Friday, June 19, 2009

Marilynn Marchione, we salute you

     I don’t often get a chance to praise the work of journalists, but it appears that AP reporter MARILYNN MARCHIONE is posting a series of excellent articles about alternative medicines, which, she says, are increasingly popular despite the growing evidence that they just don’t work.
     Here are links to a few of her recent pieces:

Alternative medicine goes mainstream
     Ten years ago, Congress created a new federal agency to study supplements and unconventional therapies. But more than $2.5 billion of tax-financed research has not found any cures or major treatment advances, aside from certain uses for acupuncture and ginger for chemotherapy-related nausea. If anything, evidence has mounted that many of these pills and therapies lack value.
     Yet they are finding ever-wider use….
$2.5B spent, no alternative med cures
…Echinacea is an example. After a large study by a top virologist found it didn't help colds, its fans said the wrong one of the plant's nine species had been tested. Federal officials agreed that more research was needed, even though they had approved the type used in the study….
60% of cancer patients try nontraditional med
     Some people who try unproven remedies risk only money. But people with cancer can lose their only chance of beating the disease by skipping conventional treatment or by mixing in other therapies. Even harmless-sounding vitamins and "natural" supplements can interfere with cancer medicines or affect hormones that help cancer grow.
     Yet they are extremely popular with cancer patients, who crave control over their disease and want to do everything they can to be healthy — emotional needs that make them vulnerable to clever marketing and deceptive claims. Studies estimate that 60 percent of cancer patients try unconventional remedies and about 40 percent take vitamin or dietary supplements, which do not have to be proved safe or effective and are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Cancer patient learns herbals can interfere


Anonymous said...

Keep the posts coming! This is great stuff.

Bohrstein said...

Often people who take part in this quackery enjoy using the question "What's the harm?" against me.

I start light, usually, "Well you are spending money and getting nothing in return."

Sometimes this isn't enough though, they don't see the harm in what they are doing.

I argued that if you are an individual who is giving your money to a corporation who shells out sugar pills and false promises you are aiding a corporation in lying to other people. By allowing yourself to buy in to this shit, you are funding a corporation who puts out strong and confident advertising, with outrageous suggestions and explanations that they can cure the very thing that is killing you.

When some cancer patient's doctor isn't making these false promises, these beastly lies look promising.

You might be giving money to a cause that indirectly kills people who want to live.

In fact, these cancer patients do die. I know this because I had a friend who died as a result of forgoing all treatment. While, brain cancer is usually fatal anyways, he decided that he would ignore the doctors. His life was significantly shortened. I understand that it is really the decision of the person being treated, but get a fucking clue. Not everyone is inevitably doomed the same way my friend is, some have the opportunity to live and ruin it. Some never had a thing wrong with them, and kill themselves.

Roy Bauer said...

BS, for your info, I happen to know that MAH is sans internet connection for the time being, owing to a problem with her router. It'll likely get fixed on Monday. I know, too, that she much enjoys her "correspondence" with you.

Bohrstein said...

Sans Internet? No!

Thanks for the message Roy.