During my 35 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist, I wrote a considerable number of stories on medical and health issues.
In the mid-1970s, an assistant city editor assigned me to interview a local alternative-health activist who propounded the idea that vitamin C was effective against cancer. Though I was no big fan of mainstream medicine even then, this idea seemed to me far-fetched at best and preposterous at worst. Since then, a lively discussion has erupted over the possibility that vitamin C might indeed be beneficial in preventing, or even treating, some forms of cancer.
An editor once assigned me to the distasteful task of delineating the surgical procedure known as colostomy (if you’re not familiar with it, I’ll spare you the details).
A six-part series that I wrote on traditional and alternative cancer treatments elicited 250 phone calls to the Palm Beach Post, many of them from persons desperate for cures of their terminal cancer. The series was inspired by a phone call from a man who had visited a clinic in the Bahamas for treatment of lung cancer. He excitedly reported that the cancer was gone. A few weeks later, he called and said he was feeling extremely tired. Days later, he died. But traveling with a photographer to the clinic and calling patients all over the United States who had been successfully treated, I wrote a story about the brilliant research scientist from New York City who developed an anticancer serum and protocol, and opened the clinic offshore because he couldn’t financially afford the FDA requirements for approval and found some of them nonsensical.
A Palm Beach Illustrated story on the heart benefits of walking won me an award from the American Heart Association.
In the last decade, I became a student of alternative medicine and nutrition, believing that the traditional treatments of “cut, burn and poison” were often less than salutary, and frequently deleterious.
Be sure to check out my postings on alternative health practices and positions versus mainstream, establishmentarian treatments such as the pervasive statin drugs, regarded by leading alternative doctors as dangerous and, for the most part, useless – except for making their manufacturers unconscionable profits.