microscope to duplicate Rife’s germ transformations  which occur in toxic bodies. (See Pleomorphism,later in this book.)

Koch’s theories were never investigated by the medical authorities. He was treated as a charlatan and fake. Although Glyoxylide was said to be nothing more than distilled water, no examination was ever made to determine exactly what it was.

The Koch treatment was more rounded than that of some others. He did not rely merely on Glyoxylide, but also required a rigid diet which excluded all foods which were toxic or contained oxygen inhibitors. Included in this list were meats, beans, lentils, coffee, alcohol, and tomatoes.Only distilled water was to be drunk,and daily enemas were required. Koch maintained that both the diet changes and the Glyoxylide were needed to eliminate the cancer.

Individuals taking the Koch treatment needed no hospitalization. The person would receive one injection of Glyoxylide and no more for about six weeks or until decreased oxidation was observed.As with all worthwhile natural alternate remedies for cancer while on the program, pain would subside and tend to disappear. This tends to be a hallmark of genuine cancer remedies.

In 1933, Koch published his book, Cancer and Allied Diseases, in which he explained the thinking behind his treatments. He maintained that cancer resulted from years of toxic conditions in the body. When the cancer growth begins, these toxic conditions lessen somewhat, since some are being stored in the cancerous tissue,somewhat as you might place garbage in a garbage can, so the house can remain clean and neat. Surgery, by removing the surrounding container, damages the house and does nothing to reduce the influx of toxins.

Koch said that cancer was a response of protection against dangerous toxins; it tried to bottle them up in tumors. He also maintained that, when the toxins were eliminated, the cancer would automatically shrink and disappear;and all its essential elements would be reabsorbed by the body.

In contrast, Koch declared that cutting out pieces of the body, to rid it of a cancerous condition,accomplished nothing positive but instead it caused great injury, weakened the body,and laid the groundwork for even more trouble later on. Surgery and biopsy, Koch said, only spread cancer faster. Yet, he added, it was the surgeons who were given the authority to decide which remedies could be approved!

Several top physicians, throughout the world,saw the value of the Koch treatment and began using it—until threats stopped them. This included Allen, of Tulane University; Bryan, of Vanderbilt University; Maisin, of Belgium; Godfrey, in Toronto; and Kannel, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

One of these, Forbes Godfrey, who for 26 years was the Canadian Minister of Health and Education,said, “Radium has a dangerous effect on the human system. In a couple of years people who have used it usually die suddenly because it affects the heart.”

J.W. Kannel later testified about how, over a period of 14 years, he had successfully treated 72 cases with the Koch preparation. Many were hopelessly advanced to begin with. About a third were still alive.He noted that, before adopting the Koch treatment,he had operated on at least 50 cases of cancer,had followed surgery with X-ray or radium,—and yet the longest survival time had been only two and a half years.Kannel mentioned that, on a visit to Mayo Clinic, he saw a surgeon remove five cancerous breasts in one day. When asked about success rate, the surgeon admitted that surgery and radiation accomplished nothing, but that he did not know what else to do.

In 1940-1941 in Brazil, Koch successfully treated leprosy, tuberculosis, and mental conditions.

Then an agent for a large pharmaceutical firm (which reaped immense profits from repeatedinjections into the insane) shook his fist in Koch’s face and said he would not be interfering much longer in Brazil.

In April 1942, Koch was arrested in Florida for “false labeling” of his product. The district attorney demanded an immense bail of $10,000.

When asked why, since only murder cases required such a bail, the DA admitted that he had received orders from Detroit to do this so Koch would not return to Brazil and finish his research there.

Both in 1942 and 1946, the FDA fought Koch in two bitter trials, claiming that the remedies were indistinguishable from distilled water. A temporary injunction was made to stop his work until a thorough investigation could be made. Of course,the investigation was remarkably slow in getting started. In 1950, the injunction was made permanent.

Koch had been stopped.At this juncture, Koch gave his formulas and methods to the Christian Medical Research League of Detroit, and then moved permanently to Brazil.

But the preparation was incompetently processed,was no longer effective, and was soon abandoned.

Meanwhile, another cancer investigation was set up, this time in Ontario, Canada. One witness,J.W. Kannel of Fort Wayne, Indiana, told of treating 72 patients in 14 years with Glyoxylide, due to their own pleadings for help. He said they were too hopeless for any other kind of treatment. Of that number, 21 were still alive and four others had died of other causes. Kannel said it was the first cancer treatment he had ever found which provided any hope. In spite of such testimony, no formal report of this hearing was ever made.

In the 1960s, the present writer met a lady who told of her meeting with Dr. Koch about a decade earlier. Because her 10-year-old son had cancer, they flew to Brazil, where he had been given the Koch treatment. The cancer disappeared and her son had been in fine health ever since.



“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”—Psalm 34:12-13.


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