Pharmaceutical cancer treatments: Are they your only choice?
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- Published on Tuesday, 29 November -0001 18:00
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Dr. Timothy Moore
Ph.D., N.M.D., C.N.
A cancer diagnosis sends panic or fear through the mind of the individual who receives this unthinkable news that also affects their friends and family. This year, 569,480 Americans are expected to die from cancer in the U.S. The disease accounts for one of every four deaths, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures, 2010, and is only second in death to heart disease. It has become the top killer of Americans under the age of 85.
The conventional treatment for cancer is chemotherapy, but does it really work? Is there an alternative to this often painful treatment?
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. Chemotherapy treatment kills cancerous cells as well as good cells in order to stop the growth and spread.
Cancer accounts for more deaths annually than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The real war on cancer began in 1971 when former President Richard Nixon appropriated $100 million to fund a cure. The major pharmaceutical companies got the bulk of the money for which no cure was provided. The American consumer lost out in a major way.
According to a 1994 article in The New York Times, chemotherapy has been a failure in waging this massive war on cancer and has led to an 8 percent increase in deaths, surpassing heart disease as a top killer. The article also states that cancer experts told Congress the war on cancer had stalled and if changes were not put into place, there would be an epidemic.
In 2010, it happened. One in 8 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in America and chemotherapy has not worked. The sad part is that the health care industry uses a five-year survival rate to justify the chemotherapy lifeline as a cancer cure, but they make $50 billion in profit from it annually. Those living past that rate are considered a success by the pharmaceutical giants. Any death past that point doesn’t really matter anymore. Why? It is because your doctor is paid to enlist their cancer patients in a chemotherapy program. This encourages early diagnosis and ensures very expensive chemotherapy treatments. The truth is that the drug survives and the patient dies a slow, miserable and painful death.
There are two very important components you should understand about cancer: stress and nutrition. There is mounting evidence that stress may be one of the major culprits of cancer-causing factors to our health. These findings confirm that the immune system is often suppressed in those people who have no sense of personal choice to change the negative conditions of their lives. Research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania shows that the key factor is not specifically stress but the perception of a stress.
In his book, “The China Study,” Dr. T. Colin Campbell points out that a majority of our cancer diseases are related to our diet of animal-based fat and protein. If we were to eat a plant-based diet, most cancers would not have an opportunity to form or invade our bodies. There’s enough evidence that doctors should be discussing the pursuit of dietary changes as a potential path to cancer prevention and treatment. If these were made possible, according to Dr. Campbell, fewer than 500,000 people would go to the doctor’s office and be told that they don’t have any form of cancer – breast, prostate or large bowel. Now, you might be asking, what is the solution? Well, it has to be a nutritional plant-based diet.
Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence, but it is a systematic disease that needs to be addressed systematically when it comes to treatment. Educate yourself before making treatment choices. Rather than focusing on conventional cancer treatments, today’s cancer patient needs to become educated about their cancer and the treatment options available.
Remember to eat your vegetables, drink plenty of water and live a stress-free life. Whatever you decide, do it under the care of a health care practitioner who supports your decisions. It is important that your doctor respects your decisions. Cancer patients deserve not only compassion, but also the freedom to choose nutritional therapy as their first line of defense rather than being forced into a conventional method of treatment.