Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Naturopaths Advising Cancer Patients

On June 28, 2011 the website OregonLive.com published an article called Q & A with Dr. Shauna Birdsall, director of naturopathic medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2011/06/q_a_with_dr_shauna_birdsall_di.html by Tatiana Sanchez, The Oregonian.

I posted the following comment, but it doesn’t appear on the site. Wonder why.

“Since naturopaths think that silver offers benefits and include it in their Vermont state formulary for IV use when in fact it is a heavy metal toxin, I would not trust them to know which supplements interfere with chemotherapy.
I would expect an oncologist to know this, an MD who specialized in treating people with cancer, since he would follow the scientific studies in the drug data bases, the ones that show that ingesting silver in any amount or form is all risk and no benefit. If promoters and practitioners of alternative medicine didn't spend so much time disparaging evidence-based medicine, MDs and scientists, the general public might not be so hesitant about speaking with their MDs about supplements and other alt treatments.”


  1. Breast cancer is the number one disease that women in the United States fear the most, and for compelling reasons. It is the leading cause of death among women between 40 and 55 years of age and is the second overall cause of death among women (exceeded only by lung cancer). Unfortunately, it is also on the rise worldwide.

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  2. Kaney, I know about breast cancer. I had it in 1984. I also know that when you have cancer time is the most precious thing you have. It is not something you want to waste on listening to nonsense from a naturopath.

    But why did you leave your comment? It doesn't seem related to my article. It seems intended to sell supplements.

    I advise everyone who reads this to save their money and not throw it away on products that have never been adequately studied because there is absolutely no way you can know if they are helpful, harmful or useless.