November 2, 2009, - 3:39 pm
One thing I’m really sick of is proud high school graduate celebrities with zero medical experience doling out health and medical advice. But I’m even more disgusted by the mainstream media who glorify them and give them a forum for their bunk. And that’s not to mention the greedy book publishers who irresponsibly kill trees to spread this hysteria.
Dr. Chrissy, America’s New National Oncologist
It’s not just bimbo “Dr.” Jenny McCarthy–our nation’s new expert on vaccines and autism. It’s not just aging bim “Dr.” Suzanne Somers–the peroxided national oncologist who once played “Chrissy” on “Three’s Company.” It’s Oprah and everyone else who give them a forum for their quackery. (HOprah gave both McCarthy and Somers several shows on which to promote their medical advice.
Now, it’s Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press reporter, who wrote a long, gushing article about Suzanne Somers, MD. First, Somers pimped America on her celeb junk science of bioidentical hormones. Now, it’s advice on cancer. It’s absurd. And frankly, if she were delving into giving advice in any other area–say law–the authorities would go after her for practicing without a license. How does she get away with practicing medicine without one?
Somers’ new age advice is baloney. She recently had to apologize for commenting that chemo–not pancreatic cancer–killed actor Patrick Swayze. But her apology was insincere, as she continues her rants against chemotherapy and gets AP to cover them as “news.” Her latest book, “Knockout,” has the subtitle “How to Prevent Getting It [Cancer] In the First Place.” Like she knows. No-one knows for sure how to prevent most cancers. But, hey, some morons will buy this witch doctor bimbo’s book, and she’ll cash in . . . again. Sadly, as I write this, American morons have made this book #90 in the Amazon.com rankings.
She’s back with a new book. This one’s on an even more emotional topic: cancer treatment. Specifically, she argues against what she sees as the often pointless use of chemotherapy.
Somers, who has rejected chemo herself, seems to relish the fight. . . .
The American Cancer Society is concerned.
“I am very afraid that people are going to listen to her message and follow what she says and be harmed by it,” says Dr. Otis Brawley, the organization’s chief medical officer. “We use current treatments because they’ve been proven to prolong life. They’ve gone through a logical, scientific method of evaluation. I don’t know if Suzanne Somers even knows there is a logical, scientific method.”
More broadly, Brawley is concerned that in the United States, celebrities or sports stars feel they can use their fame to dispense medical advice. “There’s a tendency to oversimplify medical messages,” he says. “Well, oversimplification can kill.” . . .
Barron Lerner, a doctor who has looked at celebrity illnesses through history . . . recalls how some desperately ill cancer patients took their cues from Steve McQueen, the rugged actor who turned to unorthodox cancer treatment in 1980. When conventional medicine failed to halt his mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining, McQueen traveled to Mexico, where he was treated with everything from coffee enemas to laetrile, the now debunked remedy involving apricot pits.
“It’s difficult to quantify his influence, but there was a lot of traffic to Mexico of end-stage cancer patients after his death,” says Lerner, author of “When Illness Goes Public.”
While he had pancreatic cancer, chemotherapy lengthened my father’s life and shrunk his tumors. But Dr. Chrissy of Three’s Company Medical Institute knows better:
“We all know that chemotherapy does nothing for pancreatic cancer.”
In fact, Somers does view chemotherapy as effective for some cancers, but not for the most common, including lung and breast cancer.
WHAT THE HELL?! Why the heck is anyone reporting on what Suzanne Somers vews as “effective” cancer treatment? Is she an oncologist? No. Does she have any medical expertise or training? No. Does she even have an RN degree? No.
But, heck, I’m sure she’s played a nurse on TV. So, let’s shut up now, and let her prep for surgery.
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