Burzynski explains how he is basically a genius
Stanislaw R. Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D., internationally recognized physician and biochemist-researcher who pioneered the development and use of biologically active peptides in diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer, since 1967.
In 1967, at the young age of 24, S.R. Burzynski graduated from the Medical Academy in Lublin, Poland, with a M.D. degree with distinction, finishing first in his class of 250. During the same year he identified naturally occurring peptides in the human body which he concluded control cancer growth. He found that there is a marked deficiency of these peptides in cancer patients.
The following year, 1968, he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry as one of the youngest candidates in Poland ever to hold both an M.D. and Ph.D.
From 1970 to 1977, while a researcher and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, his research was sponsored and partially funded by the National Cancer Institute. At Baylor, he authored and co-authored 16 publications, including 5 concerning his research on peptides and their effect on human cancer. Four of these publications were also co-authored by other doctors associated with M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine. It was at Baylor that Dr. Burzynski named these peptides “Antineoplastons” due to their activity in correcting and normalizing neoplastic, or cancerous, cells.
In May 1977, Dr. Burzynski received a Certificate of Appreciation from Baylor College of Medicine, commending him for completing five years of dedicated service and acknowledging his contributions made to the “Advancement of Medical Education, Research, and Health Care”.
In May 1977 Dr. Burzynski founded his clinic in Houston where he's since treated over 8,000 patients. He is also the president of the Burzynski Research Institute, where he continues to pursue scientific research on Antineoplastons.
Dr. Burzynski is a member in good standing of renowned medical associations, including the American and World Medical Associations, American Association for Cancer Research, Society for Neuroscience, Texas Medical Association, Royal Medical Association (U.K.), Academy of Medical Ethics, Society for Neuro-Oncology, and many others.
Dr. Burzynski is the author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications and presentations. In his career he has received numerous prestigious awards from various medical, educational and governmental institutions. Currently, he holds 212 patents registered in 35 countries, related to 17 proprietary scientific inventions (as of January 2007).
Other groups of scientists have expanded Dr. Burzynski's work, including researchers at the National Cancer Institute, the Medical College of Georgia, the Imperial College of Science and Technology of London, the University of Kurume Medical School in Japan, the University of Turin Medical School in Italy, and many others. There are several hundred publications on Antineoplastons and their active ingredients written by scientists working independently of the Burzynski Research Institute.
For over thirty years, Dr. Burzynski's cancer research has been inspired by the philosophy of the physician, Hippocrates, to “First, do no harm”. True to this philosophy, the treatments developed by him are based on the natural biochemical defense system of our body, capable of combatting cancer without harming the healthy cells.
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A US clinic has issued legal threats to health bloggers in the United Kingdom over their criticisms of its treatments.
The Burzynski Clinic in Houston uses antineoplaston treatments, which it says on its website “are based on the natural biochemical defense system of our body, capable of combating cancer without harming the healthy cells.”
The clinic was the subject of an article in the Observer newspaper on 20 November (www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2011/nov/20/a-family-gripped-by-cancer), written by Luke Bainbridge, a founding editor of Observer Music Monthly, which described a fundraising campaign by Mr Bainbridge to send his 4 year old niece, who has a glioma, to the clinic for treatment. Mr Bainbridge said that fundraising efforts were required for a “pioneering treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Texas . . . The estimated cost is £200 000 [€235 000; $315 000]. It is not available in this country, it is new and there …
This article is way tl;dr. Can someone please do a summary? Put it in simple language, slang, whatever.
k thx bye
"Dr" Stanislaw Burzynski of the Burzynski Clinic (Houston, Texas) is a crook, a conman, a charlatan, a fraud and a quack. This reprehensible little man ruthlessly exploits the desperate relatives of the incurably ill with a series of phoney 'clinical trials' whose sole outcome is not to expand the knowledge of mankind, but to separate the poor families from their life savings. "Dr" Burzynski has been making claims for an antineoplaston therapy for the last 35 years yet apparently has not deigned to publish the results of any of his phoney 'clinical trials' in any prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal. None of the misleading cancer-treatment claims made by the clinic (on their website and on other social media, such as YouTube) for "Dr" Burzynski's antineoplaston therapy are supported my the tiniest jot of published rigorous clinical evidence, yet he happily promotes these bogus treatments. I have not seen any evidence that the PhD "Dr" Burzynski claims to hold exists anywhere but in his own imagination (though I do not doubt that "Dr" Burzynski holds a legitimate medical qualification). I have not seen any evidence that "Marc Stephens" is a qualified and registered lawyer, nor indeed that he is even a non-fictitious person. If "Dr" Burzynski or his "lawyer" draw my attention to any factual errors on this page, I should be delighted to correct them upon receipt of substantiating evidence.
PS - I really hope I don’t get a legal threat either. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
❝RIGHTEOUS. This has been a hard one to track down> For a year the other torrent was dead. really appreciate it. This guy is the real deal. thanks❞
PROTIP - remember, people have short attention spans. Don’t be condescending or faggy.
