When I first wrote my post on Why I Don’t Support Cure Cancer Foundations two years ago, I was pretty much terrified to hit the “publish” button. My blog was small and I figured a lot of people who swath themselves in pink and “race for the cure” every October would get angry and call me selfish and stupid.
While I had a few people do that, the vast majority agreed with me! I was shocked…and so glad I had put that post up. I’m not alone out there.
Over the last two years, my stance has only become more firm. What most people who disagreed with me said was along these lines: “If you or someone close to you had ever actually had breast cancer, you wouldn’t feel this way.” Well, this past spring, a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. And you know what? I still feel this way.
And so does she.
Why I (Still) Don’t Support ‘Cure Cancer’ Foundations
All of my objections in my original post still stand — the huge and unnecessary executive salaries ($500,000+ per year??), the promotion of unhealthy foods (partnerships with KFC, alcohol companies, and other foods known to increase the risk of cancer), lack of research and information about prevention or even natural cures, and so on.
These foundations are dedicated to the mainstream cancer industry. They are dedicated to researching things like more powerful drugs, genetic triggers, and so on. There is very little, if any, money dedicated to lifestyle factors that may be preventative, or any alternative treatments. (Susan G. Komen holds the position that fruit and vegetable consumption, pesticides, exercise, abortion, fertility drugs, breast implants, weight gain and soy aren’t related to cancer risk, and that breastfeeding, vitamin D, and alcohol consumption have only a “weak” correlation. The ‘strongest’ factors are genetic/uncontrollable factors.)
In fact, independent doctors who are actually curing cancer naturally are being shut down! They’re being harassed, arrested, fined, even jailed for daring to provide consenting adults with natural treatments. These are board certified doctors, who are doing nothing wrong. They are doctors who have found treatments with no side effects (or few) and success rates in the 80 – 90% range. And they are being shut down!
Even if you don’t or wouldn’t seek alternative care for your own family, this should make you angry. Trained, experienced doctors with alternative cures that work are being prevented or harassed for sharing them with consenting adults. Check out the movie Cut, Poison, Burn for more about this awful situation.
I can’t support an industry that is doing everything it can to keep its own profits high and drive out any competition. An industry that refuses to acknowledge successful, low-cost, low-side-effect natural treatments. An industry that shuts down alternative information by calling it quackery and laughing it away as complete nonsense, despite overwhelming evidence of the success and benefits of these alternative ideas. An industry that doesn’t believe that diet or lifestyle choices have anything at all to do with why people get cancer.
These “cure cancer” foundations just feed this industry. They send more money and more patients into it.
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What I Believe About Cancer
I already had all of these objections. My thoughts and feelings on health have changed as I have done more research over the past two years. I firmly believe that health doesn’t come from drugs, vaccines, or other pharmaceutical products. There is a place for these things for some people, but not as preventative health. In my opinion, pharmaceuticals should be used in very serious situations where the body is in serious trouble and natural treatments cannot work fast enough. And even then, the drug should be used long enough to help the person stabilize, and then natural remedies/healthy food should be used to rebuild the body.
That’s how I feel. You may agree or disagree and that’s okay. That is my criteria for considering pharmaceuticals for my family. So far we have not needed to.
What I believe about cancer (from my research) is that it is usually the body’s last-ditch effort for crying out for help. Unhealthy foods, constant stress, vitamin deficiencies (which may be caused by stress, multiple/quick succession pregnancies, lower quality food, a personally greater need, etc.), systemic yeast, heavy metal poisoning (from fillings, contaminated water, vaccines, etc.), toxic personal care products (antiperspirant especially), and so on build up to create a toxic situation in the body.
If your liver or kidneys are affected or you seem to have trouble detoxing naturally, that’s a sign of trouble. If the body cannot clear the “junk” out, it builds up and eventually can lead to cancer.
This will not be the case for everyone but I believe it is often the case. 50% of people can now expect to get cancer in their lives. That’s not genetic in all cases. It just can’t be. And with the toxic environment we live in, it’s easy to see where cancer comes from, in most cases.
