Dr Lawrence Burton
Dr Burton received his PhD from New York University in 1955 and his career quickly focused on cancer research. During his academic career he published sixty-five articles in peer reviewed journals and was frequently asked to be a keynote speaker during scientific conferences and lectures. The highlight of his career occurred when he was able to isolate 4 naturally occurring factors (or proteins) that are found in human serum that he claimed could cause tumors to either shrink or grow. He named them accordingly:
- Tumor Antibodies (Immunoglobulins: IgA, IgG, and IgM)
- Tumor Complement Factor
- Blocking Protein Factor
- De-blocking Protein Factor
His research indicated that antibodies (or immunoglobulins) would be alerted to the presence of cancer cells by a certain protein that is produced within the tumor. He called this protein TCF (or Tumor Complement Factor). TCF would induce the antibodies to destroy the tumor cells. If left unchecked, the tumor could literally disintegrate within hours. But because disintegrating a tumor too quickly could potentially create a dangerous situation to a patient, he used the other factors to slow down the rate of tumor destruction so that the body would not be overwhelmed with toxic debris.
One of the factors which slowed down the destruction was BPF (or Blocking Protein Factors) which worked to shield the tumor cells and regulate the rate at which they could be destroyed. This balance is further regulated by DPF (de-blocking protein factor), which would neutralize the blocking protein, once again allowing the antibodies to recognize and destroy the cancer cells. After publishing his findings he was able to obtain funding through the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Public Health Service, and over the next two years his research flourished and progressed to the point where he was literally able to destroy tumors overnight by injecting lab mice with the TCF serum.
At the invitation of the American Cancer Society Burton spoke at a national oncology seminar. As part of his demonstration he brought along several mice which all had visible tumors. Then, in front of the group of oncologists, he injected the mice with his TCF serum. By day two of the seminar there were no visible tumors left on the mice. “Fraud,” many cried out, or they left the room in disgust as they could not believe what they had just witnessed Undaunted, Burton offered to let them bring in their own mice and inject the serum themselves… not one doctor took him up on the offer.
In 1966, he was once again invited by the ACS to appear before the New York Academy of Sciences to perform a similar demonstration in front of scientists and science writers. Once again he injected the tumorous mice with the TCF serum only (without the other factors which would control the tumors destruction) and within 45 minutes the tumors had visibly shrunk by 50%. An hour and a half later the tumors were virtually gone. Newspapers around the world ran the story on their front pages declaring that a cure for cancer had been found.
The National Cancer Institute, Sloan-Kettering, and the American Cancer Society all wanted the rights to serum. They offered Burton research grants and credit for the discovery, but they also wanted to begin clinical trials immediately. Burton knew that clinical trials involved withholding treatments from cancer patients by giving them a placebo and he refused to do this because he felt it was inhumane to withhold a potential cure from these unfortunate souls. Burton soon found that his research funding was cut off; he was no longer invited to lectures or allowed to publish his work, and then the personal attacks began.
Eventually Burton found himself near financial ruin but he managed to focus his attention on opening his own cancer clinic. Finally, in 1974 he was able to open a clinic in Long Island. Within a short period of time the FDA got wind of the therapies that he was offering and his patients were placed under restrictions which required them to undergo conventional treatments before they would be allowed to receive his Immuno-Augmentative Therapy (IAT). Because of this, and other restrictions being placed upon him, he left after two years and opened the Immunology Research Center, Ltd, located in Freeport, Bahamas, where he was able to practice freely.
Controlling a tumor’s destruction was a meticulous procedure and it was based on the results of daily blood draws for each patient. This meant that Burton was doing all of the calculations that he needed for the 4 factors described above by hand. He eventually was able to design a computer program that could take a sample of blood and measure a person’s immune system function, but this was in the early age of computers and required a large system in order to make these calculations. With today’s computers a thorough reading can be done within a matter of seconds.
Once aware of the imbalances that a particular patient was suffering from, Burton could then design a specialized serum using the four factors to shrink the patient’s tumor in a regulated manner. He obtained the factors that he needed from human blood. TCF was obtained from the blood of persons with cancer. DPF and tumor antibodies were obtained from the blood of persons without cancer. Treatment would last 6 to 8 weeks and there were no side effects. Patients were sent home with the therapy in the hope that their own physicians would keep in contact with the clinic.
Burton’s work is discredited by NCI
In 1985, during a speech given by the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute, it was mentioned that Burton’s Immuno-Augmentative Therapy specimens were infected with HIV. Supposedly two families returning from his clinic had brought back 18 sealed specimens. They were examined by a Washington State blood bank and some were found to test positive for hepatitis B, with one testing positive for HIV antibodies. Many felt that this charge was a setup, especially because no one involved ever contracted hepatitis B, nor was anyone ever tested to see if they were indeed HIV positive. Under pressure from the US government, the Bahamian Ministry of Health and Pan American Health Organization visited Burton’s clinic, and in July of 1985 they shut him down claiming that his clinic was filthy. Burton was able to reopen his clinic in March of the following year under the stipulation that he follow certain quality control procedures such as testing for HIV and hepatitis as well as screening his blood donors. Even with the new regulations in place, by July of that same year, the FDA issued a ban prohibiting anyone from importing IAT back into the United States. This ban is still in effect today.
Under Burton’s leadership the center treated over 4,500 patients, with many of them arriving in very poor condition. He had many successes and was able to claim a cure rate of 50% for very serious cancers which included liver, pancreas and mesothelioma. The survival rates for these under standard medicine at the time was absolutely dismal. Dr. Lawrence Burton died in 1993
As an interesting side note, Dr Burton did not believe that diet had any role to play in the healing of cancer. This is because both of his parents were vegetarian and led relatively healthy lifestyles, yet they both died of cancer (this was before his research had developed). The clinic is now under new leadership and embraces the role that diet and other alternative therapies can play in the overall healing of a patient with cancer, and they offer a variety of complementary therapies to enhance the bodies ability to heal.
The Immunology Research Center now has a new name: Immuno-Technologies Cancer Clinic, and is run under the direction of Dr. R. J. Clement. Dr Clement received his medical degree from St Thomas’s Hospital in London and has been in private practice in the Bahamas for over forty years. Dr. Clement began working with Dr. Burton in 1977. Current therapies offered include Burton’s immuno-augmentative therapy, dendritic cell vaccines, intravenous vitamin C, low-dose naltrexone, Coley’s toxins, angiogenesis inhibitors, diet, and various other treatments.
Alternative cancer expert Ralph Moss gives a speech on IAT
Dr Gary Null interviews Dr Burton at his Bahamas clinic. Part 1
Part 2 of interview – Dr Burton discusses the mice presentations mentioned above and why he moved his clinic to the Bahamas