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Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 05:40:19 in HuffPost Live 321

“"The Drug Fee Act makes it impossible for a small person like this doctor to come up with any cure for anything."

Well, at least there's agreement that Burzynski has not "come up with a cure for anything." Now, what part of 21 U.S.C. § 379h(a) is it that you suppose to be the causal lever arm here? That's certainly not one of the parts of the title that he's been having overt difficulty with so far.

Perhaps you could go check the 10-K's and report back on what dreadful expense the operation has incurred as a result of this 1992 law.”
Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 03:05:38 in HuffPost Live 321

“"If you had read the story you WOULD KNOW that there are people alive today because they had access to the drug."

Um, no, I wouldn't. In any event, phenylbutyrate, which the Burzynski clinic itself flatly states is the "prodrug" of "antineoplastons," is available for pennies per ounce. "Access" is not at issue. Trying to get the FDA to let Count Scamula cash some more checks is. If it's to be the conceptually simple matter of a single-use IND exemption ("compassionate use"), *why doesn't somebody else undertake it*?

This is a very simple question: Who needs Burzynski? The only "secrets" are the destroyed records, absent "trial" results, explanations of why somebody would engage in a pattern of behavior claiming that ominous MRI results are signs that "it's working," and so forth.”
Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 01:34:06 in HuffPost Live 321

“GONZALEZ? *This* is what you have to offer? The time-honored fraud of coffee enemas? The "protocol" that, when put to the test, *shortened* survival time and *worsened* quality of life? Well done. Brava. What next, Hulda Clark's dime-store "zapper"? (Note: Did not work for Hulda Clark.)

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/how-not-to-win-friends-and-influence-people/

In some sense, the whole thing is truly impressive. One variety of cancer exploitation is trotted out, and then the acolytes and apologists emerge from the woodwork, not to defend the item at hand in the least, but to *defend quackery in general*. Pot cures cancer! Coffee up your rear cures cancer! On and on. I certainly would not be the first to observe that this seems to be some sort of professional courtesy among charlatans and their cheerleaders.”
Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Brain Tumor Treatment Not Yet Approved By The FDA (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 23:50:01 in HuffPost Live 321

“There's nothing that inspires confidence in a brave maverick "doctor" like defending oneself in front of the Texas Medical Board on the basis that one can't be held responsible for the behavior of the physicians that one has hired to work in one's eponymous clinic to deliver one's magic urine extracts.

There are only two options for "antineoplastons": they're cytotoxic, which Prince Scamislaw's sad lot of disciples fervently denies, or they're HDAC inhibitors. In either case, the relevant science has long since marched on. Mr. "maybe in three years I'll get Nobel Prize and you'll like a sh*t" Burzynski has produced neither convincing positive results *nor a new idea* in decades.

Think about the latter for a second. The "R" in "BRI" is for "research." Well, WTF is it? Doing the same thing over and over again isn't research. Forget about the lack of clinical data; *what fundamental knowledge has been gained about the substances and their "action"*? Are there next-generation "antineoplastons" in the pipeline? Maybe with less toxicity? I'm seeing nothing of the sort. Instead, Burzynski had *one* idea a long, loooong time ago and has been content to simply wring cash from the desperate with a promise that has long since evaporated from the urinal.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 8, 2013 at 00:06:06 in Healthy Living

“"Furthermore, I am published, and personal observations are the catalyst for research proposals, at least I know mine have been as HRSA has given me numerous grants to further my work."

Given that HRSA doesn't actually issue grants to individuals, you kind of have a problem with this assertion.”

frustrated one on Jan 8, 2013 at 00:12:41

“No, but I am not going to say which university that I am associated with as we should not be divulging that info, however, I am the one who has to write for the grants.Trust me, they look at who is requesting the money, not just the organization. You have to have some background in the field before you start requesting money. I had to be a project coordinator and get my name on grants that had other authors before they consider you a 'safe bet' unless it is a really small grant. Talk about paperwork, sometimes I would rather get the flu shot!”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 23:40:34 in Healthy Living

“"'at - will' does not just mean fire for no reason."

That is *exactly* what it means.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 17:12:24 in Healthy Living

“I should also clarify here that my point is that "personal preference" *can* fall within legal protections if done very carefully.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 17:00:22 in Healthy Living

“Allow me to remind you that your statement, which you are apparently now trying to evade, was that the objections have "nothing to do with a fear of any medical complications." Schrock's babbling about "toxins" and "side effects" immediately demonstrates that your contention is false.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 15:51:53 in Healthy Living

“"Hospitals can't just fire people without precedence [sic]. It will be interesting to watch in the court room."

