The Hoxsey Therapy or Hoxsey Method is a alternative medical treatment promoted as a cure for cancer. The treatment consists of a caustic herbal paste for external cancers or an herbal mixture for "internal" cancers, combined with laxatives, douches, vitamin supplements, and dietary changes. Currently, the Hoxsey Method is primarily marketed by the Bio-Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico.
Big-PHARMA attempted to purchase Dr. Hoxsey's recipies for big money. Hoxsey was going to sell his organic "cancer cure" to them because he wanted to help MORE people... BUT Hoxsey had one stipulation as a requirement. Harry had promised his father on his death bed that he would NEVER refuse someone for treatment because they couldn't afford the finances. Harry asked the mainstream medical monopolies that were interested in his 'potions', if THEY would uphold his father's dying wish. THEY said NO! "We will decide who gets the treatment and how much they will pay". So Harry Hoxsey gave up the promised fortune, and kept his promise to his father. IF you cannot afford it, they'll put you up in their local motel and treat you for cancer until you're better (approximately 6 months). Imagine if the medical monopolies had ethics like Hoxsey's.
Hoxsey herbal treatments include a topical paste of antimony, zinc and bloodroot, arsenic, sulfur, and talc for external treatments, and a liquid tonic of licorice, red clover, burdock root, Stillingia root, barberry, Cascara, prickly ash bark, buckthorn bark, and potassium iodide for internal consumption.
In addition to the herbs, the Hoxsey treatment now also includes antiseptic douches and washes, laxative tablets, and nutritional supplements. A mixture of procaine hydrochloride and vitamins, along with liver and cactus, is prescribed. During treatment, patients are asked to avoid consumption of tomatoes, vinegar, pork, alcohol, salt, sugar, and white flour products.
In 2005, the cost of initial evaluation and treatment with Hoxsey Therapy at the Bio-Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico was reported to be between $3,900 and $5,100, though this price did not include the recommended purchase of an unspecified number of dietary supplements and 3 years of return visits.
This documentary movie concerns Harry M. Hoxsey, the former coal miner whose family's herbal recipe has brought about claims of a cancer cure. Starting in 1924 with his first clinic, he expanded to 17 states by the mid 1950s, along the way constantly battling organized medicine that labeled him a charlatan. Hoxsey's supporters point out he was the victim of arrests, or "quackdowns" spearheaded by the proponents (Rockefeller Foundation, IG Farben) of established medical practices (chemotherapy, radiation).
Interviews of patients satisfied with the results of the controversial treatment are balanced with physicians from the FDA and the AMA. A clinic in Tijuana, Mexico claims an 80% success rate, while opponents are naturally skeptical. What is apparent is that cancer continues to be one of humankind's more dreaded diseases, and that political and economic forces dominate research and development.