Forbes contrasts Burzynski’s clinic with respected medical center

Burzynski clinic has made it to Forbes magazine. It isn’t pretty for them.

A Film Producer, A Cancer Doctor, And Their Critics – Forbes.

I just returned from the Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s most respected medical centers. By a quick check on PubMed, the (young) doctor I met there has about 60 publications to his name, all in well-respected journals. He’s recognized as one of the best in his field, and people come from all over the world to visit him and his colleagues for surgery.

Contrast this to the controversial clinic run by Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. His clinic claims to have a unique approach to cancer involving an experimental (and expensive) treatment he calls “anti-neoplastons”. The basis for these claims is controversial to say the least and I’ll leave it to others to go into detail.

Oh this is interesting. He points out that the clinic marketing is built upon patient anecdotes and not actual data and he mentions the “fan movies” produced by Eric Merola. He also highlights the case of the PR guy for the clinic harassing detractors, including US.

He (a doctor) says that a “search of the American Board of Medical Specialties shows that not only is Burzynski not an oncologist by the usual definitions (completing a relevant residency and fellowship in his area of practice), he’s not even a board-certified internist.” He would not refer patients to non board-certified doctors.

The author contrasts his experience between the two clinic as “could not be more different”, saying the Cleveland Clinic is “a world-class institution filled with talented researches and clinicians helping disseminate the latest research in many fields.” And, Burzynski’s as “personality-driven clinic with questionable ethical standards”

Oh, snap. Not a glowing review. But we already knew this stuff.

More on Merola, the filmmaker. Is Eric Merola issuing bogus DMCA takedown notices against critics of Stanislaw Burzynski? – Respectful Insolence.

  6 comments for “Forbes contrasts Burzynski’s clinic with respected medical center

  1. Bob
    April 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    And this is where I do a little dance.

  2. RDW
    April 21, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Congratulations. This should be helpful. Scammers like Burzynski, who steal from the gravely ill when they are at their lowest point, deserve not just to be outed, but to be prosecuted. His victims don’t just die from lack of real treatment, they die broke.

  3. DrXym
    April 21, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    What amazes me about Burzynski supporters is how thin skinned they are. Post anything remotely “negative” (i.e. reality based) on YouTube about Burzynski or the movie and watch as the post disappears by magic and your account is blocked. Some critical videos have also found themselves targeted by bogus DMCA complaints which has lead to a mini-Streisand effect, e.g. search for “DMCA burzynski”

    Funnily enough Wakefield supporters engage in similar cowardly acts.

  4. April 21, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I don’t know if Burzynski can be definitively called a “scammer”. I think there’s an excellent chance he’s totally sincere in thinking his therapies work. I mean, I don’t think Linus Pauling was a scammer, I believe he sincerely thought that Vitamin C would cure cancers. Burzynski is not as eminent as Pauling, of course, but he’s a qualifed physician, so the analogy holds.

    • April 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      That may be true. We don’t call him a scammer. But the outcome is money paid for treatment that has not been shown to work. By this point, HE SHOULD HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO SHOW FOR IT ALL. Which is what makes us all doubtful.

  5. April 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Sharon, you didn’t call him a scammer but my fellow commenter RDW did, thus my using the word. You are in fact very temperate, as is appropriate for the proprietor of this blog.

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