Indonesia’s Dr. Cigarettes thumbs nose at ‘Western’ science
May 21, 2010 ·
Cancer cure, anyone?
The Jakarta Post has given the front page of its feature section, impression that Zahar might be onto something. The uncritical, unthinking headline says it all: “Divine cigarettes used to treat cancer with a spill on the following page, to the claims of that “strange granny” Gretha Zahar about cancer cures and “divine cigarettes”. But instead of debunking her, the Post leaves its readers with the impression that Zahar might be onto something. The uncritical, unthinking headline says it all: “Divine cigarettes used to treat cancer”.”
Journalists have a pretty bad reputation when it comes to reporting about science and medicine, but I still find it amazing that a metropolitan broadsheet in a major Asian capital could be so dismissive of the fundamental importance of the scientific method, and so blithe in its reporting on putative cures or treatments for a horrible disease that afflicts so many people. Maybe I just shouldn’t expect anything better.
I’ve already written about this in earlier blogs, but just to re-cap, Zahar claims to have found a treatment for cancer that involves asking her patients to smoke cigarettes. Yep, you got it. Patients who have never smoked, or who may have quit the habit, along with those who may have contracted cancer through smoking, are encouraged to light up cigarettes fitted with special filters which she has developed using “nanotechnology”. The filters, she claims, remove toxins from the “divine cigarettes”, and the subsequent smoke draws cancer-causing free-radicals out of the body through the skin.
The balur clinic’s work on the following lines:
DIVINE cigarettes use amino acid as scavengers and traces of nano particles for “twisting” the toxic Hg to Aurum. Nicotine is in fact alkaloid (C,H,N,O component) of m.p -79C , and density=1 like water.
When the smoke of divine cigarette using a syringe is injected to the skin, it causes a brown liquid to come out. The smoke = nicotine vapor (density 1) gets in contact with toxic bubble water +Hg , then the nicotine is diluted by water, Au substituted Hg in the liquid nicotine-water ( brown-black on the skin, which can be proven with AAS or NAA )
Combined with a bit of “traditional” massage using certain oils and residues, and some blowing of “divine” smoke over the skin by the good doctor herself, and hey presto goodbye cancer! Oh, and it works pretty well on autism as well!!
She reckons she’s treated thousands of people this way, but refuses to publish her research in peer-reviewed journals:
—Gretha … was not interested in seeking acknowledgment [sic] from international scientists. She said the findings in her 13-year PhD research on bi-radical development had not been given any consideration.
“I say that’s a waste of time (seeking acknowledgement from international scientists),” she said. “What’s my purpose? I want to help people. Do I need to announce that everywhere?
The human” Balur Divine” research is based on bi-radicals (G.Zahar dissertation, 1993) a review supporting the contradictory bi-radical theory of spin-spin interaction inter molecular (E. Kosower 1968) which remains hidden until today. The accepted theory is taken for granted.
R — R Accepted Theory
R· + R·
R· R· (paramagnetic ) + R· R· (diamagnetic) Contradictory
We can analyze and prove the bi-radicals with Electron Spin Resonance, a half field line, with signals of H=1600G , GCMS, Infrared.
I used Kosower’s book as a source for studying this contradictory theory so I wrote him, and then I realized that even he; an esteemed Professor at New York University had failed to tell the truth about the theory. That’s why he refused to discuss it, when I asked him about his further works, he was already frustrated and in his retirement moved back to Tel Aviv. Should I become like him? In l990 I sent the abstract to an institute where all the ESR, GCMS records are kept and ……they said to throw that paper in the trash.
The requirement of a PhD degree was to be published in one of the international journals, however because of the contradictory research which had taken me 13 years to finis., I still felt unhappy because the world never understood about the hidden theory of bi-radicals.
Then, I WANTED THE TRUTH.
I did experiments on my body, then with my best friend who suffered from cancer and was dying. With love I took care of her in my house, where after 3 months she could walk again and went home in a better condition.
That time I used only acetosalysilic acid, paracetamol, cassava, and Vitamin C.
It has been almost 13 years, doing the research of balur Divine with my own money, without the help of any foundation, but only with faith in the Almighty , that the TRUTH would one day be revealed and accepted.
Today I have many patients attesting to the TRUTH of my statements and my theories.
“Do we need proof from abroad that this country is special? If people consider you as tempeh [simple soybean cake], that’s good enough,” she said, lashing out on the Western medical sector’s perception of Indonesian scientists.
It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad, sad for Indonesian scientists who understand the value of evidence and sad for all those cancer sufferers who might be desperate enough to light up a “divine cigarette”. If the PhD-holding nano-doctor truly wants to help people, why doesn’t she encourage critical international examination of her theories so that all those millions of cancer sufferers around the world can benefit? If you want to help people, good doctor, you should announce your potential cure everywhere.
