On Cancer, Orgone Energy, Orgone Therapy and Dr. Wilhelm Reich

Introduction by Healing Cancer Naturally copyright © May 2009

If you are unfamiliar with Austrian physician and psychiatrist Dr Reich’s fascinating and very extensive work (which includes his book devoted to “The Cancer Biopathy”) [Amazon partner link, commissions earned, the easiest way to give something back to this humanitarian site], you may wish to watch this Brief Introduction to Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Energy which provides authentic information on subjects which frequently have been grossly misrepresented (incl. on Wikipedia when I last checked).

Additionally, you may wish to read the "Concise History of Wilhelm Reich's Discoveries and the Developing Science of Orgonomy" (www.orgonelab.org/wrhistory.htm), also by eminent scholar and researcher James DeMeo, Ph.D., and visit www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org which among other pertinent information contains a detailed Reich biography including Reich’s path in his cancer research and the invention of a special device he called the orgone accumulator (ORAC).

Dr Reich had developed the ORAC, together with other radically novel devices, based on his discovery of what he termed “orgone energy”, an energy he postulated to form the basis of all life phenomena.

(A side note to the interested reader: Bruno Groening's "healing stream" also works with a form of universal divine energy.)

As you will also learn, Dr. Reich (as many other original-thinking researchers who came up with theories or treatments which threatened the status quo [and thus the livelihood of its proponents]), was subject to serious persecution the larger part of his life.

In fact (typically a sight only seen in very repressive regimes such as communist or mediaeval feudal states etc.), on August 23, 1956, the FDA supervised the autodafé (burning) of several tons of Reich’s publications in New York City, amounting to some 25,000 copies of his books, magazines and other writings going up in flames.

Wilhelm Reich himself was forced to spend his 60th birthday in the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where he died some months later (we are told of heart failure) on November 3, 1957.

The following article “Orgone Accumulator Therapy of the Very Ill”, originally published in German (1987) and then republished in English by Dr James DeMeo, USA, in his magazine “Pulse of the Planet” in 1991, reports on the impressive and thought-provoking results German physician Dr Heiko Lassek achieved with 19 “terminal” cancer patients when using the orgone accumulator.

While Dr. Lassek’s first group of cancer patients all eventually died, the cause seems to have been something that could have been easily addressed using dietary and similar measures: overload of the excretory organs with waste material from cancer cell die-off (auto-intoxication). We know for instance that Dr. Max Gerson resolved this issue with coffee enemas etc. and that Dr. Johanna Budwig’s patients appear to have easily dealt with this issue on their own “steam”.

Please note that in Dr. Lassek’s later article (1994) “Orgone therapy (vegetotherapy): Experiences with Wilhelm Reich‘s therapy in the treatment of cancer” which describes more experiences with cancer patients since 1988 with whom he had started to use both the ORAC and Reich's energetic pulsation work (orgone therapy), all patients receiving a combination of these treatment modalities were alive at the time of his writing.

Dr. Lassek’s 1987 article featured in the following starts with a general introduction to the subject and later discusses his specific experiences with terminal cancer patients (starting at “III. Experience with the Biophysical Intensive Therapy”).

Note: Before rushing out to get an orgone accumulator for yourself or a loved one, make sure to also read Dr. Lassek’s “Epilogue, and a Note of Caution” which contains what could be important caveats regarding the use of the ORAC. (If you wish to acquaint yourself more thoroughly with the orgone accumulator, The Orgone Accumulator Handbook [Amazon partner link, commissions earned, available in several world languages] gives details on how to build and safely use such a device.)

Orgone Accumulator Therapy of The Very Ill

A Personal Report of Experiences (Part 1)

by Heiko Lassek, M.D., Director, Wilhelm Reich Institute, Delbrückstr. 4-C, 1000 Berlin 33, Germany

Republished and edited by Healing Cancer Naturally with special permission © May 2009
First published in PULSE OF THE PLANET #3 Summer 1991


The scientific work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957) who put the main emphasis of his research on proving and scientifically describing biophysical processes in the human organism, has not yet reached wide public recognition, even by the late 1980s.

As a medical doctor and psychoanalyst, Reich was one of the closest collaborators of Sigmund Freud in the 1920s; he was the head of the Technical Department and Psychoanalytical Clinic of this social movement.

His further development of the psychoanalytic technique in the field of resistance and character analysis, which he presented in the early 1930s, led to his being suspended from psychoanalysis; yet only 20 years later, his contributions were appreciated and integrated as fundamental to psychoanalytic theory.

In the following period, his experimental psychosomatic research led Reich to the development of a somatically-oriented psychotherapy, which in time made him the target of discriminating attacks by former co-workers. The entire field of physically oriented psychotherapy, which during the last three decades has been spreading throughout Western countries, explicitly refers to Reich's findings; and the founders of the most influential branches of somatically-oriented psychotherapy, almost without exception, were collaborators or former patients of Wilhelm Reich.

Up to this point in his work, the formerly controversial doctor and natural scientist does enjoy general acceptance today.

