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

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

rjblaskiewicz:

Except YOU do NOT actually believe in

“interesting and civil discussions,”

do you, Bobby ?

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, please point out where the Declaration of Helsinki supports your tweet
http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3

Please point out where the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports your tweet
http://m.cancer.gov/topics/factsheets/clinical-trials

rjblaskiewicz

rjblaskiewicz:

Do you mean THIS present ?

“Let’s make Houston cancer quack Burzynski pay!”

PZ Myers

“there is a plan to remind him of the grief he has caused”

“his snake oil”

“bilk people out of buckets of money”

“Crime does pay”

“This fraud”

“The Burzynski clinic is a place you go to die”

“The lies”

“his quackery”

Do you mean THIS St. Jude ?
St. Jude:

http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=403c6f9523e70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD

2/15/2012 – the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $4,314,800 for a childhood cancer survivor study

The new federal funds will be distributed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
http://cohen.house.gov/press-release/cohen-st-jude-receive-43-million-childhood-cancer-survivor-study

Tax-Exempt
Receives Federal Grants / Funds

http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b7e79bb8a0cf5110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&cpsextcurrchannel=1

Donations to St. Jude are tax deductible as allowed by law
http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=6f8afa3186e70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=2f62940504f9a210VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD

FORBES: St. Jude CEO – $742,718
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Burzynski does NOT receive Federal Funds

Burzynski does NOT receive Federal Grants

Burzynski is NOT Tax-Exempt

Burzynski donations can NOT be deducted from a U.S. Tax Return

rjblaskiewicz:

THIS Phenylbutyrate (PB) ?

Phenylacetylglutaminate (PG) and Phenylacetate (PN) are metabolites of PHENYLBUTYRATE (PB) and are constituents of antineoplaston AS2-1

SODIUM PHENYLBUTYRATE was given an orphan drug designation by the FDA for use as an adjunct to

surgery,

radiation therapy, and

chemotherapy

for treatment of individuals with

primary or recurrent malignant glioma

Cumulative List of all Products that have received Orphan Designation: Total active designations: 2002 Effective: 5/5/2009
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/forindustry/developingproductsforrarediseasesconditions/howtoapplyfororphanproductdesignation/ucm162066.xls
PHENYLBUTYRATE and SODIUM PHENYLBUTYRATE are listed alphabetically in the lower 1/4th of this document

Pubmed 110 entries
Sodium Phenylbutyrate
“Sodium Phenylbutrate (aka PB) …”

Sodium Phenylbutyrate (PB)
Year – Pubmed (110 entries)
1958 1st entry
1995 1st clinical trial
2001 Phase 1
2009 Phase 2
2012 Phase 3

rjblaskiewicz:

THESE trials ?

2003 – 2006 Phase II preliminary reports

2003 – Phase II

Phase II study of antineoplaston A10 and AS2-1 in patients with recurrent diffuse intrinsic brain stem glioma:

a preliminary report
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12718563
Drugs R D. 2003;4(2):91-101

recurrent diffuse intrinsic brain stem glioma

antineoplaston A10 and AS2-1

6 months median duration of treatment

of all 12 patients

2 years / 33.3% – Survival

2 / 17% – alive and tumour free for over 5 years since initial diagnosis

from the start of treatment

5 years – 1 alive for more than
4 years – 1 alive for more than

Only mild and moderate toxicities were observed, which included

3 cases of skin allergy

2 cases of:
anaemia
fever
hypernatraemuia

single cases of:
agranulocytosis
hypoglycaemia
numbness
tiredness
myalgia
vomiting

2003 – Protocol – recurrent diffuse intrinsic brain stem glioma
12 – Patients Accrued
10 – Evaluable Patients
2 / 20% – # and % of Patients Showing Complete Response
3 / 30% – # and % of Patients Showing Partial Response
3 / 30% – # and % of Patients Showing Stable Disease
2 / 20% – # and % of Patients Showing Progressive Disease

2004 – Phase II

Phase II study of antineoplaston A10 and AS2-1 in children with recurrent and progressive multicentric glioma :

a preliminary report
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15563234
Drugs R D. 2004;5(6):315-26

incurable recurrent and progressive multicentric glioma

antineoplaston A10 and AS2-1 (ANP)

