W ith billions of dollars spent each year on research, with other billions taken in on the sale of cancer-related drugs, and with fund-raising at an all- time high, there are now more people making a living from cancer than dying from it. If the solution should be found in a simple vitamin, this gigantic industry could be wiped out overnight. The result is that the politics of cancer therapy is more complicated than the science. WORLD WITHOUT CANCER blazes the trail into unexplored territory and reveals how science has been subverted to protect entrenched commercial interests. It delivers the kind of impact that could topple an empire; and perhaps it will. G. Edward Griffin is a writer and documentary film producer with many titles to his credit. Listed in Who's Who in America, he is well known for his unique talent for researching difficult topics and .
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FDA says a therapy is proven, it means only that its promoters ever be legally available for cancer or any other disease unless its have complied with the testing protocols set by the agency to source can be monopolized or its processing can be patented. No demonstrate safety and effectiveness. It is important to know, matter how safe and effective it may be, and no matter how many however, that the successful completion of those tests does not people are benefited, it will forever be relegated to the category of mean, as the terminology implies, that the therapy is safe and "unproven" therapies. As such, freely available cures from nature effective. It merely means that tests have been conducted, the will always be illegal to prescribe, to promote, and in many cases results have been evaluated, and the FDA has given its approval even to use. for marketing, often in spite of the dismal results. It is partly for these reasons that the following warning and If cancer patients undergoing these FDA-proven therapies disclaimer is offered. But even without that background, it is only were to read the actual laboratory reports, they would recoil in common sense that cancer victims should be encouraged to horror. They show neither safety nor effectiveness and, in fact, exercise great caution when selecting their therapy. Be advised, they are not intended to do so. Their purpose is to establish the therefore, that Laetrile is, officially, an unproven cancer treatment. lethal dose—the point at which the therapy will kill 50% of the The author of this book is a researcher and writer, not a physician. The patients—and also to establish the ratio between those who are facts presented in the following pages are offered as information only, benefited and those who are not. That ratio often is in the range of not medical advice. Their purpose is to create the basis for informed only eight or nine people out of a hundred. Furthermore, consent. Although there is much that each of us can do in the area of "benefited" can mean any slight improvement such as a tempo prevention, self-treatment for clinical cancer is not advised. The rary reduction in tumor size. It almost never means a complete administration of any cancer therapy, including nutritional therapy, cure. If anything is "proven" by these studies, it is that most FDA- should be under the supervision of health-care professionals who are approved cancer therapies are both unsafe and ineffective. specialists in their fields. Then there is the question of money. The testing protocols established by the FDA are costly. The promoters of a new therapy must assign a large staff of technicians and compile many thousands of statistical pages. The complete reports often weigh hundreds of pounds and stack over six feet in height. The process can take years and consume over two-hundred-million dollars per study. Only the large pharmaceutical companies can play that game. (Although they publicly complain about this expense, they privately approve, because it prevents competition from smaller companies.) The potential reward of getting a new product into the world market is well worth the investment. But who would be willing to spend that kind of money on developing a product that cannot be patented? Substances found in nature cannot be patented; only those which are invented by man. If a company were to spend two-hundred-million dollars to obtain FDA approval for a natural substance, its competitors then would be able to market the product, and the developer could never recover the investment. Therefore—and mark this well—as long as the present laws remain, the only substances that ever will be "approved" for cancer therapy will be proprietary. No substance from nature will .
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Chapter 6. THE TOTAL MECHANISM 85 TABLE OF CONTENTS The nutritional factor as a back-up mechanism to the enzyme factor; a biographical sketch of Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., and his development of Laetrile; the beneficial secondary effects of vita min B17 on a wide range of human disorders; and an appraisal of PART ONE the complexity of nature's total natural anti-cancer mechanism. THE SCIENCE OF CANCER THERAPY Chapter 7. THE CYANIDE SCARE 95 A newspaper account of a couple who reportedly were poisoned by eating apricot kernels; a close look at the facts in this FOREWORD 15 case; an evaluation of the toxic potential of seeds containing B17; Chapter 1. THE WATERGATE SYNDROME 21 and the clinical evidence that Laetrile is less toxic than sugar. Examples of dishonesty and corruption in the field of drug Chapter 8. THE LAETRILE "QUACKS" . . . . . . . 