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non-harmful cancer therapies approved ?
hundreds of reasons.
it is difficult to study them properly. The main criticism that the
medical establishment has of alternative cancer treatments is a lack
of traditional scientific testing and documentation. One reason for
the absence of mainstream research on alternative cancer treatments
is that the funding institutions that provide the $$ for cancer research
do not support research into alternative cancer therapies. More on
the politic$ of cancer here.
situation creates a double bind for alternative therapies: they are
criticized for not having adequate research to document their effectiveness,
yet funding is not made available for such studies.
like heart disease, is a multidimensional
disease. It is nearly impossible to study the effects of diet, therapeutic
agents, and other influences in the traditional research framework.
Investigating several variables calls for dozens of experiments and
would require impossible amounts of research funding.
traditional experimental approach calls for checking one substance at
a time, and this approach leads to a search for a "magic bullet"
that would be the cure for cancer. However, the very nature of this
traditional research methodology ignores the multidimensional nature
of the disease. What is needed is new ways to evaluate the effectiveness
of alternative cancer therapies.
reason for the lack of research into alternative cancer therapies
is that many of those therapies are offered as part of an integrated
program. For example, the National Cancer Institute's laetrile
(Vitamin B-17) study produced negative results. However, proponents
of laetrile point out that the NCI study ignored diet, nutritional
supplements, and other substances that are synergistically involved
in producing laetrile's beneficial effects.
is impossible to design a double-blind study to find out whether combinations
of those different elements: dental cleanup, house/office cleanup,
colon cleanse, kidney
diet", dietary supplements, exercise,
massage, acupuncture, oxygen therapy,
Essiac, love, support, etc, really cures cancer because double-blind
studies are designed only to determine whether one or few therapies
work. But you can compare the results of the multidimensional therapies
with therapies offered by medical establishment and it is clear which
therapy is more effective.
therapies are often individually suited for every single patient.
However many patients you have, that's how many therapies you got.
Just like the cancer diet. You have as many individual diets as you
have individuals. They can not be evaluated as one single therapy.
therapies are holistic therapies, dealing and working with body, mind,
spirit, and environment.
We still do not have a science to evaluate this. In other words, most
natural programs for curing cancer can not be proven effective by
the same means as conventional therapies. Breaking programs in separate
pieces and evaluating every single piece individually rarely yields
FDA approval for a new cancer drug takes about 10 years and cost up
to $250 million. Many drugs are well researched and marketed in other
countries, but remain unapproved by the FDA in the U.S. This is especially
true for a number of the alternative cancer therapies.
importantly, drug companies,
which fund many of the studies for new drugs, have little interest in
pursuing alternative cancer treatments, since they are generally inexpensive
and cannot be PATENTED. Drug companies are in the business of making
money with a drug that can be patented. You can not patent anything
that exists in nature. You cannot patent sprouts
or wheatgrass juice. There is no money to be made from spending
millions of dollars on research to show that vitamin
C helps to fight cancer, since anyone can buy the substance at the
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