Moerman Therapy

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The Moerman Therapy, also called Moerman Method or Moerman Diet is a purported cancer treatment from the Dutch practitioner Cornelis Moerman [nl] (1893-1988). Its effectiveness is supported by anecdote only – there is no evidence of its worth as a cancer treatment.[1][2]

According to Quackwatch, "The diet prohibited all meats, all fish and shellfish, alcohol, animal fats, artificial colorings, beans, peas, lentils, mushrooms, potatoes, red cabbage, saurkraut, cheeses with high fat and salt content, margerine and other hydrogenated oils, coffee, cocoa or caffeine containing teas, egg whites, sugar, salt, white flour, and tobacco."[2]

In 2000, Cornelis Moerman's invention of the diet earned him a place at the head of "a list of the twenty biggest quacks of the twentieth century" as decided by the Dutch Union Against Quackery.[3]

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  1. ^ "Alternative cancer treatment". National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Barrett, M.D. (11 December 2001). "The Moerman Diet". Quackwatch. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Dutch Quackbuster chooses biggest quacks of the 20th century. NCRHI Newsletter November 2000: 2.