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The National Post’s Tom Blackwell writes HERE that there’s a growing concern in the conventional medical community that Canadians are putting their lives at risk by seeking out alternative methods to fighting disease and infection.
Research from Alberta indicates that at least 1 in 100 breast-cancer patients reject conventional care, which doubles the likelihood of death.
Blackwell highlights a story out of London, Ontario that saw a cancer patient die because she sought alternative treatments.
Dr. Leigh Sowerby, an ear nose and throat surgeon, said the woman wasn’t happy when she was told she’d have to undergo surgery to remove her oral cancer, followed by skin grafting, she decided to turn to alternative treatments.
She was treated with applications of rosehip oil for two years.
When she finally returned to the hospital, Sowerby was shocked to discover that the cancer had eaten away half of her face.
What was the alternative health provider’s explanation? Her condition was a good sign, as it meant that the treatment was successfully drawing her cancer out of her body. Unfortunately, she lost her life.
The College of Naturopaths of Ontario claims that its members do not attempt to handle potentially treatable cancers on their own.
But, The National Post asked naturopaths in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia if they would treat someone newly diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma who refused to endure chemotherapy. 13 of the 18 who responded said they would tackle the patient solo, with only 1 saying no.
Those who said yes claimed they they could prolong life, stabilize and even shrink tumours.
Canada’s new science minister is Kirsty Duncan, who is a geographer. She has also supported Italian surgeon Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s claim that widening veins would successfully treat multiple sclerosis. She attacked skeptics who called the “liberation therapy” into question, as the National Post highlights HERE.
Do you believe that alternative medicines are just as effective or better than conventional treatments and modern science? Have you sought out a naturopath’s help in the past? Does the government need to keep a closer eye on the alternative healthcare industry, or is it “patient beware”?