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Gaston Naessens and 714-X

I have grave doubts about Naessens work.
A crusty old man, undoubtedly a genius, but the somatid hypothesis is rather wild.
It was very hard trying to work with Naessens - in fact impossible.

I sold my microscope in 1999 and have not done any work in this field since then.
Back then we tried to set up a research project - some of the top medical and scientific minds were involved, but Naessens effectively scuttled the project.

So, take a look at my bottom line
Towards a bottom line

and meanwhile...
The following is what I thought in my first enthusiasm...


Gaston Naessens is responsible for several remarkable developments which may revolutionise our understanding of life and bring a major advance in cancer therapy. His work started with the invention of an amazing microscope, the "somatoscope". This led him to the discovery of the Somatid Cycle, and in turn to the development of his serum, 714-X.

The Somatoscope

Naessens' revolutionary microscope, the somatoscope, weaves two light sources (one visible, one ultraviolet) together to produce a third, functionally higher, frequency with which it is possible to obtain a resolution and magnification thirty times greater then with conventional light microscopy . (In conventional light microscopy resolution, and therefore magnification, is limited by the wavelength of visible light - approximately 4000 Angstroms.) Although with the electron microscope there is almost no limit to the magnification, the electrons must be beamed through a vacuum, so it can not be used to look at living material. Naessens' remarkable somatoscope, however, can view live material with a resolution of 150 Angstroms, a magnification of 30,000 diameters. That magnification reveals a whole new world in a tiny drop of blood. The world that Gaston Naessens sees in that drop with his somatoscope is quite different from what we were taught at school! He sees that our blood is alive with a teaming micro-ecology. This is how Gaston Naessens discovered the somatid.


In all living plants and animals Naessens observed tiny creatures. He called them somatids - "little bodies". He says that in the healthy organism the somatids have a simple three stage life cycle (a simple viroid form, spores, and double spores). This he named the microcycle. The somatids are symbiotic - they've always been with us, and we need them. However, when the body is under stress the somatids elaborate into a more complicated macrocycle, a sixteen stage cycle. The macrocycle is parasitic and is associated with the development of immune compromised diseases - such as cancer. Naessens' theory is that there are inhibitors in the blood that keep the somatids in the healthy symbiotic microcycle. Under stress these inhibitors may be lost and our friends, the somatids, turn into opportunistic parasites. So, in the 16 stage macrocycle bacteria-like and fungus-like forms grow from the somatids. This elaboration of forms is termed pleomorphism. The somatid pattern can function as an indicator of serious disease. The somatid pattern associated with cancer, for instance, is usually observed in the blood up to two years before the manifestation of the disease. This allows us to get a really early warning when we are headed for trouble or it can be helpful in keeping track of the progress of a preexisting disease. By monitoring the somatid phenomenon we can observe a patient's response to both orthodox and alternative treatments, and to life style changes.

Pleomorphism and Darkfield Microscopy

Although developed in isolation, Gaston Naessens' theories are part of a larger body of work that we may call "the darkfield work". His somatoscope is a very special variation of the darkfield microscope. All those who have worked extensively with darkfield microscopy, with live blood, have come up with similar stories of pleomorphism. In conventional "brightfield" microscopy we send light directly through the specimen, and so we can't see the specimen (thin slices of tissue, including blood, are transparent) unless we stain it canadian propecia. And to stain it we have to kill it. So again, as with the electron microscope, orthodox science, with all its sophistication, looks at dead material. With darkfield microscopy light is shone onto the specimen from the side. We look at reflected light against a dark background. This gives us a highly contrasted image. We don't need to stain the specimen, and therefore we can examine at living material. The darkfield microscope allows us to observe the somatid's pleomorphic cycles.

One of the first scientists who talked about pleomorphism in human blood was Béchamel, a contemporary and rival of Pasteur. He called the little bodies he observed "microzymes". Enderlein in the first half of this century called them "protits". In the 1930s Rife built a darkfield microscope comparable to Gaston Naessens'. He too saw pleomorphism.

Pleomorphism is a natural adaptive response of microorganisms. When the environment allows they are virus-like, bacteria-like, or fungus-like: they metamorphose to suit their conditions. When we are healthy they help us. According to Naessens they produce a growth hormone that is essential for cell division in all plants and animals. Biologist call this sort of mutually depended relationship "symbiosis". However, when we are unhealthy our friends, the somatids, turn on us and become parasitic. But this parasitism is a process that can be recognised by darkfield microscopy and it can often be reversed. Most important, we must find out what stressors caused the problem, and correct the situation.


