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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

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									         Alternative Medicine
• What is Alternative Medicine?
• How can there be an alternative to
  medicine?
• Is there alternative chemistry, alternative
  physics, biology?
   Alternative Medicine Defined
• Alternative has two possible meanings. Correctly
  employed, it refers to methods that have equal value for a
  particular purpose. (An example would be two antibiotics
  capable of killing a particular organism.) When applied to
  unproven methods, however, the term can be misleading
  because methods that are unsafe or ineffective are not
  reasonable alternatives to proven treatment. To emphasize
  this fact, we place the word "alternative" in quotation
  marks throughout this book whenever it is applied to
  methods that are not based on established scientific
  knowledge.
           Quackery Defined
• Quack originated during the Renaissance when
  quicksilver or mercury was a popular remedy for
  syphilis. Wandering peddlers known as
  "quacksalvers" sold mercury ointment. They
  would claim that their agents would cure all
  diseases. The term was later shortened to
  "quacks," who became a symbol of evil medical
  practice. Dictionaries generally define "quack" as
  a pretender to special health-related skills. This
  definition implies an intent to deceive, which
  would not fit promoters of unproven methods who
  believe in what they are doing.
              Other Definitions
• Nontraditional incorrectly suggests that an unscientific
  method is innovative, while falsely suggesting that the
  scientific community is traditional (meaning staid, rigid
  and close-minded). Actually, science is an antagonist of
  traditional medicine as it destroys old myths and
  establishes new approaches to healing. "Traditional" is
  correctly used in reference to folk medicine. Folk healers,
  not scientific healers, are the traditional ones. A
  considerable amount of quackery stems from the
  commercialization of traditional folk medicine and ancient
  dogma.
              Other Definitions
• Complementary and integrative are claimed to
  synthesize standard and alternative methods, using the best
  of both. However, no published data indicate the extent to
  which practitioners who use these labels actually use
  proven methods or the extent to which they burden patients
  with useless methods. Typically these practitioners employ
  a "heads-I-win, tails-you-lose" strategy in which they
  claim credit for any improvement experienced by the
  patient and blame standard treatments for any negative
  effects. The result may be to undermine the patient's
  confidence in standard care, reducing compliance or
  having the patient wish to abandon it altogether.
            Other Definitions
• Holistic implies that an approach is special and
  more complete because it treats the "whole
  patient" and not just the disease. However, good
  physicians have always paid attention to patients'
  social and emotional concerns as well as their
  physical problems.
                   Important terms
• Fraud is defined in dictionaries as an intentional perversion of truth
  for gain. The FDA has defined health fraud as promotion of an
  unproven remedy for profit. Although the FDA definition eliminates
  the question of intent, some people object to its use because ordinary
  use of the term fraud implies an intent to deceive.

• Unscientific means contrary to scientific evidence.

• Nonscientific means not based on a scientific approach.

• Unconventional and unorthodox are used to avoid denunciation of
  the method under consideration. Both of these words may falsely
  imply that medical science is wed to established doctrine and is too
  rigid.
                  Important Terms
• Cult is a health system based on dogma set forth by its promoter.

• Faddism is a generic term used to describe nutrition nonsense. Food
  faddists are characterized by exaggerated beliefs in the role of diet and
  nutrition in health and disease.

• Unproven has fewer negative connotations than most of the other
  terms. It correctly implies that, under the rules of science, proponents
  have the burden of proving that their methods work. Unproven
  methods that appear logical and consistent with established knowledge
  carry no connotation of quackery. However, methods that appear
  illogical and in conflict with established knowledge should be regarded
  with great suspicion and labeled more harshly.

• Questionable and dubious generally mean unproven but inconsistent
  with established facts. The word "dubious" is used by critics who wish
  to make it clear that they have a low opinion of the method under
  consideration.
             Important Terms
• Nontraditional incorrectly suggests that an
  unscientific method is innovative, while falsely
  suggesting that the scientific community is
  traditional (meaning staid, rigid and close-
  minded). Actually, science is an antagonist of
  traditional medicine as it destroys old myths and
  establishes new approaches to healing.
  "Traditional" is correctly used in reference to folk
  medicine. Folk healers, not scientific healers, are
  the traditional ones. A considerable amount of
  quackery stems from the commercialization of
  traditional folk medicine and ancient dogma.
             Important Terms
• Complementary and integrative are claimed to
  synthesize standard and alternative methods, using
  the best of both. However, no published data
  indicate the extent to which practitioners who use
  these labels actually use proven methods or the
  extent to which they burden patients with useless
  methods. Typically these practitioners employ a
  "heads-I-win, tails-you-lose" strategy in which
  they claim credit for any improvement
  experienced by the patient and blame standard
  treatments for any negative effects. The result may
  be to undermine the patient's confidence in
  standard care, reducing compliance or having the
  patient wish to abandon it altogether.
    Twenty-Five Ways to Spot
            Quacks
1. When Talking about Nutrients, They Tell Only Part of the
Story.

