Quackery: is the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices. A quack is a “fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill” or “a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman.- Wikipedia 

I have cancer, and many of my friends have cancer an extremely aggressive type to boot. It affects many people in Ireland each year approx 900 to be exact, but out of that figure almost all will be Ok, they got lucky, they were caught early, surgery was enough. The surgeons scalpel is all they ever need in relation to this beast because it has been cut out taken away.

Me, and my friends not so lucky, some of us presented early had that surgery and the bastard still came back to wreak havoc on our lives. Some didn’t even enjoy that reprieve they were really unfortunate their cancer discovered at stage 4, when already it was too late for the surgeons skilled hands to slice into the surrounding flesh and remove the deadly invader.

So what happens when you’re facing the sum of all our fears, living on a rollercoaster that’s going at mind bending speed. You know it’s going to derail its inevitable, you haven’t hit the terminal section where …………..well you get the picture……….but its there round the next bend or loop the loop and we have many of those on this ride from hell.

Your screaming, your panicking, Your DESPERATE to get off you will literally chop your own arm off if you thought it would work, but of course you know that’s not going too……….you can see your family and friends down on the ground they are also running, screaming, panicking, they are desperate too. They are shouting instructions at you do this, try that, they want you to live more than anything……………..so do you…………..you have some success the carriage slows down momentarily………….you catch your breath JUST and its off again.

You have some people who are on your team……., they have spent years training to be medical experts in what is affecting you, they are experts but your learning even though all that knowledge is there and it’s helping to slow things down, they don’t have all the answers,…… your stage 4 now…………….and NOW you’re getting DESPERATE………………nothing seems to be working and even when it is the overwhelming feeling of anxiety is pushing you in directions you would never have considered before. You can’t relax,……your mind is running in overdrive, what’s going to happen you………………. time is ticking away like an old grandfather clock reminding you of each second that’s pushing you closer into that terminal zone of no return……..

You, try to think logically and reasonably, but its difficult, maybe…… just maybe …….there is something in that article you read months ago when things didn’t seem so bleak. Could baking soda, lemons and apricot kernels be the solution. Is it worth a try,…….what about cannabis oil might be worth a shot, after all everyone says big pharma are the only reason it isn’t being used they can’t make money from it but why?…………… it’s going to cost me about three thousand Euro a month then even if I could find someone willing to get it for me, that’s about the same as my big pharma treatment is costing and that works,….. oh hang on that Facebook post said I should put it on my dodgy looking mole so it would get dissolved off not a miracle cure for me after all………………I foolishy thought it might possibly miraculously…….. cure-all the tumours in my organs and bones.

There’s something else a cookbook its telling me if I just change my diet, things will be ok, this woman used it, she even had my cancer and so had her friend and they’re ok now has to be worth a shot,……………………….. I’m not supposed to try and lose weight though, my team of medical experts have told me it’s not a good idea,……….. I need to keep my strength up and exercise………. So many conflicting theories………..WHO……… is telling me the truth……………. but the medical experts they have the data to back up their advice,…….. it could in fact be very dangerous for  me to try that diet, cutting out those major food groups is very extreme and there is no evidence to back it up, except in mice…………….I’m not a mouse…………….maybe I should just enjoy the food I eat but don’t eat too much rubbish, that seems a more sensible plan than living without all the things I love for however long I’ve got to go………………….

I’m on twitter WOW this looks interesting Holistic Oncology, this guys got a really good website,……he’s got testimonials and everything, he’s quoting scientific papers, about cancer cells killed in a dish,……….mind you bleach or a gun could also kill them in a petri dish…………… that doesn’t matter…….. does it………….

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I mean this must be legit, maybe the electricity coming into my house is dirty……….. and I need a filter he supplies on every socket they are 45€ each but that’s ok I will find it somehow maybe not go on that special family holiday, ………………I might as well buy the water filtration 575€ system too while I’m at it and the supplements he recommends because one lady in his testimonial stopped taking them and now she is dead so they must work right………..I also need to replace my fillings………………….I don’t even have to go see him for my consultation I can just have a phone call and all my problems will be solved……………..I can’t see anything about which university he attended………..must ask my daughter how many CAO points it is this year to become a Holistic Oncologist would it be similar to a regular licensed Oncologist they need a lot of points  cos their job is very important…………..this guy must be genuine who would be so low as to sell snake oil to cancer patients and surely our government has laws against that……………this guy must be legit……….. maybe someone will lend me the money for this………..it has to be genuine it just has to be………………or I’m dead……………….