Is it Pseudoscience: Alternative Cancer Treatments


Alternative Cancer Treatments - Pseudoscience - Quackery - Alt Health - Not Credible

Quack 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). Quack pseudoscience is not only ineffective, but it can also be dangerous and represents a blatant attempt to deceive or harm with disinformation.

Alternative Cancer Treatments

Definition: Refers to cancer treatments that are not supported by traditional medicine. Some examples are superfoods that cure cancer, alkaline diets that cure cancer, and certain herbs or vitamins that can cure cancer. There are numerous other examples, but the bottom line is there 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.

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Conclusion: Alternative Cancer Treatments are considered Quackery Level pseudoscience, as 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. 

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