The first and only reasons advanced by me publicly at Liverpool, now six years ago to the day, for the use of pancreatic ferments in cancer, were that at a certain period of development every normal embryo, or soma, or sexual individual, commenced to suppress the trophoblast or asexual generation of normal development. This came to pass by the initiation of the functioning of the sweetbread or pancreas-gland, with its powerful ferments, the two chief of which are trypsin and amylopsin.
Some imaginary relation of diabetes to cancer, or some suspected failure or “fault “ on the part of the sweetbread or pancreas gland, had nothing at all to do with the reasons—as little as had the discovery a little later on, by Blumenthal and Wolff, that trypsin easily digests
** (cont from pg24) trypsin acts upon dextro - albumins, of what use is it in the ordinary adult body, seeing that the albumins of human food are laevo-albumins ?“ No more than Nature does would I separate amylopsin in its action from trypsin, for, like Nature. we must associate the two ferments. Trypsin and amylopsin, acting upon the dead laevo-albumins of our food-stuffs Trypsin only pulls these down to a limited extent, converting them into substances capable of absorption, and on these amylopsin has no action. These are built up again into living laevo-albumins by cell ferments in the body-cells. Trypsin and amylopsin acting upon the living dextro-rotatory albumins of asexual generation or cancer: Trypsin at once attacks these, and pulls them down into quite other bodies than those which it forms from dead laevo-albumins. These bodies, or some of them, are rank poisons to the human body, but, as they are further acted upon by amylopsin, and by it pulled down into simple, harmless products, the two ferments, trypsin and amylopsin, acting here together. pull down the cancer-albumins completely. Whereas, as we have seen, amylopsin has no action upon the products of the tryptic digestion of laevo-albumins, these products of the action of trypsin are chemically relatively highly organized, and can be used as food by the cells of the body. This is not the case with the products, to which the action of trypsin and amylopsin on cancer-albumins, living or dead, gives rise. He who doubts the truth of the above had better, before publishing his doubts, study the recent work of Professor Abderhalden and his pupils.