Harry Hoxsey’s flamboyant, aggressive persona persisted through several decades of AMA (American Medical Association) attempts to stop him from curing cancer patients. He even won a libel lawsuit in 1950 against AMA head and devil’s servant Dr. Morris Fishbein and the powerful propagandist Hearst Publications group.
Finally, after decades of media and courtroom battles, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) became equipped with national police powers and forced the Hoxsey Clinics throughout 16 different states to be shut down.
Hoxsey appointed his longtime assistant Mildred Nelson, RN, to make the move across the border into Mexico and change the clinic’s name to avoid attracting harassment due to his name while he remained in Dallas to deal with his successful oil business.
Now it’s called the Bio-Medical Center. It was established there in 1963. According to the Center’s executive administrator Liz Jonas, Mildred Nelson’s sister, its cancer free success rate is 80 percent.
This includes patients abandoned by orthodox oncology and left to die with damaged immune systems.
Hoxsey Was Obsessed With Proving the Family Formulas Worked for Cancer
Harry Hoxsey, born in 1901, assisted his father’s rural veterinarian practice as a child. Word of mouth forced Hoxsey’s cancer practice to overlap with human patients, using what some claim to be an old American Indian herbal formula for cancers, just as Nurse Rene Caisse’s Essiac tea had originated from northern Canadian aboriginal natives.
Hoxsey’s own account differs. He explains in his book You Don’t Need to Die that around 1840, his great-grandfather observed his favorite horse recover from cancer by eating certain flowers and weeds, which he formulated into a liquid concoction. Each new Hoxsey generation continued as veterinarians and improved the formulas.
Soon human cancer victims began demanding the Hoxsey formulas. According to Hoxsey, when his father was dying he had Harry promise to use both the topical salves or powders and internal liquid herbal formulas to help as many people as possible and not exploit the remedies for personal wealth.
After being arrested for practicing medicine without a license from his Taylorville, Illinois clinic, Hoxsey went to Chicago around 1924 to prove his remedies’ efficacy to Morris Fishbein, the AMA head and editor of the newly started JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).
Hoxsey’s tonic and salve were tested with a terminal cancer patient of Dr. Malcom Harris. The patient was Chicago policeman, Sgt. Thomas Manix. He was cured by Hoxsey’s herbal treatments in three months and wound up living another 10 years. Dr. Harris and Fishbein were impressed enough to extend a purchase offer to Hoxsey’s for the rights to his family’s formulas.
But Hoxsey understood the written offer pushed him out of the picture and violated everything he had promised his father. So he refused their offer. As a result of Hoxsey’s rejection of their terms, Maurice Fishbein declared war on Hoxsey.
Under Fishbein’s leadership, the AMA did everything it could to condemn and marginalize Hoxsey’s operation despite many patients healing completely or at least improving considerably who had been abandoned by mainstream medicine.
Hoxsey Made Some Friends in High Places and Created the World’s Largest Cancer Treatment Center
In 1936, Hoxsey established the nation’s largest independent cancer clinic in Dallas, Texas. There he was confronted by a new nemesis, Dallas District Attorney Al Templeton, who continued harassing Hoxsey until Al’s brother Mike Templeton secretly attended Hoxsey’s clinic and was cured of what had been declared an incurable cancer.
Realizing Hoxsey’s methods cured his brother, Al Templeton became Hoxsey’s lawyer! Soon after, Templeton was elected as a district judge in Dallas. Hoxsey finally had friends in high places – locally.
Hoxsey’s assistant, Nurse Mildred Nelson, who later established the Mexico Bio-Medical clinic on Hoxsey’s request, originally came to Dallas to take her mother away from “that quack”. Her mother was cured and Mildred stayed to help Hoxsey.
In 1939, Esquire Magazine hired freelance journalist James Burke to visit Hoxsey’s Dallas cancer clinic and write up an expose’ proving Hoxsey was a quack. After Burke investigated, he was convinced that Hoxsey’s clinic was curing cancer and Hoxsey wasn’t a charlatan.
Burke was impressed with the way Hoxsey personally greeted new patients (“you ain’t gonna get cut up here”) and helped them financially if they were needy and had nowhere to stay in Dallas.
Instead, Burke wrote an article entitled “The Quack Who Cured Cancer” and sent it to Esquire. It was never published. Burke returned from active duty after WW II and went to work for Hoxsey as his press agent.
As Hoxsey expanded his clinics from Dallas into 16 different states, his notoriety became too obvious for Fishbein’s AMA to endure without taking action.
Medical Establishment Push-Back Leads to AMA Disgrace
Fishbein’s biggest media bomb on Hoxsey in 1949 led to his own undoing. He had a nasty hit piece published eagerly by Hearst publications’ Sunday Magazine, available to 20 million readers. The title was “Blood Money.”