9 – patients’ median age

6 patients were diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma

4 with low-grade astrocytoma
1 with astrocytoma grade 2

1 case of visual pathway glioma, a biopsy was not performed due to a dangerous location

16 months – The average duration of intravenous ANP therapy

19 months – The average duration of oral ANP

1 patient was non-evaluable due to only 4 weeks of ANP and lack of follow-up scans

1 patient who had stable disease discontinued ANP against medical advice and died 4.5 years later

10 patients are alive and well from 2 to >14 years post-diagnosis

Only 1 case of serious toxicity of reversible tinnitus, of 1 day’s duration, was described

2004 – Protocol – incurable recurrent and progressive multicentric glioma
12 – Patients Accrued
33% – % of Patients Showing Complete Response
25% – % of Patients Showing Partial Response
33% – % of Patients Showing Stable Disease
0 / 0% – # and % of Patients Showing Progressive Disease

2005 – Phase II

Long-term survival of high-risk pediatric patients with primitive neuroectodermal tumors treated with antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15911929
Integr Cancer Ther. 2005 Jun;4(2):168-77

13 children with recurrent disease or high risk

6 (46%) survived more than 5 years

2005 – Protocol – recurrent disease or high risk
23% – % of Patients Showing Complete Response
8% – % of Patients Showing Partial Response
31% – % of Patients Showing Stable Disease
38% – % of Patients Showing Progressive Disease

2006 – Phase II

Targeted therapy with antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 of high-grade, recurrent, and progressive brainstem glioma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16484713
Integr Cancer Ther. 2006 Mar;5(1):40-7

Brainstem glioma carries the worst prognosis of all malignancies of the brain

Most patients with brainstem glioma fail standard radiation therapy and chemotherapy and do not survive longer than 2 years

Treatment is even more challenging when an inoperable tumor is of high-grade pathology (HBSG)

patients with inoperable tumor of high-grade pathology (HBSG) treated with antineoplastons in 4 phase 2 trials

39% – overall survival at 2 years
22% – overall survival at 5 years

17+ years maximum survival for a patient with anaplastic astrocytoma

5+ years for a patient with glioblastoma

39% – Progression-free survival at 6 months

5+ year survival in recurrent diffuse intrinsic glioblastomas and anaplastic astrocytomas of the brainstem in a small group of patients

18 – evaluable
4 – glioblastomas
14 – anaplastic HBSG

14 – diffuse intrinsic tumors
12 – recurrence
6 – did not have radiation therapy or chemotherapy

Antineoplastons, A10 (A10I) and AS2-1 injections

5 months median duration

Responses were assessed by gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography

Antineoplastons tolerated very well
1 case of grade 4 toxicity (reversible anemia)

2006 – Protocol – high-grade pathology (HBSG)
18 – Evaluable Patients
11% – % of Patients Showing Complete Response
11% – % of Patients Showing Partial Response
39% – % of Patients Showing Stable Disease
39% – % of Patients Showing Progressive Disease

2/24/2013
http://www.skeptical.gb.net/blog/?p=1442
2/27/2013
http://www.skeptical.gb.net/blog/?p=1798
3/9/2013
http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=8001

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, oh REALLY ?

“The Skeptics” (Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business, Part II)

The “group” “The Sketics” claims is NOT a “group” and which allegedly does NOT spread “misinformation”
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/the-skeptics

rjblaskiewicz:

No Bobby, you did NOT

rjblaskiewicz:

“VAMPIRE” ?

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, like THIS ?

Stanislaw Rajmund Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D and “Freedom of Speech”

“The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting ‘fire’ in a theater and causing a panic.”
United States Supreme Court ruled 3/3/1919
Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)

https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/stanislaw-rajmund-burzynski-m-d-ph-d-and-freedom-of-speech

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, like THIS ?

