Our recommended resource this month is the documentary film, Cut Poison Burn. Because this film is not easily accessible for free, I wanted to share with you some of the insights it provides into the problems of the healthcare and cancer industries, and how these problems can negatively impact us as patient-consumers. As is usually the case, an educated consumer is an empowered consumer, and perhaps nowhere is this more crucial to us personally than in healthcare.
Conventional cancer medicine as we know it, with diagnostics and treatments involving chemotherapy and radiation, began in the 1910’s. Since this time the cancer industry has consumed millions of dollars in research annually with little improvements in cancer survival rates. There have been a few successes, with testicular cancer and some lymphomas for example, but the major killers – breast, colon, lung, and other cancers – remain untouched, and in fact the number of people diagnosed with cancer grows every year.
Dr. Margaret Cuomo (sister of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo) wrote about her perspective on this in her recent book, A World Without Cancer.
On the amount spent on cancer research: ”More than 40 years after the war on cancer was declared, we have spent billions fighting the good fight. The National Cancer Institute has spent some $90 billion on research and treatment during that time. Some 260 nonprofit organizations in the United States have dedicated themselves to cancer — more than the number established for heart disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke combined. Together, these 260 organizations have budgets that top $2.2 billion.”
Conventional medicine continues to treat the symptom, the malignant cell growth gone wild, but is unable to look at – and incapable of acknowledging – the underlying causes and conditions that lead to cancer in the first place. It is stuck in a paradigm of “Search & Destroy,” with surgery, chemo and radiation as its only (at times barbaric) tools, which focus only on the eradication of the tumor/cells, which kill many healthy cells as well, rather than the triggers of cancer growth.
There is no question about the toxic nature of conventional cancer treatment. We know that radiation is very destructive to cellular integrity – that it is in fact directly carcinogenic (cancer-causing), especially in small doses over time.
We know that many if not all of the drugs used in chemotherapy regimens are toxic and can cause other types of cancer growth even as it kills the targeted active cancer cells. Tamoxifen, for example, one of the major drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer, more than doubles a woman’s risk of uterine cancer, and after 5 years of use actually increases the rate of breast cancer as well. Yet, it is a huge money maker for its producer, AstraZeneca, which is why this company funds research that, lo and behold, finds that it’s more effective to take Tamoxifen for 10 years rather than 5! No other research supports that it’s better for the cancer-sufferers; better for their billion-dollar profit-margins is the truth.
This facet of pharmaceutical industry-driven cancer medicine is important for us to be aware of as consumer-patients. The pharmaceutical industry spends more than any other industry on campaign contributions. Hence, the government is beholden to its special interests, and you can be sure that this affects the very oncology treatment guidelines that are the only form of treatment that your insurance company will pay for.
It also affects where the research dollars go, and what has a chance of going before the FDA as a valid, proven form of cancer treatment. Innovation and scientific validation of dietary-based and many other types of natural cancer cures such as anti-neoplastons or enzymatic therapy, will never happen within this system of research and government because the strings are pulled by Big Pharma, who has no interest in , and is in fact threatened by, successful low-cost cancer treatments.
So what are the take-away’s for cancer patients, caregivers, and those of us concerned about whether or not cancer is in our future?
1. DO NOT follow the conventional medical approach blindly. Question and research what’s being recommended to you. If the longevity rates are the same for those who do chemo/radiation versus those that don’t (you may even find a few studies about those who utilize alternative methods as well – ALWAYS with the best outcome!) – which is sometimes the case, then seriously consider saying NO to that part of treatment.
2. Pursue alternative treatments, strengthened immunity, and the highest level of health you can achieve. Do not wait until you are in a weakened state to do this. Obtain the guidance of a cancer-knowledgeable alternative medicine practitioner at the outset!
3. Listen to our upcoming FREE teleseminar, “Cancer Free & Flourishing: The Best Natural Cancer Treatment & Prevention Strategies” to learn more about how to vastly improve your survival odds, and prevent recurrence or the growth of cancer in the first place.
As Margaret Cuomo suggests, “Simply put, we have not adequately channeled our scientific know-how, funding, and energy into a full exploration of the one path certain to save lives: prevention. That it should become the ultimate goal of cancer research has been recognized since the war on cancer began. When I look at NCI’s budget request for fiscal year 2012, I’m deeply disappointed, though past experience tells me I shouldn’t be surprised. It is business as usual at the nation’s foremost cancer research establishment. More than $2 billion is requested for basic research into the mechanism and causes of cancer. Another $1.3 billion is requested for treatment. And cancer prevention and control? It gets $232 million altogether. (Remarkably, in the very same budget report, the NCI states, “Much of the progress against cancer in recent decades has stemmed from successes in the areas of prevention and control.”)”
Are YOU going to wait around for the government to catch up with the knowledge that’s already available to us? I hope that you will join us for the free teleseminar, and learn about the best natural and mostly low-cost strategies for preventing and treating cancer. In the realm of cancer, prevention is truly the best medicine!