David Bonello states that
was a legendary hatchet man who ran medicine for nearly 50 years.
Bonello suggests Fishbein destroyed the
careers of many people during his reign of terror. Bonello believes the
damage Fishbein did to the health care system of the time deprived untold
numbers of suffering humans any possible chance at a cure. [
For this article, I have relied heavily on the work of two
Frazier has a fascinating web site A Healed
Planet. Mr. Frazier spent much of his career
in the energy field. From what I gather, he came
across several energy technologies superior to what we have
today. At every turn, he encountered cut-throat
practices determined to keep the superior technologies
suppressed. I sat up and took notice. Every
story from the energy field sounded just like the stories I
have been writing about in the medical field.
stories caused me to think about
American business practices in a profound new way. I
now feel far more cynical about how business is
practiced in this country than I ever imagined possible. In
addition, I have a better idea now the magnitude of the
obstacles we are up against in asking for change in
America's medical industry.
makes it very clear that the problems I am concerned about
like the suppressed cancer cures are merely symptoms of a
far deeper problem. In a business world with
regulatory agencies and laws designed to protect the
American people, powerful businessmen have found ways to
circumvent or handcuff the people charged with enforcing
these protections. Everything Wade Frazier speaks of
sounds like a John Grisham novel where juries are tampered
with, politicians are bribed, and pro-environment judges are
targeted for replacement by 'business-friendly' candidates.
Furthermore, in Frazier-Grisham's world, some businessmen
will stop at nothing to suppress their competition.
start with the proverbial "make them an offer they can't
refuse". If they do refuse, then their lives become a
living hell. Facing corrupt politicians and
enforcement officials, the upstart entrepreneur finds his
business under attack. The problems
begin with Media attacks and harassment from regulatory
officials. If that doesn't work, the problems
seizure of documents, threats, and trials based on trumped
up charges become part of the standard treatment at Stage
Two. If those don't work, then arson, vandalism,
threats against loved ones or even a well-placed bullet come
This kind of
evil corruption is certainly fascinating in a Godfather
or Soprano setting, but Wade Frazier makes it clear
this behavior is real and disturbingly common in the
American business world. We like horror movies because
they aren't 'real'. But Frazier makes a compelling
point that the Godfather series isn't fiction.
offers far too many examples for one to discard his
Conspiracy theories lightly. He spent most of his
career in the energy field. He attempted to promote
cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy systems
such as cold fusion, an invention which would render fossil
fuels obsolete, only to be beaten down time and again. Although he
could never be sure of the identity of his opponents, he
assumed they were likely representing an oil industry
determined to keep their monopoly intact by suppressing
superior energy breakthroughs.
with Empires is they will stop at nothing to maintain their
position on top. As the attempt to unseat them becomes
more threatening, their level of ruthlessness escalates
accordingly. The greater the threat - no matter how
wonderful it might be for the planet or the human race - the
greater the attempt at suppression. However, in
Frazier's opinion, rarely do they resort to violence. While
extreme measures can permanently derail certain free
energy threats, these methods areundertaken sparingly as they
attract too much attention. The
invisible power brokers have learned that a world
unaware of their suppression efforts is their best
Mr. Frazier pains a very
dark picture indeed. Unfortunately, I find myself
agreeing with him far too often.
"The dynamics I have seen in energy I have also seen in
medicine, particularly in the cancer racket. The more
wealth and power vested in any particular industry or
profession, the more ruthlessly it protects itself.
Every industry and profession has an infrastructure
designed to protect itself from competition. How far
they take their defensive strategies, and how far they
can take them, is dependent on how powerful that
industry or profession is. The more concentrated that
wealth and power, the more likely conscious and ruthless
activities to keep the competition at bay will be seen."
- Wade Frazier
I don't envy my
daughter and her generation one bit. I cannot
imagine how they will ever dislodge these cold-blooded
tycoons at the top
who will stop at nothing to stay in power.
About This Article
based most of my story about Morris
Mr. Frazier's excellent analysis of the problems in medicine
Medical Racket. Frazier's analysis of the suppression of alternative
cancer cures dovetails closely to his similar analysis of
the suppression of 'free energy'. While the
environment of our planet continues to spiral downward
thanks to the monopolies that refuse to change to new
technologies, people die of diseases like cancer that could
have been solved long ago.
I then stumbled upon
Murder by Injection, an amazing
treatise on the subject of suppressing
cancer cures. It was written by Eustace
Mullins. Mr. Frazier had mentioned
this book several times, but it took me a
while to realize Frazier had actually based
much of his own article on Mullins' book.
Both men are in total agreement about the
source of the problems in the Medical
You may note while reading that you won't
see a note for the 'source'. There is
a simple explanation - 90% of the
information in the following account is
drawn directly from
Medical Racket and the
Murder by Injection.
And now, let's
take a look at Morris Fishbein. A careful study of his
tactics reveals how our entire medical industry was
originally set on a
dangerous path that resonates just as much today as it did
back in the Twentieth Century.
RA, September 2013
The Story of Morris Fishbein
Make no mistake
about it. Morris Fishbein was a very powerful man.
Morris Fishbein M.D. (1889–1976) was the editor of the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from
1924 to 1950.
Fishbein graduated from Rush Medical School, Chicago,
Illinois. However Fishbein didn't seem interested in
pursuing a medical career. Perhaps that was due
to the fact that he failed Anatomy during medical school.
for only six months, but then refused to go through a two-year internship at an
accredited hospital as was the standard back then.
In fact, Fishbein
was seriously considering a career as a circus acrobat, and was
working part-time as an extra at an opera company
Medicine just didn't seem to be his
calling. However, before he
could act on his plans to leave medicine,
a man named George Simmons recruited him to work at the AMA’s
offices in 1913.
Fishbein would be around medicine and medical people for the
rest of his life, by his own admission, he
never practiced medicine a day in his life.
Fishbein didn't let that small
detail keep him from denouncing chiropractors and alternative
healers at every turn. He made it his mission to save American from
all sorts of dangerous 'Quacks'. Meanwhile he used his
influence to spread the use of cigarettes to unprecedented
controversial throughout his career. He was challenged
in court for anti-trust violations in 1938 and he lost a libel
case in 1949. He was censured by the Fitzgerald Commission
in 1953 for his role in more than
a dozen promising cancer treatments
eradicated by organized medicine.
forced to step down in 1950 after losing the libel trial.
No matter. He left an imprint on the AMA that was so
deep that not a single thing changed once he left.
Dr. Morris Fishbein, , 1937
Simmons is the man who got Fishbein started. Simmons
was quite a character. Simmons came
along right at the turn of the century when the AMA was
getting its act together. In 1899, the AMA hired George Simmons
as the new editor of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical
Association, a medical magazine. (One more time: JAMA stands for
JOURNAL of the AMA)
Wade Frazier, JAMA was a deeply
hypocritical publication. Its primary source of revenue was drug
ads, yet at the same time the ads it ran for “secret ingredient” and
“proprietary” medicines violated the AMA’s code of ethics. In
the 1890s, the AMA came under fire from state boards and other
organizations for its unethical ads.
The AMA was on its way to
becoming a laughingstock.
Simmons showed up in the nick of time to
rescue the AMA.Apparently Simmons had considerable “political abilities.”
By closely aligning itself with the drug industry,
Simmons turned JAMA into a
money machine. Drug ads bankrolled the AMA, especially after
Simmons became involved in 1899.
So what was the
background of this man? An Englishman, Simmons settled in the Midwest in 1870 and began
a journalism career. After several years as editor of the
Nebraska Farmer, Simmons opened a medical practice.
He advertised that he specialized in homeopathy and the "diseases of
Simmons advertised that he received
his training and diploma at Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.
Only one problem - that hospital never issued diplomas. There is no evidence that
Simmons ever received any medical training. Simmons then got a
diploma from Rush Medical School. Only one
problem - there is no evidence that
Simmons ever set foot on the medical school campus. He
apparently received a mail order degree.
to this dubious background, Simmons
fit the profile of the classic "quack",
a man who claims to be a doctor and practices medicine
without proper training. It remains deeply ironic
that the same organization that would spend so much time
witch-hunting so-called "quacks" was led by one. On
the other hand, the cynics would say it takes one to know
Simmons may not
have been much of a doctor, but he was a natural politician.
Simmons organized a Nebraska
chapter of the AMA. Due in part to his
news background, his new AMA ties brought him to the
attention of the main office. In 1899, he was invited to Chicago to take
over the editorship of JAMA. An
ambitious and resourceful man,
Simmons quickly saw that the AMA
was not properly seizing its opportunities.
Simmons decided to fix that.
His first step was to appoint
himself the AMA’s secretary and general manager.
He noticed there was a leadership
vacuum and simply seized the opportunity.
Simmons then found a capable
assistant, a man who had been arrested for embezzlement as
the Secretary of the Kentucky Board of Health, who may have
bought his way to a pardon, and was then encouraged to leave
the state. He became Simmons' right hand man.
began to display his special form of genius. He turned the AMA into a gold mine
by initiating an
'approval racket'. For a price, the AMA gave its "Seal of
Approval" to drugs. Simmons, like a shrewd horse trader,
had a gift for knowing what to charge. He
his price based on how badly a drug company wanted the AMA's
Seal of Approval.It was a form of extortion,
a very effective form at that. Meanwhile, the AMA
engaged in no real research of anything it
bothered to approve.
story concerns a man named Wallace Abbott, founder of Abbott Laboratories. Abbott
refused to knuckle under to Simmons’ blackmail.
the AMA never approved Abbott's drugs. One day, so the story
goes, Abbott went to see Simmons and showed him the
investigative file that he had built on Simmons' "career".
this file, Simmons, the
"specialist of women's diseases", had sex charges brought
on by some of
his patients. There were also charges of negligence in the deaths of
others. That, combined with the fact that Simmons had no
credible medical credentials, caused a sudden change of
heart. Now at JAMA, Abbott's
drugs were suddenly approved for
advertising and, as a courtesy for
his trouble, Abbott did not
have to pay for them.
However, Abbott was the exception.
Most people had no idea how vulnerable Simmons was to
blackmail. Consequently Simmons was soon raking it in hand over fist. JAMA’s advertising
revenue rose from $34,000 per year in 1899 to $89,000 in 1903.
By 1909, JAMA was making $150,000 per year.
Simmons had single-handedly turned this medical journal intoan amazing AMA
cash cow. Doctors were very influential
people, so the guarantee that any JAMA advertisement was
certain to be read by doctors was a valuable bargaining
Simmons was on a
roll. He wasn't going to stop there. Other racketeering strategies involved threatening
firms that advertised anywhere except in the pages of JAMA.
Simmons was ingenious in making JAMA the icon it became,
exerting institutional control over the up and coming industry.
Simmons’ efforts turned the AMA and drug companies into
allies of the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations.
This was no accident. Till Simmons came along, the
doctors in America were loosely aligned at best.
Spread out over 47 states, the doctors had barely begun to
organize on a state level, much less a national level.
Simmons could see Rockefeller's monopolistic tactics fit the
medical industry like a glove. All Simmons had to do was
find a way to organize doctors across the country and he
would have a monopoly of his own. Simmons found an
ingenious way to organize this vast group in one single
stroke - he used his position at the Journal to speak for
everyone. Not that the thousands of doctors gave him
permission; he just assumed the authority.
Of course, there
were some doctors who were appalled at Simmons and his
antics, but the majority were so thrilled at the cash flow
and the influence that Simmons brought to the AMA, they just
looked the other way.
After a decade
of incredible profits, Simmons was
getting a little tired of his hectic schedule. In
1913, he recruited Morris Fishbein,
24, to the AMA offices.
One can assume that Simmons began
grooming the young man to run the office in his absence.
