Critiquing: Amelia’s family ‘mislead by cancer clinic’

6/5/2013 – This article was published By Getreading [1]

“A family who sent their terminally ill daughter to the US for experimental treatment said the clinic misled them about her chances of survival

“The parents of Pride of Reading Child of Courage winner, four-year-old Amelia Saunders who died in January, say they were told she had a 54 per cent chance of survival with the clinical trial in Houston, Texas

“However mum Chantal Saunders, 36, believes the actual figure was just one per cent
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Based on what ?
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“A BBC Panorama investigation shown on Monday questioned whether the Burzynski Clinic was “selling hope” to families
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Aren’t all cancer treatments “selling hope” ?
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“In it, Mrs Saunders said:”

“I think that’s wrong” [54 per cent figure]

“I think that’s a complete lie”

“I think one per cent is a more accurate figure.”
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Based on what ?
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“Dad Richard, 35, says he has only found two patients of Dr Stanislaw Burzynski with the same rare brain tumour as Amelia who survived long-term”

“Mr Saunders, from Lower Earley, said:”

“It didn’t work for Amelia but we absolutely know it works for other people.”

“It’s hard to believe it works for Amelia’s tumour type and that’s what we have found tricky”

“I’ve had all sorts of excuses from them as to why they won’t release data on how many patients they treat and the outcomes”

“I think the figures Panorama were given show there was 700-odd patients they treated and something like 15 per cent survived over five years
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Panorama’s figures were:

“They say 776 patients with brain tumours were treated in trials before 2008.”

“And that 15.5% had survived more than five years, which compares favourably to other treatments.” [2]
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“If you look at all brain tumours that’s almost identical to any other treatment”
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Based on what ?
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“If you look at Amelia’s tumour alone you’re looking at almost zero per cent.”

Amelia was diagnosed with a rare tumour on her brain stem in February last year

“Her devastated family was told by doctors there was no treatment available in Britain”

“After finding out about Burzynski’s clinical trial, which has been running for 20 years, Amelia’s family decided to raise the money needed for the ‘antineoplaston’ treatment – a staggering £250,000 – in just a few weeks through donations”

Mrs Saunders, who also has two-year-old daughter Charlotte, said:”

“He was giving us more hope than I think realistically there was”
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Based on what ?
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Mr Saunders added:”

“We find it very hard to believe the treatment did nothing”

“We did no chemotherapy with her”

“To keep it stable for 11 months is incredible in itself, but how do we prove that?”

“We can’t.”
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Why not ?

Were there not scans ?
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“In November last year Dr Burzynski told the family a new scan showed Amelia’s tumour was breaking down

UK doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said it actually showed the tumour was continuing to grow
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Based on what ?

Great Ormond Street Hospital having 36 years of experience treating patients with antineoplastons ?
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“The family decided to stop the Burzynski treatment a few weeks later”
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Based on what ?
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“Although the family now has doubts over Burzynski’s success rate, Richard says they have spoken to others who have been helped by the drug”
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“The family now has doubts over Burzynski’s success rate” ?

What was all this, then ?

a) “A family who sent their terminally ill daughter to the US for experimental treatment said the clinic misled them about her chances of survival

b) “However mum Chantal Saunders, 36, believes the actual figure was just one per cent

c) “I think that’s wrong” [54 per cent figure]

“I think that’s a complete lie”

d) “I think one per cent is a more accurate figure.”

e) “He was giving us more hope than I think realistically there was”
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“He said:”

“We asked repeatedly throughout the time Amelia was under treatment for evidence to back up his claims, and he at no point produced this”

“We found patients ourselves through Facebook, forums, email and word of mouth”

“We want everyone to know that there are people who are living proof that the treatment works – but it just didn’t for our little girl”

“We just wish Dr Burzynski would speak the truth, and release proper, tangible results.”
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So, you wanted him to “release proper, tangible results” before the clinical trials were finished ?
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“The Saunders family have donated the rest of the money raised for Amelia to cancer research and other charities”

“This included £50,000 to a cancer treatment research team at the University of Nottingham

“Its Professor Richard Grundy said it was “unethical” for Dr Burzynski not to publish results from his trial
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So, you wanted him to “publish results from his trial” before the clinical trial was finished ?
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“Unfortunately the results from Dr Burzynski’s clinic are not published in any form that’s acceptable to the scientific community,” he said”
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So a donation of £50,000 was made, which included to a cancer treatment research team at the University of Nottingham, where Professor Richard Grundy; who exhibits NO knowledge of antineoplastons in this article, is

