The Persecution And Trial Of Gaston Naessens:

The True Story Of The Efforts To Suppress An Alternative Treatment For Cancer, AIDS, And Other Immunologically Based Diseases

The dramatic story of a biologist’s revolutionary discoveries–including a curative treatment for cancer, AIDS, and other degenerative diseases–and his persecution by the medical establishment. Christopher Bird attended the entire trial of Gaston Naessens.





By Navinav | Apr 6, 2020 | History of science | 2 |


Another look at cancer: Gaston Naessens, the man who could have changed the world (1/4)

This article is the first in a series of three articles on Gaston Naessens. Find all the articles in the series:

  1. a summary of his somewhat tumultuous life in this article
  2. the history and principles of action of 714-X, the treatment developed by Gaston Naessens against cancer, in this article
  3. what her story teaches us about how current medical science views health in this article
  4. his view of cancer and the reasoning that led him to develop 714-X in this article .


This article begins a series of 4 articles which paint the portrait and synthesize the reasoning of one of the greatest scientific personalities of our time. Why ? Quite simply because he developed another way of seeing biology, taking over from other personalities just as outstanding as were Antoine Béchamp, Jules Tissot and Gunther Enderlein.

This new vision brought him on the paths of care and in particular that of cancer, for which he offered a non-cytotoxic solution and which above all, had results far beyond what we know today. Obviously, you can imagine that all this was not done without breakage, otherwise we would probably have only a vague memory of certain degenerative diseases in the face of which conventional medicine unfortunately cannot do much.


Gaston Naessens is a French scientist, born in 1924 in Roubaix. He was studying science in Lille (physics, chemistry and biology) when World War II broke out. Despite everything, he graduated in 1945 from a university structure , ”  the French National Scientific Union  ” created by professors from his former Lille university who, like him, were evacuated to Nice during the war.

Let us note in passing that, by mistake, Gaston Naessens did not bother to ask for an academic equivalence after the war. This detail will have its importance later insofar as it will often be criticized for not having an academic diploma.

Gaston Naessens shows real creativity and is passionate about scientific research. At the end of the 1940s, he studied cancer from a different angle. Initially, in 1949, he will seek to influence the phenomena of “fermentation”, well known to the medical world and characteristic of cancerous tumors (see diagram). He created a product that made it possible to stop this process (it will be described in more detail in a later article).

Manufactured by a Swiss laboratory, this product was sold by pharmacists, in France and Switzerland, from 1950 to 1960. Gaston Naessens names this product “  GN-24  ” (G and N for his first and last name initials, 24 for his year of birth).

Figure 1: Fermentation process in a healthy cell and in a cancer cell

This product, also distributed in France, has been very successful with patients all over Europe. Its use is also recommended by a large number of doctors. GN-24, whose objective is to convert tissue lecithin into lysocithin , is extremely effective on sarcomas , cancers that occur in connective tissue.


Always so creative and curious, Gaston Naessens absolutely wants to see what happens in living tissue, at a magnification greater than those of optical microscopes of the time. Electron microscopy does exist, but the treatment necessary to obtain the slides , according to him, distorts the tissue in question . He therefore surrounded himself with technicians and craftsmen from the village of Wetzlar, Germany, which housed the headquarters of the Leitz optical firm.

He will further improve the apparatus using electromagnetic processes . This performance will amaze optical professionals and in itself testifies to the genius of this versatile researcher. Once the design was final, he had his microscope made by the firm Barbier-Bernard and Turenne in 1952 , specializing in high technology.

somatoscopy by Gaston Naessens
Figure 2: Simplified diagram of the operation of the somatoscope

The operation of this microscope is innovative, since it makes it possible to observe living things with a magnification of 30,000 times and a resolution of 150 angstroms! He baptizes it somatoscope [1] for the reasons which will be developed in the rest of this article. This new microscope then gives him access to a whole new biological world, of which Dr. Thomas G. Tornabene [2] , director of the School of Applied Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, later said:

“  That Naessens can observe fresh biological samples is a really impressive thing… The most astonishing differences are those that one can immediately detect between the blood samples of sick and healthy people (…) The Naessens microscope could be of of immense value to many researchers.  “

Thanks to this instrument, Gaston Naessens succeeded in discovering in 1952 an ultra-microscopic element, smaller than the cell, endowed with a movement, alive and capable of reproduction .

He calls it somatid .

He manages, with the help of his team, to cultivate it in vitro . He then observed a cyclic polymorphism composed of micro-cycles, themselves composed of phases. The first micro-cycle consists of three phases in healthy animals and humans. In other words, if the patient is doing well, he returns to the state of somatid after phase 3 . These phases are the somatid, the spore and the double spore (cf. figure 3).

somatid cycle described by Gaston Naessens
Figure 3: Somatid cycle ( )

Over the years and experiences, he realizes amazing properties: somatids seem indestructible . They resist temperatures of over 200 ° C , survive irradiations of 500 Sv (Sivert) normally sufficient to annihilate all forms of life. No acid could also destroy them. They seem imperishable, which, biologically, is truly unthinkable [3] . Moreover, he also notes that these particles are charged . The center is positive and the membrane negatively charged.

Figure 4: observation of a somatid (or microzyma)


Thousands of patients have access to GN-24 treatment, which manages to relieve thousands of people, sometimes suffering from degenerative diseases, sometimes suffering from cancer. Sometimes we even see remissions and the results are impressive for the time . Medical and pharmaceutical authorities eventually learned about it. Their reaction was not long in coming because unfortunately, they too often consider cancer as their “private preserve”.

