I am a Placebo

chanteThis morning, my cat, Chante, woke up before me.  Chante’s getting a bit old, and has some problems sleeping through the night. She climbed up on my side of the bed, looked into my sleepy eyes, and filed her complaint.  “Meoooooow”.  I reached over and rubbed her chin.  She purrred, happy now.  I am  a placebo.

The Oxford dictionary defines placebo effect as “A beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment“,

Am I a medicine, or a treatment. My touch didn’t make some physical change in my cat’s physiology. It appears she believes in my healing powers, and because she believes in me, I made her feel better.  My hand, my therapeutic touch calmed her – but I fear I am nothing but a placebo.

What is a placebo? The Oxford dictionary says that a placebo is “A medicine or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit to the patient rather than for any physiological effect.” That’s me, I guess.

But what is a placebo response, really? I didn’t make Chante ‘feel better’. Is it all in her mind? Is she imaging that she feels better because of me – even though I’m really not a medicine?

Medicine, the field of medicine, has a medical view of placebos and placebo responses.  We should not be surprised at that.  We should also not be surprised that a medical view of placebo response is weak and confusing. Placebo effect is defined by Webster’s as “improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used”.  In simple English it says “A placebo effect is a response to X, but cannot be caused by X.” Does that make sense?

The first step to understanding my placebo effect is to clarify the definitions of ‘effect’ and ‘response':

effect (Webster’s): “an event, condition, or state of affairs that is produced by a cause“,

response (Webster’s): “something that is done as a reaction to something else

An effect is what I cause when I pet the cat. I ruffle the fur on her chin. A response is how she reacts, how she feels in response to my action. Dictionary definitions of ‘placebo effect’ are confusing and contradictory because they, and the field of medicine, mix up ‘effect’ and ‘response’.  There is no definition in Webster’s, nor in Oxford’s, dictionaries for ‘placebo response’. Instead, they give confusing definitions for ‘placebo effect’. Oxford gives the sample sentence “orthodox doctors dismiss the positive results as a result of the placebo effect“. Does Chante care if ‘orthodox doctors’ dismiss her positive results? She’s a cat.  Like all cats, she doesn’t give a damn what people think.

Seriously though, what is a placebo, what is a placebo response? To find the answer we need to look beyond the field of medicine, to healthicine.  Medicine studies the body, and dismisses the placebo response (they call it placebo effect) because it is only ‘in the mind’ of the patient.  The medical view is limited. They don’t see the whole picture.

What’s the whole picture?  Health is bigger than medicine.  Healthicine, the hierarchy of healthicine, recognizes that health begins with genetics, nutrients, and cells and rises to tissues, organs, bodily systems, body, minds, spirits and communities. Placebo responses do not come from the ‘mind’ of the subject – they come from the communities.

Chante could rub her own chin, if she wanted. But it wouldn’t help her discomfort, her symptoms.  When I rub her chin, our communities connect – she knows that I care, and that makes her feel better.

One of my aunt’s is famous for her response to “How are you?“.  She often responds with “All the better for your asking!” She acknowledges the community that is created and fostered by that simple greeting.  You can call it ‘placebo response’ if you like, but it’s a real response, as a result of real actions, and appreciation of those actions.

The actual ‘actions’ of a placebo don’t make a lot of difference. We know that people sometimes lash out with words or even physical actions, to get a response, even a negative response, that validates their existence. Violent response is their only placebo.

You know what? Chante is a placebo too.  When I rubber her chin, I felt better. She was healthing me as I was healthing her.

to your healthing, tracy

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What do we know about health and healthiness?

We study illness extensively, but who studies health? If you check your local bookstore or library for ‘health books’, you will find a long shelf of ‘sickness’ books.  In the indexes of these books, you might find ‘health care’ (sick care), ‘health insurance’ (sick insurance), and ‘health clinic’ (sick clinic), but seldom will you find actual references to or discussions of ‘health’.

Medicine is blind to health.

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The book Introduction to Healthicine explores the concepts of health, healthiness and healthicine, through the hierarchy of healthicine, and relates those concepts to illness and aging. It is a book that challenges many of our medical paradigms, simply because it pursues healthiness instead of illness.

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to your health, tracy

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When Will We Cure Death?

CanHealthBeatDeathCan we cure death? I recently saw this question on Quora “Why can’t we cure death?”. As I thought about this, using a healthicine framework, I made some interesting discoveries about health, illness, death – and cures.

