Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).
Alternative Cancer Treatments
Definition: Refers to cancer treatments that are not supported by traditional medicine. Some examples are superfoods cure cancer, alkaline diets cure cancer, certain herbs, or vitamins can cure cancer. There are numerous other examples, but the bottom line is there simply is not a natural miracle cure for cancer.
Reasoning: According to the American Cancer Society, some alternative or complementary therapies may be dangerous or even deadly. For example, “Delaying surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or other traditional treatment by using an alternative therapy can allow cancer to grow and spread to other parts of the body.” There are hundreds of examples that claim to cure or prevent cancer in which all are pseudoscience or false. The list can be found here.
- The Truth About Alternative Medical Treatments
- Cancer treatment myths: Any truth to these common beliefs?
- Don’t believe the hype – 10 persistent cancer myths debunked
Conclusion: There is no such thing as alternative cancer treatments. While some alternative methods may reduce symptoms associated with cancer there are no natural cures or preventions for cancer. Finally, seeking alternative treatments can be dangerous if it causes a delay in traditional medical treatment.