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Warning: This Daily Express story could ‘potentially cause harm to people with cancer’

by | 9th, December 2012

THE Daily Express has a question: “DO CANCER ALTERNATIVES REALLY WORK?”

Well, if alternatives did work surely people suffering from the hideous disease would use them, no? Or is the medical profession so stubbon and stupid that it does not consider alternative remedies in the face of proof that they work? Jane Warren reports:

THE YOUNG mother who disappeared with her seven-year- old son to prevent him receiving cancer treatment for a brain tumour was motivated by an understandable desire not to see him suffer any more than he needs to, says the seven-year-old boy’s father.

After a frantic nationwide search both Neon and Sally Roberts have now been found and the youngster has been temporarily placed in protective care and will be given the emergency treatment he needs.

Neon? His mum and dad called him Neon?!

Although Sally and her estranged husband Ben differ in their beliefs about the best treatment for their son – Ben wants him to receive the urgent radiotherapy that doctors insist he needs, while Sally wants to rely on natural remedies – they are united in their belief that they are each doing the best for their child.


There are dangers associated with radiotherapy in such a young child (in rare cases it can lead to a loss of sight and learning difficulties) but it is a recognised medical treatment.

However a growing number of practitioners believe complementary therapies (those offered in conjunction with traditional medicine) can be a useful adjunct to treatment and that some approaches can even help to prevent

Cue Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill PhD, “a hormone and holistic health specialist with clinics in Harley Street and Jersey, treated her own breast cancer using holistic therapies following surgery to remove her tumour.”

She goes on to debate the benefits of


OUR EXPERT SAYS: “Having a balanced and sensible approach to your diet will make a profound difference to your body’s ability to prevent cancer.

…Also, treat sugar as a delicacy. We all get cancer a number of times in our lives but normally the immune system handles it while it is still microscopic.



Unfortunately medicine doesn’t consider stress as a factor in cancer, which is why a lot of people look to complementary approaches to reduce stress and support healing.”


THE THEORY: This controversial regime is an alternative treatment, involving 13 juices a day, coffee enemas and vitamin jabs. It works on the principle of detoxifying the liver, believing cancer is a symptom of a diseased body in which tumours form when the liver and other organs are out of balance.

OUR EXPERT SAYS: “I was on a 21st-century version of Gerson called Plaskett Therapy. It is a very hard regime to follow and is controversial because it is alternative, not complementary. Success is difficult to quantify as many people turn to Gerson as a last resort .”


OUR EXPERT SAYS: This is often disregarded because it works in a different way to conventional medicine.
It looks past the symptoms to consider the whole person.”

At no point in this article about cancer and the fear it induces in victims does the Express note that Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill, PhD, MSc, FRSPH, MIHPE  is not a medical doctor. On her website, on the seventh paragraph of her “about” page, she notes :

For absolute clarity – I am not a medical doctor.

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