Scientific Fact or Intuitive Crap?

Scientific Fact or Intuitive Crap?

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I’ve always held the view that alternative therapies are valid treatment options to use alongside, or at times in place of, conventional modalities. In today’s fast-paced, high-pressure society, there are many times when the answer to a simple health issue can be found in slowing down, taking time out, eating better and exercising more. Not always, but often.

I wouldn’t say I’ve been an active patron of alternative therapists through the years. I have a pretty healthy respect for modern medicine and its fastidious process of evidence-based, peer-reviewed research to substantiate treatment claims. I’m not going to turn away from science unnecessarily.

That’s not to say I’ve never engaged in anything but standard medical care. I have seen the odd Naturopath, had acupuncture at various times, a Kinesiology ‘balance’ with a practicing friend, and used herbal remedies occasionally to combat illness.

However, while I’m willing to give most things a go, I approach everything with a questioning mind, and put a lot of effort into researching the validity of different healing practices. If there’s no proper evidence-based scientific research to back up its declarations, I steer clear. I follow the premise that when things sound too good to be true, they generally are – Caveat Emptor.

Until my Breast Cancer diagnosis, I’d never really had any reason to examine the claims of so many therapies in detail, but having Cancer fills you with uncertainty and conventional treatments prescribed by teams of Oncologists, like chemo and radiotherapy, are scary and brutal. There are no promises that they will succeed either, and besides quoting the latest survival stats, no right-minded medical specialist can give you the survival guarantee you so desperately seek.

It’s a tough road to travel. And all the while, everywhere you look, there are shiny proclamations of ‘natural’, easy alternatives. Ones that don’t make your hair fall out or have a whole host of scary side-effects. Amazing treatment protocols with fancy sounding names, incredible cures unearthed in the depths of the Amazon, wellness regimes and dietary crazes spruiked by smiling celebrities, and conspiracy theories that tempt, confuse, and ultimately mislead.

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There are people everywhere proclaiming to have cured terminal disease with nothing but food, or juice, or frigging snake oil and bicarbonate soda, willing to sell their secrets or include you in their ‘wellness crusade’ for a fee. There are apps and cookbooks to buy, health retreats to go on and supplements to take. There are plasma amplifiers, electro-magnetic devices, supplement strategies and spiritual remedies. There is B.S. everywhere.

We Cancer patients are easy prey I guess. Desperate to be well, searching for hope, and struggling daily to push away the fear of metastases and a plethora of unanswerable questions like, ‘Why me?’, ‘What went wrong?’ and ‘What will happen to me?’ It’s easy to capitalise on despair.

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It makes my blood boil.

Selling false hope and unsubstantiated quackery to vulnerable people is not only morally reprehensible, it’s downright dangerous.

Because I am very comfortable with my decision to follow the advice of my surgeon and oncologists and pursue conventional treatments for my cancer, I don’t actively search for alternative therapies or seek out the opinions of practitioners outside my team. I feel like I’m in sound, capable hands. It hasn’t, however, stopped me from wondering about the reason for my cancer and wracking my brain futilely.

Yesterday I stumbled across an article professing to extrapolate on the reasons Breast Cancer occurs, or as the author put it, ‘the reasons we create the Dis-harmony of Breast Cancer’. While there were no proclamations of cure, there was an insane amount of garbage spewed forth by someone professing to be a ‘medical intuitive’, who describes herself as a ‘walking, talking MRI’ and charges exorbitant fees ($185 per half hour) to supposedly ‘use their self-described intuitive abilities to find the cause of a physical or emotional condition’.

Apparently, I ‘created’ my cancer because I don’t LOVE myself enough, don’t view myself as a ‘pure, sensual woman’ was NEGLECTED as a child (by a male figure, because my cancer is in the RIGHT boob), am TOO NEEDY with my partner and I’m RESENTFUL of others.

YUP.

Breast Cancer = Needy and Resentful. My cancer is my fault…or maybe my dad’s…or my bro’s.

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There was more. A lot more, but I found myself reading through a clenched jaw and gritted teeth.

Way to go, lady! What a service you are doing to the cancer community by spruiking your clairvoyant crap! Let’s make cancer patients feel even worse about their plight! Let’s concoct a whole host of wacky reasons for Cancer under the guise of helping and healing.

Take your freaking nipple chakras and internal vibrations and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine. There’s my little bit of intuition for you!

Ugh.

 

For those who would like to read this drivel in full, go here. Feel free to voice your own response on her Facebook page here, although don’t be surprised if your comments are deleted. Apparently any kind of alternate view to hers is unacceptable.

6 thoughts on “Scientific Fact or Intuitive Crap?

  1. I read this, and read your comment yesterday. Well done for giving an opinion on what was obviously a biased site. I think it’s great to think about or research how our emotional well being can interact with our physical health, but the BIG problem I had with that article and others like it is the sense of blame. That people who are already combatting and dealing with major physical stresses are then made to feel as though it is their fault that this happened. That they are emotionally deficient in some way! Let’s face it…no one is perfect and we should all strive to work towards improving our physical and emotional health if that’s a priority, but let’s at least make it a positive…not punitive.
    Love your words xxx

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  2. I’ve always hated the blaming game. I gave up listening to people who have no clue although I don’t always ignore articles online. But like you said, some of these people do know what they are doing and they take advantage of sick people who are looking for hope — that’s beyond pathetic. To me this is a crime and these people should be punished. It’s upsetting and sad that there are patients who fall for these lies but I can’t blame them. If I was in a desperate situation, I would do anything to save my life too. But to be lied to? That’s cruel.

    Thank you for sharing the article and for speaking up for all of us.

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  3. Well said. I’m so tired of the blame placed on anyone who becomes unwell. It’s the least helpful thing to befall a sick person and I feel like we all do enough self-blame uneccesarily, don’t you? I can’t believe people like this woman exist, she should be so utterly ashamed of herself.

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  4. My head hurts, I tried to read it twice but it made me swear and growl, how dare she … I am a believer in complimentary therapies, I truly believe the work of my naturopath helped me stay strong and well throughout chemo. My poor body has been growling and not cooperating with infection a few times since but it gave me the peace of mind that I was doing all I could to help my body through this “adventure”. But anything is definitely complimentary, my surgeon, oncologists, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment were all in place, I didn’t think twice about any of it, I want to be the me that has not got cancer in her body again, that was where I put my faith. Anyway … as always well written Kate, hugs to you, hope the skin is continuing to hold strong xo

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