This Guy Can Cure Cancer
This week some Canadian scientists are upset because they reckon they’ve cured cancer, but no one seems to give a shit. Well, it seems this is nothing new. For the past 30 years, a guy called Stanislaw Burzynski has regularly been curing people of cancer. Amazingly, Burzynski isn’t a batshit crazy fraud living in the Amazon and curing people with his dick, he’s a proper doctor who runs his own research clinic in Texas.
His non-toxic techniques make current methods of treatment – blasting you with radiation until you die – look as antiquated as electric shock treatment or leeches. And, in official studies, his treatment has been 3,000 times more successful at curing cancer than chemo. However, he’s had an unusually tough time in bringing his discovery of ‘antineoplastons’ – a gene targeted therapy – to the world.
Having not sold his game-changing remedy to one of the dominant pharmaceutical companies, he’s found government and independent bodies to be surprisingly unhelpful; taking him to court on multiple occasions, each time with no success.
I couldn’t get hold of Stanislaw Burzynski, so I spoke to Eric Merola, who recently directed Burzynsky: the Movie, a conspiracy documentary about who stood to gain from Burzynsky’s drug not coming to market. I will continue trying to reach the big guy himself.
Vice: Hello Eric. So, can you explain what’s so special about what Burzynski’s doing?
Eric Merola: It’s not so much that his treatment is unorthodox. His clinic is the same as any other clinic out there; he has multiple oncologists, multiple MDs, goes through the same processes anyone else does. It’s that his drug is a pharmaceutical treatment like nothing else on the market.
He’s the first scientist in our modernised world, to have made a genuine medical discovery, to patent it, take it through clinical trials and get it approved without the help of PhRMA [the body which represents major pharmaceutical companies].
Why have the authorities been giving him a hard time?
It’s a long story… He started treating patients in 1977 and was getting grants from the National Cancer Institute. The company he was with wanted to sell it on to a big pharmaceutical company, as normally happens. But he was worried that if he did that, he’d lose all control over it, and just become the guy who invented it.
Everyone knows that you're supposed to hate GlaxoSmithKline, but is the pharmaceutical really going to stop a cancer cure coming out?
In 1992, the relationship between PhRMA and it’s regulator, the FDA, was made concrete when PhRMA lobbied Congress to impose ‘user fees’ on the FDA, for the purpose of speeding up the application process for approving drugs.
So PhRMA actually asked to be charged? Why?
Yes, they've paid $1.4million in fees for every drug that it submits to the regulator. They've effectively put the regulator on the payroll of the people it’s trying to regulate. I try not to jump to conclusions in the film, but if you’re to ask my opinion on this, if PhRMA has the option to give the FDA money to fast track some drugs, then maybe it’s possible to slow down the process of approving other drugs.
When Stanislaw Burzynski came along, one could imagine the board of directors at PhRMA thought: "Holy cow! For the first time, we don’t own this drug, and if it's approved for market, this one man would corner a lot of the cancer treatment market…"