A quack doctor known for selling his unproven cancer “cure” is getting a reality TV show to further advertise his nonsense, and at least one legitimate news organization is eating it up.
The Amazing Race winner Uchenna Agu is teaming up with Stanislaw Burzynski (above), who has been taking advantage of vulnerable cancer patients since the 1970s, to create the new show called My Cancer-Free Life.
A local news program called Great Day Houston promoted the show, and by extension the fraudulent treatment, in a recent interview segment.
Uchenna Agu is producing a new video series called, “My Cancer Free Life” and came to the Great Day Houston set to discuss it with host Deborah Duncan. They discussed the treatment and methods in use at the Burzynski Clinic, and are joined by two patients. Doug Kruse and Bo Edwards were both diagnosed with stage four cancer before turning to the Burzynski Clinic. Both Doug and Bo went on to explain how they have recovered using Dr. Burzynski’s customized therapies. Uchenna described how stories like theirs will be featured in “My Cancer Free Life”, which is in production currently.
Dr. David Gorski, a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute specializing in breast cancer surgery, has a lengthy post explaining Burzynski’s questionable methods. If you want a better understanding of why he doesn’t really offer the miracle his patients are hoping for, read Gorski.
Let’s just put it this way: more than forty years later, Burzynski has still failed to produce anything resembling convincing evidence that his antineoplastons are effective against cancer, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to charge massive “management fees” that can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to administer antineoplastons to desperate cancer patients. Neither have multiple investigations by the FDA and the Texas Medical Board (TMB) driven him out of business. Indeed, the most recent attempt by the Texas Medical Board to shut him down ended a year and a half ago in failure. Despite his having to pay a $360,000 fine and agree to submit to monitoring of his billing practices, to complete a medical ethics course (hilarious!), inform his patients that he owns the pharmacy he requires them to use, and submit his informed consent forms to the TMB for review, he’s still out there attracting desperate cancer patients to his clinic…
There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the science, but it’s also disturbing how Burzynski is getting help in spreading his unproven “cure” for cancer by a local news outlet that doesn’t seem to care about giving reliable scientific information to viewers. That in itself raises some serious red flags.
The show hasn’t been picked up anywhere let. Let’s hope it stays that way.
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