Fact-checking http://thehoustoncancerquack.com

HoustonCancerQuack proclaims:

“Fact-checking Burzynski II”

“DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE AN OPEN MIND?”

“DO YOU HAVE THE ALL THE FACTS?”

Let’s find out if they have all the “FACTS,” shall we?

“Basic claims about ANP”

“Antineoplastons are chemotherapy, regardless of what supporters say”

“Toxicity, reactions, and even patient deaths can and do happen due to their administration”

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

“patient deaths can and do happen due to their administration”

NO

FACT: This is only an “opinion” until it is supported by “FACTS”

Here is what the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists as POSSIBLE “Adverse Effects”:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/antineoplastons/healthprofessional/page6
“The most common side effect of ANP, hypernatremia, is an effect of the sodium in the mixture”

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

NO

FACT: Is “HYPERNATREMIA” listed on the above National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) list as a possible “Adverse Effect”?

Let’s see what we can find out about “HYPERNATREMIA,” shall we?

2/13/2013 – The frequency, cost, and clinical outcomes of HYPERNATREMIA in patients hospitalized to a comprehensive cancer center
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23404230
Division of Internal Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Department of General Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic

Support Care Cancer. 2013 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print]
(Supportive Care in Cancer)

DOI
10.1007/s00520-013-1734-6

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00520-013-1734-6
This 3 month study of 3,446 patients in 2006 found that most of the HYPERNATREMIA (90 %) was acquired during hospital stay

HYPERNATREMIA in the U.S.:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000394.htm
HYPERNATREMIA is the most common electrolyte disorder in the United States
In some cases, cancer may cause the condition

“In order to maintain their doses of ANP, patients are required to drink obscene amounts of water every day (some report up to 12 quarts or more)”

“If they fail to do so, they may lapse into unconsciousness or die”

Let’s put this in perspective

FACT: Some sources indicate:

1) A man should drink about
3 liters (101.44 ounces / 3 quarts 5.44 ounces) per day

{12 quarts = 384 ounces = 11.356 liters}

[12 quarts in 24 hours = 1/2 quart or 16 ounces per hour]

2) Extremely healthy kidneys could process about 30 ounces (approx .9 liters) of water in an hour

{30 ounces in 24 hours = 720 ounces}

[720 ounces = 22.5 quarts per day]

3) A person with healthy kidneys could develop water intoxication by drinking about 2 to 3 times what their kidneys can process

So, if extremely healthy kidneys could process about 30 ounces per hour and 12 quarts per day would require one to only drink 16 ounces per hour, that means one is being asked to drink 14 ounces less per hour than what extremely healthy kidneys could process

So even if one drinks more than 16 ounces per hour so that one does not have to be awake hourly, there is still opportunity to do that

Of course, there are certain other factors that might have to be taken into consideration depending on the patient

“There are two cases of children (Haley S. and Elizabeth K.) at The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group who have had strokes unrelated to their tumors, likely because of the treatment”

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

NO

FACT: Is “STROKE” listed on the above National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) list as a possible “Adverse Effect”?

FACT: This is only an “opinion” until it is supported by “FACTS”

“For an example of a patient nearly overdosing, see Adam M’s story”

“Patients seem to often end up in the hospital because of the treatment”

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

NO

FACT: Is “ENDING UP IN THE HOSPITAL” listed on the above National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) list as a possible “Adverse Effect”?

FACT: This is only an “opinion” until it is supported by “FACTS”

“A surgical oncologist, researcher and patient advocate explains why physicians question Dr. Burzynski’s methods:”

My blog explains WHY I question this physician:
http://www.stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com
“This physician and others declined to be interviewed for the movie because of Merola’s track record of slanted presentation and because of past threats issued by people hired by the Burzynski Clinic”

Past threats issued by people hired by the Burzynski Clinic”?

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

NO

FACT: This is only an “opinion” until it is supported by “FACTS”

excuses, Excuses, EXCUSES
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/david-h-gorskis-conspiracy-mongering-and-more-of-his-dr-stanislaw-burzynski-stories
“What was the “present” from skeptics that was alluded to in the movie?”

“The “present” the Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) delivered to Burzynski on his birthday, was a donation of $14,500 to St Jude Children’s Hospital for research into childhood cancers”

“They challenged Dr. Burzynski to match their donation”

“He did not”

“In fact, some of the interviews in the movie (conducted after the FDA inspection of the Burzynski Clinic, mentioned at the end) were filmed after the fundraiser had been announced, so Merola seems to have deliberately omitted the whole truth, because he certainly was aware of it”

“Doesn’t sound so sinister now, does it?”

