Alternative Therapy for Lung Cancer Waukegan IL

When Jim Hoeksema, a greenhouse grower from Portage, Michigan, found out he had lung cancer, he followed his physician’s advice and started chemotherapy—but he couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that there was something beyond the mainstream he should try. When a business acquaintance told him about a practitioner in Tennessee who claimed to cure cancer with magnets, Hoeksema thought this was his chance.

Nilesh D Mehta, MD
(847) 336-6111
202 S Greenleaf St Ste E
Gurnee, IL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Therese Med Ctr, Waukegan, Il; Victory Mem Hosp, Waukegan, Il
Group Practice: Oncology-Hematology Assoc

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Parvathy Devi Kurup, MD
(847) 362-1220
95 N Greenleaf St
Gurnee, IL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jawaharlal Inst Of Post-Grad Med Educ, Madras Univ, Pondicherry
Graduation Year: 1973

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Helen B Eliopoulos, MD
(847) 936-1177
200 Abbott Park Rd Dept 48K Apt 30-3
North Chicago, IL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Parvathy D Kurup
(847) 623-2114
95 N Greenleaf St
Gurnee, IL
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Jeffrey Leiden, MD
(847) 938-9313
100 Abbott Park Rd Apt 6D-2 # D-0392
Abbott Park, IL
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Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1981

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Anshul B Bamrolia
(847) 336-6111
202 S Greenleaf St
Gurnee, IL
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Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Rod Humerickhous, MR
(847) 938-7577
200 Abbott Park Rd Dept 48K Bldg AP30-3
Abbott Park, IL
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Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Anne E Hagey, MD
(847) 935-8998
R48K/AP30-3 200 Abbott Park Dr
North Chicago, IL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1994

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Yan Cai, MD, PHD
(847) 935-9066
100 Abbott Rd
North Chicago, IL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Arthur S Schneider
(847) 578-3260
3333 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL
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Hematology

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Too Close to the Edge?

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By Catherine Guthrie

When Jim Hoeksema, a greenhouse grower from Portage, Michigan, found out he had lung cancer, he followed his physician’s advice and started chemotherapy—but he couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that there was something beyond the mainstream he should try. When a business acquaintance told him about a practitioner in Tennessee who claimed to cure cancer with magnets, Hoeksema thought this was his chance.

He contacted the practitioner, James Gary Davidson, who said he’d built a machine that used magnetic force to destroy cancer cells, which then left the body via the patient’s urine. Hoeksema cut short his chemotherapy, packed his bags, and drove with his wife to McMinnville, Tennessee. The treatment cost him $50,000, but it seemed a pittance to pay for his life.

For ten days, Hoeksema had magnetic treatments while his anxious wife paced the waiting room. Once, when the door opened, she saw what looked like a rickety contraption held together with duct tape. “My mother knew things weren’t right,” says Hoeksema’s 42-year-old daughter Lori, “but it was my dad’s last-ditch effort.”

At the end of the treatment, Hoeksema felt worse instead of better. But Davidson said that wasn’t surprising; the cancer was leaving his body and was bound to disrupt things in the process. To fully recover, he advised Hoeksema to spend time on the Florida coast with his wife and breathe the sea air.

The couple complied, but in Florida Hoeksema got even worse. So he returned to Davidson’s clinic in hopes that a second treatment would extinguish the cancer for good. During this visit, however, the force of the magnetic pull broke his thighbone, and he was rushed to the emergency room and later airlifted to a hospital back in Michigan. That’s when the doctors discovered the cancer had spread. Less than two months later, Hoeksema died.

Until a week before his death, Hoeksema continued to defend his decision to be treated at Davidson’s clinic. And it’s likely he would have died of the cancer anyway, since his original physician had told the family his chances were “pretty slim” under any circumstances, says Lori.

But in the end, he admitted to Lori that he thought Davidson was “a mad scientist.” Lori agreed, and after her father’s death, she and her family were instrumental in helping the government shut down Davidson’s clinic and put him behind bars, where he is currently serving a six-year sentence for mail fraud and money laundering. He even confessed in the course of his legal proceedings that he promised a cure knowing full well that his treatment wasn’t effective.

You may think something like what happened to Hoeksema could never happen to you, but how can you be sure? How can you tell if a therapy is safe, and a practitioner trustworthy? And how do you evaluate a practice that hasn’t been tested in scientific trials? Read on to find answers to these and other questions about the experimental edges of medicine.

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