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Harry Hoxsey's Cancer Cure Helped Thousands Beat the Dreaded Disease

Updated on January 3, 2016

Hoxsey's Herbs Contained Burdock Root, a Potent Cancer Fighter


Brutally Persecuted for His Cancer Cure

The brutal persecution of Harry Hoxsey is a sad chapter in American history.

Hoxsey held a propriety herbal blend, passed down in his family for generations, which he distributed to cancer patients.

The story of Hoxsey is strikingly similar to that of Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse who developed a different herbal recipe that she gave to the sick and the dying. Both formulas contained local herbs, and both had burdock root as an ingredient, a known cancer fighter used by the Native Americans.

Recorded testimonials show that many cancer patients recovered after taking one of the formulas. Typically, these people were give no hope by conventional medical doctors.

Caisse was greatly pressured to stop by Canadian authorities. But she was able to practice in a small Ontario clinic, alongside a doctor, for a number of years. Fortunately, she never saw the inside of a jail.

Hoxsey, on the other hand, was repeatedly jailed. At one point the FDA issued a “Public Warning Against the Hoxsey Cancer Treatment.”

Although Hoxsey was not a doctor, he ran clinics staffed with doctors and a devoted nurse named Mildred Nelson. At the height of his reputation as a cancer healer, Hoxsey had a chain of clinics in 17 states. The most famous was a huge clinic in Dallas that treated thousands of cancer patients.

The Internet is filled with stories about Hoxsey, who died in 1974, and testimonials about his herbs. It's a safe bet that most of the patients he treated at his clinics, in the early to mid-1900s, are probably deceased. But more recent video footage of cancer survivors from a Mexican clinic, which uses Hoxsey herbs and his treatment method, are available on the Internet.

The Hoxsey treatment consisted of taking the formula internally. In the case of external tumors, patients applied a separate salve directly to the cancer in addition to drinking the formula.

Red Clover, a Known Cancer Fighting Weed is Found in Hoxsey's Herbs and Essiac Tea


Hoxsey Wouldn't Sell Out or Cave In

At one point, Hoxsey was reported approached by an official of the FDA, who offered him money if he'd sell the rights to his formula. He refused.

Local authorities also applied enormous pressure. Hoxsey, a coal miner, was charged with practicing medicine without a license, despite the fact his clinics always had doctors directing patient care. It was reported in that Hoxsey did eventually earn a Doctor of Naturopathy degree.

Despite the fact that medical doctors and nurses did hands-on patient care, Hoxsey was arrested so many times that he began to carry thousands of dollars with him, in case he needed to post bail, according to NaturalNews.

Health authorities continued to harass Hoxsey, who eventually moved operations out of the country. Suffering from various health ailments, he still wanted to provide his herbal treatment in a clinic setting. So his nurse, Mildred, opened a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico called Centro Bio-Medico. Although Mildred is now deceased, the clinic is still in operation, offering Hoxsey's herbs and other complementary treatments.

Horse Sense?

The herbal ingredients in Hoxsey's formula were discovered after his great-grandfather noticed a cancer-stricken horse eating certain wild plants. The horse recovered.
The herbal ingredients in Hoxsey's formula were discovered after his great-grandfather noticed a cancer-stricken horse eating certain wild plants. The horse recovered. | Source

Formula Discovered by a Horse

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Harry Hoxsey's formula is how it came into existence in the first place, during the mid-1800s. Hoxsey's great-grandfather was a Texas horse rancher, who had noticed one of his animals had developed a tumor on one of his legs. The elder Hoxsey also observed the animal began plants that grew in a certain part of the grazing pasture.

Soon the tumor dried up and fell off. The astute rancher went to the area his horse had been grazing and collected the weeds and herbs that grew there. One of the key ingredients of the Hoxsey formula is red clover, a weed that grows throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Asia and Africa. It has long been used as a staple cancer-fighter in herbal medicine.

Hoxsey's herbal cancer remedy also contained burdock root, barberry root and poke root, licorice root and others. The formula could vary according to the needs of individual patients, according to the NaturalNews account.

Although formula's purporting to be Hoxsey's are still sold on the Internet, Hoxsey and his clinic staff are not around to advise patients who can't afford a trip to Mexico.

Hoxsey's original clincs also put forth a very specific list of foods to avoid, such as tomatoes, pork, vinegar sugar, white flour and carbonated beverages, when taking Hoxsey's herbs, because of fears they would counteract the benefits.

Unfortunately, Hoxsey's work has been all but lost, and is largely inaccessible, unless you go to a clinic in Tijuana. This is a tragedy of epic proportions, as one out of three Americans, at some point in their lives, will be diagnosed with cancer. Most of them will die of the disease, despite the currently accepted, legally prescribed "standard of care."


Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

This article is only intended for informational purposes and nothing in it should be taken as medical advice. People with health concerns are urged to work with a medical professional familiar with their case. The author claims no responsibility for treatment decisions or any potential adverse outcomes. Women who are nursing or pregnant should not take herbal remedies unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

Short Video Clip on Harry Hoxsey


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  • ologsinquito profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from USA

    Hi namy, thanks so much for reading and for your feedback. I am so happy to hear your mother is stable, and, hopefully, will continue to improve.

  • ologsinquito profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from USA

    Hi vespawoolf,

    I certainly wish your friend well and I hope she beats the cancer. At least she has a plan now and, as you said, comfortable and apparently well enough to travel. Hoxsey put up with a lot in his lifetime.

  • ologsinquito profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from USA

    Hi Radcliff,

    Thanks for reading this and for commenting. Nearly everyone who has found a different (and more effective) way to treat cancer has been greatly pressured, at the very least. It is unfortunate that so many people place their faith in a system that can diagnose them with metastatic cancer, but doesn't offer them a viable solution. Fortunately, more people are waking up to the fact that cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence.


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