EDITORIAL:
THE PERSECUTION OF BURZYNSKI

From The Cancer Chronicles #27
© May 1995 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

As I write these words, Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski stands before a federal Grand Jury in Houston, Texas, fighting for his professional life. He has been called to testify before this panel concerning allegations of unspecified illegal activities. Previous grand juries have refused insistent demands that they bring charges against this medical pioneer. This jury may comply, starting him on a road that could end in a federal penitentiary. If they do, it will be one of the most ignominious events in American history.

It is hard to think of anything to compare with this: an immigrant scientist, with $20 in his pocket, flees the tyranny of postwar Poland seeking freedom of conscience in the New World. Once here, he rises to a position of some prominence at a major medical center. All the while, he dreams of implementing his new theory and non-toxic treatment for cancer.

But when he attempts to put this theory to the clinical test, treating advanced cancer patients at his own clinic, legal in Texas at the time, he is hampered, harassed, prosecuted, and, yes, persecuted. Malicious individuals go to work on his good name, raising outrageous allegations about his background and character. And as a final insult, government scientists who publicly denigrate his work simultaneously lay claim to his discoveries. Perhaps the major media has finally adopted Dr. Burzynski's cause.

Perhaps. But it is also clear that the forces that oppose him will do almost anything to destroy this man and his work. An FDA raid on the very day he appears on national TV may seem suicidal for a beleaguered agency. But desperate people do desperate things to achieve their goals. An indictment of Dr. B. will probably mean the end of his clinic, and a devastating blow to over 200 people currently on his treatment. But it will also be a defeat for millions who will never find out about antineoplastons.


Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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