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A little more weekend shameless self-promotion to spread an important message about Stanislaw Burzynski

Weekends seem to be the time for shameless self-promotion. At least, some weekends are. So, in that tradition, I can’t help blowing my own horn a bit and urging SBM readers to head on over to listen to The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, Episode #455, March 29, 2014. There, Bob Blaskiewicz and I are interviewed about Stanislaw Burzynski and what you, as supporters of science-based medicine, can do to counter the efforts of his supporters to pressure the FDA to let children with cancer receive antineoplastons, efforts that are yielding fruit.

Bob Blaskiewicz has set up a Change.org petition “Protect Desperate Patients from the Houston Cancer Quack“. Bob and I urge you to check it out and sign it.

In the meantime, for those of you in Rep. Darrell Issa’s district, note that I will be in San Diego from April 5th to 9th attending the American Association for Cancer Research Meeting. If there are any skeptics in the San Diego area who would like advice on getting this message to Rep. Issa and/or having a meetup, drop me a line at my e-mail address on our contact page.

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13 thoughts on “A little more weekend shameless self-promotion to spread an important message about Stanislaw Burzynski

  1. I will be sure to mention your site in mine.
    Its a shame you have blinders on. It should not matter if a person has to go to Brazil, climb a tree, and eat berries with the monkeys if it means that they will have a chance a living a full healthy life. Big Pharma companies make a joke of people who really need health. Look up where the money granted by the government goes…not just the amount, the actual companies it goes to. You will find a large majority goes to marketing campaigns to inform the public to “ask their Dr. about a certain medication” ex: more people know what Viagra is for, verses a free version…cut out all animal products. It’s that simple!!! That is proven, yet it doesn’t bring in money so why promote it.

    The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives that North American Standard Therapy wouldn’t work for. Shame on you for promoting a petition to shut down someone trying to help. Maybe if you spent more time researching his approach or visit patients, you may feel different. Same goes for The Gerson Therapy. I am proof!!!
    It makes me sick to know that you are shutting down pain free treatment that you know very little about.

    1. Chris says:

      “The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives that North American Standard Therapy wouldn’t work for.”

      Citation needed. Provide actual verifiable evidence he has actually accomplished this feat. Because in almost forty years he has not produced that data.

    2. Harriet Hall says:

      “The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives”
      That has not been established; all we know is that some patients “believe” he has saved their lives and many more have died after great expense and suffering.

    3. lilady says:

      Shilling for Charlotte Gerson and the Gerson therapy, eh?

      Would you like to explain to us how shoving coffee enemas up your bum, cures cancer?

      http://www.skepdic.com/gersontherapy.html

    4. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      It should not matter if a person has to go to Brazil, climb a tree, and eat berries with the monkeys if it means that they will have a chance a living a full healthy life

      If that person falls out of that tree, gets a compound fracture, then drags it through several kilometers of mud to get to a hospital, they’re going to need a whole lot of that Bad Pharma to live a full, healthy life.

      Yeah, most people who follow the conventional recommendations of a healthful diet, exercise, no smoking, sleep and low stress will not need drugs. But not everyone does so, some have genetic predispositions that make them likely to die young without drugs, and some are simply unlucky. To pretend that one can prevent all disease by avoiding drugs is simply, flatly wrong.

      The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives that North American Standard Therapy wouldn’t work for. Shame on you for promoting a petition to shut down someone trying to help.

      Why doesn’t Burzynski do some proper research then? Why does he insist on drawing out his clinical trials rather than reporting them? Why does he charge patients tens of thousands of dollars in case-management fees? Why doesn’t Burzynski prove that his piss extracts work so he can cure millions rather than dozens? Why does he pollute his trials with high-dose mixed chemotherapy, making it impossible to know whether the piss extracts are the cure, or the chemotherapy is what eliminated the tumor?

      Of course, we know the answer – Burzynski is a greedy bastard who makes a lot of money by limiting the supply of his piss extracts and promoting them as a miracle. It’s funny, you complain about Pfizer spending so much advertising to consumers, meanwhile Burzynski does the same thing, but doesn’t pay a single person – he just pushes his patients (and when the patient dies, their families) into doing it for free.

      Same tactic, same outcome, but you object only to one of them. Why is that?

      Maybe if you spent more time researching his approach or visit patients, you may feel different. Same goes for The Gerson Therapy. I am proof!!!

      I find that hilarious, given how conversant Dr. Gorski is in the specific details of Burzynski’s unethical shell game and the specifics of the biochemistry as well. Considering how much value you place on your personal story, you might want to research how research is done.

      Also, did you get conventional treatment? Were you explained the difference between chemotherapy to treat a cancer versus adjuvant chemotherapy to reduce the risk of recurrence? Just wondering.

  2. weing says:

    “The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives that North American Standard Therapy wouldn’t work for.”
    Since he has not done studies, all we have are anecdotes. Here are mine. All the patients I know of that went for his therapy died, and rather quickly. That’s why it’s unconscionable that he misused his position by not doing the necessary studies.

  3. Frederick says:

    Miss violet, we want to shut him down because we know too much about it. and People here At sbm as done a lot, TONS of research of the guy and is treatment. Yeah Drug company are not perfect, they over-hype some product, and want you to use them more then necessary. But they product work, and have been tested, proven in years and even decades of research, published in peer reviews and serious journal. A thing that this Fraud of a Doctor, never did. He never publish anything, If ANP was a miraculous chemotherapy, don’t you think he will want his Nobel prize? Proof are as clear as the sky that ANP do nothing, except making the last life those people have miserable, and might also kill them faster. Despite that, he pump out thousand of dollar out of the pocket of desperate people, who, want a miracle. we can’t blame them, but we can’t let them being screw with false hope so a shameless man can get super rich, selling non-working, painful and deathly chemical agent. Because we care about those people, you care to the point that we have to tell the hard truth.
    I hope that one day, he will one day rot in prison, and all the money he stole from those poor poeple get donate to cancer patient/family support and research. that all the people he Screw get vindicated.

    Anyway, I sign the petition this morning, I hope that my signature still count even if i live in province of Quebec ( yeah Canada).

  4. Shank says:

    “The Quack Doctor you are referring to has saved lives that North American Standard Therapy wouldn’t work for.”

    I call Bullshit. Substantiate the claim or retract it. Empirical evidence only, please. Anecdotes don’t count.

    1. Daniel says:

      Evidence exists in several places. There are many cases where people were told they were destined to die and when the returned later to the same doctors that diagnosed them, healthy, the doctors were shocked. Proof is all over the place and you can find it yourself if you just look.

      1. Chris says:

        “Proof is all over the place and you can find it yourself if you just look.”

        No. You made the claim, therefore you must produce the proof. Where is it?

        We have looked at the papers produced by Burzynski and they do not provide enough evidence to believe him. If you have that proof, then point us to those verified studies, not anecdotes.

      2. weing says:

        “There are many cases where people were told they were destined to die and when the returned later to the same doctors that diagnosed them, healthy, the doctors were shocked.”
        All the patients that I know of that went to this quack simply lost the money they and their families had scraped up and died.

      3. MadisonMD says:

        If about 3 of the 8000+ treated by Burzynski had seemingly miraculous results, that would be a 0.04% success rate. Actually, that’s not far off the rate of bizarre and unlikely things like spontaneous regressions and misdiagnoses (actually higher for pontine gliomas that cannot be pathologically diagnosed).

        i.e. a few oddities after 35 years+ and >8000 patients does not provide proof of anything. Burzynski has to provide rates of success, which requires enumeration of the denominator. The closest we’ve gotten is >8000 posted on his website.

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