It accused Hoxsey of what the AMA had been doing all along and still does, profiting from gullible cancer victims while not delivering cures and worsening health conditions.
Instead of relying on word of mouth, media support from a powerful independent Iowa radio station, and his local friends in high places, Hoxsey attacked Fishbein and Hearst Publications with a well-publicized lawsuit.
Hoxsey’s attorney managed to get the presiding judge to allow testimonies from 50 cured cancer patients who had been treated in Hoxsey clinics.
Hoxsey’s attorney also cross-examined Fishbein into a corner, forcing him to admit the salve worked on skin cancer, that he had flunked anatomy in medical school, and wound up never practicing medicine.
He was simply the AMA’s aggressive administrative head cheerleader hell-bent on ensuring the AMA’s monopoly on cancer treatments. And he reportedly made a lot of money in the process.
Although the judge decreed that Hoxesy’s claims of slander and libel were valid, he allowed a monetary award of only two dollars, ruling that the publicity from Fishbein and the Hearst empire actually benefited Hoxsey’s clinics. But Fishbein’s disgrace had only just begun.
When Fishbein and the AMA tried to overturn that decision, the Supreme Court upheld it. Even better, in 1953, the Fitzgerald report in Congress covered Hoxsey’s herbal medicines and 12 other cancer treatments that were suppressed during that time.
All this negative publicity originally generated by the AMA had backfired. The AMA was now publicly considered a front for monopolizing medical practices. Fishbein was forced to retire from his lengthy tenure as AMA head. Unfortunately, the medical monopoly’s authoritative position has rebounded more than ever.
Enter the FDA
Unfortunately, Hoxsey’s obsessive effort to prove the harmless efficacy of his salve and tonic as well as his clinical setting’s success wound up leading to a tragic end.
Hoxsey demanded independent Congressional hearings to prove his treatments’ merits. Even as an independent MDs panel concluded Hoxsey treatments were better than anything mainstream medicine had to offer, another AMA group of surgeons and radiation therapy specialists declared the independent panel’s findings invalid.
Hoxsey was too much of an effective pest for the medical establishment, which was soon strengthened with the FDA’s newly designated legal police powers.
In 1960, the FDA was called into the fray, padlocking all of Hoxsey clinics in 16 states, even going to patients’ homes and taking their bottles of Hoxsey tonics and disrupting their healing processes.
That’s when Hoxsey had Nurse Nelson go to Tijuana to set up his clinic under a different name, where it remains today as the Bio-Medical Center. When Mildred Nelson passed away, the Hoxsey legacy was taken up by her sister Liz Jones.
Ty Bolinger visited Liz at the Bio-Medical Center in one of his The Truth About Cancer “A Global Quest” video episodes.
San Diego journalist Peter Chowka had a similar Hoxsey assassination mission to James Burke’s after the Bio-Medical Center was established in Mexico and had been taking in patients for a couple of decades.
He went to Tijuana in the 1980s and discovered Hoxsey’s BioMedical Center was a relaxed upbeat clinic for cancer patients with safe and effective treatments and many satisfied customers.
Since then Chowka has been a natural cancer treatment advocate, even eschewing “integrative cancer therapies” in favor of all-natural remedies.
Today, the Bio-Medical Center just across the Mexican border from San Diego has doctors who diagnose with modern equipment. But they prescribe only natural remedies in addition to Hoxsey’s tonics and salves, which include homeopathy, laetrile, Montana Yew extract, and dietary recommendations.
Cancer patients too sick to travel can send a relative or friend to the Tijuana Bio-Medical Center with medical records, which the staff examines to prescribe Hoxsey tonics and dietary guidelines specifically for that patient. Relatives then return to that patient with six months worth of tonics.
Usually, that’s enough to render that patient well enough to travel to the clinic and continue. Here’s an example.
Here are Hoxsey’s basic tonic ingredients which he was forced to disclose by the FDA prior to their raids of his clinics: A solution of cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) and potassium iodide served as a base for the following herbs added according to individual cancer cases:
Poke root (Phytolacca americana); burdock root (Arctium lappa); barberry or berberis root (Berberis vulgaris); buckthorn bark (Rhamnus frangula); Stillingia root (Stillingia sylvatica); and prickly ash bark (Zanthoxylum americanum).
Here’s the BioMedical Website for more information.
You can also view the1986 documentary on Hoxsey’s lengthy saga, Ken Ausubel’s award-winning documentary that now goes by two names: “Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes A Crime” and “Hoxsey: The Quack Who Killed Cancer.”
This documentary was not available on youtube for awhile. Now it is, here.