Quackery

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quackery n – medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

I follow a leukemia survivors group on Facebook. One of the group’s  members is frequently making unfounded claims and posting articles describing alternative treatment or even people curing themselves of cancer w/o traditionally accepted medical treatment(s). Almost universally, these articles have

No sources cited
No control group in experiment
No peer review of findings

therefore to me they have

No credibility

Please don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Be skeptical and don’t implicitly assume that vast conspiracy theories are at work… This was the article which lit my fuse.

8-Year Old Girl Raises PH levels And Shrinks Cancer Tumors By 75 % With Diet

Collective Evolution

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are constantly pushed as the only go-to options for cancer treatment, when this couldn’t be farther from the truth. How often does a cancer patient see a doctor who tells them that dichloroacetate can their cancer? That was recently discovered by researchers at the University of Alberta. Cancer is a multi-trillion dollar industry, it can be hard to believe that there are those who do not promote treatments that have been proven successful, but it simply means we have to go beyond what we are taught, use our critical thinking skills and find out the truth for ourselves.

I’ve already written about and provided debunking of alkalinated water claims before. That last sentence quoted has a huge degree of irony; many adherents have just written off traditional medicine as corrupt and complicit in moneymaking conspiracies. Dubious online articles like this one above are so numerous it can be difficult to find real and credible ones among the junk science trash. This one defied the trend and I found to be worth reading.
Cancer patients who use alternative medicine die sooner – Edzard Ernst MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

Be healthy, be knowledgeable and ask your docs and nurses questions – especially the tough ones.

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