takes a courageous person, or publication, to reveal the skullduggery
of Big Pharma. Occasionally, however, the truth cannot be suppressed,
and when The Wall Street Journal revealed that Merck, the maker of
Vioxx, had been burying the serious health risks of their COX-2 inhibitor
anti-inflammatory drug as far back as March, 2000, a scandal erupted.
As Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, wrote, "The licensing
of Vioxx and its continued use in the face of unambiguous evidence
of harm have been public health catastrophes."
A health catastrophe even more devastating than Vioxx is Aldara or,
more specifically, the chemical imiquimod (IQ). IQ is the only active
agent in the popular drug
known as Aldara, which is marketed worldwide and promoted very heavily by 3M
Pharmaceuticals as a "benign" salve to cure skin cancers. IQ has
been known since 1986 to cause cancer. It is so dangerous that the American
Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute, and others have determined it
is a carcinogen, and have placed it on their lists of most hazardous chemicals.
IQ has even been listed as a laboratory chemical hazard by the US Occupational
Safety Health Agency. Yet, doctors worldwide are prescribing it in Aldara,
willy-nilly, to "cure" skin cancers, even though there are safe,
vegetable-based creams and other proven remedies, including surgery. I foolishly
used Aldara, and it didn't kill my skin cancer, but it nearly killed
me, leaving me with a damaged immune system.
Shortly after using the Aldara salve, I started aching so terribly that I could
barely walk. I felt as if I had been poisoned, but didn't twig that it
was the Aldara causing such distress. After all, a Gold Coast dermatologist
had assured me Aldara was a "benign" salve, and I only applied
it to a tiny, 5 mm diameter (one-quarter inch) area of my nose. I was careful
to apply it only to that tiny area, but by the second week of use, my entire
nose became covered by a disgusting thick, crusty, black scab – and still
Fortunately, I only used the salve for two weeks, rather than for the
recommended six weeks. Had I used it longer, I would not be alive
today to go on a crusade to stop 3M from poisoning unwary people.
I quit using the salve when I learned, in a terrifying way, that
Aldara is dangerous. After the second week of use, I woke at 2 A.M.
with an allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. My throat
was so swollen that it felt as if two tennis balls were lodged in
it; my ears were throbbing; my nose was dreadfully swollen; and I
could barely breathe or swallow.
My partner and I went to hell and back that night. Had I been alone,
I would have died. I was extremely ill for two weeks afterwards, and
for months, the skin all over my body burned as if I'd been in a fire,
and my back was covered in bleeding, itching sores. I've learned since
that my other symptoms – memory
loss, diminished eyesight, low-level headaches, dizziness, and extreme,
unexplained, weight loss – are common to many Aldara victims.
3M Pharmaceuticals' Indifference
When I rang 3M Corporate Headquarters in
Melbourne, I was told that no one had reported adverse effects, other
than slight flu-like symptoms. I was
assured that my problems must have been brought on by something else – or,
that my reaction to the drug was all in my head. I knew this was an outright
lie. As Michael Bending, of Alliance For Health Freedom Australia, says, "Drug
companies manipulate, steal, murder, obfuscate, lie, or commit genocide outright
(yes I did say genocide, please see link: http://www.ahf-au.org/codex.history.htm)
when preparing their so-called scientific research."
Knowing about Big Pharma treachery, I put a truncated story about Aldara
on my web site, hoping to warn others. Thank heaven for the Internet, which
it harder and harder for the "bad guys" to keep their dirty secrets
away from the public. My web posting received an avalanche of replies from
damaged people. A grieving relative told me about a man in Melbourne who was
dying in the hospital because of Aldara. A young Australian woman sent a story
of horrible symptoms both she and her mother had suffered, some identical to
mine. Several women said that their physicians actually painted Aldara on their
cervixes, where it goes straight into the body through the mucus membranes!
The use of Aldara on genital warts is another scandal, and the side effects
from this can be horrible. Internet drug pushers are offering Aldara without
prescription and without warnings of any kind. The emails keep coming, the
tragic stories go on and on, and there isn't space to list them all.