2. They Claim That Most Americans Are Poorly Nourished.

3. They Recommend "Nutrition Insurance" for Everyone.

4. They Say That Most Diseases Are Due to Faulty Diet
and Can Be Treated with "Nutritional" Methods.

5. They Allege That Modern Processing Methods and
Storage Remove all Nutritive Value from Our Food.

6. They Claim That Diet Is a Major Factor in Behavior.

7. They Claim That Fluoridation Is Dangerous.
      Twenty-Five Ways to Spot
              Quacks
8. They Claim That Soil Depletion and the Use of Pesticides and
"Chemical" Fertilizers Result in Food That Is Less Safe and Less
Nourishing.

9. They Claim You Are in Danger of Being "Poisoned"
by Ordinary Food Additives and Preservatives.

10. They Charge That the Recommended Dietary Allowances
(RDAs) Have Been Set Too Low.

11. They Claim That under Everyday Stress, and in Certain
Diseases, Your Need for Nutrients Is Increased.

12. They Recommend "Supplements" and "Health Foods" for
Everyone.
      Twenty-Five Ways to Spot
              Quacks
13. They Claim That "Natural" Vitamins are Better
than "Synthetic" Ones.

14. They Suggest That a Questionnaire Can Be Used
to Indicate Whether You Need Dietary Supplements.

15. They Say It Is Easy to Lose Weight.

16. They Promise Quick, Dramatic, Miraculous
Results.

17. They Routinely Sell Vitamins and Other
"Dietary Supplements" as Part of Their Practice.
     Twenty-Five Ways to Spot
             Quacks
18. They Use Disclaimers Couched in Pseudomedical
Jargon.

19. They Use Anecdotes and Testimonials to Support
Their Claims.

20. They Claim That Sugar Is a Deadly Poison.

21. They Display Credentials Not Recognized
by Responsible Scientists or Educators.

22. They Offer to Determine Your Body's Nutritional
State with a Laboratory Test or a Questionnaire.
      Twenty-Five Ways to Spot
              Quacks
23. They Claim They Are Being Persecuted by
Orthodox Medicine and That Their Work Is Being
Suppressed Because It's Controversial.

24. They Warn You Not to Trust Your Doctor.

25. They Encourage Patients to Lend Political
Support to Their Treatment Methods.
       More Ploys That May Fool You

"We really care about you!"
Although being "cared about" may provide a powerful psychological
lift, it will not make a worthless remedy effective. It may also
encourage over-reliance on an inappropriate therapy.

"We treat the whole patient."
There is nothing wrong with giving due attention to a patient's lifestyle
and social and emotional concerns in addition to physical problems. In
fact, good physicians have always done this. Today, however, most
practitioners who label themselves "holistic" are engaged in quackery
and embrace the term as a marketing tool. Few actually "treat the
whole patient."
       More Ploys That May Fool You

"No side effects"
"Alternative" methods are often described as safer, gentler, and/or without side
effects. If this were true -- and often it is not -- their "remedy" would be too
weak to have any effect. Any medication potent enough to help people will be
potent enough to cause side effects. FDA approval requires evidence that the
likelihood of benefit far exceeds the probable harm.

"We attack the cause of disease."
Quacks claim that whatever they do will not only cure the ailment but will also
prevent future trouble. This claim is false. Illness can result from many factors,
both internal and external, some of which have been identified and some of
which are unknown. Scientific medical care can prevent certain diseases and
reduce the odds of getting various others.
     More Ploys That May Fool You
"We treat medicine's failures."
It is often suggested that people seek "alternatives" because doctors are
brusque, and that if doctors were more attentive, their patients would
not turn to quacks. It is true that this sometimes happens, but most
quackery does not involve medical care. Blaming doctors for
quackery's persistence is like blaming astronomers for the popularity of
astrology. Some people's needs exceed what ethical, scientific health
care can provide. Some harbor deep-seated antagonism toward medical
care and the concept of a scientific method. But the main reason for
quackery's success is its ability to seduce people who are unsuspecting,
gullible, or desperate. Several years ago, a survey done in New
Zealand found that most cancer patients who used "alternative"
therapies were satisfied with their medical care and regarded
"alternative" care only as a supplement [1]. A more recent study found
that only 4.4% of those surveyed reported relying primarily on
alternative therapies. The author concluded:
            Signs of a Quack Device

• It is said to use little-known energies that are undetectable
  by ordinary scientists.
• It can diagnose or cure people living miles away.
• It has a convoluted yet scientific-sounding name.
• It was invented by a "world famous" doctor that is not
  actually well known.
• It has bright lights that serve no apparent purpose.
• It has knobs and dials that serve no practical purpose.
• It shakes, rattles, rolls, sucks, shocks, or warms your body.
            Signs of a Quack Device

• It supposedly can cure just about anything.
• It is available only through the mail or at special outlets.
• You can't find one at a regular doctor's office.
• The manufacturer isn't exactly sure how or why it works.
• To get results, the patient must face a certain direction or
  use the device only at unusual times.
• You're supposed to use it even if there's nothing wrong
  with you.
• The FDA has outlawed it.
    Alex Chiu- Exemplar                               of Quackery
•   Why does Alex Chiu teach people how to build their own Immortality
    Devices? Why does Alex Chiu give out FREE Immortality Devices?

