March 23, 2010
Dear Burzynski Movie Subscribers,
We have a few things to announce today: the possibility of new legislation introduced by Congress to force oncologists to make patients aware of the existence of FDA-authorized Antineoplaston clinical trials when diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors that are being treated in Phase 2 & 3 clinical trials; news from the Sedona Film Festival; and a way to watch the entire documentary instantly on your computer—or a TV with internet capabilities.
The 2011 Sedona Film Festival was a huge success for this documentary film and for the general public. The first screening on February 21st had nearly 500 people in attendance, ending in a standing ovation and a healthy Q&A session. The second screening on February 23rd was completely sold out. Tim Owen, the Database Consultant for this film festival and dozens more including Sundance, said "In my 14 years of working for film festivals, I have never seen a sold out screening where all ticket holders actually showed up - with another crowd of people waiting on standby in hopes of getting in." The festival managed to squeeze in over a dozen extra seats due to the high demand to see this film.
Patrick Schweiss, the executive director of the Sedona Film Festival, announced at the closing ceremonies "Burzynski was the most requested film of the entire festival."
To our pleasant surprise, a woman whom I'd never previously met—whose niece was cured of a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV brain tumor a few years ago after being treated with Antineoplastons—was in attendance.
Margaret Manning, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor treated by Dr. Burzynski and founder of SettingThemFree.org, a non-profit organization helping to raise money for new Burzynski patients to pay for their treatment (since insurance companies have not yet realized they will save money if they cover this treatment) attended the second screening and participated in a Q&A.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation through this organization (settingthemfree.org) to my cousin's treatment, Domenica Prescott, who has a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV brain tumor, who has started Antineoplaston treatment this week at the Burzynski clinic, click here.
We'd like to thank the Sedona Film Festival and it's warm staff for having the courage to screen this film not once, but twice last week.
We would also like to thank Carrie and Mark of the Cozy Cactus Bed and Breakfast in Sedona for taking us in for free and showing us the warmest of hospitality during this exciting week. If anyone has an interest in visiting Sedona, Arizona you should definitely consider the Cozy Cactus as a place to rest your head, and wake up to an amazing gourmet breakfast while gazing at the gorgeous Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock—right in their back yard. Visit their site here.
A little over a month ago, I personally met with newly elected Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. The meeting was organized by SC resident Randy Hinton, whose daughter died of a DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) brain tumor a few years ago. Randy Hinton has been a staunch supporter of Dr. Burzynski after he later realized that not a single oncologist in the state of South Carolina bothered to inform him that there was another option available to his daughter other than chemotherapy and radiation—after his daughter had already died. That coupled with the fact that a DIPG is essentially incurable with some of the only cures in history being demonstrated exclusively through Burzynski's Antineoplastons FDA clinical trials.
We proposed that his office introduce new legislation making it illegal for any oncologist to not inform any inoperable childhood brain tumor patient of all of the options available to them. Even though Antineoplastons are in FDA-authorized clinical trials, most oncologists refuse to even acknowledge this clinical trial option to their patients. Doing so is highly unethical. Discriminating against one clinical trial option as invalid—is the same as saying all FDA clinical trials are invalid. Not a single drug on the market today made it to public without a series of FDA-authorized clinical trials. An FDA clinical trial—is an FDA clinical trial, yet in regards to this, it seems the Hippocratic Oath is something to be "negotiable" in the eyes of most oncologists.
As we know, there are three PhRMA lobbyists for every single member of Congress in Washington, and the only way Jeff Duncan's office will follow through in introducing this new legislation—much less get it passed—is if "We The People" demand it.
You can email Jeff Duncan's assistant (Jordan Sherer) at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeff Duncan's office directly at (202) 225-5301. Be polite and concise when contacting them. Keep your communication specific. Making giant leaps in the bureaucratic red tape nightmare known as the US Government isn't usually possible, but what is possible is a series baby steps toward a larger change. Introducing new legislation to make it illegal for any oncologist to not inform all newly diagnosed cancer patients of all the FDA-authorized clinical trial options available to them is highly unethical. Again, while we assume the Hippocratic Oath is something that our doctors should adhere to, they all clearly do not. And since this society is one that is governed by laws, a new law needs to be passed to prevent America's oncologists from hiding the whole truth from their patients.
For those who have not yet seen this film, or want to encourage a friend to see it—watching it has just become easier. You can now rent it for a full week for only $2.99 via Amazon Instant Video. Click here to view the entire film instantly. The DVD is also still available—shipping worldwide here.
As promised, we will be publishing a response to the recent Dateline NBC broadcast on Feb 20, 2011 tentatively titled: "Dateline NBC Feb. 20, 2011: A case study of Anecdotal testimony masquerading as scientific journalism."
We will also soon announce the national network TV channel that will be airing this film in it's entirely very soon.
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