Breast Cancer Screening – are mammograms safe?

breast cancer screeningDo you regularly have breast cancer screening – are the mammograms you have safe? Have you been told, before the procedure, about the side effects of mammograms? Have you been told how effective at reducing breast cancer mammograms are?  The fact is, mammograms do more harm than good!

Not what conventional medicine says.

But that’s not what conventional medicine tells you. Mammograms are said to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by an incredible 20%! But how has that figure been derived?

Let’s work it out!

This 20% actually amounts to just 1 woman in 1,000 who gets regular mammograms over a lifetime. But for every 1,000 women who don’t have mammograms, 5 of them will die of breast cancer. This means that of those who do get the procedure, 4 will die anyway. So how do they get to 20%? Well, the difference between the two groups. The 5 that will die without mammograms versus the 4 that will die with mammograms, is 20%!  Doh!!

Here’s a video to make is clearer:

Manipulated figures

This is how figures are manipulated to be in favour of the treatment or drug. In this case, it amounts to 1 woman in 1,000 being saved by regular mammograms. But wait a minute, what about the side effects.

What about the false positives?

Going back to our 1,000 women, half of these will receive a false positive. In other words, although they don’t have cancer, they will go through the torment and horror of thinking they do have it.

…and biopsiesbreast cancer screening

64 of these terrified women will have biopsies which in themselves carry high risks of adverse effects. 10 of these women will go on to have cancer treatment for a disease they haven’t got!

The majority of medical professionals will tell you there is little risk of ‘seeding’ of cancer cells from a breast biopsy. But have a look at the bar chart from research done in 2014. Also another research paper concludes that breast biopsies can cause metastases.

…and unnecessary treatment?

This will include disfiguring surgery and toxic chemo and/or radiation. These three methods of diagnosing and treating cancer are all extremely risky and carcinogenic in their own right. Dying from the treatment of a disease you didn’t have in the first place, is a crime to say the least. If you don’t die, these treatments can make you sick and cause metastases.

10 healthy women out of 1,000 are treated erroneously!

This means 10 women out of 1,000 have cancer treatment when they have nothing wrong with them. Apart from that, they may even contract cancer from the toxic and carcinogenic treatment they have erroneously received and could die from these unwarranted procedures.

Dr Karsten Juhl Jorgensenbreast cancer screening

Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, deputy director of the Nordic Cochrane Center:

“Some types of screening are a good idea … But breast cancer has a biology that doesn’t lend itself to screening.

Healthy women get a breast cancer diagnosis, and this has serious psychological consequences and well-known physical harms from unnecessary treatment. We’re really doing more harm than good.”

$4 billion on false-positive mammograms

A study published in “Health Affairs” in 2015 stated that a massive $4 billion was spent each year on false-positive mammograms. These would lead to breast cancer overdiagnosis amongst women from the ages of 40 through to 59. What a waste of money but more importantly, how does this affect those women who are misdiagnosed.

breast cancer screeningFran Visco

Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) told Newsweek “getting unnecessary treatment for harmless tumours can jeopardize health. Something that women are rarely informed about.” She also cited that breast cancer activist Carolina Hinestrosa, a vice president at the coalition, died at age 50 from soft-tissue sarcoma, a tumor caused by radiation used to treat an early breast cancer.  Visco continued “Women should understand these risks. Instead, women often hear only about mammograms’ benefits. Women have been inundated with the early-detection message for decades.”

Mammograms are X-rays

There is no real way of telling whether the regular mammogram that women are receiving is actually causing cancer. We all know that X-ray radiation has risks and women are having regular doses of it.

Women are so trusting!

Women need to stop trusting their doctors or oncologists until they have researched their own disease first. Why are we putting our bodies in the hands of people that don’t even know us. Medical professionals are constantly being advised and cajoled by the pharmaceuticals, whose only interest is profits. Doctors are forever short of time, with only a few minutes available to assess our condition before moving onto the next number.

calcium scanCheck your diet for Calcium

Mammography invariably find small anomolies such as scattered calcifications, which can take years to form.

