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Ask for Evidence on miracle cancer cures

Lots of people and organisations have been asking for the evidence behind claims for cancer curing diets, claims in health magazines and claims by clinics selling unproven treatments for thousands of dollars. We are gathering these stories together to help others ask for evidence behind these and other treatment claims. Get involved and tell us your experiences of asking for evidence or get in touch for help understanding evidence.

 

Get involved and tell us your experiences of asking for evidence or get in touch for help understanding evidence. - See more at: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/news.php/342/ask-for-evidence-on-miracle-cancer-cures#sthash.muXaGiIP.dpuf

Diabetes UK

“Diabetes UK fully endorses Sense about Science’s campaign. We seem to see another miracle treatment or cure for diabetes discussed in the national press every week and often hear from people who are confused or misled by sensationalist claims. It is important to remember that while news stories and adverts may be based on good science, they often leap to misleading or flawed conclusions. We would always encourage people with diabetes to ask for evidence about health products and services that seem too good to be true.”

Margaret McCartney, GP 

"Not using evidence kills people and wastes time and energy. We need evidence – it’s the only thing separating me from blood-letters, frontal lobotomists, and reiki master practioners. If I didn’t use evidence to help my patients make decisions I’d be guilty of quackery. Evidence isn’t usually perfect, which is why patients, doctors and researchers need to work together to make our evidence better."

Clare Jacklin, Director of External Affairs, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

"NRAS is often made aware of misguided and confusing information regarding rheumatoid arthritis that is promoted via various sources e.g. the internet, health food stores, newspaper articles, alternative & complementary practitioners. We encourage people to thoroughly research any information on treatments and therapies before embarking on any deviation from their current treatment and therapy regime. People with long term conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can often be desperate for some immediate relief from their painful symptoms, which makes them vulnerable to believing claims of “miracle” cures and “drug-free” solutions."

- See more at: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/a4e_launch.html#sthash.Saovq2WH.dpuf

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

"NRAS is often made aware of misguided and confusing information regarding rheumatoid arthritis that is promoted via various sources e.g. the internet, health food stores, newspaper articles, alternative & complementary practitioners. We encourage people to thoroughly research any information on treatments and therapies before embarking on any deviation from their current treatment and therapy regime. People with long term conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can often be desperate for some immediate relief from their painful symptoms, which makes them vulnerable to believing claims of “miracle” cures and “drug-free” solutions."

"Considering how many people (1 in 7) are affected by migraine, there is a real lack of understanding and so many myths about the condition. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as being among the most disabling lifetime conditions, so it's vital that information about migraine is based on the best available evidence to help people manage their condition and improve their quality of life."

- See more at: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/a4e_launch.html#sthash.Saovq2WH.dpuf

The Migraine Trust

"Considering how many people (1 in 7) are affected by migraine, there is a real lack of understanding and so many myths about the condition. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as being among the most disabling lifetime conditions, so it's vital that information about migraine is based on the best available evidence to help people manage their condition and improve their quality of life."

 

 


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