"Physicians, patients, medical students and governmental officials could all benefit from reading this book. -- Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healing
An expose of medical policies which have limited and affected promising alternative cancer therapies in this country. -- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Reveiw
An important book . . . in demonstrating the methods . . . through which modern medicine achieved its present status. -- New Jersey Naturally, Summer/Fall 2000
Ausubel's book is essential for anyone interested in the history of medicine or the history of herbalism. -- Stephen Buhner, HerbalGram, 2000
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
Hoxsey's fate--shared by other maverick therapists--has dramatic relevance today as alternative cancer treatment gains mainstream acceptance. -- Jim Motavalli, E Magazine, July/August 2002
Investigative journalist Ausubel presents powerful and convincing testimony. -- Napra ReView, Sept/Oct 2000
Kenny Ausubel takes this subject very seriously, while maintaining a very reader-friendly style. -- Russ Reina, Talking Leaves, Winter 2001
This book is riveting. . . . The amount of scholarship that went into writing it is admirable. -- Dana Ullman, Whole Earth, Fall 2000
From the Back Cover
“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.