10 Scam Homeopathic ‘Cures’ That Made Millions Anyway
In the world of medicine, fake homeopathic cures — or scams — thrive for a number of reasons. While some with illnesses are simply mistrustful of doctors and traditional medicine, many are so desperate that they will try just about anything when it comes to looking for a cure. But with abounding unfounded medical claims and an easily manipulated patient’s desperation to believe comes a greedy breed of fake doctors who will trick and scam their way into riches by concocting ridiculous “cures” that claim to fix all sorts of diseases while, in reality, they are no more effective than a sugar pill.
Here are 10 shameful homeopathic “cures” that are total scams but were successful moneymakers despite their uselessness.
1. Stanislaw Burzynski’s false cancer cure
Stanislaw Burzynski — who is not a real doctor — runs the Burzynski Clinic, a place where he brazenly claims to be able to cure children of their inoperable pediatric brainstem tumors. Children with this specific type of cancer have a 5 percent survival rate, but Burzynski asserts his homeopathic treatments have cured 50 percent of the children whose parents have doled out anywhere between $25,000 to $100,000 on the hope that their child may benefit from this scam.
Burzynski’s lack of hospital privileges means that families whose children are being treated with his fake homeopathic drugs, which he called “antineoplastons,” are suspiciously forced to stay in hotels near the clinic, only further promoting the idea that Burzynski is a total quack. Even worse is the fact that most insurance companies won’t pay for Burzynski’s fake homeopathic treatments, leaving sad and hopeful families broke after seeking his help.
Doctors in the hospitals where children go after Burzynski’s treatments fail say that not one has survived long term, and multiple professional oncologists (including the National Cancer Institute) criticize Burzynski’s treatments as nothing more than quackery with which to provide false hope to the terminally ill and their families. However, Burzynski continues to take money and administer fake homeopathic drugs that were originally synthesized from blood and urine and which may even induce coma, brain swelling, and death.