The Myth of the "Cure-All"

By January 5, 2010 Uncategorized

I have said repeatedly that cancer patients are extremely vulnerable. They are in great danger of being taken advantage of.

We see alternative forms of treatment everywhere. I see nothing wrong with that. What I practice is conventional/mainstream/Western medicine and I practically know nothing of alternative or Eastern forms of treatment.

What “the expert” Says

I do not claim to know all about diseases, specifically cancer, so I do not claim to be the only expert in this field and neither are my colleagues. If there is anyone who can offer my patients real alternatives, I am very much open to them and will gladly point my patients towards them if I see fit.

However, I think other forms of treatment are not being presented in a very truthful manner. I am specifically talking about treatments that claim themselves to provide “guarantee of cure” specifically those that claim to “cure all”; or any form of treatment, whether alternative or mainstream, that claims to eradicate all forms of disease or all forms of cancer. Those claims are not completely true. Some of them are malicious, deceitful and with the sole intention of luring patients and selling products.

Almost all forms of treatments, whether alternative or mainstream, have the potential to cause adverse effects. All medicines, whether synthetic or natural can alter the processes in the body.

The Other Side

I have seen patients whose kidneys and livers have been damaged by “natural” medicines. I have encountered patients who have experienced adverse effects from alternative forms of treatment in much the same way as patients who are given synthetic drugs have suffered side effects. I have had countless patients who went into alternative treatment only to come back to us with their diseases disseminated all over and sorry that they did not heed us.

I do not blame them nor tell them “I told you so” because that will be like rubbing salt on their wounds. However, I plead for them to take lots of caution.

Where I Stand

Am I against other treatments that I do not know of nor espouse? Definitely not. As a physician, I always take the side of the patient. I am for whatever will do the patient good even if I am not the one giving it or even if it proves that what I am saying is wrong.

What I am after is transparency and giving the patient the opportunity to choose by providing enough information.

At the end of the day, the patient is only answerable to himself. Only he can own up to what he chose. What he chooses is actually none of our business. But again, I plead for them to take lots of caution and go ahead for themselves and not for someone else.

The Final Word

None of us can claim that we are the best or that we know everything there is. True experts are always the first to admit to the fact that we know very little. If someone is offering you any form of treatment that “guarantees cure” or promises absolute certainty, better start running away for he is likely after your business not your well-being.

Denky Dela Rosa

About Denky Dela Rosa

I am a Doctor of Medicine. My specialty is Internal Medicine (Doctor for adults) with subspecialty in Medical Oncology (Cancer). I am also a Certified Holistic Health Coach graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York City

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