First, let’s take a look at the definition of ‘cure’. I am not a doctor, but I consulted some medical manuals. The MERCK Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, and Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, for the definition of cure, and learned that ‘cure’ is not defined in these medical resources.  The word cure is sometimes used – but not with consistency of meaning.

Webster’s dictionary defines cure as

1. “something (such as a drug or medical treatment) that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again“. That would be a medicine that cures.

2. “something that ends a problem or improves a bad situation“. That could be a surgery, that cuts out off an infected leg, for example. The patient is not totally cured, but the infection is removed. It could also be used to describe a painkiller, or any medicine that treats symptoms of a disease – pain, coughing, sneezing, etc. However, it is generally agreed that we don’t cure arthritis, nor the common cold with pain medicines – we only treat the symptoms. When we only treat symptoms – we do not cure – the illness continues.

3. “the act of making someone healthy again after an illness“. This cure would apply to treatments like physiotherapy, which restores function after injuries sustained in a car accident, and medicines that assist healing after an illness causes injury. It could also apply to medicines that are already included in the first definition.

Next, we to look at diseases that can be cured. What diseases can we cure?

We can cure infections.  We often cure bacterial infections with antibiotics, virus infections with antiviral medicines, fungal infections with antifungal medicines, and we can cure parasitic infectoins like tapeworm, with poisons that kill the parasite. In each of these cases we cure the patient, by killing the offending organism.There is often danger that we will kill the patient, or give them a different illness.

We can cure dietary deficiency diseases – if the disease has progressed so far that serious damage has been done – that damage might not be reversible – but illnesses like scurvy, and even night blindness caused by Vitamin A deficiency can often be completely cured – by addressing the deficiency. In some cases, anemia caused by iron deficiency for example, the deficiency can be due to inability to absorb a nutrient – but we can cure with nutrient injections, or specific nutrients that are more easily absorbed by our digestive system.

When we cure a dietary deficiency disease – we don’t cure it with medicine, we cure it with health. We make the diet healthier – and the ‘disease’ fades away. The ‘disease’ is actually a case of ‘unhealthiness’, or a ‘lack of health’. In extreme cases, like advanced scurvy, we can use Vitamin C supplements to provide a more concentrated, faster nutrient cure. This makes Vitamin C look like a medicine – even though it is simply a concentrated nutrient.

Dietary deficiency diseases are cured by foods, not by medicines.

We can cure diseases caused by ongoing excess. Obesity, iron toxicity, arsenic and mercury poisoning can be the result of low level excessive consumption – over long periods of time. In each case the first step in the cure is to identify the excess – and remove it.  In some cases, the cure can be assisted by some action, like chelation, that removes the toxic chemical from the body.

Diseases of excess cannot be cured by medicine. They can only be cured by removing the offending excess. They are sometimes cured by intentional or unintentional dietary changes that replace the source of the excess, with healthier foods.

The diseases we can cure can be acute – when an excess of a toxin is severe and rapid, or when a deficiency happens relatively quickly, liked dehydration. They can also be chronic. Vitamin A is stored in the liver. A low level Vitamin A deficiency might not create symptoms for many years – until the liver’s store is depleted. Because the patient is consuming some Vitamin A – just not enough, the associated diseases will progress slowly, but inexorably.  An excess of certain foods in the diet can slowly lead to obesity. Obesity then becomes a chronic disease, with chronic symptoms. Toxins, including excessive nutrients like iron and poisons like mercury, can slowly build up, creating the slow inexorable progression that describes a chronic illness.

How can we prevent the diseases caused by deficiency, and the diseases caused by excess? The best preventative – the only preventative – for these illnesses, is health. No medicine can prevent.  No magic herb, no placebo, no witch doctor mysticism, and no patent medicine can prevent these diseases. Only healthy actions, only health, can prevent these diseases.

Let’s look at some other diseases that medicines cannot cure.

There are diseases that medicines cannot cure, but our bodies can heal.  “With proper medicine you can cure a cold in seven days, but if you leave it alone, it will go away in a week.” Medicines can’t cure the common cold. But our bodies can. The same applies the flu. There is no medicine to cure influenza, but the body usually cures it in a week or two. If it doesn’t go away, maybe it is not a cold, or the flu – maybe it’s more serious.

