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Alternative Therapy vs. Alternative Concept
By Ruth Sackman

There has been such an enormous flood of information about alternative cancer therapies that we at FACT feel compelled to clarify our policy because it differs with many of the concepts that have been disseminated in books, periodicals, over the radio or on television. You know what happens when there is a flood? It brings with it a lot of mud that has to be cleaned up. I am going to attempt to do some of that cleaning.

Twenty-five years ago when FACT was organized, we supported a clear-cut alternative concept to conventional therapy. This was an alternative system, not just alternative medicine used in the same conventional fashion that had been a failure. It was a system designed to restore the integrity of the body. It was a system that was designed to restore the body's ability to discontinue the production of malignant cells. It was a system designed to activate the immune system so as to assist the body in eliminating abnormal cells as foreign substances. This is what we meant by alternative cancer therapies and the Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies (FACT) was established. The name was ultimately changed to Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy, still retaining the acronym FACT, because we wanted to differentiate between the new (popular) usage for the term "alternative" and our original policy.

This decision to form an organization and the alternative concept we supported was made after considerable investigation of research and clinic work worldwide by a group comprised of 2 cancer patients who had opted for a different concept of treatment and others who had investigated alternatives for a close family member.

As I said, our original concept was to preserve the integrity of the host (patient) and repair the physiological breakdown responsible for producing abnormal cells. This differed from conventional therapy which concentrated on reducing cancer cells by radiation, chemotherapy or surgery, a system that had failed to produce a cure for cancer. The conventional system was based on a concept that one abnormal cell would divide and continue dividing without control if there was just one cell left undetected. Conventional thinking did not consider that there might be a link between the cancer and the physiology of the host. In contrast, the alternative concept which we evaluated and supported emphasized the connection between the host and the control of cancer cell production. This concept was labeled wholistic by some authorities. In my evaluation this is still valid.

As the alternative concept has moved mainstream there has been a deluge of people who are providing services, selling merchandise, writing books and articles, etc., proclaiming knowledge and expertise, regarding alternative therapies. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them think of cancer in the same framework as the conventional system. If the conventional system of focusing on the cells is a failure, there is no reason to assume that different substances with the same misplaced focus are going to be more successful. It is gratifying that alternatives to conventional therapies are becoming more mainstream, but it has brought with it a proliferation of claimed miraculous alternatives. The only requirement, it seems, for the "alternative" label is the lack of acceptance by the established medical system. That does not automatically mean that these "alternatives" are biologically sound which is FACT's yardstick. Some of them can be as toxic as conventional therapies.

Without being critical here of the many "alternative" therapies which are toxic or ineffective, FACT would like to reemphasize its original position and make that position clear as a real alternative. A real alternative is a system that does not violate the integrity of the body but considers the body chemistry in need of repair. Therefore, the direction of treatment is to restore the body's ability to cease producing abnormal cells. To concentrate on killing cancer cells is to treat a symptom and neglect the cause.

Years of experience with cancer patients and practitioners using real alternative concepts have shown that patients, who overcome cancer by using a biologically sound system, fulfill their normal life expectancy similar to the lives of individuals who have never had a cancer diagnosis. Is not this the change we want instead of a so- called "alternative" that is essentially a new presentation of an old concept?

It might help one's understanding if I relate a case history that I was familiar with from the beginning of her recovery. Doris Sokosh's husband, John, called one day to tell me of his wife's breast cancer problem. She was bedridden, on pain-killing drugs and, scheduled for a seventh surgical procedure. I referred him to a metabolic clinic but the cost was beyond their means and Doris was too weak to be transported or even to be taken to a doctor's office. There was no choice but to provide help directly from FACT.

I spoke at length with John Sokosh and suggested he start by developing an understanding of the alternative system of healing by reading some books which I felt were an important part of knowing the direction of a sound alternative program. I also urged him to have his wife actively participate in decisions about her recovery. Self motivation eradicates a patient's feeling of helplessness which is detrimental to one's well-being. Ultimately, Doris called. Her voice was weak and it was obvious that she had endured an ordeal but she seemed determined to accept a new direction of healing. She also had faith that her religious beliefs would sustain her. This created a climate which eliminated tension or stress.

Doris was given a balanced dietary program aimed at providing her body with all the essential elements needed for her body to build healthy cells. This is a complex system which requires periodic adjustments. There is no substitute for live (raw) food which contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes in a natural form that the body can assimilate most efficiently. Manufactured supplements are not the most suitable source for the synergistically sound elements needed for cell production. There are elements in food which have not as yet been detected, therefore, they cannot be created as supplements. Some carefully considered supplements were added to the program along with glandulars and enzymes. Periodically, detoxification was indicated which Doris did diligently. Later it was determined she had a sluggish thyroid so a natural thyroid substance (Armour's) was added to normalize thyroid function. Her recovery was slow but steady.

Today, 23 years later, Doris is well and has become a distributor for Vitratox because she had used some of their products successfully. Her motive primarily is to encourage people to use quality supplements and to respect the body's healing ability when it is given the conditions that nature intended for the human species.

I think it would help one's understanding of the differences between alternative medicines and alternative concepts for treating cancer if I give an example of a system labeled "alternative" which uses the identical concept as traditional medicine. Hydrazine sulfate, which was researched by Dr. Joseph Gold, is a product used in making rocket fuel. Much of conventional chemotherapy functions on the principle of depriving cancer cells of an essential element for survival, thereby, starving them so they die. Hydrazine sulfate uses the same physiology: it deprives the cell of glucose. The saline thing that makes chemotherapy unacceptable makes hydrazine sulfate unacceptable because, unfortunately, the chemical starves healthy cells of the same needed element and they too die. The end result is the same as any conventional therapy - it is detrimental to the patient and hydrazine sulfate has no healing properties.

Let me close by emphasizing that tumor reduction has not been the answer to cancer; patient survival is the true goal.

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