Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Cancer Was Cured in 1934" - West, S. (ND INHS) & Pseudomedicine:

hey, bet you didn't know this: according naturopath West, cancer is curable with a Rife machine [see 001., below]. But, be skeptical, as  Wikipedia has some interesting things to say about Rife's contraption [see 002., below]: 

001. West. S. (ND INHS) states in "Natural health: A Look at a Controversial Cancer Treatment" (2009-12-18):

"as a naturopath and health researcher [...] once in a while I find an herb, nutrient or device that is truly remarkable [...such as] the Rife Frequency Generator [...made by] Royal Raymond Rife [...which is one of] Rife’s great scientific works [...I've observed] Rife Generators and ionic foot bathes [at an Arcata's] a miraculous tool for defeating cancer and a host of other diseases [...] I never seriously investigated the claim until early in 2009 [...] my good friend Scott lent me his unit for my practice [...] in any case the generator is programmed to deliver micro current technology to destroy virtually all known pathogenic bacteria, virus and fungi. This is so because all life forms have a micro electric signature that maintains their life force [(vitalism!)] destroy[s] these organisms without harming the host [...] in 1934 [Rife treated] 16 stage four terminal cancer patients [] a 70-day trial [...] by the end of the trial [...] 14 of the 16 terminal patients were cancer free while the remaining two took another 60 days to be cured [,] cancer was cured in 1934."

Note: a Rife organization still claims that cancer was cured by Rife with his device.  "Life force" is a fundamental tenet of naturopathy's doctrine, and it simply doesn't exist.

002. Wikipedia states in "Royal Rife":

"Royal Raymond Rife (May 16, 1888 – August 5, 1971) was an American inventor known for his belief that he could observe and render inert a number of viruses which he thought were causal factors in several diseases, most notably cancer. The observations were made though a specially designed optical microscope [...] Rife's claims could not be independently replicated, and active scientific interest in the devices had dissipated by the 1950s [...] an analysis by Electronics Australia found that [...a] Rife device consisted of a nine-volt battery, wiring, a switch, a timer and two short lengths of copper tubing, which delivered an 'almost undetectable' current unlikely to penetrate the skin. Several marketers of such devices have been convicted for health fraud, and in some cases the Rife devices have led to the deaths of cancer patients who used them instead of medical therapy. Rife devices are a subset of radionics devices, which have been classified as pseudomedicine."

Note: a casual Google search resulted in this Ontario ND's practice, Pragnell, N.R. (ND OCNM 1981), who states: "radionics is a healing technique directed at a patient's subtle energy fields."  Again, imaginary vital forces and what likely would also be termed pseudomedicine.
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