Hoxsey Treatment at the Bio-Medical Center
For over three decades, Harry Hoxsey (1901-1974), a self-taught healer, cured many cancer patients using a herbal remedy reportedly handed down by his great-grandfather. By the 1950s, the Hoxsey Cancer Clinic in Dallas was the world’s largest private cancer center, with branches in seventeen states. Born in Illinois, the charismatic practitioner of herbal folk medicine faced unrelenting opposition and harassment from a hostile medical establishment.
Nevertheless, two federal courts upheld the “therapeutic value” of Hoxsey’s internal tonic. Even his archenemies, the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration, admitted that his treatment could cure some forms of cancer. A Dallas judge ruled in federal court that Hoxsey’s therapy was “comparable to surgery, radium, and x-ray” in its effectiveness, without the destructive side effects of those treatments.
The Bio-Medical Center, as the clinic is now called, treats all types of cancer, with Nelson overseeing a staff of fully licensed medical doctors and support personnel. The records indicate that many patients, some arriving with late stages of the disease, have been helped and even completely healed of cancer by the non-toxic Hoxsey therapy, which today combines internal and external herbal preparations with a diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, and attitudinal counselling.
Today we know that Hoxsey’s plant-based remedies contain naturally occurring compounds with potent anticancer effects. According to eminent botanist James Duke, Ph.D., of the United States Department of Agriculture, all of the Hoxsey herbs have known anticancer properties.1 ~ All of them are cited in Plants Used Against Cancer, a global compendium of folk usage of medicinal plants compiled by NCI chemist Jonathan Hartwell. Furthermore, Duke noted, the Hoxsey herbs have long been used by Native American healers to treat cancer, and travelling European doctors picked up the knowledge and took it home with them to treat patients.
Hoxsey the quack who cured cancer?
In 1988 the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the United States Congress commissioned a report on the Hoxsey Therapy. It was the first federal agency to review the therapy and did it as part of a study into alternative cancer treatments. Patricia Spain Ward PhD a medical historian from the University of Illinois completed a background paper for Congress; this paper details the full story. Here is a summary:
Harry M Hoxsey (19011974) developed and practiced a cancer treatment. Since his death Mildred Nelson, his long-time nurse and assistant, has continued his work. In 1963 Hoxsey chose a site in Tijuana, where today stands the thriving Bio-Medical Centre, home of the therapy.
Hoxsey started life as a miner before turning to life as a healer in the 1920s. He believed that cancer was systemic a disease of the whole body and developed a herbal mixture to kill it off.
His first ´therapy´ was in fact an external paste, made of antimony sulphide, zinc chloride, bloodroot and other occasional ingredients like arsenic sulphide, herbs and talc. With the help of Dr Frederick Mohs, a surgeon and the Dean of Wisconsin Medical School and several of its staff, he treated surface cancers that were then surgically removed with success. Hoxsey´s ´red paste´ and the experiments were written up extensively in the 1940s. Dr Mohs published in 1941 in the Archives of Surgery and in 1948 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
However the AMA attacked and attacked, even claiming that Hoxsey and Mohs had used different pastes. One report claimed that Hoxsey´s active ingredient in the 1950s was arsenic, but it turned out the AMA was using an early 1920s paste! Hoxsey had developed a caustic treatment and was an ex-mining quack. Mohs was a doctor and a surgeon, and his treatment by contrast was acceptable. In fact both men were using sanguinarine, an alkaloid in bloodroot, which has potent anti-tumour effects (Young 1967).
The basic solution was:
Cascar (Rhamnus Purshiana)
The additions might include any of the following:
Poke root (Phytolaeca Americana)
Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
Berberis root (Berberis vulgaris)
Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus frangula)
Stillingia root (Stillingia sylvatica)
Prickly ash bark (Zanthoxylum Americanum)
However recent literature does support the ingredients. For example:
Pokeweed triggers the immune systems, increases lymphocytes and increases levels of immunoglobulin (Farnes 1964, Downing 1968).
Burdock ´considerable anti-tumour activity´ (Szeged University 1966), ´uniquely capable of reducing mutagenicity´ (Morita et al 1984).
Burberry anti-tumour activity (Hoshi et al 1976), contains lycbetaine, an anti-tumour substance (Owen 1976).
Buckthorn anti-leukaemia substances; anthraquinone works against tumours (Kupchan 1976).
Even the least studied herbs, stillingia and prickly ash, has anti-inflammatory or anaesthetic properties and are used in European folk remedies.
An eminent US botanist, James Duke PhD of the United States Department of Agriculture, has confirmed that all of the Hoxsey herbs have known anti-cancer properties and have long been used by native American healers to treat cancers. Even as long ago as the 1850s, Dr J W Fell of the Middlesex Hospital was using bloodroot and zinc oxide directly onto malignant growths with great effect.
Today the Bio-Medical Center combines the flexible Hoxsey formula with diet, vitamin and mineral supplements. Liquorice and red clover, used in Essiac and prominent in tests with breast cancer at Royal Marsden are frequent herbal additions. The clinic is outpatient only. You arrive, ideally with all your reports and tests, and they see you for a day or two. You leave with enough potions and medication to last three or more months.
Dietary advice is usually to avoid foods that conflict with the herbs; like pork, carbonated drinks, alcohol, vinegar and tomatoes. Supplements include immune stimulants, yeast tablets, vitamin C, calcium and laxatives. However the clinic does offer treatments like homeopathy and even chemotherapy.
External cancers like melanoma are frequently treated, as are cancers of the blood system. There are many case histories, though, for all cancers from breast to colon.
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