BBC airs documentary on accused cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski

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47 Responses to “BBC airs documentary on accused cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski”

  1. dioptase says:

    He should have stuck with coaching the Chicago Bears.

  2. mausium says:

    The quack’s documentaries will probably do huge business in the US after the successes of What the Bleep, Antivax and charter school “documentaries”.

  3. Rider says:

    Waiting for his notorious astro turfing crew to show up here.

    • peregrinus says:

       It’s such a theme these days.  The PR firms really have it together.

      What’s fantastic is it shows just how much attention people pay to BB.

  4. Jen Keane says:

    Don’t forget that, in addition to curing cancer, Burzynski also claims that he can cure Alzheimer’s, and even wrinkles. It’s a veritable modern-day panacea.

    http://www.zenbuffy.com/2012/03/its-burzynski-jim-but-not-as-we-know-it/

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      It seems to be the rule, rather than the exception, for all good pseudoscience to aquire broad-spectrum curative powers over time, no matter its original remit. It’s probably explained by the potent mix of cynical opportunism and desperation-driven faith totally mysterious.

    • robuluz says:

      Where can we buy these panaceas?

      • dnebdal says:

        The patent ran out, so you can only find the generic stuff these days – look for panaceine hydrate.

      • Jen Keane says:

        Why, you don’t *buy* a panacea, you *invest* in it. That’s right, you’re taking your first steps to making a life-long investment in your health! For just the cost of a glass of orange juice* a day, you could protect your brain and un-wrinkle your skin, and what’s more, you’ll get a free parker pen just for enquiring.

        But wait, there’s more! Are you bothered by the weight of your wallet? Do the numbers in your bank account stress you out? Aminocare will take care of it all. Paper-light wallets and calm, empty bank accounts are in your future. Call now, our operators are waiting to take your call.

        *glass of orange juice is diamond chalice, with oranges hand squeezed by Angelina Jolie

    • James Penrose says:

       He can cure wrinkles?  If that is his current photo I say “Physician, heal thyself first!”

  5. Mike Mossey says:

    Total garbage Big Pharma slam piece to discredit this doctor. I advice people watch the documentary about him that came before this BBC propaganda documentary. It is called “Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business” It can be watched for free at topdocumentaryfilms.com There has been plenty to prove his therapy. The big pharma companies just want to get rich off of his discoveries and have been trying everything to steal it from him for years.

  6. DANIEL MCGUINNESS says:

    Okay, even if I had chaemo brain he’d come over as a slimy, untrustworthy shyster, constantly evading the question and as an alleged doctor, not even talking technically. So why do people still believe him…?

    • ocschwar says:

       He believes himself. That makes a huge difference.

      • Brainspore says:

        When you believe in yourself you can accomplish anything!*

        *WARNING: advice not meant to be taken literally.

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

      At least some of his clients believe in him because they have no other options.  When the reputable doctors say that there is nothing that modern medicine can do beyond making the next couple months more comfortable, then you start thinking things like “what have I got to lose?”

      We want to believe the good news.  We want to believe that there’s a possibility.  A chance.  Something.  Anything.  Because the alternative is to accept that you are going to die, and not in a far-off someday kind of timeframe.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Dr Burzynski insists he is not merely selling hope: “There are many foolish people and I tell you I’m dealing with scientists, we have concrete evidence, can you imagine that the US government dealing with us for so many years, they would allow me to be here if I just sell hope OK without any hard evidence?”

    If they let him continue, that means he’s legit. If they shut him down, it’s because “Big Pharma” doesn’t want the competition. He’s like Kevin Trudeau only with a slightly shorter criminal record.

  8. Mike Mossey says:

    For balanced information watch this as well, not just the BBC doc.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rBUGVkmmwbk

  9. crenquis says:

    If the treatment can be shown to rid one of Body Thetans, then I guess that he just might have something there… Until that proof comes, I will remain skeptical!

    • SomeDude says:

      If the treatment can be shown to rid one of Body Thetans, then I guess that he just might have something there

      I’d settle for it ridding one of Tom Cruise.

  10. Navin_Johnson says:

    When people say they are selling hope, I always assume that means they “hope” to get rich off of our desperation and desire not to die.

    This goes for nebulous declarations of “change” as well.

  11. Chris Reeve says:

    I am consistently disappointed by the choice of stories which BoingBoing decides to do on the subject of cancer.  Okay, so Burzynski probably doesn’t have the answer we’ve been looking for.  But, what is the lesson that the BB readers are supposed to take home with them?