Because of the Internet and public access, I was able to read the sworn testimony
of 3M representatives in US Federal Court, and I now understand why this salve
is so dangerous. A 3M pharmacologist testified that, during treatment with
Aldara, when skin cancers develop into open lesions and patients continue to
apply Aldara, IQ goes directly into the bloodstream and circulates systemically.
This progression is deadly, according to University scientists, who say this
easily leads to permanent autoimmune diseases and worse. Even the conservative
Mayo Clinic wrote, "Studies in animals have shown that Aldara/imiquimod… causes
bone problems, brain problems, or low birth weight in pregnancies." I'll
say, and lots more!
Will everyone who has used Aldara react the way I did? No, of course not, because
even with our pathetic regulatory agencies, any drug that caused such drastic
symptoms in everyone would be removed. Will everyone who has used Aldara be
damaged? Absolutely, if they used it on an open lesion. Most, however, will
fail to connect the dots and, in most cases, will have no way to connect a
subsequent grave disease with a past visit to a dermatologist. But the connection
is there, as prominent Gold Coast cancer specialist, Dr Michael Tait, says: "In
my opinion, based on my observations and research, Aldara should be classified
as a criminally dangerous material if used on any open or potentially open
The Culprit: Cytokines
Cytokines are small proteins that make up the extremely complex communication
centers of the immune system. When bodies are working well, more than 100
of these cytokines exist in perfect harmony throughout the body, enabling
it to run like a Swiss watch. Disturb this harmonious environment at your
As an FDA report states, "Our experiments show that agents capable of
altering the balance between TH1 and TH2 Cytokines impact the initiation, severity,
and persistence of both systemic and organic specific autoimmunity."
WOW! This is what the FDA scientists state, yet this same agency, paid by the
public to protect the public, approved this deadly drug with the full knowledge
of the drug's dangers. The FDA does not even bother to warn physicians
that Aldara destroys the cytokine activity, a consequence their own agency
specifically recognized and warned against. And it's not just the FDA
that's in denial. 3M has snowed all the regulatory agencies of which
I am aware, and when people complain to these agencies, they send out form
letters stating that 3M research proves that Aldara is safe. I've seen these
letters, and they make my blood boil. This isn't good enough!
Dysfunctional immune systems with broken cytokine communication centers are
responsible for virtually all common autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid
arthritis, psoriasis, diabetes, coeliac (celiac) disease, and hundreds more.
As a small example of what can happen, sometimes Aldara victims find that their
weight plummets, and no amount of gorging will bring it back to normal. This
is because Aldara can destroy the villi in the small intestine and the stomach
lining, causing victims to slowly starve to death.
The Mucous Membrane Outrage
Mucous membranes are tissues that line body cavities
and canals, such as the face, mouth, throat, nose, lips, eyes, urethra, rectum,
and vagina. They also
occur in intestinal linings and even in the brain. These protective membranes
produce a thick, slippery liquid called "mucous," that protects the
membranes and keeps them moist. Without this crucial mucous, terrible damage
can occur all over the body.
There is evidence that 3M has known since their original trials that Aldara
attacks and destroys mucous membrane tissue. Yet, they continued developing,
and then promoted, this drug without any warnings about this pernicious side
effect. 3M had the gall to claim that Aldara in no way destroys or permanently
alters the immune system, and the company actually claimed that it helps the
It was only because Texan Richard Beasley exposed the truth about the Aldara
/mucous membrane connection on his web site that finally, after years of his
Herculean efforts, 3M was forced to admit the truth and re-write their product
literature. Beasley blew the whistle on many of 3M's other "omissions" as
well and forced them to make lots of changes. As I have said many times, if
it were not for the Internet, corporate criminals wouldn't have anyone to put
the brakes on them. Now, if only doctors would do their homework, and governments
would do their jobs, millions of people would not be put at risk of serious
illness, and even death, because of this highly profitable drug.
