Fishbein vs Hoxsey


by Pastor Don Elmore

June 9, 2013

Scripture Reading:  Psalms 104:14-15 “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man:  that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheth man’s heart.”

I must have been asleep when this battle took place, as I was alive when a lot of it happened.  It lasted for over 25 years and I still was not aware of it occurring.  It began before I was born, and it fought on when I was in elementary, middle, and high school.  It was a major case, and I didn’t learn of it until a couple of months ago.

The two men who fought against each other, Fishbein and Hoxsey, were from different stock. Harry Hoxsey

Fishbein was a jew and Hoxsey an Israelite.  Fishbein flunked anatomy class in college, never completed his internship class and was never a doctor—he never had any patients whatsoever. 

Hoxsey only went to the eighth grade and then he dropped out of school.  He was a coal miner in Illinois, where his grandfather had been a farmer.  His grandfather had a stallion that was his favorite.  It got cancer in its right hoof, and the veterinarian said that it should be destroyed.  Instead, John Hoxsey, his grandfather, who was a Quaker, decided to let his favorite horse go into the pasture and enjoy his final days. 

The horse began to go into one area of the pasture and ate certain herbs that he never had eaten before.  And as he did so, he surprisingly got better and better.  Soon the horse recovered completely and the tumor sloughed away.

Grandfather Hoxsey began to take notes and when his horse was completely free of any cancer he began to mix these herbs for the other animals.  He used this information to develop a salve for animals, mostly horses, and saved their lives from the torture of cancer and other diseases. 

He kept the formula a secret; and, before his death, Hoxsey entrusted his secret formula to his son, also named John, who became a “country doctor.”  When his son (John Hoxsey, Jr.) was on his death bed, he told his son (Harry Hoxsey) about this salve and pills which he then used in his veterinarian practice and asked him if he wanted to be a veterinarian or a doctor too.  He explained to his son that he had begun to use it on people with great success.  So he asked his son, who was named Harry, if he wanted this secret formula.  And he answered, “Yes.” 

So his father gave him the formulas.  He had him write the formulas over and over for the liquid, the salve, and the powder till he had filled three notebooks. He had just the one night to finish learning them, for the next morning his father burned his papers and soon after, died.  Before he gave his son the formulas, he made his son promise that he would make this available to anyone, regardless of the cost

So, after his father died, Harry, in 1922, opened his first clinic in Taylorville, Illinois.  He was having success in curing cancer, but he was hounded and arrested many times for practicing medicine without a license.  But before we go on, let’s get some more background.

John D. Rockefeller

William Avery Rockefeller, the father of the more famous John Davidson Rockefeller, was quite a man.  He had eight children and three wives and after he was indicted for rape in 1849, he called himself “Dr. Bill Levingston, Celebrated Cancer Specialist;” besides being neither a doctor, or celebrated or a cancer specialist.  He was the best snake-oil salesman of the nineteenth century in America.   He sold his bottle of tonic for $25 a bottle; a mixture of a laxative and petroleum.  William A Rockefeller

$25 a bottle was two months’ salary for the average American at that time.   But “Dr. Bill” didn’t have to worry about the reaction of his customers because he didn’t stay in any one town very long.  He was known also as “Devil Bill,” and made his living out of lies and deceit. 

One of his sons, John, learned his lessons well from his father.  He used the lies and deceit with another “snake oil;”—not one to “cure” cancer, but petroleum.  John lied constantly to get the new “horseless carriages” (cars) to use gasoline, derived from petroleum.  Electricity and fermented vegetables were soon discarded from the use in the automobile—and eventually gasoline became the main choice of drivers. 

All civilized countries now used petroleum products in Big Agra for fertilizers, Big Pharma for drugs, Big Food for additives; Big Plastics for plastic goods and packaging, Big Tires for the multitude of billions of tires; besides Big Automobile plants that burn all of the gasoline in their cars and trucks.    All of the viable substitutes for oil have been suppressed by the snake oil salesmen by their Washington lobbyists. 