Protect yourself by not taking calcium (Ca) supplements. We get enough Ca from our diet.  Too much Ca or too little magnesium (Mg) will give you the same symptoms. These two vital minerals have to be in equilibrium to work optimally. With our modern diet, Ca is in abundance and Mg is scarce, hence many health problems, such as this image showing the arteries of the heart being blocked by calcifications.

Don’t panic!

If you do have cancer, don’t panic! it has probably been forming for years. You have time to do your own research and be educated enough to make an informed decision as to what treatment you want. Always look at natural alternatives; they will have no side effects but are often more affective than toxic treatments. Chemo and radiation therapy can have affects on your body far into the future. If in doubt, it is your prerogative to get a second opinion on your diagnosis.

Harvard Medical School

According to the Harvard Medical School: “The radiation you get from x-ray, CT, and nuclear imaging is ionizing radiation — high-energy wavelengths or particles that penetrate tissue to reveal the body’s internal organs and structures. Ionizing radiation can damage DNA, and although your cells repair most of the damage, they sometimes do the job imperfectly, leaving small areas of “misrepair.” The result is DNA mutations that may contribute to cancer years down the road.”

Benign Calcificationsbreast cancer screening

In this image a fibroadenoma (arrows) is present with dense, coarse calcifications (double arrows). These types of calcifications are distinctive and when seen, whether alone or in a mass, a biopsy is not needed.

car accident calcificationThe next image shows the result of a car accident which has produced large calcifications due to trauma. No treatment was necessary.

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)

An estimated 33% of new diagnoses which are obtained through a mammogram, are classified as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). This applies to abnormal growth of cells in the milk ducts. These lesions are small at around 1cm in diameter. They can appear as a malignant growth under the microscope but they have not invaded any surrounding tissue.

DCIS diagnosis at epidemic proportions

As a consequence DCIS is appraised as a stage zero breast cancer. Some would argue that it needs to be considered as a non-cancerous condition. If it weren’t for the use of X-ray diagnostics, this would not even be discovered. In fact, in the 1980s, when more emphasis was put on breast cancer awareness, the diagnosis of DCIS began to increase to our present day epidemic proportions.

ACSAccording to the ACS

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this year (2017) will see an estimated quarter million new breast cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S.  It is also estimated that around 41,000 women will die from breast cancer.

When in doubt, cut it out!

An additional estimated 63,000 women will be diagnosed with DCIS.  Most of these patients will undergo the exact same treatment as those with invasive breast cancer. The reason for this is because doctors typically recommend treating DCIS in order to prevent it from becoming invasive. In other words, a mentality of “when in doubt, cut it out” tends to predominate. However, when you consider the risks of serious harm — including death — from the treatment itself, is this really the wisest strategy?

Newsweek:

“Other experts note that DCIS carries such low risk that it should be considered merely a risk factor for cancer. Researchers are conducting studies to measure whether it’s safe to scale back treatment of DCIS … In the meantime, [patients] and their doctors must make difficult choices without knowing for sure whether it’s the right thing to do.”

Other considerations with diagnosis
popcorn calcification
Benign ‘popcorn’ calcification

As we get older, most women get calcifications within the breast tissue. This can be seen by a mammogram X-ray. These calcifications are mostly harmless.

2 main types of breast calcifications:

  1. Macrocalcifications – randomly dispersed large white dots. These are found in around half of women over the age of  50, and about 10% of women under age 50. They are considered noncancerous and need no further treatment.
  2. Microcalcifications – these look like white specks on a
    fibroadenoma
    Benign fibroadenoma

    mammogram that often appear is clusters. This is not likely to be cancer, but your doctor may want another mammograph or a biopsy to double check. Some doctors can be eager to do something, just in case.

But this is your body and it is your prerogative to make an informed decision. Biopsies, especially with the breast tissue, have their own risks. See the bar chart above.

If it were me, I would definitely be wary of having any treatment for a ‘just in case’ scenario. But that’s just my personal opinion. Don’t forget, benign calcifications usually get worse as we age, but you can do something about that!

Vitamin K2

We shouldn’t just accept these Ca deposits. They are a warning that we have excess Ca in our bodies and their is a solution.  There is a little known molecule known as vitamin K2. This vitamin is necessary to activate MGP (matrix gla protein), the Gla is short for glutamic acid. If you are deficient in K2, MGP will not do its job of ushering excess Ca out of the soft tissue and into the bones.  Osteocalcin, which resides in the bone, then keeps Ca there where it belongs.

