Many of my faithful readers will know that about a year ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer… well after a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment she has been deemed by the doctors to be cancer free. It has been an interesting process to watch her go through and has caused me to reflect a lot about my life. I have been asked by many people recently if I was in the same situation as my mother would I have chosen to have chemo and radiation? It’s a interesting question… my first reaction was to answer yes. I mean I have two little kids and my life is not just about me, I would do whatever it takes to rid myself of the disease to continue on with life and be there for my family.
Yet upon further investigation I felt my answer changing. Would I fill my body full of poison, get zapped with radiation, let someone take away a part of my body…. risk the chance of getting hooked on pain meds and have to take handfuls on pills?
I don’t fault or judge my mother for the decision she made. I mean she was told by the doctors that if she used alternative health remedies they may help temporarily but if the cancer came back she would be stage four and die. So… I mean with that hanging over your head in the decision making process it can be kind of scary.
After it was all said and done my mom seems fine… a little more loopy than normal as she will frequently refer to as her “Chemo Brain” and a little less hair than before (although it is growing back quite nicely). Yet she has told me that if faced with Cancer again she would decline the treatment. I don’t blame her.
I was sent this video by a friend the other day. If this doesn’t cause you to do some serious re-evalution of you feelings about the Cancer Industry I don’t know what would. It is a full documentary being over an hour long… BUT it is totally worth your time.
I believe these treatments cured people and I believe that they could still work today. I have little trust for the medical industry as of late along with many other individuals in powerful places. I have been bold faced lied to by doctors before, and have therefore been very apprehensive to believe much of what they say.
As a Nutrition major at the University of Minnesota I remember bringing up to one of my professors that there are people in the country who have been curing cancer with diet. My professors warned us that these methods were unsafe and promised results that were not proven. If someone already had cancer our job, as a dietitian, would be to prescribe a diet that was tolerable in the midst of the effects of chemo and radiation. Mostly we learned about how to tube feed people. This was extremely dissapointing to me. How, in the face of thousands of people cured by these alternative methods, can they say there is no proof. Oh… I see you have to test it on mice first, then rats, then monkeys than human trials…. you get the idea.
I really agree with the statement made in this documentary that the medical community preaches FEAR. I have noticed that time and time again in both of my pregnancies and deliveries. They seem to always try and prepare for the worst case scenario, when that RARELY occurs. They just have to cover their own butts to avoid malpractice suits and such.
Oh money… you rule the world and you do such a horrible job at it!
I just want to know what other people think about all this. Do you stand by the medical industry as the authority on the subject? Would you try alternative methods? Do you think people who use herbs are quacks? How would you treat a cancer diagnosis?