How “convenient” for him and the University

In my opinion,’ it is “unethical” for Professor Grundy to NOT share his findings re Dr. Burzynski’s 2003-2010 phase 2 clinical trial preliminary reports [3]

He reminds of the situation that Burzynski found himself in when he relates that clinical investigators decided to change the protocol without his approval on a clinical trial of antineoplastons

Seriously, who in their right mind would ignore the input of the inventor and developer of a medicine with close to 20 years of clinical experience, and think they know more than that person ? [4]
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REFERENCES:
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[1] – Reading Post, Amelia’s family ‘mislead by cancer clinic’, By Getreading | 5 Jun 2013 07:59
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http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/amelia-saunders-family-mislead-burzynski-4051287
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[2] – 8/4/2013 – Critiquing Dr David H. “Orac” Gorski, M.D., Ph.D, LIAR: Stanislaw Burzynski versus the BBC:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/critiquing-dr-david-h-orac-gorski-m-d-ph-d-liar-stanislaw-burzynski-versus-the-bbc/
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[3] – 9/22/2013 – Critiquing Wikipedia: Burzynski Clinic – 2013 BBC documentary, Curing cancer or ‘selling hope’ to the vulnerable?;
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/critiquing-wikipedia-burzynski-clinic-2013-bbc-documentary-curing-cancer-or-selling-hope-to-the-vulnerable/
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[4] – Critiquing: National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CancerNet “fact sheet”:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/critiquing-national-cancer-institute-nci-at-the-national-institutes-of-health-nih-cancernet/
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Critiquing: The Institute of Medicine report on cancer care: Is the system “in crisis”?

[1] – 9/19/2013 – “Americans love to fight, traditionally”

“All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle…When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players”

“Americans love a winner”

“Americans will not tolerate a loser”

– General George S. Patton, Jr., June.5, 1944

The above might as well be Greek to Dr. David H. Gorski a/k/a “Orac”

He’s the epitome of the word “loser”

Indeed, “Orac” described his work-place nemesis as “user hostile”

After 5 years, he still didn’t fully understand much of it, and he claims he’s not exactly computer illiterate

Gorski is that “guy” who couldn’t even find Burzynski’s publication:

[2] – 1997 – Burzynski. S.R. Antineoplastons. oncogenes and cancer

[3] – “Orac” batted the big “O” when he tried to find “the scientific rationale to expect that” antineoplastons “might have antitumor activity”

[4] – Gorski was geniusless when it came to finding “which genes are targeted by antineoplastons,“ proving that he really does NOT know Burzynski’s personalized gene-targeted therapy

In fairness, I will point out that he hasn’t put the time in to learn all the ins and outs of the system …

He pontidefecates about phase II clinical trials when his name isn’t even on a phase 2 trial, too

[5] – 9/19/2013 – He’s the “guy” who’s “mystified” as to how Stanislaw Burzynski “has managed to keep practicing for 36 years after he first began treating patients with an unapproved (not ordinary) chemotherapeutic drug (the concoction of peptides purportedly isolated from blood and urine that Burzynski dubbed “antineoplastons” because of their alleged ability to inhibit the growth of cancer)”

This is not an issue unique to Gorski; I’ve discussed other cases like this, such as Bobby Blaskiewicz, who used his man-crush relationship with Gorski to appear on the Skeptic Canary Show; Davey James, who was only recently stripped of his license to practice in several states of mind; Adam Jacobs, who went so far as to use his business influence to alter his Dianthus Mediclueless web-site in London to be more hack friendly, and an interventist who administered twerkpidity to posers who didn’t have common sense and defrauded minions for tens of millions of minutia

It’s a general problem

However, as far as doctors who should have been shut down a long time ago, “Orac” takes the cake

[6] – He has NOT yet figured out that Burzynski learned from the best

[7] – Who could do it better than someone like Dr. Michael A. Friedman, Associate Director, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment (DCT), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health (NIH) who Burzynski had to deal with:

“This is, as you point out, a most serious matter, and I was hoping that you could allay my concerns by showing me where they are unfounded

“However, your letter conspicuously fails to address them

“You also make reference to “numerous factual misstatements” but fail to identify any of them, much less provide documentation to show they are false”

Pg. 2

“I am glad that you plan to “thoroughly examine the accusations” I have made”

“I also eagerly await a substantiative response to the points raised in my letter of 4/20/1995”

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After all, can we really take a person seriously, who claimed:
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[8] – 11/2/2012 – “Personally, having pored over Burzynski’s publications … “
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[9] – 5/8/2013 – “I’ve searched Burzynski’s publications … “
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[10] – 6/5/2013 – “ … I do know cancer science”
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Uhhhhhhh … yeah

But do you really know Burzynski’s cancer science when you did NOT even know:

“which genes are targeted by antineoplastons“?

