Tag Archive for cancer

17 yr old ordered to have blood transfusion against wishes

Faith does not trump everything. Doctors win right to save Jehovah’s Witness boy’s life | thetelegraph.com.au. TEENAGE boy has vowed to “rip out” a needle giving him a blood transfusion despite a judge ordering the lifesaving treatment against the boy’s religious beliefs. Doctors from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick made an urgent application to the…

Heroin addict faked cancer fundraisers

People will go to great lengths… Long Island Woman Caught in Cancer Scam to Pay for Heroin – ABC News. Brittany Ozarowski, 21, of Long Island, allegedly scammed donors for at least 13 months, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. She collected money from donation jars at small businesses and fundraising events created…

Cancer clusters at random

Miles O’Brian posts this story to Boing Boing today and an Australian piece regarding cancer clusters. I contrast the ideas here. Erin Brockovich is now focusing on cancer clusters. Erin Brockovich: the real-life unhappy ending of Hinkley, California, and a tale of science for sale – Boing Boing. The real-life Erin Brockovich has moved onto…

Who wants to die from cancer when you COULD have been assassinated

Because conspiratorial poisoning is WAY more interesting than dying a death from plain old cancer. Yikes. Scientists will study possible Chavez poisoning, Venezuelan leader says – CNN.com. Critics dismissed the accusation — first floated by then-Vice President Nicolas Maduro on March 5 — as an eleventh-hour attempt to distract Venezuelans and drum up popular support…

The conspiracy and alternative treatment claims swirl around Chavez death

The Venezuelan President is dead at age 58 from cancer. He was a controversial figure steeped in conspiracy theories. But did he die prematurely because of using alternative cancer treatments? Hugo Chavez received Mayan cosmic energies, says Rigoberta Menchu. But it didn’t help. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was sent strong Mayan cosmic energies and will…

Tanning: Not a ray of sunshine

Dermatologists blast tanning industry campaign to play down skin cancer fears – Open Channel. A new campaign by the tanning industry to promote the safety of sunbed use has come under fierce attack from the American Academy of Dermatology, which is accusing the industry of making claims that are “ridiculous” and unsupported by scientific evidence.…

Does this sound like legitimate medical protocol to you?

Bob Blaskiewicz gets a harrowing story straight from a former patient and family. Burzynski Patient Wayne Merritt’s Story « The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group. So according to the family, the Burzynski Clinic grievously wronged them in several ways: 1) they vastly overcharged them for common medications; 2) they treated him with conventional chemotherapy (despite all the whooping and hooting by Burzynski supporters about how his…

Response provided to inaccurate piece on alternative cancer treatments

An article in the U.K. Express addresses the news story of a mother who removed her child from cancer treatment. The child has been found and treatment resumed. But then they go on cite why she might have done this and to seemingly endorse some scientifically unsupported treatments. Do cancer alternatives really work? | Express…

Electrosensitivity caused by chemotherapy?

Woman claims chemotherapy has left her sensitive to electricity | Central – ITV News. A woman claims a course of chemotherapy during treatment for cancer left her with a rare condition. It’s called Electrosensitivity and causes severe reactions to the electro-magnetic fields (EMF) given off by electrical appliances. While Janice says she can feel the…

Are parents who take their sick children for unproven treatments guilty of abuse?

There is medical tourism to locations that provide state of the art medical treatment and there is medical tourism to sites that promise cutting edge treatments that don’t work. This Harvard panel discusses the issue and one professor calls for drastic measures. ‘Stem cell tourism’ growing trend: Panel decries overseas clinics that provide treatments devoid…

X causes cancer! Not so fast.

But scaring yourself is so easy… US scientists challenge scares about food links to cancer | Science | The Observer. They are mainstay stories of tabloid newspapers and women’s magazines, linking common foods from burnt toast to low-fat salad dressing to cancer. But now US scientists have warned that many reports connecting familiar ingredients with…

U.K.’s National Health Service warns about unproven treatment clinics abroad

Cancer patients warned against clinics offering unproven treatments | Society | The Guardian. The government is taking the groundbreaking step of officially warning cancer patients and their families against substandard clinics – often abroad – that offer unproven treatments, following a Guardian investigation. The move follows coverage of the plight of children with neuroblastoma, a…

Seralini GM maize study booted by EFSA

An update to this story about a study condemning GM corn. European Agency’s Final Verdict on Controversial GM Study: Not Scientifically Sound – ScienceInsider. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today delivered its final verdict on a controversial study that examined the toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize. The study “does not meet acceptable scientific…

Seeking experimental treatments: There is a difference between conventional trials and unconventional clinics

An unusually balanced piece about cancer treatment options that makes a whole lot of sense even if it paints Burzynski’s treatment a bit too rosy. It’s more about seeking out those genuine trials that may be appropriate, why people will go far and why they are willing to try. Faced with a terminal diagnosis, North…

Fooled school: Taking advantage of good intentions (Updated)

School community fooled by leukemia hoax. When Jayden Mosness first heard about the plight of 10-year-old Alexander Jordan, he and his classmates wanted to help. Mosness says the entire school community thought Alexander was dying of leukemia. The story spread around town that he wanted to see an Eagle Valley football game, so the school…