NAFKAM warns against Keshe Foundation

In an earlier post we reported that the Norwegian news had published an article, in which members of the KF claimed to have a cure for cancer.

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KF members Vivi-Ann Sandnes Eggum and Florin Foca, who was seen in workshops before

Today we publish 5 articles (translated) that show what happened since then.

Many thanks to iTromsø for the original articles.


Article 1

The National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM) at the Arctic University of Norway gives a clear warning against the use of Keshe Foundation technology.

You do not ask cancer patients to pay for participating in research

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Vinjar Fønnebø is a professor and the director of NAFKAM.
He believes the Keshe Foundation exploits people in
vulnerable situations. Photo: Ingun A. Mæhlum.

Director and NAFKAM professor Vinjar Fønnebø thinks the Keshe Foundation’s practice is unacceptable.

The Keshe Foundation claims to have a health center in Malta where they offer to evaluate cancer patients for treatment. Before one can assess their illnesses, they must, among other things, enter into an agreement to donate up to 500,000 Norwegian Kroner (around 55,000 Euro). They also want to recruit volunteers for a cancer study, this one they take almost 50,000 Norwegian Kroner (around 5,500 Euro) for.

“Unacceptable – you just don’t do that”, says Vinjar Fønnebø, director of NAFKAM, National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He reacts with disbelief to the Keshe Foundation way of doing business.

“It is often the case that seriously ill cancer patients are willing to try ‘anything’ to recover. But such research is unacceptable”, says Fønnebø.

No documentation

After investigating the claims of the Keshe Foundation, they have not found evidence that any of them are true.

NAFKAM has not found any research studies that corroborate the claims that the Keshe Foundation treatment can cure cancer. However, there is evidence that cancer patients can seriously risk their lives if they opt out of available conventional medical treatment:

“An offer like this is undoubtedly the worst”, continues Fønnebø.

Contact Us

NAFKAM encourages everyone, especially cancer patients, to discuss the use of alternative treatments with their doctor.

“If you come across an alternative ‘cancer cure’ which you consider trying, please contact us. We would like to check whether there has been research on efficacy and safety”, says Fønnebø.


Article 2

Health Minister Bent Høie about “cancer healers”:
Cynical marketing, false hopes and dangerous advice

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Health Minister Bent Høie thinks Keshe Foundation
marketing is cynical. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

The Keshe Foundation claims to cure cancer, and sells both products and treatments for up to half a million (Norwegian Kroner) to purportedly treat any type of cancer.

“This is cynical marketing to seriously ill people, and it is forbidden. I think it’s bad that sick people in a vulnerable situation are subjected to false hopes and dangerous advice. The safest treatment is obtained in the hospital”, said the minister in a comment to iTromsø.

Regulated

– What are your thoughts about alternative therapies?

“Many think it is important to be able to do something about their illness. Cancer Society has stated that more patients find that treatment that emphasizes relaxation, wellness and healthy diet improves the quality of life”, said the minister.

Safety first

Høie thinks the law is quite clear on what is allowed for alternative practitioners.

“Alternative practitioners are not allowed to market themselves with claims that they can cure the disease. They are by law not allowed to treat the disease without the cancer patient’s physician’s consent. I believe we have good regulations on one hand to protect the user’s right to self-determination and freedom of choice, and on the other hand to protect the user’s requirements on safety. If you put these main considerations in relation, the user requirements on safety must be given priority.”


Article 3

“Stop them before they indirectly kill someone”

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Commentary:
This is no joke. These are, however, dangerous people, completely without scruples. And they must be stopped before they indirectly kill someone.

I have always been slightly suspicious about Alternative Fair. There is something unvoluntarily silly about it, something naive that never allowed me to take it fully seriously.

A clairvoyant medium, showering of aura, oils and bracelets with magical effects, healing through concerts performed on crystal bowls, tin foil hats against dangerous radiation, stories of little green men in UFOs and explanations of the world based on the stars’ position. Some offer various natural remedies to relieve pain or various other disorders they are struggling with.

Some of it could possibly give some effect, but I find it mostly pretty screwed, and therefore I mostly laugh about it. People can believe in what they want, and I am certainly no party pooper. On with the show, whoever feels the need for it. What people should believe in is something I am extremely liberal about. But now it’s not funny anymore.

At the Alternative Fair in Tromso last weekend, the Keshe Foundation was one of the main attractions. They claim to be a little of everything, and they won’t refrain from anything to grab money from desperate people during deep crisis. This includes a wonderful machine that allows you to live without electricity in your home, but it has far more magical abilities, if we choose to believe them.

“We can cure all types of cancer,” said Geir Amdal to iTromsø, a claim he and his two comrades at Alternative Fair have confirmed several times. The nifty cure they sit exclusively on is what they call a “perpetual motion machine that uses a balance of gravity and magnetism.”

This treatment is a device consisting of two plastic rings filled with seawater, air, copper and zinc. The price of that glory is 8,000 euros, plus shipping and customs, or just under one hundred thousand crowns.