There are many chronic diseases that cannot be cured. They usually progress inexorably, and stay with us until we die. Arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, even cancers, and many more. There are no medicines to cure these diseases. They sometimes wax and wane, or even disappear – for short or long periods of time. But we have no medicines to cure them.We only have medicines for the symptoms, and treatments for consequences. Consequences of the illness – and often, the consequences of the medicines we take for the symptoms. The next question is obvious.

Could some of these incurable diseases actually be a result of nutritional deficiencies that we do not understand? Could some be caused by slow accumulation of toxic chemicals that we do not understand? Could some diseases that are so complex, that they are caused by combinations of deficiencies and excesses, over long periods of time?

If so, the disease will not be cured by medicines – only by health.

Maybe the only way to cure Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease – and many other diseases is ‘health’. Some of these diseases, like cancer and arthritis, have many potential causes – and maybe only some individual cases can be cured with health. In some cases, there may be damage already caused – like blindness caused by Vitamin A deficiency, that cannot be reversed – but at the very least, the progression of the disease might be stopped by healthy actions, where no medicine can work.

Maybe the ‘health’ cure explains why these diseases wax, and wane, and sometimes go into remission. Maybe they wax stronger as we increase specific unhealthy actions. Maybe they wane and fade as we increase specific healthy actions. And sometimes, maybe some of the changes that occur naturally, throughout our lives increase our health – in some way we do not understand – and the disease fades away or goes into remission. Maybe spontaneous remission is simply unintentional increased healthiness?

What about death? Can we cure death with health?

Death, from old age, occurs when our illnesses overtake our health. Many people die prematurely from the consequences of chronic illness. Sometimes, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients sometimes leave this world, while their bodies carry on living for years.

If we can learn to improve our health, consistently we will live longer. Maybe we can’t cure death yet, but we can cure many ‘premature deaths’, before they occur, with health.

Healthier people live longer lives.  People who live longer lives are seen to have been ‘healthier’. It’s a tautology, but a valid one. Will we, someday, be able to make people so healthy that they don’t grow old and die? We clearly cannot do this with medicines – but we might be able to do it with healthicines: things that make us healthier.

Can we cure death? Maybe we can.  First, free ourselves from the idea that only ‘medicines’ cure disease. We need to learn more about health and healthiness.

to your health, tracy

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Understanding Medicines – From Deadly Drugs to Healthy Foods

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Standing up for Peruvian Children: Latin Music Night

CrinesFor more than 5 years, my wife and I have traveled to Arequipa, Peru in the winter. While we are down there we meet up with some of the social agencies and help out where we can.  Marcia is a Social Work instructor, and she arranged to take some of her students down for some work experience – and to see first hand what poverty can be like outside of Canada.

In the past three years, Marcia and the students have created a non-profit society and promoted some fundraising activities in Canada – in Edmonton, to raise funds for some of the agencies we visit in Peru. Next week on November 16th, we will join a community of local musicians – many of them from South America, to present a night of Latin music and a silent auction. The funds raised will be delivered to several agencies in Peru, when we head down again after Christmas.  If you are interested in attending the Latin Music night you learn more, and buy tickets here: Latin Music Night. If you are interested in donating, but cannot make it out to the Latin Music night, you can click the link below to make a donation.

The agencies we support are

Crines: a horse riding theraputic centre for disabled children.
Corazon de Jesus: a school for very poor children, many from single family (mother only) parents.
Instituto de Rehabiltaction Integral Para Discapacitados (I.R.I.D.) a home center for handicapped children who were abandoned by their parents;

You can view photos from our many visits to these organizations, here: SUPC photos.  And you can find more information about the organization’s history and accomplishments on the website: Standing Up for Peruvian Children.

While we are in Arequipa, we visit each of these organizations to learn more about their situation and their needs – and then decide how to allocate the funds raised.  There is no overhead in SUPC – we actually spend quite a bit of our own money as well.

You can support SUPC, and our efforts in Peru, by buying tickets to the Latin Music Night, by purchasing items at the Silent Auction, or by making a donation. btn_donateCC_LG

Thanks for your support to our communities in Edmonton, working to enhance the health of communities in Peru.

 

 

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Diseases Cured – but not by Medicines

NoMedicinesCan you name a disease that can be cured, but cannot be cured with medicines? Can you name two? Five? More? How many diseases are there that are easily cured – but cannot be cured by medicines?

