Is this book convincing / attractive to sceptics?

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Post by Susmita Biswas » 05 Feb 2019, 02:10

The book is very helpful. So I think it is surely outstanding.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 05 Feb 2019, 11:01

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 » 05 Feb 2019, 19:32

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 » 06 Feb 2019, 14:16

MsTri wrote:
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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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Post by Timjim » 06 Feb 2019, 17:20

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 » 08 Feb 2019, 10:46

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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Post by Firefawkes » 13 Feb 2019, 10:20

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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