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Routine Mammograms Carry Their Own Dangers

This crossed my desk today (gosh, is that a dated saying!) and I felt compelled to share: finally an official allopathic body of doctors is releasing the info that routine diagnostic mammograms are not quite as safe as they have been leading us to believe:

The Institute of Medicine is finally acknowledging the toxic effects of mammogram radiation as a significant factor in the development of breast cancer; just one mammogram can expose you to the radiation equivalent of 1,000 chest x-rays

  • Mammograms also carry an unacceptably high rate of false positives—up to six percent—which can lead to repeat screenings that expose you to even more radiation, as well as unnecessary medical procedures, including biopsies, surgery, and chemotherapy
  • A new study in the British Medical Journal highlights losses in quality of life related to the high rates of false positives and unnecessary treatment associated with breast cancer screening
  • Mammograms have been scientifically proven not to save women’s lives, and do not improve breast cancer survival rates over annual physical examination alone
  • Your immune system is your greatest weapon against breast cancer; research now shows that 30 percent of breast tumors go away on their own, because a healthy immune system is so adept at eradicating cancer

You can read this entire article HERE.

This is not to say that a mammogram has never helped a woman in her dealing with cancer; just a caveat that yearly routine mammograms with no physical evidence (like a felt lump) may not be so much “early detection” but a problem in itself of “unintended consequences.”

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When I was 50 years old (ten years ago in 2001), I asked my mother (who was 73 at the time), “when you were 50, (back in 1978) how many friends did you know who had breast cancer or had died from breast cancer? Her answer was “none.” And my mom was a very active member of her church, Girl Scouts, and other circles in her community; ie, she knew a lot of women. I, at that time, already knew over a dozen woman who had breast cancer, and now 10 years later, several of those friends have died, and the number diagnosed just keeps growing.

If you look at most of the hype surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is NOT about the possible toxic causes of breast cancer, or even that we may be experiencing a higher rate of cancer. So much of the focus is on mammograms, and if you go HERE  you can read some cutting edge research by Sayer Gi of www.GreenMedInfo, including these 2 critical pieces of information:

A recent study and editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that x-ray mammography screening may “save” only 1 person for every 2,500 screened. Among the 2,500 screened at least 1,000 will have a false alarm, 500 would undergo an unnecessary biopsy and 5 or more would become treated for abnormal finds that would never become fatal, i.e. their lives will be shortened due to medication/surgical/stress-induced adverse effects. 

Given these findings X-ray mammography may be far more effective at generating increased numbers of breast cancer diagnoses than in “preventing” malignancy and mortality associated with the disease. To the contrary, a growing body of clinical evidence indicates that the “low energy” x-rays used in breast screenings are up to 500% more carcinogenic than previously assumed and upon which current radiation risk models that favor mass breast screenings with ionizing diagnostic technologies find justification.

This is NOT an indictment of any woman’s choice to get a mammogram, or do whatever treatment she deems necessary if she has breast cancer. What I am bringing into the light is the possibility we may have been “misled.”