What is a disease? What is a medicine? Are medicines defined by the diseases they treat? There are many definitions of disease – and many definitions of medicine.  For this post, I will use a very simple definition of disease, and a very simple definition of medicine.

Disease: a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor. Bacterial infection, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s, hypertension, depression, the common cold. Medicine: a substance marketed to treat a disease, recognized as a drug by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration). These definitions are deliberately simple and clear to illuminate simplest aspects of the issue at hand.

Cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, depression, the common cold, and many other diseases have symptoms that can be ‘treated’ with medicines. But they cannot be ‘cured’ according to current medical textbooks.

Can you name a common disease that CAN be cured by medicines?  Many bacterial infection, viral infections, fungal infections and parasitic infections can be cured by medicines that kill the infecting agent. Are there any other types of diseases that are cured by medicines?

Some claim that multivitamins and supplements are ‘no better than a placebo’.  Can multivitamins and supplements actually cure any diseases? How many diseases can you list that can be cured by vitamins or supplements?

Scurvy is deficiency of Vitamin C.  The only cure for scurvy is Vitamin C.  You can cure scurvy with oranges, lemons, limes – and many other foods containing Vitamin C.  You can cure scurvy, we according to medical science with Vitamin C, ascorbic acid supplements. But you can’t cure scurvy with medicines.

Scurvy can only be cured by healthicines, not by medicines. Vitamin C is a healthicine. It comes from nature in many foods. It is not a medicine that fights your disease – it is a healthicine, creating and improving healthiness. When Vitamin C is deficient, your health drops steadily to the point where you can be diagnosed with a disease, scurvy. In some cases, if your Vitamin C deficiency is extreme and over long periods, damage to bones and teeth can be so severe that they cannot be healed – even with the best healthicines and medicines.

Vitamin C is also the only preventative for scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C, you cannot prevent it be taking medicines, nor by taking multivitamins that do not contain Vitamin C. Health is the best preventative.

Is Vitamin C a nutrient – when you get enough, and a medicine when you are deficient? If you have scurvy, or other symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency – do oranges and lemons, spinach, broccoli and tomatoes suddenly become a medicine? No, they are healing foods: healthicines.HealthicinestoDeathicines

Using this model, there are many other diseases that cannot be cured by medicines, can only be cured by healthicines.

Vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness so severe that it cannot be cured. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to many other health issues, symptoms, and diseases. However, it you catch it early, if you develop night blindness due to a Vitamin A deficiency – it can often be cured with Vitamin A.  You can’t cure it with a medicine. You can only cure it with a Vitamin A supplement, or foods that contain Vitamin A.

But it’s not that simple. There are different types of ‘night blindness’. Night blindness can have many different causes, from genetics, to toxins (including medicines), to Vitamin A deficiency.  Night blindness can only be cured by Vitamin A – if it was caused by a Vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin A also provides a key to another class of diseases that cannot be cured with medicines. Vitamin A is toxic.  If you consume too much Vitamin A, you will develop many symptoms of Vitamin A toxicity, which can result in headaches, drowsiness, irritability, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, peeling skin – and even death.

The solution to Vitamin A toxicity? Stop consuming so much Vitamin A. Medicines can’t help – only healthy actions.

Now we can see that there are hundreds, possibly even thousands of diseases that cannot be cured by ‘patent medicines’, but can only be cured by healthicines, or by healthy actions.

Each of the vitamins has one or more corresponding diseases that result when they are deficient, and many have other diseases that result when excessive amounts are consumed. There are 13 clearly recognized vitamins. Each of the diseases caused by deficiency, or by excesses of vitamin consumption, cannot be cured by medicines – they can only be cured by more, or less of the foods containing the vitamins – by healthy actions.

Vitamins are essential nutrients. There are many other nutrients essential to the health of humans.

There are two essential fatty acids, and a few more that are ‘conditionally essential’. If you are deficient, you will develop symptoms and diseases of fatty acid deficiency.  These symptoms and diseases can only be treated with foods containing the fatty acids – medicines cannot cure. There are also diseases of fatty acid excess or imbalance.

There are nine essential amino acids, or proteins, and six more that are conditionally essential to health and freedom from disease. Symptoms and diseases resulting from protein deficiencies cannot be treated by medicines, only by foods. Excess protein consumption has been linked to kidney disease, cancers, and osteoporosis.

