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How to tell a charlatan

I met my first  charlatan last week. I’m sure I’ve known other ones.  A charlatan presents as someone who is an authority on a subject when in fact she’s not. She often times is looking to profit from her faulty information, but not always.

This woman approached me at a cancer class. She said my cancer was caused by an imbalance in my body. She could cure me. Doctors were clueless. Nurses were clueless, too. I really needed to go to her program and learn about the acid-alkaline diet. ( A friend had already given me a book on the subject.) I would be better. I would feel better. She didn’t have a card and mentioned she did a lot of other things. She wrote her info on the back of one of her other cards. Contact me, she said.

To me the fundamental  sign of a charlatan is her attitude that she know best and that all the other resources in the world are bogus. There are too many good resources in the world. Each makes a contribution to our pot of well being. I value many. I instinctively discounted her because she discounted everyone else.

I love my rheumatologist and my endocrinologist. I am grateful to the hospital chaplain who leads my cancer support group. I am learning so much from my cancer yoga instructor. My pharmacist has gotten me through the complexity of my drug regimen. My physical therapist has been a god send. Add to all the support these wonderful people have given me are David Servan-Schrieber’s amazing book Anti-Cancer.  It has been an excellent guide to help my mind adjust and come to terms with my situation.

Each person on my cancer team plays a different role. Each is valuable. No charlatans for me. Plus I can see them coming.

March 2014

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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.

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