Alternative therapies get hammered in the latest cancer research

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When a recent cancer study was published, global news outlets led with sensationalist headlines like “Choosing alternative cancer therapy doubles risk of death” and “Cancer is way more likely to kill you if you rely on ‘natural’ therapies”.

When it comes to the fight against cancer and the grossly under-reported benefits of alternative medicine, headlines like these really get my back up… not to mention the ludicrous study they talk about.

Misleading and inaccurate

This recent study, soon to be published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, compared the survival rates of 281 cancer patients who chose alternative therapies as their only treatment option, with 560 patients who underwent conventional cancer treatments.

The researchers – all radiation oncologists at Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut – found that patients who chose alternative therapies over conventional cancer treatments were two and half times more likely to die within five years of diagnosis.

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher, Dr Skyler Johnson, admitted that none of the researchers knew what alternative treatments the participants took. He added: “They could be herbs, botanicals, homeopathy, special diets or energy crystals, which are basically just stones that people believe have healing powers.”

Let’s pause right here.

So, if I understand this correct then Johnson and his team compared an unknown with a known – like comparing apples with ‘other fruit’. Not exactly a fair comparison.

And let’s be honest, even I don’t believe in the cancer healing properties of energy crystals.

However, it’s a completely different story when you talk about a complex intravenous vitamin and nutrient infusion like the Myer’s Cocktail, supported by a carefully crafted wholefood and organic diet of specific foods. Not to mention intravenous vitamin C. Both of these therapeutic methods have been used effectively for years to combat cancer.

In fact, after observing exceptional positive results in cancer patients, a 2006 study published in the Canadian Medical Journal Association, concluded that the role of high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy in cancer treatment should be reassessed.

Johnson’s study would’ve been a lot fairer had it compared the survival rate of cancer patients who chose conventional cancer treatments against those who specifically chose known effective alternative therapies like IVC and the Myer’s Cocktail.

His research team also makes no mention of secondary cancers – a known risk of chemotherapy and radiation – developing in those participants who underwent conventional cancer treatments. I’m pretty sure if they did investigate the development of secondary cancers in all participants, those who survived cancer as a result of choosing alternative therapies (and there were survivors) would have a much lower secondary cancer rate than the conventional cancer treatment group.

Perhaps a more balanced approach in the design and methodology of the study would’ve included an equal number of alternative health cancer experts, to curb the risk of bias. But in this case, the small team of four researchers were all oncologists… of which three have received research funding from numerous pharmaceutical companies including 21st Century Oncology, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic and Pfizer – four main contenders in the race to find the ultimate ‘cancer cure’.

Johnson, who received his medical degree a mere four years ago, is the only one with no conflict of interest. And perhaps this study was his first big shot at making a name for himself in the cancer industry… it’s just a pity that it was so badly designed, reeks of bias and only serves the agenda of promoting cancer therapies that are being questioned more and more by patients who are looking for less torturous and animalistic ways to combat cancer.

Wouldn’t it be great if mainstream and alternative medicine joined forces to find safe and effective cancer-fighting therapies that will truly benefit patients?



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”, published online altmedrev.com/publications/7/5/389.pdf

Intravenously administered vitamin C as cancer therapy: three cases, 2006 Mar 28; 174(7): 937–942

Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival, JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Volume 110, Issue 1, 1 January 2018 (ahead of print)

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