As it turns out, Simmons wanted to enjoy his wealth, not
was a wealthy man indeed. Ruling from
his high and mighty throne at the AMA helm,
Simmons was his own boss. He
began to live the good life during the Roaring Twenties.
downfall was a woman. Simmons had a mistress, a woman
he installed in a luxurious Gold Coast apartment. He
didn't bother to conceal her presence in his life one bit.
Now he wanted to ditch his wife. He became
increasingly cruel in his determination to get rid of her.
Simmons had already
seen every trick under the sun, but there was one he was
especially fond of. He heard a story about a man he
knew who had
gotten rid of his wife by having her
to an insane asylum.This was not such
an unusual procedure during that period; it had happened to
literally hundreds of wives.
Simmons smiled. What a great
As a so-called physician, Simmons had unlimited
access to narcotics. Simmons began to sedate his
wife without her knowing. While she was in her
stupor, he began a game of psychological terrorism
designed to make the woman think she was losing her
mind. Perhaps a beloved brooch would disappear
despite its having been stored safely in her
handbag. Or perhaps a picture would disappear
from the walls of the house and Simmons would blame
his wife for its mysterious disappearance. Her
glasses would be lost and the woman would go frantic
trying to find them.
Simmons would complain someone must have
deliberately moved her belongings, perhaps the
housekeeper. Simmons would counter that this
was nonsense. These lost items were the result
of his wife losing her mind. And then the
missing items would suddenly reappear with the
husband suggesting she was nuts. The goal was
to convince her that she was going insane. If
she became desperate, perhaps this would drive her
to suicide and save him the trouble of committing
his wife proved to be tougher than most victims.
After some months of this treatment, his wife fought
back by filing suit against Simmons. A highly
publicized trial in 1924 ensued. Mrs. Simmons
testified in court that he had tried to have her
framed on a charge of insanity. She contended that
Simmons had given her heavy doses of narcotics,
prescribed on the strength of his "medical
experience" and produced evidence of the
Simmons' horror, he realized the jury was buying her
strategy had backfired
As details of this sensational
trial appeared daily in the paper, the viciousness
of his ploy
ruined Simmons' image.
Having lost all respectability,
Simmons was forced to step
down at the AMA.
As a fascinating
Simmons trial inspired
numerous books and plays.
In fact, this story was the inspiration for Gaslight,
the fascinating film noir starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman
about a husband who plays a series of dirty tricks designed to drive his wife insane.
The Dawn of the Fishbein Era
The one thing
the conservative doctors would not tolerate was scandal.
The disgraceful behavior of Simmons meant he had to go.
However, Simmons didn't go far. He assumed the title
of "general editor emeritus" and made sure the checks would
continue to roll his way in retirement.
protégé, Morris Fishbein,
stepped in to take over the reins. Fishbein, 35,
was more than ready. He would run American medicine with an iron fist for the
next twenty-five years. He would become a household name and a
step was to extend the drug approval racket to food.
For a price, a food
product would garner the AMA's Seal of Acceptance.
in the safety of the product seemed limited to seeing how much money was
in the bank account of the companies seeking AMA approval.
This lack of testing led to some amusing moments.
One time Fishbein was announcing the Seal of Approval
for two tuna companies,
congratulating them for meeting the AMA's
requirements". Meanwhile the FDA was
busy seizing shipments of those very
same tuna brands
because "they consisted in whole or in part of decomposed animal
Fishbein’s first customer for his food approval
racket was Land O’Lakes Butter Company, a company that had been
criminally prosecuted many times for adulterating its product to
hide spoilage and watering it down. To improve its
image, Land O'Lakes widely advertised
its new, AMA-approved status.
The AMA's Seal of Approval racket
for food lasted until the 1940s. Since
it performed virtually no testing on its "approved"
foods, the AMA always teetered on the
verge of damage lawsuits.
In time the
"Food" side of the racket went away, but the "Drug" Seal of Approval racket
more than made up the difference. Only one problem -
Fishbein regularly approved drugs with his Seal of
Approval program that later proved deadly or ruinous to
a new market appeared. Now that the use of anesthesia and antiseptics made
had made Surgery respectable, the
surgeons sought to make surgery into a monopoly.
Ads supporting the advantages of
surgery became a regular feature of each new JAMA issue.
also helped cover up health
disasters. He was directly involved
in the cover-up of an outbreak of amoebic dysentery at the
1933World's Fair held in Chicago.
than spread the news of the danger, his complicity in
the hush job caused many people to contract the disease.The cause of the
outbreak was traced to faulty plumbing at the Congress
no one knew the source for some time.
Rather than suspend the Fair until the
cause could be located,
Fishbein met with a group of Chicago business leaders and
pledged the cooperation of the AMA in holding back any
warnings until the Fair had ended its season. Hundreds of
unsuspecting tourists who visited the World's Fair returned
to their hometowns infected with the terrible illness.
As the disease is very difficult to treat or to cure,
the sickness and consequent suffering would often
linger for years. In addition, they
were able to spread the disease to family members and to the
people of their home town.
his position as editor of JAMA to spread his tentacles far
and wide to create a journalistic network.
the disappearance of Simmons, Fishbein now had a free
hand. From that day on, he made sure that when anyone
mentioned the AMA, they also paid tribute to Morris
Fishbein. He used his
position there to launch a host of private enterprises,
including book publishing, lecturing, and writing
feature newspaper columns.
On a very modest salary of $24,000 a year from the AMA,
Fishbein became the Playboy of the Western World. His
children were supervised by a French governess, while he
commuted weekly to New York to be seen at the Stork Club
and to attend first nights at the theatre.
Fees, kickbacks, awards and other moneys poured into his
coffers in a veritable flood. During his twenty-five
years of power at the AMA, he never lost an opportunity
to advertise and enrich himself. Despite the fact that
he had never practiced medicine a day in his life, he
persuaded King Features Syndicate to sign him on as
daily columnist writing a "medical" commentary which
appeared in over two hundred newspapers. A full page ad
appeared in Editor and Publisher to celebrate his
new venture on March 23, 1940, stating "An authority of
medicine, Dr. Fishbein's name is synonymous with the
‘sterling' stamp on a piece of silver."
Fishbein garnered additional income by having himself
named medical adviser to Look Magazine, the
second largest publication in the United States. In
1935, he had ventured into what was probably his
greatest financial coup, the annual publication of a
massive volume, "the Modern Home Medical Adviser."
The book was written for
him by doctors on consignment, but he wrote the lurid
advertising copy, "Endorsed by doctors everywhere. The
Wealthiest Millionaire Could Not Buy Better Health
Obviously, no doctor anywhere dared to criticize the
Origin of the Medical Monopoly
A Monopoly is said to
exist when a specific person or enterprise is the only
supplier of a particular commodity. Monopolies are characterized by
a lack of economic competition to produce the good or service and a
lack of viable substitute goods.
The verb "monopolize" refers to the process by which a company gains
the ability to raise prices or exclude competitors. When not legally
obliged to do otherwise, monopolies typically maximize their profit
by producing fewer goods and selling them at higher prices than
would be the case for perfect competition.
Although holding a dominant position in a market is often not
illegal in itself, certain examples of behavior can be
considered abusive. A business
will incur legal sanctions when
it uses its dominance unfairly. In many jurisdictions,
competition laws restrict monopolies from abuse of power.
The problem comes when the laws are not
observed or properly enforced.
Incidentally, a 2013 Wall Street Journal
press release says the playing time of the modern form of the board
game Monopoly has been speeded up by eliminating "going to
jail". Call it a sign of the times
Not that it has ever
been all that different.
Morris Fishbein operated in an era where the robber barons
pretty much had their way. Once his mentor Simmons aligned
with the Rockefellers of the world, the power of the AMA began to
rise exponentially. However, Simmons was just the warm-up act.
Morris Fishbein is largely credited with turning cancer
treatment into the racket it is today.
It would be instructive to review some of his tactics. His
most powerful technique was to kill off the competition.
Despite the fact that he had no
inpatient facility until 1946, when he opened a clinic in
Nanuet, New York, Max Gerson
quickly developed a thriving Park
Avenue practice. Using his
affiliation at Gotham Hospital, he
amassed enough data to publish a preliminary report
on the effects of his specialized diet on
cancer in 1945.
He presented his rather remarkable
case histories modestly, concluding that he did not yet have
enough evidence to say whether diet could either influence
the origin of cancer or alter the course of an established
tumor. He claimed only that the diet, which he described in
considerable detail, could favorably affect the patient's
general condition, staving off the consequences of
malignancy and making further treatment possible.
Gerson may have struck an Establishment nerve with his
statement that many physicians use surgery and/or radiation
"without systematic treatment of the patient as a whole".
But it seems more likely that it was his
opposition to tobacco that first drew the wrath of organized
medicine. These were the days when
Philip Morris was the JAMA's major source of
The AMA did not openly attack
Gerson until November 1946. This
came a few months after he testified in support of a
Senate bill to appropriate $100 million
to battle cancer. At hearings before Senator
Claude Pepper's sub-committee in July 1946, Gerson
demonstrated recovered patients who had come to him after
conventional methods could no longer help. Dr. George Miley,
medical director of the 85-bed Gotham Hospital, where Gerson
had treated patients since January, 1946, gave strong
supporting medical testimony.
In a surly editorial response, JAMA
said it was "fortunate" that this Senate appearance received
little newspaper publicity; the AMA was clearly outraged
that Gerson's appearance had become the subject of a
favorable radio commentary, broadcast nationwide by ABC's
Raymond Gram Swing. The JAMA
editorial focused on Gerson, even though it was not Gerson
but rather a lay witnesswho had called Gerson's successes "miracles".
It was this same witness who urged the Senators to
secure their future cancer commission against control by any
existing medical organization.
blasphemy uttered in the presence of the Senators was voiced
by Gerson supporter Dr. Miley.
Miley had the nerve to tell
the Senators that a long-term survey by a well-known and
respected physician showed that those who received no cancer
treatment lived longer than those who received surgery,
radiation or X-ray. Imagine that -
no treatment at all was superior to conventional
methods. Now that is something to ponder.
Morris Fishbein did not attack
Dr. Miley personally. Instead, he
limited himself to intimations of fiscal impropriety in the
Robinson Foundation, which owned Miley's Gotham Hospital,
and to the scandalous revelation that the director of the
section on health education of this Foundation (which was
promoting "an unestablished, somewhat questionable method of
treating cancer") was not an M.D. at all, but a Yale
University professor of economics.
Miley quickly became persona non grata at his hospital.
Compared to Miley's antagonistic
testimony, Gerson was gentle. He
simply concentrated on the
histories of the patients he brought with him and on the
likely mechanisms whereby his diet caused tumor regression
and healing. Only under pressure from Senator Pepper did
Gerson state that about 30% of those he treated showed a
Nonetheless, JAMA devoted two pages
towards undermining Gerson's
integrity (JAMA, 1946). Showing no restraint where Gerson
was concerned, Fishbein, contrary to fact, alleged that
successes with the Gerson diet "were apparently not
susceptible to duplication by most other observers".
also falsely claimed that Gerson had several times refused
to supply the AMA with details of the diet. (Fishbein said
he could provide them in this editorial only because "there
has come to hand through a prospective patient" of Gerson a
diet schedule for his treatment.) Fishbein emphasized,
without comment, Gerson's caution about the use of other
medications, especially anesthetics, because they produced
dangerously strong reactions in the heightened allergic
state of his most responsive patients.
Fishbein attempted to tie together this strange patchwork of
slurs against Gerson and against research supported by
lay-dominated industrial corporations with his accustomed
mastery of innuendo: "The entire performance, including the
financial backing, the promotion and the scientific reports,
has a peculiar effluvium which, to say the least, is
distasteful and, at its worst, creates doubt and suspicion."