There are fifteen dietary minerals essential to health.  A deficiency of any of these minerals will gradually result in symptoms followed by diseases that cannot be cured by medicines. Only foods, or supplements containing these minerals – can cure these illnesses.

How many other foods are essential to health? We’re not sure. We need water, which does not fit into any of the above categories. A deficiency of water leads to the disease of dehydration, which can only be cured by consuming water. An excess of water can lead to water toxicity – which can lead to death if severe.

There is uncertainty about the total number of essential nutrients – and there is also little science about how our needs for different essential nutrients might change as we grow from a baby to an octogenarian.

In summary, there are at least 40 essential nutrients. Some estimates range to over 100 nutrients essential to health. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients leads to diseases that can be cured – but not by medicines.

There is another complete class of diseases that cannot be cured by medicines. We can go back to Vitamin A.  An excess of Vitamin A is toxic. It can cause severe symptoms, disease – even death. An excess of many of the essential nutrients can result in symptoms, diseases and death. Even water can cause disease and death in excess.

Diseases caused by excess – even those caused by excesses of essential nutrients – cannot be cured by medicines. There are also hundreds – thousands of toxic chemicals in our foods and our environment. In many cases, these chemicals cause diseases with a name, that can be diagnosed – lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, chlorine poisoning – and many more. There are many toxic chemicals that cause minor, or even severe symptoms – without the severity of a ‘diseases’. Most medicines are toxic. Most medicines have ‘side effects’, many of which are symptoms of toxicity – that can lead to disease or death. The symptoms of these diseases can be ‘treated’ by more medicines – and often are. But the diseases and symptoms can only be cured by removing the toxic chemicals from our food and from our bodies.

When a toxic chemical is consumed or encountered on an ongoing basis, even in low amounts, the result can be a chronic disease. This chronic disease cannot be cured by medicine – it can only be cured, if it can be cured, by removing the contact with the toxic chemical. In some cases, where the toxic chemical has built up in our bodies – it may be necessary to consume a food, or a medicine, that helps to remove the toxic chemical.

Our list of diseases that can be cured, but not by medicines, continues to grow. There are clearly hundreds, possibly thousands of diseases that can be cured – but not by medicines. Some are cured by healthicines, some are cured by healthy actions of restraint.

There are more, we don’t know how many more, diseases that can be cured by health, but not by medicines.

If you have a minor deficiency of a single nutrient, you might suffer from some symptoms, but not enough to be diagnosed with a disease.  In these cases – as in deficiency diseases – there is no medicine that can ‘cure’ your symptoms. The only cure for your symptoms is to consume required nutrient.

What about diseases are caused by several minor nutrient deficiencies acting at once? Today’s nutritional science operates, for the most part, using a reductionist methodology, studying one nutrient or toxin at a time. But health is whole. Our bodies and our health are not reductionist – they are holistic. If you are missing, or have a minor deficiency in several essential nutrients – you might suffer symptoms that are hard to understand.  You might be diagnosed with a disease where the causes are difficult, almost impossible, to identify.There are many diseases that are diagnosed without identification of the cause. It’s not hard to find many diseases where the cause cannot be identified. Cancers, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and many more are diseases without a known cause. It is a failure of medicine that medical textbooks, medical science, has not developed techniques to identify the causes in individual cases, to work towards actually curing the disease. Instead, medical textbooks often recommend treating the symptoms, because the causes are not understood.

What about mental, spirit, and community diseases, like depression? Depression can  be caused by many things. It can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, caused by skipping meals and lots of sugary snacks – medicines can’t help. But healthy food can.  Solitary confinement can cause and exacerbate depression – should we be surprised? If your depression is caused by social isolation, taking medicines can’t make it better. Giving hugs is probably more effective. You can get better results by going out to a blues bar, listening to someone else complain about their problems in song, and getting up to dance anyway.

Most of the diseases with unknown causes are chronic diseases. This fits perfectly with the types of disease that are caused by ongoing nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. Nutrient deficiencies and ongoing toxicities can be slight, with damage accumulating gradually, over long periods of time.

How many chronic diseases are caused by minor multiple nutrient deficiencies?  We don’t know. How many chronic diseases are caused by long term, minor multiple toxic excesses? We don’t know that either. How many diseases are caused by combinations of minor multiple nutrient deficiencies and minor multiple toxic excesses? We have no idea.