A great combination
calcified elbow
calcified elbow

MGP and osteocalcin are both vitamin K2 dependent and neither can function without it. Mg, MGP, K2 and osteocalcin are a great combination to reduce calcification of your tissues. 99% of Ca should reside in the bones. The sunshine vitamin D3 will also help this process, but be careful not to overdose on D3 supplements. Sunshine is best, if you can get it!

A bonus!

These nutrients help with calcifications all over the body, including the heart, arteries, kidney stones, periferal artery disease, heel spurs etc. Reduce your calcification burden with a good quality supplement of Mg and K2. Get your Ca from diet only. Don’t take Ca supplements, we are already overloaded with fortified Ca foods. Get as much natural sunshine as you can. Keep your health protected for now and in the future.

Ches PowerIncidently

Vitamin D3 (which is actually a hormone), needs Mg to activate it as it is stored in the body in its inactive form. Another reason to keep your Mg levels up. Without it, your D3 levels can appear low when in fact is is just inactivated.

What Is All-Cause Mortality? | a vital element ignored

Have you heard the phrase ‘all-cause mortality’?  What is all-cause mortality and in what context is it used?  Simply put, it is about the likelihood of dying from anything, any disease, accident, act of violence, anything.

medical termsIn medical terms…

But with respect to medical terms, it means mortality from any disease, infection or medical condition. There simply is no ‘silver bullet’ which will protect you from all- cause mortality…  but there is something that comes close.

Biggest killers

So let’s think about the serious diseases that are killing the majority of the population including your loved ones and friends. I suspect everyone reading this can relate to a family member or friend who has died as a consequence of one of these illnesses:

  1. acute myocardial infarction (AMI) otherwise known as a heart attack.AMI
  2. Ischemic stroke which is similar to a heart attack, the difference being it affects the blood vessels of the brain instead of the heart.
  3. Atherosclerosis is another major killer and is the precurser to AMI and stroke.  It is a disease of the arteries where plaque, made up of calcium, fat, cholesterol, fibrin and other substances, hardens and causes blockages.
  4. Inflammation, now generally regarded as being the start of many of the diseases we contract.
  5. Hypertension or high blood pressure, sometimes known as the silent killer and is another precurser to the conditions above.
  6. Diabetes type II where the cells are resistant to insulin so glucose is unable to enter the cell membrane.
  7. Cancer It is estimated that one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer sometime in their lives; a horrendous forecast.
Other illnesses

Other conditions that cause no end of misery and stress, with stress being a precursor to the above problems.  So, if you suffer from any condition, your body is under more stress than if you were healthy and stress free.  You are at risk of have one of the above life threatening diseases if you have:

  • osteo
    Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis  a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.

  • Asthma a respiratory condition causing difficulty in breathing because of attacks or spasms in the bronchi of the lungs.
  • Migraines characterized by recurrent headaches that can be severe enough to disable the sufferer.
  • Convulsive disorders such as epilepsy and narcolepsy.
  • Alzheimer’s progressive mental deterioration, mostly occuring in the older generation, due to a degeneration of the brain.
  • Angina caused by severe muscle spasms in heart muscles.
  • Adrenal Fatigue caused by chronic stress, anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Fibromyalgia or fibrositis has an array of symptoms, all unpleasant with the incidence of this condition is rapidly rising.
  • Kidney Stones most of which are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate.
  • Depression a mood disorder characterized by feelings of despair, dejection, melancholy and sadness.
  • Insomnia which presents as a habitual inability to sleep.MS
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse an abnormally thickened mitral valve leaflet which prevents efficient opening and closing into the left atrium of the heart.
  • Neurological disorders is any disorder of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
All of the above…

All the above diseases and conditions (and there are many more too numerous to mention) are caused and/or exacerbated by the lack of one single vital nutrient mineral.

