Token Skeptic Transcript – Burzynski And Skeptical Bloggers At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser

Now out on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website – a transcript of the Token Skeptic podcast episode that featured UK’s Andy Lewis of Quackometer:

On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers

Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski?

Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were missing from cancer patients, and if you could inject those chemicals back into the cancer patient then you might cure all sorts of cancers. He found these chemicals in the patients’ urine, so he started off extracting these compounds. If this had worked, it would have been fantastic. This was an idea.

The problem was this was thirty years ago. Since then no real evidence has emerged that I have seen which shows this is anything but an idea.

Kylie:  In fact, the Burzynski Clinic is in the United States? So it’s not even an English thing, all the attempts to silence criticism.

Andy:  Absolutely. Most people in England, a vast majority of them, never heard of this chap. But ten days ago in a Sunday paper an article was published that highlighted this clinic. It was a heartbreaking story, really, about a young girl with a brain cancer that was just highly inoperable. And her parents were trying to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to send her over to Texas for what might be the last months of her life, which sounded tragic. And when you look into this clinic, it looked like this was not in her best interest, I would say.

Head to Curiouser and Curiouser to read the entire article.

Further articles worth checking out:

Rhys Morgan interviewed in the Guardian.

Ministry of Truth: Burzynski – Conscience and Complicity


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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Andy

    Hey Kiles – the CSI piece links to podblack at the bottom.

  • Kylie Sturgess

    Darn – will go zip them a request for a redirect. :) Thanks! :)

  • Lakisha Johnson

    Hi Kylie, FYI about Burzynski in 2013

    there are claims he’s being honored by the Catholic Church for his work. Kiran Schmidt( and others) post photos and signed ‘documents’ stating
    “It is my great honor to have Dr Burzynski ..and his work honored by the Catholic Church by being initiated as :“Commander of the Knight-order of St.Gregory the Great”
    I am…
    a little skeptical?