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Surgeon Rebukes Prince Charles support for Alt. therapies

 
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Terri R.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:10 pm    Post subject: Surgeon Rebukes Prince Charles support for Alt. therapies Reply with quote

Cancer surgeon rebukes Prince over alternative therapy support
By Celia Hall Medical Editor
(Filed: 09/07/2004)

A leading breast cancer surgeon has issued a strong rebuke to the Prince of Wales over his support for alternative therapy for cancer patients.

"Michael Baum, emeritus professor of surgery at University College London, told Prince Charles: "With respect, Your Highness, you have got it wrong.""

In an open letter to Prince Charles Baum says: "Over the past 20 years I have treated thousands of patients with cancer and lost some dear friends and relatives to this dreaded disease.

"The power of my authority comes with knowledge built on 40 years of study and 25 years of active involvement in cancer research. Your power and authority rest on an accident of birth. I don't begrudge you that authority but I do beg you to exercise your power with extreme caution when advising patients with life-threatening diseases to embrace unproven therapies.

"It is in the nature of your world to be surrounded by sycophants who reinforce what they assume are your prejudices. Sir, they patronise you. Allow me this chastisement."

Prof Baum says that he has "much time" for complementary therapies in the treatment of cancer when they offer improvements in quality of life and spiritual solace, providing that they are properly integrated with modern medicine.

"But I have no time at all for alternative therapy that finds itself above the evidence and practises in a metaphysical domain that harks back to the dark day of Galen," he writes.

"You promote the Gerson diet whose only support comes from inductive logic - that is, anecdote. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science. Please, your royal highness, help us nourish medical science by sharing our agony."

Baum goes on to say......

"The interest in alternative medicine is largely a middle-class phenomenon. People who you would describe as the salt of the earth trust their doctors and regard these treatments with contempt.

"There is this peculiar idea of a conspiracy in orthodox medicine that doctors want to deny their patients effective treatment. I don't know of any doctor who would not use a treatment that worked."

In a speech last month the Prince called for more research into alternative therapies in the treatment of cancer. He said that the "terrifying sense of doom" that descended on cancer patients could bring with it feelings of frustration and lack of control.

"This can in part be mediated by giving patients treatment choice: treatments that allow personal health management and that help to foster a renewed sense of control through integrated approaches to health."

A spokesman for Prince Charles said that he had never proposed alternative remedies as an alternative to orthodox treatments.

"In his speech last month the Prince of Wales was calling for more research into complementary medicine both for its potential benefits and adverse effects."

FROM:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;sessionid=0MWARTKVRWGXDQFIQMFSNAGAVCBQ0JVC?view=SECURELOGIN&grid;=P21&nextPage;=/RiK2/wXeR.WZvwF?7wF~/RiK2/s119/1x/14/R23gr14.7wF!2qZiiv~/RiK2/s119/1x/14/e7ZDwi.ZvwF!2iG3gimiygi2Z~vg3i&resize;=null&_requestid=15941

This story is being picked up by several publications... it's "talk of the town" in alternative medicine news today.

For more information about the Gerson treatment (which was not specifically "recommended over orthodox treatments" by Prince Charles - though the above article mentions this therapy), see:
Treating Cancer with Coffee Enemas
http://healingdeva.com/coffee_enemas.htm

Terri


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*giggle*
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<< Surgeon Rebukes Prince Charles Alternative Therapy suport >>

Do you see what I see??? Or better yet, what I don't see.....lol!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you seeing things again???? Or NOT seeing things?!?! LOL!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO!!!! I had to take a second look at it!!!!! but now I am seeing okay.. ..lol!!!!!
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