A consortium of General Motors, Firestone Tire, and Phillips Petroleum along with Rockefeller’s Standard Oil made up a joint company that bought up and dismantled the trolley cars in 45 American cities:  including, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis.  The automobile became king.  William Avery Rockefeller would no doubt approve of the lies and deceit of these modern snake oil salesmen.  They followed his tactics just like he did.

During his days as “Devil Bill,” he began to bottle the raw petroleum and palm it off under various names as a cure for the popular maladies of the day:  such as liver complaint, cholera, consumption and bronchitis, as well as cancer.    The bottle of snake-oil that they sold cost the druggist only 21 cents for a bottle and Standard Oil only 1/5 of a cent to make it.  What a profit!

It wasn’t until 1939 that the drug business began to assume the present gigantic proportion which today makes $10 billion a year business.  It didn’t matter to the Rockefellers that their father’s snake oil was discovered by physicians to be harmful as it robbed the body of the soluble vitamins and caused serious deficiency diseases.  It made them money, and that was all that counted; it didn’t matter that it hurt more people than it helped.

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) was started in 1849.  Dr. George H. Simmons became the head of the AMA in 1899.  It was a weak organization with little money and little respect from the general public.  The AMA realized that competition was causing physicians’ incomes to dwindle, as the number of medical schools had increased from around 90 (in 1880) to over 150 (in 1903).  Chiropractic had just been introduced into the mainstream, homeopathy was thriving, herbalists were flourishing, and all the while regular doctors were unable to profit from their medical practices.

 Abraham FlexnerSimmons was shrewd enough to have the AMA establish a Council on Medical Education in 1904.  This Council devised a plan to rank medical schools that favored the allopathic schools and downgraded the homeopathic schools.  However by 1910, the AMA was out of money and didn’t have the funds to complete the project.  This is where Rockefeller and Carnegie joined with the AMA and provided them with the money to complete the job they had started.  

Simon Flexner, who was on the Board of Directors for the Rockefeller Institute, proposed that his brother, Abraham, who knew nothing about medicine, and who was on the staff of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, be put on the Board of Medical Education.  With practically unlimited funds it became predictable that the homeopathic colleges, even the large and respected ones, would eventually be forced to stop teaching homeopathy or die.  And that’s exactly what happened.

It was what they (Rockefellers) did to the Christian religion, too.  They took over the seminaries and changed that religion so that today it is almost 180 degrees different from what it used to be.  They wrote books (Scofield Bibles, rapture books, universalism, etc.) and put money in the churches that taught what they wanted and fought against churches that they did not agree with [501 (c)3] .  In the same manner, they took over the medical schools.

Carnegie and Rockefeller commenced a major upgrade in medical education by financing only those medical schools that instructed in what they wanted taught.  In other words, they began to immediately shower hundreds of millions of dollars on these medical schools that were teaching “drug intensive” medicine. 

The purpose was to dominate the oil and chemical (pharmaceutical) markets, and the Flexner brothers report gave both of these tycoons the “ammunition” they needed to achieve that goal.  In the end, the Rockefeller/Carnegie plan was a smashing success.  Those medical schools that did not conform were denied the funds and the prestige that came with those funds, and were forced out of business. 

By 1925, over 10,000 herbalists were out of business.  By the time I was born, 1500 chiropractors would be prosecuted for practicing “quackery.”  The 22 homeopathic medical schools that flourished in 1900 dwindled to just 2 in 1923.  By the time I was 8 years old, all schools teaching homeopathy were closed.  In the end, if a physician did not graduate from a Flexner approved medical school, he couldn’t find a job. 

This is why today our doctors are so heavily biased toward synthetic drug therapy and know little about nutrition.   This is why today our doctors can perform surgeries, give out drugs or radiation; but know little of what our God gave to us—the herbs and other remedies for disease. 

And it doesn’t matter what the facts are.  The infamous Spanish flu that occurred in the United States in 1918-1919, the homeopathies lost only 0.7% of their patients while the allopathic lost 30% of theirs.  It doesn’t matter if you say that you can cure any disease—you are in competition with the allopathic doctors!


