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Blogging against alternative cancer treatments

The Curious Case Of Hollie Quinn And Her Miraculous Cancer Cure

Through a tweet by Blue Wode, who runs the brilliant website ebm-first, I learned of Hollie Quinn and her miraculous cancer cure.

At 27, Hollie Quinn was pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an article on the Huffington Post we are told that Hollie Quinn decided to decline conventional cancer care and treat her cancer with alternative treatments only. And successfully so, for she is still alive and healthy to this day, eight years later. To inspire other cancer patients, she and her husband wrote a book about her extraordinary experience.

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Letting Go – What Medicine Should Do When it Can’t Save Your Life

In an important article in The New Yorker, Atul Gawande writes about what medicine should do when it can’t save your life:

Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions—and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left.

In his article, Atawande asks the most important question of all: when is enough enough?

Studies find that although doctors usually tell patients when a cancer is not curable, most are reluctant to give a specific prognosis, even when pressed. More than forty per cent of oncologists report offering treatments that they believe are unlikely to work […..] We imagine that we can wait until the doctors tell us that there is nothing more they can do. But rarely is there nothing more that doctors can do. They can give toxic drugs of unknown efficacy, operate to try to remove part of the tumor, put in a feeding tube if a person can’t eat: there’s always something. We want these choices. We don’t want anyone—certainly not bureaucrats or the marketplace—to limit them. But that doesn’t mean we are eager to make the choices ourselves. Instead, most often, we make no choice at all. We fall back on the default, and the default is: Do Something.

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Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch Sued by Doctor’s Data

Stephen Barrett is a retired American psychiatrist. He is also an author, co-founder of the National Council Against Health Fraud(NCAHF), and the webmaster of Quackwatch. His activities focus on consumer protection, medical ethics, and scientific skepticism.

Recently, Barrett wrote an article on a urine tocix metal test done by a firm called Doctor’s Data, in which he explains why in his opinion this test is used to defraud patients.

Many scientists have stated that Barrett’s article is perfectly correct and have spoken out in support of him.

Sadly, most alternative health practitioners are not keen on scientific debate and prefer legal thuggery instead.

Doctor’s Data is no exception, and they have deciced to sue Dr Barrett for the sum of $10 million.

Please help Dr Barrett in his legal defense by donating to Quackwatch here.

9 Questions that Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims – Plus 9 Answers and Some Counter Questions

Although the article referred to in this post is about vaccines and not cancer, we still think it is very relevant, as it clearly shows the methods applied by many altmeds to discredit science and scientists.

On his website, David Mihalovic, who describes himself as a naturopathic medical doctor specializing in vaccine research, asks 9 questions about vaccines which he claims no vaccine-expert can answer.

Well, Mark Crislip on Science-Based Medicine does answer them – and at the same time presents some counter questions to be answered by David Mihalovic.

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Do Doctors Refuse Chemotherapy On Themselves?

While there is no truth in the claim that doctors refuse chemotherapy on themselves, on almost every website dedicated to the promotion of alternative cancer treatments it says that most – if not all – doctors on principle would refuse chemotherapy on themselves because of its high toxicity and ineffectiveness. Yet these same doctors are said to be perfectly happy to pour this poison into their patients – merely for profit, as is the standard insinuation.

The basis for these shocking and deceitful allegations is this excerpt from a book by Philip Day:

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Where are the laws that protect us against people like Andreas Moritz?

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: Read more of this post

Marion lost her father to the “German New Medicine” of Ryke Geerd Hamer

Marion Piat, who lost her father to the German New Medicine of Ryke Geerd Hamer, has decided to tell her story and start a blog to warn people for this dangerous sect. We have translated her story and posted it here:

“It started in October 2007 when my father was on a mission in Guatemala. One morning he was no longer able to urinate, a kidney stone blocked the bladder: emergency operation. The urologist who operated on him noticed the prostate had an abnormal shape and appearance. Following were: biopsy, blood tests, pessimistic diagnosis, prostate cancer.

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Acid, Alkaline Diets, pH Balance And Cancer

There are a number of physiological processes which are so vital to our survival that meddling with them in any way would mean almost certain death.

Maintaining the pH of our blood is one of these vital activities.

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A Wonderful Book Was Written: Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American tobacco farmer from Virginia, was just  30 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The cancer turned out to be extremely aggressive and 8 months later, at only 31, Henrietta Lacks died on 4 October 1951.

Scientists had been trying to keep cancer cells alive outside the body, but this proved very difficult and most cultures didn’t last longer than a few weeks. But the cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks were so strong that they were virtually immortal and it was possible to grow them for long periods.

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Infant Dies After Craniosacral Therapy: Therapist Gets Off Scot-Free

We reported earlier about the sad case of a a formerly healthy, three-month-old girl, who died in the Netherlands after manipulation of the neck and the vertebral column, called “holding,” by a – certified! – craniosacral therapist. Here’s an update.

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