The Natural Way

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I like to keep up with news. Mostly, I get this from reading newspapers, medical specialty reporting outlets and television. News reported through my medical specialty source sometimes will make it to the general media such as TV or print. I always find it interesting to see how the info is reported. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised at other times annoyed at the inherent bias.

A recent example of this is the reporting and commentary in the major newspapers that cancer deaths have decreased in the United States over the last several years. The numbers clearly show a decrease even though there are more aging people who are more prone to the disease. This really is good news.

The trouble with the reporting and commentary is the writers are parroting what they are told by our medical system, namely that early detection and advanced medical treatment is why this has happened. Early detection is surely important. Advanced medical treatment is only part of the picture, however.

I look at the whole field before making conclusions and I'm annoyed at the short change given to all of us aging baby boomers who use every thing we can to extend a good quality of life. Surely, more is going on in cancer treatment other than conventional chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. Really, doesn't the news system know this?

People have cleaned up their lives, stopped dangerous chemical pollution especially in their homes, added filter systems to their drinking water, reduced chemically laden processed foods, increased low glycemic foods, added a daily multivitamin and many other small but important steps.

Additionally, those who have been diagnosed with cancer will often take antioxidants and other supplements such as Modified Citris Pectin, DIM and IP-6 either before, during or after conventional treatment. A good website is www.cancerdecisions.com.

Many will never tell their doctors they do this for fear of disapproval. So the system protects itself. I find that mechanism annoying. On the other hand, having the honor of knowing the inside scoop causes a feeling of pride... that of being part what is really happening.

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  • Great article, Jim! Who would think to actually give Americans credit for being educated and informed enough to cut their cancer risks! I think that more bans on smoking indoors and people quitting smoking could also contribute to these lower cancer rates.

    -- Posted by Becky Gillette on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 10:50 AM
  • I forgot to mention that I skip going to bars in town that are still filled with smoke. I regret that because sometimes there is great music. Thanks to Pied Piper and Squid and Whale for providing smoke free establishments.

    -- Posted by Becky Gillette on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 10:52 AM
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