The weekend was busy, and I was working on grants, which meant that I could only come up with one post of Orac-style length and depth. Sadly, it wasn’t for this blog. Fortunately, C0nc0rdance came to the rescue with a must-watch video about our old friend Stanislaw Burzynski. He’s the guy who claims to treat cancer more successfully than conventional medicine—and not by a little—using chemicals he calles “antineoplastons,” which he originally isolated from urine but now synthesizes in a laboratory. More recently, he’s been claiming to deliver “personalized gene-targeted cancer therapy” that is more appropriately referred to as “personalized cancer therapy for dummies,” given Burzynski’s lack of sophistication and “throw everything but the kitchen sink at the cancer” approach, coupled with his arrogance of ignorance about genomics. Meanwhile, patients suffer, paying huge sums of money to partake of Burzynski’s dubious clinical trials that never seem to produce usable results.
Here, C0nc0rdance has boiled down a couple of key issues into a nice, concise video. Particularly effective is his explanation of key red flags that should be warning signals to cancer patients considering spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly to Houston and be treated at the Burzynski Clinic:
As I’ve said before many times, if pharmaceutical companies pulled the same sorts of shenanigans that Stanislaw Burzynski pulls, the same people defending him would be calling for the FDA to shut those companies’ activities down and on the government to fine them billions of dollars. And guess what? I’d be right there with them. Funny how they don’t see the problem when Burzynski does it.