I was reading a blog post earlier about a woman who had died from breast cancer after refusing mainstream chemo and radiation. Her spouse was bitter that she looked for "miracles" in alternative therapies and meditation, etc. calling them "snake oils" and people who sold them "thieves" preying on people's hopes.
I try not to read these sorts of things because first of all, I feel for the spouse that has been left behind. They are trying to deal with their pain the best way they can. But secondly, because the underlying message is always, "My spouse would still be alive had she undergone radiation and chemo" and that's simply not the truth.
People die from radiation and chemo ALL THE TIME. And seeing what my brother in law went through, it's not a pretty death. It's not a peaceful death. It's a death that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. When he wasn't undergoing chemo and radiation, he was either throwing up, too weak to move or out of his mind on pain killers. He not only lost his hair, but he lost his eyesight and his hearing. He had problems with short term memory. They don't tell you those sorts of things.
Now I'm not saying natural remedies are the way to go. I'm not saying mainstream med's answers are right either. I AM saying that PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE and if we REALLY love them, then we have to support the choice they've made, EVEN IF, it's not one that we would have made. Even if, we're left behind with no answers, looking for someone to blame.