•   ANSWER: Once a while, some nice hearted people will spend some money and buy
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    for rent and food. I believe that the Immortality Device is the most important invention
    in human history. But now, so many people are laughing at it. This invention is so
    incredible, it makes people laugh. But this invention is so important to me. So I am
    teaching everyone how to build the device. I am also giving the devices out for free. I
    think it's very important to educate people about this new invention. I don't want this
    invention to be forgotten because this invention is the most important invention in
    human history. I must educate everyone and make sure everyone knows how important
    this invention is.
• In business since 1996.
• TV stations refuse to let me sell this product on
  TV. Radio stations do not want to air my
  commercial. Government agencies and giant drug
  companies ignore this invention. They fear and hate
  this new invention. The only place where I can sell
  physical immortality is on the internet.


• Immortality Device
• Stops aging permanently!!

   http://www.alexchiu.com/
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  What do you think rapture is? Answer: Ones who believe
  shall not perish and will have everlasting life. Immortality
  Device is believed to allow humans to stay physically
  young forever. US PATENT # 5,989,178. The most important
  invention in human history. SEE OUR TESTIMONIALS
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  hereby discovered a great solution to stop you from
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* Attention! You can also receive FREE Immortality Rings if
  you help me out!

  Actually, the best way to find out the truth is to search for 'Alex
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  invention is very famous, and millions of people are already
  using it. (They either made their own rings or bought the
  devices from me.) The search engine tells the entire truth.
  So do your own research on search engines.
• Why does Alex Chiu teach people how to build their own
  Immortality Devices?

• Why does Alex Chiu give out FREE Immortality Devices?

• ANSWER: Once a while, some nice hearted people will spend some
  money and buy the devices from me. I don't need so much
  money. All I need is enough money to pay for rent and food. I believe
  that the Immortality Device is the most important invention in human
  history. But now, so many people are laughing at it. This invention is
  so incredible, it makes people laugh. But this invention is so important
  to me. So I am teaching everyone how to build the device. I am also
  giving the devices out for free. I think it's very important to educate
  people about this new invention. I don't want this invention to be
  forgotten because this invention is the most important invention in
  human history. I must educate everyone and make sure everyone
  knows how important this invention is.
    Common Misconceptions About
            Quackery
• Although most Americans are harmed by
  quackery, few perceive it as a serious problem and
  even fewer are interested in trying to do anything
  about it. Many misconceptions appear to
  contribute to this situation:
• Misconception #1: Quackery is easy to spot.
  Quackery is far more difficult to spot than most
  people realize. Modern promoters use scientific
  jargon that can fool people not familiar with the
  concepts being discussed. Even health
  professionals can have difficulty in separating fact
  from fiction in fields unrelated to their expertise.
     Common Misconceptions About
             Quackery
• Misconception #2: Personal experience is the best way to
  tell whether something works. When you feel better after
  having used a product or procedure, it is natural to give
  credit to whatever you have done. This can be misleading,
  however, because most ailments resolve themselves and
  those that don't can have variable symptoms. Even serious
  conditions can have sufficient day-to-day variation to
  enable quack methods to gain large followings. In addition,
  taking action often produces temporary relief of symptoms
  (a placebo effect). For these reasons, controlled scientific
  studies are usually necessary to establish whether health
  methods actually work.
      Common Misconceptions About
              Quackery
• Misconception #3: Most victims of quackery are easy to fool.
  Individuals who buy one diet book or "magic" diet pill after another
  are indeed gullible. And so are many people who follow whatever fads
  are in vogue. But the majority of quackery's victims are merely
  unsuspecting. People tend to believe what they hear the most. And
  quack ideas -- particularly about nutrition -- are everywhere. Another
  large group of quackery's victims is composed of individuals who have
  serious or chronic diseases that make them feel desperate enough to try
  anything that offers hope. Alienated people -- many of whom are
  paranoid -- form another victim group. These people tend to believe
  that our food supply is unsafe; that drugs do more harm than good; and
  that doctors, drug companies, large food companies, and government
  agencies are not interested in protecting the public. Such beliefs make
  them vulnerable to those who offer foods and healing approaches
  alleged to be "natural."
     Common Misconceptions About
             Quackery
• Misconception #4: Quackery's victims deserve what they
  get. This is based on the idea that people who are gullible
  should "know better" and therefore deserve whatever they
  get. This feeling is a major reason why journalists,
  enforcement officials, judges, and legislators seldom give
  priority to combating quackery. As noted above, however,
  most victims are not gullible. Nor do people deserve to
  suffer or die because of ignorance or desperation.
     Common Misconceptions About
             Quackery
• Misconception #5: All quacks are frauds and crooks.
  Quackery is often discussed as though all of its promoters
  are engaged in deliberate deception. This is untrue.
  Promoters of mail-order quackery are almost always hit-
  and-run artists who know their products are fakes but hope
  to profit before the Postal Service shuts them down. But
  most other promoters of quackery seem to be true
  believers, zealots, and devotees whose problem is lack of
  criticism -- a failure to apply skepticism to the favored
  therapy, very much like a religious person who blindly
  accepts "the faith."
      Common Misconceptions About
              Quackery
• Misconception #6: Most quackery is dangerous. Quackery can
  seriously harm or kill people by inducing them to abandon or delay
  effective treatment for serious conditions. It can also wreck the life of
  people who are so thoroughly misled that they devote themselves to
  promoting the methods and welfare of the quack. Although the number
  of people harmed in these ways cannot be determined, it is not large
  enough or obvious enough to arouse a general public outcry. Most
  victims of quackery are harmed economically rather than physically.
  Moreover, many people believe that an unscientific method has helped
  them. In most cases, they have confused cause-and-effect and
  coincidence. But sometimes an unproven approach actually relieves
  emotionally related symptoms by lowering the person's tension level.
      Common Misconceptions About
              Quackery
• Misconception #7: "Minor" forms of quackery are harmless.
  Quackery involving small sums of money and no physical harm is
  often viewed as harmless. Examples are "nutrition insurance" with
  vitamin pills and wearing a copper bracelet for arthritis. But their use
  indicates confusion on the part of the user and vulnerability to more
  serious forms of quackery. There is also harm to society. Money
  wasted on quackery would be better spent for research, but much of it
  goes into the pockets of people (such as vitamin pushers) who are
  spreading misinformation and trying to weaken consumer protection
  laws.

