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July 01, 2009


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Kairol Rosenthal

Amen and Halleluja. (That's supposed to be a joke.) I think it is ironic when people ask me if I believe in alternative medicine, raw diets, acupuncture. Nobody asks me if I believe in Radioactive Iodine treatment, surgery, or thyrogen. How I treat my cancer is not about belief but about evidence: Does it work? Show me data. And if there is not enough evidence and I am going to experiment on my own body (which I have done with allopathic and CAM) I'll do so in an empirical way so I can track my progress and use scientific reason to understand the results.

I will tweet this post widely. It is a great one.


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Wendy S. Harpham, M.D.

Uh oh. It looks like we share a similar sense of humor. Thank you so much for helping me help people make wise decisions. And thank you for all you are doing with your blog and book. With hope, Wendy

Lori Hope

Great post, Wendy.

By definition, faith does not require or invite empirical data.

Similarly, there is no such thing as "false hope", since hope is a belief, often based on a deep and inexplicable sense that things will get better.

I don't know if your post is a response to something in particular, but I am with you and Kairol. And I believe in the placebo effect, based on the science of belief.

Always hope,

Wendy S. Harpham, M.D.

Dear Lori,

Yes, the post is in response to something: I keep reading stories, blog posts and editorials that focus on some detail(s) about getting good care, while ignoring -- or misrepresenting -- some fundamental truth(s).

Healthy Survivors can make wise decisions only if they know the difference between information obtained from observation and that obtained from well-executed clinical experimentation.

With hope, Wendy

lori hope

Just looked at your previous post and understand what this is in response to. I love your posts, but as I'm sure you know, it can feel impossible to read every one, especially when we're busy responding to comments on our blogs on top of everything else!
Nevertheless, I'll try to at least take a glance, lest I miss something crucial!

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