posted by Amy on Oct 9

In an online support group a member posted about “I Am Dying.” a National Geographic special about Renee Heidtman, a 32-year old woman who died of breast cancer.

If I remember right, after she died Renee’s friends and family took solace in the thought that she “did it her way.” What she did was refuse treatment for early-stage breast cancer. She had a binder full of “research.” She decided to do “Gerson Therapy.” The cancer metastasized to her liver, lymph nodes and brain. She agreed to try chemo and radiation then. She died soon after.

The reason she opted for juicing and coffee enemas was she was worried her future fertility might be jeopardized by “toxic” conventional cancer treatment. And it might have been.

On the other hand, Gerson can kill you. It can cause lethal electrolyte imbalances.

With anything, whether or not it’s harmful depends on the dose. You can even overdose on water.

Cancer is “natural,” right? I don’t understand being more afraid of chemo than of cancer.

Cancer is not caused by “toxins” or cured by flushing out “toxins.” It’s caused by mutations.

What did she have in her research binder? Remember, the plural of anecdote is not “evidence.”

There’s no such thing as “alternative medicine.” If something is effective, it’s medicine. If not, it isn’t. Full stop.

Some people who are diagnosed and treated for early stage breast cancer later progress to Stage IV, which is incurable. (I was Stage IV “de novo,” or from the first.) Renee’s cancer might have metastasized anyway, even with treatment. But we’ll never know.

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