(JAMA, 1946, 646).
Through no fault of his own, Gerson was again portrayed
favorably in the news in 1947, when John Gunther, in Death
Be Not Proud, credited Gerson with extending the life of Gunther's son during the boy's ultimately unsuccessful
struggle with brain cancer. Beginning that same year the New
York County Medical Society staged five "investigations" of
Gerson and eventually suspended him for "advertising" his
At this point Gerson's life took on a nightmare quality.
Pepper-Neely bill met defeat and, with it, the hope for
coordinated cancer research free of prior restraints against
investigations of anything other than "established" methods.
In 1949 the AMA Council on Pharmacy
and Chemistry, in a report entitled "Cancer and the Need for
Facts", rehashed material from the earlier editorial, adding
that the Gerson diet was "lacking in essential protein and
fat" and that Gerson's concern about the dangers of
anesthesia was "wholly unfounded and apparently designed to
appeal to the cancer victim already fearful of a surgical
operation which might offer the only effective means for
eradication of the disease".
Without benefit of either a
literature search or new clinical or laboratory research,
the Council labeled as a "false notion" the idea that "diet
has any specific influence on the origin or progress of
cancer". They concluded that "There is no scientific
evidence whatsoever to indicate that modifications in the
dietary intake of food or other nutritional essentials are
of any specific value in the control of cancer."
Undaunted by the
criticism, in the early Fifties,
Gerson submitted five case histories to the NCI
an official investigation. He was told that they would need
25 cases. So Gerson turned around
and promptly supplied 25 cases
complete with full
documentation. That still wasn't good
enough. More than a
year later the NCI demanded 125 case histories, saying that
the 25 they had previously requested were insufficient to
Gerson lost his hospital
affiliation and found that young doctors who wanted to
assist him and learn from him could not do so, for fear of
incurring Society discipline. He was denied malpractice
insurance, because his therapy was not "accepted practice".
ostracized, his once-thriving medical practice was ruined.
At least now he had time to write. So Gerson turned his energies to writing about his
diet, how it worked and why it worked. Here again, he
met obstacles. In 1956, a manuscript for a book
he was writing about his therapy disappeared from his files.
Poof! It just vanished.
At the age of 75, isolated from
medical colleagues and unable to find assistants, Gerson
undertook the work of rewriting the entire manuscript in
order to show "that there is an effective treatment of
cancer, even in advanced cases."
The book was published in 1958.
It was titledA
Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases.
Gerson died of pneumonia the
following year. Gerson was halfway
through his second volume.
While Morris Fishbein was
wiping out cancer cures that he could not monopolize, a San
Diego biologist was developing a microscope that today
stands as one of biology's greatest breakthroughs.
Royal Rife was a
quiet, highly sensitive man who did not handle stress very
well. Fortunately, he had a terrific wife and a
support group of doctors who kept a protective umbrella over
him. This freed Rife to go into the laboratory for
days at a time to explore a world of microbiology never seen
before till his microscope came along.
Royal Rife attempted to find an
electromagnetic means to cure disease. Rife sought a
way to kill the bad tissue while
sparing the good tissue. Rife's
work was so profound that he deserves to stand among
science’s giants. Unfortunately he
would be denied that honor, a sad tale indeed.
Rife was trying to cure tuberculosis by
electromagnetically killing the organism responsible for it.
He needed a microscope that could view the tuberculosis
organism, but such a device did not exist, so Rife conceived
and built his own. He began building his first one in 1917,
and completed it in 1920.
For the next five years, Rife
prepared and viewed about 20,000 tissue specimens, but his
microscope was not powerful enough. He
sometimes had to painfully adjust his microscope for up to
24 hours to get the specimen into focus.
This delay infuriated him. He needed something better.
would assume a medical researcher did not have the skill to
know how to build a microscope. But Rife had always
had an interest in optics. He had earlier spent four
years studying at Zeiss Works in New York to learn how
microscopes were created.
Now his background paid off in an incredible way.
By 1920, Rife had built the world's first microscope
that was strong enough for the him to see a virus.
Rife completed a second
microscope in 1929, and in 1933 a third microscope was
built. By 1933,
after 12 years and five microscopes, he perfected his
technology. Now Rife had constructed the largest and most powerful
of them, which he called his "Universal Microscope." It had
almost 6,000 different parts and could magnify objects
60,000 times their normal size. With this two-foot-tall,
200-pound microscope, Rife became the first to see a live
virus. It has been only until recently
that modern technology has been able to duplicate what Rife
built 80 years ago.
Rife's genius was first introduced
to the public in the San Diego Union newspaper in
1929, and was followed by an article in Popular Science
in 1931. Articles describing his great scientific
breakthroughs appeared in the established scientific press
in for the first time in late 1931 in Science magazine,
as well as California and Western Medicine.
In 1944, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC,
published a detailed article about Rife in their national
journal, with his microscope the focus of it. But what was
also revealed to their readers was
not just a story about Rife's microscope,
but he was able to destroy disease-causing pathogens.
Rife was able to cure cancer
As far back as 1920, Rife had identified a virus that
he believed caused cancer. He called it the "BX virus." He
made over 20,000 unsuccessful attempts to transform normal
cells into tumor cells. He failed until he irradiated the
virus, caught it in a porcelain filter, and injected in into
lab animals. Using this technique, he created 400 tumors in
He began subjecting this virus to different radio
frequencies to see if it was affected by them. He discovered
what he called the "Mortal Oscillatory Rate" (MOR) of the
virus. He successfully cured cancer in his 400 experimental
animals before he decided to run tests on humans.
What Rife was doing was using resonance to kill the virus.
Everything vibrates at different frequencies. If the
resonance is correct, it can be used to shatter, just as a
singer can use vibrations to break a wineglass. By finding the
proper resonance, Rife was able to shatter the virus. This
is why he called it the Mortal Oscillatory Rate.
Rife claims he also discovered the frequencies which
destroyed herpes, polio, spinal meningitis, tetanus,
influenza, and many other dangerous, disease-causing
organisms. All told, there were over 50 infectious diseases
that he apparently discovered cures for.
How did Rife do this? It appears he
used trial and error. He painstakingly obtained the MORS by
slowing turning the dial of the frequency generator while observing
the sample pathogen under his microscope. When a frequency
was discovered that destroyed a particular microorganism,
its dial position was marked. The actual frequencies were
determined later after his experiments. What
Rife did, he apparently did
intuitively and unwittingly. It is doubtful he
completely understood the theoretical method he utilized.
Rife was so far ahead of his time that no theory
what he was doing.
totally alone at the pinnacle of science. If his work
had not been destroyed, today we would place him in the
pantheon of great scientific heroes.
Famous USC Experiment
In the summer of 1934, one of Rife's closest friends, Dr.
Milbank Johnson, along with the University of Southern
California, appointed a Special Medical Research Committee
to bring 16 terminally cancer patients from Pasadena County
Hospital to Rife's San Diego Laboratory and clinic for
The team included doctors and
pathologists assigned to examine the patients - if they were
still alive - after 90 days. Some
of thescientists and doctors Rife
worked with were: E.C. Rosenow, Sr. (longtime Chief of
Bacteriology, Mayo Clinic); Arthur Kendall (Director,
Northwestern Medical School); Dr. George Dock; Alvin Foord
(pathologist); Rufus Klein-Schmidt (President of USC); R.T.
Hamer (Superintendent, Paradise Valley Sanitarium); Whalen
Morrison (Chief Surgeon, Santa Fe Railway); George Fischer (Childrens
Hospital, N.Y.); Edward Kopps (Metabolic Clinic, La Jolla);
Karl Meyer (Hooper Foundation, S.F.); and M. Zite (Chicago
This list names
some of the most important medical personalities from
California in the 1930s. There is simply no way men of
this prestige would allow themselves to be fooled or
manipulated by this test. Dr. Johnson had assembled
this All-Star team specifically so no one would dare
challenge the results of the test as certified by these
At first, the patients were given three minutes of the
appropriate frequency every day. The treatment consisted of
the patients standing next to one of Rife's generators,
which irradiated them. It was much the same as standing in
front of a large fluorescent light. The researchers soon
learned this was too much of the treatment. Suspecting the
human body needed more time to dispose of the dead toxins,
they reduced the time to three minutes every third day.
After the 90 days of treatment, the committee concluded that
14 of the patients had been completely cured. After the
treatment was adjusted, the remaining two of the patients
responded within the next four weeks. The total recovery
rate using Rife's technology was 100%. The treatment was
painless, and the side effects minimal, if any.
Although the microscopes were
expensive, the operating cost was
nothing more than a little
considers thattoday's cost of treating a cancer patient
averages $100,000 and can run up to
300,000 per person,
it doesn't take much imagination to see that kind of money
would have disappeared had Rife's instrument been allowed to
Rife wrote in 1953, "Sixteen cases were treated at the
clinic for many types of malignancy. After three months, 14
of these so-called hopeless cases were signed off as
clinically cured by the staff of five medical doctors and
Dr. Alvin G. Foord, M.D., pathologist for the group."
What is missing
here is that Rife extended his test and cured the remaining
two patients as well. 16 of 16 cancer patients were
totally healed. This was an incredible breakthrough.
Now it was time to go into business.
In 1937 Rife and some colleagues established a company
called Beam Ray. They manufactured fourteen of Rife's
As the reader
has already guessed, Rife's technology was suppressed.
However it is not necessary to speculate on how effective
this treatment would have been. Apparently at least
two doctors - James Couche and Richard Hamer - used the
machines extensively until forced to quit.
Dr. James Couche, a close friend
of Rife, used one of Rife's machines
on the sly long after the AMA had
banned it. Couche reported he had
great success for 22 years with the Rife
instrument. If the reader is curious, there is a
marvelous page that contains one miraculous anecdote
after another about
what the Rife Frequency Instrument could accomplish.
Note: If the reader is too busy to visit the story
of Dr. Couche, I will simply share my own reaction. I
was beyond infuriated to read these remarkable stories
knowing that a monster like Morris Fishbein deprived the
human race of this incredible invention.
Comes Mr. Morris
One day, to the everlasting
misfortune of our nation, Morris
Fishbein heard about Rife's frequency machine.
Hamer was the superintendent of Paradise Valley Sanitarium
in the San Diego area. His friend Dr. James Couche had
cured Dr. Hamer of a sinus condition using the Rife
treatment. Hamer was so impressed that he asked Dr. Couche
permission to have a machine put in the main ward of the
hospital. Now that the machine was located in the midst of a
large number of people, treatments were given to the room
every day. A technician was hired and spent the day
zapping one patient after another.
One day, Hamer
Couche, I am astonished. All those old chronic colitis
cases and other things that we had there that were in
there for a long time were miraculously cured. I
just never saw anything in my life like it.
there was just one problem. When we began cleaning
up all these old chronics in the hospital, the doctors
whose patients they were got very much incensed about
it. They ordered me to have the machine taken out of the
building or they wouldn’t send any more patients there.
In a sense that was their meal tickets.
So I quit
and took the machine with me."
running forty cases a day through his
private San Diego clinic.
The results were miraculous.One of Hamer's patients was an elderly man from
Chicago who was in his eighties.
His face looked like
hamburger meat.He had skin cancer on his face and neck. He had
already lost the lower half of one eyelid, the lower lobe of
one ear, and the cancer was eradicating other facial features.
Hamer put the machine to work.
After six months of treatment at Hamer's clinic, the
man had only a small black spot on the side of his head, and
even that was about to fall off.
The man returned to Chicago with skin as smooth as a baby's
Milbank Johnson was
still in the process of gathering
enough clinical evidence to prove beyond any doubt that
Rife's treatment worked. Johnson
had a premonition that something bad might happen to Rife
and his machine. It was better to stay under the radar
till the power of the treatment had been established beyond
doubt. Johnson and his
team had warned all doctors to keep their patients
quiet about their treatment. Unfortunately,
once the old man returned to Chicago,
no one could not control what he said.
