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Gaston Naessens is most widely known for his development of a controversial microscope known as the somatoscope.

This device claimed to have the capability to observe living organisms at a remarkably high magnification, reportedly far beyond what traditional microscopes could achieve.

Naessens claimed that this technology allowed him to observe previously unseen biological structures called "somatids," which he believed played a crucial role in health and disease. Despite skepticism and criticism from the scientific community, Naessens continued his research and gained a following of supporters who believed in his unconventional theories about health and medicine.

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Gaston Naessens was born on March 16, 1924, in Roubaix, France. The youngest child of a banker who died when young Gaston was only eleven years old. At a very young age, Naessens showed precocity as an inventor. When he was five, he built a little moving automobile-type vehicle out of a "Mechano" set and powered it with a spring from an old alarm clock.

Continuing to exhibit unusual manual dexterity, a few years later Gaston constructed a home-built motorcycle, then went on to design and develop a mini airplane large enough to carry him aloft. It never flew, for his mother, worried he would hurt himself and secretly burned it on the eve of its destined takeoff.

After graduation from the College Universitaire de Marcen Baroeul, a leading prep school, Gaston began an intensive course in physics, chemistry, and biology at the University of Lille. When France was attacked and occupied by Nazi forces during World War II, young Gaston, together with other fellow students, was evacuated to southern France. In exile near Nice, he had the highly unusual opportunity to receive the equivalent of a full university education from the Union National Scientifique Francais. This was a popular institution for displaced students during WWII. 

By the war's end, Naessens had been awarded a rare diploma from the Union Nationale Scientifique Francaise, the quasi-official institution under whose roof the displaced students pursued their intensive curriculum. Unfortunately, in an oversight that has cost him dearly over the years, Naessens did not bother to seek an "equivalence" from the new republican government set up by General Charles de Gaulle. He thus, ever since, was accused of never having received an academic diploma of any kind.

He became a freelance researcher in the post-war years and developed various anticancer products such as GN-24 which was sold in Switzerland in the late 1940’s. GN-24 was considered effective for solid tumors by many. Two examples of these excellent results occurred in 1949, the husband of a now ex-wife's sister was suffering through the terminal phase of stomach cancer and had been forced into early retirement. After complete recuperation from his affliction, due to GN-24, he resumed work. 

Another case was that of Germaine Laruelle, who was stricken with breast cancer plus metastases to her liver. A terrible lesion that had gouged out the whole of the left section of her chest had caused her to go into a coma when her family beseeched Naessens to begin treatment. After recovering her health, fifteen years later, she voluntarily came to testify on behalf of Naessens, who had been put under investigation by the French Ordre des Medecins (Medical Association).

She also allowed press photographers to take pictures of the scars on the left side of her breast-denuded chest. In 1969, twenty years after her initial treatment, she died of a heart attack.

Seeking a more imposing remedy against cancer, Naessens next began developing a serum made from antibodies extracted from draft horses. This he achieved by hyper-immunizing a large draft horse by injecting the animal with cancer-cell cultures, thus forcing it to produce antibodies in almost industrial quantities. Blood withdrawn from the horse's veins containing these antibodies, when purified, could fight certain types of cancer. It proved to have therapeutic action far more extensive than that obtained by GN-24 and led to in many cases a reversal of the cancerous process, not only in cases of tumors but also with various forms of leukemia. 

The serum was called Anablast and was developed in his laboratory in Corsica. In 1962, he obtained in France a patent on Anablast. It proved to be more efficacious in its anticancer properties than GN-24, particularly against solid tumors and leukemia. Over the years, he was able to design other non-toxic health products capable of addressing the natural defenses including the immune functions. 

During the French Instruction proceedings in 1964, one Rene Guynemer, a Canadian "war hero" of uncertain origin and profession, had accosted Naessens in his Paris home to beg him to come to Canada to treat his little three-year-old son, Rene Junior, who was dying of leukemia.

Though puzzled about a certain lack of straightforwardness in the supplicant, Naessens, ever willing to help anyone in distress, and with the approbation and assistance of the Canadian ambassador to France, immediately flew to Montreal, where he hoped, as agreed by Guynemer, to be able to treat his son in complete discretion. Hardly had Naessens set foot on Canadian soil when he was faced with difficulties, in fact, a scandal. Upon his arrival at Montreal's Dorval Airport Naessens was aghast to see a horde of representatives of both the printed and visual media, creating, in anticipation of his arrival, what amounted to a virtual mob scene.

The Quebec "Medical College" had, at the time, agreed, for "humanitarian" reasons, to allow the treatment of the Guynemer child, even though Anablast had not been licensed for use in Canada. 

