Famous Cancer Survivor's Miracle Cure Challenged

by VR Sreeraman on  January 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM General Health News
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Cancer experts have challenged the alternative therapies guru Ian Gawler, who claims to have cured himself from secondary cancer. The new medical report has cast doubt that he might not have had the disease and could have been wrongly diagnosed.
 Famous Cancer Survivor's Miracle Cure Challenged
Famous Cancer Survivor's Miracle Cure Challenged

Dr Gawler, 61, Australia's most famous cancer survivor and founder of the Gawler Foundation, had advanced tuberculosis rather than the secondary bone cancer he was told he had in the late 1970s, says the online report in the Royal Australian College of Physicians' monthly Internal Medicine Journal.

Eminent oncologists Associate Professor Ian Haines of Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne and Professor Ray Lowenthal of Tasmania's Royal Hobart Hospital wrote the report.

Dr Gawler's books on curing cancer without conventional medicine are bestsellers.

His foundation's residential programs have treated more than 15,000 sufferers, many of whom swear by his methods involving strict diets, "mind-training" and meditation. Another 75,000 have attended Gawler Foundation lectures and workshops.

But Dr Gawler, OAM, said it was "ridiculous" to claim his secondary cancer never happened.

"I would question the authors' motivations given my prominence in this field," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

"The nub of the argument is whether inadequate testing was done on me," he added.

Professor Lowenthal has been a long-time critic of Dr Gawler's methods but Associate Professor Haines said he was a "courageous fellow who I know, respect and admire ... But I don't want patients thinking this man cured himself of advanced cancer".

Associate Professor Haines said alternative or "complementary" therapies were fine in conjunction with conventional medicine but should not be the only treatment.

The Internal Medicine Journal report says all Dr Gawler's symptoms between 1975 and 1978 can be scientifically explained by "advanced ... disseminated ... mycobacterial infection" such as TB.

The report states Dr Gawler's disease was "wrongly labelled".

Source: ANI

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In Sept 2010 Grace Gawler, a Director at the Gold Coast based Grace Gawler Institute attempted to alert cancer patients in Australia that the country’s most prominent cancer patient’s [Ian Gawler] recovery story had been misreported twice in the MJA (Medical Journal of Australia) 1978 and 2008 respectively. These inaccurate reports have influenced treatment decisions of both doctors and patients throughout Australia and worldwide.
In an unusual challenge to a medical journal, Grace Gawler, Ian Gawler’s ex-wife, presented such a compelling refute to the MJA, along with proof of errors in the 2008 version of the story authored by Dr Ruth Gawler and Prof George Jelinek, that they published her letter in the MJA September 2010.
Each year 1000s of cancer patients are harmed or die from alternative medicine influenced by ‘miracle recovery’ stories like Ian Gawler’s. There must be more investigation of patients who become cancer entrepreneurs – as the Professors quote from Carl Sagan: “Exceptional claims require exceptional evidence.”
Gawler’s prominence and media profile built over 3 decades, has influenced enormous numbers of cancer patients. Many of the patients presenting at our institute with advanced cancer due to avoiding conventional medicine and following alt/med methods, state they were influenced by Gawler’s methods and his survival story.
Grace Gawler, Gawler’s wife for 21 years, as well as primary care giver during his illness, has been trying to alert cancer patients that Ian Gawler’s recovery involved the fact he had tuberculosis (TB) and was not due to meditation and vegan diets as claimed. Grace Gawler maintained that Ian Gawler did not “develop TB” in 1978 as claimed by Dr Ruth Gawler and Professor George Jelinek in their 2008 MJA “True Stories” – but it is on the record that Ian Gawler had TB for more than 2 years. This latest report published in the E version of the Internal Medicine Journal finally vindicates Grace Gawler’s long held suspicions as to the reasons for Ian Gawler’s recovery.
Much of the work of The Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions is guiding patients described as ‘alternative medicine casualties’ who are dealing with advanced cancer, back into mainstream medicine. Grace believes there is a moral imperative to publish the true story and so prevent 1000s of patients from following a myth


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