Has “GOraCON” (“Orac” + @Gorskon) even read these ?
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[11] – 10/2003 – Waldbillig R, Burzynski SR. Mechanism of action, uptake, and gene array studies on the antineoplastic agent phenylacetylglutamine (PG) in human glioma cells U-87. Neuro-Oncology. 2003; 5: 309

Volume 5 Issue 4 October 2003

(genes CD38, OASL, and TCF8)
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[12] – 10/2007 – Patil, S., Burzynski, S.R., Mrowczynski, E., Grela, K. Phenylacetylglutamine (PG) and phenylacetate (PN) interact additively to produce detachment-induced apoptosis/anoikis in glioblastoma cells. Neuro-Oncology 2007; 9:482

Volume 9 Issue 4 October 2007

We have conducted a total human gene array screen using the Affymetrix Human Genome plus 2.0 oligonucleotide arrays, for genes regulated by PG and a combination of PG and PN

gene TXNIP was up-regulated almost 5-fold with PG, and almost 120-fold using a combination of PG and PN

genes that are significantly up-regulated are CLDND1, ATF3, CASP5, TP53, TRIB3, and UNC5B

Genes that were down-regulated include AKT2, ASPM, CDCA8

(caspase 5, p53, netrin receptor) and AKT pathway (AKT2, TRB3)
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[13] – 10/2008 – Patil, S., Burzynski, S., Chittur, S., Mrowczynski, E., Grela, K. Antineoplaston AS2-1 affects cell cycle checkpoints, leading to apoptosis in human glioblastoma cells. Neuro-Oncology 2008; 10:786

Volume 10 Issue 5 October 2008

Affymetrix Human Genome

CDCs 25A and 25B, cyclins D3 and E, and CDKs 3, 4, and 6

ORC1L and CDC6

MCMs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and CDC7

cyclins A, B1, and B2, polykinase 1, and CDKs 1 and 2

MAD2L1, BUB1 and CDC20

p21, p53, and GADD45A

p21/CDKN1A, and PPM1A

Based on pathway analysis, it was observed that anti-neoplastons affected the expression of more than 40 genes instrumental in the cell cycle in GBM cells
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[14] – 12/2008 – Patil, S., Burzynski, S., Chittur, S., Mrowczynski, E., Grela, K. The ingredients of antineoplaston AS2-1 down-regulate glycolysis pathways in glioblastoma cells. Neuro-Oncology 2008; 10:1148

Volume 10 Issue 6 December 2008

In 2004 the FDA granted orphan drug designation for antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 for the treatment of brainstem glioma

12 FDA-supervised phase II clinical trials have confirmed anti-tumor efficacy in several types of brain tumors

A total human gene array screen using the Affymetrix Human Genome

The expression of mRNA for vitamin D3 up-regulated protein 1 (VDUP1) was found to be over 100 fold higher for cells treated with PG and PN

succinate dehydrogenase C (SDHC), fumarate hydrogenase (FH), succinate-CoA ligase 1 and 2 (SUCLG1and 2), and aconitase 2 (ACO2)
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[15] – 11/2010 – Patil S, Burzynski SR, Mrowczynski E, Grela K. Targeting MicroRNAs in Glioma Cells with Antineoplastons. Neuro-Oncology 2010; 12, iv10

Volume 12 Supplement 4 November 2010

This study was done using the Dharmacon mRNA profiling array (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

mRNAs 125a-5p and 125a-3p

mRNAs 125a-5p has recently been shown to be regulated by the epidermal growth factor receptor and to function as a tumor suppressor in lung cancer

It has also been shown that the over-expression of mRNA 125a or mRNA 125b caused reduced migration and invasion of SKBR3 breast cancer cells

Using the total human microarray screen (Affymetrix)

