“Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it’s the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless,” stated social critic, Sinclair Lewis.

That statement became evident to me while riding the NYC subway. I looked up and read an advertisement from a local New York City hospital urging women to get mammograms for the safety of their health and to prevent breast cancer.

This is an ad for a service that, I believe, is worthless and harmful to our health.

Detecting a lump does not prevent breast cancer. By the time a lump is detected, cancer may have already been growing inside the body for many years. Prevention lies in taking the steps to ensure disease doesn’t take root in the first place.

I strongly believe annual or bi-annual mammograms are downright dangerous. Squashing the breast, possibly damaging cells, and then applying radiation to that area, does NOT make any sense. And, if cancer is not already present in the breast, after undergoing many years of mammograms, radiation, and breast squashing, in the same spot over and over again, my intuition says cancer will be there eventually.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

According to the British Medical Journal, recent studies report the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not. And the screening had harms: One in five cancers found with mammography and treated was not a threat to the woman’s health and did not need treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.[1]

One morning during a torrential thunderstorm, I hailed a cab and invited the woman standing on the corner beside me to share my ride.  She told me she was a doctor/scientist working on the genome project. I told her I was a health coach and natural food’s chef.  She was curious to know how I got into the field of alternative healing.  I shared my story of naturally healing my thyroid by changing my diet and lifestyle from junk foods and fast food to organically grown whole foods; whole grains, beans, fish, seafood, vegetables and sea vegetables.

She didn’t seem surprised at all, and matter-of-factly stated, “Of course your thyroid healed, you were eating seaweed and it’s rich in iodine.”

I said, “If you know that information why on earth would any doctor perform surgery to remove a thyroid or use RAI to destroy it, instead of advising the patient to eat some seaweed?”

She said, “Medication and surgery are quick and easy. Besides, who has time to cook or wants to change their diet?”

She was absolutely right! As a health coach I know how resistant people can be to making diet and lifestyle improvements, but the truth is the body needs good quality nutrients and energy to heal. And, an even bigger truth is that the body cannot be healed by intentionally destroying and/or dismembering it.

She asked why I decided to use food as a healing option, and I told her about my mom’s battle with breast cancer and our experiments with food and Macrobiotics. She sternly advised that I “absolutely must” go for yearly mammograms, and begin them as soon as possible. She said because I had a direct relative with breast cancer my chances of getting cancer were extremely high.

I thanked her for the advice, but told her I would not be going for a mammogram… not now and not ever!

I said, “After what you just told me about why doctors would operate on the thyroid, I’ll pass on the breast squashing, radiation ritual, and continue doing exactly what I’m doing; eating well, exercising, and expanding my consciousness around health and wellness.”

“Don’t be foolish,” she said, “go for the mammogram.  Breast cancer is in your genes.”

I don’t believe that. In my family, my mother was the first one to be stricken with breast cancer. No other relatives had it. There was no link to anyone in our family to this disease. Where, then, was the hereditary gene factor for my mother? It simply didn’t exist.

To reclaim our health and heal the body, it’s imperative that we begin questioning modern medical practices and the imposing influence they have had on our choices. Don’t believe the advertisements for medical procedures and drugs – they just may be killing you.

Many experts are coming to the forefront and advising women that radiation from mammograms is dangerous and the toxic effects are being acknowledged as a significant factor in the development of breast cancer. Recent studies have shown that breast cancer screenings cause more harm than good and lead to unnecessary lumpectomies, mastectomies and surgeries that compromise health (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/03/experts-say-avoid-mammograms.aspx)

The Buddha said, “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Common sense is missing in our modern world. Let’s bring it back and reclaim our health in the process.

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