    You know, if you take a look at the larger trends for where research of the human body is heading right now, it doesn’t look good for mainstream medicine.  There is increasing concern that taking antibiotics is like dropping an atomic bomb on the microbial communities within our gut.  And it appears that few Americans actually realize that 80% of the immune system is actually in the gut.  Probably most of your readers who are reading these articles about Burzynski have also already observed the TED Talk on angiogenesis, and so they already know that the immune system is responsible for keeping cancer in check.  It’s a very short logical leap from there to asking the question: Wouldn’t chemotherapy destroy the immune system in a similar fashion to antibiotics?

    And, of course, the far bigger picture is that the mainstream medicine establishment has been quite ruthless in its pursuit of real researchers who have attempted to question the conventional cancer treatments and propose better ones.  One very interesting line of argumentation supposes that decaying food in the intestine can lead to anaerobic conditions there, which facilitates the formation of anaerobic bacteria, which in turn creates an environment which is conducive to yeast and fungi — which is a condition which is occasionally identified by medical professionals as candida.  And this very simple reasoning goes that if this decaying material is not removed, that the fungus will eventually lead to cancer.  There is even a book on Amazon titled “Cancer is Fungus”.  Why not run an article on that?

    I think the real question is: What is BoingBoing’s purpose?  Are you just trying to create an environment which is even more difficult for researchers to question the conventional hypotheses about cancer?  After all, you could also choose to run articles which exemplify all of the various problems with the FDA process (such as the various cannabis-cancer controversies), or you could actually encourage a usefully skeptical conversation about the underlying theories of cancer.

    But, when I see the Burzynski-bashing, all I get from it is the message that “Burzynski isn’t Science!” — which I’m afraid is not something that is worth the numerous articles you guys have run on him.  I think most people would agree with me that we want to see MORE people trying to solve the cancer problem from MORE different angles — not less.  If Burzynski doesn’t have the answer, then why waste so much time on him?  If the point is that “Science is Awesome!”, can I please mention that the FDA process is probably not intended to identify the best science?  Would that really be so shocking to say?

    • James Penrose says:

       Then let him show his evidence.

      I’ll trust mainstream medicine, they change as new knowledge is found. 

      Know anyone in an iron lung from Polio?  That’s as mainstream as it gets, baby!

    • chgoliz says:

       “Probably most of your readers….snip….already know that the immune system is responsible for keeping
      cancer in check.  It’s a very short logical leap from there to asking
      the question: Wouldn’t chemotherapy destroy the immune system in a
      similar fashion to antibiotics?”

      In fact, they’re starting to use chemotherapy to treat some immune disorders because it actually helps by re-booting the immune system.

      I’ve mentioned on at least one other cancer-related thread on BB that chemo improved and even eradicated quite a few symptoms of my autoimmune disorders.  I feel at least 10 years younger.  (Not that I would wish chemo on anyone who didn’t need it!)

    • Brainspore says:

      If Burzynski doesn’t have the answer, then why waste so much time on him?

      Because he’s a horrible person who is getting rich selling fake cancer cures. 

      The problem isn’t that he’s experimenting with a different approach to look for an effective cancer treatment, it’s that he’s a fraud who claims that he already found one. He warrants continuing coverage because he continues to exploit the desperate and the dying.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I think the real question is: What is BoingBoing’s purpose?

      In this case, I’d go with warning people off a dangerous quack who will kill them through malpractice.

      It’s possible to question the medical establishment without resorting to snake oil salesmen.

    • crenquis says:

      There is even a book on Amazon titled “Cancer is Fungus”.  Why not run an article on that?

      Because cancer isn’t a fungus and you would likely be just as disappointed by any Boing Boing article on the book…
      Oh ya, there is the minor fact that the author was prosecuted in Italy for manslaughter and stripped of his medical license and is under investigation in the Netherlands for his quackery “medical” practices that threaten the status quo.

      One very interesting line of argumentation supposes that decaying food in the intestine can lead to anaerobic conditions there, which facilitates the formation of anaerobic bacteria, which in turn creates an environment which is conducive to yeast and fungi — which is a condition which is occasionally identified by medical professionals as candida.

      Why are people so obsessed with cleansing their colon?  Why do people seem to think that the colon gets clogged-up like an old pipe? (You would starve if your colon was coated with crap like they show in ads for “detox” and “clease” cures/diets).  The only people who should worry about canididiasis of the gut are those with some sort of immunodeficiency.

      (quick edit to fix format)

  12. misterjuju says:

    I recently took a new job in Houston that is just a few blocks from the burzynski clinic. One day, I was checking out the local food options on my lunch break, and drove past a small nondescript office building with a little, non-flashy sign that simply stated “burzynski clinic.” If I hadn’t read about this quack on BoingBoing, I woukd never have known what evil lurks in that simple innocent-looking building. Its located pretty close to a free-standing 24-hour urgent medical care center and less than a mile from a mid-sized hospital complex, which gives it the impression of being a legitimate “clinic.” I have to drive past it every time I go to work, and I get the creeps every time, wondering how many people have fallen for his crap…

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