Each of these diseases are caused by unhealthiness, and can only be cured by healthy actions, not by medicines. Each of these diseases can only be prevented by healthy actions, healthicines, but not by medicines. Medicines might prevent the symptoms, but cannot prevent the disease.

How many diseases can be cured, but not by medicines? We don’t know, but we can name hundreds, possibly thousands – and even more symptoms caused by nutrient deficiencies, and by nutrient and toxic excesses.

How many diseases are identified as  incurable by medicine today? Thousands. How many might be cured with health? We don’t know. In many cases, we don’t know because we are busy searching for a ‘medicine’ to cure a disease that cannot be cured with a medicine.

A healthicine is something that increases your health.  A medicine is something that fights your disease. Vitamin C, essential nutrients and water are healthicines. Antibiotics and painkillers are medicines. But what about green medicines, natural medicines? Natural medicines can be healthicines, or medicines,  or sometimes both – because natural medicines are not simple.

Our medical sciences cannot distinguish between healthicines and medicines when they attempt to treat a disease without finding the cause. What happens if you attempt to treat a disease that can only be treated with health – with a medicine? It gets continues to grow. In some cases it gets worse, even while the patient ‘feels better’. The medicine can be a success, while the patient’s health continues to deteriorate.

We need to search for health, and for healthicines, more than we need to search for medicines.

to your health, tracy

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10 Truths About Cancer

I’ve been watching the video series “The Truth About Cancer“. Advertised as “28 Doctors, 11 Scientists, 9 Survivors And 1 ‘FDA Dragon Slaying’ Attorney Break Their ‘Code Of Silence’ And Expose The TRUTH About Cancer And Exactly How To Prevent, Treat And Beat it 100% Naturally“. It’s a valuable document and I recommend it to anyone who is considering cancer treatment alternatives. However, it does not tell you “how to beat your cancer 100%”- naturally or otherwise. I’m here to explain why it cannot. Note: I will use the acronym TAC (Truth About Cancer) to represent the videos and the message in this series.

When I research any medical information, I take a healthicine perspective. Health is bigger than illness, healthicine is bigger than medicine. When we take a healthicine view – our view is broader, higher, and deeper than a medical viewpoint.

The people in The Truth About Cancer videos work from a medical viewpoint. Most of the people speaking are doctors – in many cases, doctors who were diagnosed with cancer and refused to submit to chemo, radiation and surgery. The doctors who did submit, found they still had cancer , sometimes worse, and decided to find their own path. Their medical perspective restricts their views, their findings and their conclusions.

Note: I have not purchased the videos, and have not watched every minute of the series, so there may be some errors here.  These comments are based on my general impression of the video series and some additional research.

1. You are your Cancer. Your cancer is you. I don’t believe these statements were ever made in the series. There were some hints towards this truth in TAC, but in most cases, the cancers were discussed as an ‘enemy’, to be uprooted, killed, and eradicated. There was little discussion of a cure for the patient, only death for the cancer. Almost all of the patients presented were people who claimed to have ‘beaten their cancer’.

I believe it is possible to health your body, without ‘beating’ it – and your cancer will fade away. That is what most of the successful people in this video actually did, although for some of them – that decision came only after a long battle.

2. It’s official, cancer cannot be cured.  There may have been someone in the TAC video who claimed to have ‘cured’ their cancer, but in general the video stuck with the current medical theory.  Medical textbooks have given up on most cancers, and declare them incurable.  The best you can hope for is to ‘put your cancer into remission’ and pray it never returns. Remission is defined as ‘below the threshold of a diagnosis’.

Cancer cure is not defined by the medical profession.  There are no medical tests to measure cancer cures and there are no statistics on cancers cured – for any cancer. We can’t tell if cancer has been cured. So we believe it cannot be cured.

Contrary to this faulty logic, cancer patients, can be healthed, can be cured. Many of the people in the video actually cured themselves of cancer – and are cancer free today. There are many more people out there who have cured themselves of cancer. I have met some of them. But the video does not discuss the actual concept of curing a cancer patient.

3. There are no cancer survivors. The term ‘cancer survivor’ is a term created in 1986, by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, to replace the term “cancer victim”, which was seen as too negative.  Not as negative as chemo victim, or radiation victim, do you think? A cancer survivor, according to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It does not matter if the cancer diagnosed was dangerous.  Nor does it matter if the diagnosis was incorrect. Once the diagnosis is created – a cancer survivor is created.

