Burzynski blinds people of reason, uses his patients in more ways than one. This is heartbreaking, not heartwarming.
Fed up with unreturned calls to the FDA, Frank LaFountain drove himself to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to save the life of his 12-year-old granddaughter, McKenzie Lowe.
This past November, about a year after McKenzie’s diagnosis, her family began the process of seeking federal permission to pursue a controversial and experimental treatment for the little girl’s rapidly growing brain tumor after several unsuccessful rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
The Lowe family is still holding out hope that McKenzie can obtain antineoplaston treatment at a Texas clinic.
In early December, the Lowe family was told that McKenzie would be permitted to start ANP therapy in Texas, provided the family could find a physician willing to monitor her progress locally, family friend Kim Frenette said.
LaFountain said he recently learned that the FDA has made more than 50 claims against Burzynski and at least one of his patients died while being treated.
Despite the FDA’s allegations, LaFountain said he still wants to see his granddaughter obtain ANP treatment, which he was told has about a 30 percent success rate.
Michael Weinberg informs us he has written to the author of this piece, noting the following:
This treatment is not known to work and may be dangerous. Burzynski is under investigation by the Texas Medical Board and the FDA.
The clinic is using McKenzie Lowe as a human shield.
Life-saving chemotherapy is not a “poisonous joke”. (Antineoplastons ARE a form of chemotherapy, by the way.)
Burzynski was able to successfully dodge 75 federal felony charges but has never published the results of his trials. Burzynski has had no results after 40 years. He has some survivors.
He tried to contact the family but was “met with extreme hostility and refusals to provide any evidence for the fantastic claims made about antineoplastons.”
He offered the author more information and contacts with ACTUAL oncologists and professionals.
Orac on Respectful Insolence (one of those actual professionals) has more on this story.
We need to keep the heat on, Burzynski is gearing up and sinking lower to protect his beliefs and continue his treatments. He has his own propaganda machine in action.