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A Cure for Cancer: One Man’s Quest to Change Cancer Treatment, Part 6

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In part five we found out why Dr Bengston isn’t satisfied with only discovering an alternative method for treatment of cancerous cells. In the final part of this article we will learn how the public and scientific community can help legitimize reputable forms of alternative health practices, so that children and adults can benefit in the future.

The Bengston cancer studies have provided us with a good case study of why it is important to take a formal approach to the documentation of medical research in the alternative medical field;  it comes at an important crossroad in America’s health care reform, a time when we are attempting to reinvent our current health care system for a more effective and more affordable one.

Using an on-line collection platform such as Patients Like Me (a company started by three MIT students), data could be collected using real world, outcome-based patient data and data-sharing partnerships. These partnerships could be with doctors, pharmaceutical, medical device companies, research organizations, and non-profits. Patients Like Me’s Multiple sclerosis community has grown at an incredible rate; early in 2009 the group’s size was approximately 7,000, MS members with new members joining at a rate of approximately 700 a month. With the increasing success of collaborative platforms such as Patients Like Me, my guess is that a similar module incorporated into this platform focused on alternative medicine and treatment,  would encourage the mainstream medical community to carefully follow and study some of these practices.

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, that included a comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year. However, there has been little rigorous scientific research stated the NCCAM, “Overall, these therapies have impressive anecdotal evidence, but none has been proven scientifically to be effective.”

NCCAM’s yearly budget remains in the range of $121 million a year, and well over $1 billion has been spent since its inception in 1992. We are headed in the right direction, what we now need are more large scale scientific studies to discover legitimate alternative medical treatment remedies and procedures.

How else can we improve the current state of the alternative medical practice industry? Provide more formal alternative health education to our main stream medical professionals, and request that our political representatives on a state and federal level become more knowledgeable and responsive to alternative medical treatment options and research funding. There is also a need for the funding for large scale clinical studies, and social media can to spread the word globally about good alternative health care practices and studies .

Finally, the purpose of this article was not to promote or endorse Dr Bengston’s practice of alternative medical treatment, but to encourage his approach to  formal data collection through small and large scale clinical trials.

The Bengston approach acts as a sort of bench mark for others in the alternative medical field to persevere and properly document their work. This approach will require the mindset of an entrepreneur, and the implementation of a incentive program that has the potential to create a more well rounded and productive scientific research community. It will also reduce health care costs down the road.

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  • shark

    Quick response w/a coupla quick points:

    You close with the very absurd and disengenuous:

    “…Finally, the purpose of this article was not to promote or endorse Dr Bengston’s practice of alternative medical treatment, but to encourage his approach to formal data collection through small and large scale clinical trials.”

    C’mon, man, who you kiddin’!?

    That’s a long way to go to simply say that “alternative” medicine needs to be researched and either legitimized or disregarded based on scientific methods of experiment, testing, and data collection — an assertion that no thinking person would possibly disagree with.

    Also: your provocative title “A CURE FOR CANCER” — probably should have a question mark after it if you’re being honest with your closing paragraph. [feh]

    Also: When alternative medicine is verified by scientific means, it’s no longer “alternative”. That’s the purpose of the science.

    Also: one would think that if this was really a CURE FOR CANCER — millions of doctors, scientists, and researchers would be scrambling to use, develop, verify, gather data on, etc. etc.
    …unless, of course, you’re one of those whack-jobs who think there’s a vast *conspiracy by yada yada to avoid a true cure for cancer [*ususally $ motivated, ie. big pharm, doctors, etc]… which assumes that the conspirators have never had a close family relative die from cancer — or if they have, then money is more important than the lives of their loved ones… which I find ABSURD and INSANE.

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    preemptive caveat:

    I do want to add: I freely admit there is lots of evidence for the effects of stress, cortisol, mental states that instigate physiological reactions that cause/and/or/effect health/immune system, etc. etc. — so I’m not poo-pooing the value of stress control and positive thinking on health, and even cancer remission, recovery, etc.

    {BTW: Been there, done that.}

    And contrary to some of your implications, contemporary science and the medical establishment are VERY open to using many of those approaches as part of their standard therapies. The majority of the medical community recognize these ‘mental’ factors as well. {The issue is in developing and utilizing empirical data on these influences… which a lot of ‘traditional’ scientists and researchers are currently working on.}

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    BTW: I also think people like you and your doctor Bengston are VERY DANGEROUS if your ‘info’ and B.S. encourage cancer patients to leave scientifically proven therapies for exclusive treatment with “alternative” methods — which, as stated above, are UNPROVEN by definition. [‘alternative’]

    And lastly, I wonder how you might respond, God forbid, if ever faced with a doctor telling you that chemo and radiation are the only proven things that might save your life at the moment…

  • shark

    BTW: to any of my old Blogcritics friends, enemies, co-conspirators, and fans who might be interested:

    Yeah, I survived. I’m doing well and consider myself cured.

    Won’t stick around here much: one thing cancer taught me: time is precious, and the more time spent typing and pissin’ graffiti on some back alley in cyberspace [for an audience of a handful of semi-literate morons] — the less time spent Livin one’s Life.

    Who loves ya, babes!?]

    xxoo
    shark

  • troll

    Great to see you still chomping, shark.

    troll

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Shark, what a sight for sore, bored eyes. I am so happy to hear you are doing well. My father wasn’t as lucky.

    Sorry, you won’t be flashing your pearly whites and spreading the scarlet. I hope you are wrong about that.

    troll, get your pseudonym off my bridge.

    oh, the good old days

  • Ruvy

    Won’t stick around here much: one thing cancer taught me: time is precious, and the more time spent typing and pissin’ graffiti on some back alley in cyberspace [for an audience of a handful of semi-literate morons] — the less time spent Livin one’s Life.

    Cancer and other close shaves with the Grim Reaper does do that to people. The Grim Reaper has a far sharper Razor than Ockham does.

    Rumor has it that there is supposed to be a very nasty little war out in my neck of the woods this summer.

    I remember the last time you came up fer air in 2006 to complain that us Semitic neanderthals were at war again. I ripped you apart then, and will do so again happily, if you complain again. I warned you then to move the lawn chair back and enjoy the nuclear smoke – little fishies like you can get hurt if you get too close to messing around here. But in the meantime, the link above is a nice tasty bass for you to chew on in advance of the very possible conflict where the Grim Reaper will be stuffing his face. The “smoking chair” got put away a bit early last time. That may not happen this time. I know how blood draws sharks….

    I’m glad you survived, and I do not envy you your knowledge.

    Who loves, ya, babe? Ruvy!!

  • Ruvy

    BTW, shark. A game for little fishies like you. Enjoy!

  • shark

    Troll, El B, Ruvy, thanks for your kind comments. Love the troll and El B.

    …Ruvy, well… we agreed sometimes, mostly not.

    I guess Ruby is referring to the Middle East with the nuclear cloud reference and the “warning”.

    Ruvy, look, babe, I don’t give a flying fuck what you and your religious, nationalistic neanderthal cousins [arabs] do to each other. As stated before, my suggestion for the Middle East is simple:

    Build a 500 ft tall wall with only one door around the entire region.

    Lock the door.

    Wait fifty years.

    Open the door, glance in, say, “Oh, you’re still fighting?” — and lock the door again.

    Repeat every few centuries.

    So thanks for the warning; I will move my lawn chair back until ALL of you over there realize:

    a) re. God: yer ALL wrong.
    b) re. Racial Hatred: yer all related.

    Have a nice decade!
    xxoo
    m

    PS: troll and El B, it makes my heart warm and fuzzy to know yall are still guarding the bridge and reviewing films.