Is chemotherapy actually effective? Some research suggests that these traditional cancer treatments do more harm than good. All the while, cannabis struggles to gain legitimacy as a useful therapy. Check out the video below to see how one naturopathic doctor blows the lid on the chemotherapy industry.
The war on cancer
Dr. Peter Glidden, B.S., N.D., author of The M.D. Emperor Has No Clothes, thinks that we have lost the war on cancer. Why? Chemotherapy doesn’t work, he says. Still, pharmaceutical companies are raking in the profits.
In a video interview, Glidden explains,
There was a study that was published in, I believe, it was 1994. It was a 12-year program. A 12-year study. They looked at adults who had developed cancer as an adult, not childhood cancer, but adult cancer. This is the main type of cancer that we get here in the United States.
They did a meta-anaylsis of all of these people who developed cancer as adults for 12 years and were treated with chemo. And they looked at the results and they published the resutls in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. And the resuts? 97% of the time chemotherapy does not work. – Glidden
Glidden’s claims may sound unbelievable, but another 2004 meta-analysis had similar findings. In the science world, meta-analyses are considered highest quality research available.
In 2004, a team of Australian researchers found that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a marginal contribution to cancer treatment. Their 5-year analysis found that chemotherapy only added to cancer treatments by 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in adults.
That’s hardly a significant impact on the overall health of patients, considering how much pain and suffering is caused by chemotherapy.
Is chemotherapy a money game?
So, why is chemotherapy still around? According to Glidden, doctors have financial stakes in the drugs. He explains,
Chemotheraputic drugs are the only classification of drugs that the perscribing doctor gets a direct cut of. So, if your doctor perscribes cheomotherapy for you, here’s how it goes more or less: the doctor buys it from the pharmaceutical company for $5,000, sells it to the patient for $12,000. Insurance pays $9,000 and the doctor pockets the $4,000 difference. – Glidden
Cannabis to the rescue?
If chemotherapy is ineffective, what other options do patients have? This is where cannabis comes in. Currently, there is a significant amount of interest in the herb in both pharmaceutical and research communities.
Scientists from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain, for example, have already found THC to be a successful tumor-killer in animal models.
There are several studies that show that cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis, halt cancer growth and destroy tumor cells in rodents and in lab cultures. Further, there is countless anecdotal evidence from people who have turned to cannabis oil to rid themselves of cancer.
Legendary activist Rick Simpson is one of them. The Canadian eliminated his skin cancer through topical cannabis treatment. Since then, he has inspired many others to successfully treat their cancers with highly concentrated cannabis oil.
While we’re still awaiting clinical trials in humans, patients are already turning to cannabis as an alternative or supplement to chemotherapy. There isn’t any information on just how effective the herb is quite yet, but more research seems to be right around the corner.
Check out the video
Do you know someone who used cannabis for their cancer? Share your story with us on social media or in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!