But Wait ---- There's More, and It's Much
Women, if your doctor suggests using Aldara
on your genital warts or, heaven forbid, on your cervix (yes, some
doctors do this!), run screaming to a doctor
who isn't a criminal. If you consider this extreme, think again: putting
this mucous membrane-destroyer on (or in) the vaginal area can be an invitation
for permanent injury or, worse, cancer. Because of the cytokine activity,
Aldara has the capacity to eat away the delicate mucous membranes of the
vagina, and there is no reason to assume these membranes will ever re-establish
themselves. Your doctor will not have the wit (or the desire, because of
lawsuit fear) to connect his ill-considered action with your "unconnected" new
How Richard Beasley has managed to carry on his five-year crusade to stop
3M, I will never understand. As just one tiny example of the terrible damage
has suffered, he said, "I went to the emergency room bleeding from the
nose and mouth, because the cytokine activity had eaten away all of my sinus
mucous membrane tissues. This tissue has never re-grown, and I now have severe
dry nasal passageways that I must spray with moisture agents three times daily,
just to keep going."
Naïve people may wonder how it could be possible that the US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), Australia's Therapeutic Goods
Administration (TGA), and the other government agencies worldwide that
are supposed to protect citizens from dangerous drugs, could have approved
this killer drug. The answer is simple: corruption. How 3M managed
to get it through in the US I don't know as yet, but I will find
out eventually. I do know, however, that a physician who worked for
the Australian TGA during the Aldara approval process ended up in a
cushy, high-level job with 3M, and I have proof of this unholy alliance
from US Federal Court transcripts.
This alliance is the famous, long-term "revolving door policy," so
beloved of the FDA, which is probably the most corrupt of all US Government
agencies. And, as is well known, so many other countries follow along like
sheep, thinking the FDA has verified research and that it's perfectly
all right to unleash upon the public new, inadequately tested, money-spinners
from Big Pharma – products like Vioxx.
A well-publicized example of this corruption is the scandal of Arthur Hull
Hayes Jr., MD, former head of the FDA, who had to resign when it was discovered
that he had been taking bribes from pharmaceutical companies. True to form,
he went off to work for the company who manufactured the neurotoxin, NutraSweet,
that he had pushed through the approval process because Donald Rumsfeld, US
Secretary of Defense, had pressured the FDA to do so. (Rumsfeld, before going
into government, had been the CEO of Monsanto, the company that owned the patent
on Nutrasweet.) There are thousands of stories such as this, which are the
subject of many articles and books, and I would like to force all these men
to read testimonials from people who have been horribly damaged because of
their unethical behavior. For example, a 25-year-old Turkish girl reported
I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder
called Graves Basedow disease. My doctor said it's 99% certain that
my diseases are due to that cream, Aldara. This is only one of
my other probable autoimmune disorder. Although my family would not
like me to take legal action (they find it useless), I'm goingto
gather all documentation I can and will talk to a lawyer as a start.
I'm not letting them live with what they're doing to people. This
is totally a murder! Knowing they would harm people but hiding documentation
Aldara wrecked Richard Beasley's life for the past five years.
As he says, "I would have been better off had it killed me outright." As
a result of Mr. Beasley's horrible experience with this drug
and his subsequent lawsuit against 3M, he has performed a great deal
of research on Aldara, and he has conclusive evidence that 3M falsified
and manipulated its research programs to obtain the most positive results.
Would they do that? You bet they would, and for the same motives Merck
Pharmaceuticals had when they lied to save their two-and-a-half billion
Vioxx. Merck was exposed, and now 3M must be exposed before any more people
are maimed. Mr. Beasley stands ready to assist anyone in the media with the
courage to go against this powerful company. He has in excess of 9,000 pages
of quality evidence and testimonials from injured persons that are so damaging
to 3M that they tried, in US Federal Court, to muzzle him and shut down his
web site. In this suit they stated, "If this information Mr. Beasley
has is allowed to be made public to the world at large, it will do irreparable
harm to our company." 3M asked the court to either have Beasley's
research destroyed or turned over to them. They lost the suit. Please visit
Richard Beasley's web site, www.aldara1.com, for more details.
