Recently, I posted on Have a Namaste’s Facebook page that I have a problem with Breast Cancer Awareness Month because, in part, it supports the continued advancement of drug-based cancer treatments that are ineffective at best and devastatingly harmful at worst. There’s also the issue of pinkwashing, which I’ll get to in a minute.
These comments elicited a heated response when I reposted them to my personal Facebook page. Admittedly, I could have stated my position better. I certainly did not mean to appear insensitive on the subject of cancer. But I stand firm in my opposition to drug-based cancer treatments, and here’s why:
Chemotherapy is a poison. It is highly toxic and kills healthy cells along with cancer cells. Chemotherapy results in a remission rate of only 12 percent. Yes, some people do survive, but many others experience cell mutations after chemotherapy that lead to secondary cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified 20 different “anticancer” drugs that are actually carcinogens. Aside from the hair loss and nausea that many of us associate with chemotherapy, it can also cause cognitive impairment that lasts for a decade or more.
The FDA defines an “effective” cancer treatment as one that shrinks the tumor by 50 percent or more for 28 days. Shrinking a tumor for 28 days does not cure the cancer or extend life.
Ninety-three percent of colon or rectal cancer patients die after receiving chemotherapy. Ninety-seven percent of liver cancer patients die following chemotherapy. And 99 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die following chemotherapy.
If this isn’t enough to make you question the use of chemotherapy, it simply isn’t necessary. The medical industry presents drug-based cancer therapy as if it is the only option, but it’s not. Nutrition-based cancer treatments offer much higher success rates: Gerson therapy, for example, results in complete remission for 42 percent of patients, including terminal cancer patients, with none of the side effects of chemo or radiation. Nutritional treatment programs use non-toxic methods to remove toxins from the body while building up the immune system instead of tearing it down and leaving you defenseless.
And then there’s the pinkwashing: companies packaging products up in little pink ribbons and telling us that buying them will help fight cancer, even though the organizations or the products in question are often directly implicated in the development of cancer – like cosmetics containing cancer-causing chemicals. Or like in 2010 when the Susan G. Komen foundation teamed up with KFC to sell pink buckets of fried chicken.
So instead of going out and buying pink-ribboned products in the name of breast cancer awareness, I believe we need to focus our efforts on actions that really can make a difference. Quit eating processed, packaged foods. Limit your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals in personal care products and cleaning products. Learn what you are putting into and onto your bodies. Make health-building, cancer-fighting foods the focus of your diet. Think before you buy any products that claim to support finding the cure for cancer.
For more about cancer prevention, read my post on Five Ways to Fight Cancer.