The CBC is reporting on the spread of “total biology” to Canada; this story is the first that I’ve heard of this tripe:
A new therapy that claims to cure cancer and other diseases but has been blamed for dozens of deaths in Europe is gaining popularity in Canada, according to a Radio-Canada investigation.
“Total biology” is a therapeutic approach that claims illness is caused by psychological conflicts in the brain.
The approach, also known as new medicine or bio-psycho-genealogy, professes to heal all disease, including AIDS and advanced forms of cancer.
The method is gaining traction in Quebec where patients are often told to ignore their cancer, or stop medical treatment altogether, according to an investigation by CBC’s French-language service.
Some European practitioners have been convicted for illegally practising medicine and another is being sued — but in Quebec, total biology’s proponents are active in more than 30 Quebec cities.
The founder of total biology, Dr. Claude Sabbah, claims that up to 90 per cent of all illnesses are caused by messages from the medical community.
He teaches his approach in six-day seminars offered in France and Canada. He tells students that cancer and other diseases are formed in the brain first, and must be deprogrammed.
During the investigation, Radio-Canada journalists went undercover with hidden cameras seeking medical advice about fictitious diseases.
One of the journalists claimed to have breast cancer. She visited several total biology practitioners who told her that her life was not in danger, and the lump in her breast was the result of a maternal conflict.
She was recommended to stop chemotherapy altogether. During another visit a practitioner told her to drink champagne and relax.
Wow. It seems that people will believe just about anything. I want to be angry at the people who are buying into this woo, but I really can’t; I can only feel sorrow for them. The drive to understand tragedy and gain control over an illness in your life is strong, and I understand how these sorts of snake-oil peddlers use that to their advantage, but it makes it even more important that we educate people on the basics of medicine and science so that they can protect themselves.