“We can help people in collaboration with their doctors. But if they don’t want that, then we have our own doctors too, who use our systems,” says Amdal reassuringly, offering thus a trip to Ghana in West Africa, where you can get expert assistance from their own doctors, if the family doctor finds the treatment is something sought.

The seller, for the sake of clarity, also offers some inexpensive varieties of the apparatus, so you can speculate on whether someone with cancer, who believes in this treatment, will be going for a crappy cheap variant or ordering the full package.

Hundred thousand Kroner to escape dying is, after all, not so much, if one thinks big. It’s almost like investing in a home or a cottage, if you knew that it actually works.

Now it’s not the price that is important here. And if someone wants to cancel their power supplier’s subscription, to manage with plastic rings filled with water, air and metal, then go ahead. Really. You probably do the world a great service, and if enough people do it, it will surely be able to save society huge amounts of power.

But those who take this step will notice side effects: it starts to freeze in winter, and their coffee will be unbearably tepid. It’s their choice. Far more serious are the claims that come with today’s most serious and extensive disease, cancer.

“Cancer simply means the body is out of balance,” says Geir Amdal, adding confidently. “Cancer is something mental. All diseases are basically mental and therefore you must solve the mental problem which made you sick in the first place first.”

The madness of medical incompetence does not stop there. “If you use our solution, you do not have to lose your hair and feel so bad. Therefore, we encourage people to try our treatment before they take chemotherapy. You will sweat while the cancer is taken out, but it’s much better for the body, the body is in balance.”

This is when it’s not funny anymore. For this is not only compromising with quack spray to rip money from naive people who have something like an eczema on their hands, struggle with hair loss or lack energy in everyday life. These are cynical, unprincipled and morally warped business people who speculate on individuals and families involved in tragedies, and this really is no laughing matter.

Most people know someone who has or has had cancer, and certainly someone who has experienced it within their close family or amongst their circle of friends. Each year there are approximately 30,000 new cases of cancer detected in Norway. 10,000 who die each year.

This is a relentless disease that widely affects people in any environment, in all age groups and in all walks of life. Cancer is one of the greatest public health problems. Therefore, heavy research is done on it, worldwide.

When someone suspicious then begins to create the impression that all you need to do is buy an application, and steer away from conventional treatment for recovery, it is not only ridiculous and hopeless, but also very serious. People who are in a desperate situation, afraid of dying or losing their loved ones, should not be fooled by a rhetoric that suggests that cancer is only the result of the body being out of balance, and that cancer is caused by something mental.

Because it is not. That they also advise cancer patients to interrupt professional treatment, in favor of their undocumented “perpetual motion machine”, is only stressing the insanity in this woolly business.

I also wonder if these moral eunuchs are going to stay away from chemotherapy and radiation the day they themselves or their loved ones are affected by cancer. Cancer that is allgedly only caused by something mental, and then your fate is left to a device with filled plastic rings.

Now everything indicates that the Keshe Foundation with their public stunt is going to be prosecuted for their activities. Fylkeslegen says it. The Health Minister says it. Law Professors say it.

That’s good, and I hope they also hold Alternative Fair accountable for supporting this madness. For someone must stop these predators who overtly attempt to exploit other people’s extreme poverty and fear.


Article 4

Cancer Society: “This is absolutely absurd”

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Cursed: Anne Lise Ryel, secretary general of the Cancer Society,
is upset over these “healers” promising to cure cancer with
alternative treatments. “I know cases where the use of alternative
medicine in cancer patients have ended fatally.” Photo: Tom Benjaminsen

Anne Lise Ryel, secretary general of the Cancer Society, is being cursed by “healers” who think they can cure cancer.

iTromsø wrote last weekend that the Keshe Foundation at the Alternative Fair has promised visitors at the show that they could cure cancer.

They offered a treatment with so-called “plasma technology” and recommended cancer patients to try the alternative treatment before they proceeded with chemotherapy, radiation and other traditional cancer treatments.

Anne Lise Ryel, secretary general of the Cancer Society:

“I am absolutely speechless. I think rightfully that people should not allow themselves to say such things. These so-called therapists talking to people who are suffering from cancer – people who are in their most disadvantaged period, who stand up to heavy treatment and who are very vulnerable. To turn to people who are in such a situation and say that they can be cured using alternative medicine, is absolutely absurd”, says Ryel.

Frightening

“That they additionally encourage people to use alternative medicine instead of, for example chemotherapy and radiation, is even worse,” says Ryel.

“If they really had something that was real and had a proven effect, we would not have spent so much money, resources and research to solve the cancer puzzle. Then we might have the answer! Seriously ill people would never have been subjected to such a heavy and painful treatment, if the disease could be cured with a simple alternative method. It’s scary that people say such things to cancer patients,” races Ryel.

She stresses that some alternative therapies that can be used next to traditional treatment – such as acupuncture to improve quality of life – may be fine, but she also stresses that everything must be clarified by a doctor.

