"People are just shocked when they realize they have cancer. It can be cured if you take the right treatments."

Finding The Cure


Raymond Dallugge enjoyed telling people how he defied the medical experts and beat cancer on his own terms. And he probably also enjoyed the fact that he told the story for more than two decades. The French Corral resident was diagnosed with cancer in 1976. The doctors said that if it spread to his liver he would only have a year to live. If not,  he could expect to live another five years. "I was supposed to be dead a long time ago." Instead of awaiting death, he relied on clean living and alternative medicine treatments to maintain his health.

From then on he wrote and talked about alternative medical benefits to anyone who was interested. Before becoming a proponent of alternative medicine, Ray was better known as the proprietor of the Crazy Horse saloon in Nevada City. Being a saloon keeper isn't normally associated with those  advocating clean living. Eventually he was convinced that his stomach cancer  beneficially changed his focus. 

 His cancer was discovered after he had much of his stomach removed for an operation to treat what was believed to be an ulcer. Doctors recommended chemotherapy, but Ray began reading about the subject; then discovered and decided to take another path. He traveled to Mexico to get tablets of laetril, a substance made from apricot pits. He also changed his diet that consisted of whole grain foods, fruits, vegetables and eggs from cage free chickens. He rejected white bread, white rice, margarine and food prepared with aluminum utensils, which he considered to be health risks.

He also mixed minute amounts of hydrogen peroxide solution with his drinking water, which he said oxygenates the blood, and of colloidal silver, which he thought protected against countless diseases. The latter was produced by putting it in water, through which he ran an electric current. Ray also continued to take daily doses of laetril...actually amygdalin, which the body uses to produce laetril.

Ray said the medical establishment was obsessed with the standard treatments of "cut, burn, and poison"...referring to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He was equally critical of the American Cancer Society and doubted the group was sincere about its efforts to battle cancer. Instead, he belonged to a group called the Cancer Control Society, which advocates alternative cancer treatments. Ray said he whipped cancer in 1976, the year it was discovered, by relying on alternative treatments. He continued running the Chief Crazy Horse Inn until 1988, when he turned over the operation to his son Vince. He also raises awareness about alternative cancer treatments. "People are just shocked when they realize they have cancer. It can be cured if you take the right treatments...alternative treatments." He frequently wrote letters to the editor section of our local newspaper about his healing experience.

Chief Crazy Horse Inn

 Ray was born July 28, 1914, in Los Angeles, California to Rudolph August Dallugge and Margarita Saturnina Guirado. He graduated from Santa Monica High School, earned an associate of arts degree from Mount San Antonio College and a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He was a Technical Staff Sergeant in World War II and an expert rifleman. While stationed in Italy and North Africa, he worked as a member of the general's staff in various war rooms along with  Brigadier General Charles de Gaulle of France, U.S. General George S. Patton and General Bernard  Montgomery of Great Britain. After the war, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, sold feed and dietary supplements to ranchers, opened a watch repair shop in Hollywood and chased albacore aboard his fishing boat. He married Julmae Michail Laubinger in 1948 and moved to Nevada City in 1964 where he founded the Chief Crazy Horse Saloon in 1965. Raymond Dallugge passed away June 22, 2006. He was 92.

Mel, Ray and his son Vince when they came to look at our house  on Red Dog Road (May 19, 2001). We told him how much we enjoyed his  medical views in the newspaper. You might like to read a couple of Ray's letters that were published in The Union. Cancer can be controlled (1/3/78). Bone to Pick (9/27/78).