That she, like Leandro, survived a brain tumor with the help of the venom is telling, says Dr. Alexis Diaz, an enthusiastic young Cuban scientist who's on Labiofam's small venom-research team. He says the medicine has produced results only on solid or organ cancers like those in the lungs, pancreas, brain, or stomach. It hasn't been found effective for liquid or blood-based cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma. Nor does the medicine always yield results like those that occurred with the two children. "Most patients seek the venom after everything else has failed," Diaz says. "These patients have very weak immune systems and the cancer has already metastasized, so it's hard to expect really surprising results every time."

But if the treatment is administered in the early stages of sickness, its impact is more profound, he believes. "We hope to help turn cancer from being a fatal disease into a chronic and manageable one, like diabetes."

Along these lines, Cuban doctors actively encourage using the venom as a complement to conventional methods. For example, after taking the venom for seven months, Leandro was strong enough for surgeons to create a permanent solution to his brain-fluid buildup. So his physicians, while maintaining his scorpion treatment, started him on radiation. This led to a further reduction in the tumor's size.

Dr. José Antonio Fraga is director of Labiofam, well known for Vidatox, a cancer treatment made from scorpion venom.
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
Dr. José Antonio Fraga is director of Labiofam, well known for Vidatox, a cancer treatment made from scorpion venom.
Yarislenis Abreu, 15, was a vegetable five years ago because of a brain tumor. Doctors credit the medicine with reducing the tumor's size.
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
Yarislenis Abreu, 15, was a vegetable five years ago because of a brain tumor. Doctors credit the medicine with reducing the tumor's size.

Dr. Luigi Di Lorenzi, director of the neuroscience department's rehabilitation unit at the Azienda Hospital G. Rummo in Benevento, Italy, tells a similar story. Unbeknownst to him, in 2010, one of his cancer patients began taking the venom-based formula. "My patient experienced an unexpected total pain relief with a good recovery of muscle strength, vital energy, and capacity to cope with daily activities such as eating," Di Lorenzi recalls.

Impressed, the specialist in rehabilitative medicine traveled to Cuba to investigate. "It is difficult to determine where reality ends and fantasy begins," he says, but "the common denominator seems to be a significant reduction of pain obtained in 100 percent of patients."

This, he stresses, should not be underestimated: "Pain therapy [is] crucial," he says, explaining how he described his experience for the Open Cancer Journal. "We do not aim to promote unproven therapies, [but] this venom certainly warrants further investigation," he wrote in a letter published last year.

Labiofam claims to have studied the effects of the venom on 10,000 patients, including 3,500 foreigners. But there is no public compilation of the methodology or results. No independent experts have conducted experiments, and none of Labiofam's work has been submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The medical world is therefore skeptical. "Rhopalurus junceus, or blue scorpion venom, originated from Cuba... is often marketed as having anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties," reads the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website. "The manufacturers' research cannot be corroborated. Continued research... is needed."

What is established is the product's safety. Labiofam says it conducted toxicity tests before it began distributing it, and a reputable laboratory at the Biotechnology Institute of Mexico's largest university, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), recently confirmed the venom formula to be nontoxic to mammals. Indeed, among thousands of online accounts of success or failure with the venom treatment worldwide, not one notes harmful side effects.

The harmlessness of the medicine, though, is curious considering its origins.


José Perera and Juan González race up the brambly hillside. It's late, almost noon, and their work will be more difficult when the midday sun sends their tiny, evasive targets out of sight. Lanky, with taut bronzed skin and matching buzzcuts, the two men in their early 40s make their way through spiny brush toward a cluster of rocks. They hold metal pincers in one hand and opaque plastic containers in the other. The pair crouches in unison, carefully yet quickly pushing aside rocks. After a few moments, a small wriggling mass appears. As if sensing something ominous, the scorpion scurries frantically. But these men are professionals. With one motion, Pe­rera steadies his pincers. He quickly grabs the scorpion's tail, thus rendering it as harmless as a grasshopper, and drops it into the container.

"I'm a scorpion hunter!" Perera says with gusto, stretching his back and surveying the rolling hills of Cuba's Santa Clara valley. The duo is one of a dozen or so teams that spend their days scouring rocks throughout the country in search of the misnamed scorpion, which is actually beige and mauve, not blue.

Back at González's nearby house, they add their catch to the dozens already inside a large metal barrel, covered by several rusty slabs. No living creature could possibly escape. "I've been stung 13 times in five years," Perera says. But neither he nor González is afraid. Though the sting of R. junceus hurts like hell and can cause temporary numbness, it's not deadly to humans. "People hate these animals," Perera reflects, genuinely confounded. "I say, 'Bring on the scorpions!'"

Indeed, the scorpion might be one of the animal kingdom's most misunderstood creatures. Of the more than 2,000 species worldwide, only 20 to 30 are dangerous to humans, and in those cases, mainly to small children. Scorpions sting only when threatened.

They've also been used for centuries in healing. "One noticeable example is the use of Mesobuthus martensii in Chinese traditional medicine," says Jan Ove Rein, a senior research librarian at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology and editor of the website the Scorpion Files, which lists more than 25 species with medical applications ranging from pain relief to treatment for seizures and paralysis.

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raul714
raul714

Where can I get this for dad

raul714
raul714

I need help getting this for my dad in phoenix arizona as he had liver cancer. Please help ? Raul714@msn.com ty

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.

raul714
raul714

Where can I get this ?

raul714
raul714

Hey there I seen what you been posting and need to get a hold of that treatment for my dad.. He is very advanced in his cancer and needs a liver transplant but they won't do anything since he is too advanced please help? Raul714@msn.com

rodriguez_francisco_
rodriguez_francisco_

@raul714 Hi raul714, the best place to get it would be directly from the Manufacture website other people sell it online but they might over charge for it and you have no guarantee your getting the real or original product. Vidatox 30CH is the original product made in cuba.


The following link is of the Pharmaceutical company LabioFam who makes this product.


http://www.labiofam.cu/en (the Vidatox 30CH is under the title products)


(direct link to the product)

http://www.labiofam.cu/en/productos/vidatox-30ch.html


there's a list of distributor and pharmacies that carry the product at the bottom of the page, you can contact them for instruction on purchasing the product.


hope this helps you.



 
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