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article imageCosmic Energy Beats Cancer to Death?

By Bart B. Van Bockstaele     Dec 23, 2007 in Health
During an emergency procedure for the regional disciplinary tribunal, the healthcare inspection demands the 'most severe punishment' against an internist or gastroenterologist of the IMC Maria Magdalena in Roosendaal, a centre for alternative 'medicine'.
De Volkskrant, a leading Dutch newspaper, reports that the inspection says patients are being severely misled, and receive ‘ridiculous’ therapies. Terminal patients are promised a cure by means of cosmic energy that ‘kills cancer cells, and beats them to death’. A recently deceased ex-patient was convinced by the IMC to stop her chemotherapy, which has led her to suffer needlessly.
The Inspection has reported the physician and the orthomolecular therapist of the centre to the Public Prosecutor. They hope that the disciplinary judge will order the physician to surrender his title because of his unprofessional conduct. The Inspection fears that the presence of a ‘real’ physician gives the public a wrong impression of the true nature of the IMC. Based on recent investigations, they concluded that the centre only practices alternative ‘medicine’.
The IMC’s patient flyers promise them a cure – even of cancer. The healthcare inspection demands the “most severe punishment”.
Huub van Griensven, president of the regional disciplinary tribunal, questions the physician of the ‘holistic’ medical centre.
“What about that Dutch gin? The contents of a one-litre bottle are transferred to small bottles. Those are sold for 35 EUR a piece. That is a profit of one thousand EUR per litre.”
“They were infused with some type of energy”, explains the physician. “And this is what you prescribe your patients?” “Yes, if I can no longer help them with traditional medicine. There are no side effects. And it makes them feel better”.
The most important part of a treatment in the IMC has the patients lying on benches, separated by curtains. They have to lie there for half an hour to an hour, until the orthomolecular therapist is told by ‘divine guides’ what is wrong with the patient and how the treatment must be continued.
‘You really believe that?’ asks van Griensven. ‘I look at the results’, says the internist. ‘But you believe it?’ repeats van Griensven. ‘Something energetic happens there. I don’t understand it. But I know patients that no longer have pain after the treatment.’
The physician emphasizes that he only practices traditional medicine. Only when all traditional treatments and drugs have failed, does he refer the patients to the orthomolecular therapist of the centre. He reluctantly admits that what she does is hocus-pocus, also to him.
However, the questions asked by the members of the disciplinary tribunal indicate that they are not prepared to let him off the hook this easily. How does the physician know that there is no longer hope for the patients in the traditional healthcare system? The centre has no X-ray equipment, no MRI-equipment. It doesn’t even do blood tests. Patients receive intravenous infusions with minerals, magnesium and vitamins, determined off the cuff. Patient flyers promise cures, even of cancer.
‘What is a cure?’ ‘A purification of the soul. This allows a clean cross over to the hereafter when the patient dies’ say the physician and the orthomolecular therapist in a joint written statement.
However, van Griensven reads from patient flyers ‘a total cure’, ‘mentally, emotionally and physically’. ‘Physically is impossible’ protests the physician. ‘That’s what is written here’, retorts van Griensven.
Given the urgency of the case, the disciplinary tribunal will render its decision on Monday, January 9th.
I am very happy with this case. There have been several like it in recent times. It seems that the Dutch government is starting to be less tolerant of ‘alternative medicine’ and its practitioners. Governments have traditionally been somewhat reluctant to attack alternology because the population often likes it, and because it is seen as harmless. No one will claim, for example, that a homeopathic remedy will kill you. How could it? There is nothing in it. However, that perception is wrong. Alternology does kill people. Probably even in fairly large numbers, although this cannot be proven, since there are no statistics. How do alternologists kill their patients? By convincing them to forego traditional treatments. A homeopath who convinces a cancer patient to take his sugar pills and to stay away from real medicine sometimes condemns his or her patient to a certain and very painful death.
These alternologists are in no way different from miracle crusaders like Benny Hinn, Peter Popoff and others. They prey on the gullibility of desperate people in order to line their own pockets. They should and must be stopped.
No serious doctor will ever claim that modern evidence-based medicine is infallible. It may become infallible one day in the distant future. It isn't now. However, it is the most reliable (or least unreliable) way to cure diseases. By far.
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