Is There a Down Side?
November 28th, 1995, the Yarmouth Vanguard reported that
"all consensus groups...clearly recommend [mammogram] screening...".
This is not true. There is a definite down side to mammogram testing
that health representatives are disinclined to reveal to patients.
This is clearly indicated by the Yarmouth Vanguard's absence of
mammogram dangers in its full-page mammogram article. One-sided,
low-quality health information is typically representative of the
medical community in its relations with the public.
recovery rate from breast cancer is no better now than it was in
1940. The truth is that there is no Allopathic treatment for breast
are Alternative health responses to breast cancer but the medical
establishment has never invited a comparison to find the most efficacious
method. Historically, Alternative health methods invariably out-perform
Allopathic methods. Alternative health survivors of breast cancer,
indeed, of all other cancers too, are not allowed to participate
in hospital self-help groups. Alternative health survivors are bad
are dangerous. Mammograms expose your breasts to harmful radiation.
One of the largest mammogram studies ever initiated had to be cancelled
because the mammogram group of women developed more cancer than
the non-mammogram control group. This study is dismissed now because
it was done in the early 70's and radiology has greatly progressed
since then [they say].
should know that radiation, including all x-rays, are cumulative
upon the body. Perhaps the x-ray equipment is finely calibrated
now and that the risk is lower than it was, but what about all of
your past x-rays? You are probably over 50 years of age ... what
about all those x-rays you have received prior to 1980 when they
told us all that x-rays were largely harmless? The radiation doses
used then were far greater than they are now. All those dental x-rays,
chest x-rays, foot x-rays, standard medical checkup x-rays. Did
you ever play outdoors or eat fruits and vegetables between 1951
and 1963? The US alone exploded 214 above ground nuclear bombs during
this period. There is a reason why all above-ground testing was
banned--life expectancy the world over leveled off or dipped. Have
you flown frequently? Air travel involves increased expose to radiation.
of the best mammography studies is currently under way in Canada
right now. It is the early results from this study that has made
the greedy medical industry stop recommending that women 40-50 years
of age be tested on a yearly basis. (The US however doesn't acknowledge
Canadian tests and has not changed its recommendation of yearly
testing for the 40+.) The medical industry loves to make false safety
claims about dangerous products. The Canadian study definitely showed
that mammography caused more cancer deaths than it prevented in
this age group.
Canadian study is also showing that mammography does not reduce
deaths in the 50 - 55 age group, either. This is understandable
as no study (past or present) has shown that mammography testing
reduces breast cancer deaths over that of a basic self-examination
or physician examination.
is often cited (as it was in the Yarmouth Vanguard) by those in
the mammography testing business that it reduces breast cancer mortality
by 30%. This is a deliberate obfuscation of the facts designed to
make you take that mammography test. It is a complicated statistic
that they know ordinary people will interpret incorrectly (in favour
of a mammography test). The same 30% reduction in cancer mortality
can be obtained by correlating breast cancer deaths with automobile
ownership, or with backyard size, or with dollar income, or with
smoking, or with number of dresses owned, etc.. It is a "percent
of correlation" number and 30% is very, very, very low. In
fact, it should not be used as a basis upon which any decisions
are made. Here is a truly legitimate number for you -- NOT wearing
a bra will reduce your chances of getting breast cancer by 2100%
(that's two THOUSAND one hundred percent!!). This is almost never
mentioned because it doesn't sell drugs or keep an army of medical
personnel employed. Allopathic medicine is not into the prevention
of disease but is instead into detection and treatment of disease.
It is not in their best interest to teach you prevention.
mammograms are both useless and dangerous, why then does the medical
community continue to use it and other "heroic" cancer
practices? The answer as to why they behave so caustically toward
patients has been given many times in the history of medicine with
the only difference now being that they have legally suppressed
a citizen's right to choice in health care.
you decide to have a mammogram make sure you have been told of the
risks in advance. Get the facts (the truth is out there) and then
make your own conclusions. I highly recommend the book, Take
Charge of Your Body by Dr. Carolyn DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco
describes all the major breast cancer & mammography studies
AND gives both sides of the various arguments so that you may make
an informed decision. Dr. DeMarco writes columns for major newspapers
all across Canada. Take Charge of Your Body is available
at your local health food store. Please, don't make the mistake
of letting medical personnel make your decision for you--they get
paid but you have to live with the consequences.
comments and suggestions are always welcome.
me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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