Black salve and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) are touted as fantastic cancer treatments “they” don’t want you to know about. Pushers of these items must avoid the law that prohibits them from saying these are “cures” but they can’t avoid the media. The Good Thinking Society in the UK went to a conference held on May 4 for alternative cancer treatments and cooperated with the Telegraph to expose the shady dealings of a secret presentation that targets cancer sufferers, encouraging them to believe there is hidden hope for their illness in alternative cures.
Forty men and women, many of them elderly and suffering from a range of diseases, including terminal cancer, were gathered in a community centre in Sussex for the conference.
Those paying £89 to attend the conference on May 4 were given no venue details. Instead, they were instructed to meet in a nearby town, from where they were given train tickets to Shoreham-by-Sea.
If the shadowy arrangements deterred some, many of those who made the journey were clearly desperate. One attendee said: “We had no answers left – but now we have answers.”
While there is still debate over regulation of alternative medicine, and whether consumer protection is adequate, one law is supposed to protect the most vulnerable.
When contacted by The Telegraph, Mr Jones said: “Any and all my comments were presented with the stated and carefully worded disclaimer, in summary, that I presented such comments as a journalist, who is merely presenting what practitioners and/or lay people have said about certain matters.”
It does not seem to register to these salespeople that the products could be validated through trials and the medical literature. They wouldn’t have to hide. So why do they hide? Is it because black salve and MMS have been implicated in serious injuries. The 1939 Cancer Act prohibits anyone from advertising a treatment for cancer. Thus, the “carefully worded disclaimer”. As noted in the piece, none of these purveyors have expertise in medicine. The Good Thinking Society found the misinformation in the May 4th conference “shocking” and recommended that people with these conditions consult qualified health professionals and not be taken in by these promises. We commend the Society for such important work in consumer protection.*
*GTS founder Simon Singh and DN founder Sharon Hill will present a panel on “Practical Skepticism — Promoting Everyday Good Thinking” at TAM13 in Las Vegas in July. Join Us!