DR. ARLENE J. LENNOX (1942 – 2008)

Dr. Arlene J. Lennox was a pioneer, and leader in the treatment of cancer as Director of Neutron Therapy at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). She began this innovative medical approach alongside the actual construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator in the late 1960s.

“The beam in the linear accelerator is four feet below floor level, below street level…we have the right energy, we might be able to take those protons, hit a berilyum target and make neutrons, and treat cancer patients… And it turns out that there was a freight elevator kind of halfway down the linear accelerator…and we said okay, this freight elevator is going to become our treatment room.” Her groundbreaking work applying quantum physics to treat cancer patients that were previously considered incurable, was recognized the world over. “I made my career change in 1985 from quantum physics to medical…It’s my opportunity to take all this knowledge and all this hard science and apply it someplace to where it is really helping people.”

As well, she worked on reducing the side effects, the so-called ‘skin burns’ associated with radiation therapy, using low level electricity called microcurrents. “Once you stimulate circulation, nutrients start to get in; byproducts that should be disposed of get moved into the kidneys to get washed out and once that system starts to work, there’s nothing magic about it. Once an injured body part is getting the nutrients it needs, it can heal itself. So the research that I worked on was actually trying to get people who had side effects from cancer treatments and see if we could minimize or reduce the side effects, and we had very good results with that. And I actually published a paper.

The most exciting thing which I have not been able to follow through on but would dearly love to whenever I get the chance again, is if a patient is going through radiation and you give him this microcurrent treatment…like on alternate days, on the days he is going through radiation, concurrently, you can prevent the side effects. You can prevent them from ever happening!”

In our film interview, she spoke about dangers due to a lack of public understanding with science through the cautionary tale of the development of the nuclear bomb. On the upcoming DVD, we have also dedicated a section of the special features to Dr. Lennox’s work in Neutron Therapy at Fermilab.

A remarkable, true humanitarian and a force to be reckoned with, it was with much sadness to hear that on May 24, 2008 Dr. Arlene J. Lennox passed away. She is greatly missed.


  1. Comment by Margaret Lawless on June 2, 2008 5:36 pm

    Thank you for publishing this tribute to a great lady and a great scientist. Arlene was my friend for almost 15 years, and I was privileged to see a side of her that many of her peers did not. Every June we met at Allerton House for a string workshop. No, not Superstrings – stringed instruments! Arlene played the violin and we immediately bonded over our mutual love of playing chamber music. I immediately asked her to join our chamber group – The Deviated Septet – and I will never forget the joy of preparing and performing works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mozart, Villa Lobos, Dohnanyi, Haydn and many others. During these workshops she became a wickedly funny and lighthearted companion. I miss her greatly and will dedicate our next performance to our dear friend.

  2. Comment by Terry Welch on October 4, 2008 10:24 am

    Arlene , we loved and will miss very much. Sandy and her helped our team Perfect Science in every way. The mico current device we now own is the greatest device because of her . Love you we miss
    you greatly every day

    Terry Welch
    Perfect Science

  3. Comment by JoAnn Spreitzer on October 4, 2008 7:48 pm

    Arlene, we honor as a scientist, a devoted caring woman and someone who became our friend. We met her approximately ten years ago through a mutual concern to help people.She introduced us to microcurrent instuments that opened a connection that helped us with Perfect Science and our own personal lives. Her introduction to met Sandy Funder, who worked with Arlene on their microcurrent patent helped save my life.
    I never will forget how she would take time out of her busy schedule to return calls and answer question that I needed.
    She is greatly missed. Thank you for being you, Arlene.
    JoAnn Spreitzer
    Perfect Science/ Vital Earth Solutions

  4. Comment by Nancy O'Brien on July 4, 2010 9:59 am

    Dearest Arlene ,

    You save my legs with mico current and now I brought three Nuro Scope 230 from Wiliam Spreitzer your best student .

    You will be happy to know as you wanted and asked for over dinner so long ago that we be marketing your research now with the complete systems in your name .

    We will never stop now . The Doctor’s will come to these facts soon . Mico Current the wave of the future with Perfect Science the solution to pollution to your body .

    We will be contiually fighting the cause in your name .

    The gels and the research with Mico Current using Perfect Science Formula’s is on going .

    Thank you for my legs , my brain and for your work with Perfect Science AD.

    I light a candle for you evry month at St Karin’s in Chicago Heights and have a on going web site in your name and the work of Sandy Funder , Terry Welch , and Perfect Science team .

    We sending Sandy Funder a lot of clients she misses you as well my friend.

    From all of us to you our pray’s and thoughts are with you every day


    Nancy O’Brien

    Gerald Thomas Welch
    Perfect Science

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