The elderly manwas ecstatic. He could not believe what
had happened... nor could anyone who had seen him before the
treatment. This man simply could not remain
quiet about his miraculous cure. Soon,
his audacious claims came to the attention of
Chicago-based Morris Fishbein.
Fishbein heard of the man's miracle cure and invited him to
his office. The old man
sensed danger. He became
reticent about discussing his
cure, but Fishbein eventually pried the information out of him
that a certain Dr. Hamer in San Diego had cured him.
This took place in 1938.
curious. He smelled both trouble and opportunity. Through his
agents in Los Angeles, Fishbein approached
the Beam Ray
company and tried buying into the company.
However, their offer was rebuffed. Fishbein's
agents accurately guessed that Philip Hoyland was the
weak link, so Fishbein
ordered his agents to go after
(Note: this story is covered in much greater detail
in Chapter Four)
After Beam Ray rejected the AMA's
offer, the AMA bankrolled a lawsuit by Hoyland
in an attempt to seize
the company. The lawsuit would be considered a frivolous one
today. Hoyland would have never waged it if not goaded
and bankrolled by the AMA. Nevertheless,
the lawsuit led to a trial and the
AMA sent down a crack team of lawyers to prosecute.
If Fishbein and his pals could not
own the Rife device, they would destroy it.
The first step was to stop further manufacture of the rare
and quite delicate machine. The trial was
nonsense, but it did the trick. Unfortunately,
the legal bills bankrupted Beam Ray, and it closed down.
The trial of 1939
had put an end to the proper scientific investigation of Rife's
Fishbein had to do was use his
power within the AMA to halt any further investigation of
Rife's work. This meant pressuring
doctors to quit using the few remaining machines.
There were only about 20 in existence.
They quickly hunted down
all the doctors using the device. Everybody was threatened
with losing their license if they kept using the Rife
So what happened to all of those
Southern California doctors who
had supported Rife? After seeing
how Rife was crucified during the big trial in 1939,
most of them went scurrying for shelter.
Soon they were denying they ever knew him.
Arthur Kendall, who had worked
closely with Rife on the cancer virus,
accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars to suddenly
"retire" in Mexico. This was a huge amount of money during
the Depression. Dr. George Dock was silenced with an
enormous grant, along with the highest honors the AMA could
In the end, everyone except Dr. Couche and Dr. Milbank Johnson
gave up Rife's work and went back to prescribing drugs.
was one of those doctors faced with the decision. In
the words of Dr. James Couche describing Hamer:
those doctors chewed him out at the Sanitarium, Hamer took the machine to
his own office. He began getting a great many patients
and he was getting quite well known and he got very
the 1939 trial and now the medical society got word of Hamer
using it. They notified him that if he didn’t give
up the machine he would have to get out of the medical
society as it hadn’t been authorized by the AMA.
Hamer had the choice of either running the machine or
getting out of the medical society. Hamer thought he
might deteriorate his license if he stayed with the
machine as it wasn’t orthodoxed by the AMA. Hamer
knew he would have a fight on his hands. He didn’t want
to face the medical profession that way and jeopardize
his own certificate and so he decided to give up the
machine. Of course his practice faded away."
The next step
was to make sure no publications would touch material
dealing with Royal Rife. The medical journals, supported
almost entirely by drug company advertising revenues and
controlled by the AMA, refused to publish any paper by
anyone on Rife's therapy. Generations of medical students
graduated without hearing of Rife's breakthroughs in
And what happened to Rife's decades of meticulous evidence
of his work, including film and stop-motion photographs?
Parts of his instruments, photographs, film, and written
records were stolen from his lab. No one knows who was
behind it. No one was never caught.
While Rife attempted to reproduce his missing data, his
virus microscopes were vandalized. Pieces of his Universal
Microscope were stolen. Earlier, arson had destroyed the
multi-million dollar Burnett Lab in New Jersey, just as the
scientists there were preparing to announce confirmation of
The last blow came when
police illegally confiscated the remainder of Rife's 50
years of research.
And what about
Royal Rife? The trial shattered him the same way his
machine shattered viruses.
It is important
to note that while Rife was an incredible genius, he also
lived an extremely sheltered life. Spending vast
amounts of time peering into a microscope, Rife never
developed the emotional shields to criticism and stress that
are necessary to cope with daily life. In an odd
sense, Rife was little more than a bubble boy when it came
to dealing with the harsh tactics of cut-throats like Morris
Rife was subpoenaed in 1939.Rife had never been in a
courtroom before. He was shocked as
the AMA attorney tore into him on the witness stand
in a way that Rife had never experienced. Rife
began shaking violently with a case of nerves. Rife's
doctor suggested that he take a stiff
drink to calm his nerves. The drink
worked. So the next time his nerves acted up, Rife had
another drink... or maybe two. Over a four month period, Rife
became an alcoholic.
The brutal realities of America's
legal system were too much for Rife's
mental constitution. Not
only did the trial stop Beam Ray in its tracks,
the pressure destroyed Rife as
Rife was a
genius, but he was a fragile genius. Rife was not even
remotely tough enough to withstand the pressure of
interrogation. Rife became
completely unglued. Unable to cope with the savage
and unfair attacks in court, he crumbled, turned to alcohol,
and turned into a basket case.
now spend the final third
of his life as an alcoholic. His
creative days came to an abrupt end.
There are other
peculiar rumors about this story. There were two
quality "electronic medicine research labs"
in America capable of manufacturing
Rife's complex microscope and frequency machine. One
was Beam Ray and the other was the Burnett Lab in New
prior to the AMA-funded attack on Rife, Burnett
burned to the ground in New Jersey.
This took place at the exact time that
the New Jersey
lab's owners were visiting Rife's lab in California.
These men had come to discuss manufacturing Rife's devices
on the East Coast. One will of course note the timing
points to arson.
now that the Jersey lab was gone and the Beam Ray
company went bankrupt, there were no other places remaining
to build Rife's complicated and quite sensitive machines.
A new facility would have to be built from the ground up.
However, with a Depression and a looming World War, fat chance of
that any time soon.
operatives went about destroying the machines.
One example came when a
new technician in Rife's lab stole one of the quartz prisms from
Rife's microscope, rendering it inoperable.
Then they went
after the doctors. They even took down, Dr. Couche,
loyal supporter. Couche defied the AMA and
continued using Rife's frequency device
for 22 years until the 1950s.
That is when they revoked his license
and seized his machine. That
is when his career ended.
During the early
Forties, there were still people who knew of Rife's
reputation. One of these people was Dr. Raymond
Seidel. In June of 1942, Seidel wrote to Rife with questions
about the Universal Microscope. Seidel was preparing
an extensive article Seidel for the Franklin Institute
and later the Smithsonian. In 1944,
Dr. Seidel published a description of Rife's microscope in the
knew that Rife was being censored, but
took a chance and ran the censorship gauntlet
As we now know,
it is a good thing that Seidel did take that chance because this
was the article that would bring Rife's story back to life 30 years later.
In the Smithsonian, Seidel
described how the cancer virus "may be observed to succumb
when exposed to certain lethal frequencies." That public
exposure made somebody irate. Just
as soon as the article was
published, Seidel became aware that somebody was following
his car. To his shock,one night a
bullet crashed through his windshield,
barely missing him. Deeply
shaken, Seidel got the message. Seidel never
spoke publicly of Rife again.
Dr. Milbank Johnson
Royal Rife had
one last hope. Dr. Milbank Johnson was
Rife's greatest supporter.
Furthermore, Johnson wasn't afraid of Fishbein. As the
President of the Los Angeles Medical Society and
well-connected politically, Dr. Milbank Johnson was a very
powerful man in his own right. Johnson was wealthy,
influential and well-respected. He was a very big man in
the California medical community, the biggest in Los Angeles.
not intimidated by Fishbein's
tactics. In California, Dr.
Johnson had more clout than Morris Fishbein. Dr.
Johnson was one of those doctors
who made a real difference. He
had spent his career watching the
suffering of countless patients.
this point, Dr. Johnson had all the money,
glory and prestige he wanted. Saying he would gladly
trade it all to cure cancer, Dr. Johnson had
dedicated his life to discovering a cure for cancer.
Once he met Royal Rife, Dr. Johnson was convinced he had
found the answer to his prayers.
Dr. Johnson could not seem to affect the train wreck caused
by the 1939 trial. No one could have predicted that
Rife would suddenly fall to pieces or the business would go
bankrupt. But Dr. Johnson was smart enough to know
that there was still hope. Johnson wasn't going to
give up easily. He was made of sterner stuff than his
friend Roy Rife.
Fishbein and his buddies tried
wiping out the Rife frequency device and discrediting Rife's
research, Johnson began a campaign to
Rife's device the recognition it deserved.
As leader of the counter-attack, Johnson continued to amass data.
He also got
local legal and medical
Then, just as Johnson was
on the brink of making a very public announcement about Rife's device,
he suddenly took ill in 1944.
Nothing seemed to help. Johnson died
a rapid death.
His death raised
many unanswered questions. The
timing of his death was suspicious as was the cause of his
In the late 1950s and early
1960s, two federal inspectors examined Johnson's hospital
records. They concluded that he was likely poisoned.
Was this a mob-style hit? Quite possibly.
Cancer Cure that Worked,
triumph was complete. Royal Rife never
recovered from the 1939 trial.
For the final 30 years of his life, Royal
Rife was a ruined man, a pathetic
shell of his former self.
Texas oilman Harry Hoxsey
(1901-1974) made a deathbed
pledge to his father to distribute a family remedy discovered by
one of their horses, a remedy that cured cancer. It
was an herbal
remedy. The Hoxsey method treated tens of thousands of American
patients during the 1920s and 1930s.
Harry Hoxsey was
a colorful figure indeed. Born near Auburn, Illinois,
he was the youngest of twelve children.
At an early age he began assisting his father, the
owner of a livery stable and a veterinary surgeon.
At the age of fifteen Hoxsey
quit school and began work as a coal miner, later selling
insurance and working at other jobs. He completed a high
school correspondence course by studying at night for three
years. At some point, he also
became an oilman.
According to Hoxsey's autobiography, his family's healing
saga began in 1840 when Illinois horse breeder John Hoxsey,
his great-grandfather, watched a favorite stallion recover
from a cancerous lesion on his leg. Put out to pasture to
die, the horse grazed repeatedly on a clump of shrubs and
flowering plants and healed itself.
Experimenting on samples of these
plants, John Hoxsey concocted an herbal liquid, a salve, and
a powder. He used these medications to treat cancer,
fistula, and sores in horses with such success that breeders
brought their prize animals from as far away as Indiana and
The herbal formulas were handed down within the
family, and Harry's father, John, a veterinary
surgeon, began surreptitiously treating human cancer
patients with success.
From the age of eight, Harry
Hoxsey served as his father's
trusted assistant. His autobiography describes
several individuals in whose treatment he assisted.
The book also includes a dramatic account of
at age17 received the
formula from his father. As
his father lay on his
deathbed, his father handed him
the family treasure.
father's dying words, "Now you have the
power to heal the sick and save lives."
Quack or Healer?
The problem Hoxsey always faced
was that he looked
and acted like a classic “quack.”
example the story of his father handing him the cure
on the deathbed. Unfortunately, although this
makes for a great tale, none of this can be
verified. Although the story may indeed be
true, we have to take Hoxsey's word for it.
