27
Nov
09

I’m a scientist, not a physician

But this website thoroughly pisses me off. I was feeling a little masochistic and decided to go through my spam folder looking for those occasional gems of woo. Here is what I found:

Strengths of the Medical Profession

First, gain a healthy perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of those we depend upon for guidance.

Very woo sounding, let’s see?

The medical profession has a good record of accomplishment in trauma intervention. It does not have such a good record in the treatment of degenerative diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, and arthritis. Harvard-trained M.D., Andrew Weil, in his 1995 bestselling book Spontaneous Healing,

Andrew Weil? This guy? Great source for reliable information…

summarizes what conventional medicine can and cannot do for you:

Awesome, let’s see.

Can

Manage trauma better than any other system of medicine;

First of all, what other “system of medicine” is there other than MEDICINE. I know, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Quackery will object, but seriously, can we get some evidence?

diagnose and treat many medical and surgical emergencies; treat acute bacterial infections with modern antibiotics; treat some parasitic and fungal infections; prevent many infectious diseases by immunization; diagnose complex medical problems; replace damaged hips and knees; get good results with cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and it can diagnose and correct hormonal deficiencies.

Ok, let’s see what wool he’s pulling over our eyes…

Cannot

Treat viral infections;

In other words, antiviral drugs don’t exist?

cure most chronic degenerative diseases;

You forgot to include the word “yet” in there. Many scientists and physicians are working on treating and curing many of these diseases. I even wrote about one type of treatment for the canine form of muscular dystrophy.

effectively manage most kinds of mental illness; cure most forms of allergy or autoimmune disease; effectively manage psychosomatic illnesses, or cure most forms of cancer.”

Pretty much every type of cancer is very different. Treatments for each of them vary. Once these cells metastasize, it becomes very difficult to find and selectively kill them. We are developing a number of techniques to treat this problem ranging from antimetastatic drugs, highly specific apoptotic agents, and other types of treatments which only affect the cancerous cells. But let’s go back to the claim that evidence-based medicine cannot cure most forms of cancer. Are you talking about the most common forms of cancer? Bladder, skin, breast, colonorectal, endometrial, lung, leukemia, and prostate cancers have VERY high survival rates. Of these, lung cancer is perhaps the most lethal at around 30% survival rate and non-melanoma skin cancer having the lowest lethality with a survival rate of 99.9%. Overall cancer survival rates among the ten most common cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is slightly over 70%. If you want to go by how many types of cancer we can treat, then yes, obviously, we can’t cure most of them because they are TOO RARE to merit substantial research when the common forms still need additional research.

Doctor Weil also holds this opinion:

I don’t really care about opinions…

“Do not seek help from a conventional doctor for a condition that conventional medicine cannot treat, and do not rely on an alternative provider for a condition that conventional medicine can manage well.”

So, if they can only treat the symptoms and make life easier, I should go to a guy that has no understanding of medicine and hope his magic pills work?

Even after adjustment for age, the percentage of Americans dying from cancer is about the same as it was in 1950.2

Probably because “natural causes” includes cancer, but hell, just make up statistics and pretend they mean something if that makes you feel better.

Despite this fact, the medical profession takes much pride in the rigorous scientific research that underpins its approach to cancer treatment today.

It’s an artificially skewed number. If you decide to use inaccurate data to support your conclusion, that conclusion is a result of intellectual dishonesty and cognitive bias.

This Report contains numerous statements and conclusions from medical and scientific publications as well as highly qualified experts in the field regarding cancer treatment today. You must discuss them with your doctor. I have no doubt these assertions will surprise and unsettle you, but they will be extremely useful as you and your doctor search for additional knowledge to beat your cancer.

Yea, it’s an attempt to get people to buy into your woo. I prefer my medicine with evidence.

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2 Responses to “I’m a scientist, not a physician”


  1. 1 Pliny-the-in-Between
    November 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Typing furiously so as to try and complete my response before my head actually explodes….

    I suppose I should be grateful that they don’t think I can yet be replaced by rubbing two crystals together in trauma care.

    Total and complete BS aside, there is medicine and then there are alternatives TO medicine. I am sick and tired of all this woo getting a free ride bashing actual medicine when they have absolutely no science on their sides. The government wants to place a big burden on me to justify my practices while simultaneously opening the flood gates to paying for Woo.

    Further ranting terminated by explosion…

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    November 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    This shit should be illegal.


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