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The Pink Ribbon Myth

Another friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, another friend is going to be put on the cancer merry-go-round that will use chemicals and knives to 'treat' this horrible disease. But this merry-go-round will not go round the prevention wheel. If prevention is never spoken of, the conditions that led to the first cancer will exist to create another cancer. In addition, there will now be strong, immune-suppressing chemicals in the body that will be oh so opportunistic to set up another cancerous situation.

What are we to do? We are all scared of getting the cancer diagnosis. Some have been lulled to think The American Cancer Society is a benevolent agency that will come to the rescue during your time of trouble. I know it's what I always thought. It seems, though, that this might not really be the case.

As the owner of a wellness center in The Florida Keys, we have what we call our Healthy Living Movie series and once a month we show a film about health and/or wellness. It's a community service we offer and the entire community is welcome to come and learn how to be healthier and be entertained, all at the same time. My staff and I go through many documentaries each month so that we can pick the best movie for our community.

It seems that over the past couple of months, we've come across many documentaries and books about the GREED in cancer treatments. Initially I thought this might be some 'fringe' information....kinda 'conspiracy theory' stuff, but when you come upon movie after movie saying the same stuff, you have to begin to wonder about the validity of this information.

Depending upon the studies you look at, the statistics show that The American Cancer Society spends between 15-26% of its' earnings on research. Yes.....only 15-26%. I found that shocking. They spend more on fundraising than they do researching the cures. Everyone that I've spoken to is under the assumption that when they make a donation to The American Cancer Society, via events like Walk for the Cure, Run for the Cure, etc they are helping scientists research important treatment options for dreaded cancers. The unfortunate truth is instead of helping scientists research important treatment options, they are helping to pay rather large salaries to a few, select staff members.

There are many well-known and well-respected physicians doing great things to combat cancer and are being harrassed and hassled by our own government and medical agencies, all under the guise of patient protection. One such doctor, Dr Burzynski, has had a very successful treatment protocol for a very advanced form of brain cancer and has been in and out of court battles with the state of Texas and our government, since 1995.

Another such physician with a very successful treatment protocol for cancers, and other diseases, was Dr Max Gerson. He has long-since passed, but his daughter Charlotte Gerson, is a tireless ambassador, working hard to keep her dad's therapies alive and well. The unfortunate part is that this great work is being done in Mexico.

In speaking to some women who have bravely battled breast cancer, they share with me how discouraging it is when they see all the 'pink' stuff popping up in October. October is Breast-Cancer Awareness Month. They are offended that yogurt companies, lipstick companies, knife companies and yes, even a gun manufacturer will produce pink products to get a boost in their sales, with the promise of making a donation to The American Cancer Society. First of all, very little of these donations will even make it to the research department. Secondly, businesses shouldn't want to profit from the tragedy of someone's cancer.

What can we do in this war on cancer? For those who want to donate to worthy causes, please do your due-diligence and research the agencies you want to donate to. The goal would be to find agencies that use 80+% of donations for research and 20% or less for administrative costs. But more importantly, let's try to prevent getting cancer. We know for certain that 85%, or more, of all cancers are due to poor lifestyle choices. We all know what we should do. We should eat organic, whenever possible. We should exercise. We should keep a good mental attitude. That will work better than any drug or surgery to improve health and vitality. So, why don't more people adopt a healthy lifestyle? I think that many people think it is too difficult to implement..

In an upcoming article, I will outline a strategy that will simplify the steps necessary to achieve and maintain health.

To your health.....


Street Talk

C. Hughes  

It is a sad thing that charity contributions are now big business. I've see a similar thing when fundraising for my SAR teams. Everyone takes a cut off the top leaving a paltry sum for the cause. Thank you for sharing this wake up call.

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  about 1 decade ago
C4rmen  

Good honest article. I watched a show about advertising last year commenting on how any company can use the pink ribbon logo on their products to boost sales and only need to donate minimum 10cents in order for the right to do so. Its good to be aware of this.

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  about 1 decade ago

Very informative--thanks, Doc! Charities are so tricky! Once they become institutions, their revenue can start going towards salaries, furnishings, travel--all kinds of non-research stuff. But there are other charities whose mission is to get the highest possible percentage of donations to the laboratories. Takes some really dedicated research to know exactly where the money goes.

