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714-X (PDQ®): Complementary and alternative medicine - Health Professional Information [NCI] - History

Little documentation exists regarding the development of 714-X and its mechanism of action. It appears to have been developed in the 1960s on the basis of earlier studies that used a high-magnification dark-field microscope called a somatoscope.[1,2] With dark-field microscopes, researchers are able to examine living cells in samples of fresh blood and tissue taken from healthy individuals and individuals with serious diseases, including cancer.

The developer of 714-X states that the study of living cells (as opposed to the dead cells examined with a conventional light microscope or an electron microscope) led to the theory that microorganisms distinct from bacteria, viruses, and fungi exist normally in the blood and play a role in the development of cancer. These microorganisms, which are called somatids, are said to exist in multiple forms, some of which appear only in individuals affected by degenerative or malignant diseases. The forms associated with degenerative diseases or cancer reportedly secrete growth hormones and toxic substances that disrupt normal cellular metabolism and damage the immune system. In this compromised environment, cells that have become cancerous are allowed to proliferate. It was also suggested that cancer cells trap nitrogen, thereby depriving the rest of the body of the nitrogen needed for normal cellular metabolism. In addition, it was proposed that cancer cells secrete a toxic substance, cocancerogenic K factor, that further inhibits the immune system.[1,2]

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The producers of 714-X state that cancer can be diagnosed, and its development and spread can be predicted, by studying blood samples with the somatoscope. No evidence has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals to support these proposals, and the somatidian theory of cancer development is not widely accepted.

714-X reportedly works by protecting, stabilizing, and reactivating the patient's immune system so that the body can defend itself against cancer cell growth and metastasis.[1,2,3] 714-X is said to accomplish this, in part, by helping to increase the "fluidity" of lymph.[3] In addition, the camphor component of 714-X is purportedly attracted to cancer cells, where the added nitrogen is released, thus preventing malignant cells from depleting the nitrogen required by normal cells (including immune system cells) for proper metabolism and function.[1,2]


  1. Kaegi E: Unconventional therapies for cancer: 6. 714-X. Task Force on Alternative Therapeutic of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative. CMAJ 158 (12): 1621-4, 1998.
  2. Hess DJ: Germ warfare: the case for bacteria as carcinogen. In: Hess DJ: Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? Alternative Medicine Confronts Big Science. New York: New York University Press, 1997, pp 7-48.
  3. 714X Technical Data. Rock Forest, Canada: CERBE Distribution, Inc. Available online. Last accessed October 7, 2014.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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