AKT2
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[16] – 6/2012 – Sonali, S. Patil, Stanislaw R. Burzynski, Emilia Mrowczynski, Krzysztof Grela, Sridar V. Chittur. Phenylacetylglutaminate and Phenylacetate in combination Upregulate VDUP1, cause cell cycle blockade and Apoptosis in U87 Glioblastoma cells. Journal of Cancer Therapy 2012;3:192-200
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[17] – 9/2012 – Patil, S., Burzynski S.R., Mrowczynski, E., Grela, K. P.003. Phenylacetylglutaminate in combination with Phenylbutyrate effectively inhibits growth of brain tumor cell In Vitro. Neuro-Oncology 2012;14(Suppl. 3):iii16

Volume 14 Supplement 3 September 2012

The FDA granted Orphan Drug designation for Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 for the treatment of gliomas, in 2009

12 FDA-supervised Phase II clinical trials have confirmed anti-tumor efficacy in several types of brain tumor

AKT2

PG is not toxic to normal cells whereas PB has dose-limiting neuro-cortical toxicity
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Cancer care: Is the system “in crisis” ?

The Institute of Medicine, just in case you’re like “Orac” and have NOT yet figured it out, “the system” has been “in crisis” since the Gubment “forgot” who they are here to serve

[18] – Gorsi, maybe you can explain to The Institute of Medicine why the Cancer care system is “in crisis” because M.D.’s with Ph.D’s who hold positions “at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center,”are responsible for massive fact-checking #FAILS

What did you do, Gorski ?

Phone It in again ?
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REFERENCES:
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[1] – 9/19/2013 – The Institute of Medicine report on cancer care: Is the system “in crisis” ?
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http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/09/19/the-institute-of-medicine-report-on-cancer-care-is-the-system-in-crisis/
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[2] – 1997 – Critiquing: Stanislaw Burzynski: On the arrogance of ignorance about cancer and targeted therapies:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/x/
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[3] – Critiquing: Dr. David H. “Orac” Gorski and The Skeptics™
http://www.scienceblogs.com/Insolence
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/critiquing-dr-david-h-orac-gorski-and-the-skeptics/
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[4] – Critiquing: Dr. David H. “Orac” Gorski, M.D., Ph.D, L.I.A.R.:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/critiquing-dr-david-h-orac-gorski-m-d-ph-d-l-i-a-r/
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[5] – 9/19/2013 – Another case of the failure of physician regulation endangering patients
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http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/09/19/another-case-of-the-failure-of-physician-regulation-endangering-patients/
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[6] – Critiquing: Dr. Michael A. Friedman, Dr. Mario Sznol, Robert B. Lanman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service, Quality Assurance and Compliance Section, Regulatory Affairs Branch (RAB), Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment (DCT), National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stanislaw Burzynski: On the arrogance of ignorance about cancer and targeted therapies:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/critiquing-stanislaw-burzynski-on-the-arrogance-of-ignorance-about-cancer-and-targeted-therapies/
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DID Dr. Michael A. Friedman FIB?:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/did-dr-michael-a-friedman-fib/
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Dr. Michael A. Friedman, DATA ?:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/dr-michael-a-friedman-data/
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Critiquing: National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CancerNet “fact sheet”:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/critiquing-national-cancer-institute-nci-at-the-national-institutes-of-health-nih-cancernet/
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[8] – 11/.2/2012
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http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/11/02/stanislaw-burzynski-fails-to-save-another-patient/
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[9] – 5/8/2013
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http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/05/08/eric-merola-and-stanislaw-burzynskis-secret-weapon-against-the-skeptics-fabio-lanzoni-part-2/
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[10] – 6/5/2013
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http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/06/05/odds-and-ends-about-burzynski-clinic/
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[11] – 10/2003
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/971.pdf
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[12] – 10/2007
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/5169.pdf
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[13] – 2008
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/7854.pdf
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[14] – 2008
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/7897.pdf
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[15] – 11/2010
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/8636.pdf
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[16] – 6/2012
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/9219.pdf
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Journal of Cancer Therapy, 2012, 3, 192-200
doi:10.4236/jct.2012.33028 Published Online June 2012
5. Acknowledgements
This study was supported by and carried out at the Burzynski research Institute (BRI), Houston TX, USA. The Microarray assay was supported by BRI and carried out at Center for Functional Genomics, University of Albany, NY, USA
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[17] – 9/2012
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/9291.pdf
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/scientific-publications.html
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[18] – Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, quickly realized that David H. Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS is NOT doing something wrong when he LIES about Burzynski:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/wayne-state-university-detroit-michigan-quickly-realized-that-david-h-gorski-md-phd-facs-is-not-doing-something-wrong-when-he-lies-about-burzynski/
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