The Story of Harry Hoxsey
In the 1950’s Harry Hoxsey operated cancer clinics in over 17 states in the USA
claiming he positively cured cancer. Today, only one clinic remains in Tijuana,
Mexico, still claiming an average 80% cure rate. This is his story. Compiled
from extracts from the video “Hoxsey: Quack who Cures Cancer?” and other sources.
It all began on an Illinois horse farm in 1840. As the
story goes, John Hoxsey, Harry’s great grandfather, was a veterinarian
whose prize stallion got cancer. He put it out to pasture to die, but
three weeks later the tumour had stabilised. He observed the horse eating
unusual plants not part of its normal diet. Within a year the horse was
John Hoxsey began to experiment on animals with the herbs,
and he added other popular home remedies. He claimed success and passed
the formulas down through the family. Hoxsey said his father was the first
to try the medicines on people. He gave young Harry the formulas with
a death bed wish to make the treatment available to people whether or
not they could pay. He insisted it carry the Hoxsey name and warned the
boy against the high priests of medicine.
Harry Hoxsey started his first clinic in 1924 in Illinois and
he immediately incurred the wrath of organized medicine. A non-toxic herbal remedy,
a nutritional program, and an attitudinal approach to healing, harmless though
it seems, ignited one of the most bitter controversies in medical history. It
started a cancer war between organized medicine and one man, founder Harry Hoxsey,
the ex-coal miner with an 8th grade education.
The doctors labeled Hoxsey the worst cancer “quack” of this century.
But Hoxsey supporters called him an effective healer persecuted by a medical
“…An investigator for the State Medical Board appeared …
with warrants for (our) arrest…(for) practicing medicine without a license.
(Our) Dr…. protested that he was the only man in the clinic who treated patients,
and produced his license… But it had been canceled the day before…. I pleaded
with them not to arrest my wife who (did paperwork, and) told (them) that we
had a 6 month old infant at home who had to be nursed regularly…. (My wife
was) locked up with … degenerate females …. …They ganged up on her, slapped
her, knocked her down and kicked her.” (“You Don’t Have To Die”, p183, Harry
Despite harassments, by the 1950’s the Hoxsey clinic in Dallas
Texas was the largest privately owned cancer center in the World. Hoxsey clinics
reached through 17 states. Endorsing the treatment were senators, judges, and
even some doctors. Two Federal courts upheld its therapeutic value.
Estimates of the number of cancers cured using the Hoxsey therapy
range from 25,000 to 75,000 people(1)… “… and we now have in our files many,
many, thousands of case histories and records, pathological proof, x-ray photographic
studies that we do positively cure cancer both internal and external, and we
now have records proving that the cure stands up for many, many, years as far
back as over 20 years here in Texas. Now I say to you, all I want is for them
to come here, the AMA the Food and Drug (FDA), the Federal Government, anybody!
Come here and make an investigation. And if I don’t prove to them beyond any
question of a doubt that our treatment is superior to radium, x-ray, and surgery,
then I will lock the doors of this institution forever.” (Harry Hoxsey, film:
“You Don’t Have to Die”, 1957).
The AMA and FDA declined. Having struck oil in Texas, Hoxsey
offered to pay for the tests himself but still they declined. According
to Hoxsey, there was a more sinister reason why the medical profession
would not investigate. His early fame in Illinois had soon reached the
nearby Chicago Headquarters of the AMA. The AMA doctors invited him to
demonstrate his treatment. Among them was Dr. Morrice Fishbein editor
of the influential AMA Journal. The alleged testcase was a terminal patient,
police Sergeant Thomas Manicks.
According to Hoxsey, the day after his successful demonstration,
a high AMA official offered to buy the rights to the formulas. The alleged
offer would have given all rights to a group of doctors including Dr.
Mildren Nelson, Head of Bio Medico Mexico (Hoxsey clinic),
takes up the story as told by Harry:
“.. And they were in the process of drawing up the contract
and everything – that they would take the formula. And he (Hoxsey) said you
have to put in here that no one can be turned away because of the lack of
funds. And they said, oh no. And he said yes, this is a promise I made my
father on his deathbed. This MUST go in. (The doctors said) you have nothing
to do with this we’ll charge what we want to. And he (Hoxsey) said you cant.
