Many treatments fall under the umbrella of Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM. Some of the most commonly used CAM therapies include: Acupuncture Chiropractic Food counseling Herbalism Massa...
Webster Kehr, of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. gave us more conspiracy theories to add to our 4th part in the series, The War Between Orthodox Medicine and Alternative Medicine.
There are treatment options for newly diagnosed cancer patients as listed below:
- Have chemotherapy and radiation surgery as prescribed by the doctor.
- Have chemotherapy and radiation surgery, but drop out of program early.
- Refuse all treatments.
- Have alternative treatments after extensive orthodox treatments and doctors have given up hope for treatment.
- Have alternative treatments after some orthodox treatments, but dropped out of orthodox treatment early.
- Have alternative treatments instead of orthodox treatments.
There are over 100 different alternative treatment options available to a newly diagnosed cancer patient. Treatment decision criteria is:
- Length of life since diagnosis.
- Quality of life since diagnosis.
- Strength of the immune system during and after treatments.
The plan picked by the most number of people who have accurate treatment decision criteria information about the treatment options would be judged the “best” plan. The theory of orthodox medicine is based on a three-pronged attack. Medical doctors would first consider the density of cancer cells in various parts of the person’s body. The first rule of orthodox medicine is to cut out the parts of the body that have the densest level of cancer cells. The second rule is to use chemotherapy to treat the less dense areas of cancer cells. The third is to use radiation. Alternative treatments for cancer rarely ever depend on surgery, according to Dr. Binzel. Three situations that uphold this theory is if the tumor, because of its size or position is interfering with some vital function, if the tumor, because of its size or position is causing pain or if the presence of the tumor presents a psychological problem for the patient if removed. He also says that if the tumor is remote and not causing any problems, and the patient agrees, leave the tumor alone. A tumor is a symptom of cancer and generally does not threaten the life, only the spreading of the cancer is life-threatening. None of these three reasons for surgery had anything to do with treating the cancer and were all physical or mental.
Doctors measure things like response, remission and tumor markers. Orthodox treatments putting people in remission is the most popular phrase. It sounds nice and attracts patients, but distracts these people from statistics that are important. Remission is a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer. It does not mean a person is cured, only that there is an absence of signs and symptoms.
Because this particular series is so extensive, I am breaking this down into two separate articles. But make no mistake, you need to know the true meaning of each of these deceptions and their true definition in order to make informative and correct decisions regarding your treatment of cancer. This is your life, so take things into your own hands and search out ALL available treatments and don’t just jump at what the oncologist has to recommend. Science is a complicated subject, and being informed is the most important thing you can do.
-Dr. Fredda Branyon