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The Big Cancer Cover-Up

The big cancer cover-up: WDDTY vol 23 no. 11 (March 2013)
The big cancer cover-up is an op-ed by Bryan Hubbard following the Neon Roberts case. Positioned as highlighting “the shortcomings of conventional cancer treatments and the bias against fair testing of the alternatives”, it is instead a credulous Gish gallop across the landscape of cancer quackery.

The only therapies which get a rough ride, are those supported by reliable evidence. And here Hubbard turns the conspiracy dial up to eleven.

For example, Hubbard states: “Chemotherapy’s true success rate hovers around the 2 per cent mark—the cancer patient has a 2 per cent chance of living a further five years or longer if he has chemotherapy”. This is complete nonsense. Not only is it grotesquely inaccurate in the case of, say, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, where five-year survival with chemo as primary therapy is in excess of 80% and some patients are 40 years and more post chemo, it’s also grotesquely untrue in the aggregate.

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Like water for chemo

Like water for chemo
In March 2012, WDDTY published one of its most irresponsible and widely criticised articles: Much more than placebo: Homeopathy reverses cancer, by Lynne McTaggart’s husband, Bryan Hubbard. In the November 2013 issue he revisits the claim.

We’ve already shown that the promised “new research” is no such thing, now it’s time to take a deep breath and dissect the larger story – in reality largely a recycling of the earlier article’s arguments.

There are numerous issues with the article, most serious of which is that it represents a case series submitted under the OCCAM Best cases series, as an independent research validation by NCI. It is no such thing, and OCCAM make this extremely clear. It is pay-to-play, not independent, and this program explicitly does not validate the case series it publishes.

This supposed independent validation is the lynch pin on which WDDTY builds its entire case – and it is just one of many wilful misrepresentations of the facts in this execrable paean to exploitative quackery.

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