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The founder Dr. med. Wolfgang Wöppel

Wolfgang Wöppel, MD, the founder and first Medical Director of the Hufeland Clinic, can be regarded with good reason as a pioneer of a gentle, naturopathically oriented cancer therapy, which, on the basis of an increasingly holistic perception of disease in our time, points the way to the future of solution-oriented medicine.

We have decided to take over the following lines from him unchanged. Even if individual parts from it had to be updated elsewhere, the original tone of Dr. med. Wöppel nevertheless shows quite clearly the high professional competence of the author and his critical sincerity and not least the vision of a great physician:

Dr. med. Wolfgang Wöppel

... When one sees this development and has to recognize that the strategy aimed at the destruction of cancer down to the last cell has brought only relatively modest partial successes, then it is justified to relativize the claim of this concept and to set other concepts against it. One such concept is the holistic approach to cancer as propagated by Issels, Zabel, Seeger and others since the 1950s and to which I refer in the following. What does holistic approach mean?

In this concept, the tumor is a secondary event preceded by a disorder of the whole organism. Cancer is thus defined as a chronic general human disease. The tumor is thus not the cause but the product of the cancer, which precedes the formation of the tumor by far. Accordingly, the tumor is thus a symptom that shows the physician that this organism is seriously chronically ill. After all, it is an ancient knowledge that only a weakened body can become ill. Only when the body's defense and repair systems fail can a cancer cell, transformed by whatever means, grow into a tumor. In a healthy person, these systems are capable of detecting and repairing any gross deviation from the norm.

Hormones, ferments, carbohydrates, surface-active substances, substances with redox potentials and substances that have the ability to build bioelectric potentials and thus determine the intensity of metabolism, especially tissue respiration. This extracellular fluid is now changed by nervous stimuli, by the blood, the lymph and the metabolic behavior of the organ cells. However, the psyche also influences this fluid through the nervous and hormonal systems. It can be postulated that disturbances of the extracellular fluid will inevitably cause disturbances to the cells. The microscope, however, will only be able to show us the disturbance of a cell, but not what caused this disturbance.

The system of basic regulation is thus a particularly important system, which is undoubtedly responsible for the development and prevention of many diseases. It would now go too far to describe the structure and functioning of the system of basic regulation in detail; for this I must refer to the relevant literature. However, it is important for our point of view that a lasting disturbance of this system results in further disturbances, namely: functional disturbances of various cells and organs, disturbances of the detoxification performance of the organism, disturbance of the humoral milieu, disturbance of the normal vegetative regulation processes in the body, change of the membrane behavior of the individual cell with secondary effect on the cell metabolism and finally defense weakness.

We should take note of the fact that complex regulatory disturbances can lead to the fact that a cancer cell, transformed by whatever means, can develop into a cancer tumor with all its terrible consequences. It is therefore very important to recognize such complex regulatory disturbances as early as possible, which automatically means that we are practicing real early cancer detection and cancer prophylaxis. As indicative procedures to check the system of basic regulation according to Pischinger, I would like to mention: Thermoregulation diagnostics according to Schwamm and Rost, decoder dermography, SEG, etc. All these methods are not specific to cancer, because regulatory rigidity is also found in other chronic diseases. However, thermoregulation diagnostics according to the Heidelberg model, for example, showed that in 92 % of breast cancer cases and 96 % of lung tumor cases it is possible to tell whether such a tumor is benign or malignant before surgery.

Nonspecific regulatory processes are thus of decisive importance for tumor development. There are also a number of indications that the obstruction of the non-specific regulatory processes is caused by the summation of many noxae, some of which are hardly observed by the patient.

And this brings us to the causal damaging factors that trigger the disturbance of regulation. Thus we find again and again that more than 90 % of all cancers are herd-burdened. A cancer patient without a focus is an absolute rarity! But also disturbance fields in the sense of Huneke and the individual nutrition have an effect as internal factors on the system of basic regulation. Of great importance are also mental influences, hereditary influences and physical-chemical influences (environmental pollution, "electrosmog", radiation pollution, medicinal pollution).

