A terrific article on the "Quackometer" here [LINK]. It talks about the lack of clinical testing and scientific evidence to backup the incredible claims made by the alternative medicine community.
Why do I care about this? Actually normally I wouldn’t care. Just that Karen has cancer.
When a loved one is ill, you’ll do anything to improve the situation. When Karen was diagnosed (over a year ago), I quickly set about researching her form of cancer, trying to uncover a potential cure or complimentary therapy.
I quickly became overwhelmed with information. Let me give you the rundown of *crap* I uncovered as potential cancer cures:
- Reishi Mushrooms
- Reiki (laying on of hands)
- Flax seed + Cottage Cheese
- Fish Oils
- Essiac Tea
- Green Tea
- Feng Shui
- Fresh Cell Therapy
- Immuno-augmentative therapy
- Shark Cartilage
Now let me tell you what I’ve discovered…IT’S…ALL…B*LLSH1T!!!
That’s right. Bullshit. There is no clinical peer-reviewed evidence of the efficacy of any of this *crap*.
There are two types of people preying on the cancer community: BS artists and Con artists. The first are ignorant morons, the latter are insidious opportunists.
I have every reason in the world to want this stuff to work. So does just about every cancer patient or caregiver. That makes us easy targets.
Not only do they prey on the victim’s finances, more importantly they offer false hope to a group of people who are already at their most vulnerable. To which hope is needed most.
If these therapies had even a PERCENTAGE of the efficacy they claim, it would make sense then that every cancer treatment regime would factor them in. The response to this typically is that the pharma industry actively dis-credits these alternative medicines in an effort to push their drugs. Sorry, that’s just plain false. As Mark Twain said (paraphrasing) "A lie will journey around the world before the truth has put on its shoes".
Lastly and most deplorable, each of these therapies has its own chemistry. By introducing additional moving parts into the mix you run the risk of lessening the effect of clinically proven therapies.
I liked the following quote which was actually focused on prayer as a therapy (not the focus of this posting).
This pithy quote came from a cancer patient:
"Jesus is great but don’t try Jesus without Chemo".