“For their Impostures are full of cruelty, and worse than any other; deluding not only unto pecuniary defraudations, but the irreparable deceit of death.”
Sir Thomas Browne on Saltimbancoes, Quacksalvers, and Charlatans, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica, 1646.
The purpose of this blog is to warn against alternative medicine, alternative medicine for cancer in particular. With alternative medicine we mean medical treatments which are used instead of standard therapy and for which there is no reliable indication of any efficacy.
We try to make the information on this blog as accessible and understandable as we possibly can. We are not being paid by “Big Pharma” to say the things we say: what we say here is based on our personal experience with cancer and alternative medicine.
We believe alternative treatments are dangerous for a number of reasons. With some, the main danger is that they give patients a false sense of security, causing them to lose time and consequently the chance to benefit from standard therapy, sometimes with devastating results. Some alternative therapies also have dangerous, even life-threatening side effects. Many people will say that this can be said of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy as well. That is true, but these treatments have also shown to be effective. Most side-effects can be overcome and will diminish with time. In medicine, there is no gain without pain and the wisdom of the doctors lies in balancing the pain and the gain. With alternative cancer therapies, there is never any gain and the patient invariably loses all.
Some people will say that standard medicine is by no means perfect either. It is also often suggested that standard medicine has not been able to improve cancer survival rates compared to, let’s say, fifty years ago, so why not just turn to alternative treatments instead? The answer is simple: cancer survival rates have improved, as you can see for yourself here, and in spite of all its shortcomings and imperfections, standard medicine is still the best we have when it comes to curing cancer.
Who are we?
- Beatis. I started the blog and named it Anaximperator, after the Emperor Dragonfly, a fascinating insect, both graceful and strong. I am a linguist by education and for the greater part of my working life I was involved in communications. Some years ago I started studying philosophy at the university where last I worked. My special interests are in ethics, i.e. virtue ethics and epistemology. I am not an MD and am therefore very happy to be supported by my fellow blog members who do have the relevant expertise and save me from making mistakes:
- Jli. Jli is a pathologist in a university hospital and deals with cancer on a daily basis. He is also a scientist and does research himself. He has a talent for explaining the often complicated matters regarding cancer in a way that any lay person can understand. Jli also writes for the blog and has contributed to many other posts. He has his own website where he debunks Tullio Simonicini’s cancer-is-a-fungus-theory in layman’s terms.
- Anaximperator. A close friend who helps out by collecting information, writing posts from time to time and moderating this blog. He liked the blog name so much (it also means EmperorEmperor :lol:) that he wanted to use it as an alias.
- WeWee. A gynaecologist who knows everything about Tullio Simoncini there is to know. WeWee’s blog is here.