Why a third of cancer patients turn to alternative treatments – a failure of modern medicine?
Modern medicine is losing its grip on society, as more and more people start turning to alternative treatments for their cancer. While chemotherapy and radiation treatments have long been the “gold standard” of conventional cancer care, health-savvy patients are beginning to question the paradigm. According to a new study from the University of Texas (UT), a third of cancer patients try alternative or complementary therapies and treatments to cure their disease — and many of them do so without consulting their physician.
Alternative and complementary medicine has been rising in popularity for over a decade, and it is easy to see why. Many conventional medicines come with a steep cost — both to your wallet and to your well-being. Whether you are talking about an over-the-counter pain medicine or chemotherapy, there is a risk of adverse side effects, many of which can be debilitating. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are both known for causing all kinds of health problems — and they can even increase your risk of getting cancer again in the future. This is not widely disclosed, but chemotherapy drugs are actually carcinogenic. After all, there is nothing better for Big Pharma than drugs that create repeat customers. It is not surprising that people are no longer buying into these “therapies.”
Cancer patients look for alternatives
To conduct their study, researchers from UT surveyed 3,100 cancer patients about their use of alternative and complementary medicine (CAM). All told, 33 percent of those surveyed said they incorporated some form of CAM into their treatment regime.
Patients talked about using meditation, herbal supplements, medical cannabis and special diets to treat their cancer — but only four percent of patients discussed these treatments with their doctor. The remaining 29 percent said they did not disclose their use of CAM either because they didn’t want to share that information or because their physician hadn’t asked.
Lead study author Nina Sanford, M.D., says that the reluctance to disclose CAM treatment is concerning. Patients have every reason to expect their doctor may discourage the use of supplements like curcumin; in spite of the overwhelming evidence that curcumin is effective against some cancers, most conventional doctors scoff at the idea that food is healing.
However, there is a real concern about the potential for some herbal supplements or diets to have contraindications with certain cancer drugs or treatments. This means taking a supplement or radically changing your diet without discussing your plan with your healthcare provider could be detrimental to your health in other ways, especially if you are already taking a prescription drug or are on a conventional cancer treatment regimen.
Why people are going against the grain
Alternative medicine is a great option that patients should be free to explore — with the guidance of their chosen healthcare professional. If you are interested in exploring natural treatments, seeing a reputable naturopath or other holistic care provider is a great place to start.
It is widely known that most “conventional doctors” are skeptical of nutritional treatment — and that fact applies to more than just cancer. It’s really kind of sad: Research clearly demonstrates that conventional cancer treatments increase your risk of having a second, different cancer. This alone should take chemo off the treatment table — yet most oncologists appear to have been brainwashed so badly by Big Pharma that facts don’t even matter.
Research has consistently shown that common cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy increase your risk of getting cancer — and often times, these second cancers are more lethal than the first. Even the American Cancer Society admits these “treatments” are actually cancer-causing themselves.
Infecting your entire body and destroying your immune system with carcinogenic toxins just to kill cancer in one specific area is entirely irrational. Fortunately, there are natural remedies for people to turn to.
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