This alternative cancer treatment consists of both a tonic and a diet plan. The tonic contains barberry, buckthorn bark, burdock root, cascara, licorice, pokeweed, potassium iodide, prickly ash bark, red clover and stillingia root. The diet calls to eliminate the usual pork, sugar, bleached flour like seen in many other anti-cancer diets. However, The Hoxsey Method also outlines iron, salt, calcium, vitamin c, yeast supplements and grape juice to also be specifically avoided. (UPDATE: Conflicting information exists on which foods and nutrients should be avoided.) The combination of both the tonic and diet were promoted to eliminate toxins from the body and in-turn correct cell metabolism, blood chemistry, and immune function.
The Hoxsey Method has a very controversial history with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA). Harry Hoxsey, the man behind The Hoxsey Method, was in constant battle trying to fight for his right to continue treating cancer patients. Hoxsey used public media to combat the AMA’s, NCI’s, and FDA’s efforts to stop Hoxsey’s 17 cancer clinics. Hoxsey even sued the Journal of the American Medical Association and won. However, years later and many more investigations, the FDA finally banned The Hoxey Method in 1960. Today only one clinic, the Bio-Medical Center in Mexico, still promote the use of The Hoxsey Method.
In some ways, the Hoxsey Method is very similar to the Essiac Tea treatment. A true David and Goliath story. The story itself makes you want to believe that a natural cure for cancer exists. An average Joe going up against the entire medical community is appealing. It’s doing the impossible. You start cheering for the small guy even if they don’t have any proof. It’s human nature to want the underdog to win. And its even easier to ridicule the medical community that lacks the technological advances needed to treat cancer more effectively. We are all angry about losing loved ones to cancer in spite of using conventional medicine. But anger and stories don’t treat cancer. So lets focus on what matters.
Hoxsey Method Cancer Studies?
NONE. No Human studies have been done to test whether or not The Hoxsey Method is effective. However, patient charts were reviewed from the Bio-Medical Center which treated patients with The Hoxsey Method. Records show 11.4% of patients were alive after 5 years. 45.6% were deceased. All other charts had either missing pathology reports or lacked follow-ups.
Those numbers are actually not that bad. If these were numbers from a controlled study we would feel confident about the 11.4% 5 year survival rate. But unfortunately, these numbers were calculated from patient records. Whats worse, about 50% of the records reviewed, lacked pathology reports. This brings up the question, how accurate are any of the records to begin with?
Numbers Say Everything.
But to be honest, this piece of information should not reinforce the idea that The Hoxsey Method works, but to put the entire treatment in perspective. The Hoxsey Method is marketed to have over an 80% cure rate. An 11.4% 5 year survival rate is miles apart from that claim. From the study review, we can already verify that out of about 157 patients, 45.6% died in 5 years. This specifically proves that not only is the 80% cure rate completely inaccurate, but the data doesn’t even show a 80% 5 year survival rate, never mind a cure. What would the 11.4% survival rate be if we looked at 6, 7, or even 10 years vs the 5 year rate?
Sometimes it’s hard to look at the facts when testimonials blur your view. Testimonials are hard to avoid and can trick you into making decisions with your heart instead of your brain. This is not to say all testimonials are fake. Some might be indeed true. Point is, we don’t know for sure. When your life is on the line, you want more then just your neighbors story about how someone they used to know was cured by The Hoxsey Method. And sadly, the popularity of this cancer treatment is solely built upon testimonials, truthful or not.
THINGS TO CONSIDER.
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IS LACKING.
CURE CLAIMS ARE INACCURATE.
ORIGINAL DIET AND TONIC MIGHT OF BEEN DIFFERENT.
LAST HOXSEY TREATMENT CENTER IS IN MEXICO.