When it comes to medicine which is basically a life
and death business, people are reluctant to take
someone's word for anything. The stakes are
had several obstacles to overcome.
major problem was the mysterious origin
of his cure. His second problem was his
lack of education. He was not only a high
school drop-out, he had no medical training to speak
of. Nor did he have any experience
working in any
medical capacity. One day he simply appeared
out of nowhere with this magic cure and began
healing people. Anyone with a brain should
have been skeptical.
was a talker and a born salesman. Although
people liked his outgoing ways, he wasn't what you
would call 'the doctor type'. Not by a long
shot. Doctors are typically buttoned-down,
cautious men by nature. Hoxsey on the other
hand was born to tell a yarn in a
colorful folksy way that people might be tempted to
label 'BS'. Therefore, in some ways, Hoxsey's
bold personality worked against him. Not only
did Hoxsey lack any medical explanation for why his
cure worked, he was obviously a snake charmer to
despite his gift of gab, Hoxsey never claimedthat he had developed his
remedy himself. He
told anyone who asked he was merely passing on a family tradition and making
it available to humanity.
even here Hoxsey had a problem. The herbs in
the Hoxsey formula were said to be licorice, red
clover, burdock root, Stillingia root, barberry,
Cascara, prickly ash bark, and buckthorn bark.
Unfortunately, a similar formula was listed in the
United States National Formulary. Known as
"Compound Fluid Extract of Trifolium," this
concoction was first described in 1898 in the King's
American Dispensatory. Interesting
words, Hoxsey surely appeared to Fishbein as obvious
prey. Unlike the extensive medical credentials
of a Max Gerson or the unquestioned scientific
genius of a Royal Rife, this Hoxsey guy had quack
written all over him. Fishbein sensed an easy
Was Hoxsey a charlatan? Maybe. Or maybe not.
Take a look at this picture.
At age 23, Hoxsey opened his first clinic in early
1924. He experienced immediate and spectacular results.
One doctor was very impressed.
This doctor arranged to have Hoxsey treat a Chicago policeman
named Thomas Mannix.
was down to his last gasp. He had
terminal cancer and was being given only a few weeks to live.
doctors were using the dying
policeman as a human guinea pig.
They wanted to know if Hoxsey’s
treatment was toxic. The doctor
who arranged the trial was not expecting the policeman to
improve, as he had already been subjected to surgery and
radiation which had accomplished nothing.
his condition was rapidly deteriorating,
he had nothing to lose.
As his perpetual frown suggests,
Mannix knew he had one foot in the grave.
wasn't quite so pessimistic. He felt that his treatment could cure the man.
pictures confirm, the
results were startling.
Comes Mr. Morris
As news of the Chicago cop's miraculous recovery
reached the Chicago offices of the AMA, Morris
Fishbein decided to investigate. Something
must have intrigued him because,
Fishbein used an agent to offer to buy the rights to Hoxsey’s
herbal cancer remedy.
Malcolm Harris, an eminent Chicago surgeon and later
president of the AMA, had offered to buy out the
Hoxsey anticancer tonic after watching Hoxsey
successfully treat a terminal patient. Hoxsey would
get 10 percent of the profits, according to the
offer, but only after ten years. The AMA would set
the fees, keep all the profits for the first nine
years, then reap 90 percent of the profits from the
tenth year on. The alleged offer would have given
all control to a group of doctors including AMA boss
Dr. Morris Fishbein.
completely denies this ever happened, so we are left
to rely on Hoxsey's account. Hoxsey said the sticking point in negotiations related to the
deathbed pledge that Hoxsey made to his father: people would get
the treatment regardless of their ability to pay.
Hoxsey had made sure to honor his
father's dying wish. Consequently he had
treated countless patients for free over the years.Hoxsey made it clear this
was a non-negotiable issue.
The response of Fishbein and his pals
was thatonce they bought it,
they would charge whatever they wanted for the cure. That ended negotiations
and set the stage for a
vendetta against Hoxsey. The ensuing
fight led by Fishbein
would last for 25 years.
first opened a clinic in Taylorville, Illinois, in
1924, but faced constant harassment. There
were numerous arrests for practicing medicine
without a license, as well as hostile encounters
with the American Medical Association (AMA).
Finally Hoxsey gave up and moved to Dallas.
The further Hoxsey could get from Chicago, the
9, 1936, Hoxsey opened a cancer clinic at the Spann
Sanatorium in Dallas. He soon established another
clinic downtown. But he had not left controversy
behind. His reputation as a quack followed him
to Big D.
By Hoxsey's own estimate, between 1937 and
1939 he faced over one hundred charges of practicing
medicine without a license.
The constant harassment
Hoxsey mad with fury. Hoxsey fought back with every resource
he had. The Hoxsey-Fishbein vendetta became a brutal
knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish.
first, Fishbein clearly had the upper hand.
was arrested more times than any person in medical
history. But no charge could stick because no
cancer patient ever testified against him. On the
contrary, his patients would gather at the jail in a
show of support and hasten his release. Hoxsey
avoided jail time in different ways. Sometimes
he would just get it over with by paying fines.
Other times he would appeal
decisions. Hoxsey spent a lot of time in court
over the years.
helped immensely that Hoxsey came from a
hardscrabble beginning where he learned to fend for
himself. Hoxsey was a very resilient man.
Born with a flamboyant personality, he almost
thrived on the controversy and enjoyed being in the
thing that helped was his natural affability.
Once he came to Texas, he made friends easily.
People in Texas like big talkers. Soon enough, Hoxsey had friends in all sort of
places. Senators, judges, and even some doctors
endorsed his anticancer treatment. Although
the colorful, gregarious healer fit the stereotyped
image of a quack to a T, legions of supporters
rallied behind him, saying they owed their lives
and continued well-being to Harry Hoxsey.
and frustrated at their inability to shut Hoxsey down, finally the
1940s Dallas district attorney's office stopped
bringing cases against him. Now
Fishbein had lost his favorite tool. Fishbein
decided the next best step was to discredit Hoxsey.
He resorted to JAMA and the mainstream press to attack Hoxsey.
As it turned out, this
move that would mark Fishbein's downfall. Fishbein
didn't know it, but he had overplayed his hand.
David Versus Goliath
Morris Fishbein, longtime editor of the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA), wrote an
attack on Hoxsey that was published in the Hearst
paper Sunday magazine supplement. That morning
20 million people read the piece entitled "Blood
Money." Fishbein, the influential "voice of American
medicine," had portrayed Hoxsey as a malevolent
charlatan. He also repeated many of the
unsubstantiated charges that he had been printing
for years in JAMA. He said Hoxsey's cure was
worthless and cured nothing.
mistake. No one knows how to prove a cure does
work, but for that matter, how does one prove a cure
Hoxsey sued Fishbein and the Hearst newspaper empire
for libel and slander. From Fishbein's
perspective, the trial got off to a bad start when
the judge allowed fifty of Hoxsey's patients
testified on his behalf. Typically in these
kind of trials, the lawyers do everything in their
power to disallow patient testimony.
However the biggest mistake was allowing Fishbein
Hoxsey's lawyer trapped Fishbein into making astonishing admissions.
Under oath, Fishbein was forced to admit that he had failed anatomy in medical
school. Then he was forced to admit he had never treated a patient or practiced
a day of medicine in his entire career.
more shocking, Fishbein admitted in court that
Hoxsey's supposedly "brutal" pastes actually did
cure external cancer. Unbelievable.
One can imagine how
Fishbein seethed and burned at getting a taste of his own
medicine. The leading Quack chaser in American
History was being forced to eat his words by a man
he considered the worst charlatan he had
The reporters gasped. The mighty
Morris Fishbein was coming unglued on the
stand. At the
start of the trial, it had seemed a hopeless David
versus Goliath contest. Now to amazement of many,
Hoxsey was winning.
Sure enough, the verdict went to Hoxsey. The
judge found Fishbein's
statements to be "false, slanderous and libelous." Although his monetary award was just two
dollars, Hoxsey had achieved a stunning moral victory.
The leader of America's "quack attack" was now on
the defensive. Every single one of Fishbein's
many enemies stepped forward. Critics charged the AMA with being a
doctor's trade union which used unscrupulous national medical
policy to further its own selfish interests.
In a lawsuit, the
United States Supreme Court agreed that the AMA had
conspired in restraint of trade.
Fishbein was forced to resign. Fishbein was no
longer calling the shots.
The 1953 Fitzgerald Report
years after Fishbein's fall came
another blow. The son of Senator Charles
Tobey had developed cancer. He was given less
than two years to live by orthodox medicine.
However, Tobey Jr., discovered options in the
alternative field, received alternative treatment
and fully recovered from his cancerous condition.
During his treatment, the younger Tobey learned of
the alleged conspiratorial practices on the part of
orthodox medicine. He passed the word to his father
who initiated an investigation.
Congressman Charles Tobey enlisted Benedict
Fitzgerald, an investigator for the Interstate
Commerce Commission, to investigate allegations of
conspiracy and monopolistic practices on the part of
orthodox medicine. The final report clearly
indicated there was indeed a conspiracy to
monopolize the medical and drug industry and to
eliminate alternative options.
In 1953, the Fitzgerald Report, commissioned by a
United States Senate committee, concluded that
organized medicine had "conspired" to suppress the
Hoxsey therapy and at least a dozen other promising
cancer treatments. The proponents of these
unconventional methods were mostly respected doctors
and scientists who had developed nutritional or
Report pointed out that panels of surgeons and
radiation therapists had dismissed these therapies
as 'quackery', and now these promising treatments
were banned without a serious investigation.
to date should convince this committee that a
conspiracy does exist to stop the free flow and
use of drugs in interstate commerce which
allegedly has solid therapeutic value. Public
and private funds have been thrown around like
confetti at a country fair to close up and
destroy clinics, hospitals, and scientific
research laboratories which do not conform to
the viewpoint of medical associations."
Benedict F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Special
Counsel, US Senate Committee on Interstate and
Foreign Commerce, 1953
this Report accomplished anything. Every one
of those so-called quack therapies cited in the
Fitzgerald Report remain on the American Cancer
Society's blacklist of "Unproven Methods of Cancer
Management" to this day.
at the time, it seems like the clouds were finally
clearing. A new day was at hand, a time when
alternative medical practitioners could finally take
a shot at curing cancer without the corrupt
interference of the AMA and its FDA strongarm.
was feeling very optimistic.
By this time, the Hoxsey clinic in Dallas had 12,000
patients. Thanks to the publicity from the
trial, Harry Hoxsey was so famous he was contemplating running
for governor of Texas. This post that would enable him
to appoint the state medical board and thereby get
an impartial investigation into his therapy. Hordes
of Hoxsey's patients flooded Washington, D.C.,
demanding medical freedom of choice. Hoxsey
even threatened to picket the White House with 25,000
the high point in Hoxsey's career. He had
organized medicine on its heels. However, the
Fishbein trial would prove to be Hoxsey's last
hurrah. Hoxsey was now Public Enemy Number One
and Spartacus all rolled into one. A
inexpensive therapy with the potential to help
cancer sufferers could not be allowed to spread
mounted a massive legal counterattack both in legal
courts and in the court of public opinion. The AMA
brought in its Big Gun, the FDA, and nailed Hoxsey
on violations of Interstate Commerce.
The FDA imposes sanitation requirements on
interstate travel and is charged with preventing the
spread of disease in all products - vegetables,
meats, drugs, etc. The FDA has the right to
criminally investigate fraudulent claims regarding
willfully shipping known adulterated goods across
state lines. The FDA can take action against the
interstate marketing of any drug in which the
"standard of strength, quality, or purity" of the
active ingredient is not stated clearly on the
The FDA claimed Hoxsey was allowing his "untested,
potentially unsafe drug" to cross state lines to his
various clinics in the different states without
legal permission. That
violated Interstate Commerce laws.
One day in 1960
the feds put locks on the doors of every one of Hoxsey's 17 clinics. They
shut him down cold and he was never able to rally.