You have to keep it in reach of everyone. This-must-be-done. They said, no.
We’ll charge who we want to and treat who we want to. You have nothing to
say about it. And he said, then you don’t get the formula. And then that’s
when the battle started.”
Did the AMA doctors try to suppress a cancer cure they
couldn’t control? Hoxsey’s shocking charges became shrouded in unprovable
mystery when the AMA denied the entire incident. Evidence confirms only
the medical case, not the circumstances. But one thing was certain, Hoxsey
had made a very powerful enemy. By crossing swords with Dr. Fishbein he
had alienated the most influential figure in all medicine.
Dr. Fishbein held a unique position. As journal editor he controlled
the main income producing organ of the AMA and thus the organization. He also
published the accepted standards of medical practiced to this day.
After the Chicago incident of 1937 Dr. Fishbein blackballed Hoxsey
by branding him a “Quack” in the journal. But he went even further. The Journal
accused him of using brutal external pastes that ate fatally into patients blood
vessels. He commented that Hoxsey’s most enthusiastic supporter was the local
Dr. Fishbein reaffirmed his position publicly, “There is
no serum, drug, or combination of drugs that we know of that will definitely
Hoxsey sued Dr. Fishbein and the AMA for slander. The country’s
most notorious Quack faced a whose-who of American medicine. Surprisingly Harry
Hoxsey became the first man to win a judgment against Dr. Fishbein and the AMA.
Day after day he brought in patients who testified that he had cured them.
The AMA tried to exclude the testimonials and the credibility
of Hoxsey’s patients were on trial. But so were the credentials of Dr.
Fishbein who made astonishing admissions. Dr. Fishbein failed anatomy
in medical school. He went to work at the Journal before completing his
internship. In fact, he never treated a patient or practiced a day of
medicine in his entire career.
The ‘ever-vigilant’ leader of America’s ‘Quack Attack’
was increasingly on the defensive. Critics charged the AMA with being
a doctor’s union setting medical policies in its own interests. Two Federal
courts agreed it was a monopoly. “Dr.” Fishbein had to resign from his
post at the AMA. But there was one even more shocking revelation.
“Dr.” Fishbein admitted in court that Hoxsey’s supposed
brutal pastes actually did cure external cancer.
Just how “Dr.” Fishbein obtained the MD to his name was not entirely
revealed. Yet this was the man of medicine who closed up every Medical School
in America except those he could control by medical politics. And now, for years,
he has been telling the world how it should heal its diseases.
The admission that the escharotics worked, however, didn’t
deter the AMA, who now turned their attention toward Hoxsey’s tonic. They
claimed, yet again, “it was worthless”.
The AMA tried to discount Hoxsey’s tonic as mere “cough
medicine” claiming the only ingredient worth considering was Potassium
From all this “swivel chair” investigation: the JAMA report
of June 12, 1954, in part, is as follows:
“Any person possessing any modicum of knowledge of the
pharmacological action of drugs should know that any combination of
ingredients listed on the current label of the Hoxsey Tonic or in the
statement filed over Mr. Hoxsey’s signature in Federal Court in Dallas,
Texas, is without any therapeutic merit in the treatment of cancer.
Any such person who would seriously contend that scientific
medicine is under any obligation to investigate such a mixture or its
promoter is either stupid or dishonest.”
Sometimes “scientific medicine” is not so scientific. Why
else would they call Potassium Iodide an expectorant when it is an alterative?
“If given in continuous doses it is so potent as such it will create a
rash or other skin lesions, evidence it does reach every cell of the body
as an eliminate rather than merely an expectorant in a coryza.” (E. Edgar
Bond, B.L.M.D., Editor of the Journal of Medical Physical Research)
Harry Hoxsey has been arrested more times than any other man in medical history.
And, paradoxically, died of prostate cancer after his own medicine failed to
cure him. The quack attack had, at last, taken its victim.
The Hoxsey treatment fled to Mexico to escape persecution,
where it flourishes today.
