Up until 2014 “Hallwang Clinic” was called “Privatklinik Dr. Ursula Jacob”  : the name of the medical-director of that “oncology clinic”. If Hallwang's Dr. Ursula Jacob has formal qualifications as an oncologist she has omitted to include them on her résumé.
One of Dr. Jacob's famous cancer patients was the American actress Farrah Fawcett. A more recent famous customer at Hallwang Clinic is the English actress Leah Bracknell. (Suspension-of-disbelief is required by actors in their workplace, apparently some have that mindset permanently).
"Hallwang Clinic GmbH" has been in existence since 2007, and they state that they have had "over 7,000 patients", but you'll have a hard-job finding internet-posts by any of those 7000 claiming they've been cured by visiting Hallwang.
Ewe shouldn't go there
|Quackwatch says: |
|The theory behind cellular therapy is senseless. The American Cancer Society has strongly advised people not to seek it. Under ordinary circumstances, cells from the organs of one species cannot replace the cells from the organs of other species. When foreign proteins are injected, the immune system attacks them. In addition, injections of animal cells can spread viral disease and trigger severe allergic reactions. When taken by mouth, animal cells are digested and are not absorbed intact into the body.|
The clinic is not limited to treating people with cancer: patients with a wide-variety of disorders, including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, meningitis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc., have received live cell therapy at Hallwang Clinic. Specifically, they are injected with "fresh" live sheep-fetus cells.
However transplanting sheep cells is a baaa…d idea, as they would be rejected by the human immune system, and would never survive in a person, so could not be "regenerative". So such xenotransplants are doomed to failure, and have some risk attached via the immune-response to the foreign material injected, and possibly via transmission of zoonotic disease.
In addition to minuscule portions of "fresh" lamb, the Hallwang treatment-menu includes other guaranteed-failures such as homoeopathy, ozone therapy, amygdalin, and orthomolecular medicine. Although some of the items on their menu appear to be proven medical treatments. However, given the context, prospective customers should have those apparently legit treatment-options surveyed by an independent expert who is qualified to judge whether those treatments have any chance of success in their case, and are worth the price of a house (reportedly the cost of cancer treatment at Hallwang Clinic can reach £250K).
People travel from across the globe to get to Hallwang Clinic, including the staff, one of whom, Dr Gregory Hans Schwarz, was from Australia. The Aussies are very obliging: they'll do anything to help a mate.
Hallwang Clinic uses a company called "RGCC Central Europe GmbH" to perform tests on patient's blood to evaluate any cancer cells present. Coincidentally its managing director, Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou, was also a managing-director of Hallwang Clinic. Dr Papasotiriou is billed as "a patent holder" of the RGCC blood-test, but according to Google, no patents have been granted to someone with his name: there is just one patent application for a proposed cancer treatment, (which is not a blood test, or a patent).
The results of those RGCC blood tests are used to determine which cancer treatment is best for that particular patient, (e.g. a treatment only available at Hallwang Clinic), and whether an applied treatment has been effective and should be r€p€at€d in the future. As they are proprietary blood tests it's not possible to independently replicate that exact same blood-work to check their accuracy. The American branch of RGCC is run by a chiropractor called Ray Hammon. Like all chiropractors, Ray is misleading his customers into believing he's realigning their vertebrae, and in his case also misleading them into believing intravenous-injections of hydrogen-peroxide and EDTA are a good idea.
An American doctor of medicine called "James W Forsythe, MD, HMD", does recommend RGCC blood tests. However that Dr Forsythe has been disciplined* repeatedly: for medical malpractice & overcharging for laboratory-tests performed outside his office. (* Anyone with an M.D. qualification who describes themselves as being an alternative / complementary / integrative practitioner, has another skeleton in their closet in addition to a didactic one).
A "Dr. Kevin Bethel MD CM FAARM FICT" at the "IAT clinic in the Bahamas" is another MD in who recommends RGCC testing. "FICT" is a qualification from A4M: so it may as well mean FICTional. (The "IAT clinic in the Bahamas" has been in serious trouble in the past). "IAT" is purportedly a form of immunotherapy, which was invented by zoologist Lawrence Burton in the 1970's. However no independent evidence that IAT is an effective cancer treatment, and the blood-products involved in IAT are banned from USA by the FDA.