105 research; a close look at the first major study which declared Laetrile (vitamin B17) "of no value;" proof that the study was The names, professional standings, medical achievements, fraudulent; the FDA's ruling against the use of Laetrile because it and clinical findings of some of the more prominent doctors who had not been tested; and the refusal then to allow anyone (except endorse Laetrile; the beneficial side-effects produced by its use; a its opponents) to test it. suggested anti-cancer diet; and a brief description of vitamin B15. Chapter 9. "UNPROVEN" CANCER CURES 115 Chapter 2. GENOCIDE IN MANHATTAN 37 Clinical evidence in support of the trophoblast thesis; labora Continued attempts by the cancer industry to prove that tory experiments showing that Laetrile kills cancer cells; and case Laetrile is worthless; the suppressed lab reports from the Sloan- histories of terminal cancer patients who attribute their recovery Kettering Institute which proved that Laetrile does work; the to the effect of Laetrile. Rockefeller connection to the pharmaceutical industry; the story of how a group of employees at Sloan-Kettering leaked the truth Chapter 10. "PROVEN" CANCER CURES 137 to the outside world. The effects of surgery and radiation in the treatment of cancer Chapter 3. AN APPLE A DAY 53 patients; a comparison showing that those who receive no treatment at all live just as long, if not longer, than those who are A review of entrenched scientific error in history; the vitamin- treated. deficiency concept of cancer as advanced in 1952 by Dr. Ernst T. Krebs, Jr.; and a survey of the evidence both in nature and in Chapter 11. A NEW DIMENSION OF MURDER . . . 151 history to support that concept. Anti-cancer drugs shown to be ineffective and cancer-causing; FDA-approved experiments on humans resulting in death from Chapter 4. THE ULTIMATE TEST 63 drugs rather than from cancer. A look at the many cultures around the world that are, or have been, free from cancer; and an analysis of their native foods. Chapter 12. A STATISTICAL COMPARISON 165 The inherent weaknesses of all cancer statistics; the need for Chapter 5. CANCER: THE ONRUSH OF LIFE 75 statistical comparisons in spite of those weaknesses; a compari An explanation of the trophoblast thesis of cancer; a descrip son of the results obtained by orthodox and Laetrile physicians; tion of a simple urine test for cancer; an appraisal of BCG vaccine and the consequences of consensus medicine. as an anti-cancer agent; and a review of the vital role played by the pancreas in the control of cancer. .
Chapter 19. HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER 261 PART TWO The low state of medical education in the U.S. prior to 1910; THE POLITICS OF CANCER THERAPY the role of the Flexner Report in dramatizing the need for reform; the role played by the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations in Chapter 13. CARTELS—ESCAPE FROM COMPETITION 177 implementing the Flexner Report; and the use of foundation A review of the science of cancer therapy; a summary of the funding as a means of gaining control over American medical politics of cancer therapy; the early history of the I.G. Farben schools. chemical and pharmaceutical cartel; the cartel's early success in Chapter 20. HE WHO CALLS THE TUNE 269 the United States; and its "marriage" with DuPont, Standard Oil, and Ford. AMA influence over the practice of medicine in America; how the leadership of the AMA keeps control away from its members; Chapter 14. THE ULTIMATE MONOPOLY 193 AMA funding by the drug industry; and examples of interlock Early examples of cartel support for totalitarian regimes; I.G. between the two. Farben's role in lifting Hitler out of political oblivion and Chapter 21. THE PROTECTION RACKET 277 converting the Nazi state into an instrument of cartel power. Cartel agents in the FDA and other agencies of government; Chapter 15. WAR GAMES 203 the CFR as a control structure over U.S. foreign policy; scientific Germany's industrial preparations for World War II; the ineptitude at the FDA; and the growth of FDA power. continued support by American industrialists given to Farben Chapter 22. THE ARSENAL OF COMPLIANCE . . . 293 and to the Nazi regime during this period; and the profitable role played by Ford and ITT in war production for both Nazi Government harassment of the nutrition and vitamin indus Germany and the United States. try; the role played by the media in discrediting Laetrile in the public mind; and a comparison of the cost of Laetrile therapy Chapter 16. CONSPIRACY 211 with that of orthodox cancer treatments. Efforts to camouflage Farben ownership of firms in America; Chapter 23. THE DOUBLE STANDARD 303 the assistance rendered by Rockefeller interests; penetration into the U.S. government by agents of the cartel; and the final An analysis of the FDA's double standard in which harmless disposition of the Farben case. non-drug materials such as vitamins and food supplements are burdened with restrictions in excess of those applied to toxic and Chapter 17. THE ROCKEFELLER GROUP 227 dangerous drugs. A biographical sketch of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and his Chapter 24. TO WALK THE HIGHEST WIRE 315 crusade against free-enterprise; the beginning of Standard Oil; the entry of the Rockefellers into investment banking; their How doctors are intimidated into not using Laetrile; why the influence in the pharmaceutical industry and international poli pharmaceutical industry seeks a patentable substitute for tics. Laetrile; and the courageous stand against the FDA and AMA by Laetrile doctors. Chapter 18. THE CHARITY PRESCRIPTION 247 Chapter 25. A QUESTION OF MOTIVES 329 The drug cartel's influence over the nation's medical schools; the drug-oriented training given to all medical students; and the What has motivated opposition to Laetrile therapy; the use of philanthropic foundations to obtain control over educa limited" vs. "total" conspiracy theories; and the grass-roots backlash as a force for change. tional institutions. .
