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Delmar Sanders, MD, has chronicled his life story in a poignant and magnificent manner. Despite almost insurmountable obstacles along the way, he has successfully accomplished his objective in life - to be become a successful neurosurgeon. And now he shows his gratitude by giving us a Gift which will benefit many patients with Multiple Sclerosis and many other diseases.

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The Gift - Delmar C. Sanders


The lifetime that led to the discovery

of a safe, affordable and

natural treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

-Delmar C. Sanders, MD

© Copyright 2003 Delmar C. Sanders. All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written prior permission of the author.

Edited and published by Donato Literati and Inga Sanders Photographs by Dana Davis

Sculpture of physician’s hand, front and back covers by Lorraine Bonner, MD Cover Art by Michael Umlauf

National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data

Sanders, Delmar C .

The gift / Delmar C. Sanders. ISBN 1-4120-0441-1

1. Sanders, Delmar C. 2. Multiple sclerosis—Treatment. I. Title.

R154.S26A3 2003   616.8’3406   C2003-903027-X


This book was published on-demand in cooperation with Trafford Publishing.

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This book is dedicated to

Dr. Harry G. Day,

my mentor in scientific research.

T. R. Sanders, my father,

who never let a need go unfulfilled.

Herdersena Moman Sanders,

my mother, who epitomised kindness

and compassion, in our short life together.

And the doctors of the world

who are dedicated to the care and treatment

of their patients-at all costs.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This book is not intended to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, treatment or sen-ices to you or to any other individual. This book provides general information for educational purposes only. The information in this book is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call or consultation with your physician or other healthcare provider.


Delmar Sanders, MD, has chronicled his life story in a poignant and magnificent manner. Despite almost insurmountable obstacles along the way, he has successfully accomplished his objective in life-to become a successful neurosurgeon.

Having been born and reared in Mississippi before the civil rights era, he endured racism, benefited from Affirmative Action, met the challenges of discrimination in his training years and recognized his mentors along the way. I am delighted to have been one of his mentors.

Dr. Sanders was fortunate to have had a loving mother, father and siblings. But one needs more than that to succeed. His life exemplifies the inner strength and persistence necessary for success. Moreover, he recognizes God, who spared his life in the devastating fire in Berkeley in 1991.

And now he shows his gratitude by giving us a Gift which will benefit many patients with Multiple Sclerosis and many other diseases.

Hopefully, it will withstand the rigors of scientific research and evaluation and relieve these patients of their devastating symptoms and early demise.

Like me, you will enjoy reading The Gift.

-George H. Rawls, MD

Asst. Dean for Student Affairs, Emeritus

Clinical Professor of Surgery, Emeritus

Indiana University School of Medicine

Former President of the Indiana State Medical Association


It is ironic that I sit in my study in the darkness of this pre-dawn morning at the very time of my birth some 53 years ago, pondering how I can give an accumulation of my medical knowledge that would surely benefit millions who suffer from many neurological diseases. Perhaps more tragically, the question that wrestles within my head is whether I should share this gift at all. Understanding the dangers of revealing this knowledge clouds my decisiveness. The power of a vast industry that feeds from the lucre of human suffering would surely oppose me at every turn. But the moral imperative is, for me, and through my own personal experience as a black man and a doctor, to seek a way to overcome these obstacles. My life, which is congealed into the pages of this memoir, stands as a living testament to the ability of all people to become active participants in the improvement of the human condition. More importantly, the product of my struggle has led me to find a simple, cheap and readily accessible cure, with minimal side effects, for the treatment of a host of neurological diseases.

Just as this conflict within me surges, the calm of this new dawn reminds me of my own mortality’. Years earlier, from this very same perch in the hills surrounding Berkeley and Oakland, California, I had to hastily flee from a firestorm that nearly took my life. I gaze out at the bright shiny lights that twinkle in the distance that illuminate the San Francisco Bay, and I am reminded of the fundamental importance of my survival.

Was the reason I survived, because of the knowledge that I have acquired?

Perhaps, but the lesson of life is undoubtedly the same for us all. If our lives amount to anything, then we must persevere in the face of adversity; we must contribute our knowledge and work so that others will benefit.

To understand the essence of each human life, we must first look to its beginnings, and then to its accomplishments. For me, this place where I sit is a far distance after traveling a long, treacherous path from my original beginnings in rural Mississippi.

After rebuilding from the firestorm, and restoring myself after a failed marriage, now I am comfortable in my dwelling and I enjoy a strong personal relationship, although I am uncomfortable in the premise of marriage.

Professionally, I have been the chief of neurosurgery at three of the largest East Bay Hospitals, at different times. My private practice is going well even in depths of discourse associated with managed medicine. As a proud father, I have achieved the presumed state of independence with two adult educated daughters. In ways, the cycle is complete-except for the revelation of my gift.

Regardless of my own comfort and status-that may well be imperiled by revealing and championing this gift in our society-I feel a nagging desire to share this knowledge with the public. The question to myself is: why lose sleep over something that probably will not produce wealth? A patent would be difficult to come by and most people could care less about remedies and cures when it is not themselves or their loved ones that are affected by these illnesses.

Could I have been so brilliant? Was it luck or was it instinct going back to some African village tribe or was it my Native American heritage where one of my forefathers may have been a medicine man with natural given talents that one could never gain from a formal medical education? Maybe it is a combination of ancestral knowledge. This would refute the isolationist or segregationist belief in separation of the races.

Whatever the origin, I am now deliberating on how to impart this wisdom in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases that, to the present, have not had a valid, safe treatment. I have shared my knowledge and skills outside of my formal training as a neurological surgeon with remarkable results to family members and a few of my patients. It seems that a gift should not be given for financial rewards or expectations of fame, but why am I so worried?

My personal experiences from those of a young black boy in Mississippi, to those of a neurosurgeon in Berkeley, California have sometimes led to a cynical philosophy that no good deeds should go unpunished. This is particularly true in the medical world, as I will attempt to explain. But by virtue of the fact that I am sharing this information with you, the reader, I am learning to overcome this cynicism for the benefit of the many, which now suffer from curable diseases.


In the process of providing medical care to my patients I have not stopped at the limits of the formal training in neurological surgery. Instead, I attempt to administer to the whole person, even in those circumstances where my family has sought my input in their health issues. Being a naturally proactive person, it was difficult not to express my opinion or attempt to achieve the best for family (including my professional practice family, not only those by blood).

The thought process of treatment of non-surgical entities in my formal training was somewhat foreign. Medical problems were the responsibility’ of the medical doctors, as the definition of specialty-lines was taught. My greatest satisfaction was a successful surgery in residency and early practice, then later the total recovery became more important, whether the patient underwent surgery or not. It is difficult to be pigeonholed into what can be given in the process of practicing medicine,

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