22 May 2013
Following my recent hospitalization and my temporary
absence from Parliament, I have received many inquiries from the
media, colleagues, friends and opponents about my state of
health. My immediate
reaction was that the matter was of no concern of theirs.
However, upon reflection, I realize that if I am to be a true
servant of the people, my state of health is no longer a private
matter and the people, as my masters, are entitled to know.
My condition is serious, but I am committed to cure it
and be fit and well to return to the duties of my office by no
later than September 1.
Suddenly and without significant prior symptoms, two days
before the Secrecy Bill debate, on April 23 I received a
diagnosis of stage four lung cancer, which has extensively
metastasized throughout my pleura.
The condition is terminal and not operable, and, if left
untreated, will cause me to be removed from all lists for
Christmas functions or gifts. Chemotherapy, the only available conventional
treatment, can only buy me a few more months of life with severe
side effects. This
diagnosis has been confirmed by university medical centres in
the United States and Italy, which re-ran the pathology tests.
The medical-pharmaceutical establishment cannot identify the
cause of my cancer nor propose an effective cure. None of this
is acceptable to me.
I believe that the present scientific paradigm on cancer
is fundamentally wrong.
After 120 years of worldwide scientific research
conducted under immense social pressure with unlimited funding
and patients, there is still no real understanding of the root
cause of cancer, nor is there a cure for it.
More often than not, when this has happened in the
history of science, it has been because science has been looking
in the wrong direction, building Ptolemaic complexities on top
of Ptolemaic complexities which, no matter how advanced,
sophisticated or refined, await a simplifying Copernican
I have chosen to pursue a course of treatment based on
different science, not on an alternative to science.
I have now been receiving this treatment for a while. At
this point, I shall not speak or vouch for such a treatment, nor
discredit it. My
death or survival will do so.
I count on achieving a cure in three months and will then
return to my parliamentary work.
If my gamble is successful, I plan to dedicate a great
portion of my future political and professional life on the
fight to eradicate cancer as a cause of death.
If I fail, I hope that what I tried to do for democracy
in South Africa and elsewhere will be appreciated.
Having fulfilled my duty to disclose the facts of the
matter to the public, I shall not comment further on any of this
until I am in the position of reporting progress or failure and
would appreciate if people will respect my family's privacy at
this time. At this
point my strength is limited and I am not in the position to
entertain correspondence, even well-wishing messages.
Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini, MP
Inquiries: Adv. Anthony Mitchell
+27 76 943 7106
+27 21 403 8725