KHOU: Another Day, Another Burzynski B-Job

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Daniel Kramer
Whatever happened to that cancer-curing toothpaste, yo?
What is it with KHOU getting on its knees for self-mythologizing "cancer doctor" Stanislaw Burzynski, a man who charges vulnerable families a fortune to treat dying loved ones with a dubious potion that's never been proven to be effective?

The latest round of fluffing came courtesy of KHOU reporter Jacqueline Crea's piece on Burzynski reminiscing about his meetings with Pope John Paul II, a piece that highlighted Burzynski's "strong religious beliefs" while glossing over the questionable claims he offers parents of dying children.

Mercifully, the brief spot was not as odious as Great Day Houston's veritable Burzynski infomercial in 2010, but we're absolutely perplexed about the pass Burznyski gets from the majority of local media.

Although Burzynski, a Polish native who likes to tell people he's a "hereditary count," once sought a patent for cancer-bustin' toothpaste and claims to be on the forefront of eradicating the other C-word (crow's feet), he's mostly known for his invention of synthesized peptides he calls "antineoplastons."

When Burzynski fiddled about and saw his magic potion might be able to cure AIDS, cancer, and neurofibromatosis, he did what anyone with "strong religious beliefs" did -- he gave away his cure for free and shared his findings with the rest of the world, so that dying children everywhere could live healthy, productive lives, he patented that shit. (Because patients in clinical trials don't pay for experimental drugs, Burzynski's clinic charged families for incidental costs, including in many cases expensive meds sold by a pharmacy in which Burzynski held an interest.)

The Texas Medical Board and the Food and Drug Administration have battled Burzynski for decades, and antineoplastons, having never been FDA-approved, have only been provided via clinical trials. The FDA suspended the trials in 2013, after the death of a six-year-old patient. Also that year, the FDA accused the Burzynski Research Institute of misreporting patient outcomes, failing to report adverse events, destroying case history records, engaging in false advertising and other violations.

Yet in a move that astonished Burzynski's critics (i.e., real doctors), the FDA in March allowed a handful of patients to resume antineoplaston treatment, as long as Burzynski does not administer them. (Although Lisa Szabo's exhaustive USA Today article neglects to mention Burzynski's kaffeeklatsches with past pontiffs, we still recommend taking a gander.)

With Burzynski's publicity machine apparently in full force these days, we're sure to see more local puff pieces. We'll keep you posted. We just hope KHOU and other outlets allow their reporters to expense those knee pads.

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Do you realize that the Texas Medical Board is filling complaints against Burzynski for treating patients with AGGRESSIVE Chemotherapy.! The first patient did not quality for chemotherapy. Furthermore he work in an oncology clinic as part of a team with other oncologists. His care is NO more expensive than care in the NHS. do you realize how much a monoclonal antibody bevacizumab costs? 


This man helped accelerate the death of my father.

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Optimo Ram

I bet that's exactly what you looked like as you typed that.


My sister died using his methods of curing cancer and spent a fortune doing it, she was on her last hope and thought this might help, it didn't.

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He certainly does a great job of coordinating the dye jobs on his hair and mustache. No, really, that's Hollywood-level matching.


Does MD Anderson give away its cancer treatment for free?

Even with insurance, you can end up paying many hundreds of thousands to get treated by their "establishment " doctors.


Just the latest incident of broadcast news living up to its reputation of non-thinking mannequins delivering what they think we want to hear.

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