Florence: “… Just coming into the (Hoxsey) clinic you get an
entirely different sense … say when you go to a cold sterile hospital nobody
talks to anybody and everybody’s afraid…” Frank: “… I thought this was a
psychiatric place, all these people laughin and talkin and their supposed to
be SICK! I’ve been talkin to them and they are… They’ve got very serious illnesses
yet their talking and their happy … I never saw anything like it before.”
Florence: “We have hope. You know, cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.”
(Florence (patient) and Frank Gibson interview, “Hoxsey: Quack who cures Cancer?”)
A modern day botanist comments: “A lot of modern folk tend
to think that the herbal medicines are just a bunch of weeds. I have a
contrary view. I really think the herbal medicines may be the way of the
future. The National Cancer Institute with which I collaborated up until
1981 has screened over 10% of the plant species of the world including
ALL that are in the Hoxsey Formula. I might add, ALL of them showed up
in Jonathan L. Hartwell’s, ‘Plants Used Against Cancer’. Jonathan Hartwell
was a chemist employed by the NCI who went through all the folk literature.
And the LEAST citations one got was 3 citations, and some of them got
over 30 citations …” (James Duke, Ph. D. Botanist, Agricultural Research
Florence: “I came two years ago (to the Bio Medico – Hoxsey
clinic) and I think I paid $1600 and it was a lifetime fee, that’s including
all my doctor visits, all my medications…”.
Frank: “(its not real bad) compared to what we spent, say,
$10,000 in less than 2 weeks when she first had surgery.”
“Frankly I think he (Hoxsey) was avaricious and in it for
the money.” (William Grigg, FDA public information officer).
“It was the MONEY! This is true of all of them! There is
no charity in their hearts. Believe me.” (Oliver Field, Former Directer,
AMA Bureau of Investigation).
The August, 1954 issue of Man’s Magazine, (Hewfred Publications,
Inc., 444 Madison Ave., NY 10022), contains documented proof of the efficacy
of the Hoxsey method of curing cancer, in a 100 page article(1).
Investigator and writer Allen Bernard personally researched seven
cured cancer cases, including interviews with the cured patients (an MD among
them). also included in the article is a photostat of the last page of a statement
by 10 doctors who personally investigated the Hoxsey cancer treatment. The doctors
state, “We find as a fact that our investigation has demonstrated to our satisfaction
that the Hoxsey Cancer Clinic at Dallas, Texas is successfully treating pathologically
proven cases, both internal and external without the use of surgery, radium,
or x-ray”. The names signatures of he doctors also appear. Among the cured patients
are those who have had no symptom of cancer for as long as 24 years.
The first article by the magazine, which appeared in the
August, 1953 issue resulted in 15,000 letters in a single year. Both articles
have been reprinted and are probably still available.
Estimates of the number of people cured of cancer using
the Hoxsey therapy range from approximately 25,000 to 75,000 people(1).
WHAT’S IN THE HOXSEY TONIC?
What follows is the 16 oz. Hoxsey Tonic as analyzed by
the AMA Laboratories (Journal of The American Medical Association in its
issue of June 12, 1954):
Each 5cc of the Hoxsey Tonic contains:
Potassium Iodide………. 150 Mg 7.7%
Licorice …………….. 20 Mg 7.7%
Red Clover …………… 20 Mg 7.7%
Burdock Root …………. 10 Mg 3.8%
Stillingia Root……….. 10 Mg 3.8%
Berberis Root…………. 10 Mg 3.8%
Poke Root ……………. 10 Mg 3.8%
Cascara Amarga ……….. 5 Mg 1.9%
Prickly Ash Bark ……… 5 Mg 1.9%
Buckthorn Bark ……….. 20 Mg 7.7%
Maximum does: 1 teaspoonful 4 times per day.
Hoxsey Tablets #100 (black)1 which is essentially
the same as the liquid:
Potassium Iodide………. 75 mg
Licorice……………… 10 mg
Red Clover……………. 10 mg
Burdock Root………….. 5 mg
Stillingia Root……….. 5 mg
Berberis(barberry) root… 5 mg
Poke root…………….. 5 mg
Cascara Segrada……… 2.5 mg
Prickly Ash Bark………. 2.5 mg
Buckthorn bark………… 2.5 mg
Max dose: 2 tablets 4 times a day.