• Misconception #8: Government protects us. Although various
  government agencies are involved in fighting quackery, most don't
  give it sufficient priority to be effective. Moreover, the agencies
  involved lack a coordinated plan to maximize their effectiveness.
   THE DI BELLA AFFAIR
• 1997/88 ITALY
• THE “CURE” FOR THOUSANDS:
 SOMATOSTATIN,MELATONIN,BROMOCRIPTIN, VITAMINS,
 CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE

• NEVER TESTED IN HUMANS OR
  ANIMALS
• COST: UP TO $5000 / MONTH
   THE DI BELLA AFFAIR
• PATIENTS SUE GOVERNMENT
• PRESS HAILS DI BELLA AS A HERO
• COURT ORDER PUBLIC PAYMENT
  FOR 2000 TREATMENTS AND 10
  CLINICAL TRIALS
   THE DI BELLA AFFAIR
• CLINICAL TRIALS SHOW NO
  EFFECT, BUT SIGNIFICANT SIDE
  EFFECTS
 THE DI BELLA AFFAIR

• OVERALL DIRECT COSTS:

   •$20 MILLION
  THE DI BELLA AFFAIR
• WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO
  DELAYED TREATMENT WHILE
  ‘EXPLORING THE OPTIONS’?
• WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CHOSE
  THE “CURE” OVER PROVEN
  THERAPY?
• MANY NATURAL
  SUBSTANCES ARE VERY
  POISONOUS, INCLUDING
  SOME HERBAL REMEDIES
Natural Substances are Poisonous
           TOBACCO
        ARISTOLOCHIA
         CHAPARELLE
         GERMANDER
           EPHEDRA
       Common Misconceptions About
               Quackery
• Misconception #9: Quackery's success represents medicine's failure.
  It is often suggested that people turn to quacks when doctors are
  brusque with them, and that if doctors were more attentive, their
  patients would not turn to quacks. It is true that this sometimes
  happens, but most quackery does not involve medical care. Doctors
  should pay attention to the emotions of their patients and make a
  special effort to explain things to them. But blaming medicine for
  quackery is like considering the success of astrology the fault of
  astronomy. Some people's needs exceed what ethical, scientific health
  care can provide. The main reason for quackery's success is its ability
  to seduce unsuspecting people. Several years ago a survey done in
  New Zealand found that most cancer patients who used "alternative"
  therapies were satisfied with their medical care and regarded
  "alternative" care only as a supplement.
      Common Misconceptions About
              Quackery
• Misconception #10: "Alternative" methods have moved toward the
  scientific mainstream. In 1991, Congress passed a law ordering the
  National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an office (now called
  the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  (NCCAM) to foster research into unconventional practices. It remains
  to be seen whether any useful research will be done as a result.
  Meanwhile, of course, "alternative" proponents have been labeling the
  very establishment of the NIH office as "scientific acceptance" -- and
  media outlets have been repeating this claim without bothering to
  investigate whether it is true.
     Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked

• Promoters of quackery know how to appeal to
  every aspect of human vulnerability. What sells is
  not the quality of their products but their ability to
  influence their audience. Here are ten strategies to
  avoid being quacked:
   Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked
1. Remember that quackery seldom looks outlandish.
Its promoters often use scientific terms and quote (or misquote) from
scientific references. Some actually have reputable scientific training
but have gone astray.