By 1924 one of the AMA directors became involved in a scandal and had to resign.  He appointed a man to take his place.  Who?  Morris Fishbein. Morris Fishbein

He took over as the control of the AMA and by 1934 he assumed dictatorial control of the state licensing boards and made it as difficult as he could for any doctor who did not join.  He, and the three doctors who formed the corporation, were little more than extortionists, who made millions by using the power of the state.  The AMA, which started out as a legitimate organization, became a crooked one.  And Morris Fishbein was the main cause.

Fishbein and the Standard Oil Company became impressed with the methods of the big packing houses which used, processed and sold every part of the hog but the squeal.  Homeopathic and allopathic were in a major battle in the early 1900’s.  Allopathic physicians would let blood, i.e. let the blood flow out of the person, perform surgeries, and began to formulate petroleum based drugs to give to their patients.  Homeopathic physicians gave herbs and other natural remedies to cure all health related problems. 

John D. Rockefeller  Andrew Carnegie 

Rockefeller wanted the petroleum drugs to win out; homeopathic doctors wanted their method to win; Fishbein used the AMA to manipulate the minds of the American people to think the way of the allopathic doctors and strictly prohibited the use of herbs and other natural remedies to cure all of America’s health problems.  Fishbein was also the head of the AMA’s Journal; the magazine of America’s doctors.  They published “facts” that weren’t facts at all and then false statistics to prove themselves correct. 

They were exposed only when the doctors and physicians from other parts of the world visited the United States and saw the true healthcare conditions that prevailed there.  They also found that the medicines prescribed by the physicians and which had the “Seal of Acceptance” by the Association, contained mercury poisoning.  The effect of the use of such highly toxic medicines could be seen as many people had sallow skin, sunken eyes and crooked teeth and jaws.  This is still done in vaccines and flu shots.

This propaganda of the Association still continues to be published through its Journal.  The medicine field of America has been flooded with the tsunami of criminal conspiracy.  The AMA passes all the drugs and medicines without testing them and put its “Seal of Acceptance” on receiving a good amount of money from the owners of the company.  They just publish things to manipulate the minds of people and prevent them from using natural herbs and remedies that will benefit their health at a very minimal price.

The AMA created the Department of Investigation to hunt down doctors still using natural remedies.  This department’s sole job was to shut down any healers who could threaten AMA profits.  The AMA’s thug department actually kept files on anyone who was cured of cancer. 

They also kept files on health foods, vitamins, acupuncture, and faith healings.  The head of the AMA was Morris Fishbein who was a criminal and an extortionist; and if you did not pay him large sums of money for the AMA “Seal of Acceptance,” you simply could not survive in the medical field.  Fishbein was the ultimate scam artist.  The AMA never even had any facilities to test any of the drugs on which they put their “Seal of Acceptance” on anyway, so it was all a huge scam.

The AMA Attempts to Buy Hoxsey's Formula

Fishbein also had attacks against other physicians who used other alternate methods to cure cancer and other ailments.  He had already begun to destroy Royal Raymond Rife and his healing methods.  As Fishbein was in the process of destroying Rife, Hoxsey gained an increasing amount of patients.  Hoxsey went from 300 patients a day in the late 1920’s to 12,000 patients a day in the late 1940’s. 

But it was in 1924 that Hoxsey meet with the head of the AMA and editor of the AMA’s Medical Journal, Morris Fishbein, to prove the efficacy of his treatment.  He was given access to a Chicago policeman, Sgt. Thomas Manix, whose cancer prognosis was terminal.  Using his ointment and tonic that was given him by his father, the policeman was completely cured.  This is a documented medical fact.  Manix lived another 10 years. 

