Monthly Archives: March 2013

Book Review: Everything You Need To Know To Help You Beat Cancer by Chris Woollams

This is billed as the most comprehensive anti-cancer book available, published by CANCERactive, a UK Registered Charity founded by the author, Chris Woollams. Their agreed aims are to inform and support cancer patients and to provide research into treatments.

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Having read the book, I can tell you that it does the very opposite of this. It misinforms, misleads and gives dangerously bad advice. It recommends unmanageably restrictive diet and lifestyle choices. It undermines medical professionals and leading cancer charities, spreading fear and mistrust. It encourages cancer patients to devote precious time, money and energy to dubious treatments known to do more harm than good. Woollams provides no research whatsoever into treatments, but instead appears to simply cherry pick studies, interpreting them to suit his arguments. He gives no references, or indeed any details of these, making it impossible to learn anything from his ‘research’.

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WDDTY: The Editorial Panel

The controversial and misleading alternative health magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You is supported by some of the world’s leading pioneers in nutritional, environmental and alternative medicine. Each is an authority in his or her field and many have broken new ground and inspired new practices in medicine.

That’s what they tell you.

What What Doctors Don’t Tell You Doctors Don’t Tell You

Of those who can be found on the GMC List of Registered Medical Practitioners, one has been issued with a warning, one has relinquished his registration, and all of them advocate dubious interventions, some of which have been shown to do more harm than good.

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WDDTY: My Master List

I thought it might be useful to keep a organised list of articles on the controversial and misleading alternative health magazine, What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

I aim to add new links to this post as they arise.

Last updated 12/12/14

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Cancer quackery on sale at Amazon.co.uk

Selling and advertising unlicensed cancer cures is illegal, dangerous and cynically exploits the vulnerable. And while it doesn’t surprise me that there are dubious alternative health websites marketing such products, to find them on sale through Amazon is unexpected and worrying.

The following products are all currently available* from Amazon.co.uk, sold by third parties. The Blood Purifier is even “fulfilled by Amazon”, meaning the product is picked, packed and shipped by Amazon from one of their warehouses. Continue reading

Anticipating the Burzynski sequel

I await the release of Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business, part II with trepidation verging on dread. This time, I won’t just have to contend with the usual overblown efficacy claims and the sickening and damaging cancer conspiracy theory. I’m now wondering if I’m meant to be part of the mysterious international group of “information hit men” Merola is currently claiming have been engaged in the intimidation and harrassment of terminal cancer patients. Continue reading

Burzynski fought the law: part II

Keir’s latest post summarised the well known legal cases brought against Dr Burzynski and his companies over the years. It included details on cases filed by the US Government, the FDA and the Texas Medical Board. It also discussed Burzynski’s 1994 insurance fraud and the case brought against him in 2012 by a former patient, Lola Quinlan, who accused Burzynski, the Burzynski Research Institute and Southern Family Pharmacy of negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, deceptive trade and conspiracy.

But those are just the best known cases.

There are several further examples of patients or their families suing Burzynski, some of which have been mentioned in local news articles in the past. There is also an astounding number of cases from the mid 1980s relating to unpaid bills, another case pointing to possible tax evasion, another one relating to air pollution, and one accusing Burzynski of “ravaging” a building, leaving it stinking of urine and then refusing to pay for repairs. Continue reading

Third time unlucky for Steps to Perfect Health

The Advertising Standards Authority have upheld my third complaint against live blood analyst and general all round quack, David Parker (t/a Steps To Perfect Health). The last two complaints against Parker had been informally resolved but despite assurances, he failed to remove the problematic claims from his website.

These claims related to Dried Layered Blood Analysis by Light Field Microscopy, Live Blood Analysis by Dark Field and Phase Contrast Microscopy, Full Body Scans using the BEST body scanning system, Sensitivity Allergy Testing using the Electro Dermal screening technique, as well as more general claims about David’s abilities to successfully treat a range of named conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, bacterial and parasitic infections and cardiovascular disorders. Continue reading