Here's a warning for anyone out there considering blogging or tweeting anything questioning the greatness of cancer-curing Houston doc Stanislaw Burzynski: You will probably be threatened by the head of marketing for the Burzynski Patient Support Group.
We first heard about loose cannon Marc Stephens's weird diatribes Monday, when a guy in England informed us that Stephens had earlier this month threatened 17-year-old Welsh blogger Rhys Morgan with a libel suit if Morgan didn't remove any of his comments questioning the validity of Burzynski's claims. Morgan is one of several bloggers around the world that Stephens has been threatening.
Giving the false impression he was an attorney representing the Burzynski Clinic, Stephens demanded Morgan "immediately cease and desist in your actions defaming and libeling my clients. Please allow this correspondence to serve as notice to you that published libelous and defamatory information." Showing off his legal chops, Stephens busted out the all-caps to admonish Morgan that he best "GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY."
Morgan replied cordially, explaining that "I am confirming I have read this email. I am, however, at high school for the rest of today....I notice you have stated that some tweets are defamatory. I would appreciate you linking to them please so I can deal with them appropriately."
Stephens never did share the allegedly defamatory passages, but he did write, "Please forward the notice to your parents if you are actually in High School....Because your statements have been read by third parties you are now also interfering with my clients business, and you are emotionally effecting Dr. Burzynski's as well as his cancer patients around the world [sic for spelling and grammar]." He ordered Morgan to "provide a public apology to Dr. Burzynski and his patients and post it on your websites, and social media sites."
Morgan first learned about Burzynski through the "Hope for Laura" campaign, wherein folks are raising money to send a young mother in Kent to Burzynski for treatment of a brain tumor. (Morgan explained in his blog that there have been many other similar campaigns, and Radiohead even donated a guitar to raise money for one girl's treatment.)
Morgan explained in an e-mail to Hair Balls that "I'm generally a science-based skeptic. I always do research into health claims I hear. When I saw the Hope for Laura campaign, I checked out the website and saw the costs....Then I looked for the evidence [of Burzynski's treatment], found none and instead [found] a bunch of conspiracies against the FDA. Typical of what other quacks say and do."
When Morgan figured out that Stephens was not a lawyer with a valid claim but just a goofball (our words, Stephens, not Morgan's, so direct your idiotic and hollow legal threats to us, not him), he didn't bow to his demands.
We've left several messages for Burzynski Clinic spokeswoman Renee Trimble, trying to find out if they knew about -- or approve of -- Stephens's actions, but we haven't heard back. That's what we call primo PR, Renee! Keep it up! We also e-mailed Stephens and have yet to hear back from him, either. But maybe we will as soon as he finds out that "third parties" read this blog. (Usually, we write for just first parties, and in some cases even second parties, but we figured this was deserving enough to reach out to that coveted third-party market.)
We hate to run the risk of getting all saccharine, but we just want to say that every month or so, we hear from a loved one of a person with cancer who's considering going to Burzynski's clinic, and they ask us for advice, which we, as mere reporters, cannot give.
If you ever want to tinker with your notions of the existence of God, or of justice, then we suggest you talk to a father of a six-year-old girl dying of brain cancer. That's what we did a while back. He explained that, not being a rich man, and being warned of the severity and time-sensitive nature of his daughter's condition, he was under the impression that he had one shot to save her life. One chance to liquidate every asset and every ounce of his life savings and put it all on one treatment, and hope it was the right one. Burzynski's treatment would wipe him out financially, so if it didn't work, he was afraid he wouldn't be able to afford any other treatment.
And that's basically what we've been wondering about this whole time. Burzynski fanatics like Stephens operate under this rubric whereby it's some vast Big Pharma-doctor conspiracy to keep kids sick and prevent Burzynski from helping people. But we think it's the exact opposite. In the past, when Burzynski had the opportunity to work with government-sponsored researchers and get on the path to get his treatment FDA-approved and covered by insurance, he aborted the study.
So instead, he just sits on what he claims is a remarkably effective cancer treatment, charging exorbitant amounts that most people have to mortgage their homes and sell everything they own to afford. In other words, he's the only guy in the world with the cure, but he doesn't want to give it away for free or share it with anyone else.
We don't know what the father of that six-year-old girl decided. Nor do we know if, in the event he opted for Burzynski's treatment, he would have even been able to afford it. But we wish we never looked at the photo of his daughter that he shared with us. It would have been much easier to not have been able to put a face to that particularly insidious brand of heartbreak.
[source: Burzynski Bloggers Beware!]
Argument put forward:
❝because they didnt use the correct dosage and accepted patients in the later stages of cancer. So, they lowered the dosage and accepted sicker patients. Of course it didnt work❞
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Is this cancer centre not happy to debate scientific methodology?
Last week, the Observer published an article about a family being torn apart by cancer and the devastating effects it has had on not just one, but two members of their family.
Terri Bainbridge was suffering from breast cancer. Whilst receiving chemotherapy treatment, her daughter Billie began to show signs of an unknown neurological illness. She was later diagnosed with a tumour of the brain stem, a type of cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. The prognosis for this type of cancer isn't very good at all. Children diagnosed with this type of tumour have a life expectancy of 12-18 months from diagnosis.
