Ty Bollinger's The Truth About Cancer

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Ty Bollinger begins his book The Truth about Cancer discussing Hippocrates, a physician widely recognized as the father of western medicine. Hippocrates’ medicine derived from the Pythagorean Theorem which is applied as four elements, water, earth, wind, and fire. I find it interesting that the methods and ideas that Hippocrates presented are still in use today. The most common influences seen today would be the words of diagnosis and symptoms, which have their origins in Hippocratic medicine. These terms are not only used by physicians, but also OT and PT practitioners. Additionally, Hippocrates emphasized the idea of “do no harm”, where future physicians would take an oath to uphold various ethical standards. On page 8, Bollinger explains the Germ Theory by Pasteur, which became the gold standard of medical practice in the 20th century. Unlike Hippocratic medicine that emphasized the idea of humoral medicine, Pasteur’s theory focused on the simple interaction between microorganisms and hosts. I think it’s important to recognize that as a society, we make it a priority to fuss over germs and we use this to form the template for modern medicine. We need to recognize that there are alternative ways to treat cancer other than using toxic substances and identify the flaws of …show more content…
I’m hoping that throughout his book the evidence he presents will persuade me to think differently. Right now I’m getting over having a first-hand experience with my cousin who had cancer. She, like most other cancer patients, went through chemotherapy. Bollinger argues that chemotherapy can cause cancer, but for her it saved her life. I’m having a hard time opening up to the ideas of herbal medicine, but I’m eager to see what Bollinger will present throughout the rest of his book because just like me, he has experiences with cancer within his

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