Cancer quackery news: Stanislaw Burzynski threatens one of his own patients over website

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50 Responses to “Cancer quackery news: Stanislaw Burzynski threatens one of his own patients over website”

  1. Xeni Jardin says:

    In before the Burzynski astroturfers.

    • C W says:

      SCIENCE JUST WANTS TO PRESCRIBE DRUGS AND NOT CURE ALL CANCER ITZ SO SIMPLE

      •  @CW – well, if you read the patient stories on that website – that seems exactly what Dr. B & his monstrous staff are doing. Charging tens of thousands of dollars for “treatments” – and sending them across state lines – making this a Federal situation – and showing ZERO results?

        • C W says:

          Oh, it’s absolutely projection. If they admitted to any wrongdoing they’d simply reply with “but herbs are harmless, so what we’re doing is still net-positive!”

  2. Popehat says:

    Ah, yes. Marc Stephens, the threatener in that story, threatened me repeatedly (and mostly incoherently) when I wrote about his threats against others.

  3. voiceinthedistance says:

    As Xeni writes, “it takes a special kind of asshole to bully a cancer patient and his wife in this manner.”

    How convenient that he also looks the part, as well.

    • Mitchell Glaser says:

      How about these folks who are cheerfully claiming that the Newtown shootings were a setup, and are smearing the doctor who took some of the kids in? Assholes indeed, but not as special as I’d like.

      • His Shadow says:

        It’s all part of a nurturing environment where opinions all have the same weight and conflict sells, so utter and complete batshittery is “the other side of the argument”.

  4. glace neuf says:

    the best part of this is that i went to the scam site and it gave a link to their caringbridge site where it appears he is doing better AND they have both changed their diet to mostly raw fruits and veggies.  win all around!

  5. ImmutableMichael says:

    “Engaging Streisand Accelerators and setting Self-Immolation Circuits to maximum, Captain.”

  6. smut clyde says:

    For bloggers who want to help drive his google search results into the toilet (by putting reliable info in its place)

    It is worth noting, perhaps, that before Burzynski’s employee Marc Stephens took on the extra duties of lawsuit-threatening (only to be dumped in the interests of plausible deniability when the optics went bad), he was on the payroll as a search optimiser. His job was to game the Google algorithms and design Burzynski’s websites — those of the clinics, and those set up purportedly in the names of grateful patients — so that they would rise to the top of search lists.

    Heckuva job!

  7. Burzynsky is a parasite on Houston’s reputation as a great place to get cancer treatment. M.D. Anderson helped set the standard for modern cancer treatment, and many other hospitals and clinics either affiliated with the Texas Medical Center or located nearby are great places to get cancer care. But everything that thrives attracts parasites, and Burzynski is our worst.

    I love St. Jude’s, but I would prefer the money went to Anderson or Texas Children’s, hospitals that actually have to deal with Burzynski’s influence.

    • Robert Blaskiewicz says:

      I should point out that most patients are from out of town and have to continue their treatment out of state. Rarely do his patients end up at those awesome institutions.

    • C W says:

      Along with the Antivax movement, why is Texas such a hive of pseudoscience?

      • His Shadow says:

        The facile answer is that this is what you get when religious conservatives get to call the shots.

        The more nuanced answer is that this is what you get when religious conservatives get to call the shots.

  8. mccrum says:

    My favorite part is about Google had to pay claims in Italy.

    Houston is not in Italy.

    Sounds like someone needs a new version of the Cleveland Browns’ letter regarding paper airplanes.

    • ldobe says:

      Also relevant:

      Google paid for the libel claim. Not the responsible party who published the “libelous claim”

      Which means that (in Italy) libelous claims on the web are indemnified by way of the search engine’s liability. That’s a sweet deal.

      Although, it only works if the plaintiff thinks that the search engine is responsible and sues them… Of course, in the US, the truth is an almost perfect defense against libel. I’m glad that I’ll most likely win a libel suit as long as what I wrote is true or (discernably) opinion.

  9. Robert Blaskiewicz says:

    We’re trying to turn something awful into something awesome. Please give generously, people. The more you give, the more we ask them to give back! http://www.crowdrise.com/fightchildhoodcancer/

  10. TheOven says:

    Were Sean Penn and this “Doctor” separated at birth?

  11. It is one of the great mysterious dichotomies of life that MD Anderson and Stanislaw’s clinic exist in the same city.  

  12. Robert Blaskiewicz says:

    We are so close to breaking $11,000, people! Will Xeni’s fans and friends push us over $15K?  http://www.crowdrise.com/fightchildhoodcancer/

  13. smut clyde says:

    Were Sean Penn and this “Doctor” separated at birth?

