The Saudi Gazette has announced the exciting news that a cure for Cancer has been discovered by Dr. Faten Abdel-Rahman Khorshid.
She … yes, it’s a woman and not a man who has made … “one of the Kingdom’s greatest national achievements in the field of science“. This is truly exciting stuff, and it is fantastic that this breakthrough has been made.
So anyway, what is this new exciting cure for Cancer?
Is is Camel Piss.
Yep, apparently we are supposed to “believe” that this amazing breakthrough consists of the urine of camels.
Why oh why on earth would anybody ever be inspired to seriously consider camel piss to be a cure for Cancer?
One word … “religion”.
Speaking to the Saudi Gazette, Dr. Khorshid claimed that she was inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) medical advice and that camel urine consists of natural substances that work to eradicate malignant cells and maintain the number of healthy cells in a cancer patient.
“This treatment is not an invention, but rather, taken from our Prophet’s legacy,” she remarked. A Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari (2855) and Muslim (1671) claims that some people came to Madina and fell ill with bloated abdomens. The Prophet (pbuh) told them to combine the milk and urine of a camel and drink that, after which they recovered. A swollen abdomen may indicate edema, liver disease or cancer. Dr. Khorshid added that she is not a medial doctor but a scientist and her job involves the preparation and testing of a drug in the lab and supervising the manufacture, testing and application of the drug.
And apparently these tests are still on-going. Number of patients actually cured so far … zero. But it just must be true because an ancient text says so, and so she gets a Saudi gold medal for “innovation”. As for the state of science in the Islamic world, well apparently this was chosen as one of the six best innovations out of 600 entrants at the International Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia.
Now here is where you might ask if I’m taking the piss and that this is really a joke. I truly wish it was but sadly I’m not taking the piss, they really are promoting Camel piss as a Cancer cure and well gosh it just must be true because Mohammed said it was.
Oh and least you wonder … the published paper is here, and no it does not demonstrate a cure for Cancer at all. Basically the paper describes how they fed Camel Piss (they call it PM701) to 14 healthy volunteers and at the end since they all managed to tolerate this gunk, they declared it to be safe. That’s it, that is their great breakthrough. Oh and I note that some of the patients taking Camel Piss did in fact experience “some gastrointestinal disturbance“, (no kidding) but they simply ignored that.
“There is no evidence here that this new treatment does anything to the natural history of human cancers.” – Dr. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor in Complementary Medicine from the University of Exeter (UK)