Lactaba Red: Same as the #100 tablets, plus 1/10
mg pepsin, but without the licorice, burdock root,
Cal-Ton tablets (Yellow): Same as #100 tablets,
but with 4.85 grains of iodized lime substituted for
Sixteen additional Hoxsey formulas are available
for researchers and doctors from The Arlin J.
Brown Information Centre, PO Box 251, Fort
Belvoir, Virginia 22060, ph 1-703-752-9511.
The following is from “Whats In the Hoxsey Treatment?”
By E. Edgar Bond, B.L.M.D., Editor of the Journal of Medical Physical
Research. reprinted from the January, 1961, National Health Federation
Bulletin, also the Journal of The American Medical Association in its
issue of June 12, 1954, of its “investigation” into the Hoxsey Cancer
Clinic, Dallas, Texas.
According to the article the Hoxsey tonic contains these
POTASSIUM IODIDE RED CLOVER (Trifolium Pratense) BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium Lappa, Lappa Major) Roots or Seeds CASCARA AMARGA (Honduras Bark, Picramaia, etc) PRICKLY ASH (Xanthoxylum Flaxineum) POKE BERRIES (Phytolacca Decandra) STILLINGIA (Sylvatica) BUCKTHORN (Rhamnus Frangula) LICORICE (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
IS IT A “SHOT GUN” PRESCRIPTION?
Perhaps one may be secured in such a combination as using
a shotgun” prescription. But when one analyses it he finds each has its
purpose and reaches diseases especially in cancers which are many sided
from many angles as an eliminating alterative, blood builder and mildly
stimulating factor in urging the system to eliminate its accumulations
of its pathology and rebuild.
A MODERN THEORY OF CANCER
The difficulty of those administering remedies in cancers,
and such allied conditions, is in not realizing cancer is first and always
a systematic disease and failure to understand the manifestation we term
a local cancer is not the entire cause of the systemic disturbances which
are present as a result of such visible lesion.
We are attempting to cure cancers by more and more X-ray
forces, Radium and surgical elimination of the local manifestation when
we should begin at the root causes and its elimination by means of systemic
eliminates. We must attack cancer as a systemic disease.
In addition “scientific medicine” in theory and practice
is bound to the theory it takes a poison to “kill” disease and thus cannot
see any virtue in natural medicines of botanical origin which build and
strengthen nature’s fighting forces and enable it to better resist diseases
as well as cure diseases. Such do not kill the patient with an overdose
but hold vitality.
In the last analysis all medicines are proved, by actual
use on patients. In jargon “Empirically.”
We submit … by the bedside use, and confirmed by recoveries
from diseased conditions as evidence of its value in such diseases as
cancer, both internal and external.
THIS FORMULAE DOES JUST THAT
And, in the opinion of TEN CAPABLE MEDICAL INVESTIGATORS,
does it better than any other method available if used conscientiously
We do not expect to create a great revolution soon in modern
day methods of theory and practice concerning the cancer problems, but
we have the privilege of an American citizen to expose the wrong thinking
in the medical world concerning the effectiveness of the above remedies,
which are almost wholly botanical.
Each drug is one which gives positive elimination results
which are term alterative in action.
It is seldom realized that these near nature drugs are
possessed of antibiotic, that is, have bactericidal properties, especially
when in the raw state, neither does the average physician realize these
possess antiscorbic properties as also diuretic and cathartic properties.
Should there be no other argument for their efficiency,
these of their elimination properties should ensize any one with reason
to reach the conclusion there is in this formulae these needed properties
in treating cancer.
Also, there is in it tonic properties which build in the
system greater assimilation and strength from foods consumed.
That this formulae does all of these in almost a miraculous
way is attested to by ten medical men who had places at their disposal
many witnesses and hundreds of authentic records.
Editor’s Note: This article is being re-run in this
issue of the Bulletin, in the hope, that Doctors who have the interest
of their patients at heart will use the remedy in connection with whatever
method they now use in the care of patients who are afflicted with this
dread disease. This with the use of a Doctors regular procedure, provided
he is not already using any of the ingredients contained in the mixture.
