Andy Kaufman died using alternative healing methods; so how can you say they work?
That is the fallacy of a complex question. It assumes that if one dies while using a modality that that proves the approach is completely bogus.
That is just not true. The at-this-writing leading cause of deaths in the United States by the governments statistics is standard medical treatment. That does not say that standard medical treatment is bogus. It, all agree, has its place.
One notable death during alternative treatments should not be held up as a broad brush dismissal of alternatives.
Should we say because of Joan Rivers’ death under medical treatment that modern medical treatment is totally bogus? No. They have their place.
Further, no matter what modality people choose or modality combination they use, everyone by a law of nature will die.
That being said we will now consider what might have been the issue in the death of Andy Kaufman.
He was a nonsmoker, a meditator, and a health food person, and developed lung cancer.
In Chinese medicine they say that when some one is sad that sadness resides in the lungs causing lung problems. Without going into details here Kaufman was depressed and sad because of the way he lost his place on the Saturday Night Live TV show. It is from the Chinese view point that the lung cancer may have come from the mind, sadness. He appears to have never shed that sadness.
While not all smokers get lung cancer, not all sad people get lung cancers. Lung problems may manifest in other ways. (And this is not to say that all lung problems come from sadness.)
The Chinese theory reminds me of Dr. Wayne Dyer
who said and wrote a book I believe with the title “all problems are spiritual”.
[This is why I prefer empty bone style healings. It allows the universe/God to deal with the deeper problem and not necessarily the presenting problem. It finds and deals with the correct problem in the body, mind and/or spirit. (See now my healing pages please because as you can imagine there is more info.) ]
This sadness may have put Kaufman in the position of constantly feeding cancer generation in his lungs. This would have made any healing only superficial because the cause of the cancer was never addressed.
Salomon said as a man thinks so he is. In this sadness Kaufman may have inadvertently been thinking cancerous thoughts. Dr. Joseph Murphy
wrote I believe that if you have cancer you are thinking cancerous thoughts.
Now we might combine Chinese philosophy, Solomon, Dyer, and Murphy. Eliminate the cancerous thoughts and eliminate the cancer. Kaufman had not done this. So, maybe this is why the cancer festered, and he died.
The standard medical community may dismiss this possibility because they can not put it into a test tube.