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368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages

What's the harm in escharotics?

An escharotic is a salve or poltice applied to tumors with the hope of burning them away. Many proponents of herbal remedies or natural medicine recommend them.  Read more about escharotics

Here are 5 people who were harmed by someone not thinking critically.

Gail Bumpus

Singer Island, Florida

Nose destroyed

Escharotic (cancer salve) Read more

Ruth Conrad


Facially disfigured

An unlicensed naturopath gave her a "black salve" to deal with a bump on her nose. The eventual damage to her face took 3 years and 17 plastic surgeries to repair. Read more

Rory Gallegos

Age: 45


Rory was battling colon and liver cancer. A naturopath told him he had never lost a cancer patient. He also told him "black salve" rubbed into his skin could raise tumors to the surface. The naturopath was later sentenced to prison. Read more

Sue Gilliatt

Indianapolis, Indiana

Nose destroyed

Sue (a nurse) had a benign tumor on her nose removed, but was fearful of future cancer. Based on information found on the net, she used a bloodroot product to self-treat. Within days her nose was destroyed. Read more & more

Paulette Teel

Liberty Hill, Texas

Nose disfigured

Her "master herbalist" sister recommended bloodroot paste to deal with a cancer on her nose. It destroyed areas of bone and cartilage and will require plastic surgery. Read more

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