The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Federal Trade Commission goes after false cancer cures

     The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking legal action against companies making deceptive claims that their products cure or treat cancer while offering either no proof, or quoting false clinical evidence.

    The products affected include essiac teas and other herbal mixtures, laetrile, black salve (a corrosive ointment), and mushroom extracts.

    Here’s a list of the companies and their bogus products.

    Alexander Heckman aka Omega Supply

    • Laetrile (can cause cyanide poisoning at high doses)
    • Hydrazine sulphate (a potential carcinogen)
    • Cloracesium (contains celsium chloride)

    Native Essence Herb Company

    • Herbal concoctions (Rene Caisse essiac tea blend and cat’s claw)
    • Chaparral

    Daniel Chapter One

    • Various herbal formulations
    • Shark cartilage.

    Gemtronics, Inc

    • RAAX11 (made of chrysobalanus icaco, a derivative from a tropical bush, and agaricus, a medicinal mushroom)

    Mary T. Spohn aka Herbs for Cancer

    • Various Chinese herbal teas

    Nu-Gen Nutrition, Inc

    • Cantron (electrolyte liquid)
    • Apricot seeds (containing laetrile)

    Westberry Enterprises, Inc

    • Several teas
      • Burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, and Turkish rhubarb root
      • Melatonin
      • A woody vine known as cat’s claw
      • Saltwater blue-green algae
      • A mixture of roots, leaves, and barks from various plants

    Jim Clark’s All Natural Cancer Therapy

    • Marketed metabolic therapy products (laetrile, apricot seeds, digestive enzymes, okra-pepsin-E3, and coral calcium)

    Bioque Technologies, Inc

    • Extract from the soursop or guanabana tropical fruit tree
    • Serum GV

    Holly A. Bacon aka Cleansing Time Pro

    • Black salve


    • Essiac tea

    The bottom line?
    The FTC has a website at that is intended to raise awareness about bogus cancer cures. The site explains how to recognize and report bogus claims seen on the Internet. It urges people to seek professional advice if they’re considering trying any products themselves.

    9/20/08 19:51

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