Apparently this country is just dominated by evil doctors who can't wait to tell their patients that hey, they are gonna die, so please leave our offices now and try not to spread the stench of your impending death to our other patients (you know, the ones we care about.)
Commercials for Cancer Treatment Centers of America aren't about promoting alternative cancer treatments- they are about bashing standard health care practices. In each of these commercials, we see people who ought to be filled with gratitude and relief that they are cancer-free but are instead too busy carrying grudges against the doctors who dared be straight with them about their odds for recovery:
"My doctor told me I had two months to live. I was devastated. Well, thank goodness I found Cancer Treatment Centers of America. That was three years ago, and I'm cancer free."
"My doctor told me that further treatments would do no good, and that I should get my affairs in order. That was five years ago. Thank you, Cancer Treatment Centers of America."
"My doctor told me that the Spectre of Death was sitting on my shoulder, and to begone and darken his door nevermore. Cancer Treatment Centers of America took me in and saved my life."
Ok, I made that last one up. But you get the idea. I find it really hard to believe that these people are so pissed off at their doctors- you'd think they would be too busy enjoying their new lease on life to film spots slamming the medical professionals who gave them an honest diagnosis which turned out to be wrong. Apparently, what the doctors were SUPPOSED to do was tell their patients that "hey, modern medicine has run out of alternatives for you. I can't help you further. However, there's this place that specializes in Tomotherepy, Immunotherepy and several other 'strategies' that they claim will holistically rid you of the demon that is eating away at your insides."
("Tomotherepy" and "Immunotherepy" are actual "therepies" promoted in Cancer Treatment Centers of America, BTW. Tomotherepy involves radiation- big advance, huh?- while Immunotherepy suggests the healing power of mushrooms. Ok..... )
(Here's a link to an article posted by Quackwatch concerning CTCA's false claims of patient recovery rates http://www.quackwatch.org/02ConsumerProtection/FTCActions/ctca.html)
Well, doctors don't do that. They don't specialize in giving people false hope by directing them to holistic healers, medicine men, or shamen. That's because they went to MEDICAL SCHOOL and are SCIENTISTS, not yogis. I know this sounds narrow-minded to some people, but I don't believe that anyone has ever been holistically cured of cancer. People have, however, been falsely diagnosed with the disease. And that's whats happened if in fact people have gone to Cancer Treatment Centers of America and found themselves Cancer Free after several months of the "treatment" and then found themselves free of the disease.
But I digress- my principal reason for posting was to slap down the ungrateful idiots who are so happy to be cancer-free that they feel the need to sneer at the actual doctors who tried to be honest with them, and praise the snake-oil salesmen who "cured" their cancer. Geesh, just be happy your doctor was wrong. Don't urge us to dump overboard centuries of medical advancemets because he was. I'll still take x-rays, cat-scans and blood tests over green tea and pyramids any day of the week, thanks anyway.