The Meaning of Life

I think there are three things that make life worthwhile.  Nobody achieves perfection in any of them, but I think our lives can be measured by the progress we make in each of these three areas.

Household Cleaning Products and Breast Cancer

Household cleaning products are a big issue for cancer patients because there are known or suspected carcinogens in so many things, including anything antibacterial (they contain pesticides); air fresheners; all-purpose cleaners; cleaning products for the bathroom, kitchen, floors, dishes, laundry, furniture; pet stain and odor eliminators; wood and tile cleaners; stainless steel cleaners; oven and BBQ cleaners; jewelry cleaners; tarnish removers; and much more.

Kitchenware, Food Packaging, and Breast Cancer

There are some food-related dangers in cookware and food packaging. In 2005 the EPA fined chemical giant DuPont a record $16.5 million because for decades it had been covering up the health hazards of a chemical known as C8, also called PFOA. In 2005 the EPA Science Advisory Board found that PFOA is a likely human carcinogen. PFOA was a main ingredient in making Teflon™, the non-stick coating used on pots, pans, bakeware, cooking utensils, and many small electric kitchen appliances. PFOA was also used to make grease-resistant coatings for food packaging, such as microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, and wraps for greasy items like French fries

Personal Care Products and Breast Cancer

You may think of your skin as a protective barrier, but because of its pores, it acts more like a screen. That’s why medication patches applied to the skin can deliver drugs into the bloodstream. That means that any personal care products you put on your skin can also potentially enter the bloodstream. It has been estimated that if you use conventional personal care products like shampoo, toothpaste and shower gel every day, you can absorb almost five pounds of chemicals and toxins into your body every year. Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp may actually be worse than eating them.

The Truth About Cancer Charities

Pinktober is almost here. All the cancer charities are asking for our money and our time. Some want us to raise money for them by running in marathons, and every October we are encouraged to buy products that wear pink ribbons. Cancer patients and their supporters have responded with great generosity. But all cancer charities are not equal. Sadly, many of the cancer charities have been corrupted, taking corporate money and participating in pinkwashing

Plastic and Breast Cancer

Almost all commercially available plastic products leach chemicals with estrogenic activity, which is linked to an increase in breast cancer. The best solution, and one we can all do, is to reduce the amount of plastic products we are buying and using. This will be safer for us, safer for the environment, and usually cheaper as well.

Drinking Water and Breast Cancer

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just unveiled their Tap Water Database.  It provides the most complete source of information available on the state of American drinking water.  EWG collected data from the EPA and from state agencies based on testing done between 2010 and 2015 by 48,712 water utilities in all 50 states.  The utilities found 267 contaminants.

Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment of Breast Cancer

A bombshell study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in early 2017.  Danish researchers studied data on more than 1.4 million women aged 35 to 84 between 1980 and 2010.  They found that increased screening for breast cancer caught additional cases of small, slow-growing tumors that were unlikely to harm the patient, but it did not catch additional cases of more aggressive and dangerous cancer that were likely to kill the patients.

Understanding Food Labeling

A basic understanding of food labeling is helpful In order to make sure you have a healthy diet,. Many food labels are confusing, and some are intentionally misleading. Some label claims are controlled by the government, but most are simply unverified marketing claims. This guide should give you an understanding of the issues and provide a basis for making your shopping decisions.

Epigenetics and Breast Cancer

The exciting new science of epigenetics has shown that environmental factors can affect our genetic risk of cancer and other diseases. The good news is that epigenetic changes can go both ways—not only can environmental factors cause cancer; they can also prevent it and potentially cure it. Although the science of epigenetics is in its early stages, we now know that we have more control over cancer and other diseases than we thought we did.

How to Choose the Best Hospitals and Doctors

When patients are facing cancer treatment they are usually frightened and feeling vulnerable. However, it is vital to keep in mind that you are a consumer purchasing a very expensive service. If you have cancer, your life may depend on the choices you make, so you should be more careful than you would be in buying a house or a car.

Do I Have to Avoid Sugar and Other Carbs?

The science concerning the best diet to prevent cancer and cancer recurrence is a work in progress, but I think that conventional oncology underestimates the importance of diet. As patients, it behooves us to be proactive and do our best to protect ourselves.

Conventional, Integrative, and Alternative Care for Breast Cancer

For my cancer treatment, I chose an integrative approach, and I also use it to help me stay in remission. But because of my high risk of recurrence, I have thought quite a bit about what I would do if the cancer came back, in my breast or in other parts of my body. In the years since my conventional treatment I have continued my research, and as a result, I have come to have less and less confidence in conventional oncology. The possible benefits need to be weighed against the very significant sources of harm.

Why Doesn’t Cancer Research Focus on Prevention?

I think there are two reasons that cancer research doesn’t focus on prevention, and both of them have to do with money. The first reason involves profits to the pharmaceutical industry; there is more money to be made from drugs that might extend cancer patients’ lives by a few months than there is in trying to develop drugs to prevent cancer. The second reason has to do with carcinogens spewed into the environment. If corporations were held accountable for their toxins, it would cost them billions. It’s cheaper for the corporations to lobby congress to escape accountability and to get in bed with cancer charities.

Chemotherapy Can Cause Cancer to Spread

We know that breast cancer treatment can cause breast cancer to spread, but the position of the mainstream cancer establishment is that the benefits of treatment are likely to outweigh the possible harm. My position is that patients should be given all the information they need to make the choices they consider best for themselves.

Breast Surgery Can Cause Cancer to Spread

Surgical removal of cancerous tissue (and even biopsies) can cause the cancer to spread. Since it is generally accepted in cancer research that about 90% of patients die from metastases or secondary tumors, and only a small minority die from a primary tumor, this information should of great interest to doctors as well as patients.