Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski.

The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of hero (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented. Facing continued scrutiny from the skeptical community (including ACTUAL oncologists – Burzynski is not one), and an expose of all the downfalls of the treatment (including death) by USA Today, it’s time to turn up the heat on the Burzynski clinic once again.

Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients have started a petition to encourage investigation into Dr. Burzynski’s claims and processes. The clinic has been allowed to continue operation even after being repeatedly cited for violations of FDA rules and for FAILING to advance to the next level for clinical trials. The petition also is meant to encourage the FDA to dissolve the Burzynski Research Institute’s clearly deficient Institutional Review [ethical oversight] Board and to ask for a permanent hold on any more cancer patients receiving antineoplastons and additional protection for cancer patients through legislation and FDA oversight reform.

Petition | Protect Desperate Patients from the Houston Cancer Quack | Change.org.

Bob Blaskiewicz, spokesperson, tells Doubtful News :

Pro-Burzynski petitions, especially ones featuring children dying of cancer, can easily garner 100,000 signatures or more. For this reason it is vitally important for all skeptics in all countries to sign the petition. We will be taking the petition directly to Washington, D.C. to deliver to our representatives’ offices to make sure they understand exactly what the petition represents. This is just one part of a big push from a variety of skeptical organizations to make sure that the FDA lives up to its mandate and protects the most vulnerable patients from quackery.
Both editors of DN have signed this petition. We encourage you to do the same. Petitions can be just worthless “clicktivism” but in this case, the sponsoring organization will take the petition further.
The skeptical community is so easily outraged over petty differences and personal issues. Now is the time to step up and do something ACTUALLY meaningful. Put your signature on this petition to show that critical thinking and coordinated action about serious health issues is an important component of skeptical activism.
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  18 comments for “Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

  1. Angela
    March 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Signed and will share with others.

  2. Graham
    March 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Signed as it is the only petition I’ve seen on that site worth signing.

    • Graham
      March 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      I’ve added it to an ‘off topic’ board of a forum I’m a member of, I have no idea how many will respond, but hopefully it will help.

      • Graham
        March 31, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Added a link to another ‘off topic’ board I hope I don’t get banned from the forum though.

  3. March 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    I’ll do what I can to promote this too. Seems like a good example of the sort of activism that many skeptics should embrace. Thanks for spreading the word about it.

  4. Brandon
    March 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    There are two small typos in this article. You wrote “here” where I think you meant “hero” near the beginning of the article and you wrote “differneces” instead of “differences” in a link toward the bottom of the article. I just thought you might want to know this.

    • March 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Fixed. Thanks.

  5. March 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Signed it yesterday and shared it.

  6. Chris Howard
    March 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    It’s already ready, already. ;-)

    Sharing, now.

  7. March 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Thank you, folks. Last night we learned that we lost another pediatric patient of Burzynski. Another is non-responsive. Both were used to try to get the ban on antineoplastons lifted. We’re on an agonizing and urgent mission, and your support is both needed and appreciated. Thank you.

  8. Lagaya1
    March 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I signed the petition.

    I was a little surprised at the irony, though, that after signing I was linked to another petition drive for a woman with kidney cancer who wants to try a different unapproved cancer therapy. I know nothing about the therapy she was seeking, but it seemed a weird link.

    • Brandon
      March 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I got that, too, and then I got one about killing deer in Connecticut of all things. Odd how that works.

  9. skeptictmac57
    March 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Signed yesterday. Thanks to those doing the hard work behind the scenes,as well as all the skeptical bloggers and podcasters.
    Let’s win this one for demonstrably real compassion for the victims.

  10. Rich Johnson
    March 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Signed. It’s exploitation of desperately vulnerable people. Despicable.

  11. Frederick
    March 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I saw that on my facebook feed from JREF, it is Done, I live in canada, I hope my signature still count.
    Pro-burzynski have it easy, Most people will just read “kids dying of cancer, please help” and they will sign.
    As sad as it is to see kid having cancer, it is a lot worst to see them being used as a promotion and propaganda tools for a shameless crook.
    Keep up the Fight!

  12. Blast Femur
    March 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Signed – now where can I sign the petition to shut down Natural News?

  13. AlEck
    March 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I’ll sign as soon as I can get change.org to work :/

  14. kompani101
    March 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Signed, tweeted and Facebooked.

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