David H. Gorski and the Cult of “MISINFORMATION”

Colorado Public Television 12 – PBS: Part II
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/david-h-gorski-and-the-cult-of-misinformation

Orac and the Cult of “Misinformation” (Part III)

David H. Gorski
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/orac-and-the-cult-of-misinformation-part-iii

Josephine Jones and the Cult of Misinformation

JJ recently blogged:
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/josephine-jones-and-the-cult-of-misinformation

Keir Liddle and the Cult of MISINFORMATION
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/keir-liddle-and-the-cult-of-misinformation

The Cult of “Misinformation”

Review of “disinformation,” “misinformation,” and “misdirection” posted by #Burzynski critics
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-cult-of-misinformation

The cult of “Misinformation” continued

Adam Jacobs
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-cult-of-misinformation-continued

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, where’s your

Citation(s),

Reference(s), and / or

Link(s) ?

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, Adam Jacobs does NOT care about “FREE SPEECH,” he censors it:
http://dianthus.co.uk/burzynski-qa

rjblaskiewicz:

Well, Bobby

We know a lot of the skeptics seem to “hate” the truth

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, maybe you should have actually watched THIS:

Burzynski Infomercial on Colorado PBS 12
http://www.skeptical.gb.net/blog/?p=2401

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, maybe you should ACTUALLY listen to it

rjblaskiewicz:

Yeah, riiiiiiiiight, Bobby

rjblaskiewicz:

“Response to the release of Burzynski 2, Havanna Nights”
http://t.co/t9WMpNRN9L

Skeptical Humanities
Learning is Cool

Response to the release of Burzynski 2, Havanna Nights

Posted by Bob

On this week’s episode of the Virtual Skeptics, I replied to what was learned at the premiere of the new Burzynski movie

The text of my segment follows the episode

This week, the new Burzynski movie premiered in San Luis Obispo, California

We largely knew what was going to be in the movie since a couple of trailers had been released, the patients who appeared had talked about the filming, and there was a sort of credulous review had appeared a few days ahead of time and I believe the director may have mentioned it on a PBS fundraising specual a few days earlier

So we had a pretty good idea of what our proxies should be looking for

We really wanted to see if certain people who had been filmed, like Amelia Saunders or Hannah Bradley appeared and especially what was said about them

We wanted lists of people who appeared, to see if we might be able to put together who said what

Most of these people’s stories are well known, and we doubted there would be anything new

Also our people took down key quotes that struck them as important, like

(those notes did NOT seem very “key” considering Orac’s (David H. Gorski @gorskon #sciencebasedmedicine @ScienceBasedMed @oracknows) “Second-Hand” “review” of Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business, Part II)

“skeptics are hiding behind their BS free speech.”

(Yep, TRUE)

This is my takeaway, after talking to the people who I know were there

We are wiggly little scumbags who are hateful and slimy

(some skeptics seem to be “hateful” of the truth)

We ridicule the desperate and dying

Some of us are paid by big pharma

Others are deluded and think that we are doing good but are being misled

(that is a fair description of “misinformation,” “disinformation,” and “misdirection”)

But make no mistake–and this was hammered home to me by everyone I talked to–we are to them pure evil

One of my big concerns going into the movie was how I was going to be portrayed and whether or not I was going to receive death threats

That my family was going to receive death threats or that I was going to be harassed at work

I feared this because of a letter that, as you know, was sent to my employer promising that I would be featuring prominently in the Burzynski movie

Nobody asked me for my opinion or to give a statement or to respond or clarify; they went straight to my boss

Fine

I’ve had wacky people contact my employers in the past

I fully expect it to happen in the future

Clips of this show, episode 13, were included in the movie

This is the episode that was quoted in the letter on my university chancellor

As it turned out, our faces were blurred, our names obscured, and our voices were altered

No real identifying information

Which, you know, I’m OK with

However, there are some problems here

1) What was served by contacting my employer other than to scare me

How dare the filmmakers say that we’re terrorizing people when they are doing just that

2) Someone asked me about a quote,

“we’re coming for you, you little polish sausage you.”

The thing is, the quote is patently absurd if my name is shown, something that everyone here jumped on, like I hoped you would during the original episode

That joking was not conveyed to the skeptics in the theater audience

This might be due to the fact that not only were we given scary voices but also that apparently every time we appeared scary music played in the background

It’s clear that the reason I’m in the movie in the capacity I am, as chief bad guy, is because I’m on video talking about the Burzynski Clinic

And this leads me to another thing that Brian mentioned

That when we kind of appeared on the screen, they put up a title card type thing that said,

“skeptical teleconference”

or something like that, and that a woman at the end of the show, wanted to know,

“How did you get this footage of these scheming skeptics?”

