CANCER: EVIDENCE-BASED MODERN SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES

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The former editor of JAMA recently stated that most treatment of metastatic cancer with chemotherapy is virtually useless and only gives 'false hope" together with more "real suffering." He added that the motivation is often "profit" and that such behavior is "almost unthinkable." The time has come for chiropractic physicians to become knowledgable about cancer. Here is an excerpt plus a link to his full article:

August 11, 2009

How to Rein in Medical Costs, RIGHT NOW

By GEORGE LUNDBERG MD

  • We must stop paying huge sums to clinical oncologists and their institutions for administering chemotherapeutic false hope, along with real suffering from adverse effects, to patients with widespread metastatic cancer. More billions saved.
  • Death, which comes to us all, should be as dignified and free from pain and suffering as possible. We should stop paying physicians and institutions to prolong dying with false hope, bravado, and intensive therapy which only adds to their profit margin. Such behavior is almost unthinkable and yet is commonplace. More billions saved.
George D. Lundberg MD, is former Editor in Chief of Medscape, eMedicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He's now President and Chair of the Board of The Lundberg Institute

Source:http://www.thehealthcareblog.com/the_health_care_blog/2009/08/how-to-rein-in-medical-costs-right-now.html

 

The New York Times recently did an in-depth investigation into the progress, and/or lack thereof, in cancer survival rates over the past forty years in spite of the ballyhooed "war on cancer" funded with billions after billions of dollars. The series is called The Forty Years' War and is in four parts. Each article is carefully sourced to standard scientific literature. After you read these articles, you will know which cancers respond to treatment and which do not. You will also know which cancers should be screened for, and in which populations of patients.

FORTY YEARS' WAR; Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer

FORTY YEARS' WAR; Weighing Hope and Reality in a Cancer Battle

FORTY YEARS' WAR; In Push for Cancer Screening, Limited Benefits

FORTY YEARS' WAR; A Place Where Cancer Is the Norm

 

Every few years, one book comes along that seems to say it all, simply and scientifically. Take a look and decide for yourself. Dr. Immerman highly recommends this as the "one" book to give to your cancer patients for the most helpful guidance. Can be purchased through any retailer such as Amazon. Website and source for book is http://www.anticancerbook.com/

Anticancer cover with border

A fifteen-year journey from disease to health

When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body’s natural cancer-fighting capabilities, and marshaling his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health. Combining memoir, concise explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them, and drawing on both conventional and alternative ways to slow and prevent cancer, Anticancer is revolutionary.

It is a moving story of a doctor’s inner and outer search for balance; radical in its discussion of the environment, lifestyle, and trauma; and compelling and cautionary in its proposal that cancer cells lie dormant in all of us—and that we all must care for the “terrain” in which they exist.

Advocating a sea change in the way we understand and confront cancer, Anticancer is a radical synthesis of science and personal experience, an inspiring personal journey, and certainly a guide to “a new way of life.”

Anticancer tells us:

  • Why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for disease and how to develop a science-based anticancer diet
  • How and why sugar and stress feed cancer—and ways to achieve life balance and good nutrition to combat it
  • Why the effects of helplessness and unhealed wounds affect our ability to restore health
  • How to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation
  • How to minimize environmental toxins
  • How to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care

Attention Chiropractors: Now, more than ever, don't stand by the sidelines with cancer patients. Read all of the documents linked to on this page and get involved. Obviously, it is no longer appropriate to leave supervision of these matters to other professions.

A few more articles that are you must read about cancer prevention, treatment and screening:

Cancer Patients, Lost in a Maze of Uneven Care. The first doctor gave her six months to live. The second and third said chemotherapy would buy more time, but surgery would not. A fourth offered to operate . . . Read entire NY Times article by clicking here.

In Health Reform, a Cancer Offers an Acid Test from the NY Times, all about prostate cancer and the screening test, the PSA.

Cancer Screening: Doing More Harm than Good? Screening tests can find cancer early -- so why do some experts say they can do more harm than good? Read this before your next mammogram, PSA test, or colonoscopy.

Cancer Fight Goes Nuclear, With Heavy Price Tag: There is a new nuclear arms race under way — in hospitals. Pummeling Cancer With Protons -- Investing in Treatment, With Eye on Returns. Medical centers are rushing to turn nuclear particle accelerators, formerly used only for exotic physics research, into the latest weapons against cancer. Some experts say the push reflects the best and worst of the nation’s market-based health care system, which tends to pursue the latest, most expensive treatments — without much evidence of improved health — even as soaring costs add to the nation’s economic burden.

Obesity Nears Smoking As Cancer-Causer: "Eye-Opener" Major Report Analyzed 7,000 Clinical Trials And Took 5 Years To Complete.

The Cancer Project: The Cancer Project promotes cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. Through research, education, and advocacy, we are saving lives.

Vitamin D Appears to Cut Breast and Colorectal Cancer Risk: Researchers say that raising vitamin D levels may prevent up to half of all breast and two thirds of colorectal cancer cases in the United States. Based on the results of 2 separate studies, the investigators recommend a daily intake of 2000 IU of vitamin D 3 and, when possible, moderate sun exposure.

Vitamins aren't a cure-all -- latimes.com. In fact, taking them does nothing to fight cancer, studies find.

Cure Cancer? Not Without a Course Correction: Time to Research Oncology Treatments for Efficacy. President Obama wants to double the National Cancer Institute’s budget and representatives in Congress on both sides of the aisle are supportive. But before our elected leaders escalate the long-running war on cancer, the Obama administration might want to review the past performance of cancer research, which emphasized finding new cures, not fine-tuning existing oncology treatments. Read full article in Science Progress by clicking here.

Healing Heat: Harnessing Infection to Fight Cancer. Modern immunology plus historic experiments suggest a better way to gear up the human immune system to battle malignant disease. Read entire article in American Scientist by clicking here.

Note to ACS Members: There is considerable additional valuable information available to you. Contact Dr. Immerman personally by phone or email for this information.