I think I have written about my old friend from the student house in the Netherlands. She is 29 years old and has a rare, aggressive metastatic (in English: has spread) cancer of the adrenals.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy has not worked against the cancer.
It would appear that she is now seeing a quack. She posted the motto of the treatment centre in the status part of facebook. I cut and pasted it into google, and found a “centre for advanced medicine” in North Carolina (she is from Kansas I think). She has moved into an apartment near the place.
The person in charge is actually a medical doctor, but has all these “fellowships” from colleges which look like medical colleges which are not actually medical colleges. He is into herbs and chelation and claims cures for things ranging from cancer to autism. He is anti-vaccination. He cures the incurable. He has been extensively investigated by the North Carolina medical board. His website celebrates the fat that he was acquitted.
I had a bit of a think on it.
This girl will in all likelihood die soon. She has probably sold her house. She puts a lot of hope into her treatments.
I hope that they are making her feel better, give her some solace. I do resent the fact that she has to bankrupt herself for treatment that will likely be ineffective in curing her disease. She has a husband and a 2 year old, they will find it tough financially.
However, I realise that, in the US, conventional medical treatment also bankrupts people.
It all takes advantage of people who are suffering, in the name of a profit. I am aggressively in favour of universal medical care.
Complementary medicine has its place – indeed many medicines are based on plant chemicals. I have seen a Naturopath (out of sheer morbid curiosity) and what she said was medically quite feasible, though mostly good common sense.
The practitioners masquerade as scientists, though most of the time a year 12 biology student could poke large holes in the science.
Some of it is a little predatory, too. Curing the incurable for $$$$$.
What does everyone think.