2. Ignore any practitioner who says that most diseases are caused
by faulty nutrition or can be remedied by taking supplements.
Although some diseases are related to diet, most are not. Moreover, in
most cases where diet actually is a factor in a person's health problem,
the solution is not to take vitamins but to alter the diet.
    Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked
3. Be wary of anecdotes and testimonials.
If someone claims to have been helped by an unorthodox remedy, ask
yourself and possibly your doctor whether there might be another
explanation. Most single episodes of disease recover with the passage
of time, and most chronic ailments have symptom-free periods. Most
people who give testimonials about recovery from cancer have
undergone effective treatment as well as unorthodox treatment, but
give credit to the latter. Some testimonials are complete fabrications.

4. Be wary of pseudomedical jargon.
Instead of offering to treat your disease, some quacks will promise to
"detoxify" your body, "balance" its chemistry, release its "nerve
energy," or "bring it in harmony with nature," or to correct supposed
"weaknesses" of various organs. The use of concepts that are
impossible to measure enables success to be claimed even though
nothing has actually been accomplished.
   Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked


5. Don't fall for paranoid accusations.
Unconventional practitioners often claim that the medical
profession, drug companies, and the government are
conspiring to suppress whatever method they espouse. No
evidence to support such a theory has ever been
demonstrated. It also flies in the face of logic to believe
that large numbers of people would oppose the
development of treatment methods that might someday
help themselves or their loved ones.
  Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked
6. Forget about "secret cures."
True scientists share their knowledge as part of the
process of scientific development. Quacks may
keep their methods secret to prevent others from
demonstrating that they don't work. No one who
actually discovered a cure would have reason to
keep it secret. If a method works-especially for a
serious disease-the discoverer would gain
enormous fame, fortune and personal satisfaction
by sharing the discovery with others.
   Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked

7. Be wary of herbal remedies.
Herbs are promoted primarily through literature based on
hearsay, folklore and tradition. As medical science
developed, it became apparent that most herbs did not
deserve good reputations, and most that did were replaced
by synthetic compounds that are more effective. Many
herbs contain hundreds or even thousands of chemicals
that have not been completely cataloged. While some may
turn out to be useful, others could well prove toxic. With
safe and effective treatment available, treatment with herbs
rarely makes sense.
      Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked

  8. Be skeptical of any product claimed to be effective
  against a wide range of unrelated diseases-particularly
  diseases that are serious.
  There is no such thing as a panacea or "cure-all."
• 9. Ignore appeals to your vanity.
  One of quackery's most powerful appeals is the suggestion
  to "think for yourself" instead of following the collective
  wisdom of the scientific community. A similar appeal is
  the idea that although a remedy has not been proven to
  work for other people, it still might work for you.
•
     Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked

10. Don't let desperation cloud your judgment!
  If you feel that your doctor isn't doing enough to
  help you, or if you have been told that your
  condition is incurable and don't wish to accept this
  fate without a struggle, don't stray from scientific
  health care in a desperate attempt to find a
  solution. Instead, discuss your feelings with your
  doctor and consider a consultation with a
  recognized expert.
Why Bogus Therapies Often Seem to Work
1. The disease may have run its natural course.

2. Many diseases are cyclical.

3. The placebo effect may be responsible.

4. People who hedge their bets credit the wrong thing.

5. The original diagnosis or prognosis may have been incorrect.

6. Temporary mood improvement can be confused with cure.

7. Psychological needs can distort what people perceive and do.
Case History-Debbie Benson
             •   My good friend Debbie Benson died July 15,
                 1997, at age fifty-five. I had known her for
                 thirty years. Her official diagnosis was breast
                 cancer, but she was really a victim of
                 quackery. Conventional treatment might have
                 saved her, but she rejected the advice of her
                 oncologist and went to "natural healers."

