Andreas Moritz is a New Age therapist who claims that cancer is not a disease but a survival mechanism in reaction to the root cause of cancer, which has to do with unresolved spriritual conflicts and unbalance.
When the patient resolves these, he will be cured.
Now, where have we heard that before?
On his website, Moritz says:
“…cancer does not attempt to kill the body; to the contrary, it tries to save it.”
“…cancer is a desperate and final attempt by the body to stay alive for as long as circumstances permit – circumstances that are, in fact, in your control.”
This is a very comfortable paradigm for any therapist. When the patient is cured, it’s the therapist’s achievement. If the patient is not cured, he just didn’t try hard enough to attain the necessary spiritual state and resolve his conflicts.
Orac of Respectful Insolence gives a thorough deconstruction of the ideas of Andrea Moritz.
Moritz also claims that:
“…cancer patients who do not receive any treatment at all, have an up to four times higher remission rate than those who receive treatment.”
This is completely untrue, which is probably the reason why Moritz fails to present any back up for his claim.
Michael Hawkins, a student blogging on WordPress, wrote a critical post on Moritz’s ideas. Moritz promptly complained to WordPress, who then pulled Michael Hawinks’s blog. Shame on you, WordPress!
(Apparently, Michael Hawkins’s blog is up again, but under another name; let’s hope it stays).
Moritz had the goodness to explain to Michael Hawkins just why WordPress had no other choice but to remove his blog:
You may blame me for having your blog pulled. WorldPress had to remove your blog because otherwise it would have faced a hefty lawsuit, given the nature of the defamation campaign you had launched against me, and having positioned your blog link second place on the search engines.
I have not yet decided whether to sue you for defamation. I have asked my attorneys to assess the damages your defamation campaign has done to my work, business, and reputation since your blog has been up. I know that they are significant, but if they turn out to be an excessive loss of revenue and reputation and/or if I see any more defaming publications by you or your blog friends against me or Dr. Makoney, I will not hesitate to launch an expensive lawsuit against you that you will not forget for a long time. I have collected all the data of your blogs and publications involving me. Your last email to Dr. Makoney clearly shows that you are instigating a new defamation campaign, at least against him.
My investigations show me where you live and where you study (Augusta, Amine), and if I hear or see any further activities that involve me or Dr. Makoney you will need to hire a good attorney to defend your slanderous actions and campaigns.
My close friend, Dr Deepak Chopra, who in addition to Dr Makoney and myself have been viciously attacked by your friend, the fish zoologist, PZ Myers, are considering a lawsuit against him. Slander is slander, whether it is done online or offline. If your friend is wise, he will immediately remove those blogs from his site.
Just in case you are not aware of it, below are stated the laws that protect people like me against people like you.
Which got me wondering: where are the laws that protect us against people like Andreas Moritz?