Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mammograms: Worth the Risk?

Here's a great article called Shock Study: Mammograms a Medical Hoax . . . by Mike Adams on why mammograms can be dangerous to your health.  The comments that follow are almost as interesting than the article.  Are mammograms really worth the risks and all the false positives?  Too many women undergo procedures and cancer treatments when the risk was minimal.  Mammograms miss malignancies far too often and pick up cancer that women of prior generations lived with until they died with no ill effect.  Those cancers are called DCIS (ductal carinoman in situ).  DCIS is cancer in the milk duct.  Cutting into the milk duct can cause the cancer to spread when in most cases the cancer is contained. 

Per Mike Adams: "In fact, if you do the math and calculate 0.1 million fewer women with advanced-stage cancer out of 1.5 million who were diagnosed, 93% of the "early detection" cancer cases studied were false positives, meaning that they would never have gone on to cause advanced-stage cancer anyway."

Mike also discusses the cult of Komen Foundation:  "Millions of women get innocently swept up into the "run for the cure," apparently clueless to the fact that most of that "cure" money goes to pay for more mammograms that result in more false diagnoses which ensnare yet more women into the same victimization racket."  I have to agree.  Let's start putting money towards prevention rather than mammograms. 

What he doesn't discuss in his article and is an alternative to mammography and that is thermography.  Unfortunately, health insurance does not pay for it but is without risks and pain (no smashing of the breasts) and detects precancerous and cancerous conditions years before mammography.  It usually cost a couple of hundred dollars.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

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Researchers of Alzheimer's disease are now saying that Alzheimer's can be detected 10-15 years and more than two decades in high risk patients before symptoms would appear.  This gives hope that medication or preventative measures can be administered before the disease has significantly progressed.  On average, when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, 70-80 percent of the neurons in the affected area of the brain have already died. 
In a study, published in the Lancet Neurology, 44 young adults (aged between 18 and 26) had brain scans with 20 out of the 44 tested showing brain changes similar to those with Alzheimer's.  The affected individuals also had higher levels of a protein called beta-amyloid, a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease, in the fluid of their spinal cord and brain.  
For more information on Alzheimer's and prevention, see my posting, Alzheimer's - 9 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

5 Most Toxic Christmas or Holiday Gifts

Since Christmas and the holidays are fast approaching, I thought it was time to re-post my list of the most toxic gifts.  Please click on link below.

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