The other day, I ripped a certain woo-meister whom regular readers all know and most, if not all, regular readers mostly despise, Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com. As you may recall, a few days ago he slimed Patrick Swayze the day he died from pancreatic cancer, posting an article saying that Swayze was killed by chemotherapy and that he’d still be alive and Dirty Dancing today if he had only eschewed that horrible, evil Devil’s brew of chemotherapy and gone with all “natural” cures. It was simply a followup of an article he wrote back in January saying in essence the same thing, although Adams was clearly peeved that Swayze had dissed “alternative” cancer cures even as he faced death.
It looks as though a certain celebrity quackery promoter is saying the same thing:
Suzanne Somers, a cancer survivor herself, thinks Patrick Swayze was killed by chemotherapy. “They took a beautiful man” and “put poison in his body,” the “Three’s Company” star told columnist Shinan Govani at the party for Tom Ford’s movie, “A Single Man,” at the Toronto Film Festival. While Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen and Colin Firth made chitchat, Somers, who has a book about cancer coming out next month, said: “Why couldn’t they have built him up nutritionally and got ten rid of the toxins? . . . I hate to be this controversial . . . but I have to speak out.”
No, Suzanne, what you said is not “controversial”; it’s idiotic, ignorant, and disrespectful.
It was not chemotherapy that killed Swayze; it was his pancreatic cancer, a deadly disease. When Swayze was diagnosed, his cancer was stage IV, with metastases to the liver. The usual median survival of such tumors is less than six months. Swayze survived nearly 20 months. We can’t say for sure that it was due to his chemotherapy, a less aggressive variety than usual of pancreatic cancer, or Swayze’s top physical condition. It was probably a combination of the three that allowed him to live for so long.
What we can say from evidence is that “detoxing” and nutritional therapy do not work and, in fact, may even be more harmful than no treatment at all. A regimen that sounds very much like the one you advocate, complete with colon cleanse “detoxing” and “nutritional” treatment was very recently shown to be far worse than chemotherapy and almost certainly no better than no treatment at all, which, as far as pancreatic cancer is concerned, is what it is. If Swayze had followed your moronic advice, chances are he would have died much sooner.
Finally, I guess I’m going to have to saddle up again. If Somers is putting out a book about cancer, I’m guessing it will require a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence. I wonder if I can get her publisher to send me a review copy. After all, I don’t want to put any money into Somers’ coffers if I can help it.