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Suppressed by Scientists and Big Pharma: The Hidden Cancer Cure… But Which One??

Altmeds keep telling us that “they”  (science and “big pharma”) know there is a cure for cancer, but that this knowledge is hidden from us, “so that the multinational pharmaceuticals could continue to make money. Where would they be if diseases like cancer were easily curable?”

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Hulda Clark died of cancer?!

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I’m sorry if I seem a tad triumphant, I don’t mean to, honestly. But I just could not let this go. Unbelievable as it sounds, apparently überquack Hulda Clark died of cancer, multiple myeloma to be precise. Now how in the world can this have come about?

See also Respectful Insolence.

Alternative Medicine and Why It Seems To Work

PlacebosVery rarely have alternative treatments or medication been able to show any therapeutic value. Yet countless people swear by it and are convinced they can’t do without.

The mysterious placebo effect has everything to do with this. But what is it and how does it work? Harriet Hall explains.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Cancer or Autism: Don’t Try This at Home

HBOT chamberOn April 15 we had a post on Jenny McCarthy claiming that HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxyen Therapy) is able to cure and prevent cancer. However, there is no evidence for this claim whatsoever. 

Other claims about alternative use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include that it helps patients with autism, but again, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims

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Is there hope after all?

ScienceYesterday I received some e-mails.

The first was from a lady whose mother is suffering from cancer. During her mother’s illness, this lady searched the internet for information on cancer and decided it would be a good idea to collect everything she found in one place. So she started a blog.

She says on her blog: “I wanted to have a place where all the information I was researching on the internet could be stored in one convenient location (…). In addition, I wanted to make sure that all the information was positive, so having our own blog made that easy.”  Read more of this post

Medical Miracle Machines

oxypathor0002The HBOT-chamber is one of many medical devices said to be able either to prevent or cure an array of diseases, one of which of course is cancer. HBOT stands for “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.” In the picture is an early example of an “oxygen-device.”

The HBOT-chamber is not the only useless medical device that is palmed off on gullible people. Measured by the number of miracle cure contraptions that are sold to this day, the human capacity for fraud is indeed impressive. You can click here for a selection.

Jenny McCarthy says: HBOT prevents cancer

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 HBOT – Hyberbaric Oxigen Therapy – is used to treat diseases for which decreased blood flow or a low oxygenation is major part of the problem and for which higher oxygen tension could help. 

HO is useful for a number of problems, but cancer is not one of them.

However, Jenny McCarthy, never one to be daunted by the facts, on April 14 told the audience on the Ellen de Generes Show that HBOT chambers “prevent cancer.” She also advised people to buy one from a certain company.

We think it is deplorable that she should say such a thing. She already caused enough damage with her campaign “against autism.”

So please God, make this woman shut up.

Guide to Alternative Therapies

Thanks Ed! ;-)

Have you ever seen the website of Ed Friedlander? He is a pathologist who created the internet’s busiest one-person medical site, with a wealth of information on all kinds of diseases, including cancer. On Mr. Friedlander’s site, we found this information on a number of alternative treatments for cancer. Friedlander has rated the treatments as follows:

  • Confident: the remedy has a plausable mechanism and has been given some basic tests, and/or has solidly passed two good, clear, controlled studies;
  • Optimistic: the remedy makes sense pathophysiologically, and there is at least impressive anecdotal evidence;
  • Doubtful: the anecdotal evidence seemed interesting, but that’s all there was;
  • Pessimistic: it’s understandable why somebody might have thought of this. But if this actually works better than a placebo and a little human kindness, we are all going to have to make some major readjustments in how we think about health and disease. Don’t spend too much money, or get your hopes up.

See also this website, where a pathologist shows that cancer is not caused by the common fungus Candida Albicans

Alternative Cancer Treatments: The Deadly Dangers of Magical Thinking

the_lorelei6Magical thinking is the assumption that if I do this, then that will happen. It is an illogical thought pattern that involves linking unrelated actions or events.

Things like emotional stress and events of great personal significance can push us toward magical meaning-making.

Magical thinking is widespread and most of the time it’s harmless, such as the use of mascots in sports. But there is a tipping point, beyond which it can become quite sinister and even deadly.

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