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From The Cancer Chronicles #32-33
© June 1996 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

On Friday, April 19, Charles Pixley, founder of a company called Writers & Research, Inc. of Rochester, NY, was convicted of one felony count of conspiring to defraud the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by impeding an investigation, and 18 misdemeanor counts of introducing the Canadian health product 714X, developed by Canadian inventor Gaston Naessens, into interstate commerce.

Mr. Pixley has been released on his own recognizance, pending sentencing by Judge Michael A. Telesca on July 2. Mr. Pixley has also been hit with a "gag order": the judge instructed him that he can no longer discuss, sell, or promote 714X. This includes a compendium on the agent entitled "Do No Harm," which serves as a kind of informed consent brochure for the product.

Mr. Pixley has declared his innocence and will appeal both the decision and the order. In fact, according to a press release from Writers & Research, Inc., "he continues to provide services, particularly with the Enzyme Therapy program, a specially designed powerful metabolic supplement program designed by experience and research dating back to the 1930s."

The penalty for the crimes of which he has been accused could amount to many years in a federal penitentiary. Pixley, 47, was defended by Attorney William H. Moore, Jr., of Savannah, GA. For the last several years Mr. Pixley has been battling with the FDA over his arrangement to have the unconventional cancer remedy 714X shipped to patients in the United States.

Pixley¹s major defense strategy was his claim that 714X is in fact an old homeopathic remedy called "Camphora 4X."

Testifying in support of this proposition was Harris Coulter, PhD, editor of the semi-ofÞcial Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), author of the four-volume Divided Legacy, and widely regarded as one of the world¹s leading authorities on the history of homeopathy.

Pixley¹s side worked up an elaborate argument that since 714X contains a highly diluted form of a camphorous product, as well as diluted salts, it was in effect Camphora 4X. If true, this would "grandfather" the agent. In other words, as an agent that predated the formation of the FDA in 1906, it has to be allowed into commerce.

Homeopathic drugs listed in the HPUS and its various supplements can be marketed without FDA approval, mainly due to the extensive 'provings' (tests) that are done prior to their inclusion in that book. The inÞnitesimal dosages lead to a feeling of security about their safety.

However, the judge rejected this line of argument, and claimed that if this product was indeed homeopathic Camphora 4X, then it was mislabelled. But relabeling is not likely to happen any time soon. As a phone call to Mr. Naessens¹s International Academy of Somatidian Orthobiology (IASO) quickly revealed, Naessens categorically rejects the idea that his invention is in fact even a homeopathic preparation, much less Camphora 4X. According to IASO, it is a unique product.

The government¹s claim that Mr. Pixley was involved in a "conspiracy" to impede the FDA does seem absurd on the face of it. In fact, the opposite seems the case. Few people in the Þeld of alternative medicine have been as persistent in his dealings with the FDA as Mr. Pixley. He testiÞed at Congressional hearings, set up his own Institutional Review Board (IRB), communicated repeatedly with the FDA, and in every way made himself a highly visible target.

Pixley claims that the conspiracy was on the other foot. He says that at one 1993 meeting a Government witness threatened him by saying, "If you do not Þle a New Drug Application you will be brought to trial and you will have no choice but to plead guilty."

Thinking that there had to be some legal way to redress his grievances, Mr. Pixley actually arranged a meeting with Philip R. Lee, MD, US Assistant Secretary of Health. (Pixley and Lee happen to have a mutual friend, Alden Bryant of Berkeley, CA.) At this 8/4/94 get- together, Pixley claims that Lee verbally granted him a waiver to bypass FDA¹s arduous New Drug Application process. He never got this in writing, but he claims that a requested waiver goes into effect if it is not explicitly denied in writing. A government rebuttal witness appeared at the trial with a letter from Lee casting aspersions on that meeting (Pixley claims this rebuttal letter was "fabricated.")

Mr. Pixley sometimes uses apocalyptic imagery in his defense. His enemies, he says, practice "Passive Genocide," while he is helping "those who chose to avoid the 'Death Camp' mentality of the allopathic system...." Our birthright, he says,"is to live blissfully and not to live in a state of constant compromise with suffering."....

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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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