I was disappointed to read the claims made by the Tennessee woman with cancer in the Jan. 7 article and her GoFundMe plan for funds to cover her costs for natural therapies for her late-stage breast cancer.
Her statements claiming terrible side effects from chemotherapy, including that it “destroys bones, kidneys and livers, and decimates the immune system” can be alarming to chemotherapy patients. They may persuade patients to reject conventional treatment.
Oncologists are fully aware of the side effects and monitor patients to minimize their impact. These drugs have undergone rigorous trials and the maximum tolerated doses relative to these side effects have been thoroughly measured and peer reviewed.
Chemotherapy does attack all cells, but targeted therapy is, hopefully, the next generation of treatment. While natural therapies may be of benefit, it would be interesting to know the actual results compared to the best standards of care.
Judy Fredrikson, White Rock
Ad raises concerns
I’m concerned about the full-page ad for stem-cell therapy for neuropathy on page A5 of last Tuesday’s paper. It may be that Health Canada is doing an insufficient job of regulating private clinics promoting stem-cell therapies.
I can find very little online suggesting there is a scientific basis for this therapy. What do reputable medical organizations have to say about it? I hope it doesn’t fall into the zone of rampant exploitation of patients hoping for miracle cures.
Elaine Gilligan, Vancouver
Smokers should hurt others
For those freedom-loving folks who want to do as they wish within their strata units, the reality is that their units end at the boundaries of the walls, ceiling and floor. If smoke leaves their unit then they are impinging on the rights of the other units to enjoy clean air. They have alternatives to satisfy their addiction while respecting their neighbours.
Maureen Charron, Vancouver
Environmental assessment needed
The Coastal GasLink proposal is for a gas export pipeline connected to the interprovincial pipeline network. But it has not yet undergone a federal environmental assessment. In all probability, the courts will find it needs one.
Then the project will collapse since an assessment takes about two years, and renewable energy is rapidly becoming less expensive. Every month, it becomes more obvious that renewable energy is not only the right way to go given the climate crisis, it is also going to bankrupt companies selling high-cost fossil fuels like LNG made from B.C.’s fracked gas.
Why is the RCMP helping a company enter Wet’suwet’en territory when it does not have the environmental certificate it probably requires?
Eric Doherty, Victoria
Heed that quote
In your Jan. 3 edition on Page B2 there was a P.D. James quote that should have been on the front page with the following caption: Politicians at all levels of government, please read and heed.
The quote is: “Generosity is a virtue for individuals, not governments. When governments are generous, it is with other people’s money, other people’s safety, other people’s future.”
Ignac Fodor, Coquitlam
Too many immigrants
Letter-writer and former Vancouver council candidate Penny Noble wonders why politicians keep pushing density. The answer is simple. Density, or overcrowding, is the inevitable result of Canada’s disastrous immigration policy, and no politician has the courage to change it.
All the problems Noble refers to — traffic congestion, unaffordable housing, the ever-increasing stress on our infrastructure and social services — are directly attributable to the fact that for years Canada has been admitting an absurdly high number of immigrants — 310,000 in 2018 with plans to raise that to 350,000 by 2021.
In a more recent act of reckless folly, the federal Liberals have signed on to a global pact on migration that effectively cedes control of our borders to the United Nations. The door is now open to the kind of uncontrolled, mass migration that has already caused such terrible problems in Europe. With tens of thousands of new arrivals pouring into the Lower Mainland every year, how long will it be before there is standing room only from Point Grey to Chilliwack and we suffer a societal breakdown?
Joseph Hind, North Vancouver
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