Doctors resign after getting caught infecting cancer patients’ brains with fecal bacteria

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by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Sometimes, things happen that are so shocking that not only do they defy belief, but they defy explanation. For instance, why a pair of  neurosurgeons with decades of education and training would throw it all away on  a goofy, if not novel, medical procedure that had no prior track  record.

According to CBS Sacramento, the two California  neurosurgeons infected brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria “in an effort  to save their lives.” In light of the treatment revelations, the two surgeons –  Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot – have since resigned their  posts at the University of California-Davis “after officials concluded their  actions violated the school’s code of conduct.”

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[The surgeons] had the permission of the three  patients to try the injections, but university officials concluded they failed  to get the required prior approval from either the school or the federal Food  and Drug Administration for such an experimental treatment that had not been  tested on animals.

Investigations, then came  resignations

All three of the patients – a middle-aged man and two  middle-aged women – had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is a potent,  highly malignant brain tumor. The surgeons said they had hoped that injecting  the patients with some live bowel bacteria would stimulate their immune systems  and perhaps prolong their lives.

But that didn’t happen. The first  patient developed sepsis – illness caused by serious infection – and died within  two weeks. The second died within a month; the third lived for more than a year,  which gave the surgeons hope that perhaps the treatment was  working.

After the first patient died, the university launched an investigation. When the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported on  the treatments in July 2012, a second investigation was launched, and it  resulted in the surgeons’ resignations.

University officials and  investigators came to the conclusion that Muizelaar and Schrot “deliberately  circumvented” the schools’ internal ethics policies, “defied directives” from  top leaders and dodged federal rules.

“Investigators I appointed heard  from some witnesses that there is perception that compliance with university  policies and external regulatory requirements is not a universally held value,”  said Ralph J. Hexter, the school’s provost and executive vice  chancellor.

As a result of the investigation, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, dean of  the university’s school of medicine, also resigned. She left her post last June

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