Documentation

“My advice to people is to collect any documentation, and to be clear on what you think and want to achieve with such a treatment. And by all means, never go behind the backs of physicians and treatment services.”

Ryel never heard of anyone who has been cured by alternative treatment.

“However, I am aware of several instances where the use of alternative medicine in conjunction with cancer has ended fatally. Some patients have died as a result of this, while others have become much sicker than they were initially, and therefore they had to undergo a far tougher treatment”, says Ryel.

Guilt

At Alternative Fair, the Keshe Foundation further claimed that cancer is a mental illness.

“Part of the reason why we are researching cancer is precisely because one does not know all the reasons why some people get cancer, but it is certain that the cause of cancer is not mental. When someone says that this is a mental illness, they are actually blaming the individuals who have become ill. Cancer hits in many ways randomly, and many receive it without knowing why it has occurred. It’s really not something you should feel guilty about”, says Ryel.

The Minister of Health, Bent Høie, has also taken up the cause.

“One can not think themselves free of cancer. This type of ‘treatment’ is not only ineffective, but can be harmful – especially if it replaces proper medical care. Such cynical marketing towards the seriously ill is thankfully forbidden, but it is bad that many sick people in a vulnerable position are subjected to false hopes and dangerous advice. The safest and best treatment you get when hospitalized”, writes Høie on Facebook.


Article 5

They promised a cancer cure at Alternative Fair.
Now they can be prosecuted.

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County medical Svein Steinert believes it is very
serious to promise patients that they can be healthy,
and stresses that only health professionals are allowed
to treat serious illness. Photo: Marius Fiskum

County medical Svein Steinert takes action to get organization prosecuted that claims to cure cancer.

iTromsø wrote this weekend that the Keshe Foundation at the Alternative Fair has promised visitors at the show that they could cure cancer. The company advised people to try their treatment with “plasma technology” instead of chemotherapy in hospital.

Now comes Fylkeslegen

This is clearly an issue we have to deal with. As Professor Aslak Syse said, the promotion and information of the Keshe Foundation relates to paragraph 7 of the law on alternative therapies. It says that treatment of serious diseases and disorders should not be exercised by persons other than health professionals. They themselves admit they are no health care professionals, and cancer goes as a subcategory ‘serious illness’,” says county medical Steinert.

Public interest

The Public Health will take the matter further, but for Steinert it is clear that he believes the organization should be handed to the police.

“We are now in touch with the State Board of Health, which is responsible for applying public prosecution by public interest, and in this case we are talking about public interest.”

As those behind the fraud not only operate locally in Tromsø, the Norwegian Board of Health, not Fylkeslegen in Troms, will be going ahead with the case.

“Those who violate the law should be reported so that it becomes a police matter. So the police must decide whether they will investigate the case, and then the supervisory authorities could assist in the case illustrated”, said Steinert.

Political issue

He believes the Keshe Foundation presents very serious allegations.

“The county governor is very concerned that people who have cancer should not get the treatment they need. Therefore, we have forwarded the case to the Board of Health. It is demanding to be suffering from cancer, and patients shall not be tricked into treatment that has not proven effective.”

“I do not know the penalty for such offenses”, said county medical Svein Steinert.

“Not an official claim”

Vivi-Ann Sandnes Eggum of the Keshe Foundation is informed that Fylkeslegen will proceed with the case.

“The Keshe Foundation and ‘Plasma Technology’ are a phenomenon that is interesting. We want to get in touch with researchers to look at our technology, because it is not documented in Norway yet. But we have a team with 200 doctors in the world who have gathered references that it works, and we would like to collaborate with physicians in Norway too. ‘We can cure cancer’ is not the Keshe Foundation’s official attitude.”

– Members of the Keshe Foundation have been standing at Alternative Fair and said you can cure any type of cancer, no matter how severe it is. And then you say it is not their official stance ?

“We have said that it is not an official stance. We are aware of the legislation, but we must not stop a debate on “plasma technology,” just because our methods have not yet been recognized. When our people say “plasma” can cure cancer, so it is based on the experiences they have gained by our doctors around the world who consider plasma technology to be exciting, and have seen that it works on their patients.

We think it is good that the county medical now gets involved, although he is skeptical. We must not stop a health development that will push forward”, says Sandnes.



The KF followers’ ignorance and naivity is breathtaking, not only in Norway, but all over the world. Even when they are already under investigation, they still think they are right. They do not realize that they have fallen for a cult and are acting against the law.

We would like to point out again that everyone who supports the Keshe Foundation is also complicit in their crimes. Not because we say so, but because there are laws, and they exist for a reason: to protect people from being harmed. The KF does the opposite: it harms people.

After Belgium, Norway is now already the second country that will prosecute the KF. Not because Keshe has a new miracle technology (he doesn’t), but because the KF is a criminal organization, not an honest organization because, despite of its claims to stand for “correct ethos” and world peace, it intentionally deceives, scams and harms people.

As we said before: protect yourself and stay away from the KF. They are the opposite of what they claim to be.

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