This is just a quickie update. It seems like the media is catching up to our documented concerns on the John Catanzaro situation.
You can read Dr Throckmorton's comments here.
According to Ostrom’s reporting, Mark Driscoll praised Catanzaro’s treatments which led to others in the church to seek out his services. Some former MHC members have related to me that Driscoll has stated publicly that the IV vitamin treatments cost over $1,000 each.
The Times article also delves into Catanzaro’s fundraising methods a bit. As the Times notes, patients have set up accounts to solicit funds for their individual care.
This next link breaks my heart. Here is the page, note this carefully, of the HWIFC Cancer Research Group (Catanzaro's company) on which patients can solicit funds so they can afford Catanzaro's "vaccines." Please do not use the names of any of these people in your comments out of respect for them.
The Seattle Times coverage of John Catanzaro can be found here. Here are some quotes from the article.
“These vulnerable cancer patients are led to believe that the vaccine is effective based on patient testimonials but (Catanzaro) has not compiled actual research to demonstrate efficacy,” the state’s charging document said.
Although the state doesn’t address the issue in its action against Catanzaro, patients have blogged about having to fundraise to pay for the experimental vaccines. Some families said they were paying about $15,000 per treatment for the cancer vaccine, which was not covered by insurance and ideally would be given up to three times a year, along with other injections and supplements.
Patients enrolled in research studies typically are not charged for the treatment being researched, according to the National Cancer Institute and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.