Every decade, it seems, has its favorite UCT. Usually, the life cycle
is remarkably similar. Intensive lobbying initially creates pressure on
the scientific community to investigate the UCT. When the scientific
community finally gives in to this pressure and conducts clinical
trials, the results turn out to be negative. At this stage, oncologists
(wrongly) think their job is done and the UCT has been successfully
debunked. Enthusiasts, by contrast, invariably claim that the tests
were in some way invalid and therefore the results cannot be trusted.
Subsequently, the UCT assumes some sort of an underground existence at
the fringes of oncology, and a myth is created that “the
establishment” is deliberately suppressing effective cancer cures.
UCTs that have gone through this cycle include laetrile, thymus
therapy, hydrazine sulfate, shark cartilage, and most recently, the Di