bware21 Posted November 29, 2006 Share Posted November 29, 2006 STORY #1: About 30 years ago the BBC produced a documentary about a middle-aged woman somewhere in Europe (Germany, if I remember correctly). Her entire body was riddled with cancer to the point where the doctors were confounded as to why she was even alive. The mere fact that she was still breathing was considered to be a mystery -- hence the BBC's interest in producing the show. I vaguely remember seeing the X-ray images of the woman's body, from head to toe -- not a pretty sight. Some time later (probably months, though it could have been a year), the BBC did a follow-up on the original show, and yes, you may have guessed ... not only was this woman still alive, but not a trace of cancer could be found anywhere in her body. And here's the rub -- since the airing of the first show this woman had had no treatment whatsoever, simply because the doctors thought it better that she be made comfortable in her "last days." Still don't believe in miracles? STORY #2: At least 20 years ago, the BBC (damn BBC produce some good stuff) followed an experiment in Europe -- either Holland, Belgium or Germany. The experiment was considered to be unethical and some even thought it illegal, though I'm not sure how the law would play into this. In any case, a doctor took it upon himself to select 12 patients who had had the same diagnosis/staging of cancer, which at the time was deemed untreatable and terminal. For 6 of the patients he conducted a series of tests and then informed all 6 that they were cancer-free (regardless of what the test results showed). For the other 6 he conducted the same battery of tests and told all 6 that they were indeed terminal and he gave the stock prognosis at the time, which basically gave them all about 6 months to live. Now, I can't remember the exact statistics but I do know that I'm not far off when I say that of the 6 he told were cancer-free all 6 lived longer than 2 years and 4 of them were still alive and truly cancer-free 5 years later. Of the 6 he told were terminal, all 6 died within two years. This story came back to me in the year 2000 when I watched my mother's condition rapidly deteriorate from the moment her doctor offered a negative prognosis (this was in Spain, by the way). Needless to say, at the time I was very angry that any doctor, Spanish or otherwise, would be so arrogant as to assume their opinion in this matter had any value. Now that I'm in the same boat, so to speak, the instructions my doctors have are very simple -- tell me whatever you like, but don't ever offer an opinion or place a timeline on my life. What I expect from any doctor are facts and facts alone -- not opinions based on guesswork, regardless of how many years experience they may have. Lucky for me, the doctors I'm dealing with fully understand what it is I'm saying to them and they don't allow their egos to get in the way. From The Augeries of Innocence, by William Blake: "To See a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand And Eternity in an Hour" Bill Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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