It seems to be breast-cancer awareness month -- you know, that time of year when you haven't already spent your money on loved-ones, so you theoretically have more to donate to the paychecks of executives of charity organizations and their pet researchers....
In honor of this horrible and avoidable disease, and the organizations which milk the bereaved families and survivors of it, one of the "Primal" Docs has posted a list of things to do, for "Keeping Your Breasts Healthy Naturally." PRIMAL, MY ASS. It's the same old tired worthless BULLSHIT.
Number Eight was the first item which inspired my extreme annoyance -- make sure to eat plenty of those healthyfruitsandvegetables, kiddies! ...Oh, except for the fact that we have REAL DATA which demonstrate that HF&V don't actually do diddly-squat to improve health.... Petro wrote about this YEARS ago. But the authoress-ND claims we should also cut back on meat and dairy because, "a more plant-based diet helps to reduce your risk and protect your body from many types of cancers" <-- this is a FUCKING LIE, and she should know it.
Number Nine was the icing on the cake. We should be "keeping ... healthy" by TESTING, because self-exams (shown to be worthless) and mammograms (DON'T GET ME STARTED) are PREVENTIVE MEASURES in maintaining health. Yeah, jolts of radiation, soft-tissue trauma, stress, and frequent invasive treatments caused by the false-positives and those conditions which didn't require intervention in the first place, ... yeah, they sure do help keep you healthy!
Give her credit, she did actually mention iodine, and considering the load of fatuity in that article, it was a distinct surprise. What she didn't go on to explain is that after the thyroid, the breasts hold the most iodine in the body -- something about breast tissue requires a lot, and if you have a lot of breast tissue, you probably require more than you'll find in your diet. Oh, but she COULD NOT RESIST the mid-twentieth-century-questionable-science of warning us that we should never never supplement iodine without consulting our physicians, because as you know, we laypeople are way too stoopid to even dream of trying to be responsible for our own health! Self-treatment, after all, comes from Satan just like Halloween and birth-control and working outside the HO-O-O-O-OME.... (sorry, I couldn't resist -- I watched a bunch of Mrs. Betty Bowers' videos yesterday.)
Cancer is an ugly subject, and I ardently despise those in the field who cling to their paradigms and academic kingdoms, denying the distressed and suffering patients the opportunity to use KNOWN helpful, healthful, HARMLESS techniques to improve their conditions because they're "unproven." Well, certain treatments ARE KNOWN to be deleterious to health (chemo, radiation), and they insist on using those anyway. It's the same in Alzheimers -- over and over it's shown that STOPPING SUGAR and reducing total carbohydrates are supportive of health. The reason there's no "proof" of the efficacy of a ketogenic diet is that the pharmaceutical industry damn well doesn't want there to be any!
Just because in some studies, dying patients refuse to give up their treats (their LAST PLEASURE), doesn't mean that others wouldn't feel the "sacrifice" is worthwhile. We see this BS ALL ... THE ... TIME about LC being "unsustainable" but that's only true in people who demand their starches and sugars -- motivated individuals seem to find it pretty easy to continue for life. For crisesake, give patients the OPTION of trying it! Improving quality-of-life by ceasing to consume a toxic dietary superfluity has got to be the first step -- not telling us to load up on FRUITS cuz maybe we'll glean a little antioxidant or polyphenol from some tired strawberry that was picked green two thousand miles away, and has been sitting in a ripeness-retarding gas bubble for the last few weeks....
When people face a life-threatening illness, that is NOT the time to milk them and the system for every nickel you can squeeze out, testing and poisoning and overprescribing ... though that's exactly what some medical-industrialists seem to do. No, building up the patient's endogenous resources should be the first step. The PD who wrote the article went to lots of lengths to get women to dump things like BPA and other xenoestrogenic compounds out of our environments. She stresses the problem of estrogen-dominance, without addressing the fact that such a situation means there's something else awry in the body.
How much money is squandered through the emotional appeals of cancer societies and heart associations, and all the other similar social vampires? How many people have died unnecessarily, because the system would rather poison them than advise them to cut out starches and sugars, and eat more lamb?
How might society improve, if EVERYBODY took a vitamin-mineral supplement, as shown to be helpful in that prison study?
Our health-care systems would be a lot less over-burdened if the standard advice were first-things-first and FIRST do no harm, but when society DENIES that sugar is deleterious to health for financial reasons, we start being out-of-step with nature ... and it just goes downhill from there.