However, Reich’s work was not restricted to the discoveries mentioned above, it also included experimental research providing a natural scientific basis for the psychosomatic phenomena he had been observing.

In the 1930s, at Copenhagen and Oslo University, Reich and numerous collaborators were carrying out extensive biophysical experiments into the link between basic functions of living substance and a specific biological energy, which expressed itself in the emotions and drives.[1]

This experimental investigation extended from the recording of changes of the electrical potential of the skin and the mucous membranes of the human organism to the measurement of bioelectrical potentials of monocellular organisms.

In this manner, Reich discovered (or postulated) the existence of an energy he called orgone (derived specifically from the word organism, as he first assumed it to only exist in living systems).

The scientific recording and description of this energy and its interaction with human organisms became the main focus of Reich’s work over the following two decades.[2]

In the course of his biophysical investigations of organic cultures, at the end of the 1930s, he repeatedly observed radiation phenomena which in some respects only could be explained by the types of energy known to science.

In the 1940s, after moving to the United States and while working as a professor of medical psychology in New York, Reich and his numerous collaborators examined the basic physical laws and biological effects of orgone energy.

Reich succeeded in constructing a special chamber which acted as a screen against external electromagnetic radiation while simultaneously selectively concentrating the orgone radiation: the orgone energy accumulator. Years of self-experiments by Reich and his co-workers proved distinctively positive effects of the orgone radiation and orgone energy accumulator on humans and other animals.

According to Reich’s research, the accumulator charges the organisms inside the device with orgone energy. He and his co-workers began an experimental program of treating seriously ill people, mainly free of charge.†

Dramatic changes in general condition and positive developments were objectively documented in many patients, for such different disease processes as anemia, diabetes, various types of cancer and the acceleration of wound healing. Experiments with humans as well as laboratory mice showed the orgone accumulator’s value in supporting regulatory and healing mechanisms in the body.

At the beginning of 1980, a group of interested doctors and medical students in West Berlin set up a private initiative to critically examine and experimentally evaluate Reich's central experiments in the fields of cytoscopy and cancer diagnosis.

After three years of research the results of this work were presented at numerous lectures at German and Scandinavian Universities. It was shown that Reich had discovered and explained a number of phenomena still unknown to this day, and which could be demonstrated and documented by the most modern methods such as post-contrasting video microscopy.

In 1982, the first self-experiments with equipment based upon the principle of orgone accumulation were set up; a mixed group consisting of doctors and university professors (of diverse backgrounds such as mathematics, physics, and social science) began to investigate the effects of orgone radiation upon their own organism.

It became apparent that subjectively and objectively, the impact of the accumulator was most clearly experienced by those who suffered from acute conditions of pain and disease. Many healthy test persons without disease symptoms needed longer and more frequent exposure in order to feel strong reactions in their body.

In the meantime, by letter and during lectures, hundreds of people have reported on their predominantly positive experiences with the orgone accumulator, which in most cases they built themselves according to various instructions becoming available since the mid-1980s.[3]

As a physician who has included the techniques developed by Wilhelm Reich for influencing the autonomic nervous system in my practice, I was repeatedly consulted by individuals suffering from cancer in the last stage of the disease, i.e. with metastatic spread no longer amenable to medical means, and who mostly were in terrible pain.

My work consulting and caring for 17 so-called “terminal” cancer patients during the last 2 1/2 years has included both orgone energy treatment and psychosomatically oriented vegetotherapy, always offered free of charge. This work has demonstrated the wide range of possibilities but also the clear limits of influencing cancer at such an advanced stage via the orgone energy accumulator.

With two thirds of the patients, after instructing them in the use of the accumulator and some test sessions, a clear reduction in the need for analgesics and in some cases even freedom from pain was achieved after 20 exposures to orgone radiation on average. Almost without exception, their vitality was markedly increased, which could be seen by their resuming activities completely inconceivable before the beginning of the radiation therapy. Furthermore, most of them saw their life expectation as given by specialists extended.

The following article is based on a lecture I gave on this part of my work at the end of 1989 at the Wilhelm Reich Conference in Berlin. It provides a summary of my experience with orgone accumulator therapy on the most seriously ill patients. continue

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1. Reich, W.: The Function of the Orgasm, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY, 1973; Reich, W.: Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY, 1982.

2. Reich, W.: The Cancer Biopathy, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY, 1973; Raphael, C. & MacDonald, H.: Orgonomic Diagnosis of Cancer Biopathy, Wilhelm Reich Foundation, Maine, 1952.

3. Freihold, J.F.: Der Orgonakkumulator nach Wilhelm Reich, Verlag Konstanze Freihold, Mullerstr.145, 1000 Berlin 65; Gebauer, R. & Muschenich, S.: Der Reichsche Orgonakkumulator, Nexus Verlag, Fichardstr.38, 6000 Frankfurt 1.

† Editor's Note: From 1940 to 1957, Reich and his associates published dozens of experimental and clinical reports on the bioenergetics of cancer and other diseases, and on the therapeutic use of the orgone accumulator. These papers are cited in the Bibliography on Orgonomy at www.orgonelab.org/bibliog.htm.

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