Comments beggar belief
WAS B Nixon's letter ("Prostate cancer explained", The Daily Advertiser, September 19) meant to be an ironic, satiric send-up of the tinfoil hat brigade?
I mean, quoting a person's life achievements and having it all culminate in "they're now on YouTube" is comic in itself (YouTube where most nutters start).
If meant to be satire however, it was not obviously so and its message is, thereby potentially dangerous to many people fighting cancer using proven medical procedures.
I'm frankly astounded that it saw print.
Whatever "hypnotic regression" is (and I doubt that it is much of anything at all), it is emphatically not "one of the most profound healing processes" for cancer - or even for a case of the sniffles for that matter.
If it makes people feel good to inhale ground lizard's lips, or to hire hags to circle their house chanting rhythmic doggerel, or to bring in the druids, or to undergo "hypnotic regression"; then the best of British to them – it's their dosh after all.
But please don't advocate any of those quack recipes as effective cures for cancer – it's irresponsible, dangerous and crackpot.
I couldn't Google any response at all for the Einstein quote which B Nixon used to seal her argument ("testosterone is one of the worst drugs damaging today's society").
I'm not surprised – it's an anachronism.
Einstein died in 1955 and it wasn't for another 30 or 40 years that the word "testosterone" started to be used to colloquially refer to male aggression, as B Nixon uses it.
Anyway, just why a genius physicist would intrude his (ill-qualified) opinion about medicine is just as ludicrous as how a hypnotist could cure cancer.
Letter’s dangerous leap
I READ with absolute horror and disgust Monday’s letter to the editor from a B Nixon regarding the causes of prostate cancer.
To even suggest that prostate cancer is due to men forcing themselves upon women beggars belief.
It is an outrageous suggestion to make.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Prostate Cancer Support Group locally encourages men to have regular testing for prostate cancer.
We do this so that we can save the lives of men.
An opinion such as this only serves to prevent men from being tested, lest they are tarred with the brush that you are so freely waving about.
I would welcome B Nixon to a meeting of the Prostate Cancer Support Group to discuss this and to meet those suffering with prostate cancer, together with their partners.
Our next meeting is on October 13 at the Wagga RSL at 7pm.
President – Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group
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