The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist
What was the formula? Wikipedia says this:
Hoxsey herbal treatments include a topical paste of antimony, zinc and bloodroot, arsenic, sulfur, and talc for external treatments, and a liquid tonic of licorice, red clover, burdock root, Stillingia root, barberry, Cascara, prickly ash bark, buckthorn bark, and potassium iodide for internal consumption.
In addition to the herbs, the Hoxsey treatment now also includes antiseptic douches and washes, laxative tablets, and nutritional supplements. A mixture of procaine hydrochloride and vitamins, along with liver and cactus, is prescribed. During treatment, patients are asked to avoid consumption of tomatoes, vinegar, pork, alcohol, salt, sugar, and white flour products.
A site selling it says it contains:
Licorice root, Red Clover blossom, Burdock root, Stillingia root, Barberry root, Cascara Sagrada bark, Prickly Ash bark, Buckthorn bark, Poke root, Oregon Grape root, Wild Indigo root and Sea Kelp. 15 to 45 drops 2-3 times daily between meals. Not recommended if nursing or pregnant.
Another site says:
records suggest some combination of these…
- Licorice Root — Enhances immune function… Assists elimination… Long-standing tonic and blood purifier… Soothes internal inflammations… Potent against certain bacteria… Animal tests show antitumor activity
- Red Clover — Documented to produce anticancer effects… Antiangiogenic (meaning it prevents formation of new blood vessels, cutting off cancer’s ability to grow)… A phytoestrogen, which regulates the immune system and appears to prevent the spread of breast cancer… Long folk tradition against cancer
- Burdock Root — Excellent blood purifier… Has strong immune building properties… Lab tests show anticancer activity… Long-time folk cancer remedy in Chile, China, India, Canada, Russia, and the U.S.
- Stillingia Root — Sometimes called Queen’s root… Known for unsurpassed influence on lymphatic and secretory functions… A known antitumor agent
- Barberry — Barberry contains a wealth of anticancer, antitumor, antioxidant, and mutation-preventing compounds, plus cancer-preventive properties. Indians used it to cleanse the blood.
- Poke Root — Used by the Indians for cancer and by early settlers for skin cancer… Had a common name of “cancer root”… Triggers the immune system…
[Note: Do NOT even consider self-medicating with poke. It can be toxic in larger quantities, and eating the leaves without proper preparation can also be toxic. Be sure you are under the care of an expert who knows the right amount and preparation.]
- Prickly Ash Bark — Contains alkaloid compounds similar to those in barberry
- Buckthorn Bark — Long-standing remedy for cleansing the blood, liver disorders, and constipation… Contains aloe-emodin, a laxative compound with demonstrated antitumor qualities.
- Cascara Sagrada — Contains same aloe-emodins as buckthorn, but in double the amount… traditionally used as a purgative, laxative, tonic, and liver medicine… Inhibited breast cancer tumor growth in mice in just 10 days.
- Potassium Iodide — Regarded as the most overlooked factor in the tonic… Its only non-herbal ingredient… Is the base that contains all the herbs… Compound of potassium and iodine, known by the
symbol KI… Long history of use in alternative and veterinary medicine.
AMA files show obscure but important articles showing anticancer properties for KI — though at the time of Fishbein, AMA’s official position was that KI might accelerate cancer growth.
Another site says:
The tonic is individualized for cancer patients based on their general condition, the location of their cancer, and their previous history of treatment. An ingredient that usually remains constant for every patient is potassium iodide. Other ingredients are then added and may include licorice, red clover, burdock, stillingia root, berberis root, pokeroot, cascara, Aromatic USP 14, prickly ash bark, and buckthorn bark. A red paste may be used, which tends to be caustic (irritating), and contains antimony trisulfide, zinc chloride, and bloodroot. A topical yellow powder may be used and contains arsenic sulfide, talc, sulfur, and a “yellow precipitate.” A clear solution may also be administered and contains trichloroacetic acid.
Another site says:
The ingredient particulars of the original internal Hoxsey formula have been well-documented, and many formulas (including Hoxsaic) that use his name or allude to his work leave out, for one reason or another, a crucial ingredient that even Hoxsey himself said was crucial to making his internal formula “work” — potassium iodide, 7.7% to be precise, in his original tonic.
Morris Fishbein may one day be recognized as America’s least known mass murderer. Whatever he was against, I’d like to have a good look at. Sure there are real “quacks” but there are also real conspiracies. That’s why we have laws against conspiracy in the USA.