“Also, Burzynski got a card”

Want to know what that “PRESENT” really was?

Critiquing Bob Blaskiewicz
(#Burzynski Cancer is Serious Business, Part II)

https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/critiquing-bob-blaskiewicz-burzynski-cancer-is-serious-business-part-ii
“Are skeptics really calling out cancer patients, ridiculing and harassing them?”

You tell me:

Sheila Herron (@Ac2cSheila) tweeted at 1:54pm – 31 Mar 12:

Peter Bowditch (@RatbagsDotCom) tweeted at 8:09pm – 19 Feb 13:

“What about the 2-hour rejection from The Lancet?”

“The vast majority of papers that get rejected from The Lancet are rejected within 48 hours thanks to an editorial pre-screening process”

“Most researchers are thankful for this courtesy because it allows them to resubmit to other journals more quickly”

“Why does Merola try to convince the audience that this is evidence of a conspiracy against Burzynski?”

Why bring it up if you really have nothing to add that is relevant?

FACT: The Lancet Oncology will not discuss any submission that may or may not have been submitted to The Lancet Oncology with anyone other than the corresponding author

To do so would constitute a breach in confidentiality

“Patients pay a lot of money upfront to enter his clinical trials, presumably believing that the trials will eventually be published”

Is that really the patients’
motivation?

FACT: Is any citation, reference, or link to an independent reliable source provided for this claim?

NO

FACT: This is only an “opinion” until it is supported by “FACTS”

“Burzynski has never published the results of those trials but keeps the money:”

Really?

Burzynski Clinical Trials (The SEC filings)
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/burzynski-clinical-trials-2
“Burzynski’s abysmal trial completion record, over sixty abandoned trials, the trust of every patient who participated betrayed”

“If trial completion were a batting average, he’d be batting .016”

Really?

FACTS:
http://cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/search/results?protocolsearchid=11475951

http://cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/search/results?protocolsearchid=11476036
“His publication average is .000”

“Really:”
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=burzynski&pg=1

REALLY?
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/david-h-gorskis-conspiracy-mongering-and-more-of-his-dr-stanislaw-burzynski-stories
“Speaking of harassment…”

“Merola does not mention that skeptics only caught wind of the Burzynski story in November 2011, after a teenaged blogger critical of the Clinic received phony legal threats from someone who had been hired by the Clinic to “clean up” its reputation”

“This person, Marc Stephens, sent this high school student images of his family’s home, the message clearly:”

“We know where you live.”

“These threats were well documented in the international press”

“Somehow Merola managed to not mention that in the movie”

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if the loquacious “teenaged” high school student got his “FACTS” straight:

TheSkeptiCritic (@TheSkeptiCritic) tweeted at 8:12pm – 16 Apr 13:
https://twitter.com/TheSkeptiCritic/status/324329482712391680

http://rhysmorgan.co/blog

http://rhysmorgan.co/burzynski-morally-reprehensible

http://thewelshboyo.wordpress.com
“What really happened to Amelia Saunders?”

“Merola suggests that Amelia Saunders died as a result of her parents taking her off of antineoplaston therapy, that there “confusion and disagreement” between the doctors in the UK and Houston’s reading”

Really?

FW (@frozenwarning) tweeted at 5:01am – 14 Mar 13:

Burzynski Movie (@BurzynskiMovie) tweeted at 12:38pm – 14 Mar 13:

Burzynski Movie (@BurzynskiMovie) tweeted at 1:09pm – 14 Mar 13:
http://t.co/AyHjRYZwEJ

Burzynski Movie (@BurzynskiMovie) tweeted at 1:34pm – 14 Mar 13:
http://t.co/Du1OrFENRS

Burzynski Movie (@BurzynskiMovie) tweeted at 11:49pm – 14 Mar 13:
http://t.co/wxU2PHJ3GD

“We hope this makes it clear that what you are seeing in the new Burzynski movie may not be entirely reliable”

So … like your blog?

“As we get more information about the claims in the movie, we will add additional rebuttals and provide context for understanding what really goes on at the Burzynski Clinic”
http://www.anp4all.com
I can’t wait
http://thehoustoncancerquack.com/fact-checking-burzynski-ii

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