What is Hoxsey Therapy?

Currently, this herbal approach to cancer therapy, involving an internal tonic, a topical salve, and a topical powder, can be obtained in its original form from Mexico. But for decades it was a thriving cancer therapy in the U.S. It was the first widely used non-toxic cancer approach, but was so heavily opposed by the American Medical Association that it was finally forced out of the United States in the 1950’s. Melanomas and lymphomas are considered the best responders to this herbal approach.

Hoxsey Therapy is a mixture of herbs, was first marketed as a purported cure for cancer in the 1920s by Harry Hoxsey, a former coal miner and insurance salesman, and Norman Baker, a radio personality. Hoxsey claimed that he traced the treatment to his great-grandfather, who observed a horse with a tumor on its leg cure itself by grazing upon wild plants growing in the meadow. John Hoxsey gathered these herbs and mixed them with old home remedies used for cancer.  Among the claims made in his book, he purports his therapy aims to restore “physiological normalcy” to a disturbed metabolism throughout the body, with emphasis on purgation, to help carry away wastes from the tumors he believed his herbal mixtures caused to necrotize.


Over time, people sought out Hoxsey for the treatment of their cancer and he opened 17 clinics that he would eventually be closed by the FDA. Dogged in many states by legal trouble for practicing medicine without a license (he wasn’t a doctor), Hoxsey frequently shut down his clinics and reopened them in new locations. In 1936, Hoxsey opened a clinic in Texas which became one of the largest privately-owned cancer centers in the world. At one point in the 1950s, Hoxsey’s gross annual income reached $1.5 million from the treatment of 8,000 patients. No one can doubt the success he had in treating cancer patients and he won the respect of several heavy critics after successfully treating their family members, but Hoxsey made some critical errors. His ego was his downfall.  He claimed to ‘cure cancer’ and stuck to his statements of ‘cure’ despite what the AMA and FDA did to shut him up.  He may have ‘cured’ many cancer patients but NO ONE can claim a ‘cure’ regardless of how a patient responds.  Ego and pride is the downfall of many.

The truth:  The Hoxsey formula is a great detoxification tool, which we make good use of with many of our patients.  One does not need to go to Mexico to utilize Hoxsey protocols.

What we recommend that is similar to the Hoxsey formula: 

Hoxsey-Like Supplement

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