Jun 17, 2011 - 2:35 pm
(Bruce Springsteen reference)
I promised myself that I would not jump back into the 'natural' thing, but a couple of posts, one in particular, where a great number of tentative sites (at best) are cited as if they are legitimate information resources, lead me to come back one more time. I apologize in advance to all of you who are pretty much over it regardless of where you stand on the issue.
To begin, let me advise that I am not averse to 'natural' remedies (for whatever that is worth). In an earlier response to the original post, in fact, I use the example of my own common suggestion that people might use aloe to prevent or relieve burning from radiation (with doc's permission). In fact, those I know who have used aloe insist that you buy only natural aloe and not some aloe-in-a-bottle, the contents of which you might not be sure of.
I am not averse to 'natural' remedies. In fact, I am aware that many if not most APPROVED medications are derived directly from natural sources. I recall that penicillin was discovered accidentally in a bread mold, although 'discovered' might be the wrong word, since it had apparently been in use ... naturally ... as a 'staple of folk medicine in Europe since the Middle Ages'. It doesn't get much more natural than that.
I find it disingenuous or corrupt for someone who purportedly lives in China and allegedly is a crusader for expanded knowledge about potential cures to be unaware (or unwilling to include the knowledge) that an institution as distinguished for its conventional western treatment of cancer as MD Anderson Hospital in Houston has been working with Chinese researchers for at least several years now to assess the benefits of integrating traditional (natural) Chinese methods with western conventional methods, with some measure of success. Despite being part of the conspiratorial cabal that some are claiming they are part of by default, MDA advises that there are promising returns in some of the research, including benefits from such esoteric areas (to me) as acupuncture and meditation, to say nothing of what they have been doing with the nuts and berries so important in some minds to breaking through the cabal's chains.
(Incidentally, in the article I read about this in CURE magazine, even the Chinese researchers and doctors were quick to point out that one should not quit one's western, conventional, treatment, regardless of results. Of course, these folks are probably part of the cabal, putting on some sort of charade to soothe us as they plot behind our backs to figure out ways to patent meditation.)
And, when we consider how the cabal is all about profit, how it is corrupt and immoral (or amoral, at best), we should probably ask how it is that a polio vaccine was offered to the public, both here and abroad, how TB has been nearly eradicated (some folks like to liken TB, in its day, to where cancer is today, in terms of the so-called conspiracy: many institutions, research institutions, hospitals, long-term care facilities, even resorts, had to change their directions when TB was virtually eradicated.)
Of course, the grassy knoll folk will argue that times have changed and the profit margin is much greater (where you people get your numbers is beyond me: 20% of the GNP? For cancer? Come on!), or that the conspiracy cabal profited from those vaccines and cures. I would counter that the motivation to make a profit has not changed and that the cabal will make a profit from a cancer cure as well, a huge profit. After all, SOMEONE is selling you your 'natural remedies' I suspect.
There are a few other things that bother me more about this entire sordid mess. First, to indicate, as has been done, that ALL of our researchers, doctors, nurses, and the like are in cahoots with so-called Big Pharma, either willingly or by necessity, is not just a blatant lie, but also an impugnment of the integrity of the very people who work to try to extend or save our lives on a daily basis. It suggests, in fact, implicitly, that we should not trust our doctors, our nurses, that their best interests are with the profit margin, with the best interests of so-called Big Pharma.
As dangerous as some of the other stuff is because it is really unsubstantiated apparently beyond some grasping-for-straws web sites cited by posters and may actually hurt folks, beyond that there is the greater danger that it will instill in folks a distrust of the medical professionals dedicated to our well-being (when they are not taking their kickbacks from Big Pharma, of course).
Finally, I will take my doctor over your herbalist any day of the week. I have written about this in the past, not as part of an agenda against natural remedies, but just as a cautionary tale at one point, in my blog, which is to say it is a true story:
When I was diagnosed with lung cancer (my second cancer) and was told I might have as little as ten months to live, a neighbor of mine, also diagnosed with lung cancer (I had not previously known this) came by my house with an offering of a gallon of green tea.
If I am not mistaken, green tea is a known anti-oxidant promoted by some as a way to reduce or eliminate tumors. In any event, she certainly thought so.
I do not know where she developed the notion that green tea would save her. Maybe on a site such as this one, who knows. But she certainly did not come up with that on her own. I didn't know that green tea existed before she brought it over, and my wife is a tea/teapot aficianado.
It seems her brother had died of pancreatic cancer previously, and the strongest memory she had of that experience was that he suffered from the chemotherapy. In her mind, the chemo shortened his life. To her way of thinking, green tea would save her and chemo would kill her.
I opted to stay the conventional western course. I had a lobectomy with follow-on chemo. More than three years later, I am here to write this. She was dead within six months, leaving a bitter, angry, husband behind.