Some people do not like to hear this. Some people say “I did everything ‘right’ and I still got cancer!” Maybe that’s completely true. Or maybe you were not as healthy as you thought. There is still a lot we don’t know about optimizing our vitamin D levels, our gut flora, and so on.
I have personally had to face that my own health isn’t quite as good as I thought. Not that it’s “bad” but I have needed to recognize that my gut is not as healthy as it could be and that I likely still have some systemic yeast. This led to my youngest (who is much healthier than my others) having corn and soy sensitivities. I had to face that there was still more I could be doing to improve my family’s health. And I am okay with that. I’d rather think that there is more that I can do to help us move towards “healthy” than to feel that we are simply stuck where we are. We won’t ever be perfect. All of these things that we do won’t ever 100% prevent us from getting ill or even dying, if it’s in God’s timing. It will, however, give us the best chance to live and feel good.
You may believe differently and that’s okay. This works for us. I’ve seen how our health has changed as we’ve made changes to our diet, supplement use, and exercise habits. I’ve seen how my husband’s health has changed as he’s gone through the last two years of heavy metal detoxes, and how rough it was on him in the midst of it all. (He had issues with arsenic, mercury, iron, and cadmium.) I’ve seen that even though we all appear healthy — normal weight, reasonably energetic, not getting sick too frequently — that there were still underlying issues that we needed to solve. Our experience definitely colors my view. Remember that I’m sharing from my experiences and of course there are limitations on that.
But What About Those Experiencing Cancer?
It was hard for me to hear that my friend, not yet 30, had been diagnosed with cancer last spring. She has three small children — the youngest of whom were 2 and under at the time. It was, of course, a thousand times harder for her, the one actually going through it all!
It did not change my thoughts on these foundations.
When she was in the middle of her treatment (she chose a double mastectomy and did not get chemo or radiation at all), she needed help. She needed people who could bring her meals, take care of her kids, drive her to doctor’s appointments. She needed people who could help her research alternative diets and supplements that she could use to help restore her body to health. Those were the things she really needed then. She did not need research on expensive drugs she didn’t intend to take, or genetic triggers that she did not believe were a factor in why she had cancer. The foundations and their “help” were less than useless to her. (And by the way…last I checked, she agrees with me about these foundations.)
Even if these foundations were just willing to research dietary measures and supplements, they would be more helpful than they are now. They would be able to help provide alternative information to those who really need and want it! (Not to mention how helpful it would be to know this information, even for those who choose conventional treatments — it could help them stay healthier while they do so and increase their survival rate.)
(This is not to say that there are not some individual volunteers who are involved at the grass-roots levels of these foundations who are not doing good work. There are. There are women and men who support these foundations who make it their personal mission to come alongside women who are dealing with cancer and help them with child care, meals, and so on. We support these individuals. We do not consider their much-needed help to be the same as the foundations on a large scale.)
If you’re looking for some special dietary options, a grain-free diet may be beneficial. Check out my book, Against the Grain, to help with this.
Alternative Cancer Options
There are so many excellent alternative cancer options. In addition to the doctors and clinics linked above, check out this research:
- Bromelain in fresh pineapple can kill cancer cells
- Ginger kills breast cancer cells
- Pectin kills prostate cancer cells
- Flavanoids in fruits, vegetables, and tea reduce the risk of lung cancer
- Anthocyanin (compound in red/purple produce) slows growth of colon cancer
- Fish oil slows cancer growth
- Fresh carrot (and other) juice kills cancer cells
- Baking soda may battle breast cancer
There is so much more out there. Research until you know everything you need and have all your questions answered! There is another way besides what the mainstream industry and these foundations promote. And as long as they go on pretending that everything but chemo is “quackery” (even though most of the alternative treatments claim a far higher success rate — never 100%, if you know someone who used natural methods and unfortunately died anyway — than chemo does, without the nasty side effects like more cancer), I can’t support them.
We need honest, open, unbiased information about a wide variety of treatments. We need support for people who choose any path, from completely conventional to completely alternative and everything in between. We don’t find that with these foundations. We find alternatives shut down and belittled.
That is where I stand. I’m not afraid to say it anymore.