The institutions therefore decide to investigate. In June 1956, a search took place at Gaston Naessens’ home and ampoules of his remedy were seized. On March 15, 1957, a second search and, on March 28, seals were placed on his equipment and on the door of his laboratory . He can therefore no longer treat his patients.

Gaston Naessens then lived in Chelles (Seine-et-Marne), where the sick, abandoned against his will, came to beg him to take care of them. As he is forced to dismiss them, they turn to the Minister of Justice. Fifteen days later, in the absence of a response, they organized a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday April 16, 1957 , place Vendôme (see figure 4).

Gaston Naessens
Figure 5: demonstration in favor of Gaston Naessens (“Gaston Naessens, the Galileo of the microscope”) 

Indicted  for ‘ the illegal practice of medicine , Gaston Naessens must suspend its treatments. Desperate, some patients attacked him for  non-assistance to anyone in danger . Gaston Naessens is therefore caught between a rock and a hard place. I remind you here that Gaston Naessens has not officially graduated in pharmacy or medicine .


However, despite this turmoil, he continued his research by considering the possibility of serotherapy . He notes that the injection in horses of somatid cultures induces a strong immune reaction, with a large production of antibodies . By extracting from the serum obtained, the fraction of gamma globulin and by purifying it , he obtains a product which, in mice, has an even more marked effect on cancer. Indeed, in addition to the improvements of GN-24 on sarcomatous and carcinomatous forms , this serum has an effect on leukemia. He called this product Anablast.

He obtained a patent in 1961 for Anablast and filed a scientific publication with the Academy of Medicine (n ° 14405). The excellent results obtained by the doctors who prescribed it increased interest in this product.

The news then crossed the Channel and a British daily made an article which, taken up by other media, would go around the world. In the meantime, Gaston Naessens moved to Corsica in order to escape the media agitation caused by his trial. There, he continues to treat.

“  Unfortunately  for him, ” his treatment also appears to be effective against a significant number of degenerative diseases. This leads hundreds of patients to come to his home in Ajaccio. Once again the French authorities react. After a new search which led to an investigation, a trial is set for April 1965, for which he will pay a fine of 300,000 francs and 600,000 francs in damages to the Order of Physicians [4] .

The French government mobilizes 350 gendarmes in order to restore order . Gaston Naessens is forced to publicly declare that it is no longer possible for him to manufacture Anablast. He immediately returned to Paris, hoping that this hype would force medical officials to recognize the value of his product.

Professor Denoix, director of the Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute in Paris, examines samples from Anablast [5]. A few days after receiving them, he declares that the product has no value. And he adds that Gaston Naessens’ somatids are only known “myelin figures”, artefacts of blood smear staining.

Stunned, Gaston Naessens affirms that it is impossible to demonstrate anything on the value of Anablast in such a short period of time and concludes from it and considers that Professor Denoix expressed his opinion without carrying out any scientific study. serious .

This will not prevent the public prosecutor from bringing Gaston Naessens to justice on the grounds of illegal practice of medicine . The investigation will last three months, during which efforts are made to collect the evidence of Naessens’ “guilt”.


We are then in 1964 and this business pushes Gaston Naessens to leave once again. This time, he left France and crossed the Atlantic to put his suitcases and his somatoscope in Canada. There, he cherished the hope of finding a more open-minded scientific community. For the record, this hasty departure was possible thanks to the intervention of a national security official, whose wife was cured by the treatment of Gaston Naessens [6] .

Unfortunately, the expected tranquility is not there, mainly because of cases relayed by the Quebec press against him. Alas, he goes to isolate himself incognito in Oka , with a friend who traded in electronic devices. As he has skills in this area, he began to work for him for many years.


However, in 1971, luck finally turned in his favor. Indeed, he received the interest of a patron , David Stewart [7] who, at the time, directed the prestigious Montreal foundation McDonald-Stewart . This foundation has also long contributed to “orthodox” cancer research.

Gaston Naessens is therefore financed and even benefits from a laboratory in Montreal, rue Ontario, from the company of David Stewart’s partner, Sir William Mc Donald . We can guess that this initiative earned him some harsh criticism, which led Gaston Naessens to once again have to change his place of destination, this time in another more discreet laboratory, in the provinces.

He therefore settled in Rock Forest with his wife , on the banks of the Magog River. There he perfected his somatoscope and, in 1969, after having determined that somatid existed within red blood cells, he directed his research on ways to act on the somatid cycle and its consequences.

Ironically, part of the grants Gaston Naessens received from the McDonald-Stewart Foundation went through the Hotel-Dieu hospital, which housed the one who was later its most fervent opponent, Auguste Roy.

In the next article, we will briefly discuss Gaston Naessens’ somatid theory, which will be the subject of a much more complete article later. We will also talk about what happened to his treatment to finally give you a little more personal conclusion.

Take care of yourself and see you next time!

[1] Note that no patent could be filed due to the incomprehension of the operation from the angle of known optical laws. He will also say about the somatoscope: “(…) its mathematical constants have not yet been elucidated, although considerable work has been carried out  ”.


[3] For those who are interested, there is indeed a connection with the work of Béchamp (microzymas), Enderlein (protits) and Tissot. I will obviously come back to these eminent researchers in the rest of my blog.

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[6] The story is actually more complex than that. Indeed, he was approached by a Canadian citizen to treat his child, suffering from terminal leukemia. He is therefore eagerly awaited, but, in the end, he could not provide the treatment himself to the child who, once verified, was not even treated with Gaston Naessens’ treatment.


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