In the early 1900's, Harry Hoxsey developed an herbal formula that he believed was
effective for the treatment of cancer. It consists of two remedies, one to be used
externally, the other internally. The external mixture is said to be selectively
destructive of cancerous tissue and consists of a red paste containing antimony
trisulfide, zinc chloride, and bloodroot, and a yellow powder containing arsenic sulfide,
sulfur, and talc. The internal mixture is a liquid containing licorice, red clover,
burdock root, stillingia root, barberry, cascara, prickly ash bark, buckthorn bark, and
potassium iodide. This mixture is considered to be cathartic/cleansing or immune boosting.
Hoxsey felt that his therapy normalized and balanced the body's chemistry makeup, allowing
it to essentially create a self-healing environment in which the immune system is
strengthened and tumors are caused to die. The treatment is available in Tijuana, Mexico.
The dose of the therapy varies depending on the specific needs of each patient
and whether the cancer is internal or on the skin.
How to take it:
The preparation is used either directly on the skin or drunk as a tonic. Patients
are encouraged to avoid pork, vinegar, tomatoes, carbonated drinks and alcohol, and to use
immune stimulants, yeast tablets, vitamin C, calcium, laxatives, and antiseptic washes, as
well as adopt a positive mental outlook while taking the Hoxsey treatment.
Some of the ingredients in the Hoxsey formula can cause side effects. For
instance, buckthorn bark can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if taken in large
quantities. Cascara can cause diarrhea. Barberry root administered to rabbits (dose
unspecified) caused swelling of the kidney and cardiotoxicity.
Diarrhea can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
The charge for the Hoxsey treatment is $3500.00, which includes a lifetime supply
of tonic, visits, medications, and doctor fees. Additional costs include laboratory,
x-ray, and physical exams at approximately $400.00-$800.00, and travel costs to Mexico.
To avoid potential interactions, be sure to let your health care provider know if you use
this or any other type of complementary therapy.
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last revision on May 4, 1999.