There was no way he could mount a legal
fight in 17 different states at once.
Hoxsey was like King Kong trying to futilely swat
away those planes shooting him down. Hoxsey fought
as hard as he could, but he seemed to have an entire
army of opponents taking shots at him.
Hoxsey ultimately lost the fight. His one-time
highly successful Dallas clinic was forced to close
its doors in 1960. His
successors opened a clinic in Tijuana,
But as for Hoxsey, it was over for him.
He gave up. Hoxsey chose to stay in
Dallas and devote his attention to the oil
business. In 1967 he developed
prostate cancer and spent his last seven
years as an invalid, dying in isolation,
nearly forgotten. It was darkly ironic
that he was unable to cure his own cancer.
Hoxsey was buried in late December 1974
without any obituary or tribute in the
Morris Fishbein and the Quack
Although Morris Fishbein never practiced a day of
medicine in his life, that never stopped him from
leading his “war on quacks.” Royal Rife,
Max Gerson, and Harry Hoxsey all died as lonely,
discredited broken men. But these three men
were just some of the trophies. Fishbein had
plenty of other kills as well.
Some of his favorite attacks were reserved for
chiropractors. From his post as editor and secretary
of the American Medical Association, his
anti-chiropractic writings, speeches and political
activities had a profound effect on the profession's
Because Fishbein was the foremost medical
politician of the time, he was perceived as a
multi-faceted author on public health issues.
credibility was high across large sections of the
population and in most social institutions.
Fishbein's opposition undoubtedly helped keep the
chiropractic profession limited to caring for a small percentage
of the population. Chiropractors
were forced to devise survival strategies to combat
the negative images that
continue to influence the profession even today.
But chiropractors were just small game to Fishbein.
Fishbein's favorite targets were undoubtedly the
Anyone who didn't play ball with Fishbein ended up
on his Quack List. Fishbein led a war on "quackery"
throughout the 1940s. Eventually the AMA's "quack"
files would include over 300,000 names.
Hoxsey, Rife and Gerson were far from the only
cancer treatment pioneers wiped out by Fishbein and
his boys. There were others as well. Dinshah
Ghadiali was a gifted scientist who rubbed shoulders
with Edison and Tesla. He came to America from India
in the 1890s, believing the "land of the free"
propaganda and the Horatio Alger tales.
In the 1920s, Ghadiali developed and used with great
success what he called "Spectro-Chrome Therapy". It
was simply healing by subjecting people to light waves. In
certain respects, it was very similar Royal Rife's
Ghadiali had the distinction of being Fishbein's
first major victim.
The moment Fishbein came into
power, he attacked Ghadiali in the JAMA January 24,
1924 issue. From there, Fishbein
would lead the attack that saw Ghadiali put on
trial eight separate times.
would eventually spend eighteen months in
prison.In a pattern that
now seems familiar, a 1945 fire
of mysterious origin destroyed Ghadiali's main research building
just before an important trial. After
the fire had
eliminated most of the evidence that he could defend himself
with, Ghadiali was helpless. Then came
the final blow. Not only did they put him in
prison, part of the judgment was to burn his books.
His life's work was
Dr. William Koch developed glyoxylide in the
1940s. Hesoon found himself in Fishbein's gunsight
- maybe even literally.
experienced numerous attempts on his life. Doctors
who supported his treatment were physically attacked
and some died violently or mysteriously. Koch
in disgrace, his treatment abandoned. Today, modern
medical orthodox research has borrowed from his
work, without giving him any credit or mention.
It was really a war
on the competition, Al Capone-style.
Another casualty of the Fishbein era was Howard
Beard. In Beard’s case, his
life was ruined by the relatively gentle
methods of repeatedly burning down his laboratory
and throwing him into prison.
Over and over, the pattern repeats itself. Sometimes
it is an attempted buyout. When that is rejected,
the attacks come. Gunshots, poisoning, hit and run
"accidents," kangaroo courts, prison,
confiscated documents, media smears,
mysterious fires... the litany goes on and on.
Era was the most
notorious, but even in his
absence the tradition he established has been
continued. Post-Fishbein attacks on John
Crane, Rife's successor, and Ernest Krebs
of laetrile fame can be added to the list.
In the 1950s, the cancer
treatment known as Krebiozen was championed by one
of America's most respected doctors, Andrew C.
Ivy. Ivy held many high positions in the medical
profession during his career, including a board
member of the American Cancer Society, a dozen
international awards, a dozen honorary degrees,
high-ranking university positions, etc.
Krebiozen and Ivy
were wiped out in the early 1950s
about the same time that Fishbein
was forced down at the AMA. Dr.
Ivy's career was ruined
because of his support of Krebiozen and Dr.
The attacks on Hoxsey and Ivy became the focus of a
congressional investigation in 1953. The Fitzgerald
Report found that more than a dozen promising cancer
treatments were wiped out by organized medicine.
Under oath, Dr. Durovic told a familiar story.
Durovic alleged that J.J. Moore, the AMA's treasurer
at the time, asked him to give distribution rights
to Krebiozen to two businessmen who were friends of
his. When he was rebuffed, Moore threatened to use
his power at the AMA and the university to destroy
Durovic, Ivy and Krebiozen.
Durovic refused to cooperate and then watched in
horror at Moore threats came true.
The attacks that Hoxsey, Rife,
Gerson and Durovic endured
have little documentation to support the conspiratorial nature of what happened. The
kinds of offers that Fishbein's
agents made to Hoxsey and Beam Ray
or the one JJ Moore made to Durovicwould not initially be in writing. Gangsters
and government officials have long known the game of
not leaving a paper trail for those kinds of offers.
It is part of the plausible denial strategy, not
letting the right hand know what the left hand was
when one victim after another steps forward to
explain how they were treated, a very clear pattern
of deliberate intimidation emerges.
When one sees the same
pattern repeated over and over -
poisonings, shootings, buyout offers, public
and legal attacks, mysterious fires,
vandalism, document theft, raids and the like
- how can it be all dismissed as
"coincidence" or "delusion," especially when the
motive is so clear?
Ineffective War on Breast Cancer
(Rick Archer's Note:
We are going to take a small detour from
Morris Fishbein. The reader will
see why shortly enough.
This is an interesting article written
by an Ohio woman named Amanda.
Amanda lists all kinds of sources to
back up every word in this article.
If this article interests the reader, by all means
please visit the original page.
Blinded by the Light )
the 1970’s, a woman had a 1 in 11 chance of
developing breast cancer. Currently, the
risk factor is said to have increased to 1
The United States has the most cases of
breast cancer in the entire world, with one
woman dying of breast cancer every 15
Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded
and sponsored by Imperial Chemical
Industries in 1985, the world’s largest
carcinogenic pesticide manufacturer. In
1993, Imperial Chemical merged to form a
separate company called Zeneca -
All pink print, radio and
visual ads for October’s Breast Cancer
Awareness Months are paid for and approved
by Astra Zeneca.
In addition to
creating carcinogenetic pesticides,
AstraZeneca produces Tamoxifen – the most
popular pharmaceutical drug used in breast
cancer patients. In May 2000, the New
York Times reported that the National
Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
included Tamoxifen on its list of substances
that are known to cause cancer.
Tamoxifen was noted in causing roughly one
case of uterine cancer for every four cases
of breast cancer it prevents.
risk of uterine cancer doubled in patients
who took tamoxifen for two to five years,
and spiked sevenfold among those who took it
for five years or longer. My mother, last
year, was prescribed tamoxifen to take for
10 years after her bout with breast cancer.
The treatment for uterine cancer is a
In 1999, the journal
Science published a study from Duke
University Medical Center that showed that
after 2 - 5 years, Tamoxifen, the most
popular drug for treating breast cancer,
actually initiated the growth of breast
But what does this
means that AstraZeneca, the founder of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the
manufacturer of cancer-causing chemicals
that cause cancer.
AstraZeneca, the founder of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month, is a manufacturer of
a breast cancer treatment drug that causes
cancer, including breast cancer.
This means we must
start to look at cancer in an alternative
way because what we are doing now is not
preventative nor effective.
It was in 1971
when President Nixon declared a war on
cancer in his State of the Union speech and
signed the National Cancer Act. Rather than
being cured, cancer is poised to surpass
cardiovascular disease and become America's
In 2008, cancer will take the lives
of about 230,000 more Americans—69 percent
more—than it did in 1971.
Whenever I am asked to donate to
a cancer organization, I bear in mind that
my support would be given to sustain a
failing, fraudulent industry.
If you or someone
you love has been diagnosed with cancer, I
am here to tell you there is HOPE . . .
progressive, effective and non-toxic
alternative cancer treatments of which you
may not even be aware of exist.
natural cancer treatments DO HELP.
Empower yourself….continue to read about how
we can help together!
There is an old
joke that each state was asked to name its best known
vegetable. Idaho said potato. Texas said cotton.
California said grapes. Kansas said wheat. Iowa
said corn. North Carolina answered "tobacco". So
Native Americans used tobacco for
medicine and ceremonies, but they were not addicted to it.
When the English and the Spaniards
first visited the New World, they
brought tobacco back to Europe where it
became very popular.
When the English began colonizing
North America they sought gold, just as the Spanish did.
However, once gold proved scarce
in North America, another economic gold mine had to justify
the New World invasion. For the English it became tobacco
Jamestown in Virginia
would not have survived if not for tobacco revenues. By
1638, three million pounds of tobacco a year were making
their way to Europe from the Chesapeake. By 1672, it had
grown to 17 million pounds a year.
Europeans were becoming
Although the science of epidemiology did not exist in those
days, it did not take a rocket scientist to realize that
regularly inhaling smoke into one's lungs was unhealthy.
Smokers had the most atrocious coughs and often died of
Although "science" did not begin
making a "persuasive" connection between smoking and disease
until the 20th century, many people could easily see the
connection between smoking and ill health.
Hitler's Third Reich was not keen on cigarettes. Germany, the
world’s center of scientific medical research, began its own
war on cancer in the 1920s after
realizing it had one of the world’s
highest cancer rates. German doctors were documenting the
health hazards of tobacco as far back as
World War I.
the 1920s, German researchers were documenting the link
between smoking and cancer. In 1939, Franz Lickint published
Tobacco and the Organism, which Robert Proctor called
“arguably the most comprehensive scholarly indictment of
tobacco ever published.”
Hitler's goal was turning Germany into
the land of Aryan supermen. The Third Reich
investigated cigarettes, tobacco consumption and health.
After finding cigarettes to be bad news indeed,
Hitler said that tobacco was the red man's vengeance from
the grave upon the white man. Ouch.
Hitler and Nazi Germany was a
strange combination of the enlightened and the insane, but
when it came to improving the health of the chosen race,
German researchers were far ahead of their Western rivals.
While the Third Reich was trying to
discourage tobacco consumption in Germany because it was
harmful to health, the United States took
the exact opposite direction. The tobacco industry
was actively promoting the same substance for its
So how does one
go about selling a dangerous product like tobacco?
The use of the media and clever advertising played the major
role. Furthermore, any medical research exposing the
dangers of tobacco was subject to suppression.
George Seldes, considered by many
to be the father of investigative journalism, was writing
all the way back in the 1930s about how the
American press deliberately covered up the
dangers of cigarette smoking while taking big money from the
tobacco companies for cigarette ads.
On March 31, 1929, a woman by the name of
Bertha Hunt stepped into the throng of pedestrians
in their Sunday-best clothing marching down Fifth
Avenue in what was known in New York as the 1929 Easter Parade.
Hunt created an
absolute sensation by lighting up a
Lucky Strike cigarette.
Her action would not have created the
reaction it did had not the press already been
alerted to what was going to happen in advance.
then told the reporter from the New York Evening
World that she “first got the idea for this
campaign when a man with her in the street asked her
to extinguish her cigarette as it embarrassed him."
