QUEST FOR A CURE
THE HEARTLAND OF ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT
Thursday, March 25, 1999
Alternative treatment centres, such as the one Tyrell Dueck is visiting, are clustered along the Mexico-U.S. border. A look at some of them and the treatments they offer:
THE CANCER CURE?
Max Gerson, the German-born physician whose nutritional approach to cancer treatment, developed in the 1920s, laid the philosophical groundwork for alternative treatments provided at some Mexican cancer centres, explained his perspective:
Types of metabolic therapies, which purport to attack and destroy tumours, are:
Urea (based on the idea that urine has cleansing powers);
Also considered useful are: prayer, Bible study, singalong sessions, imagery, exposure to coloured lights, bioelectrical stimulation, use of magnetic devices.
The American Cancer Society, in a 1990 paper, Questionable Cancer Practices in Tijuana and other Mexican Border Clinics, explained metabolic therapies this way:
"The metabolic therapies defy precise and fully accurate evaluation. For the most part, the few recognizable unifying concepts lack reasonable scientific rationale or logic. On the other hand, so many modalities are utilized, including some that have a basis in responsible science, that one could not definitely claim that all aspects of these therapies are useless."