A vital element ignored

Some eminent doctors recognise the importance of this element, but the majority of the medical profession ignore its existance. They will not recommend supplementing with it and would prefer to prescribe a drug.  What’s more, the majority of medical professionals do not recommend this nutrient to their patients. This despite its proven protective capabilities, to avoid the onset of dangerous diseases in later life.

what is all-cause mortalityThe ignored silver bullet

This is a silver bullet that is being ignored by many, but thankfully not by all of the medical community.  Some of our medical doctors who are or have been practicing allopathic medicine have turned to naturopathic treatments.  They advocate treating with natural vitamins and minerals in preference to pharmaceutical drugs.  As long as they know that the natural treatment is more remedial.  They use drugs as a last resort and not in preference to a natural solution.

All the above conditions and diseases have been exacerbated or caused by a mineral deficiency.  That mineral is Magnesium (Mg).  Stress is the biggest depleter of Mg and unfortunately, we are all under all kinds of stress.

A medical myth

There is also a medical myth that many people, particularly women, are deficient in Ca.  This is believed by many doctors and medical practioners alike.  Consequently the public consume Ca supplements to excess. They wrongly think that the more they consume the better.  In fact, they are seriously damaging their health with a toxic overload of this vital, but overly consumed mineral.

Breast cancer

A group of 1,170 women who had breast cancer were followed after diagnosis for a term of just over 7 years. It was found that their magnesium levels were associated with their all course mortality. This means the higher intake of magnesium the lower risk of death from all causes. What’s more, the researchers found that higher levels of magnesium in the body may significantly improve survival following breast cancer.  Interestingly, they also found that the Ca:Mg ration was very important. The more calcium compared to magnesium, the worse your chances of survival.

Dr Thomas Levy – board certified cardiologist

Have a look at this short video of an interview with Dr Thomas Levy about the dangers of high Ca levels compared to Mg.  It’s only 2 minutes long but full of information that you need to know for your future good health!

Astounding studies

Here is another similar study on the amazing outcome of taking Mg. A study done back in 2003, aimed at analysing the long term survival and cardiac function of 194 AMI patients using Mg.  96 patients received a 48 hour intravenous Mg sulphate of 22g with the other group of 98 having a placebo.  After a follow up of nearly 5 years, all cause mortality and cardiac mortality were significantly lower in the Mg group compared to the placebo group.  There was absolutely no doubt that the group having just that one 22g infusion of Mg had a reduced all cause mortality.  Think of the benefits of having a Mg supplement on a daily basis not just over 48 hours!

And in 2011

Another study in 2011 found a reduction in all-cause mortality after a period of 10.1 years.  Those who were Mg deficient had 10.95 deaths per 1000 person years.  Those taking Mg supplement had 1.45 deaths per 1000 person years.  Specifically for cardiovascular disease, those who were Mg deficient had 3.44 deaths per 1000 person years and those replete in Mg had 1.53 deaths per 1000 person years.

balance Mg:CaA fine balance

Mg and Ca are in a constant dance and should be taken into the body in equal measures.  A ratio of 1:1 is the target for the best balance.  Our diet and all the junk food, sugary cakes and biscuits and sodas, is nearly always low in Mg. In turn, this gives the body a toxic overload of Ca by default.  Mg resides in our cells whereas Ca should reside outside of our cells.  Without the control of Mg, Ca floods our cells and unless ushered out in double quick time by Mg, the cell will start to die.

Why do we succumb?

All the above listed diseases, have a number of negative factors:

Stress

Stress comes in all forms such as emotional stress, like relationships, financial worries, work related issues, food related stress like junk food and sugary drinks devoid of nutrition, environmental stress like exposure to toxins and pharmaceutical drugs.  The body has to deal with all of these stressors and to cope, it uses up massive amounts of Mg.  You can include physical stress like exercise and working out too.  A disease or condition puts the body under constant Mg depleting stress on a daily basis.

Ca DangersMg deficiency

Most medical practioners see the main electrolytes as potassion (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and Chloride (Cl).  For some strange reason which eludes me, they forget the most important mineral, the one that controls the others, magnesium (Mg).

An excess of Ca

Mg works hard to regulate Ca by activating hormones that control the levels and placement of Ca within the body.  Inadequate Mg means that Ca runs amok and starts migrating around the body and into the soft tissue and vascular system. Excessive Ca can damage your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which controls your unconscious functioning and reflexes.

