Colorado Public Television – PBS

On 3/7/2013, Colorado Public Television 12 – PBS (broadcasted a version of “Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business” (Part I)
http://www.cpt12.org
@ColoPublicTV
https://www.facebook.com/questions/488444654552853
#CPT12

Before showing the Documentary; which won the Documentary Channel’s “Best Of” Award,” people were encouraged to engage on their Facebook page

Let’s review some of the “disinformation,” “misinformation,” and “misdirection” posted by #Burzynski critics, shall we ?

Darren Woodward

by what measure are antineoplastines non-toxic, certainly medically they are toxic, much as the proponents pretend that they aren’t
March 4 at 6:14pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “toxic” statement

Robert Blaskiewicz

ANP is toxic as anything! It gives people insanely high sodium, and Burzynski is currently not allowed to be dispensed by Burzynski because, according to a patient, it killed someone. This is not harmless stuff. This is not non-toxic. And most of Burzynski’s patients never qualify for his trials. That’s the lure. They all end up taking tons of chemo used off label
March 4 at 7:58pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “toxic” and “tons of chemo” statements

Robert Blaskiewicz

One of the people who voted in this poll was threatened by someone who was hired by Burzynski. It was covered in the international press. That’s not in the infomercial, is it?
March 4 at 8:05pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support statement

Val Perry Rendel

Do I think magic voodoo bullshit should be used to profiteer from human suffering and desperation? Hang on, let me see if anything else good is on TV that night…….uh, no
March 4 at 8:17pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “magic voodoo bullshit,” and “profiteer from human suffering and desperation” statements

R.d. Walker

He’s a fraud
March 4 at 8:21pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support statement

Val Perry Rendel

You’re not going to get much of a “debate” by presenting only one very, very slanted side
March 4 at 8:30pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support statement

Amber Sherwood K

If they were non-toxic and actually treated cancer, maybe. Presenting a propaganda film that only shows one very distorted side of the story isn’t discussion
March 4 at 9:43pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “propaganda film” and “one very distorted side” statements

Amy Hochberg Beaton

I think Burzynski has proved multiple times over that his $*&% doesn’t work and he is not running a legitimate trial
March 4 at 9:45pm

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support statement

Adam Jacobs

Your question is completely unrelated to the infomercial you are going to broadcast. Burzynski absolutely does not research “non-toxic” treatments. Mostly, he uses conventional chemotherapy, but in a rather amateurish way, using unproven combinations of drugs. The treatment that has made him famous, antineoplastons, is highly toxic and has been known to kill people. BTW, did you know that he’s recently removed all mention of antineoplastons from his website, and that there are rumours that he has stopped using antineoplastons for any new patients?
March 5 at 1:58am

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “infomercial,” “he uses conventional chemotherapy, but in a rather amateurish way,” “antineoplastons, is highly toxic and has been known to kill people,” and “there are rumours that he has stopped using antineoplastons for any new patients” statements

Paul Morgan

Antineoplaston chemotherapy – despite the claims of Burzynski and his shills – are far from being non-toxic. They contain vast quantities of sodium, which results in patients having to ingest vast quantities of water to counteract the overpowering thirst generated by taking in so much sodium. Some patients have become grossly hypernatraemic (high serum sodium), others profoundly hypokalaemic (low serum potassium). Others have developed renal failure. All these TOXIC SIDE EFFECTS are extremely hazardous and life-threatening. If you consider antineoplastons to be non-toxic, you are seriously deluded. If you think antineoplastons are not chemotherapy, you are also wrong. Burzynski even referred to antineoplastons as chemotherapy in the 1994 trial that resulted in him being convicted of fraud. As for his “gene-targeted” therapy, firstly Burzynski is simply using a cocktail of chemotherapy drugs in a random and haphazard manner with no thoughts as to the potential interactions and unpredictable toxicity of his mix of chemotherapy drugs. As for being “gene-targeted”, his approach could be described as “gene-targeted” in the same way as the military regard carpet bombing as being a precision strike
March 5 at 2:20am

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support numerous statements

William M. London

Colorado Public Television plans to “present in order to evoke conversation.” But presenting Burzynski’s anti-cancer fantasies (especially without sufficient opportunity for experts to offer rebuttals) in order to evoke conversation is about as warranted as presenting a flat-earth promoter in order to evoke conversation about the cosmos. Colorado Public Television functions as an infomercial broadcast service for false medical prophets (who profit from Colorado Public Television’s irresponsibility). Is any health scheme too sensational, too preposterous, and too reckless to be featured on Colorado Public Television? Apparently not. Defunding is deserved
March 5 at 3:23am

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support numerous statements

Scott Myers

It’s irresponsible to air an infomercial when an investigative expose is warranted.
March 5 at 4:18am via mobile

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “infomercial” statement

David James

do I feel that you should just promote the Burzyński clinic with no actual evidence of effectiveness for the treatments offered, then no! Why you haven’t even got an independent oncologist on the show is completely beyond me. You run the risk of genuinely endangering people’s lives by exposing them to unproven and ridiculously expensive treatment modalities
March 5 at 5:40am

FAIL – provides no citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support “You run the risk of genuinely endangering people’s lives by exposing them to unproven and ridiculously expensive treatment modalities” statement

Obviously believes that individuals are not capable of making decisions for themselves

I refer to:

legislation called the “Access to Medical Treatment Act”

The proposed bill specifies that an individual can be treated with any medical treatment the individual desires, if:

1) the practitioner agrees to treat that individual; and

2) the administration of such treatment does not violate state licensing laws

In response to consumer protection concerns raised by opponents of the bill, proponents, such as Widener University Law Professor Michael Cohen, argue that,

“[T]he bill permits only treatments provided by legally authorized providers and that do not unreasonably and significantly alter patient health

It incorporates informed consent requirements…and also prohibits false or misleading labeling and forbids commercial advertising” [43]

The hearings held in the Senate involving the bill involved many of the major players in the Burzynski case

Among those testifying were Shawn and Desiree McConnell, of Fountain Hills, AZ, the parents of 7-year-old Zachary McConnell, a patient who was given permission by the FDA to intially use antineoplastons, only to find the drug “yanked away” months later [44]

[44] Zachary originally qualified for a “compassionate exemption” due to the seriousness of his brain tumor, but the FDA rescinded the exemption shortly thereafter

In a prepared statement, Mr. McConnell made a passionate and compelling case for the bill:

“I realize that my son’s treatment is “controversial” because of things that have nothing to do with the medicine’s abilities, but with lawyers and rules which govern the WAY a drug is approved

That is irrelevant, because to seek curative measures on their own should be encouraged

But current FDA law looks upon us all as desperate minions too stupid or confused to think for ourselves…”

[45]
Access to Medical Treatment Act, Hearings on S#1035 before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee , 7/30/1996 (testimony of Shawn McConnell)

1997 – The Criminalization of Innovation:

FDA Misdirection in the Najarian and Burzynski Cases
http://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/9453691?show=full
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