Gianfrancesco Valsè Pantellini
Science is not only about the great events. It is about being able to be wondered by the small things, that makes a person great.
Dr. Gianfrancesco Valsè Pantellini was born on April 2, 1917 in Ruffina, a small village in Tuscany, where he lived together with his father Italo and his mother Margherita until 1929. Paternal influence (his father was a doctor) and the boy’s curiosity led him on the path of scientific research and he began to devote himself to electrochemical studies together with the pharmacist of the village.
He continues his studies in Florence, first at the La Querce College and later at the private high school Liceo Michelangelo where he obtained his diploma studying 3 years in just 1 academic year. He enrolled at the University of Florence, Faculty of Chemistry in 1936 and took the specialization Bio-organic Chemistry.
Although the war interrupted his studies, he remained active in this field serving as Chemical Official (officer in chemical engineering) at the Genio Guastatori, a department of the Italian army, and worked at various locations such as Udine (north of Italy), Russia and France. In 1943, he meets the famous mathematician Luigi Fantappiè in Rome.
After the war, he resumes his studies in Florence where he graduated in Bio-organic Chemistry in 1947. He then attends the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Naples for a year. During a stay in Paris, he meets physician Louis Kervran and deepens his research on cold fusion in the human body.
After coming back to Florence again, he decides to go to the Autonomous Tumor Center in Ancona (Centro Autonomo Tumori) where he collaborated for more than a year with professors Protti, Gusso and Neubauer. He had his first experiences here following enzymatic research of yeast and their pyroertic action towards the neoplastic cell.
He returned to Florence in 1949 and while he worked for several small pharmaceutical companies, in private he was dedicated to researching tumors. He personally participated in different congresses on Cancerology including those in Florence, Cremona, Baden Baden and New York. Being part of an international research group on cancer that used non-conventional research methods, he was nominated Member of the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the International Society for Cryosurgery.
After the disastrous accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, he offered his help to the people of the ex-Soviet Union that were directly affected by nuclear radiation, creating appropriate outlines (schemes) based on Potassium ascorbate intake. In honor of these efforts, he was awarded a Red Star Medal by the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The award certificate of honors mentions ‘outstanding achievements in science aimed at the population of de Soviet Union’ (this was in fact in 1987-1988, the period in which Gorbachev was the President of the USSR).
The discovery really happened by accident in 1947. A Florentine goldsmith named Giovanni that Valsè Pantellini was well acquainted with fell ill with stomach cancer. Prof. Valdoni diagnosed him inoperable, indicating he would just have a few months left to live. Suffering from severe stomach pain, Valsè Pantellini advised the goldsmith to take lemon juice with bicarbonate.
Deeply concerned about the health condition of Giovanni, Pantellini goes to visit the man after one year and finds him completely recovered, fit as a fiddle even. Somewhat surprised he asked him what kind of cure he had been taking. Giovanni answered that he simply continued taking lemon juice with bicarbonate as suggested by Pantellini. He then took a closer look at the jar from which Giovanni had been adding with a teaspoon a small amount of bicarbonate into the lemon juice and saw that the jar had an unusual appearance. He turned it around to read the label and noticed that instead of sodium bicarbonate, he had been taking potassium bicarbonate!
The man lived another twenty years and then died because of a heart attack.
‘It was mind-blowing to see this unexpected miracle, which was actually the result of a misunderstanding’, describes Pantellini one day. ‘I made the radiologists double-check because I thought they made a mistake with the X-rays, but no, the results were real. This fact made me think a lot and I began to wonder what had happened’.
He then retrieved the results of an old research done by Moraweck and Kishi in 1932, in which they emphasized a high percentage of potassium inside healthy cells, and a low percentage of potassium in neoplastic tissue and non-neoplastic tissue that carried a malignant tumor. At that moment, Pantellini’s potassium ascorbate ‘adventure’ started.
We have to underline that the first scientific work of Dr. Pantellini was presented and published in the Journal of Medical Pathology not earlier than 1970, more than 22 years after this important encounter. Dr. Pantellini was part of an (unfortunately increasingly rare) array of people that feels the necessity to verify, experiment, prove again and analyze something in depth before talking about it in public. Only when he was reasonably sure of the credibility and reproducibility of his data, he decided to officially present the fruits of his labor.
This work was followed by another study published 4 years later (1974) in the same Journal and then, apart from Andromeda’s ‘last’ publication ‘The co-factor K+, 50 years of research and therapy against tumors’, further publications ceased. To requests for new publications Pantellini’s answer was always the same: ‘I said what I had to say. Now it is up to others to verify it. I cannot lose time writing, I have to work!’, meaning that he would continuously have to answer people addressing him while he just wanted to continue his research and study in order to discover new pathways and insights on the matter.
This is when he came to the intuitive idea of introducing ribose into the compound.
With this website, we would like to honor the moral and professional stature of this extraordinary man and his great contribution to humanity. He was humble and dignified, always respectful towards people and patients in particular.
In order that Pantellini’s work and insights become more and more noted, the Pantellini Foundation will unworthily and undeservingly continue his work, so that more and more people can experiment and verify that what we present is not just nonsense or worse, speculation, but instead represents an important resource for all of us.