Aromatherapyis an interesting concept of cancer treatment. It is used in coordination withacupuncture or massage to makes the lives of cancer patients easier.
Aromatherapyis a type to supportive care rather the cure that works to improve the mental,emotional, and physical well-being of patients who may be suffer from a fatalor life-threatening disease. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, whichare oils from various plants that becomes highly concentrated through theprocess of distillation, that are pressed into the skin through acupuncture ora massage or through inhalation through diffusers. The idea of oils rubbed intothe skin seemed a little unbelievable, but studies have been done regardingaromatherapy on rats.
Rats oddly enough are similar in terms genetic makeup andbehavior when compared to humans. Within the studies, the rats were exposed to astimulus, normally painful or stressful, followed by pleasant aromas. Resultsshowed that the rats exhibited less pain-related behavior following the aromarather than without it. Going further, human studies concluded thataromatherapy does not improve long-term effects, but it does improve overallwell-being by decreasing levels of stress and anxiety. On the other hand,aromatherapy is not a cure for cancer.
There has not been any publicationdealing with aromatherapy directly as a solution for cancer. Also, there aremany concerns when mixing other drugs with the use of aromatherapy for thereason that it can have potentially severe side-affects. This is important toconsider because cancer patience take multiple different types of medications.Overall aromatherapy is compelling idea that can be used to make the lives ofcancer patients as comfortable and stress free as possible. However, a lot mustbe considered before using aromatherapy as it is not a natural mirical tocuring cancer and it can interfere with other medical treatment as well. 60Minutes Video Section Paragraph summary of video (250+ words) The video excerpt of the show 60 minutes showsScott Pelley involved in an investigation towards conmen who take advantage ofdesperate victims of uncurbable diseases and offer them false hope fortreatment. Stem cell therapy uses stem cells which during division, can take onthe role of other cells as well as potentially give off a chemical that couldrepair damaged cells.
A professor at the University of Duke explained howalthough she does believe it will be able to cure many diseases, society isabout 10 years behind the use of stem cell therapy. There are a wide range ofresources online that are claiming to cure diseases with these stem cells andalthough these sources say they are FDA approved, it is all false andunreliable. For those affected by uncurbable diseases, they may see resourcessuch as these, thinking it’s a miracle, and fall into the hands of people whoclaim to be doctors that put them in danger, take all they’re life-savings, andleave them with false hope. The Sulzerfamily has a young child named Adam who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.After falling victim to the scam previously and not seeing any signs ofimprovement in their child, the Sulzer family agreed to help Scott with theinvestigation towards Stem Tech Labs. Dr.
Ecklyn of Stem Tech Labs agreed to dothe therapy on the child even though previously he had his medical licenserevoked because of misuse of privileges and inappropriate behavior with afemale child. The Sulzer family, 60 minutes crew, and Dr. Ecklyn meet up a Floridahotel for the procedure, that was when Scott Pelley confronted Dr. Ecklyn forthe first time. Scott Ecklyn interviewed him and asked him a series ofquestions. It becomes aware that Dr. Ecklyn was self-taught in terms of hisstudies on stem cells. He also had no previous research of his published and noproof of clinical trial; he claimed that all of the studies of stem cells havebeen conducted outside of the us because some sort of conspiracy theory withinthe United States between the drug companies and the government.
Dr. Ecklynbecame frustrated and walked out of the hotel and no one has any knowledge ofwhere he went that day. Paragraph on what can be done to stop this from happening (120+ words)The main thing thatcan be done to stop this hoax by conmen over the internet has to come fromdoctors themselves. In the video, the Sulzer family explained how the doctorstold them that the family should simply abandon the child with the fatalillness because other wise that child was going to ruin their life. Yes, it isimportant to be honest with the patients rather than giving them false hopes,but doctors should not make these families feel desperate for options.
Althoughthere may be no solution for the disease, doctors can help these individualsseek options to assist them in their daily lives such as therapy or counselingto help them deal with the stress and depression. Proving families with optionswill prevent them from searching the depths of the internet for illegal and dangerous”cures” that in the end may not even help the patient, instead make mattersworse.