The complete history of how Cuba stumbled upon its curative arachnid might never be known. There's no written account, and the man who discovered the blue scorpion's powers, a biologist named Misael Bordier Chivas, died of a heart attack seven years ago. But the story goes something like this: While testing several snake, spider, and scorpion venoms for a variety of ailments during the 1980s for the University of Guantánamo, Professor Bordier noticed improvement in rats and dogs taking R. junceus venom. He expanded his experiments and soon saw tumors decrease in size.

In 1993, word of his research reached a hotel manager named José Felipe Monzón living on the other side of the country in a town called Jagüey Grande. Monzón's 15-year-old daughter, Niurys, had all but lost a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer that had spread to her liver and intestines. Unwilling to give up, Monzón traveled to Guantánamo and begged Bordier for some venom. The professor mixed the first human formula for the girl, who appears to be in good health today. (She declined a request for an interview.)

Labiofam approached Bordier several years later. The state firm began tests that confirmed the treatment's safety. Given the promising results, the company decided to make it available immediately. Because government health authorities couldn't approve the medicine for sale so quickly, the company found a loophole: It started distributing it free to anyone who gave informed consent in 2003.

José Perera is a scorpion hunter employed by Cuba's state biotech company, Labiofam.
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
José Perera is a scorpion hunter employed by Cuba's state biotech company, Labiofam.
Scorpions are stored by the thousands at a Labiofam facility in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
Scorpions are stored by the thousands at a Labiofam facility in Santa Clara, Cuba.

That practice meant a large amount of venom was needed. To get it, Labiofam created a scorpionario in the city of Santa Clara, where today more than 7,000 of the creatures wriggle in individual plastic containers on metal shelves.

"This is where the milking happens," says Manuel Valdés, a veterinarian clad in medical scrubs, latex gloves, and a surgical cap and mask. He's standing inside a small bare room in the Labiofam outpost. In the adjoining acclimatized rooms (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit), every scorpion has an ID number, coded for its region of capture and date of entry. The animals spend 40 days in quarantine — long enough for any pregnant scorpions to give birth and for any potential illness to be detected. Then they enter the venom rotation.

The scorpion twists itself backward as one of Valdés' colleagues uses two long metal tongs to try to steady the five-inch arachnid. "It takes a certain technique," Valdés says. The man aims the tail over a small glass jar sitting in a bucket of ice, and the scientist steps on a pedal attached to an electro-stimulus machine. As a jolt transmitted through the tongs reaches the scorpion, it releases six to 12 "micro-drops" of milky-white venom. "Each scorpion is milked once a month for two years," explains Valdés, who says the average lifespan of R. junceus is ten years. "Then it's released back into the wild to repopulate the species." The venom moves on to Havana, where for years it has been diluted with distilled water depending upon a patient's condition.

As soon as Labiofam began production, news of the free treatment traveled quickly. "I'd arrive at the office at 6 a.m. and there would already be lines of people around the block," Dr. Fraga recalls. Charter flights full of cancer patients started arriving from Europe. Weeks after an Italian journalist aired a video segment about the venom, hundreds of Italians showed up each day. "We never turned anyone away," Fraga says.

By 2010, the situation had become untenable. First, the government was anxious. In 2004, 2006, and 2009, Cuba's State Control Center for Medicine, Equipment, and Medicinal Products (CECEMD) — the country's equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration — was compelled to issue warnings regarding scorpion treatment. "Cuba does not yet have any pharmaceutical product based on the venom of the blue scorpion," Dr. Rafael Pérez Cristiá, director of Cuba's Regulatory Bureau for the Health Protection and Center for Quality Control, said in 2009. "At this moment, we do not have the documented evidence of the therapeutic action... that would justify its safe and efficient usage."

And supplies were running short. "They would need more than the entire scorpion population in Cuba to keep up production," says a former Labiofam employee who asked that his name not be used.

So Labiofam opted for homeopathy. This approach quickly gained approval, and Vidatox was born. The extremely diluted solution made it more viable to mass-produce. The 30-milliliter bottle is now available at Cuban pharmacies at a cost of $220 for foreigners and 4 cents for Cubans. Labiofam still makes the original, drinkable formula but has stopped its all-access distribution program.

Another formula is in the works. Diaz's team has identified five proteins in the venom that have anti-tumor capacities and will use these as the basis for a recombinant or synthetic version. One of the proteins being researched is likely a peptide known as chlorotoxin (CTX), which can be derived from many scorpion species. It has been researched in relation to cancer for 20 years with limited results. Diaz says if these elements can be genetically cloned, the blue scorpions of the future will live in peace.

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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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