Monday, March 29, 2010

Charles Pixley: a Real American (Written 08/17/98)

Charles Pixley was recently released from a federal prison camp outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His crime? He had made available to the American public knowledge of and access to 714X, a homeopathic camphor compound which is available to the Canadian public and is regarded as a highly successful therapy against cancer. After a lengthy court battle, which left him financially ruined, Pixley was sentenced to nineteen years in federal prison.

Even though he is a medical layman, Pixley's story is similar to that of other scientists and physicians who sought to defeat disease outside the accepted conventions of orthodox medicine. The faces and names change, but the story is the same. A physician, scientist or researcher seeks to develop or make available a treatment for cancer or some other deadly disease. These are sought out by patients who are in the advanced stages of their disease, whose bank accounts have been drained by the medical establishment, and who despair of finding a cure in those realms. As alternatives to the established therapies are presented to them, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sweeps in, seizing research materials, patient lists and all assets in a fit of Gestapo-like fury. Professional and financial ruin and sometimes incarceration are all that is left for those who make treatment alternatives available to the ill.

This was the experience of Charles Pixley. In 1989 microbiologist Gaston Naessens was acquitted of charges in Canada that he contributed to the death of a terminal cancer patient he had introduced to 714X. After that momentous three-year court battle, Naessens' camphor-based compound was made available for legal prescription by the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare. According to Pixley, it has since been used with varying but significant degrees of success by over 100,000 terminal cancer patients without one instance of side effect. It is also inexpensive.

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