Burzynski exposed in USA Today

Front page exposure for Dr. B and it is NOT GOOD publicity. The damning facts continue to be paraded to the public. I truly hope this will permanently derail the travesties of the Burzynski clinic.

Doctor accused of selling false hope to families.

USA TODAY investigates Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who has been treating the terminally ill with unconventional treatments for 36 years. While supporters see him as a hero, critics say he exploits the vulnerable.

Here are some of the quotes in this piece:

“He’s a snake oil salesman”
“the worst kind of predator”
…the FDA refuses to comment on Burzynski.
“How can anyone look at these facts and believe that there is a real clinical trial going on … rather than just using the FDA and the clinical trial system to make money?”

As we posted previously, the FDA inspection documents were damning, showing Burzynski was breaking rules and committing unethical acts:

Inspectors charged Burzynski, as principal investigator, with a variety of other serious offenses, some dating to 2001. Among them:

• Inflating success rates in 67% of cases, by inaccurately reporting how tumors responded to treatment.

• Destroying patients’ original records.

• Failing to report “unanticipated problems” to the institutional review board — sometimes for six or seven years.

Oh, does Dr. B quack quack quack:

Burzynski dismisses criticism of his work, referring to his detractors as “hooligans” and “hired assassins.”

As for criticism from former patients, Burzynski says, “We see patients from various walks of life. We see great people. We see crooks. We have prostitutes. We have thieves. We have mafia bosses. We have Secret Service agents. Many people are coming to us, OK? Not all of them are the greatest people in the world. And many of them would like to get money from us. They pretend they got sick and they would like to extort money from us.”

History will vindicate him, Burzynski says, just as it has vindicated other persecuted medical “pioneers,” such as Louis Pasteur. In the future, Burzynski says, everyone will use his therapies, and the cancer treatments used today — such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — will be regarded as barbaric. “There will be a time when people will see the light,” he says, “and our treatments will be used by everyone.”

How absurd. How despicable. He is a textbook crank (an unbalanced person who is overzealous in the advocacy of a private cause).

The USA Today piece contains extensive information and links along with two additional pieces:

Experts dismiss doctor’s cancer claims.

Families run out of hope, money after cancer treatments.

Burzynski has gotten away with this setup for a very long time. Too long. He has taken tons of money, delivered false hope, and sabotaged the last weeks and days of a dying person.

I’m proud to know that skeptics concerned for patients rights and sound science around the world have played a part in exposing the Burzynski clinic. He is no savior, he is doing awful things.

We here at DN have been following the Burzynski story for years. Thanks to Team Skeptic leaders Robert Blaskiewicz and Dr. David Gorski for their efforts to expose the clinic’s serious issues. At one point, we all were harassed by Burzynski’s PR goons trying to shut us up. I am relieved this information is out in the open in one of largest circulating papers in the U.S.

More on the Burzynski history from DN:
One in a long line of those who were duped by cancer treatment ploy of false hope.

The complex, convoluted tale of Dr. B. on Panorama.

Forbes contrasts Burzynski’s clinic with respected medical center.

What exactly is Burzynski charging patients for?

Does this sound like legitimate medical protocol to you? 

Medical Board case against Burzynski dismissed.

Burzynski gets warning from FDA: Stop promoting your treatment as “safe” and “effective” 

Burzynski bows out of U.K. conference to avoid critics.

Burzynski and company sued by former patient.

Burzynski Clinic Bullies Bloggers with Legal Threats (Major update).

Burzynski “representative” continues a tirade against skeptics.

  9 comments for “Burzynski exposed in USA Today

  1. November 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I’m all aglow. I had talked to the journalist but I had no idea what it was going to look like or what was going to be in it. Really well done.

    Now, forget that you ever heard of me being “all aglow.”

  2. Chris Howard
    November 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Thank you Bob, and Sharon. You both have every right to be aglow. 🙂

  3. One Eyed Jack
    November 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The FDA’s patience with Burzynski apparently wore out after Josia died.

    In a report sent to the FDA after the boy’s death, Burzynski’s staff acknowledged that his last blood sample, taken the day he passed away,showed a blood sodium level of 205 millimoles per liter, a level that is typically fatal. Burzynski’s staff blamed that reading on a “false laboratory report based on a contaminated sample.

    In 10+ years of working in a medical lab (a sizable lab that performs 10s of thousands of tests daily), I have never seen a patient report go out at 205 mmol/L Na. Why? Because they would be dead. A lab would never send out this result unless they were certain it was accurate. A result that high would immediately flag. You would be checking the instruments, recalibrating. repeating controls. repeating the test, and analyzing other components to check for possible adulteration. After all that, you would request that the specimen be recollected. I’m not aware of a contaminant that could raise sodium levels that high without also increasing another analyte. You could have collected the specimen in a sodium citrate tube (used for coagulation studies), but that would be readily apparent as the citrate would affect other analytes.

    Burzynsky’s staff is full of horse spit.

  4. November 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    thank you Sharon. When people say “oh no one could be THAT bad” (when I talk about psychics that lie or people that do indeed make stuff up), well, yes people can be THIS bad. And for money, fame, and why his staff supports him…no clue.

  5. YetAnoutherBrian
    November 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    The only thing that would make me happier then seeing him exposed, would be jail time.

  6. November 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Yeah, he’s not wiggling away from this.

  7. PagaRoobits
    November 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I have a personal grudge against this [removed]. A good friend of mine was diagnosed w/a usually fatal form of brain cancer. She was desperate to live and somehow heard of this […] “clinic”. The original diagnoses gave her a year to live w/conventional treatment. Burzynski’s utterly ineffective “treatment” killed her in less than 6 months; but only after reducing her to an absolutely pitiable state from the side effects and relieving her of tens of thousands of $. Jail would be too good for this […] but it would be at least some measure of justice for the desperate and dying people and their loved ones that he’s [removed].

  8. November 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Contact me, PagaRoobits. I want to tell her story.

  9. ZombyWoof
    November 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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    An’ he whipped out a shaving kit
    Now, I thought it was a razor
    An’ a can of foamin’ goo
    But he told me right then when the top popped open
    There was nothin’ his box won’t do
    With the oil of Afro-dytee
    An’ the dust of the Grand Wazoo
    He said:
    “You might not believe this, little fella, but it’ll cure your Asthma too!”
    An’ I said . . .
    Look here brother,
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    (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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    Frank Zappa – Cozmik Debris

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