“I talked it over with my
friends, and we decided it was high time something
was done about the situation.”
The press, of course, had been warned in advance
that Bertha and her friends were going to light up.
They had received a press release informing them
that she and her friends would be lighting
of freedom” “in the interests of equality of the
sexes and to fight another sex taboo.”
Bertha mentioned that she
and her friends would be marching past “the Baptist
church where John D. Rockefeller attends” on the off
chance that he might want to applaud their efforts.
Bertha Hunt could not wait to display her freedom
to the arbiters of social decorum.
At the end of the day, Bertha and
her friends told the press that she hoped they had “started
something and that these torches of freedom, with no
particular brand favored, will smash the discriminatory
taboo on cigarettes for women and that our sex will go on
breaking down all discriminations.’”
What Miss Hunt did not tell the reporter is that she was
the personal secretary of a man by
the name of Eddie Bernays.
did she tell him that Mr. Bernays was now a self-styled
expert in the new discipline of Public Relations who had
just received a handsome retainer from the American Tobacco
Company to promote cigarette consumption among women.
“The conscious and
intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and
opinions of the masses is an important element in
democratic society.” - Edward Bernays
The "Torches of Freedom"
would become one of the first documented propaganda
campaigns designed to increase cigarette smoking. The
concept was designed by Edward Bernays.
In the 1929 Easter Parade in New
York City, marching in the parade was a group of attractive
young women, smoking their “torches of freedom”cigarettes. It was
seen at the time as a great victory for women’s freedom.
Bernays also made sure to position
paid photographers to snap the shots of these women as they
pranced by. Cameras clicked and pictures of these
confident, independent women were seen in papers and
magazines. No one had any idea the entire event was
pure manipulation. It never dawned on anyone that
those marching, smoking long-legged
debutantes were fashion models hired by Bernays,
a man who would come to be known as the "father of
linked smoking to the women's aspirations for a
better life during the women’s liberation movement in the
At the time there
were social taboos that suggested "gentle ladies did not
smoke". Edward Bernays cleverly realized cigarettes could be seen as a sign of
rebellion. His campaign encouraged
women to smoke in public despite social taboos.
were described as symbols of emancipation and equality with
Torches of Freedom campaign was a classic instance of using
sexual liberation as a form of control.
addiction to tobacco as a form of freedom.
tobacco company propaganda was clever
billed itself as a feminist promotion of the
emancipation of women was in reality a public
relations ploy to open a new market for tobacco by
getting women addicted to cigarettes.
back with modern eyes, it might seem preposterous
that any woman would imaginetobacco consumption
somehow made them more independent, but the use of
confident, glamorous models seen smoking with a look
of sheer joy on their faces worked wonders.
The tobacco companies were
cynically manipulating American women into thinking
that smoking was a badge of freedom.
It worked. For years, cigarette smoking was
seen as a sign of feminine sophistication.
someone had the bright idea to market to men as
well. The advent of the Marlboro Man linked
masculinity with smoking.
of this seems vaguely familiar, the fairly brilliant
Virginia Slims cigarette campaign was simply an
update of the original Torches of Freedom campaign.
You've come a long way, Baby!
Archer's Note: I want to be sure that no one misses the
obvious parallel between the Astra-Zeneca's touching pink ribbon
campaign and American Tobacco
Company's Torches of Freedom campaign.
manipulated by media in ways that most of us are just subliminally
exploitive packaging, we are constantly being persuaded to buy
things, eat things or do things that in the end probably aren't very healthy
It has been my
contention throughout my Cancer Diaries that the truth about the
cancer industry and the pharmaceutical industry is one of those
things we are consistently misdirected on.
The phrase "wolves in
sheep's clothing" was coined for this phenomenon.
I say keep your guard
Doctors and Tobacco
are some of the
witty slogans that graced cigarette ads
back in the 40s and 50s:
"Not a cough in a carload" (Old Gold)
"Not one single case of throat irritation due to
"More doctors smoke
Camels than any other
"Just what the doctor ordered" (L&M)
recognized by eminent medical authorities."
"For Digestion's Sake, Smoke
because the magical Camel cigarettes would
"stimulate the flow of digestive fluids."
"Chesterfield is Best for You."
Smoke Camels Than Any
One of the most famous ad campaigns used doctors.
Quote: Doctors in every branch of medicine
were asked, "What
cigarette do you smoke?"
The brand named most was
ads were part of a particular
campaign from R. J.
Reynolds which ran from 1940 to 1949.
Each ad claimed that "More Doctors smoke
According to a
Stanford Research Study, incorporating
images of physicians into
their ads was a common
technique used in the Forties and
Fifties to reassure a worried public
that smoking was safe. The none-too-subtle
message was that if these
doctors, with all of
chose to smoke a particular brand, then it must be
advertisement would typically feature a white
coated doctor posing with
his best friend the cigarette.
The ad would use his
medical expertise as a way to present Camels as
harmless to one's health, but
then would step back to remind readers that
doctors are people, too, and that their true reason
for preferring Camel's is the taste.
Unlike the celebrity and
athlete endorsers, the doctors depicted were never
specific individuals. Any
physician who engaged in advertising would risk
losing their license. (It was contrary to accepted
medical ethics at the time for doctors to
Instead, the images always
presented an idealized physician - wise, noble, and
caring - who enthusiastically partook of the smoking
habit. In reality, the
"doctors" in these ads came out of central
casting from among actors dressed up to look like
Little protest was heard
from the medical community or organized medicine,
perhaps because the images showed the profession in
a highly favorable light. This genre of ads
regularly appeared in medical journals such as
JAMA, the Journal of
the American Medical Association, an
organization which for decades collaborated closely
with the industry. The big push to document health
hazards also did not arrive until later.
In the majority of these
advertisements, the "More Doctors" campaign slogan
was included alongside other popular Camel campaigns
such as "T-Zone ('T for Throat, T for Taste'),"
"More people are smoking Camels than ever before,"
and "Experience is the Best Teacher." In this way,
Camel was able to maintain consistency across its
were often thrown in
for good measure. Here we have actress/singer
Maureen O'Hara (1920-present), actor/singer Dick
Haymes (1918-1980), and actor Ralph Bellamy
Interestingly, their endorsements
are meant to represent "America's Choice".
In reality, two of the three celebrities were
immigrants. O'Hara was born in
Dublin, Ireland, while Haymes
came from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
No one paid much attention.
Haymes passed away from lung cancer
and Bellamy passed away from respiratory failure.
on the other hand, turned 93 in 2013 and looked great at her
Morris Fishbein and Tobacco
received his notoriety through the suppression of
alternative cancer cures, his work with the tobacco industry
was equally astounding.
Fishbein applied Simmons’ “Seal of
Approval” racket to food for a generation
with great success. It make perfect sense to try the
same thing with the up and coming tobacco industry.
Fishbein began an active campaign of promoting
cigarettes in the 1930s. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the
pages of JAMA were filled with cigarette ads, and they were
making medical claims.
Not only was Fishbein raking
in money from cigarette ads, he was advising
cigarette companies on how to structure their
"research" so they could make ever-grander medical
claims. In 1935, Philip Morris began a new ad
campaign, JAMA being the most prominent place for
its ads, touting a new additive that made its
cigarettes superior to the competition's. The
additive was diethylene glycol. Philip Morris stated
that its research showed its additive was superior
to the rest of the industry, which used glycerine as
its moistener. Ethylene glycol is what goes into car
radiators today as antifreeze. Diethylene glycol is
What Americans did not know about diethylene glycol
was that Fishbein was working behind the scenes with
Philip Morris, helping design their research. After
looking at the original data that Philip Morris
produced, Fishbein told them how to create "good
data" that they could promote.
They took his advice and
hired Michael Mulinos, a pharmacologist at the
Columbia University College of Physicians and
Surgeons, to perform a study on diethylene glycol.
Mulinos' study appeared in the New York State
Journal of Medicine in June 1935. Mulinos reported
that rabbits that smoked Philip Morris cigarettes
with diethylene glycol had three times less swelling
of their eyes than those who smoked the brands using
That study became the
cornerstone of Philip Morris' promotional campaign.
Philip Morris' chief chemist and nine of his
assistants canvassed the nation, speaking at major
medical conferences, hyping the research results and
targeting doctors in particular. Their ads offered
free cigarettes to doctors, and Philip Morris even
sent representatives to doctors' offices to give
them free cigarettes while hyping diethylene glycol.
The Philip Morris campaign was a major success,
making Philip Morris the America’s leading cigarette
seller. Those experimental results were used in
Philip Morris' ad campaigns clear into the 1950s.
Philip Morris was so grateful to Fishbein that they
offered him a retainer for his continued good
advice. Fishbein uncharacteristically declined their
offer, probably because it might show favoritism to
the other tobacco companies. Fishbein was raking it
in from the ad money anyway.
As fate would have it, diethylene glycol made
headlines in 1937 when a drug company put diethylene
glycol, without first testing it, in the first
antibacterial medicine ever sold in America,
sulfanilamide. Within weeks of introduction,
sulfanilamide began killing people across America,
including children. About 100 people died. The AMA
even helped prove that diethylene glycol was the
Fishbein had a problem on
his hands, and he acted characteristically. He ran
an editorial in the midst of the tragedy, noting
that diethylene glycol was used safely in many
American products, including cigarettes. Helped by
Fishbein's damage management, Philip Morris was able
to continue promoting its diethylene glycol for
In 1949, Fishbein was finally overthrown as the
dictator of American medicine, largely due to the
legal victories that Harry Hoxsey was winning. As
with his mentor Simmons, Fishbein was thrown out
when his public image suffered. Even President
Truman’s brother testified on Hoxsey’s behalf, as
Hoxsey’s treatment cured his skin cancer. Truman’s
brother talked to the sitting president about saving
Hoxsey from the AMA’s vendetta, but the President
said his hands were tied because of the
political-economic realities of the medical
would call the AMA “just another mean trust.”
landed on his feet. He soon went to
work for the cigarette manufacturer Lorillard
at a retainer of $25,000 a year. That was big money
in those days, the equivalent of about $160,000 a
Probably not coincidentally, one
year after Fishbein was deposed at the AMA, for the
first time JAMA published research results about the
harmfulness of tobacco. Medical student Ernst Wynder
and surgeon Evarts Graham of Washington University
in St. Louis found that 96.5% of lung cancer
patients in their hospitals had been smokers.
Fishbein's blackout, American science and
medicine finally produced research results that
confirmed the obvious. It
had taken America over 30 years to begin admitting
what the rest of the world had known for a long time
- tobacco kills.
appearing in the same 1950 JAMA
introduce American to on
the hazards of smoking, that did not even
begin to slow the ad campaigns for cigarettes
Fishbein was working hard for his new employers,
helping to design more research that Lorillard could
promote. Fishbein helped mastermind the last
advertising blitz for cigarettes that graced JAMA.
The hullabaloo centered on Lorillard's Micronite
filter, a "breakthrough" in cigarette technology. It
was the first "mineral" filter. During the cigarette
advertising wars that raged on JAMA's pages, the AMA
Advertising Committee directed their chemical
laboratory to study the effectiveness of cigarette
filters. None of the filters worked very well, and
actually worked against the desired effect of
cigarettes in the first place: filling the lungs
There was a marginal
improvement with the Micronite filter, the only
mineral filter tested. Lorillard was attempting to
reproduce the resounding success that Philip Morris
had with its diethylene glycol blitz of the 1930s.
In 1952, Lorillard began
running ads in JAMA with headlines announcing, "Have
you Heard the Story of New Kent Cigarettes, Doctor?"
and "Doctor, Have You Tried the New KENT Cigarette?"
