Screening Sunday (Mar. 28) at the 8th Annual Garden State Film Festival – always reliable for premiering thought-provoking cinema – is the controversial and compelling documentary “Burzynski,” the story of a physician and PhD biochemist who many believe has discovered the genetic mechanism to cure various human cancers.
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In 1967 Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski discovered gene-targeted cancer medicines he later named Antineoplastons. His research and patient treatment for the past three decades reveals that these peptides, which occur naturally in the blood and urine of healthy humans, target the specific genes that allow cancer to grow and flourish.
This discovery has terrified the pharmaceutical industry – USA Today reported last week that $90 billion is spent annually on cancer care. The film details how the industry has done everything it can, in any way, to quash Dr. Burzynski and his treatment, including two federal trials that would have put him in prison for 290 years. After 10 years of expensive lawyers fighting, he was cleared by two juries and the treatment has successfully finished Phase II trials.
“Burzynski,” directed by Eric Merola, follows the Doctor and his patients and others on an unimaginable 14-year journey and battle to bring his treatment to market.
If Antineoplaston treatment successfully completes Phase III FDA-controlled trials it will be the first time in history a single scientist, not a pharmaceutical company will hold the exclusive patent and distribution rights on a medical breakthrough.
I called Eric to talk about his documentary (more below the film trailer).
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TBP: If what he claims is true, Dr. Burzynski needs a few buildings named after him, to start.
Eric: This is an incredible breakthrough in its infancy. Many documentaries tell hard truths but viewers are left with no way to prove it for themselves.
I presented all the information and testimony and patients cured for 10 or more years in some cases and let the viewers decide for themselves. The film made every effort to prove or disprove what was going on.
We went through every third-party record, some classified and a lot from the Cancer Research Institute. All the sources are wide-open and all the documents will be on the web for everyone to review.
One patient, Jodi, was diagnosed with an inoperable grade III anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor in 2000 and given 18 months to live. Her Los Angeles doctors wanted to put her on Temodar chemotherapy. Instead, she went to Dr. Burzynski and now only scar tissue from the tumor shows up on her MRI.
The end result of this journey is nothing I, or anyone else, could ever have imagined. This issue makes Watergate or the tobacco industry cover-up look like kindergarten pottery classes. The final minutes of the film are shocking and incredible.
TBP: How has Dr. Burzynski survived all this for so long?
Eric: He came here from Poland when he was 24 years old with $20 in his pocket after refusing to join the Communist party. He has a wonderful family and he believes Antineoplastons cure.
TBP: Where does the treatment stand now?
Eric: Phase III trials have not begun. Ideally there are six trials in Phase III and each trial costs $25 million. The federal government usually partially funds trials at this level but, right now, refuses to for this treatment. (end)
Eric, physicians and patients of the Burzynski Clinic will be at the Paramount Theatre for a question and answer session following the 104 minute screening. Decide for yourself.
Complete schedule for the Garden State Film Festival, click here.
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