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10 alternative medical procedures that could have saved people, but were banned

Controversial, questionable, forbidden…

Medicine is one of the most controversial areas, around which there are always disputes and scandals. Although there are rumors that the governments of many countries simply do not put on the market and prohibit miracle drugs that could save humanity from many ailments. Whether this is the case or not, we can only guess.
But we know exactly about 10 alternative medical procedures that are currently prohibited.
1. CyanideA large dose of cyanide is guaranteed to kill a person, but some researchers believe that low doses of this toxic substance can kill cancer. A popular product in the 1950s called “laetrile” (also known as amygdalin or vitamin B17) contains a small amount of cyanide. Proponents of the drug claim that B17, which can be found in apricot seeds, bitter almonds and bean sprouts, has anti-carcinogenic properties and is harmless to health in moderate doses. After several unsuccessful attempts to approve laetrile in the 1970s, the FDA banned all forms of B17.


Produced as a by-product of paper production, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is an unlikely candidate for miracle drug status. Nevertheless, thousands of people around the world confirm the ability of this smelly gel to reduce pain, accelerate healing, and even treat cancer. Supporters of DMSO in the mid-1960s declared the effectiveness of the drug as an anti-carcinogen.

DMSO has been used for medical purposes (against interstitial cystitis) since 1978 and for veterinary purposes since 1980, thousands of reviews of those who have successfully used DMSO for cancer treatment remain ignored to this day. Although the generic form of DMSO was approved in 2002, there is still no indication that the FDA will soon approve this drug for the treatment of cancer.

3. Orgone therapy

In 1954, the FDA issued an injunction against the pioneering work of Austrian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich with an energy field that he called “orgone”. It is unclear why the FDA considered Reich such a big threat, given that his two orgone machines and batteries did not cause any harm in the experiments. Nevertheless, the scientist was ordered to stop producing and distributing his inventions, and the FDA began a relentless campaign to burn all literature in which they were mentioned. Any book written by Reich, or any book with the word “orgone” in it, was destroyed by the FDA.

When the authorities found out that Reich ignored the ban and continued to make and sell orgone batteries, he was immediately arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. As a result, the scientist could not stand the prison sentence and died. This former pupil of Sigmund Freud postulated that there is a life energy in the Universe, embodied in man in the form of sexuality. Its orgone accumulators, similar to telephone booths, were designed to use this ubiquitous energy and channel it into the human body in order to renew the depleted orgone in it over the years. This relieved fatigue and treated various diseases such as cancer, angina, asthma, epilepsy, etc.

4. Electromagnetic therapy

The human body depends on electric and magnetic fields to regulate many vital processes that keep a person alive and healthy. However, until recently, the scientific community denied the health benefits of using low-frequency electromagnetic energy. Innovators such as Raymond Reif, who suggested that targeted electromagnetic fields of certain frequencies could fight cancer, were ridiculed in the early twentieth century.

The rife frequency generator only made the American medical Association laugh in the 1930s, and its therapy never became widespread. However, in recent years, various researchers have demonstrated that certain frequencies of electromagnetic fields do have the ability to destroy tumors.

5. Treatment Of Hoxie

In the early 1920s, radio host Norman Baker made Harry Hoxie famous. Hoxie studied folk remedies for cancer, which he was told about by his grandfather, a stablemaster, who had once observed how horses were cured of cancer by eating certain herbs. With Baker’s help, by 1950, the Hoxie clinic had become the world’s largest private cancer center, serving more than 12,000 patients. However, in 1956, the FDA warned that the fifth circuit court of Appeals considered Hoxie’s method “useless”.

By 1960, the last of the Hoxsey clinics in the United States was forcibly closed, which led to Harry Hoxsey moving to Tijuana, Mexico. However, with the growth of the Union, NAFTA began to close even these clinics as part of the United States-Mexico cooperation in the fight against cross-border alternative medicine. Hoxie’s treatment includes a blend of natural herbs that have helped thousands of people cure their cancer.

Recent research has confirmed that simple dietary changes, such as the use of certain vitamins and minerals commonly found in herbs, can not only prevent cancer, but even fight existing tumors. But in 1956, the FDA argued that cancer patients would surely die if they did not use state-sanctioned cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.

6. Gerzon Therapy

Max Gerzon became famous in the 1930s for his claims that increased levels of environmental toxins and increased use of processed foods caused changes in cell metabolism leading to cancer. Gerzon suggested that people who suffer from cancer or want to prevent its onset should eliminate salt from their diet and eat only organic products, while increasing their potassium intake. Ironically, Gerzon also promoted the use of coffee enemas to remove toxins from the liver through the colon wall.

Perhaps the authorities found his therapy ineffective simply because of the “trouble” factor inherent in any enema. Whatever the reason, the FDA never approved Gerzon’s diet therapy as a cancer treatment, despite its success rate reaching 70-90 percent. Subsequently, various studies have shown that aspects of Gerzon treatment, such as taking large amounts of fresh fruit juice, do have an anti-carcinogenic effect.

7. Rand Vaccine

The strange history of the Rand vaccine is still a favorite subject of conspiracy theorists. Many alternative cancer drugs have appeared and disappeared over the past century, but only one of them has been produced by a major United States Corporation – the Rand Corporation, which was created in the 1940s as an offshoot of the respected aircraft manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company, as well as as a think tank for the US army.

In the mid-1960s, Rand Corporation President H. J. Rand claimed that cancer was caused by a virus, and by the 1960s it was clear that Rand Corporation’s ideas had led to the creation of a prestigious company with a dubious reputation. Rand claimed to have isolated the virus that causes cancer and allegedly developed an anti-cancer vaccine. This vaccine has been tested on about 8,000 patients in Ohio with supposedly promising results.

Angered by unsubstantiated newspaper reports that Rand was selling the drug without a license, the FDA banned the vaccine in 1967, bringing a Federal criminal case against Rand in 1968. At the height of the experiments, the Rand Corporation apparently spent more than $ 20 million on research on its cancer vaccine, but it didn’t do any good. Today, the Rand vaccine is almost forgotten, although it has been definitively proven that some viruses, such as HPV, do cause cancer.

8. Kratom

The kratom plant has been used for centuries in various Southeast Asian countries to reduce pain, combat fatigue, and ease anxiety. It is reported that the dried and powdered leaf of this tree relieves pain no less than opioid derivatives, but without the risk of overdose.

Kratom has steadily gained popularity in the United States over the past few years, much to the chagrin of the FDA and DEA. These agencies did everything in their power to prevent the use of kratom, from arresting shipments of this herb during import to “demonizing” it in the press.

9. Kava
One of the sayings attributed to the Greek philosopher Paracelsus is that all substances are poisons when ingested in certain quantities. It seems that the German government has decided that any amount of extract from the roots of Kava or pepper intoxicating is poisonous, since this product was banned in the early 2000s.

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