a reply to: TerryDon79
I will attempt to explain.
First of all, most of the treatments for cancer which are recommended by medical organisations, are either fantastically invasive, or involve some
pretty terrifying side effects. Sitting in a room with an IV bag full of toxic fluid running into ones arm is a prospect that a healthy person would
turn around and fly the finger at after all.
Hair loss, muscle degeneration, run away weight loss, lethargy, physical agony...these are not things that people are generally willing to
experience. If they are offered a solution which claims to save their lives without first removing all joy from those lives, most people, absent any
particular capacity to examine the claims made for their validity, will take the softer option.
Luckily, when I say most people, I am actually not referring to most people, because most people these days can work out that the odds of defeating
cancer with herbal remedies and yoga are about as good as the odds of winning the lottery while being hit with lightning, and struck by a comet at the
The main reason that these alternative therapies tend to get a look in, therefore, is largely fear. It is understandable to fear the regulation
treatments for various types of cancer. Removal of affected tissues, toxic and radiotherapy, brain surgery in some cases. These are big, scary moves,
involving pain, healing time, and no certainty of success in all cases. Then you have the other situation, where a tumour or other cancerous material
is considered to be placed such that it is inoperable, or where a condition is considered terminal.
People with terminal cases of cancer, or inoperable tumours, are in a very different situation to cancer patients for whom there is a treatment
option, or several thereof, available. They are literally told by their doctors, that there is not a great deal that can be done, other than to
mitigate for symptoms as they appear, that otherwise than that, the only thing that remains to be done is to ensure that the patients affairs are in
order, that their bucket lists are as near to done as can be...
In that situation, a person could be forgiven for turning to practically any potion, lotion, ointment, tincture, herbal remedy, massage therapy,
acupuncture, chakra healing technique, fasting, meditation, and any other new age mumbo jumbo you could name, because mainstream science at that
point, or at least, it's representatives, have already essentially told them that their tool kit contains no instrument for their salvation.
HOWEVER, it is wise to be careful when listening to a terminal diagnosis from a single doctor or even a single hospital, or even a single nations
In the case of tumours considered inoperable, most of these tend to be deep in the meat of the brain, because their placement makes the invasive
process of excising them very dangerous. Removing a cancer which is killing the patient, by paralysing them in the process, or damaging their memory
centres, or their communications capability, or straight up killing the patient, is not in the least in the interest of the patient, and results in
poor outcomes, and for that matter, lawsuits. So, these cancers are considered inoperable. There is, however, a treatment being looked at by the
Germans, if I recall correctly.
Since plunging scalpels into brain flesh is not recommended, the trick is to reduce the amount of collateral damage done to the brain, by whatever
invasive technique is necessary to perform the procedure. But how do you remove a golf ball sized tumour, without damaging surrounding tissue too
much? The Germans have devised a treatment which works thusly:
A hole is bored in the skull, wide enough to admit the base of a very long, thin needle. This needle is pushed into the skull, through the brain, and
into the tumour. Once the tip pierces the tumour, a solution of iron particles is injected into the tumour. The patient then lays down, with their
skull between two electromagnets. Iron particles being magnetic, means that when the electromagnets begin to pulse, the iron particles move around.
This is called agitation.
This agitation causes heat to build up in those particles, and therefore the tissue immediately surrounding them, destroying the tissue of the
tumour, and only the tumour. And here is the best part. Although the patient will require several treatments between the magnets, they only ever
require one injection, per tumour treated. This means that rather than having to have several penetrations of the brain case, there is only ever one,
Once the treatment plan is complete, the following things should have happened. First of all, the thermal damage done to the tumour by the agitated
iron particles, will have broken the tumour down into inert, dead pieces, destroying its physical form, and any active bodies within it, without
collateral damage to the surrounding brain tissues. Those pieces and the iron particles themselves, then flush away out of the body, by way of the
same processes which remove any other material from places in the body. The patient would eventually flush said articles down the toilet, presumably.
Then we come to the crux of the issue. Depending on where one happens to live, one may be living under a system in which one must pay for ones own
medical care, at point of issue, or by instalments. I do not live under such a system, thankfully, but there are those who do. If you do, then
effective, up to the minute, state of the art treatments will cost a VAST amount, a prohibitive amount, one might say. This means that someone who is
less well off will not necessarily be able to secure the very latest, most effective treatment for their condition, and may not even be offered that
treatment, or made aware of its existence by their doctors, especially of that doctor is of the sort to get aggravated with patients who have little
by way of monetary resource.
So it is important to know, not just what treatments are being offered, but what treatments are medically and physically possible, even the ones that
you cannot afford. Why? I will be honest, if a patient lives in a nation where healthcare is not considered a right, then the main reason to be made
aware of a treatment that a patient cannot afford, is so that the family know that the system under which they live is flawed, and so that they can
protest about it.
But even if you happen to live in a nation that has taxation paid healthcare (you know, a halfway civilised nation) then the fun does not quite stop
there. Because healthcare is provided from a pool of taxpayer money, some hospitals will recommend a cheaper treatment, over a more expensive, and
more effective one. They might also fail to make a patient aware of an expensive procedure, available in another country, or through private practice.
And to return to the main thrust of your thread, the above are all reasons why someone would turn to alternative therapy. It is simpler to get hold
of, generally cheaper, involves less toxic materials, and less bodily invasion, and therefore, less fear.