    Burzynski has a side-line in peddling anti-aging nostrums — the ‘Aminocare’ range of pills, creams, anti-oxidant dietary supplements and general hocus-pocus, sold by one “Michael Hamilton, Sales Consultant” through the Burzynski Clinic.

    So the darkness and glossiness of Burzynski’s hair (for a man in his 70s) is clearly a testimonial to his own cosmetic snake-oil, and not for instance hair-dye.

  14. BillStewart2012 says:

    Pancreatic cancer is usually one of the fast nasty kinds, often killing in 3-6 months.  Some people get “lucky” and get more treatable versions which give them a few extra years, like Steve Jobs, or intermediate-speed types (my father lasted almost 3 years, with a “we can’t cure this but we can get you some extra time” level of chemotherapy.)

    Fuck cancer, and fuck quacks who try to deceive cancer patients into paying huge amounts for bogus treatments.

  15. Matthew Cline says:

    To play devil’s advocate, if the one who sent the threatening letter is Marc Stephens, Marc is currently a self-appointed defender of Burzynski, so Burzynski didn’t *necessarily* ask Marc to do this or approve of it.  Of course, if Burzynski merely issues a “he doesn’t speak for me or my clinic” statement without actually condemning the content of Marc’s letter…

    • smut clyde says:

        Marc is currently a self-appointed defender of Burzynski

      At the time of the events described here, he was a Burzynski-appointed defender of Burzynski.

      • Matthew Cline says:

        Oops, nevermind.

        • smut clyde says:

           Xeni’s original post leaves something to be desired in the way of clarity, giving the impression that these are recent developments, rather than older outrages against decency that are only now coming to light.

          One of the outrages is that although Marc Stephens was supposedly only a peripheral member of the Burzynski team at the time of the stalker behaviour for which he was later sacked, he seems to have had complete access to the purportedly confidential medical records of the patients whom he was harassing.

    • C W says:

      “so Burzynski didn’t *necessarily* ask Marc to do this or approve of it”

      Does the word “stooge” mean anything to you? Scientology-like actions are still skeevy.

  16. Jonathan Cook says:

    As noted last time, the “technicality” is that apparently what Burzynski does isn’t actually a crime. Your use of “technicality” in this context does not become you. Burzynski is a grotesque asshat but the answer would appear to be changing Texas law to proscribe it.

  17. Snig says:

    I wonder at the pathology.  Does he really think it works, and is just in denial about its efficacy, or is he aware it doesn’t work, and just completely unethical?

  18. Wiki-Truths says:

    How about the kid that invented the test to find Pan Cancer (costs pennies) but will take 10 years to be approved by the FDA?

  19. Geek Goddess says:

    “Cease and Desist” orders are issued by judges, not clerks working for doctors

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Anyone can issue anything that they want. That doesn’t mean that it has the force of law. And even the justice system does illegal things rather regularly.

  20. Trololo_lololo says:

    Cuccoo!  Cuccoo!  Cuccoo!

    Hi Marc… your writing style is easy to recognize.

  21. Robert Blaskiewicz says:

    I have frustrating news. Burzynski’s people countered with a media blitz at Joe Mercola’s website, reposting an old story about him as if it were breaking news. They flooded the Burzynski hastag (I’d say by a factor of 20:1) . Please retweet this story, as it is fundamentally unfair that good info can be muted by nonsense.

  22. Boundegar says:

    No.  Even bad people don’t deserve cancer.  Do not wish for this.

  23. Robert Blaskiewicz says:

    Nobody deserves cancer. :(

  24. ldobe says:

    Alright, how about he gets diagnosed with HypoBankAccountia, in conjunction with locked-in syndrome. He won’t be dying, but he’ll no longer have a voice, and won’t have enough money to look for a cure.

    Seriously though, I think frausters and swindlers like him should be sentenced to the rest of their lives as locked in patients. Totally aware and conscious, but unable to communicate.

    That seems both painfully ironic, and fitting to me.

    Spend a career speaking lies, and when caught, be ubable to communicate at all for the rest of their life.

  25. C W says:

    “how about he gets diagnosed with HypoBankAccountia”

    Being poor is the worst thing these quacks could probably imagine for themselves, I agree. They’d murder their parents for a small amount of money.

  26. C W says:

    It would be poetic, but I agree. Even if he makes a living off the extreme suffering of others and actively harms humans daily.

  27. smut clyde says:

     Let me guess all these patients who praise Burzynski for saving their lives are:

    Some of them are already dead.

    Yes indeed, for some of the sockpuppet websites set up in the names of Burzynski patients to sing his praises and plead for donations to continue treatment, the patient turns out to be already dead.

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