Alternative Therapy for Lung Cancer Yazoo City MS

When Jim Hoeksema, a greenhouse grower from Portage, Michigan, found out he had lung cancer, he followed his physician’s advice and started chemotherapy—but he couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that there was something beyond the mainstream he should try. When a business acquaintance told him about a practitioner in Tennessee who claimed to cure cancer with magnets, Hoeksema thought this was his chance.

William Jason Gibson, MD
(601) 932-9637
823 Grand Ave
Yazoo City, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Kings Daughters Hospital, Yazoo City, Ms; Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Breast & Thyroid Ctr

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William Jason Gibson, MD
(601) 932-9637
823 Grand Ave
Yazoo City, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Kings Daughters Hospital, Yazoo City, Ms; Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Breast & Thyroid Ctr

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Farhan Nafis, MD
(601) 855-5327
Highway 16 East
Canton, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Philip Mladineo, MD
(601) 981-0707
971 Lakeland Dr Ste 864
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms

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Ralph B Vance
(601) 984-5590
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Medical Oncology

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Christopher C Croot
(662) 844-9166
961 South Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Julian Bryant Hill, MD
(601) 844-9166
990 S Madison St Ste 2
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1977

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Gerry Ann G Houston, MD
(601) 355-2485
1227 N State St Ste 101
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Palliative Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms; Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Oncology Assoc

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Ralph Arnold Smith Jr, MD
(662) 459-7133
701 Alcorn Dr
Corinth, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1966

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James Michael Herrington
(601) 288-8282
301 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Too Close to the Edge?

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By Catherine Guthrie

When Jim Hoeksema, a greenhouse grower from Portage, Michigan, found out he had lung cancer, he followed his physician’s advice and started chemotherapy—but he couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that there was something beyond the mainstream he should try. When a business acquaintance told him about a practitioner in Tennessee who claimed to cure cancer with magnets, Hoeksema thought this was his chance.

He contacted the practitioner, James Gary Davidson, who said he’d built a machine that used magnetic force to destroy cancer cells, which then left the body via the patient’s urine. Hoeksema cut short his chemotherapy, packed his bags, and drove with his wife to McMinnville, Tennessee. The treatment cost him $50,000, but it seemed a pittance to pay for his life.

For ten days, Hoeksema had magnetic treatments while his anxious wife paced the waiting room. Once, when the door opened, she saw what looked like a rickety contraption held together with duct tape. “My mother knew things weren’t right,” says Hoeksema’s 42-year-old daughter Lori, “but it was my dad’s last-ditch effort.”

At the end of the treatment, Hoeksema felt worse instead of better. But Davidson said that wasn’t surprising; the cancer was leaving his body and was bound to disrupt things in the process. To fully recover, he advised Hoeksema to spend time on the Florida coast with his wife and breathe the sea air.

The couple complied, but in Florida Hoeksema got even worse. So he returned to Davidson’s clinic in hopes that a second treatment would extinguish the cancer for good. During this visit, however, the force of the magnetic pull broke his thighbone, and he was rushed to the emergency room and later airlifted to a hospital back in Michigan. That’s when the doctors discovered the cancer had spread. Less than two months later, Hoeksema died.

Until a week before his death, Hoeksema continued to defend his decision to be treated at Davidson’s clinic. And it’s likely he would have died of the cancer anyway, since his original physician had told the family his chances were “pretty slim” under any circumstances, says Lori.

But in the end, he admitted to Lori that he thought Davidson was “a mad scientist.” Lori agreed, and after her father’s death, she and her family were instrumental in helping the government shut down Davidson’s clinic and put him behind bars, where he is currently serving a six-year sentence for mail fraud and money laundering. He even confessed in the course of his legal proceedings that he promised a cure knowing full well that his treatment wasn’t effective.

You may think something like what happened to Hoeksema could never happen to you, but how can you be sure? How can you tell if a therapy is safe, and a practitioner trustworthy? And how do you evaluate a practice that hasn’t been tested in scientific trials? Read on to find answers to these and other questions about the experimental edges of medicine.

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