172 of 191 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
As a cancer survivor, I am always interested in cancer research. Dr. Burzynski from Stafford, Texas, has made what may be the best discovery ever in cancer research. As a biochemist and physician, he found naturally-occurring peptides made by the human body which seem to inhibit cancerous cells from multiplying. Cancer patients typically lack these compounds, which he calls "antineoplastons." So he synthesized them and used them to treat about 50 types of cancer during the last 30 years, achieving much better cure rates than conventional chemo/radiation without side effects! He has had particularly good success with brain cancer patients, especially children, who were written off as having a fatal condition. Why haven't we heard about him before? Because the Texas Board of Medicine prohibits him from practicing his treatments outside of Texas.
And here is where it gets really ugly. Since the 1980's the FDA has harassed him and tried to force him out of business. He went through four grand jury investigations, and was not indicted in each case. He was even brought to trial but acquitted, supported by many grateful patients whose raised money for his defense. The FDA even raided his offices, seizing 300,000 pages of patient records. He was then allowed to have them photocopied for his practice, at his expense. Why? Cancer treatment is a billion-dollar industry and the pharmaceutical companies stand to lose big-time if a safe alternative treatment becomes the standard. The FDA was chastized by Congressional members during a hearing for persecuting Dr. Burzynski, and it finally allowed him to conduct clinically-controlled trials on his own medicine. Dr. Davorit Samid, who was previously hired by his Clinic to do research on antineoplastons, is now employed by the National Cancer Institute. She and the NCI have applied for and received patents on these compounds, on which Burzynski has held patents for some time. Patent infringment is serious business.
This documentary may be panned by some movie critics (and we all know how objective they are) but the information it contains is priceless.
133 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
I saw this movie in a small theatre. It is mainly a documentary about Dr Burzynski and his discovery of antineoplastins to cure cancers. There are actual patient stories of amazing cures of incurable cancers using his protocol. Also his fight to be able to continue using his medication protocol and his fight with big pharma and the other powers to be.
It was very enlightening to see what happens behind closed doors. There is so much corruption going on in the government that we don't know about.
I would highly recommend this movie because of the information you gain about the government and also that there are other ways to get rid of cancer without going the chemo/radiation protocol that this country insists on as the only way, and how they get big bucks following it.
Anyone who has had cancer, or knows someone that does or may have, definately needs to see this movie before submitting to the fear that they will die if they don't take the chemo/radiation route.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS MOVIE, IT IS LIFESAVING, THE SOONER YOU GET IT THE SOONER YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE.
103 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Whenever I tell someone that our government and health care agencies do not want a cure for cancer unless they can benefit from it financially, I'm accused of being a conspiracy theorist. Those unfamiliar with the corruption in health care just cannot believe cancer cures are being suppressed. You'll be convinced after watching this remarkably informative documentary about Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski.
Burzynski is a biochemist who discovered peptides called antineoplasts that are abundant in healthy people and completely lacking in those with cancer. He developed a protocol for extracting these peptides from the urine of healthy people and injecting them into people with cancer, which in many cases led to complete remission of the cancer--with no side effects. He later was able to synthesize it and holds a patent on his treatment.
Dr. Burzynski has been ridiculed and attacked for his discovery. The Texas Board of Medical Examiners, the FDA, the National Cancer Institute, a pharmaceutical company and a former consultant have conspired to take away his medical license, disrupt his practice, brand him as a quack, throw him in jail, and steal his patent. His office has been raided and patient files have been confiscated, disrupting Burzynski's treatment of very ill people. Millions of tax dollars have been spent by the FDA in its attempt to imprison Burzynski.
They haven't persecuted Burzynski because his treatment doesn't work or because it is harmful. They're persecuting him because it does work, and they want it. Their charge is that he shipped it across state lines to his patients, to other scientists investigating his cure, and for use in FDA clinical trials. And while pharmaceutical companies receive tax monies for their research and can get drugs approved in a mere three to four months, Burzynski receives nothing and has tried for decades to get his treatment approved by the FDA. All while paying millions to defend himself in court.
Dr. Julian Whitaker summed up very well the sad state of affairs, "How could the U.S. Patent Office be corrupted to the point that they issue patents on medical therapies that have already been patented and issue them to someone who had nothing to do with their discovery or use? And how could the Patent Office then assign fraudulent patents to some of the most powerful institutions in American government? And imagine, all of this was being done while these same government agencies were spending billions of the taxpayers' dollars trying to put Dr. Burzynski in jail so that he could not fight the criminal theft of his discovery. Well, what about the ten million patients who died of cancer over the last twenty years? The majority of them could have been saved if the government had not blocked the therapy that they knew could save them."
In Burzynksi, the Movie, you'll hear from Dr. Burzynski, Dr. Julian Whitaker, Congressional members, and former cancer patients. The testimonies of Burzynski's patients are heartbreaking, because all they want to know is, "Why are you trying to take this away from us?" And just when I thought the movie was ending, another segments began with more unbelievable corruption. I was completely disgusted and outraged by what I learned.
My hat is off to Eric Merola for producing a documentary that is informative, entertaining, engrossing, heartbreaking, and infuriating. There's not a dull moment, and I wish everyone on the planet would watch this. Then maybe, maybe something might be done about the stranglehold the FDA and PhARMA have on preventing the advance of health care so that it actually heals people.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this DVD from the publisher.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
I am going to buy multiple copies of this film to share with others. I lost my Mother at 60, one of my best friends to cancer at 44 and others that took chemotherapy I watched them suffer and die from the treatment.