Persuading the media to expose Big Pharma is a gargantuan task. 3M blindsides
with scientific lies, as Merck did; doctors who have damaged their patients
won't admit fault; governments are in Big Pharma's pockets; the
FDA is partially funded by Big Pharma "user fees"; and, with $20
billion (US) spent yearly on advertising in the US alone, much of the media
is, and has long been, gagged by their sponsors.
To learn the truth, read the results of research done by the National Cancer
Institute and The American Cancer Society. Their studies were reported by the
US Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program and written up in
their Report On Carcinogens (Eleventh Edition):
IQ is reasonably anticipated to be a human
carcinogen, based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental
animals. IQ administered orally caused benign and malignant tumors
in multiple species (mice, rats, and monkeys) and at multiple tissue
sites, thus providing sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental
There's more from the American Cancer
Institute and National Cancer Research:
IQ (imiquimod) bound to DNA in many organs
of cynomolgus monkeys and rodents dosed in vivo. In rodents treated
in vivo, IQ induced DNA damage, gene mutation and DNA damage in animal
cells in vitro. It induced mutations in Drosophila melanogaster and
DNA damage and mutations in bacteria. Gene mutations in c.Ha-ras
and p53 genes were found in some Zymbal gland carcinomas induced
in rats by IQ.
The Bottom Line Wins Again
Yet, in spite of compelling evidence that
Aldara is dangerous, 3M ignores the scientific proof and continues
making millions from it, while claiming in
promotional literature that, "[Aldara] is safe, effective, easy to
use, and offers an alternative to treatments that destroy healthy skin." Really?
They should have seen the thick, black crust on my entire nose after applying
this "safe" cream to one tiny area; they should have observed
me in anaphylactic shock; and they should have noted all of my other terrible
reactions to their "safe" money-maker.
Dr Herbert Slade, Director of 3M's Pharmaceutical Division, had an entirely
different story to tell when testifying under oath in US Federal Court. Lying
would have resulted in a jail term, so he admitted the dangers, saying, "..the
drug signal is quite non-specific. It doesn't have a signature, doesn't
say you have a virus or you have a bacteria or even cancer. It just says you
have got something that is not supposed to be there, and have a look at it,
do something about it…."
When Dr Slade was asked if there were any studies where Aldara had been introduced
directly into the bloodstream of humans, he answered, "Aldara would not
be injected into the bloodstream." He went on to testify, "There
are two reasons to give a drug (Aldara) by the IV route …One is to get
something called absolute bioavailability … The other reason to give
the drug intravenously to animals is to kill them." When Richard Beasley
was near death, a 3M pharmacologist told him that by applying Aldara directly
into his open wound, he had introduced Aldara into his bloodstream by what
amounted to an IV delivery system of the drug. In other words, the same route
3M scientists use when killing experimental animals.
Richard Beasley Explains How Cytokine Disruption Affected Him
"The cytokine activity, plus the imiquimod
molecules that reached my blood circulation, damaged the lining and
villi inside my stomach and small intestine
and damaged my colon. Because of this, I developed irritable bowel syndrome and
celiac disease, with resultant loss of nutrient absorption. This created a frightening
weight loss, which all my doctors told me was caused by the gross cytokine activity
all over my body. I developed nerve damage, my tear ducts and sinus membranes
were destroyed, I have lost 35% of my hearing and, worst of all, I ended up with
Parkinson's Disease, and my brain has been seriously damaged. And I was in perfect
health the day I went on Aldara. Two weeks later, I had all of this damage and
nearly died in the hospital."
Has Your Digestion Been Destroyed by Aldara? There is Hope
Richard explains how his extreme weight
loss was curtailed. "They found
a very high bacterial growth in my stomach which was tested by a breathalyzer.
This device measures the gasses given off by stomach bacteria, and it can quickly
determine if there is an overgrowth of this bacteria in the stomach. In my
case there was, and it led to bloating after meals, swelling of the stomach,
and gas. The doctors were able to correct this by prescribing antibiotics."
