Talking to Doctors
This section has two parts:
- Tough Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Check Out Your Doctor
- Approaching Your Doctor with Alternative Information
Before talking to your doctor, you may want to read what other patients have to say about him or her. You can use the pay-for-service web site Health Grades.
Tough Questions to Ask Your DoctorBefore you give a conventional doctor complete authority over your treatment selection, consider how narrow their education was. Most doctors only know pharmaceuticals. After all these years without a decent cancer treatment it is clear that pharmaceuticals are not the likely answer.
Many parts of modern medicine are complicated, but treatment selection is not. You only need to ask your doctor these six questions about the treatment he or she is recommending and you will know enough to make an informed decision.
- What are the chances of this removing all the tumors and preventing their return?
- If the tumors return, do you test for Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) cells? Chemo cannot kill MDR cells. Some alternative cancer treatments do. Returning tumors can be all MDR cells making chemo ill-advised. If you are getting a biopsy, a test for the percentage of MDR cells will tell you the percentage of the tumor upon which chemo will have no effect.
- What are the side effects and what percentage of patients experience each side-effect? If side affects are known the percentage is also known.
- What medications are usually prescribed as a result of each of those side effects?
- What are the side effects of those medications?
- Understanding that chemo often causes fatal complications such as pneumonia or kidney failure. And that death due to these complications is usually not credited to chemo. What in your estimation is the actual fatality rate for the treatment you are recommending?
You will find that doctors do not want you to know this information. The reason is that they want you to have the most positive attitude towards the treatments they recommend. However, if you are considering alternative cancer treatments you must learn the reality of the recommended conventional treatments in order to compare them to alternatives.
Approaching Your Doctor with Alternative InformationBefore discussing alternatives with your doctor, realize that your doctor has received disinformation about alternative treatments. There are many books on this subject, but the best is "The Cancer Industry" by Ralph Moss. If you read such books you will learn that your doctor:
Has completely distorted information about alternatives due to the pharmaceutical controlled medical establishment.
Can not tell you about contradictions between alternatives and conventional medicine.
Will most likely get upset at you and insist that you not take the alternatives even though he or she does not know about alternatives.
If you want to discuss alternative cancer treatments with your doctor, consider that your doctor should give you at least as much control over "repair decisions" as your automobile mechanic. If you want to give your doctor an example of the hypocrisy of his sources of information, print out the printer-friendly version of the CANCER NCI Test Fraud results* page.
If your doctor agrees that NCI tried to deceive, then your doctor should realize that there are other viable treatments than the ones he or she knows about. Therefore, you might be able to discuss alternatives without your doctor trying to intimidate you with anger and threats to discontinue care. These are typical tools doctors use to persuade you to continue to come to them for treatment. They cannot morally refuse to see you and you do not have to do not have to take what they tell you to take.
Many doctors appear to have an open mind about alternatives and then try and convince you to take conventional treatments first. Taking conventional treatments, which tend to spread and cause cancer* before taking safe alternative treatments may not be the best way to go.
The Best Way to Make the Treatment Decision
The best way to make the treatment decision is to make that decision at home with all the information you have collected at your fingertips. The doctors office is the worst place to make this decision. You may not be able to understand how different treatments work, but you can easily understand the risks and effectiveness of different treatments if your doctor is willing to tell you. If you agree to make the decision at home, then you will know that the decision was yours.
Finding an Alternative Doctor or Practitioner
Probably the best type of practitioner to help you find a safe cancer treatment are Naturopaths. Use the ByRegion network to find naturopaths and other types of alternative practitioner. First find your region then the type of practitioner you need.On the Home Page go under links and it can help you find additional sources of doctors, clinics etc. Click here for Cancer Links
Having trouble? If you are having trouble finding a practitioner:
Send Cheri@alternativecancer.us an email including your state, town, and nearest large town. You should receive an instant reply asking you to verify that you are a real person and not a spam auto-sender.
Finding a Supportive Conventional Doctor
You can't ask a conventional doctor to recommend alternative cancer treatment. They can be sued or even imprisoned for recommending unconventional treatments. However, you can find a doctor that will support you while you use alternatives. And:
you can do a better job of finding your own treatments than most doctors.
To find a supportive doctor, you can send something like the following letter to the oncologists in the hospital where you want to have your progress monitored:
I feel I should be able to control what is put into my body. Therefore, I am looking for a doctor who will not force me to take a treatment I do not believe in and will not threaten to withhold testing and evaluation if I decide to take something else. If I cannot find such a doctor, I will have to seek help completely outside of conventional medical care. Please let me know if you are able to support me in this manner.