Wow! I hope everyone had the opportunity to see the presentation on National Network Television last night featuring Suzanne Somers. There was a boatload of information laid out, mostly very critical of what was repeatedly called questionable medical treatments of cancer.
I do not support and believe everything that was shown about these very unconventional treatments for cancer, but I do hold an open mind that maybe, just maybe, some of these treatment methods really do work. This belief is very much in opposition to the critical and somewhat slanderous opinions that were given by the so-called conventional physicians called in as experts regarding treatments they know very little about. They debunked everything that was clearly laid out there; despite the success that was demonstrated. Patient’s actually living cancer free due to alternative treatments. Instead of going the conventional route of chemotherapy and radiation that we know almost always make the patient sicker and has a high rate of failure, especially if the cancer was advanced.
I do believe, and very unfortunately, that Ms. Somers (Chrissy from “Three’s Company” and spokesperson for the infamous ‘Thigh Master’) is looked upon as an uneducated Charlatan, who is meddling in areas she has no validity to be addressing. The real truth is that Suzanne Somers is very well educated about Hormonal Therapy, Nutricutical Supplementation, Vitamin use, and some of the probable causes of cancer. She is a breath of fresh air promoting methods to improve the quality of life. Also as the headliner of this story, she was not the one primarily being attacked! Two physicians that she supports were the real targets of this poorly written look at unconventional treatment options for various cancers.
To me, this widely viewed, misguided, expose’ clearly demonstrated how closed minded conventional medicine can be in the United States. Could this be why the United States is ranked in the 20% range of industrial countries with respect to Healthcare? If a treatment has not had the required years of ‘double blind placebo controlled studies’ and is not ‘Approved by the FDA’ it is deemed quackery! Let’s just forget about the demonstrated success these pioneers have had. Let’s just forget that conventional medicine and Chemotherapy and or radiation are mostly making people sicker, causing patients to not enjoy life any more and eventually just pass away at a higher rate than these so-called ‘Pioneer’ physicians’ patients receiving their unapproved FDA methods.
The real lesson I learned, and actually a belief I have held for many years, is to not turn your head away from anything that works. This a basic tenant of Integrative Medicine, and one of the major reasons that the Integrative approach is so very successful. There is a lot of room outside the box!
Terry R. Leder B.A.
Clinical Manager & Research
Pointe Medical Services/Live Well MD