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Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 10:09 pm:   

Dear Ingrid:

Thanks for replying to my e-mail. Please could you provide me with a little more information on Hoxsey and Jones.

I would be very appreciative if you would do this.

Thanks, Brian
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Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 10:10 pm:   

Jones was an Eclectic physician who specialized in cancer treatment at the turn of the last century. Eclectics prided themselves on their openness to anything that worked. Jones used escharotics, herbal remedies, and homeopathy but no surgery at all. He left a legacy of his most effective remedies, and I have begun recreating some of them to see if they work as well today as during the time in which Jones practiced medicine. He claimed to have treated 20,000 patients with an 80% success rate.

Hoxsey claimed a similar success rate. He was a lay practitioner who died in 1974. He had no real education but he had oil money that he used to develop a chain of cancer hospitals that challenged the practices of more conventional medicine. Various legal battles haunted his life, but even the courts eventually agreed that his treatments were effective. Nevertheless, his clinics were shut down. His chief nurse (now deceased) opened a clinic in Tijuana that remains faithful to "Hoxsey medicine." My own researches indicate that Hoxsey inherited formulae that were well-known by his predecessors; but Hoxsey himself appeared not to have known this, perhaps because he was so familiar with his family's use of the formulae.
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Posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 05:47 pm:   

That is fascinating Ingrid.
How sad that even after the courts had found his methods trustworthy and effective his clinics were still closed.
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Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2003 - 12:23 am:   

Though I hate to be cynical, it often seems that health is seen as something to exploit. The conflicts between the various schools of medicine are not new. Hippocrates told students that were interested in surgery to follow the army because that is where they could learn such skills. He taught natural medicine but ironically is regarded as the father of "modern" medicine.

During the Inquisition, nine million people, mostly women, natural healers, midwives, and, of course, some homosexuals, were burned at the stake, often for interferring with the will of God by curing people.

From a holistic perspective, modern medicine is a medicine based on fleeting fashions, some of which have more basis in reality than others; but traditional medicine has survived the tests of time.

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