The current managing director of Hallwang Clinic is Dr. Albert Schmierer, not a doctor of medicine, but allegedly a "pharmacist". His family business "Dr Zinsser Pharmaceuticals" sells homeopathic remedies , including ones derived from toxic substances such as strychnine, however diluted to the point where none of the active ingredient is present in the product sold, as is the norm in the fraud that is homeopathy. I.e. the managing-director of Hallwang Clinic sells customers a mixture of distilled-water & alcohol, with no active ingredient, as if it was medicine. The treatments offered by his clinic should be viewed with that in mind.
- Official website
- The image of the operating-room used in Hallwang Clinic advertising looks impressive, but it's just a stock-photo.
- A statement from Hallwang clinic claiming they don't do press-interviews in order to preserve patient-confidentiality.
That statement is on their FaceBook page which includes the names and pictures of Hallwang patients.
- Sideshow for "Privatklinik Dr.Ursula Jacob GmbH" from 2012 says "Over 7,000 patients treated", (on slide #3).
If the 7000 figure is correct, and they've continued at that rate, there should be over 10,000 customers by 2016.
- Video where Dr Ursula Jacob claims tooth fillings have some relevance in cancer causation & cancer treatment.
- English translation of the German PSIRAM-page on Hallwang Clinic , (PSIRAM is like RationalWiki, but without the snark).
- Peter Trayhurn † blogged about his cancer-treatment at Hallwang Clinic: initially (in 2013) his reports were positive,
but latterly (2016) he described the doctors he encountered there as "greedy ... reckless ... vultures".
- Reportedly Professor Christian Ottensmeier believes Hallwang patients are being overcharged for the evidence-based treatment they receive there.
- An in-depth article on Hallwang Clinic published in 2018by Lindsay Gellman.
- An article on "cellular therapy", (e.g. injections of fresh/live sheep fetus cells), by Stephen Barrett.
- Sellers of the ovine Zell-V products, (as recommended by Dr Jacob & Dr Schmierer), look like they're doing live blood analysis on the prospective customers.
- A diagram (grafisches netzwerk) showing the relationships between "Hallwang Clinic GmbH" and other companies, (e.g. "RGCC Central Europe GmbH").
- Examples of RGCC blood-test results. The small-print at the at the bottom of those examples includes the European-equivalent of a quack Miranda warning.
- A copy of the "NutriPATH (Integrative Pathology Services) Practitioner Manual" for RGCC blood-testing.
- "Hallwang Clinic GmbH" was "Dr. Ursula Jacob GmbH".
- The résumé of "Dr. Ursula Jacob".
- Dr Ursula Jacob's credits in Farrah Fawcett movies.
- See slide #4
- A google-search for any satisfied Hallwang customers.
- Stephen Barrett,Cellular Therapy, 21 August 2003.
- See slides #81 #83 #86 #91 #97
- The treatment menu at Hallwang Clinic.
- GoFundMe for "Dominic Bergin" £250,000 target †.
- GoFundMe for "Kate Anne Douglas"
£250,000£370,000 target †.
- Résumé of Hobart's "Dr Greg Schwarz".
- Hobart's "Dr Greg Schwarz" in trouble in 2005.
- Promotional YouTube video for RGCC Ltd.
- English translation of www.moneyhouse.de/Ioannis-Papasotiriou
- Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou introduced as "patent holder".
- Google says: 1 patent application, No patent granted.
- An RGGC test reports that the optimum cancer treatments are only available in Germany.
- Not an advert for chelationist "Dr. Ray Hammon, DC", honest.
- Dr Forsythe's website "centurywellness".
- Dr Forsythe praises RGCC tests on YouTube.
- [http://www.casewatch.org/board/med/forsythe/complaint.shtml Disciplinary Actions against James W. Forsythe, M.D.]
- Click on "Forsythe, James W., M.D. | License No. 2864".
- Dr. Kevin Bethel describes RGCC testing on YouTube.
- AIDS & Hepatitis-B at "IAT clinic in the Bahamas" in 1985
- The full IAT story on the QuackWatch website..
- JAMA article says IAT doesn't work.
- FDA says IAT is hazardous.
- Managing-Director of Hallwang Clinic is homeopath "Dr. Albert Schmierer".
- Albert Schmierer's family have been selling pretend-medicine for over 50 years.
- A page from the "Dr Zinsser" website showing "Nux vomica" (strychnine).