When Healing Becomes a Crime

When Healing Becomes a Crime


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When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies by Kenny Ausubel

A powerful and substantiated expose of the medical politics that prevents promising alternative cancer therapies from being implemented in the United States.

• Focuses on Harry Hoxsey, the subject of the author's award-winning documentary, who claimed to cure cancer using herbal remedies.

• Presents scientific evidence supporting Hoxsey's cancer-fighting claims.

• Published to coincide with the anticipated 2000 public release of the government-sponsored report finding "noteworthy cases of survival" among Hoxsey 

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 govenment-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.


"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

"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

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Weight0.75 lbs
Dimensions6 × 8.9 × 1.2 in