In 2012 the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), directed by Professor Umberto Veronesi, certified Dr Di Bella method (MDB) effective in the treatment of cancer.
However, the same Minister of Health Professor Umberto Veronesi was a member of the 1998 National Commission for the evaluation of “Di Bella therapy” against cancer, which greatly dis-credited and rejected Dr Di Bella’s treatment as ineffective and toxic after a highly disputed evaluation. Much of the 1998 evaluation was controversial including the issuing of drugs that were beyond their expiry date and frequent interruptions (documented) in the supply of medicines to patients during the trial. The evaluation not only discredited the treatment but also Dr Di Bella. The media destroyed his reputation, making him out to be a con man. Even now if you search the internet, Dr. Di Bella is still mainly considered a ‘quack’.
Prior to the trial Dr Di Bella had treated and examined, always free of charge, thousands of patients. In January 1990 he was awarded the “Goodness Prize” by the top magistrate in Modena, in recognition of this professional and ethical endeavors. His research and treatment of tumors, which consisted mainly of a mix of Somatostatin, Retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin D3, Melatonin, Bromocriptine, is completely public and can be found at the Foundation of Di Bella and The Di Bella Method. As the treatment could not be patented, Pharmaceuticals would not be able to profit from it and it would be detrimental to their earnings on other cancer drugs.
His therapy continued to spread in Italy in silence, with doctors and pharmacists who report excellent results obtained in many patients. The University of Florence (Department of Anatomy and Histology) published a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology under the title “Combined effects of melatonin, trans retinoic acid and somatostatin on proliferation and cell death breast cancer. ” which concluded that “Taken together their results suggest that co-administration of melatonin with all-trans retinoic acid and somatostatin may be of significant therapeutic benefit in breast cancer.” The study finally gives scientific dignity to one of the most contested cancer therapies of the last century. However, one researcher stated that could not be published under Di Bella’s name, as it “would never have been accepted”.
This is in great contrast with the results of the 1998 experiments, which was abandoned with the official explanation that they had failed to recruit a sufficient number of women suffering from breast cancer.
“The soul tells me that I have not lived in vain, because I have done some good and I have rejoiced for the good done.”
– Di Bella
Medical researches and their conflict of interest clearly surfaced in the article “Trust Big Pharma?” in February 2013 issue of Scientific American, by Charles Seife, which exposed how many medical researchers are on the pay roll of pharmaceutical companies.
Pharmaceutical companies are constantly funding doctorates through sponsorships at university who then become so called independent physicians that conduct research on drugs being produced or sold by these companies. The problem does not stop there; they also fund institutions, laboratories, journals, professional associations, and so on. How can anyone offering a method of control, being funding by the pharmaceuticals, avoid conflicts of interest, unless separate transparent bodies are constructed for research?
A study published in 2010 in the British medical journal revealed that 87% of the researchers who gave an opinion in favor of the diabetes medicine Avandia manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, suspected of causing heart attacks, had received money from the manufacturers of the drug. In the case of Avandia the corruption was found even among the members of the Committee of the Food and Drug Administration.
Even in now in 2013, Dr Di Bella’s Method is still NOT on the Italian government’s approved list of treatments (never mind access to it for the rest of the world). In Italy, the Government Health Service pays all necessary medical treatments, but only once treatments are approved. Patients have to go to court to try and enforce the Italian Health Service to pay for the treatment.
Flora Nardelli, a 49 year old women, discovered she was suffering from multiple myeloma, cancer of plasma cells, in 2000. Prior to 2006 she was treated with chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. She then discovered Dr Di Bella’s method and was being treated by Di Bella’s son, Giuseppe Di Bella, who is also doctor. Assisted by a lawyer, she began a battle against AUSL, the Italian Health Service, and in 2008 she won at first instance: the judge ruled that the Local Health care had to pay for the cure and reimburse her 30,000 euro that she had already spent. However on appeal, the judgment reversed the ruling stating the cure cannot be free and that the patient had to also return 113,000 euro to AUSL. “For me this is a death sentence – says the woman – without care Di Bella disease will return. I do not have money to pay for it out of my pocket.”
Dr Di Bella died in 2003. On 12 December 2006 the Linguaglossa City Council, where he was born, dedicated a square of the town to Luigi Di Bella and laid a commemorative plaque on his birthplace. However, he is only being recognized for his work now and it is still not being provided publicly in Italy where it had been discovered.
How much longer will it take to ensure this treatment is accepted and provided worldwide?
How many other doctors or cures are there but access is being denied. Even once it has been recognized, as there is no money to be made in it and detrimental to the earnings of pharmaceuticals, their approval is difficult. Research on public money should be completely transparent, with all researchers declaring all payments they are receiving and from where. Transparency must be complete and cover all links in the chain, from the research student to the highest politician.
Knowledge is Power. Dr Di Bella’s Method will only be able to spread worldwide and quickly, the faster the word is spread and we, the people, apply pressure.
References & Further Reading:
The Foundation of Di Bella
The Beating Cancer Center
The European Institute of Oncology (IEO) “reinstates” the professor. Di Bella was right: Somatostatin effective against Cancer.
The European Institute of Oncology (IEO) “promotes” Di Bella.
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