Is this book convincing / attractive to sceptics?

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Post by Susmita Biswas »

The book is very helpful. So I think it is surely outstanding.
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I’m not sure that this would appeal to any “hard nosed” skeptics of alternative medicine. The way that Beljanski shares her story so well is appealing to anyone that likes memoirs, I think, but I’m not sure it really will convince someone to change their mind. In the end, I did have a feeling that this was almost a marketing piece. It’s supported by good research, but I doubt many of those skeptics will bother to look it up. I think that marketing feeling will overpower the real goal in the end.
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Post by Timjim »

Individuals who are already familiar with alternative medicine will definitely love this book. Others might catch up later.
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Post by angiejack456 »

MsTri wrote: 01 Jan 2019, 12:07 I actually do not intend to read this because I'm a skeptic. While I'd be willing to look at natural means as a side dish, there's no way I'd use such treatments as the entrée, not with something as serious as cancer. Fortunately, I don't have cancer and therefore don't need either.
I agree! Being a skeptic myself, I found the idea of this book unpleasant. I have had loved ones die of cancer and I still believe that traditional medicine holds the most hope.
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I think this book would appeal to the majority of cancer patients. They just want to be rid of the disease. It's a matter of life and death.
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Post by Gemma_15 »

I think a lot of people tend to become stuck in their ways and won't want to reach out and read information that doesn't support their current views. With that though, in families or groups that deal with cancer, it can be hard to hold on to faith in medicine and chemotherapy or radiation. So, people will probably be more likely to reach out and read this, but by that point, I would say they aren't really "skeptics" of the ideas in the book anymore.
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I am normally pretty sceptical about far-fetched natural remedies for ailments that can already be cured by medications. I can be convinced of some things though, because many medications are developed from natural ingredients. Considering this and the fact that I had read a few people say that this method could just as easily be used for the prevention of cancer, opposed to the treatment of it, I do plan on reading this book in the future.
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a9436 wrote: 01 Jan 2019, 08:45 I am not very far into the book yet, but as an anti-capitalist who has been let down by Western doctors, I was instantly drawn to the blurb and OBC review. I am sure I will find the book fascinating.

However, I do wonder who Winning the War on Cancer will appeal to in general - will the author metaphorically be, "preaching to the choir?" In my community, any mention of support for alternative medicine, or lack of support for established corporations, gets one labeled as a, "crazy hippy," or, "naiive," and a friend was only telling me yesterday about a British soap opera which is currently portraying non-chemotherapy cancer treatments as ridiculous and dangerous. Personally, I doubt that many people I know would consider reading a different perspective, despite the inclusion of proven science, and I find that highly disappointing.

Those of you who are further into the book - do you think the text is written in a way that will encourage sceptics to re-think? Or does it come across as too radical? What do you think of the cover - does that serve to attract or discourage opponents?
I think the author's writing style and presentation would convince skeptics to rethink, not all though. Cancer is a sickness to death. Medical practitioners can only delay the death, and the treatment is very expensive. But here comes a natural treatment with scientific proofs and testimonies of those who tried it. It would be unwise for a cancer patient to be skeptical about this when the patient knows that despite medical treatments they would still die. Instead of being skeptical, they should consider trying this method.
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Post by Macanthony »

I just hope the author doesn't write trash in this book this should be real fact. :evil:
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Post by Melchi Asuma »

I don't think that this is meant or even will convince a sceptic. It is meant for those still with hope and still trying to look for alternative solutions.
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Post by zjacks »

I think the author would have to be incredibly neutral and aware of the validity of pro-western-medicine skepticism to not arouse suspicion from that audience.
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Post by dkleckne »

My mother died from breast cancer over 10 years ago. The topic was interesting to me since I always keep an ear out for new breakthroughs in the effort to find a cure. Upon learning that the topic was alternative medicine related to cancer, I have to say I was a huge skeptic of the claims that there were more effective methods than the mainstream medical community has that are not being utilized.

However, the author at least makes me curious to look into her claims more. It is completely plausible to me (as we are watching the opioid crisis in full swing) that the pharmaceutical industry is putting the ability to market expensive cancer-fighting drugs against the well-being of patients. It is completely possible in my mind (watching Congress in the last number of years) that the government is unaware or not powerful enough to fight for the interests of its regular citizens versus its corporate citizens.

I am most of the way through the book, and while I am not completely convinced of her claims, I am willing to consider them, and curious to learn more.
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Post by chiefsimplex »

Although generally skeptics are very good at finding reasons for not believing in most things ,the evidence supplied in this book is hopefully sufficient to find a few converts.However i feel that for greater effect the book should have featured a few traceable testimonials .These are irrefutable and do more than appeal- they demand attention.
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Post by Stellae »

I don't think the novel presents itself as attractive to skeptics on first glance, and definitely won't convince anyone 100%. However, its a good way to view an alternate perspective
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Post by Sharon2056 »

I think we do not change the way we react to things because of one way in which a person presents their story. The story is detailed in a way, backed with scientific statistics and quite informative, I could take a lesson or two.
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