All these factors affect the body's regulatory processes in different ways depending on the individual, blocking them and thus paving the way for the disease. Holistic cancer therapy therefore means recognizing and eliminating the individual damaging factors and the damage they cause. This means that the focus is not on the tumor, but on the individual human being. Of course, one will not completely negate the tumor, but will certainly treat it with the methods provided by conventional medicine.

The founder: Dr. med. Wolfgang Wöppel

* August 15, 1946 in Aschaffenburg
+ July 10, 2006 in Bad Mergentheim

Wolfgang Wöppel, MD, was born on August 15, 1946 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. His professional career began at the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg. After studying medicine (1966-1971) and training as an internist, he held a leading position at the Mosbach/Baden District Hospital, specializing in intensive care medicine, endoscopy, X-ray diagnostics including angiography, and the care of oncological patients.

On the basis of this broad orthodox medical training, he considered the possibilities of purely conventional cancer therapy to be insufficient. This insight was confirmed by his acquaintance with the famous oncologist Dr. Josef Issels, who, with his naturopathic methods and holistic way of thinking, challenged the purely orthodox cancer treatment of his time and himself had extraordinary successes to show. Issels' theories and methods had a lasting influence on the alternative treatment of cancer patients. Working with Dr. Issels in his day clinic at Tegernsee, Dr. Wöppel gained valuable experience in the field of holistic cancer therapy in the years 1982-1984.

On February 25, 1985, Dr. Wöppel opened the Hufeland Clinic for Holistic Immunobiological Therapy in Bad Mergentheim, which has since become Germany's oldest biology-based specialty clinic. Based on Issel's treatment methods, Dr. Wöppel developed his own concept, the core message of which he often formulated as follows: "In this (holistic) view, cancer is not just a disorder of a single organ, but always an expression of a comprehensive disorder of the whole person in his unity of body and soul. The therapeutic procedure must therefore be oriented to the individual causes that may have led to the disease. Only if these causes are consistently reduced can the inner physician, who is in each of us, fully develop his healing powers. Such a therapeutic approach does not fight nature, but plans its healing powers; it does not destroy the human being, but builds him up and therefore opens up possibilities even where conventional methods are ineffective or even harmful.

It is considered remarkable that through the combination of basic biological therapy, special whole food nutrition, activating immunotherapy, psychotherapeutic care and conventional therapies used as gently as possible, as carried out in the Hufeland Clinic, an unusual accumulation of so-called spontaneous remissions can be observed, about which Dr. Wöppel has lectured at international symposia (Heidelberg 1997; Kallithea 1998). Some of these cases have been published.

Experts at Columbia University New York have verified and confirmed these facts in a two-year study. In July 2005, the strikingly good results were published in a renowned scientific journal:

Judith S. Jacobson DrPH, MBA et al., Cancer Outcomes at the HUFELAND (Complementary/Alternative Medicine) Clinic: A Best-Case Series Review, Integrative Cancer Therapies, Vol 4, Number 2, 2005.

Dr. Wöppel has received worldwide recognition for his knowledge and experience in the field of holistic cancer treatment. As an expert he was invited to national and international congresses, in numerous television appearances, reports and press articles he presented his therapy concept.

Despite his numerous commitments, he also enjoyed social functions in his hometown of Bad Mergentheim and was active in the parish and city councils until his death in 2006. In his private life, as a father of four, he enjoyed family life, to which he gave the highest priority. He sought a balance to his intensive professional activities in nature and in his many interests: He liked to go hunting, was an enthusiastic chess player, recreational pilot and amateur magician, who often amazed his audience with his humorously designed magic arts.

His life's work is being continued: Under the direction of his wife Gabriele and his daughter Angelika, the Hufeland Clinic continues to give new hope and vitality to cancer patients and patients with other chronic diseases.

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