As a well-seasoned nurse
I've come across so many medical quackery kind of stories but this one sort of pushed me over the top of the frustration meter. We were talking about it yesterday at work with some of the physicians and nurses so I came home and looked it up.
I've already heard about bleach enemas curing autism by removing toxins from your system. But this one was new to me. I'm hoping this "archbishop" gets the book thrown at him for peddling this elixir (aka "sacrament"). Watch the video . . .
Husband Says Fringe Church's 'Miracle Cure' Killed His Wife - Yahoo
The U.S. government and medical experts say MMS is really nothing more than a kind of industrial bleach -- a mixture of sodium chlorite and water -- and, when used as directed can cause serious harm to a person's health.
"They might as well be selling Clorox," said Ben Mizer of the U.S. Department of Justice. "You wouldn't drink Clorox, so there is no reason you should drink MMS."
How about the rest of you? Any quackeries you'd like to rant about?
Oct 30, '16
by kalycat, BSN, RN Pro
It's been all essential oils and anti vax stuff where I work. That and had a family who wanted to treat a patient's EPIC abdominal wound with all kinds of elemental creams and such -- colloidal silver, etc. They were so emphatic about it the docs ended up printing info off from poison control regarding some of the items. Of course, people will do what they want when they get home, but removing the wound vac multiple times per day to allow these treatments was *not* going to happen - and many were harmful. Some weren't, like gentian violet, but it wasn't going to do a dam thing for a gaping abdomen.
The other thing we've had lately was pertussis for multiple family members due to an anti vax stance. I've seen my fair share of trauma but I've got to tell you, watching a tiny infant try to die several times per hour due to paroxysms of coughing was absolutely awful. Shockingly, none of the essential oils helped. :barf:
ETA: That light treatment for lung cancer sounds terrible. False hope and snake oil salesman just disgust me. I try to be supportive and non-judgmental to my patients and families... but dang, that might put me over the edge.
Last edit by kalycat on Oct 30, '16
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Marijuana, especially marijuana oil, as a cure for everything. I'm active on a board with a cancer forum, and one woman constantly pushes marijuana oil as a cancer cure. She says it helped her husband, who died of cancer.
Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Oct 31, '16