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May 24th, 2009
09:55 PM ET

Alternative Cancer Treatments

Daniel Hauser, 13, has a malignant tumor that needs immediate medical attention. But his family has refused, choosing instead herbs and other natural remedies. When a court ordered the boy get chemotherapy, he and his mother disappeared. Now everyone wants to know, where in the world is Daniel?

Dr. Francisco Contreras is a recognized cancer expert who advocates using both traditional and alternative medicine to treat cancer at his Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. CNN's Randi Kaye spoke with him about whether Daniel's cancer can be treated by unconventional means, as his family apparently believes.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr.

    scientist need to take a closer look at home made remedys for cancer but until they find evedence that these remedies work they need to stick with present science this lady running with her son is nothing more then misplaced love she cant stand seeing her baby in pain so shes hiding him defending him from what she thinks are prediters when in acthuality shes refusing him the right to live.

    May 25, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  2. Shiba

    I personally received treatment for stage 4 widespread metastatic breast cancer twice at Oasis of Hope Hospital in the last 5 months with excellent success. I will be going back again in June. They're belief is that it's a chronic disease and can be managed with a wide array of approaches including low dose chemo, immune builders and other approaches. They are truly integrative in their practice. Twenty three years ago, when I was first diagnosed the BC, I did a combination of allopathic and alternative care (also in Mexico). There needs to be more availability of these optional treatments in the US. I'm a health care professional and advocate for more awareness and research on alternative and integrative care.

    May 30, 2009 at 3:15 am |
  3. Alisha

    There is a tree that is native to the eastern U.S. called pawpaw, it is a member of the mostly tropical custard apple family of plants. It produces an edible fruit but much of its habitat has been destroyed due to land being cleared for agriculture or home sites. Scientists have isolated a substance from this plant that is more than 1000 times more potent that the synthetic cancer drug adriamycin according to the book Basic Essentials Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs by Jim Meuninck. The pond apple, another species of custard apple family, was eaten by Seminole Native Americans in Florida. Tropical species that produce edible fruits include cherimoya, sweetsop, soursop, and others.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:32 am |