Um….we publicize our show constantly?

If you can’t have real clandestine drama, you might as well make it up

My favorite bit was a tweet that I got around this time where a new account who followed like 10 people I do said,

“It’s really interesting when you talk about Burzynski on the show

Could you do that more?”

Really, Eric?

(Do you know it was Eric ? After all, you thought I was Eric)

Bob Blaskiewicz

Yeah, I have a feeling it’s Merola

That’s just me though

He’s way too invested in the hashtag in his movie to just let it drop
http://www.chapmancentral.co.uk/blahg/2013/03/burzynski-another-fact-blind-troll-who-predicted-that/#comments

Do you think I’m two years old?

(Your “fact-checking” ability makes me wonder)

I am interested in ultimately seeing it

I’m asking that the producer send a review copy to the James Randi Educational Foundation so a proper review can be done

(As if jref is a “reliable source”)

Or you could screen it in Minneapolis

Next week works for me, Eric, if you’re free

Another thing

News broke on the 7th of January in skeptical circles that the FDA was conducting an audit of the clinic

A patient in the movie apparently said that she had been receiving a brain scan when she heard that the Clinic was being investigated again

This means that material was added to the movie after the 7th of January

The Burzynski Birthday Fundraiser was announced by PZ Myers on the 6th

So there was more than enough time for the filmmaker to clarify exactly what was meant in that episode when I said that there was going to be a little present on his birthday

(That “present” PZ Myers was offering up ?)

Skeptics evilly, and with malice aforethought, raised $14.5K dollars for St. Jude’s

We then challenged the Clinic to match us, and it didn’t

That the director did not mention this fact seems to me inexcusable, making us look like we are big meanos who hate babies and morality

(He could have mentioned your “Fave,” PZ Myers)

This demonization is unfair and at the expense of the truth–if you ever read theotherburzynskipatientgroup blog you know whose side I’m on

If he used the video clip of us that he cited in his letter to my employer, about us bringing a “present” to Burzynski and knowing what it actually was without clarifying it, well, that just speaks to his regard for completeness and accuracy

No messiah should need such fudging

It suggests to me that he’s forcing evidence into a pre-existing narrative of persecution

(And what do you call what YOU are doing ?)

References:

PZ Myer’s announcement of the Houston Cancer Quack
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/01/06/lets-make-houston-cancer-quack-burzynski-pay/

The Virtual Skeptics episode that appears in the movie:

RJB

rjblaskiewicz:
http://t.co/F79zndTjuZ

Bob Blaskiewicz retweeted

Bobby, did you know that I tried to post a comment on the James Randi Educational Funding (jref) article Written by Brian Thompson , about this, but they did NOT post my response ?

Did you post something about “FREE SPEECH” ?

“Burzynski II” Fails to Convince
Swift”

http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/2050-qburzynski-iiq-is-more-of-the-same.html

My 1st-hand Review of Orac’s 2nd-Hand Review – Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business, Part II

Burzynski critic Orac blogged about “Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business, Part II”
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/my-1st-hand-review-of-oracs-2nd-hand-review-burzynski-cancer-is-serious-business-part-ii

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, does this mean it will be punctuated correctly, but NOT “Fact-Checked” ?

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, it did NOT help

rjblaskiewicz:

rjblaskiewicz:

Not really. 🙂

That’s what I thought, Bobby

rjblaskiewicz:

rjblaskiewicz:

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, what was that about

“many interesting and civil discussions” ?

Bobby, you can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometime, you just might find

you get what you need

rjblaskiewicz:

Bobby, let me guess

You are so busy tweeting about penises that you do NOT have enough time to “Fact-Check” ?

You do know FDA required ?

” … in 1997, his medical practice was expanded to include traditional cancer treatment options such as

chemotherapy,

gene targeted therapy,

immunotherapy and

hormonal therapy

in response to FDA requirements that cancer patients utilize more traditional cancer treatment options in order to be eligible to participate in the Company’s

Antineoplaston CLINICAL TRIALS
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/724445/000091205702038660/a2091272z10qsb.txt

rjblaskiewicz:

Comes with the territory! 🙂

Yes it does, Bobby

You’ve just been Insolently pwned

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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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