“Our whole cancer research has been a
total failure,” exclaimed Dr. John Bailer, who spent 20 years on the staff of
the National Cancer Institute and was editor of its journal.
“We are losing the war against
cancer,” was the conclusion of a study conducted by the prestigious New England
Journal of Medicine.
“Cancer patients who refuse
chemotherapy and radiation actually live up to four times longer than treated
cases. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, radical surgery on cancer does more harm than
good. As for radiation treatment, most of the time it makes not the slightest
difference,” said Hardin Jones, M.D., cancer researcher and former physiology
professor at the University of California.
Many question the wisdom of investing
more time and money into the traditional treatments of cancer that are proven
failures. But we persist in failure. Why?
Cancer has metastasized into a
multi-billion dollar industry. The pharmaceutical giants, hospitals, businesses
that make radiation equipment; plus tens of thousands of oncologists, surgeons,
nurses, radiologists, researchers, specialists, and technicians, all depend on
cancer for their income and livelihood.
Are we to assume that all these
industries are eagerly looking for ways to put themselves out of business and
their battalions of employees are zealously working to stand in the unemployment
line? Or could the opposite be true?
The reality is that new therapies,
however promising, are and must be denied, discouraged, or even disallowed to
protect the booming business of cancer. Here in “the land of the free” it is
against the law to treat this disorder by any method except that dictated by
This doesn't imply a grand conspiracy
staffed by evil and greedy men. Certainly many believe that chemo, radiation,
and surgery offer the best hope for a cure. It also means that many are ignorant
either by design or sloth that they are not only far from curing cancer but are
causative agents in its perpetuation.
A look at the National Cancer
Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) illustrate the
commercialization of cancer.
NCI is big business. It operates on a
$6 billion federally funded budget but only 16 percent of this is channeled into
programs for cancer patients. The rest pays for drug research, overhead, a
bureaucracy of 3,000 employees, and a $2.6 million annual paycheck plus perks
for its chief executive.
NCI's basic function is to channel
tax dollars to Big Pharma; two-thirds of all cancer drugs were sponsored,
developed, and marketed by this “charity.”
Top management is staffed by persons
who were or soon may be employed by pharmaceutical companies, processed food
manufacturers, or the soft drink industry.
ACS is NCI's country cousin. It
squeezes by on a paltry $2.7 billion a year. ACS lopsided budget devotes $1 to
services for cancer victims for every $6.40 spent for overhead and salaries. Its
CEO receives a hefty $2.7 million yearly salary.
The Society is cheek-to-joule with
its big donors: Big Pharm, chemical companies, industrial waste companies, fast
food chains, cosmetic companies, and the auto industry. Little wonder, then,
that ACS steadfastly opposes innovative treatments while being indifferent to
Dr. Samuel Epstein in his new book,
Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention, skewers both organizations as well
as the cancer industry in general. They, according to Epstein, have spent tens
of billions focusing on damage control to the exclusion of prevention. And
cancer is eminently preventable.
According to the International Agency
for Research in Cancer, “95 percent of human cancer is determined
environmentally and thus avoidable.” These avoidable causes are: diet = 35
percent, obesity = 20 percent, tobacco = 30 percent, and alcohol = 5 percent. In
other words, it is within our power to eliminate 90 percent of cancer.
Despite these facts, only 1 percent
of NCI's budget is devoted to diet and prevention.
The remedy for cancer cannot be found
in a drug, or a surgeon's scalpel, or a radiation machine, but in your
refrigerator stocked with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and a larder
devoid of sugary drinks, candy, or bakery confections (view YouTube: How to eat
to prevent cancer).
So next time the NCI and the ACS roll
out a Mad Ave fund raising campaign urging you to “walk to cure cancer,”
consider telling them to “take a hike.”
New Milford, PA