Not long after he proceeded to immigrate to Canada where he spent the rest of his life researching oncology and the fundamentals of immunobiology. Naessens was a true pioneer in his field and developed a new biological theory which he called Somatidian Orthobiology. As a biologist, researcher, and engineer he developed a revolutionary microscope, called the somatoscope, which enabled him to examine fresh, unstained human blood at a significantly higher magnification than was possible with an ordinary light microscope. The somatoscope enabled him to discover a new particle in human blood, which he called the somatid. From this, he developed the Somatidian theory and developed new responses to diseases affecting the immune system.

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The Somatoscope and the Somatid

Naessen’s story bears a striking resemblance to that of Royal Raymond Rife. Like Rife, Naessens developed an extraordinary microscope capable of observing live blood using varying wavelengths of light, particularly utilizing UV light.

The somatoscope produced a resolution on average of 150 angstroms (Å) allowing incredible clarity of live blood at high magnifications. The somatoscope consisted of two light sources, one incandescent with a wavelength of 3300 angstroms, and the other ultraviolet of 1,850 angstroms. This produces a third wave wavelength that passes through a monochromator which produces a beam This ray is exposed to a magnetic field (Zeemann effect ) which splits into parallel rays. One of these rays is processed by a Kerr cell which increases its frequency. This cell is stimulated by a step-oscillator generator at frequencies ranging from 250 to 1200 megahertz. frequency modulation of visible light from 250 to 1200 megahertz produces a base frequency of 250 to 1200 megahertz, but also higher frequency harmonics (if using light on the order of 2000 Å). Again, the resolution of this instrument is of the order of 150 Å and the power of its magnification varies from 2,000 to 30,000. 

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Gaston Naessens with his wife Jacinte Levesque Naessens
Somatid Cyclogeny
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He claimed to be able to diagnose and monitor disease processes by observing the number and forms of somatids in the blood. From his research findings, Naessens developed the theory that the more complex macrocycle of the somatid occurs only when disease processes have damaged the immune system and altered the characteristics of intercellular fluids. He found that when stress or some other environmental factor initiates this macrocycle, the somatids start to secrete “toxic” substances and growth hormones (which he called “trephones”). Naessens states that these substances disrupt normal cell metabolism and incapacitate immune cells, allowing many diseases to progress more rapidly. He believes that they also disrupt cell division and result in the proliferation of cells that are more primitive. Such cells, he reports, derive their energy anaerobically, act as “nitrogen traps” to deplete the rest of the body of nitrogen, and may become cancerous over time.


The following videos describes the Somatid Cyclogeny


From his earliest research Naessens viewed cancer as a weakness of the immune system, therefore calling for cancer immunotherapy. Naessens’ theories about the underlying causes and mechanisms of cancer were not consistent with current scientific opinion. Although other researchers have long believed that certain bacteria, viruses, and other organisms such as cell-wall deficient or pleomorphic bacteria play a much more important role in the development of cancer, this view is still not generally accepted by mainstream scientists.

In 1971, Naessens came under the protective support of a philanthropist and was funded to develop new cancer cures. Like many biologists before him, he believed in terrain theory and said, “Germs are not the cause of, but the result of disease”.

Ultimately, Naessens developed the agent he called 714-X

(Triméthylaminohydroxybicycloheptane chloride). He believed that this agent interferes with the somatidian macrocycle, reverses the metabolic disruption caused by the somatids, permits recovery of the immune system, and promotes disease regression. His research demonstrated that 714-X can decrease tumor size, increase appetite, and improve an individual’s overall sense of well-being.

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The name “714-X” reflects Naessens’ pride in his creation. The numbers “7” and “14” represent the seventh and fourteenth letters in the alphabet (Naessens’ initials), and the “X”, the 24th letter in the alphabet, represents the year of his birth (1924). The base of 714-X is a camphor compound that has been chemically combined with extra nitrogen as well as ammonium salts, sodium chloride and ethanol. Camphor is a natural product derived from the shrub Cinnamomum camphora. Naessens selected camphor as the base because he believed it has a special affinity for cancer cells. He added nitrogen to satisfy the nitrogen requirements of cancer cells and thus prevent them from depleting the nitrogen in immune cells, which could then recover and fight disease again. Naessens included ammonium salts because he found they improve the circulation of lymph in cancer patients. The nitrogen-enriched camphor supposedly antagonizes the secretion of co-cancerogenic K factor by cancer cells. He also believed that ammonium salts activate certain kinins that inhibit abnormal cell growth and enhance the healthy functioning of the immune system. 


714-X works in two ways:

1) It liquefies the lymphatic system, promoting better cleansing for the removal of metabolic waste circulating in the blood. (toxins)

2) After being absorbed by the lymph, it brings individual elements into the blood (in the form of structured and organized molecules, in which nitrogen is fixed to camphor) which act directly on the white blood cells (leukocytes) which show their defense functions respectively. They can then restore previously disturbed intercellular and intracellular communication.

