If chemotherapy fails 97% of the time, why do doctors recommend it? (VIDEO)
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, around 1,658,370 new cases will be diagnosed and 589,430 people will die from cancer in 2015.
While most conventional cancer treatments revolve around a mix of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, some people question their efficacy — particularly chemotherapy.
In the following videos, two naturopathic doctors make the argument that in many cases, chemotherapy does more harm than good.
In the first video, Peter Glidden, BS, ND, brings up the relationship between cancer and monetary profit. Peter Glidden cites a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which found that over a 12-year period, chemotherapy did not cure adult cancer 97% of the time.
“Why is it still used? There’s one reason, and one reason only,” Glidden says in the video. “Money.”
He points out that while doctors don’t get direct kickbacks for prescribing most medications, chemotherapy drugs are unique in that the doctors purchase them from the pharmaceutical company and then sell them to patients at a profit.
“Chemotherapeutic drugs are the only classification of drugs that the prescribing doctor gets a direct cut off,” Glidden says. “The only reason chemotherapy is used is because doctors make money from it — period. It doesn’t work 97 percent of the time. If Ford Motor Company made an automobile that exploded 97 percent of the time, would they still be in business?” he asks. “No.”
An Australian study looking at the contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival rates in adults with malignancies found that the overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
In their conclusion, the researchers stated: it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival.
He cites this issue as just one example of a so-called health care system that prioritizes profits over human wellness.
“This is the tip of the iceberg of the control that the pharmaceutical industry has on us,” says Glidden. “Medicine in the United States is a for-profit industry. Most people are unaware of this, and most people bow down to the altar of MD-directed high-tech medicine.”
In the second video, naturopathic doctor Leonard Coldwell shares a similar perspective, calling chemotherapy “the Agent Orange of the medical profession.”