Understandably, the family were distraught and wanted to do anything they possibly could to help their four-year-old daughter get better. They did some research on the internet and came across a clinic in Houston, Texas called the Burzynski Clinic, a cancer clinic headed by a man called Dr Stanislaw Burzynski that claims to provide "Innovative and cutting-edge Personalised Gene Targeted Cancer Therapy" as well as "customized treatment for over 50 types of malignancies". On reading this, in the knowledge that your daughter had no hope of living, why wouldn't you go here?
The Observer article was not the first time that the Burzynski Clinic has been in the news recently, however. Other cases that attracted similar media attention include the Hope for Laura campaign as well as a similar initiative to send a teenager from Dublin to the clinic. The reason they need to raise so much money is that Burzynski's treatment does not come cheap. Alan Henness of the Nightingale Collaboration has taken a closer look at the cost of Burzynski's treatment in this blogpost.
First come the lab tests on your genes: $6000 before you even start the treatment, according to patient information documents sent by the clinic. Before the initial consultation, there is another payment of $500, so that a doctor can read through your medical notes. When it comes to the consultation, $1000 needs to be paid to cover the consultation itself as well as another $4000 to cover the cost of lab tests. Next comes the deposit, after Burzynski has reviewed your results, of $10,000 to start what they term "basic treatment". Then comes the deposit for the medication, which according to the clinic can range from $7000 to $15000. The costs don't even end here. You then have to pay $4500 to $6000 a month, not including medication costs, for "basic treatment". They state that a treatment regime lasts on average 4-12 months.
These are significant costs, but if you thought they were going to save the life of your four year old, you'd do all you could to raise the money, right? That's exactly what Billie's family and friends did. Numerous celebrities joined in to help raise the cash to send Billie to this clinic.
But there is a little known, unmentioned caveat with Burzynski's antineoplaston therapy – the treatment he developed in the late 1960s. Burzynski noticed that cancer patients had significant differences with peptides (amino acid chains) in their blood compared with healthy people. He also noticed that they were present in urine of healthy people. He decided to extract these chemicals from the urine and give them to patients in the hope that they would be treated of their cancer. He started to run a number of clinical trials.
However, no independent studies have confirmed what few results Burzynski has published. His treatment has been called "scientific nonsense" by Dr Howard Ozer, director of the Allegheny Cancer Center in Philadelphia. As antineoplaston therapy is still in clinical trials and not licensed as a treatment of any disease, Burzynski isn't allowed to sell them. He is, however, allowed to continually run more and more trials. In this setting, he can charge for the privilege of joining these trials. It's not looking promising for this treatment.
A number of people, including Cancer Research UK, have raised concerns about Burzynski and the endless campaigns to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to send seriously ill cancer patients half way across the world to be treated with drugs that haven't been proved to work. I wrote a scathing post about his treatment in August.
However, two months later, I received a threatening email from a Marc Stephens, claiming to represent Burzynski, the Burzynski Clinic and the Burzynski Research Institute. He was threatening me with a libel lawsuit if I didn't immediately remove any and all references to his clients from my blog and Twitter. Other bloggers, sceptical of Burzynski and his antineoplaston therapy received similar threats from Stephens. Andy Lewis of quackometer.net has written about his dealings with Stephens here.
It seems that instead of dealing with criticisms about his treatments, Stanislaw Burzynski is only interested in silencing those with opinions contrary to his by using libel laws. Again, this is another case demonstrating the need for libel reform. Scientific disputes should not be determined in courts, but in journals.
I leave you with a quote that sums up exactly how I feel about using libel laws in this way:
"[Plaintiffs] cannot, by simply filing suit and crying 'character assassination!', silence those who hold divergent views, no matter how adverse those views may be to plaintiffs' interests. Scientific controversies must be settled by the methods of science rather than by the methods of litigation. … More papers, more discussion, better data, and more satisfactory models – not larger awards of damages – mark the path towards superior understanding of the world around us." – US Chief Justice Frank Easterbrook, Underwager v Salter 22 Fed. 3d 730 (1994)
• This article was amended on 3 December 2011. In an article examining
the claims for treatments offered by the Burzynski Clinic the author
stated that one family "did some research on the internet and and came
across a clinic in Houston". The family has asked us to make clear
that members of the family completed a long and thorough period of
research across a wide range of conventional and alternative
treatments, both in the UK and abroad, before approaching the clinic.
They say thay are fully aware of the controversy surrounding these and
many other experimental treatments.
❝Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S. history. Dr. Burzynski and his patients endured a treacherous 14-year journey in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials for a new cancer-fighting drug. His groundbreaking medical and legal battles have brought revolutionary cancer treatment to the public. Upon completion, his treatment will be available the world over - sending a shock wave through the cancer industry. ❞
Director: Eric Merola
Writer: Eric Merola (screenwriter)
Stars: Joe Barton, Stanislaw Burzynski and David A. Kessler