Congressional Record

Congressional Record Proceedings and debates

of the 80th Congress, second session.


Monday, June 7, 1948

Mr. Langer. Mr. President.I hold in my hand which appears in the current  issue of a Lutheran magazine called the Eleventh Hour, published by the Lutheran Research Society of Detroit, Michigan. This article bears the title

“The Koch Treatment.”

It describes the science developed by Dr.William Frederick Koch, of Detroit, Mich., for the treatment of prevailing diseases to which our twentieth-century civilization is heir. I have personally watched the progress of this system of treatment over a period of years. I feel that it is deserving of the attention of everyone who is interested in the health of the American people.

I therefore ask unanimous consent to have this illuminating document printed in the Record at this point as a part of my remarks. There being no objection, the article was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:


Fortunately for Canadian farmers in the Province of British Columbia, the Minister of the Department of Agriculture possessed an open mind. This fact is saving cattle raisers into the millions of dollars annually. It is assuring them of better cows, steers and beef than previously known.

Such ailments as Bang’s disease, Johne’s disease, and other fatal diseases that customarily make devastating demands upon dairy herds are no longer fatal in British Columbia.Thanks to the integrity and foresight of Canadian physicians veterinarians, and Government experts who recently completed a series of successful experiments with the Koch system for treating virulent diseases.

More about these investigations a little later.

But, be it known as a further warning against trying to suppress truth, that farmers in various parts of the United States are rising up in indignation, demanding the right to enjoy the same advantages as their Canadian brethren. Cattle raisers in South American countries, notably  Brazil, have for years demonstrated the validity of the Koch treatment.

As an index to the stir now being created by American men of the soil, your editor has before him a document which may well become one of historical importance. It is a petition, drawn up by a group of Michigan farmers and submitted for signature to members of State legislature for their respective districts.It is dated April 1948, and says:

“We the undersigned members of the Michigan State legislature respectfully petition the Congress of the United States,through an appropriate  committee to investigate the injunction imposed by a Federal court on William  Frederick Koch, Ph. D.  M.D., a pioneer in the field of  research  and treatment of cancer, inasmuch as recently discovered methods of treatment confirm the research of Dr.Koch, with the end in view of requesting the Attorney General of the United States to have said injunction dismissed, so that Dr. Koch can continue further research and practice in his field without restriction.”

The document bears the signature of 25 legislators.  More about Dr. Koch’s persecution a little later. * * *

Suffice to say that Michigan farmers are not letting their herds die while waiting for bureaucrats to lift an injunction that should never have been imposed. They are using The Koch Therapy anyway, thereby saving themselves and the public substantial sums of money in terms of cattle, beef, and dairy products.

Injustice temporarily denies the learned physician the right of recommending his treatment.But men living  close to nature, who know values  when they see them, are using the discovery just the same. This reminds us of the man of old who insisted the world was round and that it moved on its axis. In stocks, suffering excruciating pain, he cried out that his tormentors were right the earth was flat and stationary.But when given this freedom, he confided to a friend that the earth had been moving all the time. Denial of the earth’s rotundity did not cause the solar system’s wheels to stop.

Dr.Albert L. Wahl,  a New York physician of enviable attainments says in his book. A Least Common Denominator in Antibiotics: “In the philosophy of medicine, the last word has not been said. Nor of course, is it presumed that the present writing; encompasses the final dictum.   But in the words of the Old Testament, `God has worked a new thing, and this new thing ( the  Koch  treatment ) is substantiated by extensive clinical observation. And the facts press hard upon our present concepts, not only of clinical pathology, but of the chemistry of immunity, and clamour for a revision of our philosophy of medicine.”

            Dr. William  J. Hale of the Dow Chemical  Co.  says: 

           ” Dr.William Frederick Koch is The Modern Pasteur.”  

Prof. Joseph Maisin of Louvain University, Belgium, stated to the Canadian  Cancer  Commission  in 1940: “The Koch formula should not be called MERELY a cancer cure. It is a very important step in medicine and is apt to change the whole picture of medicine and pathology.

Dr. Koch is doing wonderful things.”

