Blue Scorpion Venom: Cuba's Miracle Drug

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Blue Scorpion Venom: Cuba's Miracle Drug

Six-year-old Leandro Gonzáles sits attentively at the foot of his parents' double bed, his legs dangling along the faded flower-print bedspread. His tiny brown eyes follow Dr. Niudis Cruz's index finger left, right, up, and down. He rolls back and stretches his arms toward the ceiling for a count of ten. Then Dr. Cruz, a sandy-haired cancer specialist in her 40s, slips her lean fingers into the small boy's hands, and he squeezes tightly. "Good, good," the doctor says, nodding.

Yaima, the boy's quiet, petite mother, stands to the side, holding her breath as Leandro completes his bimonthly physical exam. Her boy has an inoperable tumor in his brain stem, and she's watched the ritual countless times. But seeing him push his legs forcefully against the doctor's hand still brings tears of relief to her eyes. A little more than a year ago, he was immobile and virtually mute.

See also: Slide Show: Blue Scorpion Venom: Cuba's Miracle Drug.

A doctor applies a mild electric shock to a scorpion to extract its venom. See also: Slide Show: Blue Scorpion Venom: Cuba's Miracle Drug.
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A doctor applies a mild electric shock to a scorpion to extract its venom. See also: Slide Show: Blue Scorpion Venom: Cuba's Miracle Drug.
Leandro Gonzáles, 6, has an inoperable brain tumor, but doctors have been able to reduce its size.
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
Leandro Gonzáles, 6, has an inoperable brain tumor, but doctors have been able to reduce its size.

When the exam concludes, Cruz rattles off doctor-speak about the child's muscle strength, response mechanisms, and the Lansky scale, an internationally recognized quality-of-life indicator for child cancer patients (he's a 90; 100 is perfect health). She whips out her laptop and pulls up the black-and-white CT scan images of Leandro's brain. "His is the most aggressive of all pediatric cancers, with an 80 percent mortality rate within one year," she says.

She points toward the images on the screen and measurements of the tumor's progression since its detection 18 months ago. From September 2011 to April 2012, it decreased in size approximately 15 percent. During that period, Leandro underwent no treatment other than swallowing doses of clear, tasteless liquid three times daily. "It's scientifically impossible for a tumor to shrink on its own," the doctor emphasizes. "It has to be the result of some outside intervention."

Intervention for Leandro has been the venom of a medium-size scorpion called Rhopalurus junceus, known in Cuba as the escorpión azul — blue scorpion. Four months after he was diagnosed in May 2011, Leandro's weight had fallen to that of a 2-year-old. But after consuming the venom-water mixture, his health has returned almost to normal. He can now walk and tell you about his favorite food (sunny-side-up eggs) and color (yellow), and he rides his bike (with training wheels) daily. "I give thanks to God," Yaima says, "and to the doctors who knew about the scorpion."

For more than 20 years, Cubans have been treating cancer patients with blue scorpion venom. And there have been too many Leandros to dismiss the miraculous recoveries as coincidence. Even when the results aren't quite as jaw-dropping, thousands attest to pain relief, increased muscle strength, and renewed energy while on the medicine.

The treatment is now poised for a global premiere. Cuba's state pharmaceutical company, Labiofam, recently began mass-producing a homeopathic version called Vidatox. A handful of countries have registered it for sale, and a small black market to move the product around the globe has emerged. It's impossible to know how many patients have imbibed the venom treatment from the small glass bottles over the past two decades, but the number is likely more than 55,000 globally.

Curing cancer such as Leandro's has arguably become the medical world's greatest conundrum. According to the World Health Organization, the disease killed approximately 7.6 million people in 2008, 13 percent of all deaths worldwide. Despite the billions of dollars invested in research, our treatment fallbacks — chemotherapy and radiation — are woefully inadequate. Doctors are only 7.3 percent more successful at treating cancer than they were in 1950, and it's expected that by 2030, twice the number of people will die from the disease as do today, predicts the World Health Organization.

"It's hard for people to let go of believing only in conventional treatments," says Labiofam's director, Dr. José Antonio Fraga, a big man with a big mustache. He speaks from behind his director-size desk at the sprawling state pharmaceutical company in Havana that, until recently, was best known for supplying 98 percent of Cuba's veterinary products.

He chooses his words carefully. "We have not found a cure, and we do not suggest that people refuse chemotherapy or radiation," he says. "But human medicine is based on evidence." And his evidence cannot be overlooked.


Perhaps the best-known case of blue scorpion success is that of Yarislenis Abreu, a shy 15-year-old who goes by "Yari" and lives in the third-floor apartment of concrete housing in the town of Valle Honda, near Cuba's western edge. She remembers being "a vegetable" just five years ago. The right half of her body was paralyzed, and she could form thoughts in her mind but couldn't express the words. At age 10, her brain tumor was growing weekly, radiation had failed, and her doctors sent her home to die.