Fishbein and his associates were impressed, and they offered to buy the formula from Hoxsey.  But Hoxsey disagreed with their terms.  The group of men, including Fishbein, would receive all the revenues for the first several years.  There was no guarantee that everyone would be able to have access to the formula, and Hoxsey would be completely out of the loop with no control.  Hoxsey refused to hand over the formula.  He had to have a proposal that would guarantee what he had promised his father on his death bed. This was the beginning of their war, as the medical establishment began their campaign to destroy Hoxsey if they could not own the formula their selves. 

In 1936, Hoxsey established the largest independent clinic in the country in Dallas, Texas.  There he was confronted with yet another enemy; The Assistant District Attorney, Al Templeton.  He arrested him 100 times in two years.  Each time Hoxsey bailed himself out with $10,000 in cash that he had made from his investment in oil wells.  But charges were always dropped as no one would testify against Hoxsey.  Too many patients were happy with the treatment they had received from him. 

A few times he let them keep him in jail.  After a couple of days the jail was surrounded by his patients singing hymns and carrying fried chicken and pies.  The jail couldn’t have this; it was too embarrassing, so they let him go.

Al Templeton continued harassing Hoxsey until his brother, Mike Templeton, was diagnosed as having incurable cancer by conventional allopathy doctors.  Mike sneaked into the clinic to receive Hoxsey’s treatments.  He was cured.  Al properly credited his brother’s cure to Hoxsey’s treatment, and he had a change of heart.  He then became Hoxsey’s lawyer, and soon he was elected as a district judge. 

Hoxsey Sues the AMA

In 1949, when I was 7 years old, Morris Fishbein wrote a piece on Hoxsey that was featured in the Hearst papers’ Sunday Magazine, available to 20 million readers.  The article was “Blood Money.” It was full of character assassination that Fishbein had spewed endlessly in the Journal of American Medical Association over the previous years.

Hoxsey fired back to the public on the radio, in films and with public demonstrations.  He also wrote a book, “You Don’t Have to Die”.  There were Senators and Representatives that had been cured by Hoxsey’s treatments, as well as a host of others.  It was a major battle.  The AMA used its power against the homeopathic, naturalists and chiropractic doctors that used herbs and other ointments to cure their patients of disease.  The AMA called all of these people, “Quacks”; no matter if they cured a disease or not.

Hoxsey was so irritated that he sued the Hearst Newspaper Empire, Morris Fishbein and the AMA Journal for slander and libel. The nation listened to the court case intently.  And Hoxsey won!

The ruling was that both Hearst and Fishbein were guilty of libel and slander.  Hoxsey had paraded over 50 cured cancer patients into the courtroom, along with testimony from other supporters.   

The Judge, W. I. Thorton said, “I am of the opinion and belief that Hoxsey has cured these people of Cancer.  Hoxsey has been done a great injustice and…articles and utterances by defendant Morris Fishbein were false, slanderous, and libelous.” 

Fishbein was embarrassed.  The trial revealed that he had flunked anatomy in college and that he had never practiced medicine!  Fishbein also admitted that the external salve Hoxsey used was actually effective in curing cancer.  These after years of propagandizing the salve as worthless and dangerous; it was proved a worthless, lying argument.

The Supreme Court also upheld the decision, ruling that the AMA had used restrictive trade techniques.  The ensuing publicity aroused a public outcry against the AMA in the early 1950’s.  The AMA was considered by many as nothing better than a trade union that would not tolerate competition.  Under Fishbein’s direction, the AMA used surgery, radiation and synthetic drugs along with a sprawling high-tech hospital system.  The competition of medicine throttled diversity; which they called quackery. 

In 1953 Congress determined that the Hoxsey treatment and twelve other alternative treatments were actively conspired against by organized medicine.  Morris Fishbein was forced to resign from his long tenure as head of the AMA. 


But the AMA was not going to quit.  They got another organization, the Food and Drug Association, to do their bidding.   The FDA pursued a long campaign of harassing not only Hoxsey, but also his patients.  Finally, the FDA closed and padlocked all 17 of Hoxsey’s clinics on the same day in 1960—the year of my graduation from high school.

