William Pitts, a professional marketing practitioner, wrote this section.
His long involvement with Dr. Simone for the evolving plan of the Simone Protective
Cancer Center began in 1984 and makes him uniquely qualified to comment on and
characterize the potential of Dr. Simone's War on Cancer and other diseases.
'Charles Simone is an American Original. He is endowed with certain compelling
personality characteristics, and has crafted a career of such dazzling accomplishments
that one can only marvel at the future possibilities of this remarkable young man.
His professional credentials alone simply boggle the mind: he is one of the
few physicians in the world whose experience in cancer prevention, detection, and
treatment includes immunology, chemotherapy, and radiation oncology. And unlike so
many conventional doctors, his extensive and intensive work led him to the conclusion
that this growing scourge cannot and will not be eradicated by a magic bullet,
a sudden cure, a quick fix.
His approach to cancer is an approach to living. He sees cancer as a corruption
of the process of living itself, of the cellular reproductive cycle. Cancer is not
an agent to be hunted down -- rather, it is a distortion of nature itself, a result
of external environmental intrusions, by self-destructive ingestions of perilous diets,
tobacco, alcohol, stress, inactivity, and other risk factors.
It is thus entirely remarkable to encounter a consummate professional
like Charles Simone, whose knowledge of the physiology of cancer is so intimate -
who nonetheless approaches the cancer enigma as a problem that can only be solved
by learning how to live sensibly.
My first encounter with Dr. Simone occurred in 1984, when my wife was struggling
to survive, through surgery and chemotherapy, advanced ovarian cancer. The incisiveness
and truthfulness of his insights reinforced my lay impressions of what was the state
of the art of cancer care: it was, I concluded, a process that required the patient's
destruction in order to survive.
The world, and surely America, cries out for the sanity and intelligence of
Dr. Simone's approach to the heinous disease, which strikes so many of us and
whose "cure" is largely elusive or statistically disguised ("cure" means surviving
5 years after treatment - if death occurs after 5 years, the "cure" is unaltered in
the statistical record). But what is most striking about the Simone approach is
its remorseless adherence to sane living, with no attempt to even suggest that there
is or can ever be a swift answer to cancer.
He speaks almost like a prophet, of living in moderation, of clearing away the
incursions of environmental perils, of eating sensibly, of respecting our bodies
and treating ourselves with an almost religious devotion, of not smoking, of
drinking judiciously - of trying to understand that all of us can preserve and
enhance the cellular reproductive process in each of us by living the good life.
In a culture of hype, of quick solutions and glib answers, this is not the message
that Americans necessarily wish to hear - but that process of re-evaluation is
already underway. We are becoming more conscious of nutrition, of exercise, of
stress, toxins, and the dangers of tobacco and alcohol. What is needed is some
person, some institution, some inescapable "force" that captures the imagination
of our citizens and demonstrates that cancer will be eliminated only when each
of us comes to understand that this can only occur as part of a lifelong process
of sanity, balance, moderation, and self-respect.
But Dr. Simone is not a theoretical visionary. He is admirably trained and has
an excess of adrenaline that keeps him in constant motion, and he has a genuinely
entrepreneurial urge to succeed, accomplish, and grow.
He was trained at the National Cancer Institute where he discovered the fundamental
mechanism of how human white cells kill; how adriamycin kills cancer cells; and
developed the idea of splicing monoclonal antibodies to killing cells which seek
out and destroy cancer cells - this he calls, directed effector cells.
Dr. Simone found new direction as a result of his cancer patients. Vice President
Hubert Humphrey died not of his cancer but of malnutrition. Later, a man his own
age with cancer came to him and asked Simone to keep him alive for the birth of
his child. Intensive chemotherapy cleaned out his cancer cells, but he was dying.
"I decided finally, at last resort, to put him on high doses of vitamins and minerals
that quickly produced a seemingly miraculous, if temporary recovery." The man did
see his son.
He researched the effects of nutrition on cancer and the possibilities of
cancer prevention. The result was a milestone work, "Cancer and Nutrition"
the only book of its genre endorsed by the late George Stringfellow of
the American Cancer Society. He wrote 2 more books: A Healthy Start, and Breast Health.
He was called as a consulting specialist when President Reagan's tumor was treated.
Governments around the world have called upon him: Spain, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Russia,
He practiced effectively in Radiation Therapy Departments at University of
Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
And he pioneered a clinic for cancer prevention in Lawrenceville, NJ -
patients come by word of mouth to be diagnosed and guided through life by this
extraordinary young physician. "Cancers can be prevented, since the majority
of them are related to preventable factors: nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, etc.
Simone developed A Healthy Start Program for children to adopt a healthy lifestyle early in life.
How he came to this role - - to this mission - - is the stuff of myth ... the
"turning point experience" that permanently directs or redirects the lives of great
achievers. He saw cancer ravage his grandfather Anthony's mouth and jaw.
With his then limited knowledge, young Simone did what he could, but
it was not enough - nor would it have been enough had he been equipped at
that early age with his knowledge of chemotherapy, radiation, and immunology.
Even surgery would have been too late. But the grandfather said to his earnest
grandson, "Fix." And that has been the mission of Dr. Charles Simone - - yes,
to fix, but not to fix quickly...to fix by preventing, by educating, by researching,
by seeing to it that a normal cell does not transform to a malignant cell.
Charles Simone therefore embodies the finest virtues of the pioneer/entrepreneur.
In addition to his intelligence, energy and a set of principles that properly
characterize him as a man of powerful character, he is also a driven personality,
determined to succeed. He researches, he writes, he practices, he pioneers --
while he pursues a vision that runs counter to the common expectations of
Americans that cancer can be cured and that a cure must be just around the corner.
Add to these attributes, a well-organized mind with distinctive leadership qualities,
and we are looking at a unique individual.
Anyone who knows Dr. Simone - - knows that his vision will materialize, and that
during his lifetime the world at large and America in particular will receive his
message, implement his principles - and honor him as a prophet by forcing cancer
out of the life experience.