714-X belongs to a class of health products that act on natural defenses including immune function. Depending on the circumstances, 714-X acts on the immune system if it is very weak increasing ​​its instability or slowing it down if it’s overreactive. This is why we recognize 714-X as an immune modulator.

No controlled scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of 714X. On the other hand, testimonies of people who claim to have been cured, of cancer and AIDS, abound. In 1998, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative1 presented a comprehensive report on 714X describing its creation history, conceptual basis and potential applications. A summary of the findings was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Cerbe is the manufacturer of 714X for which four patents have been granted [2003 (USA), 2005 (Europe), 2010 (Canada) and 2014 (Japan)]. Also, 714X has been integrated into the Special Access Program of the Canadian Health Agency, Health Canada. 


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According to information obtained from Sloan-Kettering Institute, 714-X is a proprietary product developed in the 1960s, used to prevent and treat cancer, AIDS, lupus, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is promoted as a sterile, isotonic formulation that contains nitrates (~5%), ammonium (~1.4%), and camphor (0.01%). It is illegal in the United States and is available only in Canada under the Compassionate Use Program.

714X is injected intra-lymphatically in the groin area daily for 21 days followed by three treatment-free days. This cycle is repeated at least three times. Inhalation therapy is used concomitantly for patients with head and neck or lung cancer. Injection site reactions, including redness and soreness, may occur. 714X has not thoroughly been evaluated for any of the proposed claims.


714-X is also available in Mexico and Western Europe, current information on its availability in Canada can be obtained from the Centre expérimental de recherches biologiques de l’Estrie, Inc. (CERBE), in Rock Forest, Que. ( /index.html)


Medical Persecution

Through his development of anticancer treatments, Naessens became a target for persecution by medical authorities throughout his adult life. This has been extensively documented in the text 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, by Christopher Bird.

The following are several Youtube clips of the early legal battles and medical cases:

Leukemia Child Returns to UK after Naessens Treatment


French Biologist Gaston Naessens Charged with Illegal Medical Practice


Leukemia “cure-man” Naessens on Trial in Paris

Naessens in Paris for Talks

Leukemia Cure Claim by French Biologist (1964)


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The good news is Naessens won all his court battles and continued to work with his wife Jacinte Levesque Naessens and his daughter in rural Quebec.


Death and Legacy

Gaston Naessens died on February 16, 2018, in Sherbrooke, Canada at the age of 94. His wife and others continued his remarkable work. His story began at the end of the 1940s, with the invention of a very unique microscope, the somatoscope. Conventional optical microscopes allow a maximum magnification of 1,800 times. Electron microscopes are capable of magnifications of millions of times, but the objects observed must be dried and fixed so that only their "skeletons" are observable. The somatoscope makes it possible to achieve magnifications of 30,000 times of living matter - such as blood -, and to see the micro-organisms found there evolving “live”.

With this microscope Naessens discovered that blood contained microorganisms different from viruses and bacteria, which he called somatids. According to his observations, somatids transform depending on the state of a person's immune system, which would make it possible, using a simple blood test, to detect degenerative diseases, such as cancer for example, and to establish the stage of progression of the disease. Somatids are believed to be the smallest known living entity and the “fundamental organizational element” of living organisms. Even if this research is attracting more and more interest, it has not, for the moment, been sanctioned by any official authority.

His notable anticancer product 714-X is still available and is used in many countries. Naessens was the head of the International Academy of Somatidian Orthobiology in Rock Forest, Quebec, Canada.


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Gaston Naessens with his wife Jacinte Levesque Naessens

See also Change of Strategy in Cancer Care Management: Cancer Immunotherapy a Major Breakthrough Leading to a Paradigm Shift by Dr. Gaston Naessens and Jacinte Levesque Naessens, originally published in Wise Journal, Fall 2015.

Here is the company he founded to distribute the cancer-healing serum 714X:

Do No Harm: The Scientific, Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Revelation of Somatidian Orthobiology and 714x

by Charles Pixley and Gaston Naessens


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Podcast by Jacinte Naessens

Youtube Videos:

Les Somatides - Gaston Naessens (French)

Gaston Naessens - The Somatoscope and the Somatid

Gaston Naesens and Jacinte Lavesque PhD and Discuss Somatidian Orthobiology, San Diego, 1994 Pt 1


Other References

Naessens G. 714-X: a highly promising non-toxic treatment for cancer and other immune deficiencies. Rock Forest (QC): Centre expérimental de recherches biologiques de l’Estrie [formerly Centre d’orthobiologie somatidienne de l’Estrie]; 1996. Available at 

Bird C. 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. Tiburon (CA): H.J. Kramer; 1991.


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