When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies by Kenny Ausubel
This was a book that was assigned reading for an Alternative Health class on cancer. Although there are some keywords in the title of the book that intrigue me, I probably would not have picked this book off the shelf at the bookstore. How wrong I would have been.
Cancer is an ages old disease that can strike anyone at anytime. There is now some evidence to suggest that cancer was known in the prehistoric era. For thousands of years, people have been using natural medicines as cures for all types of ailments including cancer. It has not been until the advent of modern medicine in the early 1800s that healers and healing has moved away from nature as a remedy.
This is the story of Harry Hoxsey and his Cancer Clinics. Hoxsey was using natural medicine and alternative therapies to treat people with cancer with some modest success. The problems with all this treatment was not that it did not work, it was that the American Medical Association (AMA) was pissed because they did not get their share. Therefore, typical big business arrogance shut the other person down with legal loopholes and skullduggery. A nasty slander campaign was launched by the then chief of the AMA, Dr. Morris Fishbein against Hoxsey and his cancer cure.
The result was that Hoxsey was drummed out of the US and into Mexico and American patients of Hoxsey were left to fend for themselves. Alternative medicine took a huge step backwards because of the arrogance of the AMA and its chief. How many people with cancer could have been treated and saved with Hoxsey’s remedy will never be known. However, the main issue is that there is a natural remedy that can assist people with cancer.
Today, alternative medicine is gaining support from a variety of sources. Western-trained medical doctors are starting to accept that alternative therapies may have some benefits. Interest in herbal medicine has skyrocketed in the last ten years. Eastern methodologies are now becoming more mainstream.
If you are at all interested in the history of medicine in the US and alternative medicine then I would strongly recommend this book. I had a hard time putting it down.