I am a scientist and an elderly Indonesian woman. Should I fight or argue with the physicists or western medical scientists who have already built their own strong system? How much energy and money should I prepare for this “court” and against the research centres which “belong” to the Pharmaceutical industry? Some universities usually obtain funds for research projects to prove that cigarette smoke triggers cancer, but not dental amalgam. I MIGHT SUGGEST RECORDING ALSO, THAT SMOKERS WITH LUNG CANCER HAVE AMALGAM FILLINGS IN THEIR TEETH.
My statement is: Amalgam fillings/crowns are what cause cancer.
Note the perverse nationalism that she uses to justify her unscientific attitude, as if any request for evidence to back up her claims is just a manifestation of the “Western medical sector’s” prejudices against Indonesians.
The bad experience I had telling about bi-radicals theory, (Kosower, 1968 and G, Zahar, l993) has left me wary but I feel it is important that it is known to the world .
My experiences with my friends who are physicists, chemists and mostly physicians, who left me because of the extraordinarily different work that I have been doing. But still I tried to conduct meeting with scientists in Singapore
Which was another lesson in disappointment with their skepticism, spending money for nothing, and losing a lot of energy. Of course I still hope for the day when qualified people from abroad will look with an open mind at my work and the results coming from the balur clinics.
It’s so absurd I almost don’t know why I’m writing about it, except that smoking kills 400,000 Indonesians every year and the country has turned itself into a playground for Big Tobacco.
If we compare, the number of smokers from the lower class is far larger than the numbers from the middle and upper class. Yet, most of degenerative diseases such as cancer, stroke, kidney failure and autism are suffered by these middle and upper class people.
The Post’s website carries comments by one of her disciples who claim to have received incredible health benefits from Zahar’s magic cigarettes. The 71-year-old’s biggest backer appears to be Australian businessman John Clapham, who says “divine cigarettes” helped his battle with cancer.
Whatever the truth behind Zahar’s claims, whatever her motives and the motives of those who trumpet her activities, we should be very suspicious until there is credible scientific evidence to prove that “divine cigarettes” treat or cure anything. And until then, The Jakarta Post should be mindful of just how harmful false hopes can be.
Science is always changing because of new ideas, intuition and a changing environment. Many people die from chemo-therapy, radiation and other medical treatments after having been given hope by their doctors. Hope is a very important part of healing and while balur therapy never seeks to give false hope; hope, faith and love are an important part of the healing process and have been since time began.
My above explanation to clarify the basic theoretical science for 30 years which can be claimed as successful as it was carried out with sincerity, prayer, and persistence for a TRUTH. Maybe I am the only researcher who is using their own funds, who has to work hard, under lots of stress due to the contradictory theory. According to my close friends, who are also scientists, my reckless nature makes me fearless, but “love” inspired this research. The research costs are mostly quite inexpensive as I used myself in my experiments, and later on was supported by my friends. What I have been working on during all these years since 1980, is research on nano science and nano technology, which according to text books is very cheap as I only needed bekerglass, and as the researcher, act simultaneously as an observer and a test case. The old Newtonian theory, where men observe, consequences, solve the symptoms is different to modern physics and the current relativity theory. Whatever mockery that I have received, why I have not written an article in the international journal, I have explained above. Now I feel relieved as I have started to write a book on the understanding of Human Life science, which will be edited by scientist D. Sangster.
For those who do not know about Divine Balur, please read the comment of David Sangster, a scientist who is regarded in high esteem by a team of scientists in Australia, a supervisor who I respect and love very much, who, all this time listens and mentors me. Lastly, I pray that Divine cigarette is not ‘twisted’ to be the continuance of “Nicotine War 1980” program of the pharmaceutical industry who in the name of humanity is funding a mixture of well intentioned people who don’t yet know about these issues and some less reputable people who are willing to do anything for a price.
The purpose of Divine is to give a SOLUTION for smokers who are categorized as anti environmentalists by groups of anti-smokers. Divine tobacco will bring peace to both groups. Anti-smokers are asked to put aside their skepticism and try it out, first maybe by smoking the plants around them seeing the change of color etc.. The invention of this divine cigarette opens up a new occupation in agriculture by smoking the land with divine tobacco; even cows who are given the divine smoke improve the quality and quantity of their milk. Our current program, is to smoke damaged land which is planned for replanting, smoking seeds and fish in the ponds with Divine tobacco. Astonishingly those who work smoking the cigarette feel energized and happy.
The employment program will accelerate the cleansing of the Indonesian environment and change the nation to be wealthy in spirit and body as the traditional smoking of old times.
The cigarette advertisement on cigarette boxes is part of the “Nicotine War” program. It is indeed strange that our fathers who were heavy smokers who had many children were obviously not impotent, and we have not heard anybody having lung cancer in their villages, while those who suffer lung cancer are those who have money and amalgam fillings in their teeth.