This liquid can be mixed by any good herb man or druggist
and therefore can be available to a Doctor, who is licensed to use drugs,
no matter where his practice may be located.
In administering this remedy, the same care should be used,
as is used in the administering of any other drug. In addition to regular
care a strict diet should be followed.
All foods that produce uric acid should be avoided, as
much as possible. Those who follow a diet, during treatment, similar to
that followed by vegetarians appear to recover faster and better. The
diet used with the Koch treatment is also very good, according to the
experience of patients reporting to us.
The foregoing remedy is an alterative and topic. It should
be used as an adjutant to a doctor’s regular procedure. It should not
be called a cancer cure, but rather an aid to normalcy.
REACTIONS TO LIQUID MEDICATION
If any of the following symptoms develop and are too severe,
discontinue medication until symptoms are gone (usually in two or three
days). Then resume with one-half original dosage and gradually increase
dosage to an amount most comfortably tolerate and then continue.
Pimples appear on face, shoulders and forehead, as well
as other locations on the body. They may become boil like. Glands in the
neck may swell, as well as the area of trouble.
Excessive watering of the eyes and nose may occur particularly
when bending over. Nausea and vomiting may develop. A bitter or salty
taste may upset the appetite and an extreme feeling of weakness, particularly
in the knees, may occur, as well as a pounding, rapid heartbeat.
These symptoms seldom occur but are given here as a guide
to the doctor in caring for his patient…
Contact Information For The Hoxsey Clinic: The Biomedical Center (Hoxsey
Clinic), Mildred Nelson, PO Box 727, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico (Actual address
is 611 General Ferreira Ave), US Phone: 706-684-9011. Phoning from Australia:
0011 5266-684-9011 (AEST+16 to 18 hrs. Please do not call her in the middle
of the night! She needs her rest – I estimate the best time to call from
Australia would be between 4pm-12pm AEST) Or write to Mildred Nelson c/o
John Meyers, PO Box 3654, San Ysidro, California, 92073, USA. Office hours
are 9am-4pm, closed on weekends and US/Mexico holidays,
The cost of the treatment is about $500 (it may be more now) including
4 weeks room and board (outpatients only). The program is under the direction
of medical doctors. A “simplified Gerson-like” dietary cancer therapy
is now available, including selected minerals, trace minerals, specially
processed cell foods etc. complete recovery has been accomplished in a
few weeks, but may take months, depending on the degree of body malfunction
at the start of therapy.
Detoxification and rebuilding of the body has also produced remarkable
recoveries from heart conditions, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, and similar
Patients who have had Pap tests indicating the necessity of an immediate
radical hysterectomy have been cleaned up in 30 to 60 days.
Lumps, biopsied as cancer, in the breast area or other parts of the lymph
system have become so isolated or atrophied, after detoxification courses,
that often no surgery is necessary, or, when surgery is still advisable,
simple rather than radical operations are required.
The Hoxsey Clinic also uses Koch’s Glyoxylide, Gaston Nassen’s 714X,
Rife’s radio therapy etc, as part of their healing modality.
The Video “Hoxsey Quack who Cures Cancer” (82 mins) is highly recommended viewing
and is available from Realidad Productions (US $55+$15 shipping), PO box 1644,
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504 Ph: (0011-1) 505 989-8575 Fax: 505 983- 8957. Also
available from Realidad is the Bernie Siegal film “Hope and a Prayer” ($40).
Newton’s Pharmacy in Sydney City has made up the Hoxsey formula. However,
it may not be effective unless an appropriate diet is followed. Remember,
it is Holistic medicine (body, mind, and spirit).
1. “March of Truth on Cancer”, Arlin J. Brown Information Centre, PO
Box 251, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060, ph 1- 703-752-9511.
2. “Whats In the Hoxsey Treatment?” by E. Edgar Bond, B.L.M.D., Editor
of the Journal of Medical Physical Research, reprinted from National Health
Federation Bulletin, Jan 1961, also the Journal of The American Medical
Association, June 12, 1954.