Gaston Naessens' next invention was the development of a treatment that he calls 714-X. 714-X is a nitrogenized camphor derivative (trimethylbicyclo-nitraminoheptane). As I understand it the rationale behind this treatment is as follows: Gaston Naessens learned that tumours are nitrogen traps. They steal nitrogen from the body and this inhibits the immune system. By supplying nitrogen to the tumour and the body, the immune system is disinhibited, and the body begins to heal itself. (Camphor has a natural affinity for tumours and, as it is not toxic at pharmacological doses, it proved to be the perfect vehicle to carry the nitrogen to the tumour and the body.) The serum is injected "paranodularly" - that means next to the lymph nodes - so it is absorbed into the lymphatic system where it can act most directly. People close to Gaston Naessens' work believe that 714-X is best used early. While they believe it may save one in twelve of the terminally ill patients who turn to it on their death beds, and maybe one in six of the advanced cancer patients who try it as a last hope, when it is given early in the disease process, they feel that it might help almost everyone. Further, anecdotally, even in advanced cancer, 714-X may greatly improve quality of life.

The normalization of immune function is not only of benefit with cancer; 714-X is also thought to help to stabilize, though not to cure, AIDS, and to be of benefit with other disorders in which the immune system is compromised. To date no adverse reactions or side effects have been observed beyond some irritation at the site of injection.

In 1990 714-X was made available through Health and Welfare Canada's Emergency Drug Release Program and it can now be ordered by any MD. More than 800 patients have received 714-X, and it has recently been transferred from experimental to investigational status.

Gaston Naessens' remarkable work promises a whole new understanding of biology. It leads to a new perspective and, hopefully, a great advance in cancer treatment.

To make his work more widely accessible Gaston Naessens has designed a modified version of the darkfield condenser that allows the observation of the somatid cycle that he discover with his somatoscope. Under the banner of "The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine" I purchased Naessens darkfield system and offer the "somatid observation" in Toronto. Phone 416 928 9272 or email normanallan

Darkfield microscopy brings us a window into the body and a road to a new understanding.

Norman Allan, Ph.D., is a research scientist and practitioner of alternative therapies based in Toronto. For more information phone 416 928 9272.


Towards a bottom line

2007: when I was first using the microscope in 1994, I would often damage the sample to one extent or another. Then all sorts of monsters might appear in the sample. Were those Naessans' medusaheads?

I once saw somethings that looked like this
turn into a threesome
and then a disc!

Something 's going on. I must write of my encounters with pleomorphism.

While I was learning to use the darkfield techneque I helped initiate and was involved in a wonderful collberative effert with some of the brightest lights in the oncology and academic community and Naessens stepsons (who were wonderfully open, bright, and competant) to study 714X, say in lung cancer, but Naessans said "Non".

Meanwhile my friend Ralph had an enthusiastic encounter with 714 and Gaston that faded when data wasn't open. There are no clinical trials, there is no good data, and that seems to be because of Gaston...

so to me 714-X walked off into the distance,

but pleomorphism?

bottom line?

714-X is not toxic. For many patients with enthusiasm for the product it has been a blessing, but there is no knowing how many. Naessens was not open and there is no good data on the effectiveness of 714-X.

Quite a number of people call me about 714-X, but there is nothing more than the above (except for some gossip) that I could tell them...

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Appended information:-

The Somatoscope: "Two light sources, one incandescent with a wavelength of 3,300 angstroms, the other ultraviolet of 1,850 angstroms, start pulsating, producing a third wavelength. This wave goes through a monochromator which produces a ray. This ray is exposed to a magnetic field (the Zeemann effect) which splits it into parallel rays. One of these rays is treated by a Kerr cell which increases its frequency. This cell is then stimulated by a step generator-oscillator at frequencies which vary from 250 to 1,200 megahertz. The modulation of a visible light frequency ranging from 250 to 1,200 megahertz produces a basic frequency ranging from 250 to 1,200 megahertz, but also harmonics at a higher frequency (if we use light in the order of 2,000 �). ... the resolution of this instrument is in the order of 150 � and the power of its magnification varies from 2,000 to 30,000." (Gaston Naessens)

Pleomorphism: In a scientific article published in 1992 it was shown that yeast, starved of nitrogen, undergoes pleomorphic transformations. This work both parallels darkfield's pleomorphism and vindicates Naessens' rationale for 714-X. (Gimeno et al. Unipolar Cell Division in the Yeast S. cerevisiae Lead to Filamentous Growth: Regulation by Starvation and RAS. Cell 68:1077-1090. March 20,1992)

Cancer and Pleomorphism: "The number and forms of the bacteria seem to mirror the state of systemic sickness in cancer patients, and, by following the appearance of the blood by darkfield microscopy, the patient's therapeutic progress can be monitored." Macomber. Cancer and Cell Wall Deficient Bacteria. Medical Hypotheses 32, 1-9, 1990.