Penthouse Retrospective

by Gary Null, Leonard Steinman, Terry Leder, Kalev Pehme Originally Published: July, 1980

Cancer Politics – Part Five | 40 Years Ago This Month

A cancer researcher found an early-detection system for cancer, as well as a promising treatment, and was blacklisted by the cancer establishment.

Penthouse Magazine - July, 1980Suppression of New Cancer Therapies: Dr. Lawrence Burton

Early this spring the American Cancer Society decided to share some unusually somber news with the rest of the world. Most of the tests it had glowingly recommended for the early detection of cancer were not working as expected-and a few were not doing any good at all. Independent cancer specialists had found glaring inconsistencies when they evaluated the risks and costs of the tests against the alleged benefits. Hospitals and labs, it seems, were raking in enormous profits from millions of tests that were done unnecessarily on the basis of questionable ACS guidelines. Even more damaging evidence pointed to potential hazards from certain tests themselves. Thousands of women face the ugly prospect of getting breast cancer from a supposedly harmless test that they were led to believe would detect a mammary-gland malignancy before it turned into a palpable lump.

On the first day of spring, in a carefully worded news release issued from its national headquarters in New York City, the ACS admitted that it was scrapping all of its recommendations for tests to detect lung cancer and that it had made drastic changes in the guidelines it had once adamantly defended for detecting uterine, breast, and colon-rectal cancer. What had until that moment been sold to the public as a reliable early-detection system for cancer was revealed to be riddled with defects. It was an unprecedented admission of failure and, in the view of many cancer specialists, long overdue.

ACS’s belated confession of having misled us for so many years would seem to put us back at square one. Except for the work of Dr. Lawrence Burton. Burton is an experimental scientist whose work has long been ridiculed and proscribed by the ACS on behalf of the cancer establishment. But his work now may provide us with one of the most accurate diagnostic tests ever discovered-for early detection of all forms of cancer as well as for monitoring the progress or ineffectuality of treatment, whatever its form or content.

Burton’s work has been virtually driven from public view under the heavy, smiting hand of the cancer establishment, which is antagonistic to anything that might threaten its own conventional and expensive method of cancer treatment.

Burton’s test is the result of a series of scientific discoveries made by him and his colleagues in the course of their experimental work during the sixties. This work showed that certain factors present in the blood are essential for the efficient functioning and cancer-destroying capabilities of the body’s natural immunological system. When these factors are depleted or not in proper quantitative balance with each other, the body’s own cancer-destroying capability is weakened. The result: proliferation of cannibalistic colonies of cancer cells that eventually overwhelm and destroy the body’s immune-defense system. Burton and his colleagues showed how, by augmenting the depleted blood factors and restoring their balance, the body’s immune-defense system can gradually be restored to annihilate the cancer colonies.

The vendetta against Dr. Burton is an example of how the cancer establishment employs its formidable power-to the detriment of all cancer victims against legitimate scientific cancer researchers who will not knuckle under to ironfisted, monolithic control over the cancer field wielded by powerful vested interests. Because the establishment’s leaders and hirelings have a stranglehold on most of the government and private research funding in the United States, they have incredible leverage not only to promote their own economic interests but also to minimize innovations and discoveries not of their own sponsorship.

In effect, scientists and doctors who do not conform to the cancer establishment’s fire-worshipping ways of treatment, their thinking, and their use of prescribed methods face professional tarring and feathering and eventual consignment to professional oblivion by both government superagencies that fund and regulate cancer research and the nongovernmental cancer institutions.

In the Blood

In 1977 Dr. Lawrence Burton, a bearded, pipe-smoking Ph.D., moved his operations from Great Neck, N.Y., to Freeport in the Grand Bahamas in an effort to flee what he had come to regard as a concerted campaign to destroy his work and malign his character and scientific abilities. In the previous ten years, Burton had attempted to gain recognition for his discoveries from such major institutions as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Damon Runyon Memorial Fund, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. These constitute the Pentagon of the cancer establishment in the United States. He also attempted to publish his findings in prominent journals and to gain access to the scientific community. However, he consistently found no support and, in fact, encountered open hostility from them.

Of all the things that should be above petty egotism, you might think pushing a cure for debilatating disease might qualify. Yet Cancer Politics thrives, sadly even 40 years after this article.

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