In simplest terms, a ‘cancer survivor’ is a cancer patient. Cancer is defined as a disease that cannot be cured, so once you are diagnosed –  you are a cancer patient for life. You become a ‘cancer survivor’, until you die.

As the medical profession came to grips with the manufactured reality that “there can be no cures for cancer”, they have embraced the term cancer survivor, and even changed their statistical models to represent the term.

But cancer survivors don’t survive cancer, they survive diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.  Little has changed from 1986, when there were only “cancer victims” – except the language.

Those who have survived chemo, radiation, and surgery are told, by their doctors, that they have not ‘cured’ their cancer. There are no medical tests for ‘cured’. Every year, these patients are tested again to see if their cancer is ‘still in remission’, or if it has re-emerged. In most cases, after 5 years or less – if the patient is still alive – the cancer re-appears. It was always there.

The TAC videos present several people who have been totally cancer free for years, even decades. TAC often uses the word ‘cancer survivor’, but these people are not ‘cancer survivors in the ‘medical model’.  They are simply people who have healthed their bodies – and the cancer went away.  They cured themselves – but there is no medical test that recognizes a cancer cure, so the video cannot claim the presence of a cure.

4. Cancer diagnosis is crap. It is very difficult to diagnose diagnose cancers, and even the word ‘cancer’ is poorly defined.  A PSA test or a mammogram detects a ‘potential cancer indicator’ and further tests must be used to diagnose cancer. When a potential cancer tumor is found, further tests are needed to determine if it is a ‘real cancer’ – specifically if it is malignant, or if it has metastasized. The definition of ‘cancer’ is different depending on which textbook you read. The medical tests for determining if a cancer is present are so poor that many ‘cancerous tumors’ are removed – and then found to be non-cancerous. One of the most visible was the removal of the thyroid gland from the president of Argentina – which was found afterwards to be non-cancerous. It makes me curious – how many times has a non-cancerous tumor been removed, but the patient never told, or the doctor never actually bothered to check? Is the patient still counted as a ‘cancer diagnosis’ and a ‘cancer survivor’? I suspect so.

Cancer can be over-diagnosed – resulting in dangerous, unnecessary treatments, and it can be also be under-diagnosed, or missed completely, until it is so advanced that the patient is nearly dead. As far as I can remember – the TAC video series does not actually address this issue. Nor the fact that there is a financial incentive to over-diagnosis.

5. Early diagnosis does not prevent cancers. The standard mantra is that cancers should be diagnosed earlier for effective prevention. However, cancer diagnosis does nothing for prevention. Earlier diagnosis often leads to earlier incorrect interventions. TAC makes this clear. The two techniques for finding breast cancers and prostate cancers have been found in many cases, to cause more harm than good. These findings are the result of scientific cancer meta-studies. There are more mammogram victims than mammogram cures, and more PSA victims than PSA cures, because, according to the medical establishment’s official statistics, there are no breast cancer cures, no prostate cancer cures. But the mantra from many ‘professionals’ is still ‘get your mammogram’, ‘get your PSA tested every year’ – in direct contradiction to the scientific evidence. Part of the problem here – discussed in the TAC videos, is the simple fact that there are no other tests available in most medical settings. Thermogram the only breast cancer detection candidate I am aware of at present – is downplayed and not taken seriously by the medical establishment for many reasons, including:

a) we have machinery and training for mammograms,
b) but we don’t have machinery and training for thermograms, and
c) we don’t have time, nor room for both

Statistics indicate that mammograms actually increase cancer risk in some patients. PSA tests don’t increase cancer risk, but they increase risk of unnecessary treatments. Mammograms and PSA tests, our main ‘early diagnosis’ tools – do nothing to ‘prevent’ cancer. They increase false diagnosis, they increase ‘survivors’, and they increase unnecessary cancer treatments.  – which also does nothing to prevent cancer. TAC videos say we need better tools for earlier cancer diagnosis. The truth is completely different.

We need tools to detect conditions that create cancer, to detect conditions that lead to cancer.

We need to learn to detect the CAUSES of cancer earlier. But the truth is, we don’t measure the causes of cancer even when a cancer is diagnosed.  More about this in point number 7.

