And how it can ruin your life.
That’s the headline of an email that I received from Dr. John McDougall recently. He’s referring to how our money-driven medical industry has successfully convinced the majority of Americans that prevention means early detection, and we accomplish that by screening every single person—repeatedly.
But repeated screenings and early detection are not prevention. They are the primary vehicles for recruiting cancer treatment customers. Then comes the anguish, the pain and the suffering as the patient undergoes costly treatment that is all directed at the symptoms—none of it addresses the causal factors.
The message from Dr. McDougall was all about his February Advanced Study Weekend which is already sold out. He writes:
“Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, MD, the world’s expert on the “over-diagnosis of cancer,” has published within the past year life-saving articles in the Archives of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal Of Medicine that could save you and your spouse from unnecessary painful tests and debilitating treatments.” (See links below my signature)
Like colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer, everything is based on the risk of developing the disease and dying from it. In an earlier post (see below) about Dr. Oz, I talked about the $50 billion business of screening, just for colon cancer—a disease that carries a 7% likelihood of causing your death.
But what if that risk was lowered to one half of one percent? Do you think we’d still have a $50 billion business to screen for it. Would you go repeatedly for screenings if the risk of dying from the disease was 1/2 of one percent, 1 person out of 200? I wouldn’t and I don’t.
As a matter of fact, I stopped having any screenings about nine years ago when I first discovered the power of plant-based nutrition. And after almost a decade of eating a near optimal diet, I have concluded that my risk of cancer is not worth taking the risk of being harmed during a screening procedure or a treatment regimen. Dr. Mcdougall seems to agree.
Here’s what he has to say about cancer and diet.
The bottom line. Screening is not prevention. Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is the single most powerful method that we have for prevention of all chronic diseases.
Yet, we don’t teach much about that method in medical schools and there is no money to be made by everyone getting healthy. For a ton of information on this topic and many others, visit Dr. McDougall’s site at http://www.drmcdougall.com. Here are a few other of my posts on the topic of cancer:
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