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Viruses Are Not Alone-The Latest Cancer Research – This area is going to be a work in progress. The reader will see why when they get there. I have stated for the last 10 years that researchers have known for years that viruses cause cancer. Many have stated that viruses are the only cause of cancer, with “carcinogens” triggering viruses into causing cancer. Now we know that viruses are not the only microorganisms involved in the process. But do intracellular bacteria cause cancer by themselves or do they serve another purpose in this process? The section starts with a letter to my colleagues discussing this fascinating and paradigm-shifting information.

An Email to Dogtor J’s Medical Group – Viruses and Intracellular Bacteria- Benign Tumors vs.. Malignancy vs.. Granulomas- This is an Email I sent on 5-9-09 to my friends in veterinary research. It deals with the role of intracellular bacteria (e.g. mycoplasma) in the formation of tumors and the noncancerous lesions so often described as “idiopathic” or “autoimmune”. Thank Goodness those terms are about to go the way of the dinosaurs.

Important Links on Viruses, Bacteria and Cancer – The following links will help take the interested reader as far down this rabbit hole as they would like to go. Although this is a vital topic and a fascinating journey, I have to warn you that the going can- and will- get quite uncomfortable at times. But please keep in mind that we can still do much to prevent and treat these frightening conditions. We must focus on removing the triggers (e.g. carcinogens, dietary lectins, pollutants) and keeping our immune systems healthy. The viruses and bacteria are here to stay. We must simply make ourselves strong enough to live with them- even the man-made ones.

An Email to Dogtor J’s Medical Group:

Viruses and Intracellular Bacteria- Benign Tumors vs.. Malignancy vs.. Granulomas

by Dogtor J


Dear Medical Friends,

This study of viruses and bacteria just keeps getting “funner and funner”. Cancer is beginning to make perfectly good sense. (Of course, like everything else, it is a good news, bad news thing. The good news is that we can do something about it.)

After looking into the natural roles of viruses and repeating the process with intracellular bacteria (L-forms and mollicutes) and having read a sizeable number of scientific, more-facts-than-needed types of articles, I have made these discoveries and come to these conclusions:

1) Viruses and bacteria are natural inhabitants of our bodies. (This is a given)

2) Both viruses and bacteria mutate to suit their environment and the challenges they sustain. (Another given)

3) Some viruses (e.g. retroviruses) incorporate their genetic information into the nuclear DNA of cells while many intracellular bacteria exchange their genetic information with that of the mitochondrial DNA. (Scientific fact)

4) Mitochondria are not only the “powerhouses of the cell” but are also involved in cell differentiation, cell death, and cell division through their own independent machinery used in protein synthesis, including DNA, messenger and transfer RNAs, and ribosomes.  (Scientific fact)

5) In pathology we have benign and malignant tumors, “precancerous” lesions, and granulomatous diseases. Among neoplasms, we have a range of well-differentiated to poorly differentiated tumors. (Scientific fact)

6) Among those tumors that can occur in the skin and in the mouth (e.g. melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma), those in the mouth are typically much worse (behaviorally more malignant). We have typically explained this difference by their rich blood supply but is that so? Cancer doesn’t like oxygen anymore than the individual components (viral and bacterial) that cause that cancer. So, what is the biggest difference between a melanoma sitting on the skin of the muzzle and one on the inside the mouth invading the gum? One answer is the presence of bacteria.

7) Conclusion: The difference between granulomas (e.g. sarcoidosis), benign tumors and malignancies is the presence or absence of one of the two main entities- the virus and the intracellular bacteria. In granulomas, the action is governed by the intracellular bacteria through their influence in the mitochondrial DNA. In benign tumors, the action is governed by the presence of a virus in the nuclear DNA. But in (some/many/all) malignancies, the action is governed by both. Could malignancies be a viral tumor that is “secondarily infected” with bacteria, just like other disease processes we see (e.g. IBS, atopic pyoderma, asthma, etc.)? This would help to explain “premalignant” lesions and conditions like sebaceous adenomas and perianal gland tumors in which the vast majority are benign…until a malignancy finally pops up. And speaking of perianal gland tumors (and mast cell tumors of that area), is there an area of skin subject to more potentially virulent bacteria on the body other than around the mouth? (Speaking of bacterial influence, how many benign intestinal tumors do we see?)

I had a case of a very strange malignancy in the foot of a Labrador retriever last year. It was never definitively diagnosed by Antech except for being a highly undifferentiated sarcoma. It occurred after what appeared to be a stab wound between the toes. The owner thought he had stepped on glass in the backyard and that’s just what it looked like. But, the lesion that appeared a month later continued to grow, leading the biopsy. We tried some medications and natural remedies but it continued to grow, leading to amputation of the leg. What got in there? A new virus, a new bacteria, or both? Did a bacteria enter an area where a virus already resided?

Is this what happens in other cancers?  Do mycoplasma do this? Are mycoplasmal vaccine contaminants (which we know occur) part of the process of vaccine-induced sarcomas or is it just the adjuvant activating a residential virus? Could a secondary infection with intracellular bacteria be the thing that decompensates the FeLV, FIV, or HIV individual, knowing that L-forms and mollicutes invade white cells (as well as platelets and RBCs) and compromise their vitamin D receptors, creating a state of immunodeficiency within that cell?

It has been postulated for years that viruses and mycoplasma work in concert. These viruses and intracellular bacteria both reside inside the cell, working in different areas as described above. They are both part of our adaptive system, reacting to toxins, lectins, and other challenges. It’s cool to see that there is something alive inside the cell reacting to challenges being made to that cell (not that DNA and RNA are not “alive”). Could it be that viruses are the main adaptive force and bacteria take it to a whole new level when things get really serious??? That’s kind of what happens in the gastrointestinal tract, isn’t it?

