Research and Reality

Tad’s diagnosis was a clear call to action and we immediately began combing bookstores and the Internet for information about his condition, the mainstream approach to treatment, and alternative paths of healing. We knew what the oncologist recommended — chemo, chemo, and more chemo. Tad decided to go with this “shock-and-awe” approach, at least for a while. His first treatment started the day after diagnosis, while he was still in the hospital receiving transfusions to treat the severe anemia caused by bleeding in his colon.

I have a life-long interest in nutrition, self-care, and natural healing and Tad has long been on that path with me. Both of us have eaten well, used herbs for healing, and received countless acupuncture “tune-ups” over the years. Obviously, Tad wasn’t going to go through conventional cancer treatment without also using therapeutic supplements and “complementary” healing modalities. And so the research adventure began…

Anyone who has done Internet research is aware of all the “rough” one has to slog through in order to find the diamonds. In the realm of natural healing, there are many self-proclaimed gurus who want to sell you their miraculous products, not to mention plenty of hysterical ranting against doctors and drugs. Tad and I are skeptical regarding both camps, so our BS detectors were in full operation. When reviewing online information, we kept these questions in mind:

1) Does the website make unsubstantiated claims about products it wants you to buy? If so, never mind.

2) Is there a religious fervor evident in the “voice” of the website? If so, never mind. (Which is not to say we are not open to Spirit; more on that elsewhere).

3) Are there any scientific studies showing the efficacy of a particular compound? If so, YES! If not, well… maybe.

Plenty of beneficial “medicines” have not been studied using standard Western research methods because such studies cost millions of dollars. Who can afford that but the big pharmaceutical corporations, who won’t study a substance unless it can be patented by them and has the potential of earning billions of dollars. Such things as humble backyard herbs and “foreign” healing approaches are not likely to meet that criteria. Fortunately, this is beginning to change. Many mainstream doctors and institutions are studying promising anti-cancer food compounds, but that’s another discussion…

Check out the Natural Healing posts on this site for more specifics on what we learned and how Tad’s various pills, powder, and potions were chosen.

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