The MS Society - New guide dispels myths of miracle cures
The MS Society has today joined forces with charitable trust Sense About Science as part of an initiative to highlight the importance of evidence-based information on new treatments and therapies.
A guide published today entitled ‘I’ve got nothing to lose by trying it’ explains how to tell the beneficial from the bogus in the face of miracle cure stories, new wonder-drugs and breakthrough therapies that are increasingly promoted in the media and elsewhere.
The leaflet, produced in conjunction with the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alzheimer’s Society and Parkinson’s Disease Society, acts as a warning from experts to people with long-term incurable conditions about the emotional and financial costs of over-hyped treatment claims that sell false hope.
Lee Dunster, Head of Research at the MS Society, said: “The significance of giving people information that is credible, accurate and based on evidence cannot be underestimated and that is why the MS Society has been involved in this important initiative.”
Sense About Science is an independent organisation, which exists to promote good science and evidence for the public.
Tracey Brown, Managing Director of Sense About Science, said: “We’ve been contacted by so many people exhausted from the pressure they feel to try advertised treatments, dietary regimes and exercises.
“One person told us how the last years of his wife’s life were spent endlessly pursuing new treatments, from goat’s blood serums to unlicensed stem cell treatments abroad, all to no avail.
“This guide aims to help patients and their families to evaluate the treatment claims they are bombarded with.”
Download the guide below.
I've got nothing to lose by trying it.pdf (pdf 2922kb)
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