The SNSMg Ca in cells

The SNS is responsible for initiating the ‘fight-flight’ response and triggers the inflammatory process.  Without Mg, Ca will overstimulate your SNS and set in motion an inflammatory cascade which again increases already high levels of stress hormones.  This creates more stress contributing to more Mg depletion which produces a vicious circle of Mg deficiency.

Energy production.

Our energy is produced in the mitrochondria, tiny organelles found in our cells.  Muscle cells have an abundance of mitrochondria because of the work they have to do.  Without Mg,  the heart cannot make the energy it needs to function properly.  Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is the energy currency of our body and enables the body’s fundamental metabolic processes. But before ATP can be activated it needs to be bound to a Mg ion, forming a new compound known as Mg-ATP enabling the energy to then be used by the cells.

Magnesium HeartThe hard working heart

Because the heart works harder than any other organ in the body, it needs copious amounts of Mg-ATP.  If Mg is depleted, the heart muscle cells cannot work efficiently and the ability to pump blood around the vascular system will be impaired.  The heart muscle cells will slowly begin to deteriorate, starve and die.

Did you know

The human heart cycles around 6kgs of Mg-ATP per day!! For the whole body, the amount is 70kg per day! This is according to the reknowned Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff of Nottingham University in the UK.

Calcium is a double edged sword!

When we die, our cells are flooded with Ca which starts the death throws of our body, heralding the start of rigor mortis.  If Ca is allowed to stay in the cell, it will kill it.

99% of Ca should be in bone tissue

Ca is a vital mineral but it needs to be in the right place, mainly in the bones.  Our bodies contain around 1kg of Ca with 99% of it stored in the bone tissue.  The remaining 1% circulates in the blood and other fluids.

CC scanIn a nutshell

So here we have it.  Various stressors including excess Ca help cause a Mg deficiency.  The Mg deficiency causes an electrolyte imbalance and loss of energy.  This in turn causes a malfunction in the cardiovascular system (as well as other parts of the body). As a result, the heart cells start to die and the arteries become damaged.  Inflammation sets in with plaque and Ca deposits building up in the heart and arteries.  Heart disease ensues in forms of atherosclerosis, cardiac arrest, hypertension, stroke, heart attack etc..

Mg glassDon’t ignore Mgwhat is all-cause mortality

Mg is the nearest thing you will get to a silver bullet.  Being replete in this vital mineral will protect you from numerous diseases and conditions so get your silver bullet now and supplement with a good quality Mg supplement.  Those I recommend can be found on the right hand side bar of this site.

Have you had a CCS?

Ches PowerIf you’ve had a coronary calcium scan (CCS) and it shows you have Ca buildup in your arteries, you can take a Mg supplement along with vitamin K2 MK-7 (menaquinone 7).  See my article for the lowdown on this vitamin which actually aids Mg to usher Ca back into the bones by activating MGP (matrix gla protein) found in the vascular system.

Reversing Diabetes Naturally – and it costs nothing!

reversing diabetes naturallyWhat have you been told?

Reversing diabetes naturally will be scoffed at by the allopathic medical fraternity. They will tell you that type 2 diabetes is a progressive and chronic disease. A disease that can be controlled adequately with pharmaceutical drugs but can never be cured. Patients are expected to live as best they can with type 2, but in the end succumb to its various symptoms which are multiple and unpleasant. Continue reading Reversing Diabetes Naturally – and it costs nothing!

Type 2 Diabetes – what causes it?

type 2 diabetesMore importantly, how to reverse it!

So you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Has your doctor explained to you what you can do to reduce or reverse your symptoms?  Does it involve pharmaceutical drugs?  Have you been told it’s hereditary and/or to do with your lifestyle?  Is it implied that it’s your fault? Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes – what causes it?

Cancer Research UK – working for Big Pharma – Part 2

gsk fraudFraud is afoot

Cancer Research UK has a good reputation, as far as the public is concerned. But we hear rumours of the fraudulent activities of the pharmaceutical companies and their champions. This includes the US government agencies such as the FDA. In Part 2 of Cancer Research UK – working for Big Pharma, we’ll take a look at this fraud.  See Part 1 here. Continue reading Cancer Research UK – working for Big Pharma – Part 2