Her mother, Iraíde, refused to give up hope and sent Yari's father on a mission: He was to bring back the scorpion medicine a fellow cancer patient's mom said could be obtained free in a nearby province. A month later, Iraíde recalls of her daughter, "She was yelling at me: 'Mom, get me out of this bed!'" Since then, Yari has learned to walk again and write with her left hand, because her right is still smaller and weaker from the paralysis. She studies with a state-paid tutor at home and hopes to start normal high school soon. She has not missed a day of the venom medicine — and has a new weekly routine. Saturday nights, she walks two miles roundtrip to the nearest reggaeton dance club. "My mom jokes that it's like my church," Yari says, "because I go every weekend without fail."

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cleo4012
cleo4012

In May of this year, I was given the news that I have stage 4 liver cancer, and bone cancer that metastasized from breast cancer. My Oncologist gave me 6-8 months to live, and said there was nothing he could do for me. My bone pain was severe, and so was liver pain. On a scale of 1-10, I was a constant 81/2 to 9.  My boss heard of the blue scorpion venom, Escozine. He purchased 3 months supply. I began taking it on July 21st. By July 26th, my bone pain has reduced 50%. The cough I had from the mass in my chest subsided. It is August 16th. I have no bone pain, liver pain is very mild, about 1 1/2. No cough, high energy, I feel brand new. This really does work! I will have my scans next month, and I fully expect the doctor and staff to faint from surprise when they see my condition has greatly improved and I am on the way to being fully cured of this cancer. Really.

rci8719
rci8719

Even though this treatment has not worked for every person who tried it, that's not to say

in certain types of cancer & in individual cases it does not work.

I know Cuban scientists and doctors are some of the best in the world.

If they say it works I believe it.

 I only wish I knew about some of Cuba's cancer treatments 15 years ago when my

Father was sick with leukemia. My Father might still be here today had I tried this

amazing miracle treatment on him.


 Bruce.


 Toronto. Canada. 

snow
snow

To all you naysayers - there are studies that show it does work on pubmed.  For anyone that doesn't believe in homeopathy, tell that to the water testing lab that is looking for lead in  your water at parts per million.  I'm sure it's not going to work for everyone, which is exactly why you shouldn't shoot it down & possibly make someone pass it up who it can save.  

marcy
marcy

Anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of snake oil as a cure is of zero value.

Feeding off desperate suckers is a time honored principal of quack medicine.


LPHastings
LPHastings

Why is everyone bashing this article? Good read, thank you!

Robertson Adams
Robertson Adams

That and some mint leaves, sugar rum and an iodine tablet....

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

Hey, if it worked for Chavez... Oh wait.

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

The answer lies in nutrition, not a miracle venom. Do the research.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

May be it can be used to correct some people's grammar!!

Richard Advocat
Richard Advocat

Did you not get the memo Miami New Times? Nothing positive can happen in Cuba, so long as Castro is in power.

Juan Bermudez
Juan Bermudez

Must of worked wonders on Hugo Chavez. He is dead.

rodriguez_francisco_
rodriguez_francisco_

Although I  agree that nutrition is very important to prevent cancer. Those that already have it can benefit from both a good healthy diet and new medical treatments.

lexluthor
lexluthor

@Richard Advocat THEY ARE CIGAR HATERS IN THE CLOSET,YOU KNOW....!

lexluthor
lexluthor

@Beatrice I. DiGirolamo NOBODY SAID TO TEASE THE SCORPION, SIR----nor drink the worms in the Mexican Tequila bottles, either.....

rodriguez_francisco_
rodriguez_francisco_

And how do you explain "chemotherapy, the most effective cure for cancer" it only 2.1% effective. what does that mean; out of 100 people in chemotherapy only 2 will survive the treatment. Meaning the treatment it self didn't kill them and the cancer it self is in decline. Not very good now is it, if you were  sold a medication for pain relief and it only worked 2 times out of the 100 time you took it you wouldn't buy it again now would you.


There are many other issues with chemotherapy such as:


-It causes permanent damage throughout the body

-It destroys your immune system, which is the most critical component in getting well.

-It is a highly toxic carcinogen that can cause secondary cancers throughout the body


So don't be to quick to dismiss other types of treatments just because they're not approve in your country. A country who's Drug and Food Administration is ran by people who often times still on the payroll of some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. I guess its no coincidence that they dismiss other treatments and still keep Chemotherapy as the best option. 


Guess which treatment Hugo selected, I'll give you a moment to think about it................


"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez undergone surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment" - Huffington post


- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/hugo-chavez-cancer-treatment/


Please do your homework next time before you try and put down a person just because his views aren't in par with your current governments.

hlain9152
hlain9152

@Juan Bermudez Dammit! You beat me to it! Good point.

 
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