Hospitals can fire any at-will employee for any reason or no reason at all. The only exception is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As a result, the assertion that "'religious exemption' is archaic" is a very bad idea, as it's the only thing they've got, unless basic stupidity has been incorporated into the ADA. And this is exactly why there's not going to be anything "to watch in the court room": The EEOC angle was plainly looked at before the terminations and found wanting.”

frustrated one on Jan 6, 2013 at 20:36:01

“"at - will" does not just mean fire for no reason. I am sure you are not a lawyer either so I am not going to argue the point with you, but having had employees in the past, it is not as easy as you think. Either these nurses will soak the system and receive unemployment or they can use the Title VII disability clause if they were not offered alternatives to the shot. I think this case it too difficult to assess as not all of the information is out there. Civil liberties are a big deal and the flu vaccine is hardly eradicating life threatening diseases such as small pox. Since they change the vaccine every year, is it difficult to determine long term effects of yearly or bi-yearly injections. This is new territory so don't think lawyers won't be interested in these types of cases.
BTW are you related to lilady? You sound just as hostile as she is.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 15:42:10 in Healthy Living

“"There claims for not taking the vaccine is strictly a personal reference and has nothing to do with a fear of any medical complications."

Demonstrably false. Hospice nurse Schrock told WSBT in no uncertain terms: "I just feel like it's a toxin that I don't want in my body. There are side effects with that. There are no guarantees that it's even going to protect you."”

lilady on Jan 6, 2013 at 17:05:22

“"(She) feels like it's a toxin that I don't want in my body" How pathetic that she puts how she "feels" above the welfare of her patients.

Pathetic too, that she apparently uses sources other than science and she is ethically challenged.”

P Markham72 on Jan 6, 2013 at 16:35:05

“She feels like its a toxin........that is a personal preference. As long as she is carrying out her duties as a nurse for the company, she should be required to take the vaccine.”
Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Goshen Hospital Employees Fired After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shot (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 15:36:44 in Healthy Living

“"Mandating vaccines is a bad policy b/c 1. Flu vaccinations don't guarantee protection."

This is your lead point? The Nirvana fallacy?

You buy the ticket, you take the ride. One can always be a flu vector as a waitress if it's so important.”

lilady on Jan 6, 2013 at 16:56:56

“Well stated Heywood Merton. F & F”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 00:47:51 in Healthy Living

“"Am I missing something here? I don't see a PA program listed for any university in the state of Wyoming."

I haven't the foggiest idea where Heather lives, nor have I seen this permission slip, nor really is it of any particular interest. She has produced three statements that collapse upon cursory examination, so it wouldn't surprise me if she had a PDF somewhere of a boarding pass to Venus on Pan Am.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 18:28:00 in Healthy Living

“For the sake of posterity, I will note that vaccine coverage data are readily available from the CDC.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/imz-coverage.htm
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 18:15:40 in Healthy Living

“One way or the other, having a demonstrable, publicly deployed, dishonest streak a mile wide does not bode well for a career as a P.A., much less an imaginary postdoctoral research position.”

lilady on Dec 25, 2012 at 18:59:44

“Heather has been very active in "local" vaccination requirements. She posted on her blog a copy of the flu vaccination parental permission slip that her son brought home from school; from a Wyoming elementary school.

Am I missing something here? I don't see a PA program listed for any university in the state of Wyoming.

http://www.arc-pa.org/acc_programs/
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 25, 2012 at 13:47:20 in Healthy Living

“I cannot help but note that Heather's credentialing story, to wit, "I'm finishing my PhD in Health Science and then going on to P.A. school (20 more months)," does not seem to jibe with her presentation at the Shot of Prevention blog just on November 18: "I am in PA school so yes I know the difference between a compound and a molecule."

Which is it, Heather?”

lilady on Dec 25, 2012 at 16:59:24

“I think you will find that Heather has posted on other blogs as well. I found a site where she made this claim (about a common type of wart that young children pass through touching another child's skin and by sharing of fomites (towels, toys, etc.). She probably also misread or "misinterpreted" that the viral wart is larger and more difficult to treat in people who are immune compromised/suppressed (those with AIDS or those who are on certain cancer treatments).

According to Heather...

" You see these infections in children that are immuno-suppressed. My son had 26 injections by 18 months of age. He is brain damaged and immuno-suppressed, 90% of his central auditory nervous system is destroyed, he is listed as vaccine injured."”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 23:20:56 in Healthy Living

“Anyway, you no doubt have GRE scores to back up this trip, if you want to play this game. And, no, you don't get to go second.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 23:02:58 in Healthy Living

“"Lots of people get a PhD then go to P.A. school especially if one is going into academics."

"Lots"? This is even less sensible than your previous remark, as being a physician's assistant isn't an "academic" job.

"No I'm not doing distance learning. Also a PhD/P.A. can demand a much higher salary because they can take on dual administration roles."

Perhaps you would care to name these "dual" roles. Jockeying from the outset for an administrative position is per se unimpressive, which suggests something like a "Ph.D." in human resources, which further suggests that the P.A. routine is devoid of even practical application.

"Also I don't have to work at all, this affords me the time to take my degree as far as I like."

This doesn't actually mean anything.

"What is your level of education?"

