Peggy Howe is a cancer survivor. She believes that venom from a Cuban scorpion has cured her cancer. Similarly, there are other reports that medicine produced from this scorpion from Cuba are curing cancer, if not prolonging their life sentence. It is also being used as a treatment for HIV patients as well. However, there is no scientific proof other than testimonials that scorpion venoms can indeed cure cancer. Therefore it is difficult to say whether scorpion venom can actually be used as a treatment for cancer patients.

Peggy Howe, a breast cancer survivor lost her brothers to brain tumor and colon cancer. The day she learned she cancer, she promised her mother she wouldn’t die.

Eventually, Peggy had a mastectomy and then chemotherapy. Both, mastectomy and chemotherapy are known cancer treatments. Mastectomy involves surgically removing the cancer affected breast(s) in cancer patients, while chemotherapy includes using drugs to stop cell mutation, that eventually kills cancer cells.

Although, she didn’t need chemo due to her mastectomy, she went for it anyway.  However, instead of cancer cells disappearing, it spread to her arms. The small cancer part of her arm was surgically removed. Not giving up, she started going through radiation therapy. Yet, the cancer didn’t disappear, it kept shifting from her arms to her liver and lungs. With just two months to live Peggy started planning her funeral. It surprised her that all the treatments and drugs (which she calls poison) she had taken increased her cancer spread, rather than reduce them. Her friend who had Stage IV brain tumor recommended her to know more about a certain scorpion as an alternative option.

The scorpion that was recommended is scientifically known as Rhopalurus junceus, commonly found in Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela. In Spanish, it is known as escorpion azul or blue scorpion. In Cuba, the venom from the scorpion has been used to treat cancer ever since Cuban biologist Misael Bordier Chivas in the 1980s discovered that scorpion venom reduced the tumor sizes in rats and dogs. Then in 1992/93, Bordier was able to cure 15 year old Niurys Monzon, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer. Monzon like Howie was had gone through numerous chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Her doctors had given up on her by the time her father sought Bordier’s help as a last resort. Monzon survived and started farming scorpions in gratitude.

Pic: A Cuban blue scorpion

Labiofam, Cuba’s state owned pharmaceutical company found the blue scorpion venom to be harmless to people. They started producing cancer medicines these scorpions. However, as demand increased, they produced a homeopathic diluted version of these venoms: “Vidatox” sold to Cubans for 4 cents and to foreigners for $220. Researchers claim that Vidatox enhances life quality of people suffering from breast, liver, spleen, lung, brain, cervix, prostate and other types of cancer.This drug has been tested on patients from Europe, USA and Cuba, and no severe side effects have been reported.It is not backed by Cuba’s Regulatory Bureau for Health Protection. Though, Labiofam claims to have cured over 1000 people, they refuse to submit any of their scientific results. Dr. Alexis Diaz, in Labiofam’s venom research team thinks that as patients takes venom as a last resort, by that time cancer is all over their body and thus makes it difficult to produce a proper scientific result.

The medicine that Howie took for her cancer treatment was Escozine. On Escozine ads, it’s said to eliminate the side-effects of chemotherapy (hair loss, fatigue, easy bruising and bleeding, infection, anemia (low red blood cell counts), nausea and vomiting, appetite changes and constipation.

Similar to Escozine, Escozul (blue scorpion in Spanish), the purer version of Vidatox is another Cuban cancer treating medicine.

According to its website, some patients who have taken Escozul have managed to overcome cancer, while others have been able to prolong their life sentence. Escozul also acts as an immunomodulator agent that boosts the body’s natural defenses, which means it can be used to treat patients with AIDS, said Bordier, who claimed that he is currently successfully treating 10 HIV-positive patients. Escozul can cost upto $1000 dollars for a 3 month dose.

Another cancer drug produced from Cuba, CimaVax has prolonged the life of 69 year old Mick Phillips from Wisconsin, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. It costs him $5000 annually for a yearly dose of CimaVax and helped him survive more than his doctors hoped for. and is said to make some sort of improvement in people’s lives. CIMAvax has already been used to treat about 5,000 patients worldwide, and is approved for use in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay and Peru.



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