Alternative Medicine Can Kill

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Alternative medicine can be deadly for cancer patients who choose these treatments over more traditional cancer therapies and remedies. People with cancer who replace mainstream medical treatments with alternative medicine may be putting themselves at serious risk by giving up treatments that are proven methods to fight cancer.

Interruptions and delays in standard cancer treatments often result in cancer growth and spread of the disease to other parts of the body. Even people with early-stage cancers can have less positive results if effective treatment is delayed for an extended period of time.

Alternative medicine is defined as medicine that either has not been shown to work or has been shown not to work.
Many alternative medical treatments present some benefits to patients, but they also present higher risks, because their benefits and advantages are not confirmed by medical science and research. There are a variety of alternative medical treatments available and approximately 40 percent of adults in the United States admit to using some type of alternative medicine on a regular basis. Popular forms of alternative medicine include:

Chiropractic Medicine The goal of chiropractic medicine is to improve body function and alignment and help the body to heal itself naturally. It's commonly used for spinal problems, whiplash, headaches, and neck and back pain.

Acupuncture The goal of acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical treatment, is to promote natural healing through stimulation to specific points. It's used for a variety of conditions including pain, nausea, insomnia, depression and anxiety, and infertility.

Herbal Medicine By using plant parts like roots, leaves, berries, and flowers, herbal medicine focuses on organic healing for a number of health conditions. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 80 percent of people around the world use herbal medicine.

Energy Therapies Therapies like magnetic field therapy, Reiki, and therapeutic touch focus on channeling energy through the body to promote natural healing. There is some research evidence that therapeutic touch can reduce anxiety and mild pain in cancer patients.

While some alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture and energy therapies, show evidence of reducing cancer symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, anxiety and depression, stress, insomnia, fatigue, and pain, they are not powerful enough to replace traditional cancer medications and treatments. They help to relieve cancer symptoms, but they do not offer a cure for the disease. For people with potentially curable types of cancers, using only alternative medicine may prove to be fatal.

Mainstream cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can be difficult due to unpleasant side effects, but they have been researched, tested scientifically, and proven to work. For many patients, the side effects of mainstream cancer treatments can be difficult, but these tools provide powerful ways to fight a life-threatening disease.

When cancer reaches a final stage and a cure is not possible, traditional cancer treatments can still offer a certain level of control and comfort for cancer patients.

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