- Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:05 am
It also worth noting that body chemistry does vary, like some people are immune to testosterone, the powerful hormone that literally makes a man, man shaped. They end up the shape of prepubescent girls and need additional hormones to achieve an adult "female" shape if they choose to. They don't have ovaries, they have non-functional testicles and obviously can't conceive. Your body chemistry and physiology is potentially completely unique or at least very rare. I have a relative whose internal organs are in a mirror image position compared to "the average" male, it makes surgery and scans interesting.
Bear in mind as well the chemo drugs that are sold are mostly tested on "normal" young males. Cancer drugs are a little different, but only a little. Older men usually don't have the time or need the money badly enough to appear in drug trials. Women are excluded because it's considered too time consuming to factor in the influence of menstration and the potential damage to pregnancies etc. Breast cancer treatments in terminal patients are the exception. You can write books, thick books on the issues with drug trials.
It's also worth noting that the placebo effect is a real thing, approximately 30% of the population can be completely healed by drinking water that has a story attached to it, or sugar pills with a story attached to it. Healed.
The nocebo effect is also a real thing, about the same population can be harmed by the same water and/or sugar pills or indeed anything that has the right story attached to it. If you believe something is harmful to you strongly enough and you are part of the population that shows a sensitivity to the nocebo effect, it will harm you, whether or not the source is harmful to the rest of the non-nocebo population.
This is why drugs have to be shown to be more effective for more than 30% of the population, even if it's only by decimal points.
JB, there are drugs that are effective for breast cancer, they are also poison, but have been shown to keep more women alive than placebos.
Chemotherapy is poison. It's job is to kill cancer cells and unfortunately that usually means it will kill other cells as well, that what poison is. If you are lucky, you are the type of person who can take any treatment and it will benefit you. If you are unlucky, you are not and you have to resort to what has been shown to allow cancer patients to live a bit longer. If you are really unlucky it won't work for you.
It's important to note that people who choose to not have medically sanctioned treatments are not bad or good, nor are the people receiving treatment from the medical industry better or worse than anyone else.
Advocating ANY treatment based on one case of cancer or even ten cases is a very bad idea and runs the risk of victim blaming if you are a lay person. By advocating one thing over another may mean someone who could be reached by conventional medicine may skip it until it's too late. By condemning one treatment may make someone of the right disposition sicker than if nothing was said/published (nocebo). "X treatment didn't work for you? My mate had stage 4 cancer cured by it" is probably a really unpleasant thing to hear when you are about to die.
Anyone who survives advanced cancer is to be celebrated. Advocating their treatment may be well intentioned, but could cause more harm unless delivered with a great deal of care.
If we face cancer, we alone face the treatments and must make the decisions about them, it's hard enough after diagnosis but acquaintance's speculation and industry influenced propaganda don't always help.
And yes, medicinal cannabis is as much of a profit making industry as the established drug companies and just as subject to spinning positive stories.
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