Media Alert

HBO to Present Film on Alternative Cancer Treatments

© 1997 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.


It is rare for there to be a full-length documentary on alternative cancer treatments in the mainstream media. On May 6, 1997, Home Box Office (HBO) will present just that: "Six Months to Live: Alternative Medicine and the Fight to Live." (Check your local listings, as times may vary.) This is a very interesting "cinema verité" treatment of the struggles of four individuals confronting cancer.

Two of them opt for the Emanuel Revici treatment in New York. One uses a variety of holistic methods. Another consults with Native American healers out West. The film is gripping at times and technically well-done. The images of the Indian ceremonies in particular will stay with you. However, anyone expecting an upbeat or hopeful message will be disappointed. For all of the patients die in the end and it is not clear what medical benefit they derived from these treatments. At the end their loved ones convey a general feeling that their quality of life was improved by resorting to such measures.


Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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