Friday, September 14, 2018 by Isabelle Z.
When a competitor offers a superior product or service and your clients start to take notice, what can you do? A smart businessperson would try to find out what is so much better about the competition and try to offer something just as outstanding.
Of course, learning the secret to others’ successes might require a fair amount of effort on your part and it could even mean questioning everything you’ve learned about your industry, so you could simply attack your competition and try to ruin their reputation instead.
That’s exactly what a group of cancer industry doctors who feel threatened by a highly successful naturopathic doctor in the Philippines are doing, fabricating complaints against her to try to keep her from healing sick patients who are bringing them a lot of repeat business.
Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch is famous in the Philippines for helping cancer patients get better without resorting to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. She’s a healthcare legend in her country, with the many people whose lives she has saved singing her praises from the rooftops.
Oncologists and other doctors take a different view, however, as they see their patients – along with their money – flocking to her clinic. Although Dr. Farrah is a licensed medical doctor, the medical industry there is demonizing her. Much like the FDA in the U.S., the Philippine FDA has shut down her clinic and even threatened her and her family.
As if that weren’t bad enough, now her fellow doctors are turning on her in a concerted effort to gather complaints about her. The noteworthy lack of complaints against her has been in her favor until now, and since her patients don’t have anything bad to say about her, these doctors are joining forces and trying to come up with some complaints of their own.
In messages that have been circulating on the internet, doctors have been openly soliciting complaints about her after being prompted by an FDA director who said they could “help anonymously.” There’s even a form letter provided that doctors can follow, listing their patients’ age, gender, and illness.
Tellingly, it stops short of saying Dr. Farrah’s treatment harmed them – a claim many cannot make. Instead, it just lists the interventions she gave them and the outcome. Apparently, they’re going after people for whom her treatment didn’t work – and it appears to be a lot more difficult to find such cases than it is to find people for whom their own treatments like chemotherapy ultimately failed.
The example letter states: “I am writing this on behalf of my patient as a concerned physician” and it says that the doctors don’t need to include their own name, nor do they need to include their patient’s name. In fact, they shouldn’t as it is a violation of privacy. In other words, anyone could make up whatever they want and submit it, and no one would ever be able to follow up on the claim to determine its credibility. Sneaky!
Dr. Farrah has managed to stay above it all. You can see how mature and confident she is in her interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, on REAL.video. It also comes through in her passionate writing on her website, where the disappointed doctor wrote that the job of a physician is to take care of their patient’s needs, and this sometimes involves recommending different approaches than other doctors would. Openly criticizing other doctors isn’t just unprofessional and an ethical violation, she says – it also doesn’t help the patient. In fact, she says this type of criticism is essentially “degrading the medical profession and reducing it into a business rather than to save lives.”
She goes on to point out that if patients were really happy with the treatments offered by conventional medicine, no one would know her or seek her services. Perhaps if these doctors put more effort into improving their own offerings, they wouldn’t have to worry about what the competition is doing.
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