Everyone needs to know about the corruption in the health care and other industries for that matter. If any of you still think that the FDA and the NCI are working on your behave this film will prove to you that they are not. I have seen the FDA in action even in my local community attacking anyone that comes up with anything that helps people become healthy (I guess healthy people don't buy drugs). Don't you find it interesting that the drug companies with all that money for research have to steal Bruzynski's work. I would suggest that all the great inventions are always by some simple person just trying to make life better for themselves and others. Step outside your box, get the movie, be great, share it with others. Have a great and inspired life.
Other treatments that have also proven effective and worthy of mention Dr Max Gerson, Dr Gonzalez of NY
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
I HOPE anyone with cancer will watch this movie PRIOR to consenting to chemotherapy and it's hideous side effects, an alkaline diet or treatment by the Burzynski methods MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE! A MUST SEE MOVIE FOR ALL THOSE WOMEN RUNNING FOR THE CURE and supporting BIG PHARMA.
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
Merola's documentary on hounded Cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski is a must see for multiple reasons. For one, it's format is not like other documentaries. Relentlessly footnoted with evidence, citations and journal articles, the product of what can only be characterised as "terrifying exactness", it establishes in 40 minutes beyond a doubt that scientifically, Burzynski's therapies work (and explains how they work.)
The film then kicks into high gear as the story behind the reason why you haven't heard about this guy or his treatments yet begins to unfold.
There's no argument. The FDA, Phrma and the Big Pill Boys in general are in a big war against anything which threatens their bottom line. The tide is now beginning to turn.
See for yourself. You will not regret it.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2010
I had heard of Dr. Burzynski's name in the shadows. I had even heard that the Clinical Trials he was involved in were not done according to protocol. But I did not have the big picture of what was happening in his professional life. This film is a chilling allegory for all of us about the power of money and corruption in our country, even at the highest levels of government. Burzynski's treatment of brain cancers and his successes should be known to all so an informed choice about treatment can be made.
This film once again demonstrates the power that a documentary can having in shedding light on the truth. A most important film!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
This movie is a absolutely jaw-dropping account of one brilliant man's odyssey of discovering a treatment for cancer and being challenged at every turn by our corrupt system that favors the status quo of chemo and radiation. The lengths the FDA, led by David Kessler, will go through to keep this treatment from being carried out, and thus piling up untold success stories changed my attitude forever on the fallibility of our own government. I've long since stopped trusting traditional allopathic doctors but I've always seen our government as a force for good, until it's demonstrated here how every decision they make is swayed by money from the drug companies. This movie clearly explains the lengths that the moneyed interests will go to bring down one courageous doctor, not for the benefit of cancer patients, but because he will take away their ability to make money off of people's sickness. Anyone interested in cancer therapies, or has cancer, or has ever raised money for cancer needs to watch this movie!
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
Burzynski was an excellent movie. I plan on showing it to many friends that have cancer. If I ever got cancer, I will be seeing Dr. Burzynski!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
Having watched this film and read a number of the reviews, I have to say that some are missing the point of this film.
For me, if you are getting caught up in the films supposed 'bias', or the scientific provability of the success of the treatment, without asking the bigger questions that the film uncovers very successfully for the viewer, then I would argue you that are watching the film through your own biased goggles. Getting both sides of the story is important, and so is the science of the matter, but to expect this from a documentary is unrealistic. The purpose of the film is to create awareness of the issue. If you want balance and science you're going to have to get your elbows dirty in research.
I don't have the time to become an expert on everything, so when analysing the various controversial medical issues such as vaccines or cancer treatment or HIV/Aids, I find it very useful to ask the "WHY?" question, and for helping me do that this film is excellent.
Sometimes, in lieu of actually knowing or having the time/money/energy/brainpower to research the actual data or actual physiology of an issue, it can be very useful to ask the "WHY?" question in forging your path toward the truth. This method of 'truth discovery' may not be scientific, but it is very useful for the non-specialist out there.
If we can ask the "WHY?" questions, get answers to them, and then evaluate the strength of those answers and the ability of the other side to respond again in turn, we get closer to the truth.
The "WHY?" questions from the film are:
-Why has Burzynski won all his court cases?
-Why do new court cases keep being brought forth (and lost) by the governing authorities?
-Why can Burzynski only practice in Texas? Surely what's good for the goose is good for the other 49 ganders?
-Why are hundreds of people protesting in favour of Burzynski's treatment?
-If the antineoplaston method is bunk, why did the NCI and an ex-Burzynski employee try to take out a duplicate patent on Burzynski's methods at the same time they were trying to shut him down through the courts?
-Why aren't mature adults with terminal cancer allowed to choose their or their children's treatment no matter how untested and unconventional?
-Why are there no stories of toxic reaction to Burzynski's methods?
-Why are some people clearly being cured by the treatments into full remission?
-Why is Dr. Burzynski still in business after 25 years of practicing his treatment? If he was a charlatan as many of the critics claim, how is he still fooling people? Where is the great 'Burzynski exposé'?
Critics of the film and Burzynski's methods must now answer these questions. The mainstream medical establishment must pool its gargantuan resources and make its own documentary addressing these. The film makes some serious claims - these must now stand up to scrutiny.
Most important of all, people should realise that this is a freedom issue. The freedom of mature, consenting adults to choose. Choose products, choose treatments. This film therefore is step toward more informed choice in people's healthcare choices.
Most did not know about Burzynski's treatment before. Now they do.
The reason for only 4 stars: The film is +-20min too long and requires a lot of concentration toward the end as it becomes very narration intensive and also requires a lot of reading of text on the screen to piece the legal drama together. The directors did a great job of getting a complex web of problems across very clearly, but I would certainly recommend watching the film in two sittings with a nap or energy snack in between:)