Internal Emitters Are Not Like an X Ray or CT Scan.

Dr Charles Pecher’s final paper, the report on the Strontium 89 cancer treatment, was written in 1941 and published posthumously in 1942: “Pecher, C., “Biological Investigations with Radioactive Calcium and Strontium, Preliminary Report on the Use of Radioactive Strontium in the Treatment of Metastatic Bone Cancer”, Contributed from the Radiation
Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley, University of California Publications in Pharmacology. Editors: C.D. Leake, G. A. Alles, T.C. Daniels, M.H. Soley. Volume 2 No 11, pp. 117-150, plates 6-9, 3 figures in text. Submitted by Editors July 21, 1942, Issued October 23, 1942, University of California Press, Berkeley, Cambridge University Press, London, England. Prefatory note by C.D. Leake, editor.

Irradiation of bone marrow by beta radiation emitted from medicinal Sr89 resident in bone presented as a limiting factor in the course of Pecher’s human treatment trials.

Of this Pecher wrote: “the problem has been studied with respect to: (1) the distribution of irradiation after the administration of radioactive strontium, (2) the method of administration of radio-strontium, (3) the chemical toxicity of strontium on the tissues, (4) the effect of radioactive strontium on the tissues, and (5) the dosage of the substance.” [48] “ The effect of radio – strontium has been studied in mice, rabbits, and human
beings…..Under the treatment of large doses of radioactive strontium (59 to 200 microcuries) to mice, a definite leucopenia has been observed. Two weeks after the administration of approximately 180 microcuries to each of five mice, their average white cell count was 4200 cells per cm., whereas the normal value for mice is approximately
14,000. Nevertheless, the effect on the blood picture is much smaller than that of a similar amount of radiophosphorus.
Some transitory leucopenia and anemia observed in a patient with metastatic prostate carcinoma and in another………… after a total administration of 8 and 5 millicuries of radio-strontium, respectively, must be attributed to the treatment….Dosage: The dosage of radio-strontium when administered therapeutically is still a difficult and largely
empirical problem. The idea has been to give as much strontium as possible without producing any serious damage to the marrow… Important information has been given by the radioactivity determination on the tissues of an adult female who died 3 days after the intravenous injection of a simple dose of 0.3 millicurie of Sr lactate (170mgm. Sr,
August 19, 1940). The activity of the bones ranges from 0.05 to 0.15 microcuries per gram wet weight….Similar values were observed in a patient with multiple myeloma who died two months after receiving 1.7 millicuries of radio-strontium per gram of tissue in one day gives approximately the same ionisation as a dose of 37 r of X rays, according to
Dr. Aebersold, we may calculate that the total dose given to the bones if no Sr was eliminated from the skeleton would be equivalent to 500 to 1,500 r. These values are obviously much too high since strontium is continuously eliminated from the skeleton, as is evident from the other autopsy data. We may assume that an amount of radiation equivalent to 200 to 600 r is given to the bony tissues when 1 millicurie of Sr is intravenously injected in an adult. This rough calculation is only interesting as an indication of the order of the magnitude of the dose of radio-strontium that should be
necessary to obtain a therapeutic effect on bone tumours. ”
End Quote. [49] The attempt to equate the dose received from Sr89 as an internal emitter to an external dose from X rays by Aebersold is important and historic.

Sr89 Cl is the injectable form of the fission product Sr89. The FDA regulations for the medicinal use of the substance restricts it to patients suffering bone pain due to end stage metastatic carcinoma to bone.

Any other administration is illegal.

How much Sr89 is “not very much”? Sr89 is 27,800 times more radioactive than radium. This is just one fission product.

When one looks at the actual medical use of radionuclides, one can easily see that the idea of spreading the substances around under the guise of medical terminology is utterly corrupt.

Interestingly the biography of the final Pecher paper (the one he wrote prior to his sad and tragic suicide in August 1941) was edited by C.D. Leake. While a humanitarian and a nuclear skeptic in later years, C.D. Leake, because of his pharmacology expertise was an expert in chemical warfare and had been engaged in that capacity in World War 1.

Like Dr Pecher, Paul Aebersold died tragically after taking his own life, in New Mexico, in 1962.

The diabolically complex situation of Dr Pecher is known. One wonders wonders what factors drove Aebersold. These two were, after all, among the most brilliant of minds when it came to the effects of the internalized radio-chemicals.

The reality of the internal emitters, and their importance is shown by the next post.

One Response to “Internal Emitters Are Not Like an X Ray or CT Scan.”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Great post!
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