6. Cancer Treatments Often Kill. The TAC videos often point out the sad truth about conventional cancer treatments. Very few patients die from cancer. Many die from chemotherapy, from radiation, from surgery – or from combinations of these standard treatments.  In many cases the cause of death is not taken seriously. Medical doctors take an oath to “do no harm”, but medical statistics are not constructed to measure harm done.

7. Many Different Treatment Plans work some of the Time. The TAC videos provide information about many clinics that have some success treating cancers.  It is difficult to determine any clinic’s level of success, partly because ‘cancer cure’ is not defined. There is also the challenge presented by the extremely weak techniques for cancer diagnosis.  Did this treatment actually cure the cancer, or was the diagnosis wrong?

However, we can learn one very important lesson from these videos about successful treatments and possible cures for cancer patients.

If you go to one of the reputable clinics, specializing in cancer treatments – inside or outside of the USA, your first experience will be a huge list of questions, measurements, and tests. In contrast, the standard medical approach is to make as few measures as necessary for a diagnosis – and proceed with treatment.  Why the difference?

If you actually intend to treat the cancer patient – instead of simply attempting to kill the cancer – you need to find the cause.  If you can find the causes – you can succeed.

Cancer has many causes.  According to the scientific evidence, it seems that ‘everything’ causes cancer. Conventional scientific medicine does not attempt to find the causes for any individual patient’s cancer.  Sometimes, there is blame – you have cancer because you are a smoker, or because of your genetics, but there is no investigation of actual causes. Treatment is not linked to causes.

The clinics that have the most success fighting cancer, search first for the individual causes for each patient’s cancer.  One patient might have five causes contributing to his cancer.  Another might have 3, or 7 contributing to her cancer. A thorough search for causes is essential if correct treatments are to be developed for each individual patient.  That’s what the successful clinics do. The TAC videos don’t say this directly, they are too busy trying to convince us that “yes, sometimes cures are possible”, to actually stop and examine why, or how this might happen.

8. Your insurance won’t Pay, even if you are Cured. The TAC videos tell us that some people choose chemotherapy, radiation and surgery as their first attempt to fight the cancer – because their insurance pays for these treatments.

But they don’t mention the nonsense that if:

a) you are diagnosed with a cancer, and
b) you undertake a treatment for the cancer that is not chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and
c) the treatment is a success – follow-up diagnostics show the cancer is gone
d) Your insurance will not pay for the treatment.  

Success is not important. If it’s not on the list, the insurance will not pay.  But, if you are diagnosed with a cancer, and the cancer is treated with expensive doses of chemotherapy, and radiation, and expensive surgeries, your insurance will pay, even if the cancer recurs next year, or the year after – even if you die.

9. If our Cancer is Cured, No-one Cares. The TAC videos occasionally mention the fact that doctors who have made a cancer diagnosis of cancer, often shun a patient who has success with alternative treatments. But TAC fails to notice that no-one counts these successes in statistics.  There are no statistics for cancer cures. People who avoid the conventional medical system are ignored completely by cancer statisticians. This act of ignorance, deliberate or not, fosters continued ignorance about the Truth About Cancer. The truth about cancer is simple – nobody cares enough to count cures.

Summary:

The Truth About Cancer video series provides a comprehensive overview of the nonsense surrounding conventional medical treatments for cancer, and valuable information about alternatives.  Much of what is presented is already known by many people who have taken a serious look at the cancer industry. However – TAC still maintains a ‘medical perspective’ attempting to ‘beat’ the cancer, and thus falls into the trap of believing that cancer cannot be cured.

10. If you think you can or you think you can’t – you are right. If we think we can cure cancer patients, we can learn to do it.

As long as we maintain the status quo:

  • the medical textbooks that say ‘cancer is incurable';
  • systems that ignore causes in individual cases;
  • the medical systems that aim for remission, not cures;
  • systems that ignore damage done by wrong diagnosis;
  • treatments that attack the cancer – instead of helping the patient;
  • systems that ignore the damage caused by unhealthy treatments;
  • systems that cannot recognize, and thus cannot count cures;

We will continue to fail against cancer.

We can cure cancers.  We need to go beyond the information in these videos. We need to clearly define ‘cancer cure’ – so that we can recognize it when we see it.  We need to document those people whose cancers are cured, so that this information can be used to find effective cures for all cancer patients.

to your health, tracy

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