             •   Debbie was a registered nurse at the Kaiser
                 hospital in Portland, Oregon, but she had a
                 deep distrust of standard medical practice.
                 She didn't have a mammogram for nine years,
                 and when she did -- in March 1996 -- it
                 showed a cancerous lump in her breast. She
                 had the lump removed, but she refused the
                 additional treatment her doctor
                 recommended. Instead she went to a
                 naturopath who gave her -- among other
                 things -- some "Pesticide Removal
                 Tinctures."
Case History-Debbie Benson
             •   Soon after that, lymph nodes swelled in
                 Debbie's armpit. The naturopath said
                 that this was merely the effect of the
                 herbal remedies he was giving her and
                 not to worry. Belatedly, she returned to
                 her oncologist at Kaiser hospital, where
                 the lymph nodes were biopsied and
                 found to be cancerous. Once again, she
                 refused the recommended treatment.
                 Unfortunately, the cancer was
                 spreading throughout her body.
             •   Debbie continued to patronize
                 "alternative healers" in the Portland
                 area. One even claimed to diagnose her
                 with a pendulum! She found another
                 lump in her breast, but the cancer had
                 invaded her liver and was no longer
                 treatable by standard methods.
Case History-Debbie Benson
             •   During the last weeks of her life,
                 another naturopath gave Debbie a
                 skin preparation that was supposed
                 to draw the tumor out of her. This
                 stuff caused an ugly open sore on
                 her breast. By this time, her liver
                 was failing and she felt awful. The
                 naturopath told Debbie she was
                 feeling bad as a result of this
                 medicine, and to get more sleep.
                 When Debbie became too weak to
                 get out of bed and the imminence
                 of her death was obvious, the
                 naturopath blamed Debbie's turn
                 for the worse on "giving up."
Case History- Matthew swan
             •   Matthew Swan, age 16 months, died of
                 spinal meningitis in 1977 in Detroit,
                 Michigan. His parents, Doug and Rita
                 Swan, both lifelong Christian Scientists,
                 retained Christian Science practitioners
                 for spiritual "treatments."
             •   Christian Science contends that illness
                 is an illusion caused by faulty beliefs,
                 and that prayer heals by replacing bad
                 thoughts with good ones. Christian
                 Science practitioners work by trying to
                 argue the sick thoughts out of the
                 person's mind. In Matthew's case, the
                 practitioners repeatedly said they were
                 healing him and interpreted his
                 symptoms as evidence of healing. For
                 example, one practitioner who observed
                 the baby's convulsions said he might be
                 "gritting his teeth" because he was
                 "planning some great achievement."
                 The practitioners demanded more faith
                 and gratitude from the Swans. They
                 complained that the Swans' fears and
                 other sins were obstructing their
                 treatment.
Case History- Matthew swan
             • After nearly two weeks of
               serious illness, a practitioner
               said Matthew might have a
               broken bone and that Christian
               Scientists are allowed to go to
               doctors for setting of broken
               bones. The Swans took
               Matthew to a hospital, where
               the disease was diagnosed as
               Hemophilus influenza
               meningitis. He lived for a week
               in intensive care. The Christian
               Science practitioners would not
               pray for him while he had
               medical care.
    THE DI BELLA AFFAIR
• 1997/88 ITALY
• THE “CURE” FOR THOUSANDS:
 SOMATOSTATIN,MELATONIN,BROMOCRIPTIN, VITAMINS,
 CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE

• NEVER TESTED IN HUMANS OR
  ANIMALS
• COST: UP TO $5000 / MONTH
                Dietary Supplements
                 Blue-Green Algae
•   Blue-green algae (one of eleven groups of algae) are microscopic plants that
    grow mainly in brackish ponds and lakes throughout the world. Of the more
    than 1500 known species, some are useful as food, while others have been
    reported to cause gastroenteritis and hepatitis. Spirulina entered the limelight
    in 1981 when The National Enquirer promoted it as an "all natural," "safe diet
    pill" that contains phenylalanine (an amino acid), which "acts directly on the
    appetite center." The article also said it was "an incredible 65% protein,
    making it the most protein-packed food in the world."

•   These claims are bunkum. The FDA has concluded that there is no evidence
    that spirulina (or phenylalanine) is effective as an appetite suppressant. The
    FDA has also noted that the "65% protein" claim is meaningless because,
    taken according to their label, spirulina products provide only negligible
    amounts of protein.
              Dietary Supplements
               Blue-Green Algae
• At the trial on January 9, 1986, the government introduced additional
  evidence of the widespread use of blue-green algae Manna products,
  and of the therapeutic claims that were made for these products. Victor
  Kollman denied that he had made therapeutic claims. . . . Nevertheless
  he continued to claim his product has a beneficial effect on the human
  body . . . as a food, and not a drug. The government showed that taken
  at the recommended dosage of 1.5 grams, its value as a nutrient is
  negligible. Further, the cost of the defendant's products, which exceeds
  $300 per pound, is so high as compared to other sources of the same
  nutrients that it is apparent that these products are not intended to be
  used as a food.
                 Dietary Supplements
                  Blue-Green Algae
•   Spirulina / Blue Green Algae
•   The Spirulina is Earth's oldest living plant (3.6 billion years ago) and first
    photosynthetic life form that created our oxygen atmosphere so all life could evolve.
    Spirulina is the most nutritious, concentrated food known to man containing
    antioxidants, phytonutrients, probiotics, and nutraceuticals. Spirulina is the best whole
    food source of protein, betacarotene, GLA, B Vitamins, minerals, chlorophill,
    sulfolipids, glyco-lipids, super oxide dimustase, phycocyanin, enzymes, RNA, DNA,
    and supplies many nutrients that are lacking in most people's diets.
:
•   Aging Alcoholism Allergies Anemia Anti-aging Arthritis Breast
    cancer Cancer Cardiovascular diseaseDepression Diets Drug
    abuse Eczema Energy Eye problems Food supplement General
    nutrition Goiter Gout Mercury poisoning Heavy metal
    poisoning Hypoglycemia Immune problemsLiver disease Mononucleosis
•   Nutrition Obesity Ovarian cancer Pancreatitis Senility Skin careSkin
    problems Stress Ulcers Weighloss
•   Youthfulness
    Spirulina: Health Food or
             Fraud?
•   Low protein source

•   For instance, it’s claimed that spirulina is a rich source of protein. True, the plant
    contains 62 - 68% protein but you’ll spend less by eating white fish which has 97%
    protein, chicken (80%) or white lean beef (79%). Moreover, the US Food and Drug
    Administration (FDA) said most spirulina products provide only negligible amounts of
    protein when taken as directed by their labels. Some products advertised as spirulina
    have no spirulina at all.

