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Alternative Cancer Treatments Or Conventional Cancer Treatments; That Is The Question
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My name is Steve and I don't have cancer. But a friend of mine is a cancer survivor. We both believe she is alive to day because she made a choice several years ago to seek out alternative cancer treatments rather than conventional ones. She had previous experiences with conventional cancer treatments and when rediagnosed in 2005, decided to find what she thought was a better way. She sought out several alternative cancer treatments and some knowledgeable alternative medicine practitioners, and put them to work. For her it has worked. And she has also shared her knowledge with many people, myself included.

There is a large number of people who choose to accept and/or practice alternative cancer treatments. And why shouldn't they? It makes sense that one should be well informed when making any personal choices, especially when it comes to something as serious as one's health, and it's their right to choose. However, there are many more people who choose to accept what their conventional medical doctors prescribe. Conventional cancer treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery and other things are the norm in most western medical practice. So this split between alternative cancer treatments and conventional cancer treatments is where it gets a bit interesting. From what Colleen has taught me, and what I've researched, I've come to a pretty good understanding of what each of the two cancer treatment camps are all about.

The conventional cancer treatment world is an interesting one. If you subscribe to any modicum of conspiracy theory, then it can be a bit intriguing. The basic premise here is that the conventional cancer treatment world is dominated by a network of academic institutions, government regulators, and big drug companies that are profit driven. The academic institutions rely on financial support from the drug companies to continue research. The cancer conspiracy theorists believe that the academic institutions, for the most part, research only those fields are seemingly in the financial interests of the drug companies.

The government regulators, with their huge bureaucratic organizations, exist to (dis)approve new drug products. The cancer conspiracy theorists believe that the big drug companies have got "friends in high places" in these regulatory agencies so that they are able to get their products to market easier. The global drug market is worth many billions of dollars per year to the economy and the large companies are purely profit driven, no doubt about it. The cancer conspiracy theorists believe that the large drug companies have no interest in finding cures for diseases such as cancer because if one existed, then their multi-billion dollar revenue streams from various drug products would dry up and would no longer be profitable. They also believe that the drugs are only designed to treat the symptoms, not the causes.

And then there's the conventional medical profession. The doctors. They come from the academic institutions that are regulated by government and financially supported by the large drug companies. Some work in the govenrment regulatory agencies that regulate the academic institutions and large drug companies. Many work in practices and prescribe expensive and profitable drugs from the big drug companies. And many end up working for the big drug companies after having been in the medical profession and government regulatory agencies. Sounds like it could be a bit inbred to me. So I kind of like the alternative cancer treatment world. It's much less complex and I'm a bit of a rebel sometimes.

The alternative cancer treatment loyalists are a little more grounded, I believe. A lot of the treatments are based in natural practices around diet & nutrition, mental & physical wellness, work life balance, and so forth. Many of the treatments focus more on treating the whole body cause, rather than the specific symptoms as the conventional cancer treatments and drugs do. They focus on getting the body healthy so that its immune system can do what it does best. There are some "quacks" out there trying to capitalize on some form of natural cure; of that I'm sure. But generally, from my perspective, the alternative cancer treatment practitioners seem to have a more holistic approach that is much less damaging to the body.

There are many who believe that it is not the cancer that kills people but, rather, the conventional cancer treatments. Now I can't say one way or the other if that is the case, but I sure don't like what I'm learning about conventional treatments.

To me, it only makes sense that if you have a serious disease like cancer, or if you are looking to prevent it, tehn you should at least understand what all your options are. I'm glad that my friend chose to learn more about the differences between the conventional cancer treatments and the alternative cancer treatments because she is still here today to help me learn.


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Interesting article. What kind of cancer did Colleen have? Bravo that she beat it! Maybe you've written her story, I'll have to look but I'd be interested to hear it! Keep writing!

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