It is clear that we lose the battle mainly when our immune system takes a nose dive. We spend our lives before then being benefitted by the constant action of these guys (except for the ones that have been altered by man), who serve to signal the immune system that we have done something wrong, bringing on a variety of signs and symptoms. A healthy immune system is the governor and keeps these “helpers” from getting too powerful. They need a foreman. But, when the immune system crashes and we continue to insult these guys (kick their ant bed), these guys run rampant, including carrying their proclamations to distant locations (metastasis, scleroderma, “rheumatoid arthritis of the lungs”, sarcoidosis). We lose our grip on them and they take over, all in the name of their own survival. They never wanted to hurt us. They were simply reacting to what we were doing to them. In fact, they’re running scared. But make no mistake: They have no conscience and they will do what it takes to survive, even if it means killing the host. And when that occurs, these viruses and bacteria don’t know they are committing suicide. But we should.

Lemme know what you think,


John B. Symes, DVM (aka “Dogtor J”)

Important Links on Viruses, Bacteria and Cancer:

The following links will help take the interested reader as far down this rabbit hole as they would like to go. Although this is a vital topic and a fascinating journey, I have to warn you that the going can- and will- get quite uncomfortable at times. But please keep in mind that we can still do much to prevent and treat these frightening conditions. We must focus on removing the triggers (e.g. carcinogens, dietary lectins, pollutants) and keeping our immune systems healthy. The viruses and bacteria are here to stay. We must simply make ourselves strong enough to live with them-even the man-made ones.

Cancer Bacteria (Wikipedia)

Acid Fast Bacteria Discovered in Prostate Cancer

Breast Cancer and Cancer Bacteria

Link Between Bacteria and Cancer Explored

Mycoplasma Research in Breast Cancer

Bacteria- The Ultimate Cause of Cancer

Mycoplasma in Gastric Cancer

Mycoplasma- The Linking Pathogen in Neurosystemic Disease

Just Desserts

These are little tidbits of knowledge I’ve discovered or insights I’ve gained over the years while doing my in-depth studies.For example, did you know researchers have found that nearly 40% of the genetic information in our DNA is viral information? This explains what we call “genetic diseases” including familial and breed tendencies toward food intolerance (e.g. celiac disease), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy), and numerous cancers.

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Blogtor J

Welcome to the blog of the new New research into the origin of our medical woes has revealed something startling: As it turns out, we are our own worst enemy. Yes, the Pogo quote of yesteryear found in the title of this article is quite accurate when applied to our medical lives. We love to discuss those things that we call “causes” of diseases even though we often have little clue as to how these things really cause illness. Even medical professionals can have difficulty grasping the true cause-and-effect. But that is understandable once some insight is gained into the true nature of medical training.

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News Flash!

In this section, I will be placing links to the latest breaking news in the food world, including updates on the use of elimination diets to control disease, articles on pet food, the truth about GMO foods and more. I will do my best to balance the bad with the good, but try to remember: Much of this will seem like bad news but at least we know about it now…and can change it!


With some of these stories, I will include a link to a blog entry so that you can comment on the article. This idea came to me after reading the first entry, which is a news flash that made my blood boil.

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The Simple Truth about Dog Food and Heart Disease The Epilepsy Diet Made Simple The Origin of Disease Lectins – The Missing Links Viruses – Friend or Foe? Pain, Pain Go Away
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Something to Chew On

What is the “Leaky Gut”?
The “leaky gut syndrome” is the root of many medical evils once the “big 4” induce it. Read how Italians have survived being a pasta-based society.

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Hip Dysplasia – “Genetics” vs. Diet

As misconceptions go, this is a high-priority item. Hip dysplasia is not what we were taught.

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Epilepsy and Diet

I have been studying “idiopathic epilepsy” extensively since April of 2000. Guess what? It’s not idiopathic anymore. A diet change can cure it!

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The Truth About Pet Food

Dogs and cats are carnivores yet most pet foods are grain-based. Knowing how to read a label is also very important. Does your pet food really have vegetables in it? Really???

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How to Control Epilepsy Naturally

I have been successfully treating pets with epilepsy using diet changes alone for nearly 10 years. The results have been astounding. This paper helps to summarize my findings and recommendations.

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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

This is the first blog placed on (6-24-07) and pretty much covers the gamut of topics – from heartburn to cancer – that are discussed on this Website. The bottom line? Viruses and bacteria are not the enemy. We are! The good news: We do have our health destinies in our own hands.

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Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet

This paper is an article I wrote for the newsletter of when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I will not be at all surprised when we find that it does exist in numerous other breeds… and even the lovable mutt…but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point. Gluten is only the beginning.

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The Answer

This 40-plus page paper is my first major paper, written in 2001 and hurriedly placed on this site on that fateful and tragic day of 9-11. It represents the culmination of nearly two years of research on the subject of food-related disorders and contains an amazing amount of facts that have been hidden from public view concerning this subject. It covers how the “big 4” trouble foods- gluten, dairy, soy and corn- came into being, catapulted into common usage, and became directly involved in most of our serious medical conditions, including epilepsy, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, ADHD, pain syndromes, depression, and allergies. Severe immune-mediated diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are also covered.


Yes, it is quite long, but it appeared on my computer screen and was placed onto the Web just as it came out of my head. And it is wordy in places. But, as I tell my clients, “There is no law that you have to read it all in one sitting. Think of it as a free, short book rather than a long research paper. It’s all how you look at it, right?”


The one thing I can say is that this information WILL change your life…guaranteed!!!

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