If this was in any way true, big pharma would miss out on bazillions of "cure / treatment" profit/dollars. What are the odds of that?
Do you guys really believe that most physicians would let a cure for cancer go unused? Even if all the scientists and physicians working for pharma were part of a big pharma conspiracy, do you think all other physicians and scientists would go along with it? Even if you strictly use self-interest as the only determinant of human behavior, the personal gain in fame alone for being the first to find a ‘cure’ would be enormous.
If I thought that wearing garlic around my neck and dancing the Watusi naked at the patient’s bedside would lead to a cure I'd do it, as would most docs. The conspiracy would have to be immense to purposefully hide a cure. The fact is that lots of cheap therapies have, over the years, replaced expensive profitable treatments - like antibiotics for H. pylori to treat ulcers - instead of expensive surgery.
Do I think that simple treatments could be overlooked because of a bias against what appear to be unconventional or overly simplistic therapies? Absolutely. I doubt that it's common, but sometimes the simple things can get overlooked.
I have no idea whether or not the approach in this article has any validity. I'm a big fan of anything that works - especially for heartbreaking diseases like cancer.