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When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies (Original)

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A companion to the author's award-winning documentary about Harry Hoxsey, who treated thousands of cancer patients with his herbal formulas despite relentless persecution by the AMA. As alternative medicine finally regains its rightful place and enters mainstream practice, this compelling book will not only forever change the way you see...

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A companion to the author's award-winning documentary about Harry Hoxsey, who treated thousands of cancer patients with his herbal formulas despite relentless persecution by the AMA. As alternative medicine finally regains its rightful place and enters mainstream practice, this compelling book will not only forever change the way you see medicine but could also save your life.
Commendation Quotes:
"Ausubel's book is particularly timely in view of the recent tokenistic attempts by the cancer establishment to appear open-minded to alternative therapies".
Samuel Epstein, M.D., author of The Politics of Cancer and the Safe Shopper's Bible

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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH / CANCER "Freedom comes in many varieties--religious, political, and, as this book stunningly reveals, medical. The bitter power struggle for dominance within medicine has always been one of its dirty little secrets. For anyone who believes modern therapy is only about facts, evidence, and data, this book will come as a shock. It will help readers become wiser patients, and could even save their lives. A magnificent contribution." --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Prayer is Good Medicine "With this book, Kenny Ausubel establishes himself as one of the truly great writers on contemporary America. Lucid, hard-hitting, well researched, comprehensive, this book will no doubt raise more than a few eyebrows in the medical and cancer establishment--and hopefully raise the consciousness of all Americans regarding the possibilities that some natural treatments might contribute to the war against cancer." --Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council "The story of Harry Hoxsey and his fight with the medical establishment over unorthodox cancer treatment is both a fascinating medical drama and an important historical episode in the development of alternative medicine in the twentieth century. Physicians, patients, medical students, and government officials could all benefit from reading this book." --Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healing Harry Hoxsey claimed to cure cancer using herbal remedies, and thousands of patients swore that he healed them. His Texas clinic became the world's largest privately owned cancer center with branches in seventeen states, and the value of its therapeutic treatments was upheld by two federal courts. Even his arch-nemesis, the AMA, admitted his treatment was effective against some forms of cancer. But the medical establishment refused an investigation, branding Hoxsey the worst cancer quack of the century and forcing his clinic to Tijuana, Mexico, where it continues to claim very high success rates. Modern laboratory tests have confirmed the anticancer properties of Hoxsey's herbs, and a federal government-sponsored report is now calling for a major reconsideration of the Hoxsey therapy. When Healing Becomes a Crime exposes the overall failure of the War on Cancer, while revealing how yesterday's "unorthodox" treatments are emerging as tomorrow's medicine. It probes other promising unconventional cancer treatments that have also been condemned without investigation, delving deeply into the corrosive medical politics and powerful economic forces behind this suppression. As alternative medicine finally regains its rightful place in mainstream practice, this compelling book will not only forever change the way you see medicine, but could also save your life. KENNY AUSUBEL is an award-winning author, investigative journalist, and filmmaker. His critically acclaimed documentary film on Hoxsey won the prestigious "Best Censored Stories" journalism award, associated with Bill Moyers. He is the author of Seeds of Change and Restoring the Earth, as well as the founder of the Bioneers Conference and Seeds of Change, Inc. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Biographical Note:
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning author, investigative journalist, and filmmaker. His critically acclaimed documentary film on Hoxsey won the prestigious "Best Censored Stories" journalism award, associated with Bill Moyers. He is the author of "Seeds of Change" and "Restoring the Earth," as well as the founder of the Bioneers Conference and Seeds of Change, Inc. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One: The Wildest Story in Medical History: The Ballad of Harry and Mildred
1. Riding the Cancer Underground
2. "People Who Got Well When They Weren't Supposed To"
3. A Formula for Conflict
4. Quacking Around
5. Gone to Texas: The Medical Wild West
6. Hoxsey vs. the AMA: "Thrice Is He Armed Who Hath His Quarrel Just"
7. Uncle Sam's Quackdown: "A Conspiracy Against the Health of the Nation"
8. Twelve Thousand Patients in Dallas: "You Couldn't Run Me Out of Here with a Gatling Gun"
9. Endgame: The Government "Liquidates" Hoxsey
10. Mexican Standoff
Part Two: A Conflict of Medical Opinion: The Hoxsey Remedies vs. Conventional Cancer Treatments
11. Tempest in a Tonic Bottle: A Bunch of Weeds?
12. Hoxsey's Eclectic Approach to Cancer
13. The Hoxsey Escharotics: "Like a Pit from a Peach"
14. Nutrition with Attitude
15. Conventional Cancer Treatment: "Heroic" Medicine
16. The Hidden Roots of "Heroic" Cancer Treatment
Part Three: Money, Power, and Cancer: Healing the Politics of Medicine
17. Cancer Scandals in the Capital: The "Hoxsey" Film Goes to Washington
18. Patented Medicine: A Way of Business
19. Two Centuries of Trade Wars: The High Priests of Medicine
20. A TRuce in the Medical Civil War: The Office of Alternative Medicine Looks at Hoxsey
21. Look Out, America! Here Come Alternative Cancer Therapies
22. "Pay Your Money and Take Your Choice": The Corporatization of Alternative Medicine
23. The Other Heroic Medicine
Epilogue
Afterword
Notes
Appendix: Sources of Information on Botanical Medicine
Selected Bibliography Resources
Index

Marc Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-445) and index.
Harry Hoxsey claimed to cure cancer using herbal remedies, and thousands of patients swore that he healed them. His Texas clinic became the world's largest privately owned cancer center with branches in seventeen states, and the value of its therapeutic treatments was upheld by two federal courts. Even his arch-nemesis, the AMA, admitted his treatment was effective against some forms of cancer. But the medical establishment refused an investigation, branding Hoxsey the worst cancer quack of the century and forcing his clinic to Tijuana, Mexico, where it continues to claim very high success rates. Modern laboratory tests have confirmed the anticancer properties of Hoxsey's herbs, and a federal govenment-sponsored report is now calling for a major reconsideration of the Hoxsey therapy.When Healing Becomes a Crimeexposes the overall failure of the War on Cancer, while revealing how yesterday's andquot;unorthodoxandquot; treatments are emerging as tomorrow's medicine. It probes other promising unconventional cancer treatments that have also been condemned without investigation, delving deeply into the corrosive medical politics and powerful economic forces behind this suppression.As alternative medicine finally regains its rightful place in mainstream practice, this compelling book will not only forever change the way you see medicine, but could also save your life.

Review Citations:
Scitech Book News 12/01/2000 pg. 93 (EAN 9780892819256, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Ausubel, Kenny
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-CEO and cofounder of Bioneers, a nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. Ausubel launched the celebrated annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his Bioneers cofounder and wife, Nina Simons, and serves as executive producer of the Bioneers plenary series airing on Free Speech TV and Link TV. He acted as a central advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio's feature documentary The 11th Hour, and appears in the film. He also cofounded Seeds of Change--purveyors of organic, biodiverse heirloom seeds.
In addition to Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature (2012), Ausubel has written three books--When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies (2000); The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence (1995) and Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure (1994).
He also founded and operates Inner Tan Productions, a feature film development company, has written two screenplays, and has also produced several documentary films about alternative medicine.
Kenny has served as executive producer and principal writer of the award-winning radio series Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, heard in more than 200 communities across the U.S. and Canada, and more globally--reaching 70 million listeners worldwide.
He lives in the mountains outside Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and their two dogs.

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