A couple of years of grad school in a genuine Ph.D. program before real life intervened.

Oh, and you left out the bit involving your formal training in statistics.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 22:46:15 in Healthy Living

“Way to turn tail, Heather. Watch out for coal.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 20:13:45 in Healthy Living

“"The uptake rates are not presented."

What does this have to do with anything? You can cut and paste stuff all the live-long day; I asked you a question.”

Heather XW on Dec 24, 2012 at 20:34:28

“You brought up vaccine uptake rates. They are not presented. You are just making things up as you go along.

Anyway have a Merry Christmas- this is the last post I'll make. Not to be rude but I would rather be with my family.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:59:40 in Healthy Living

“"Actually he was labeled with COIs by Congress, made false statements in interviews, and fined by a Federal Judge for making libelous statements in his book."

Heather, there is no weight conferred by capitalizing "Federal Judge." Please produce the case in which the weird penalty that you assert occurred.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:43:29 in Healthy Living

“"I'm finishing my PhD in Health Science and then going on to P.A. school (20 more months)."

Leaving aside that this does not address the actual question, who on earth gets a "Ph.D." to become a physician's assistant? Is this a "distance learning" degree, Heather?”

Heywood Merton on Dec 24, 2012 at 23:20:56

“Anyway, you no doubt have GRE scores to back up this trip, if you want to play this game. And, no, you don't get to go second.”

Heywood Merton on Dec 24, 2012 at 23:02:58

“"Lots of people get a PhD then go to P.A. school especially if one is going into academics."

"Lots"? This is even less sensible than your previous remark, as being a physician's assistant isn't an "academic" job.

"No I'm not doing distance learning. Also a PhD/P.A. can demand a much higher salary because they can take on dual administration roles."

Perhaps you would care to name these "dual" roles. Jockeying from the outset for an administrative position is per se unimpressive, which suggests something like a "Ph.D." in human resources, which further suggests that the P.A. routine is devoid of even practical application.

"Also I don't have to work at all, this affords me the time to take my degree as far as I like."

This doesn't actually mean anything.

"What is your level of education?"

A couple of years of grad school in a genuine Ph.D. program before real life intervened.

Oh, and you left out the bit involving your formal training in statistics.”

Heather XW on Dec 24, 2012 at 20:21:02

“Oh and my reply did answer your question. Look up the degree and see the amount of statistics and healthcare research I've taken.

Anyway, since I don't get paid to comment here and feel the conversation is starting to circle the drain- I'm going to get back to my family hand celebrate Christmas.”

Heather XW on Dec 24, 2012 at 20:18:41

“Lots of people get a PhD then go to P.A. school especially if one is going into academics. No I'm not doing distance learning. Also a PhD/P.A. can demand a much higher salary because they can take on dual administration roles. But I would rather work part time and teach P.A. coursework. Also I don't have to work at all, this affords me the time to take my degree as far as I like.

What is your level of education?”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:34:52 in Healthy Living

“"Not really. I didn't have that top segment in my file. A lie would be made intentionally."

You "didn't have that top segment"? Strangely, the "top segment" is in fact something that most people would take to be mail headers, given that, you know, it advertises a time-stamp. No, Heather, there has been a sentence deliberately excised. On a word-for-word basis, you've got a whole lot more "miss-information" rolling than Offit's single-page revision. This does not happen by accident.”

lilady on Dec 25, 2012 at 14:01:16

“"Not really. I didn't have that top segment in my file. A lie would be made intentionally."

Yes "really" Heather you do lie intentionally. It is an example of "quote mining" or "contextomy".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_quoting_out_of_context

Most of your links are dead ends...I've had to provide them and most of your "quotes" are missing "that top segment" (because, you claim, you don't have "that top segment in (your) file".”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:27:10 in Healthy Living

“"I don't follow J.B. Handley's writings Heywood so that is news to me."

Curiously, you seem to be telling porkies about his putative lawsuit all the same.”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:24:16 in Healthy Living

“A "neutral" study means that the null hypothesis wins, Heather.”

lilady on Dec 25, 2012 at 14:35:58

“Perhaps Heather misspoke, Heywood.

Certainly someone with a "PhD in Health Sciences" is aware of the "null hypothesis". :-)”
Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Thimerosal Should Not Be Banned From Vaccines Used Around The World, AAP Says

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 18:00:33 in Healthy Living

“Heather, I really hope you have a federal case citation to back this up, because Handley's "complaint" that seems to exist only at AoA in unusable form also has some rather serious structural problems, such as purporting to assert jurisdiction based on the Oregon *Rules of Civil Procedure.* This is not how it works.

As I'm not about to shell out $295 for an OJIS account only to discover that this mess was wisely never filed in the first place in the venue that it purports to (the Multnomah circuit court), much less removed to federal jurisidiction, if you can't pony up the facts, the only conclusion to be had is that you're lying again or just indifferent to the concept of avoiding the practice in the first place.”
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