In their ad campaign
Lorillard proudly announced, "At the recent
convention of the American Medical Association,
thousands of physicians heard the Kent story, and
saw a convincing demonstration of the MICRONITE
FILTER'S phenomenal effectiveness."
Physicians began complaining to the AMA about those
shameless displays, especially when increasing
evidence was submitted from the American scientific
community about the harmfulness of cigarettes.
Reader's Digest was in the midst of a tremendous
anti-tobacco campaign at the same time that
Lorillard's Fishbein-inspired ad blitz was taking
America by storm. Reader's Digest was running
articles with titles such as "Cancer by the Carton,"
and cigarette smoking began declining in the early
1950s, as America began waking up. Reader’s Digest
took one of the most heroic stands that any American
media organization ever took, as its competitors had
their pages filled with cigarette ads.
It finally came to a head in 1953.
Sad to say, the showdown
was not due to an episode of conscience overcoming
the AMA. As it
turned out, it was the drug companies
that spoke up.
The drug industry had
long been the financial backbone of the AMA.
Once they began complaining,
the AMA listened. The drug
companies thought that cigarette ads running
alongside their drug ads in JAMA were discrediting
them, because cigarettes were
being likened to miracle drugs.
companies took a stand. Either they go or we
Faced with that
reality, JAMA announced that it would no longer
accept cigarette ads beginning January 1, 1954.
was a decision that cost JAMA $100,000 a year in
cigarette ad revenues, but they
had no realistic choice. The drug industry was
nothing changed for the tobacco companies. The cigarette companies
simply boosted their spending elsehwere. In
1954, Lorillard ran ads in Time, Life
and other popular magazines.
Each ad cited the
AMA experiments that "proved" how superior Kent's
Micronite filter was to other cigarette brands'
filters. The doctors
seethed. Lorillard was continuing to bank on
Consequently, in 1954, a war broke out in
between the AMA and Lorillard. JAMA editorials
blasted Lorillard for using its name without
permission. Lorillard just
yawned. Lorillard countered with
new ads that said
while the AMA did not endorse any particular brand
of cigarette over another, their
own medical research still showed that
Lorillard's Kent filter was the best of the bunch.
how wonderful was this much-touted Micronite filter?
In one of many ironic twists to the Lorillard
story, take a guess
what the magical ingredient was in the Micronite
Asbestos had already been
linked by researchers to a number of respiratory
diseases, including lung cancer. The
danger of asbestos was known as far back as the
1930s. However it wasn't until the 1970s that
public awareness of the danger became wide-spread.
You conspiracy theorists will be amused to note the
U.S. government and the asbestos industry have been
criticized for not acting quickly enough to inform
the public of dangers and to reduce public exposure.
In the late 1970s court documents proved that
asbestos industry officials knew of asbestos dangers
since the 1930s and had deliberately concealed them
from the public.
would all agree sitting on news of a public health
threat for 40 years is the sort of thing that makes
people suspicious about the government. But
then they did the same thing with the dangers of
cigarettes. And they hid the fact that cancer
had been cured a dozen times before Nixon's War on
Cancer in 1971... which to this day still has failed
to produce a "conventional cure".
Truth can be stranger than fiction.
In Fishbein's 1969autobiography, he lauded the Micronite
filter, and wrote how it spurred all the cigarette
companies to put filters on their cigarettes.
And then he added:
"Within two years, however, the talk about the
relationship of cigarette smoking to cancer
began to assume the proportions of a great
propaganda. Now many years have passed, the
campaign is intensified, and one begins to
wonder how long it will be before some
definitive answers are found for the questions
that make people anxious and doctors
Fishbein's world, one could only imagine how long it
would take to figure out that tobacco is harmful to
a person's health.
On that same page,
Fishbein displayed his stalwart allegiance to the
tobacco companies. Without
mentioning the hefty sums heearned from them, he stated that he
campaigned for fluoridation at the same time. There
was Fishbein, campaigning for fluoride and asbestos,
and calling the effort against smoking a "great
Even after the Lorillard
affair, the AMA and the tobacco interests stayed in
bed together for nearly another forty years.
The U.S. Surgeon General
issued the famous report in January 1964
which was damning of smoking and cigarettes.
Immediately after, the AMA
spent $500,000 of its own money and the tobacco
companies kicked in another $10 million to fund a
"study" to counteract the Surgeon General's report.
The AMA issued a brochure
in May 1964 titled: Smoking: Facts you Should
The brochure downplayed the hazards of
smoking, stating that smoking's greatest health
hazard was smoking in bed and burning the house
down. The brochure tamely suggested that some
research pointed to some health problems, although
"some equally competent physicians and research
personnel are less sure of the effect of cigarette
smoking and health."
The brochure concluded with
"Smoke if you feel you should, but be moderate." The
tobacco companies were so pleased with the AMA's
stance on smoking that they kicked in another $8
million for further AMA "research."
It was not until a 1980s
investigation revealed that two AMA board members
owned a farm where tobacco was raised, and that the
AMA's retirement fund was invested in tobacco
stocks, that the divorce
the shackles were removed, the AMA finally began speaking out against
cigarette smoking. In the 1980s, some young,
idealistic doctors within the AMA ranks began making
noise. Even then, the AMA has rarely been at the
battle’s forefront. As late
as the 1980s, if people walked into the AMA’s
would have no trouble
finding cigarette vending machines in the bathrooms and
"Now that I’m gone, I tell you:
Whatever you do, just don’t smoke.
If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking
about any cancer.
I'm convinced of that."
Yul Brynner, actor
Rick Archer's Note:
We have come to the end of this particular story.
It is now time for me to remind the reader that I
personally have no idea how true any of these
stories are. I have done nothing more than
pass on the anecdotes of two men, Wade Frazier and
Eustace Mullins. I have never met either man
and know nothing about their integrity or research
Therefore I must remind you there is a certain
margin for error in everything I have posted.
Nothing copied from the Internet can ever be
considered to be the gospel truth. On the
other hand, one can assume I would not have
published these words if I did not suspect there is
a strong likelihood of truth here.
The Legacy of
Morris Fishbein actively promoted cigarettes for
He had to know what he was doing. Even in Fishbein’s time, cigarettes were well known
to be highly carcinogenic.
the man who intentionally promotedsmoking, the single greatest cause of cancer,
while simultaneously looking for
ways to cash in on providing its treatment.
tried buying several
cancer cures so he could
monopolize them. However, the
moment his shakedown ploy failed, he made sure to
destroy the men who created them. If he
couldn't own the cancer treatment himself, Fishbein
made damn sure no one else in the human race would
ever benefit from it. This story was
repeated at least a dozen times during Fishbein's 25
year reign at the AMA.
promoting cigarette use and destroying cancer cures,
Fishbein even found time to promote asbestos in
cigarettes and flouride in drinking water.
One begins to wonder if there is any possible
scourge to the American people Fishbein managed to
miss out on.
one is hard-pressed to think of any other American
individual in history whose actions were more
profoundly anti-life and anti-health than this man.
And yet this is the man who represented a profession
that is dedicated to healing. The irony could
not possibly be more profound. How could anyone
as this man end up running the medical
establishment? How could
members of the healing profession constantly turn a
blind eye to this sociopath?
can also ask how could someone as diabolical as Adolph Hitler
fool an entire country? I suppose if Hitler
could pull it off, so could Fishbein.
In fact, some compare Fishbein
to Hitler for his use of intimidation, violence and
media control to dominate an entire country. I
can certainly see their point.
other hand, Fishbein never orchestrated a Holocaust.
And yet one might ask how many people died because
Fishbein destroyed the technology of Royal
Closer to home, one might think of Al Capone,
another well-known citizen of Chicago.
Capone's moral decay led him to destroy any opponent
who stood in his way without the slightest sense of
Fishbein didn't have any blood on his hands
that we know about. But when one compares the
direct body count of an Al Capone to the indirect
body count of a Morris Fishbein, a case could be
made... well, draw your own conclusions.
It stretches the limits of credulity not to believe Fishbein
understood what he was doing. For his entire career,
Fishbein actively promoted cigarettes, the single greatest cause of
cancer while simultaneously wiping out the cancer cures that
worked. These were cures that were harmless and
In my opinion, Fishbein knew exactly what he was doing.
His cigarette promotion was creating a market (sick
patients) for a medical racket where the cash registers rang
resoundingly. Nor was there any competition to drive
Anything that could cheaply cure the disease was ruthlessly
One could make a case that Morris Fishbein's
anti-cancer cure policies
benefitted the AMA in the exact same way that Rockefeller's
willful destruction of countless small competing oil
companies benefitted Standard Oil. In many ways, the
tactics are nearly identical.
There is one
major difference though. They say behind every great
fortune lies a crime. While I have trouble accepting
that John Rockefeller was an honorable man, I can also make
a strong case that Rockefeller's actions ultimately
benefitted the United States of America.
When it comes to
Morris Fishbein, all I can see is the crime. The only
argument in his favor is that his actions definitely
benefitted the medical industry. However, I fail to
see any case where the actions of Morris Fishbein even
remotely benefitted the people of the United States.
contrary. Millions of Americans died
needlessly thanks to Fishbein's actions. I contend that
Fishbein's policies deprived us of medical geniuses like Max
Gerson and Royal Rife. Had men like these survived,
the United States of America would be famous today for some
of the greatest advances in medical history.
Instead we plod
our way along hoping the orthodox drug researchers will
finally stumble on some
synthetic way to beat a disease that has licked their best
efforts so far. I might add I have a hunch
that cancer's weaknesses seem easier
to target through natural methods than through synthetic
drugs. But then I am not a doctor, so what I think
doesn't matter much.
What I do know
is that the rate
of people getting cancer just keeps getting higher.
Fishbein came along, one person in 20 got cancer in 1900.
Today one man in two and one woman in three gets cancer, the
so-called disease of civilization. They say the increase can be
attributed to the fact that we all live longer.
I say that
argument is nothing more than a slick ad slogan designed to
misdirect our attention from the truth.
I say our planet
absolutely reeks of carcinogens in the food supply, the
water supply, the air and the earth. These pollutants
can be traced directly to the energy industry which refuses
to clean up its act and the agricultural drug industry that
pollutes our environment.
I say Morris Fishbein is the
poster boy for the morally-depraved attitudes that have made
our people and our planet sick.
after Fishbein left, the same corrupt behavior continued.
I think the Burzynski story
in Chapter Three made that perfectly clear. That
indicates to me there are Fishbein
clones calling the shots today.
I will leave it
to Wade Frazier, the man whose words have been woven
throughout this article, to have the last word.
would have happened if Royal Rife had succeeded and
I say that
Rife continued, then there would be a lot of people who would
have not died of cancer.
In addition, certain areas of
the medical profession would have ceased to exist.
It certainly didn't take
a doctor to operate the buttons on
But one need
not mourn their loss.
Scientists and researchers
could have simply changed their focus
to devote more time on
things we are far behind on, like
curing paralysis, unlocking the mysteries of the brain
and growing organs and limbs.
Think of the hundreds of
billions of dollars that has flowed to the unholy
alliance of the AMA, FDA, drug industry and the State.
Think of all
that money that has been wasted so far. Imagine
how it might have been put to good
use. Instead, we keep pumping dollar upon
dollar into finding a cure for a disease that has
already been cured a dozen times.
And what is the answer for
the State backing from the AMA and FDA.
Unleash the power and creativity
of the free market. Allow
freedom of thought. Don't destroy inventions that
have the power to advance society.
people have been brainwashed into thinking the State
protects them. The truth is the exact opposite.
The State protects the monopolies."
"The numbing irony is that
the same corporations that produce carcinogenic chemicals,
including agricultural ones like tobacco, are also running the cancer
treatment industry and selling chemotherapy drugs.
Gee, aren't they clever!
Now that'swhat I call