•   Another sales pitch is that spirulina is packed with vitamins. But nutritionists say you’ll
    get more vitamins from broccoli and other green vegetables.

•   Dieters may be enticed by ads which say spirulina only has 3.9 calories per gram. They
    may be surprised to know that sugar contains 4 calories to the gram while bread has only
    2 calories per gram. Both are cheaper than spirulina.
    Spirulina: Health Food or
              Fraud
•   Contaminated

•   Because it has a considerable amount of vitamin B12, spirulina is usually recommended
    to strict vegetarians who can’t get this vitamin from plant sources. But Dr. Varro Tyler,
    a world renowned authority on herbs at Purdue University, said spirulina’s vitamin B12
    content is due mainly to contamination with insect or animal fecal matter. This is not
    surprising since spirulina grows in open lakes and ponds and is not thoroughly washed
    before it’s dried.

•   In Health Schemes, Scams and Frauds, Dr. Stephen Barrett, a psychiatrist and board
    member of the National Council Against Health Fraud, Inc. said an FDA analysis of one
    popular product called Blue Green Manna contained "15 whole or equivalent adult flies,
    164 adult fly fragments, 41 whole or equivalent maggots, 59 maggot fragments, one ant,
    five ant fragments, one adult cicada, one cicada pupa, 763 insect fragments, nine ticks,
    four mites, 1,000 ostracods, two rat or mouse hairs, four bird feathers, six bird-feather
    barbules, and 10,500 water fleas." Some strains of spirulina also have toxins that can
    cause nausea, diarrhea and throat infections.
           Toxic Algae Causes Tumors,

• "In test animals injection of the toxic algae causes tumors, and larger
  doses can cause death within minutes. Batches of contaminated
  spirulina have been seized by the FDA. Since the toxins are not
  routinely tested for by all manufacturers, it would seem that using the
  algae is like playing Russian roulette," according to nutritionist Kurt
  Butler in A Consumer’s Guide to Alternative Medicine.

• Spirulina promoters are apparently aware of this but tell their
  customers that these side effects are signs that their products are
  working and "cleansing" the body. In truth, you’re probably poisoning
  yourself without knowing it.
                      NATUROPATHY
•
•   Modern Naturopathy was founded by Dr. Benedict Lust (pronounced "Loost"),
    M.D. and D.O. (doctor of Osteopathy), in 1896. Dr. Lust combined ancient
    natural therapies with hydrotherapy and eclectic medicine to create the
    discipline of Naturopathy. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to heal in
    harmony with the natural functions of the body without harm. Naturopathic
    physicians direct treatments designed to support and restore the natural healing
    mechanisms of the body. There is a growing body of medical research to
    validate these principles. There were many naturopathic practitioners early in
    the 20th Century, but after WWII, with the advent of antibiotics and other
    "miracle drugs" and the increased reliance on high tech heroic interventions, the
    number of practitioners waned. Natural medicine was thought to be old
    fashioned.
•   The motto of mid-century America was "better living through chemistry". There
    was little money in natural products that could not be trademarked or patented.
    Even though many of these herbal, homeopathic, and natural remedies were
    very effective , quite frankly, they weren't profitable from a pharmaceutical
    company's point of view. As a result of this decline and pressure by the AMA
    (American Medical Association), many states repealed licensing laws due to
    inactivity.
      The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation


                Board of Advisors
•   C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.            Founder and President, American Holistic
    Medical Association
•   Richard Kunin M.D. ,Founder The Orthomolecular Medical Society Society
•   Leonard Horowitz, Ph.D. Author: Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola - Nature, Accident,
    or Intentional?
•   Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati Ph.D Author: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS
•   Jonathan Collins, M.D., Editor, Townsend Newsletter for Doctors
•   Elson Haas, M.D. , Author
•   Richard Shames M.D., Author
•   Ann Spencer, Ph.D., President , International Medical Hypnotherapy Association
•   Stephen Levine, Ph.D. Director of Research Nutricology, Inc.
•   John Downing, Ph.D., O.D.
•   Michael P. Joseph, D.C.
•   Raphael Rettner D.C.
•   William Lavelle O.M.D. L.A.c.
•   William Cunningham B.A. C.BT. Director: White Dove Healing Clinic
•   Mark Becker, Publisher New Life Magazine
      The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation


