Cesium chloride treatment directly contributed to death, not cure

A case study in the December issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine notes the death of a woman who died after self-treatment with cesium chloride recommended by a nutritionist. This crap has got to stop.

Woman’s Death Linked to Alternative Cancer Treatment | LiveScience.

A Colorado woman died after using cesium chloride supplements as an alternative treatment for breast cancer, a new case study reports.

The 61-year-old woman had been taking cesium supplements daily for a year as a treatment for breast cancer, but it was a single injection of cesium chloride liquid into a lump in her right breast that is likely what ultimately proved fatal, the report said.

The woman had been following the advice of a nutritionist, who had recommended cesium chloride to help shrink her breast tumor.

According to the article, the woman was rather in denial about the cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes. She had refused to see conventional physicians and was using dietary supplements.

In addition to taking cesium chloride supplements daily, she was supplementing with selenium, potassium, vitamin D, silymarin, folic acid and a multivitamin.

Cesium Chloride is mentioned in the bogus theory that you can kill cancer cells by raising pH and boosting oxygen, known as “high pH” therapy. Of course, it’s hyped by that disgusting, nearly criminal “health” site, Natural News.

The American Cancer Society says this:

Available scientific evidence does not support the claim that the pH inside a cancer cell is any different than that of a normal cell or that cancer cells are more susceptible to toxic effects of high pH. Thus, the underlying principle behind high pH therapy remains unproven. Although it was observed that certain regions with low rates of cancer had a high concentration of alkali metals in the soil, it has never been shown that this caused the lower cancer rates. Differences in many other risk factors or protective factors are likely to be involved. It has not been shown that cesium can prevent or treat cancer.

Studies conducted in several experimental tumor models in the 1980s found that the use of cesium or cesium chloride led to decreased tumor growth and fewer deaths in certain mice with cancerous tumors, such as those with sarcoma or breast cancer. In animal studies, giving cesium over the long term caused serious blood and neuromuscular side effects and even death.

Animal and laboratory studies may show a substance has helpful effects, but further studies are necessary to learn whether the results apply to humans. So far, there is no reliable clinical evidence available to support claims from proponents of this treatment.

More is avaiable here:

Cesium Chloride | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

No dietary supplements, nutritional changes or alternative treatments have been shown to work at rates at or better than the standard treatments for cancer. Yet, vulnerable, scared people are convinced that self-treating their condition with “natural” or “alternative” remedies is somehow better. Death is not better.

How do patients not see the negative to these options? I can’t say.

The researchers felt an obligation to show how dangerous this treatment is. They note dozens of others have died or experienced serious side effects. I am heartened to see something positive come out of this tragedy – that more people will see that these alternative treatments are no alternatives at all.

A Special Message to Cancer Patients Seeking “Alternative” Treatments.

  3 comments for “Cesium chloride treatment directly contributed to death, not cure

  1. Angela
    January 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    This is just my opinion on why patients don’t see the negative–they are more scared of the side effects of the conventional cancer treatments, which have a lot of attention put on them by the ones promoting the misinformation. I have a friend now who is going through chemo and radiation, and I feel for all of the suffering he experiences with those side effects. However, he is looking at the numbers, which a lot of people don’t do–they look at the hype. He sees that the numbers say these methods have been tested over time and show tangible results.

    The alternative treatments have anecdotal testimony and excessive hype, but no real numbers to show evidence it works. (because it doesn’t). Unfortunately (again, this is an opinion), the real dangers of alternative treatments is often overlooked because so many rely on social media for their information. The crap is everywhere, which is why I share Doubtful News…hoping that at least a few take a harder look. Celebrities hawking misinformation is another thing that is often used, but I will save that rant for a vaccination story.

  2. Rand
    January 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    A lot of people have this bizarre notion that actual doctors, and the medical establishment in general is part of some vast conspiracy, so think the doctors and medical establishment are trying to make them sick… (this same level of scrutiny and mistrust never seems to be directed at the quacks selling the untested, unsafe, non-functional homeopathic “treatments” for some reason.) I was recently shocked by a co-worker to turned out to be an anti-vaxer (and anti-medicine in general). His view was that actual medicine (and vaccines of course) were intended to poison the populace (he wouldn’t explain why anyone would want to do that). but that Homeopathic medicine was “real” medicine created by kind, caring philanthropists (instead of fraudsters and criminals as they actually turn out to be peddled by). This from an otherwise logical person…

    I think this is all part of the general mistrust of science which pervades the culture for some reason.

  3. Neil
    January 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    There is some very perverse logic in the CAM community here. If this was real medicine (i.e had been properly tested and shown to have some efficacy) it would be called “chemotherapy” – the very thing that they want to avoid at all (and often tragic) costs.

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