It is a sad reality that where there is a buck to be made, scam artists are not long in coming. How much sadder is it, however, when terminally ill ovarian cancer sufferers are subjected to claims and promises of healing, remission, and miracle cures that have no basis in fact.
Targeting the terminally ill, but also those who might have just realized they are suffering from ovarian cancer, these alleged miracle cures assert that they use methods that are much safer and easier to deal with than the traditional surgery, chemotherapy and also radiation therapy.
Seeking to cash in on the desperation of women in childbearing years who find it hard to reconcile the need for a complete hysterectomy with the unfulfilled wish to have children of their own, these medical scammers will try to sell nutritional supplements, useless gadgets, and other devices that are supposed to make the cancerous cells disappear.
What most of these scams have in common is the claim that the current medical establishment will use methods that are going to slowly kill the patient but due to the vested monetary interest in the use of the technology and the drugs, there is no change forthcoming.
Banking on the patient’s despair and a certain amount of willingness to believe anything that offers hope, the scams which have sprung up are legion, but the most devious ones are as follows:
1. The CanCell scam which is little more than an alleged miracle liquid that supposedly has the power to alter cancer cells by virtue of cell voltage. At issue is the claim that an alteration of the individual cells’ electrical properties will lead to a replacement of cancerous cells with healthy ones.
Extensive warnings accompany the drugs and patients are urged to keep them away from electrical currents. On a side note, the same drug is also marketed to sufferers from AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease, and on all fronts CanCell has been found to be entirely ineffective and because of its ingredients – mainly sulfuric acid – to actually be dangerous.
2. The Clark parasite scam is dangerous because it suggests the use of wormwood as well as other parasite killers in an effort to rid the body of parasite induced cancerous growths. Even though this claim is accompanied by a number of supposed first hand testimonies, upon closer inspection they are little more than contrived writings by individuals who may have self diagnosed with cancer rather than seeking a professional diagnosis for the disease.
3. Essiac is currently marketed as a tea and is an herbal remedy that was invented by a Canadian nurse who prior to death sold it to a corporation that is currently marketing it as a cancer fighting dietary supplement. Unfortunately, tests have shown that this tea has no tumor fighting properties whatsoever and patients who had high hopes for regaining health were sorely disappointed.
Although the studies which failed to prove the efficacy of the substance are well known, the purveyors continue to market this product with little regard for the false hopes they are raising.
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