Gwen Ward's Experience with Aldara
Gwen Ward, a lovely, 87-year-old diabetic,
partially blind, war widow from Southport, Queensland, developed a
skin cancer near her eye.
She told me that she entrusted her care to a dermatologist who prescribed
Aldara, acting against the recommendations of 3M to never prescribe
use the drug on the face and not to prescribe it to elderly patients.
It is nothing short of astounding that a physician would use any
drug on so fragile a patient without checking the potential dangers
carefully. A cursory glance at the Physician's Desk Reference would
have shown the dermatologist that this drug has sinister side effects,
and Mrs. Ward could have been spared weeks of pain. Because
she wasn't warned, this poor woman woke after the first application
with her face bloody and stuck to her pillow case, and she was so
ill she couldn't eat. She discontinued the drug after only
two applications, yet continued developing sores all over her face,
and every night for weeks her sheets and pillowslips were covered
Another dermatologist from Robina, Queensland, was similarly unconcerned
by my advanced age (77), the fact that Aldara was to go on my nose,
my eyes (exactly where 3M says it should not go), and my admonition that I
did not react well to drugs. I believe that both of these physicians, and any
other health professionals who prescribe this dangerous salve, are committing
malpractice. I told my dermatologist what Aldara did to me, making it clear
that if he persists in prescribing Aldara, he will be culpable. It is my intention
to make a directory of doctors who continue prescribing Aldara, in spite of
all the evidence against it. Their names will appear on www.doctorsaredangerous.com,
and I hope everyone damaged by the combination of 3M and ignorant doctors will
send me the names of prescribing doctors.
Pharmacists should not get off lightly, either. I was astounded by the smug
attitude of the chemist at a pharmacy in Mudgeeraba, Queensland, when I told
him Aldara nearly killed me and suggested that they should post a warning.
The letters I sent to the CEOs of the three big Australian pharmacy chains
were also a waste of effort: Andrew Vidler (Terry White), Elmo DeAllwis (AmCal),
and Jeff Sher (Soul Pattinson) now know how dangerous Aldara is, and if they
persist in selling it without a warning, they cannot plead ignorance.
Governments – Doctors – Please Pay
Aldara is uncontrollable and unpredictable
in what it will destroy, and virtually without boundaries of pharmacological
actions. In short,
it is an experiment for the user each and every time it is applied.
Other 3M officials even testified that, "There is no way to
predict the outcome, nor the new patient's response prior to
application." This clearly makes Aldara one of the most dangerous
drugs on the market today. Because warnings and contraindications
for this drug are totally insufficient, or non-existent, doctors
are unaware of the unique pharmacological action of Aldara and are
opening themselves up to personal injury lawsuits and, much more
important, they are placing their patients (including babies!) at
unimaginable risk. Using Aldara certainly placed me at risk and,
even though the natural therapies I have used have been helpful,
it is unlikely that I will ever fully recover the robust health and
vitality I had pre-Aldara. My dermatologist and 3M have badly compromised
my health and made a mess of my life for the last eight months, and
it is my intention to join Richard Beasley's crusade and devote
what time I have left to exposing the truth and warning people through
the media, the Internet, and word-of-mouth. Will you help?
Warning: You are not home-free if
you used Aldara on your body, rather than on your face. It is just
more dangerous on the face and more dangerous
if you are elderly.
Richard Beasley, after great effort, has compiled an amazing scientific
Monograph which proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Aldara is
Any scientist or physician who reads it will be convinced that this drug must
be banned and 3M discredited for concealing the truth. This important document
can be found at www.aldara1.com.
If you, or someone you know, have been damaged by Aldara, please send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the name of the prescribing
physician and the pharmacy where you purchased it. See our website, www.doctorsaredangerous.com,
and spread the word to everyone you know. Help us fight back!
Elaine Hollingsworth is the author of Take
Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry.
Director, Hippocrates Health Centre of Australia
P.O. Box 1400