FDA Warning Against Hoxsey Cancer Treatment

But Hoxsey came up with a plan.  He urged his head nurse, Mildred Nelson, who was once skeptical of his treatments, but who became a strong believer in them.  He asked her if she would run the new facility in Mexico.  She relocated his facility in Tiajuana, Mexico. 

The clinic is still there.  The name was changed to the Bio-Medical Center and still cures about 80% of the patients from cancer.  In 1960 the AMA also put an end to Rife’s cure for cancer.  He died an alcoholic. 

They pulled the licenses of all the doctors who supported Hoxsey and/or Rife.  We are 80 years behind where we should be, because of one despicable man, Morris Fishbein, who used the State to halt the advance of medicine, and to line his own pockets.    

The Caduceus AMA LogoAnd what is the insignia of the medical profession association?  Two snakes entwined on a staff.  It is the caduceus; the mythological symbol of the Roman god Mercury.  He was the patron of messengers, but he also had a somewhat unsavory reputation as the associate of outlaws, merchants and thieves.  In the ancient world, merchants were synonymous with the other two categories.

The University of Rochester, deciding that the two snakes were excessive, recently reduced the two snakes to one.  And that is it insignia today.

Modern AMA Logo


Senators, judges, lawyers and some doctors endorsed Hoxsey’s cancer treatments.  Along with hundreds of patient supporters, once seriously ill with cancer, testified that they owed their lives and continued health to him and his infamous treatments.  Hoxsey’s larger than life personality, unfortunately fit the stereotypical image of a quack, coupled with a confrontational style, set him head on to clash with the medical authorities for decades.  Perhaps being caught up in the swinging pendulum of the medical focus of the day is what began the swing away from herbal medicine to pharmaceuticals. 

After all the bitter opposition by the medical establishment of the day, and after all the invitations by Hoxsey, not one study on this formula was ever conducted by the AMA. 

There were 10 herbal ingredients listed on the label of his tonic:

  1. Red Clover
  2. Burdock Root
  3. Stillingia Root
  4. Barberry Root
  5. Licorice
  6. Poke Root
  7. Cascara Amarga
  8. Prickly Ash Bark
  9. Buckthorn Bark
  10. Potassium iodide

1 out of 20 people in America had cancer in the year 1900; by 1940 it had increased to 1 out of 16; by 1970 it had increased to 1 out of 10; now it is 1 out of 3 in the year 2000.  In that short time in history, 100 years, the amount of cancer has grown to almost seven times as much as it had been.  Over 500,000 Americans die from cancer each year.

Today, the modern doctors perform surgeries, radiate and rapidly give their patients petroleum/cancer pills.   They heal very few of their patients.  Some of their practices even give the patient cancer.

God’s plan for the healing of His covenant people is very seldom ever searched for.  Many so-called Christians don’t even know that He has one.  God provided herbs for the service of man; not petroleum drugs.  He also gave His covenant people wine, oil and bread for his health, as well as a lot of things that he could do to improve his immune system; not cut part of his body off to prevent the possibility of ever getting cancer, or burn it with radiation or poison it with a synthetic pill.  

Prayer and the anointing of oil by the church elders for sick members of the church, prayer made by God’s people daily for sick people that they know of, proper breast feeding and weaning, acceptable diet for His people to eat or not eat to prevent or heal His people and different things that they can do for a good and sound mind.  For example, Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:  but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Proverbs 1:7  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  May we have some of our people begin or continue to study and learn about what our God says about how to prevent illness from entering our bodies and to heal our bodies. 

But if we don’t keep God’s laws we will be sick and will contact ALL the diseases that Egypt had and that we feared; no matter what!

Deuteronomy 28:58-61

“If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that arewritten in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD.

Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of the seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and long continuance.

Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of:  and they shall cleave unto thee.

Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

Our God has in the past intervened and healed His people miraculously.  He has given a few of His people the knowledge of essential oils, like “Thieves” which have helped heal His people.  There are others who have been saved from their illnesses by prayer, anointing and simply by God power.  Anyway, God is the healer. 

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.