Chapter 26. A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER 349 Areas of need for further research with vitamin B17; how the Laetrile controversy differs from medical controversies of the past; an analogy of biological and political cancer; and a scenario FOREWORD in which both will be conquered together. A great deal of drama has been enacted on the cancer stage since the first edition of this book was published. While it is true First Photo Section 129-136 that many of the original actors have been replaced by their understudies, the plot of the play has not changed. This is the Second Photo Section 239-246 outline of that drama. Each year, thousands of Americans travel to Mexico and Germany to receive Laetrile therapy. They do this because it has been suppressed in the United States. Most of these patients have Bibliography 359 been told that their cancer is terminal and they have but a few Index 362 months to live. Yet, an incredible percentage of them have recovered and are living normal lives. However, the FDA, the AMA, the American Cancer Society, and the cancer research centers continue to pronounce that Laetrile is quackery. The recovered patients, they say, either had "spontaneous remis sions" or never had cancer in the first place. If any of these people ultimately die after seeking Laetrile, spokesmen for orthodox medicine are quick to proclaim: "You see? Laetrile doesn't work!" Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of patients die each year after undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, but those treatments continue to be touted as "safe and effective." The average cancer patient undergoing Laetrile therapy will spend between $5,000 and $25,000 for treatment. That is a lot of money, but it is peanuts compared to the astronomical bills charged by conventional medicine. Yet they never tire of com plaining that Laetrile doctors are greedy quacks and charlatans who profiteer from the sick and the frightened. That is a classic case of accusing your opponent of exactly what you yourself are doing. It is common today for an elderly couple to give their entire life savings to a medical center and a battery of attending physicians and technicians, all in the vain hope of saving the husband or wife from cancer. Even their house may have to be sold to pay the bills. And the maddening part is that, in most cases, the doctors know there is no chance of long-term success. But the surviving spouse is seldom told that. xv .
Burzynsky from accepting the boy as a patient unless he first had The next time you hear a spokesman for orthodox medicine undergone chemotherapy and radiation. condemn those greedy, money-grubbing Laetrile doctors, watch Mr. Navarro explains: "What they don't understand is that him as he goes to the parking lot. Chances are, he'll drive off in his there won't be anything left of him to salvage if we make him new Jaguar. take that awful treatment first." When he did not fall in line with The only real difference between the controversy today and the doctors' demands, he began to receive harassing phone calls when it began in the 1970s is that the media has lost interest in it. from hospital personnel. One oncologist threatened to file The sparsity of coverage has created the false impression that charges with the state. When Mr. Navarro still refused, the Laetrile has fallen into disfavor, but nothing could be further from doctor went to the protective-services agency and filed child- the truth. The number of patients using Laetrile today continues abuse charges against the parents. to run in the thousands. In 1980, movie actor Steve McQueen also made news when It has been suggested that the mass media have decided to he went to Mexico for Laetrile and other unorthodox therapies. ignore Laetrile because, when it did receive national publicity, it When he died following surgery four months later, the press had became popular. People decided to give it a try in spite of the a heyday telling the American people that Laetrile didn't work. negative press. If they had been told they were going to die What they failed to report is that McQueen's cancer was, indeed, anyway, why not? And the clinics in Mexico thrived. Another apparently cured by Laetrile, and that only a non-cancerous reason may be that, although the controversy continues, there is tumor remained in his abdomen. (Most tumors are composed of nothing of substance that is really new. Each unfolding event is a mixture of cancer and non-cancerous tissue.) McQueen was merely an extension of forces and arguments that have preceded. feeling great and decided to have the bulge removed for cosmetic For example, in 1977, the parents of Chad Green kidnaped reasons. It was a complication of that surgery, not cancer, which their own son and took him to Mexico to avoid being forced by caused his death. Not a word of his prior recovery was to be officials in Massachusetts into giving him chemotherapy for his found in the major press. Consequently, millions of Americans leukemia. They preferred nutritional therapy instead. This is part who followed the story came away with the conviction that of the heavy price we pay for allowing government the power to Laetrile is just another hoax. That, too, is merely an extension of decide what is best for us and our families. When special-interest the kind of biased media reporting that has become a permanent groups become politically strong enough to write the laws, then it part of the coverage of Laetrile. It continues today. is those groups that tell us what to do-all in the name of protecting The most notable example of continuity has been the us, of course. so-called scientific tests conducted by the nation's largest The Chad Green story made big headlines but, unfortunately, cancer-research centers to establish if Laetrile works or is a hoax. the same thing involving other children has happened numerous Both the Mayo Clinic and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer times since then with only minor news coverage. For example, in Center played conspicuous roles in this particular act. The 1999, James and Donna Navarro were told that their four-year-old evidence of foul play that rose from the smolders of the data son, Thomas, had a malignant brain tumor. Surgery left the child debris left behind is so shocking and conclusive that I have speechless, blind, and unable to walk. When the doctors told the created an entire new chapter in this edition to showcase it. If Navarros that Thomas would also have to undergo radiation and you read nothing else in this book, read that section for sure. It chemotherapy, they researched the medical literature and learned will change your view of the integrity of American medical that these treatments probably would further impair the boys research, to say the least. But even that was a continuation of brain function and that long-term survival was unlikely anyway. pseudo science enlisted in defense of economic vested interest So they decided to try an alternative therapy called antineoplastons that was well established in the early 70s. offered at the Stanislaw R. Burzynsky Research Institute in So, although many events have happened since this book was Houston. At this point, the FDA stepped in and prohibited Dr. first published, the basic story remains the same. Unfortunately, XVI xvii .