It is an interesting story how Koch therapy began to be applied in animals:

Dr. D.  H. Arnott, of London, Ontario, first  applied  the system in the  cure of human diseases in 1926. Other physicians and scientists became deeply interested in the cures effected. While convinced that  Dr. Koch had discovered new and useful therapeutic chemicals, the kind of data customarily accumulated by animal experiments was lacking. This led to the amazing results that farmers are now enjoying.

The Honorable K. C. MacDonald,  Minister of Agriculture of British Columbia, called a group of experts together at Vancouver on October  4,  1944. It was agreed that the Koch method of treating diseases which were then ravaging fine dairy herds, should be carefully studied.

Two divergent views were expressed at this meeting:

(1).  Educational, scientific, and administrative authorities present, took the position that reports of cures were fantastic and too good to be true.

(2). Practical men,farmers who had seen the demonstrations with their own eyes, testified that results were being realized exactly as claimed.

On page 16 of his 1944 report, the Minister stated: “There were many dairymen present who made astounding  claims for the Koch treatment. In  practically  all cases the dairy claimed that their cows responded almost immediately. These cattle owners were emphatic in their request that no  action be taken which would prevent their obtaining Koch treatments when required.”

One leading breeder told how the Koch treatment had saved an especially good cow given up to die. He explained that it developed mastitus during lactation. A veterinary surgeon advised him to have the animal removed from the herd and slaughtered. There was danger of the infection spreading.

Instead, the Koch treatment was applied. The action consisted of one dose of the therapeutic reagent being administered by hypodermic syringe  under the skin of the neck.Recovery was instantaneous and within a week the cow’s milk was being sold to the creamery.

Other breeders relate similar experiences. Thereupon it was unanimously agreed that the Department of Agriculture should investigate the merits  of the system.The official declaration appears on page 16 of the agricultural department’s 1944 report: “The Minister stated that it was  his  desire to form an opinion based upon accurate investigations and he named a committee to under take this investigation.”

Mr. MacDonald’s words of instruction were: “I am Minister, and gentleman,I am determined to get at the truth.”

Two veterinarians were appointed by members of  the committee to work together. Animals were to be examined and their diseases classified.     It was agreed that no clinical problem would be rejected because of the severity of the disease. The joint opinion of the owner and the two
veterinarians was to be accepted as final. Field work was begun in November  1944 and completed in September 1945. A Government laboratory and a private laboratory duplicated each other’s work and checked up on the bacteriology and other analyses required for the test.

The results were nothing short of astounding to members of the committee. Everything that the Koch Laboratories, located at 8181 East Jefferson Avenue, in Detroit, anticipated, came to pass. It was fitting that the final report published by the Government of British Columbia should have   contained a statement by Dr.Arnott. He summed up the Koch theory of treatment as follows:

“Life is promoted, sustained, and reproduced by the use of food. For good health the supply must be adequate in amount and in variety. For the best normal results it is necessary that the food be well digested and also that the potential  energy  contained  therein be transferred into living energy throughout the body at a vigorous rate, burning the food properly in each individual cell where it unites with oxygen for this purpose.

“This living chemical reaction is spoken of  by medical science as internal respiration, and it must take place continuously because nature has   not provided any reservoir wherein oxygen may be stored, to be drawn upon at will or in time of need. It is upon the degree approaching perfection with which food is thus turned into living energy consistently that conditions requisite for good health are best  maintained,  that  diseases are best resisted, that life is best reproduced.”

“It is Dr.Koch’s belief that a normal supply of these essential carbon compounds often can be renewed by the hypodermic administration of the reagents which he discovered.”

The committee adopted a closing resolution which contained the following commendatory clause:

“That the observations justify a recognition of the working hypothesis of biological oxidation of the Koch treatment, meriting its further use in veterinary therapy.” And so,our Canadian friends are profiting from the wonderful achievements of the Koch science.

Dr.Koch began the treatment of cancer in 1918 and other diseases later.

He soon discovered interests existing in the United States that did not welcome recoveries from these deadly enemies of society to reach the public. Since that time he has had to constantly beat down the opposition in order to continue his work for the relief of suffering humanity.

