By Gina Shaw D.Sc. MA Dip NH AIYS Dip Irid

In the run up to the much-publicised Race for Life in the United Kingdom, where women are encouraged to run in aid of Cancer Research UK, I would like to give my readers a little insight into the highly-political Cancer Research industry so that they may reach their own decisions about whether to fund such an industry.

Year after year we hear stories in the newspaper about new wonder drugs which purportedly will cure people of cancer; tumour marker drugs, gene therapy, stem cell therapies, along with the conventional methods of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  We are told that there is a better success rate now for many cancers, but when we look at this properly we find that the survival rate statistics are based on a 5-year survival rate  meaning that if we survive for 5 years, we are classed as cured.  If we die a day later, we are still among the 'cured' people.  In this article we will have a look at chemotherapy and other so-called cancer therapies which charities such as Cancer Research UK and the Imperial Cancer Research organizations continue supporting and advocating, and their harmful effects.

Consider the following statement from cancer specialist Professor Charles Mathe, who declared:

"If I contracted cancer, I would never go to a standard cancer treatment center.  Cancer victims who live far from such centers have a chance".

Or Albert Braverman MD 1991 who said

"Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure"(Medical Oncology in the 90's)

Or the following statement:

"Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy.  Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon or lung cancers.  This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumours  Allen Levin, MD UCSF (The Healing of Cancer)

Chemotherapy is an invasive and toxic treatment, able supposedly to eliminate cancer cells.  Unfortunately though, its ferocious chemistry is not able to differentiate between the cancerous cell or the healthy cell and surrounding healthy tissue.  Put simply, chemotherapy is an intravenously administered poison that kills all living matter.  Repeated chemotherapy and repeated radiation treatments kill the whole body by degrees.  The immune system is hit particularly hard by chemotherapy and often does not recuperate enough to adequately protect from common illnesses, which can then lead to death.  Some 67% of people who die during cancer treatment do so through opportunistic infections arising as a direct result of the immune system failing because of the aggressive and toxic nature of the drugs.

The side effects from both chemotherapy and radiation itself are extensive.  They can include dizziness, skin discolouration, sensory loss, audio-visual impairment, nausea, diarrhoea, hair loss, appetite loss which can lead to malnutrition, loss of sex drive, loss white blood cells, permanent organ damage, organ failure, internal bleeding, tissue loss, cardiovascular leakage, to name but a few. Vincristin is a commonly applied chemotherapy agent in the U.S.  Its side-effects include rapid heart beat, wheezing or difficulty breathing, skin rash or swelling, fever or chills, infection, unusual bleeding or bruising, abdominal or stomach cramps, loss of movement or co-ordinate, muscle spasms, fits, seizures or convulsions.  Other chemotherapy drug side-effects include hair loss, anemia, low white platelet count, nausea, sickness, diarrhoea and liver failure.

Dr Ralph moss is the author of the book 'The Cancer Industry'.  He says that in the end, there is no proof that chemotherapy actually extends life in the vast majority of cases and that this is the great lie about chemotherapy, that somehow there is a correlation between shrinking a tumour and extending the life of a patient.

An amazing admission is made on a website supported by the US National Cancer Institute.  On discussing the treatment of Wilm's Tumour (a children's cancer which affects the kidney), it states "After several years, some patients develop another form of cancer as a result of their treatment with chemotherapy and radiation."

Mistakenly diagnosed cancers are common.  For women with multiple risk factors including a strong family history and early menarche  just those strongly urged to have annual mammograms  the cumulative risks of false positives can reach as high as 100% over a decade's screening.  The widespread acceptance of screening has led to an over-diagnosis of pre-invasive cancer, sometimes radically treated by masectomy and radiation and even chemotherapy.

Ionizing radiation consists of either electromagnetic waves such as x-rays or gamma rays or high-energy penetrating particles e.g. electrons or protons.  Normal cells that rapidly reproduce such as those in the skin and mucosa (epithelial cells), the bone marrow and the gonads are also damaged by radiation.  Adverse effects of this treatment depend on the dose and the extent of penetration but generally tend to be the following: Bone marrow depression (decreased leukocytes greatly increase the risk of infection), epithelial cell damage and damage to blood vessels, inflammation and ulceration to the digestive system which may lead to bleeding, abdominal radiation which is likely to damage the ovaries or testes resulting in sterility.  Radiation also often produces a nonspecific fatigue and lethargy accompanied by mental depression.  Long-term effects of radiation are related to inflammation, necrosis and scar tissue along the pathway of the radiation and at the tumour site which may lead to adhesions or obstruction and other secondary problems.

And yet there are ways of healing cancer which are not widely-known about which already exist  namely Natural Hygiene, the Gerson Therapy, etc., the raw food diet, the Grape Cure, etc. all based largely on dietary therapy which are much more successful than conventional methods.  So why is it that these therapies are not well-know?  Unfortunately, the medical profession on the whole do not accept or condone the use of such therapies, however, some individual doctors are now becoming more liberal about such therapies and their good effects.  Unfortunately much of the low publicity and suppression of the freedom of information of such therapies comes down to money and politics in the end.

Dr Harold Foster analysed spontaneous cancer regression, looking at data from 200 recovered patients who had used various forms of alternative cancer treatment including the Gerson Therapy, dietary therapies, fasting, etc. and discovered that almost all of them - (88%)  - had incorporated vegetarianism as their daily eating program and 65% took supplements.  Dr Foster wrote that 'spontaneous' cancer regressions tended to occur most frequently in vegetarian non-smokers, who did not use table salt, white flour, or sugar and who avoided canned, smoked or frozen foods.  Typically such individuals eschewed alcohol, tea, coffee and cocoa but instead drank freshly pressed fruit and/or vegetable juices.  Many took supplements.  Since there must always be a reason for cancer regression, confirmed by Dr Foster, he agreed with Dr Max Gerson's original finding that really is no such thing as a spontaneous remission and that "Dramatic remissions only occur in association with major dietary changes, which must inevitably have resulted in alterations in the availability of bulk and trace elements to both the immune system and to tumours."  Dr Foster affirmed that the Gerson therapy program was heavily represented among those cancer patients "who exceeded their anticipated lengths of survival by at least a factor of ten".  In this group were people who had suffered brain tumours, lymphosarcoma, basal cell carcinoma, kidney sarcoma, spreading melanoma, breast cancer, metastasised testicular cancer and pituitary gland cancer, etc.

Fasting is a therapy which may be used by cancer patients under certain circumstances, but this must be determined by a Natural Hygienic practitioner or Naturopathic doctor.  Contact the author for further information.

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