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A little shameless self-promotion in the service of an important message about Stanislaw Burzynski

Weekends seem to be the time for shameless self-promotion. At least, some weekends are. So, in that tradition, I can’t help but blowing my own horn a bit and urging my readers to head on over to listen to The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, Episode #455, March 29, 2014. There, Bob Blaskiewicz and I are interviewed about Stanislaw Burzynski and what you, as supporters of science-based medicine, can do to counter the efforts of his supporters to pressure the FDA to let children with cancer receive antineoplastons, efforts that are yielding fruit.

Bob Blaskiewicz has set up a Change.org petition Protect Desperate Patients from the Houston Cancer Quack. Bob and I urge you to check it out and sign it.

In the meantime, for those of you in Rep. Darrell Issa’s district, note that I will be in San Diego from April 5 to 9 attending the American Association for Cancer Research Meeting. If there are any skeptics in the San Diego area who would like advice on getting this message to Rep. Issa and/or having a meetup, drop me a line at my e-mail address on our contact page.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

10 replies on “A little shameless self-promotion in the service of an important message about Stanislaw Burzynski”

If there are any skeptics in the San Diego area who would like advice on getting this message to Rep. Issa

The House will be in session, so he’ll presumably be in Washington. Contact information for the district offices is here.

Yikes! Immediately after I signed Bob’s petition, Change.org offered me another petition to consider signing. It’s from Janusz and Mira Nowosad, who are petitioning the Canadian Minister of Health to override Health Canada’s refusal authorize antineoplaston therapy for their daughter.

@Rosie – I got the same thing….these Internet algorithms can be a bit weird (and way too literal sometimes!)

Exactly what you need more of: shameless self promotion. So much for doing good. Let’s just print more self aggrandizing put downs. You can’t take it, doc, but you sure love to dish it out. The mark of an egotist and not a scientist.

Listened to the podcast last night, Orac – good discussion and nice to finally find out what a perspex box of blinky lights sounds like 🙂

@JH, do you have any facts to contribute, or just insults?

Is it just me, or does that sound like Handley?

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