In 2013 I'd love to become a World Class Healer. There are too many follks that I see every day, and millions I'll never know, who desparately need healing in this land.
Some years ago, my Da survived 2 bouts with cancer (1st prostate, then colon 3 years later), came through surgery and radiation with flying colors both times. After a clean bill of health for more than a decade, he checked into the hospital with a prolonged case of hiccups (yes, dumbass hiccups!). He died from iatrogenic causes in less than 24 hours. Nobody should die from medical treatment for hiccups in an American hospital, EVER.
A few weeks ago, Sharon Osbourne (yes, that one), a smart, tough broad who managed to make sure that Ozzie thrived in the music business for more than 4 decades, announced that she'd secretly had a PROPHYLACTIC DOUBLE MASTECTOMY last summer!! