The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“HeLa cells were one of the most important things that happened to medicine
in the last hundred years.” -Donald Defler, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In this article I am reviewing the book called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It has been used to create a movie by the same name. The book appears to have been written like a movie script, with a cast of characters. The author, Rebecca Skloot mixes medical information with some hard to believe stories, which sound more like fiction than fact.

The book is about a woman named Henrietta Lacks, who died from cancer in 1951. A portion of her tumor was used to grow cancer cells, which were later mass produced for medical research worldwide. For over 60 years researchers have been using her cancer cells to develop vaccines, cloning, genetic research and more.

Hela cells are believed to be the world’s first and only immortal human cells. Scientists had spent decades trying to grow human cells in their laboratories, without success. In 1951, a pathologist named Dr. George Gey took Henrietta’s cancer cells and began growing them in his lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He later began selling them to other researchers.

The word Hela is an abbreviation for Henrietta Lacks. Over 70,000 articles have been written about Hela cells. All other attempts to grow human cells outside the body have failed because Hela cells are actually fungus cells. Scientists are unaware of this big misunderstanding.

The definition of immortal is: living forever; never dying or decaying. The cells taken from Henrietta Lacks are not immortal. They die after reproducing. Henrietta died of cancer and each cancer cell also eventually dies.

Fungus and human cells are eukaryotic cells. They both have a nucleus, cholesterol and DNA. Bacteria cells are prokaryotic cells. They don’t have a nucleus. Some fungus cells reproduce using the fission method like human cells. Many types of fungus cells look similar to human cells.

Scientists use yeast in lab experiments worldwide because they grow much faster than human cells. Yeast is the model organism used in cell research. They are easily kept alive in laboratories and used to test the toxicity of new drugs.

Cancer cells are anaerobic and have the ability to ferment. All human cells
have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without
oxygen a rule without exception.” -Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner

Dr. Warburg was talking about the fact that cancer cells are anaerobic cells and they can live without oxygen by fermenting. Human cells are aerobic cells and must have oxygen because they cannot ferment. If you don’t believe human cells must have oxygen, tie a tourniquet around any part of your body to test the theory.

In 1838, pathologist Johannes Muller discovered cancer cells were not human cells and they were developed by budding organisms.

Dr. Tullio Simoncini, is an Italian oncologist. He believes cancer cells are fungus cells. He also believes Candida albicans is one type of fungus which causes cancerous tumors. He discovered that every cancerous tumor he examined under a microscope, was made of fungus cells. Dr. Simoncini has successfully used bicarbonate of soda to eliminate cancer cells. His website is

Ten Reasons Why Cancer Cells Are Fungus Cells

1. Cancer and some fungus are facultative anaerobic cells. They can live with or without oxygen. Human cells are aerobic cells which die when deprived of oxygen.

2. Cancer and fungus can ferment. Human cells can’t ferment.

3. Cancer and fungus cells can multiply much faster than human cells.

4. Cancer and fungus have a larger nucleus and more chromosomes than human cells.

5. Cancer cells and fungus grow and spread like parasites.

6. Cancer and fungus cells can attach and hide within human tissues, including bones.

7. Cancer and fungus can colonize and create tumors.

8. Cancer and fungus have a hard cell wall. Human cells don’t.

9. Cancer and fungus thrive on acidic refined sugars and grains.

10. Cancer and fungus are considered immortal cells. They aren’t actually immortal.
The original cells die, but their offspring continue to reproduce.

The belief that cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks are immortal human cells is one of the biggest myths and misunderstandings in modern medical history. Because Hela cells are fungus cells, most cancer research information is useless and a fraud.

Everyone should know most cancer research is a fraud.”
-Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner

“Deborah believed Henrietta’s spirit lived on in her cells,
the life of anyone who crossed its path. Including me.”
-Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


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