The fundamentals of the Koch science may be succinctly stated as follows:

  1. That the chemistry of natural immunity in the body is able to destroy the toxicity of germs.

  2. When the body is invaded by toxic bacteria so full of poison that they spill over into the system,  the oxidation mechanism must burn off these poisons or the person becomes ill.

  3. The less able the system is to burn, or oxidize, the poisons, the weaker the person becomes. When the oxidation mechanism fails to burn off any poison, the victim dies.

  4. The Koch Laboratories have developed synthetic antitoxins which act as a catalyst in helping the body build up its oxidation mechanism equal  to the task of destroying these toxins. When natural immunity is restored the person recovers.

  5. Cancer behavior is a protective response to a toxic product generated within the body. Dr.Koch summarized the matter many years ago in  a scientific paper form which the following sentences are reproduced:

“Clinical observation discloses the persistence of toxemia over a period even as long  as 20 years previous to the advent of the growth. After the growth has come these toxic manifestations  disappear, or nearly so. After surgical removal  of the growth they return and with recurrence of the growth again disappear.We designate these symptoms as the pro growth symptoms,  for they differ from  those consequent to the activity of the
growth itself.” “The strongest and the sufficient proof that  cancer  is a response of protection against a definite toxin, however,rests with the fact  that removal of the toxin and destruction of the toxin source is followed by complete involution of all cancer tissue, complete  healing of the regions involved, return to health with absence of growth and pro growth symptoms, and the absence of recurrence.”

6. Diet occupies a prominent place in the practical application of the system.  

Testimonials like the following by Dr.Wahl could be multiplied to fill several large volumes:

“Over a year ago, my sister was dying of lymphosarcoma, a disease which the profession regards as invariably fatal. The diagnosis was made by  Dr.H.H.Permar, of Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh, Pa.on the basis of biopsy study No.1171, May 1, 1946. The medical staff of Mercy Hospital
had previously made a diagnosis of lymphosarcoma or Hodgkin’s disease.

“The case was far advanced at the time, my sister having been practically bedridden for 6 months because of weakness and recurrent infections. The masses of lymphoid tissue did not have to be palpated; they stood out on the sides of her neck and in her axillae and groins like bunches of grapes mixed with walnuts.

“When the diagnosis of lymphosarcoma had been made, and I had received  written commiseration from a top-ranking staff member of Mercy Hospital, it never occurred to me to do other than offer my sister the straw hope of deep X-ray therapy. Everyone who examined her thought she
would be dead within a few weeks.

“I refused to listen to my father’s recommendations  that my sister be treated with a substance built up from the conjugated systems of carbonyl  and ethylene linkages. Because of American Medical Association propaganda, I believed that the results previously reported with this therapy approached the acme of quackery.”

“However, my father did have my sister treated, since he personally knew of cases of cancer which were cured and remained cured after its  use.  This type of cancer is fatal in 3 to 6 months, as a rule.

“My sister was in the last stages and was said to have only a few weeks to live, according to the best knowledge on the subject. She recovered after one dose in characteristic fashion.”

“Then and there, I decided to undertake an independent investigation of  the treatment. I have been  irrevocably convinced of the great value of this treatment.”

“The American Medical Association is not yet convinced after 25 years. But that is an old story.”

William Frederick Koch was graduated  bachelor of arts at the University of Michigan in 1909 and later received the degrees of master of arts  (1910),  and doctor of philosophy (1917). He received his medical degree at the Detroit College of Medicine.

During 1910-13 he was instructor in histology and embryology at the University of Michigan, and for 5 years, 1914-19, professor of physiology in the Detroit Medical College.

Comparisons are odious, but Dr. Koch has been described by authorities as –

“The world’s greatest living chemist”

“The discoverer of a new science which charts the future course of the medical profession”; “one who cannot be bought, coerced, or intimidated”; “a Christian gentleman of courage and distinctive attainments”; and “a man of amazing capacities.”

No one who knows him well and understands the humanitarian spirit that animates his every deed will deny that the foregoing descriptions apply.