It’s what people fear most in life, according to a British survey. They fear it more than drowning. More than losing a job. And even more than Alzheimer’s disease–which, unlike many types of cancer, is an absolute life sentence.
We fear cancer for two main reasons.
First of all, we still don’t fully understand how cancers grow. Or why they grow. So, in some ways, it’s just fear of the unknown enemy. How do you prevent, fight, or win the war against cancer if you don’t fully understand the enemy?
Of course, some experts will disagree. And they’ll cite results of reductionist research into specific proteins and other characteristics of cancer cells. But these bits and pieces of information don’t impact lives. And they certainly don’t save lives. Or improve treatments. If we really understood how cancer works, we’d have much better treatments. And treatments that are less toxic and tortuous to the patient. (Surely, these barbaric treatments are also part of the reason why men and women fear getting the disease.)
And the second reason for our fear?
The government-industrial-medical complex blames cancers on eating fats, smoking, and alcohol. And it claims that you can avoid cancer by following these simple-minded prescriptions.
But most people don’t buy it. They still think getting cancer is largely a roll of the dice. And believe they can’t really do much to prevent it. And I don’t blame them one bit.
With the exception of relatively rare, specific genetic factors for certain cancers, much of this disease seems to strike almost randomly. We just don’t have the research to prove otherwise.
Take lung cancer, for example.
Today, lung cancer kills more men and women than any other type of cancer. And the government basically says smoking is the one and only cause.
But as I’ve explained before, one-third of all lung cancer victims today never smoked cigarettes or anything else! Clearly, smoking didn’t cause their lung cancer. So what did
When it comes to lung cancer, we just need more real research. Unfortunately, we won’t get it until the government puts down its “smoking gun.” And starts looking at other causes of lung cancer.
When it comes to breast cancer, we DO know about seven clear risk factors. They are:
- Early age at menarche (early puberty)
- Late age at menopause
- Having few (or no) pregnancies
- Late age at first pregnancy (over 30 years old)
- Lack of breastfeeding
- Lack of being breastfed (as an infant)
- Taking certain birth control and hormone drugs.
Of course, the government-industrial-medical complex tries to blame breast cancer on adult diet, being overweight, and drinking alcohol. (Again with the guilt!) But these are only marginal factors statistically–compared to the seven strong reproductive risk factors listed above.
In fact, my Ph.D. dissertation research back in the 1980s found that dietary behaviors during adulthood have little impact on breast cancer risk.
But it’s not politically correct to tell the truth about the REAL CAUSES of the modern breast cancer epidemic. Just think about it. No doctor in today’s day and age would dare counsel a woman who uses birth control, waits until 40 to have a child, and then chooses not to breastfeed that she runs a hugely increased breast cancer risk. But it’s true. And we have decades of research to back it up.
Finally, “experts” mislead the public when it comes to the true causes of skin cancer. For decades, they told us sun exposure is the cause of skin cancer. Turns out, this is just plain wrong. Vitamin D from sun exposure actually protects the skin against cancer. I’ll explain exactly how in Thursday’s Daily Dispatch.
Plus, 91 percent of skin “cancers” are relatively benign basal cell and squamous cell growths. They do not spread or metastasize. And they would never kill the patient. Plus, doctors can easily remove them by scraping the skin.
Furthermore, a recent panel convened by the National Cancer Institute recommended we shouldn’t even label these skin growths as “cancer.”
This kind of overkill and overdiagnosis has led to an epidemic of over-treatment of skin cancer. And other benign, slow-growing “cancers” such as prostate and thyroid.
No wonder the public is confused and worried about cancer. The generals who wage the “war on cancer” use the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies. And they don’t even count the casualties correctly. You can learn more about the overdiagnosis epidemic by looking back at the December 2013 issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter. Subscribers to my newsletter have unlimited, free access to my archives on my website… If you’re not yet a subscriber, now’s the perfect time to get started.
I’ll talk about a state-by-state breakdown of cancer rates from the CDC in tomorrow’s article. The results will surprise you, depending upon where you live. And I’ll give you some common-sense guidelines about what you really can do to reduce your cancer risk.
1. “Cancer is biggest fear but 34 percent put it down to fate,” Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org) 12/8/2010
2. “Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: An Opportunity for Improvement,”