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.
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:
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.