             Board of Advisors
•   Scott Minor, Editor Well Being Journal
•   Bernice Strock, Editor Publisher ìTo Your Health Magazineí
•   Paul English, Publisher Free Spirit Magazine
•   Iasos, Artist Musician
•   Ivan Dryer, President Laser Images Inc.
•   Michael Hutchinson Author, ìMegaBrainî
•   Patricia Kramer, Director World School of Massage and Advanced
    Healing Techniques
•   Ursala Hanrahan, Spiritual Healer
•   Rev. Harpreet Sandhu, M.S., CHT,
•   President, Inner Revelations Inc.
•   Mark Johnson, C.E.O. Trinity Water
   The Ligth Party and Da-Vid
• http://www.lightparty.com/index.html
          Do Viruses Cause Disease?
•   Dear Karl,
•   My doctor tells me that the HIV (virus) is the cause of AIDS and that other diseases
    are also caused by viruses.
•   I'd like to hear what you think.
•   Thanks,
•   Helen
•   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
•   Dear Helen,
•   You can't imagine how deep and how philosophical that question is.
•   The word "cause" is the key to the question -- and the answer.
•   When you drop a stone on your foot -- and it hurts, what is the cause?
•   Most people would probably say that the stone caused the pain.
•   But, if you really think about it you'd probably realize that the stone is not the true
    cause, only a tool, and that it is you, yourself, who is the cause of the pain. It was
    you who dropped the stone on your foot, so you are the cause of the pain.
•   It seems more clear when the "tool" being used is part of your body.
•   You hit a guy in the face with your fist! He bleeds!
       Do Viruses Cause Disease?
•   Would you say that "Helen hit him in the face!" or "Helen's hand hit him
    in the face!” Your hand is not "you" but is certainly part of you.
•   The stone is not even "part" of you, but it is simply a tool that "you" used
    when you dropped it on your foot.
•   It was a mistake? OK, but "who" made the mistake, and how can a
    "mistake," suddenly, cause the stone to become cause?
•   I've thought a great deal about this and actually wrote on this subject
    years ago.
•   I invite you to look at an article I wrote, recently revised, called: "Let's
    Kill Stones!"
•   The idea of "killing" stones seems foolish, and it is. But the same label of
    "foolish" is hardly ever applied when instead of "stone" you speak of the
    "virus." The virus is no more alive than a stone, and therefore cannot
    cause anything.
           Growth Hormone Scams

• The Bottom Line
• Although growth hormone levels decline with age, it has
  not been proven that trying to maintain the levels that exist
  in young persons is beneficial. Considering the high cost,
  significant side effects, and lack of proven effectiveness,
  HGH shots appear to be a very poor investment. So called
  "growth-hormone releasers," oral "growth hormone," and
  "homeopathic HGH" products are fakes.
          Growth Hormone Scams
• Human growth hormone (HGH) is a substance secreted by
  the pituitary gland that promotes growth during childhood
  and adolescence. Growth hormone acts on the liver and
  other tissues to stimulate production of insulin-like growth
  factor I (IGF-I), which is responsible for the growth-
  promoting effects of growth hormone and also reflects the
  amount produced. Blood levels of circulating IGF-I tend to
  decrease as people age or become obese [1]. Many
  marketers would like you to believe that boosting HGH
  blood levels can reduce body fat; build muscle; improve
  sex life, sleep quality, vision and memory; restore hair
  growth and color; strengthen the immune system;
  normalize blood sugar; increase energy; and "turn back
  your body's biological clock." This article traces the
  history of these claims and why you should disregard them.
          Growth Hormone Scams
• In 1990, The New England Journal of Medicine published
  a study that attracted mainstream media attention. The
  study involved 12 men, aged 61 to 81, who were
  apparently healthy but had IGF-I levels below those found
  in normal young men. The 12 men were given growth
  hormone injections three times a week for six months and
  compared with 9 men who received no treatment. The
  treatment resulted in a decrease in adipose (fatty) tissue
  and increases in lean body (muscle) mass and lumbar spine
  density [11]. An accompanying editorial warned that some
  of the subjects had experienced side effects and that the
  long-range effects of administering HGH to healthy adults
  were unknown. It also warned that the hormone shots were
  expensive and that the study had not examined whether the
  men who received the hormone had substantially improved
  their muscle strength, mobility, or quality of life [1].
         Growth Hormone Scams

• Despite the warning, the study inspired many offbeat
  physicians to market themselves as "anti-aging specialists."
  Many such physicians offer expensive tests that
  supposedly determine the patient's "biological age," which
  they promise to lower with expensive hormone shots and
  dietary supplements. In 2001, NBC's Dateline showed
  what happened when a 57-year-old woman visited a
  Cenegenics clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she
  underwent $1,500 worth of tests and was offered a
  hormone and 40-pill-a-day supplement program that would
  cost $1,500 a month. She was told that although she tested
  at "age 54,"her hormone levels were "sub-optimal" and
  that optimal would be the level of a 30-year -old [12].
Growth Hormone Scams
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