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  about 1 decade ago
AJ  

Such an eye opening article, Dr. Becky. Thank you for sharing. I will be pinning it as well as sharing it socially - with your permission of course. Spread the information - this is important!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for this information Becky!

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  about 1 decade ago
Jerusha   

Excellent article. I heard a few years back about how most of the money was going to glitzy charity events and not so much went to the research. It's a shame. Thanks for bringing this to other people's awareness.

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  about 1 decade ago

My pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to read my article.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Heather that you are going to Face book it as will I, Thanks also to the Doctor for such an open and forthright article, I am astounded that so much money is spent more on the Chemo route and so little on the alternates. Living with some one who has had colon, breast, and Ovarian Cancer as well as the rare Onco cytoma I spend hours as well as money on my own research on the net. Being fully aware of the donations made not reaching the people that matter, as well as how much spent by big pharmaceutical companies to brow beat, suppress, and generally down play the importance of the alternates medicines as well as the healthier living regimes. This is done not for the good of the cancer suffer (God forbid) but rather to line the pockets of fat, pernickety, money grabbing rich folk, unsatisfied by the millions which they already have. I refuse to wear a pink ribbon or for that matter to donate to cancer research via the money grabbing companies that run them. I would if I could donate direct to researchers. The fact that counties are taking reasearchers to court tells me the lobbyist are behind this and who backs them the pharmaceutical companies. Why can not more money be spent on researching the causes as well as the cures. That would stir the pot even more. Big money was spent to close up the smoking fraternity as a cause of cancer, why is not more being done against the farmer pumping his cattle full of hormones that have far reaching consequences for those that eat the meat. The complicated manners of making fast foods and all other manufactured meats that reach the market, how healthy are they? Why is not more done to control these the causes? I'll answer the questions myself, MONEY MONEY MONEY. Profit being more important than the lives of the people affected. How I should learn to get off my soap box, it has caused so many arguments with medical practitioners, I'm surprised they even are prepared to see me, and that is why I don't allow them to do internal prostrate exams on me in case the try to get their own back. Good article and sorry for blowing off but it is a pet subject of mine. Keep up the good work and I will be spreading your article as far as possible.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, thanks for 'blowing off steam'. All your concerns are legitimate ones. EVERY LAST ONE. I'm sure you've seen all the movies and documentaries out there about alternative therapies for health challenges, but if not, I'd love to recommend a few; #1 - Dying To Have Known #2 - Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead #3 - Forks Over Knives #4 Food Matters and #5 - Pink Ribbon, Inc The first 4 are available as an Instant Stream on Netflix. Pink Ribbon, Inc can be bought online. I will be showing Pink Ribbon, Inc. in my clinic in October. (Since that is breast cancer awareness month) I will definitely ruffle a lot of feathers but I don't care. The truth is always the truth. I'm gonna be my own little Norma Rae or Erin Brockavitch.

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  about 1 decade ago

I was so heated after reading your article i sat and penned one of my own about the money grabbing collectors of donated monies, watch your in box it's coming.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for this article. I thought I was the only one who felt this way but it's such an emotive topic I rarely speak out. I will support cancer 'research' when they start promoting how to stay healthy in the first place. I wonder why we pay for the research via donation when the only one's benefiting from the outcomes are medical establishments and pharmaceutical companies. There is so much information out there on having an alkaline system, natural therapies (that work very inexpensively) and many fine modalities. When the Cancer Associations of the world start using some of their fund raising funds to promote these options (even in conjunction with western medicine) then I will respect them more. On another thought, being a little tuned in energetically I have a real problem with pinning a pink ribbon that represents breast cancer on my.... hmmm.... breast! Thanks for your article. One for my FB.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you, Heather. I too, was apprehensive about posting the article....and really wanted to go a little deeper...but maybe that will be for another time. The 'take-away' point I want people to understand is that, #1...you can do a lot to prevent cancer in the first place. And #2, if God forbid, you are diagnosed, you can find great treatment options that don't 'Cut, Poison or Burn' (another movie I strongly recommend) Be blessed.

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  about 1 decade ago
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