FDA Attacks Alternative Clinics Cancer Patients' Lives ThreatenedApril 2002
By John C. Hammell, President, International Advocates for Health Freedom
Seized in the raids were the aloe extract (Albarin), all patients' charts, along with all computers and other business records.
The purpose of the Oct 11, 2001 FDA raid was to stop cancer patients from being able to use this intravenous form of aloe vera (called Albarin). According to the information we have gathered, Albarin was causing tumor shrinkage, significant pain relief and increased energy levels; advanced patients were achieving remission. It is difficult for us to verify this efficacy data, because the FDA seized all patient records.
These cancer patients' lives now have been thrown into disarray; eight have died as we go to press. Clearly, the surviving cancer patients must get their Albarin back. If the FDA succeeds in this draconian effort to suppress patients' access to Albarin, it will have a chilling effect against other medical pioneers and suppress consumer access to potentially life-saving therapies.
While the FDA attempts to build a criminal case against those involved in this project, many more patients face near certain death. A video made after the FDA raids shows actual cancer patients describing how Albarin was responsible for keeping them alive. At the end of this article, you will find out how you can obtain this video by making a small contribution to the legal defense fund.
The government is not committing full resources to fight terrorism!
Court House demanding that
the FDA return the seized
aloe (Albarin) extract.
Ironically, these multiple FDA raids came exactly one month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center/Pentagon. If you watched TV on October 11, 2001, you heard elected and appointed Federal officials categorically state that all law enforcement resources were being used to fight terrorism, specifically the spreading anthrax endemic. You heard officials at the highest levels of government proclaim that the United States was at war both at home and abroad and that State and Federal government were totally committed to protecting American lives and winning the war against terrorism.
The government was not telling the truth! At the very time that anthrax was contaminating congressional office buildings, the FDA was expending resources digging through Joe Di Stefano's garbage and assembling a team of law enforcement personnel to conduct multiple raids.
The law enforcement agencies involved in this FDA raid could have been protecting Americans against terrorism. Instead, the FDA thought it was more important to deny terminal cancer patients access to a therapy that may have been keeping them alive. In the next section, you will learn why the FDA is so compelled to censor these types of alternative therapies.
Who benefits from FDA "protection"?
Most people don't realize how politically influenced the FDA is. Several former FDA officials who now work as consultants for private industry explained this to me. The FDA receives a lot of "complaints" about various products it regulates. When I was first told this, I said, "Do you mean a lot of consumers complain to the FDA?" The answer is no. The FDA defines "complaints" as when a commercial company contacts the FDA and asks them to investigate the activities of a competitor. The purpose of these complaints is to cause problems for the competitor so that the "complaining" company can gain a tactical advantage in the marketplace. The FDA is happy to serve various pharmaceutical interests in this role due to the revolving door between the Agency and certain companies whose interests they protect.
The FDA claims to be a consumer protection agency. The truth is that industry uses the FDA to attack competitors. So when the FDA pretends to have the interests of consumers at heart, always look to who benefits from the FDA's actions. In most cases, it's giant drug companies, the blood banking industry, large food processors, etc. There is relatively little "consumer protection" provided to the American public by the FDA. The FDA aggressively protects the profit margins of industry (especially big drug companies), at the expense of the individual consumer.
Now here is where the story gets interesting. Who do you think "complained" to the FDA about Joe Di Stephano and Dr. Mayer's intravenous aloe therapy? It turns out that no cancer patient or their families ever complained. Joe Di Stefano and Dr. Mayer are loved and respected by their patients who found them by word-of-mouth. Unlike many alternative clinics attacked by the FDA, Joe Di Stefano and Dr. Mayer were not advertising and not making curative health claims. Remember, to find out what motivates the FDA to act, you have to look at whose economic interests were being impacted. It turns out that more and more cancer patients were choosing this nontoxic alternative therapy instead of chemotherapy. So the oncologists in the area got together to "complain" to the FDA about Joe Di Stefano and Dr. Mayer selling an unapproved cancer drug (aloe extract).
Realizing that these conventional oncologists are part of the monolithic "cancer industry," the FDA acted with lightning speed to shut down this competitive threat. After all, if the effects of this aloe extract became widely known, it could inhibit sales of highly profitable chemotherapy drugs.
The FDA has historically functioned to protect the profits of the politically well connected. Small companies who discover novel approaches to treat disease seldom survive the FDA's delays in approving paperwork or Gestapo-like raids as were instigated against Joe Di Stefano, et al.
What the FDA says
The FDA is attempting to label Albarin as a "dangerous, unapproved drug" and would have people believe that Joe Di Stefano and others involved with it were "ripping people off." Joe Di Stefano claims they were bending over backwards to comply with the FDA's drug approval process when the raid occurred. If Joe Di Stefano's group had been a large pharmaceutical company, the FDA would have made an inquiry about what was going on instead of conducting an armed raid.
The FDA is threatening to bring criminal charges against Joe Di Stephano and others for selling an "unapproved drug." Based on how the FDA traditionally prosecutes a criminal case, they will seek to block all evidence and testimony showing that the unapproved therapy may be effective. Instead, they will make their case to the jury that it is illegal to sell an unapproved drug. FDA enforcement personnel have stated that they don't care whether Albarin was saving people's lives or not. They say their job is to enforce the law, not determine efficacy.
The Judge sealed the documents relating to the execution of this search warrant and all the patients' records remain with the FDA. This prevents us from conducting a complete independent evaluation of this situation. However, the medical records that we have reviewed lends weight to the many testimonials from actual cancer patients about the benefits they were obtaining from Albarin.
How effective is this aloe extract?
We could present an array of evidence that would indicate that Joe Di Stephano's aloe extract (Albarin) is a valid cancer therapy, but we are going to wait until we can get ahold of the actual patient records (now being held by the FDA). We don't want to raise any false hopes. The handful of medical records we've seen seem to confirm the numerous verbal testimonies we've heard regarding Albarin's effectiveness. Although the FDA has made a more complete evaluation impossible until some time in the future, we still emphasize the need to contribute to Joe DiStefano's legal fund and to do everything possible to help these cancer victims get their Albarin back!
It is important to point out that studies published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature indicate that aloe extracts may be effective against cancer. The problem is that this special aloe extract (Albarin) cannot be obtained anywhere else at this time.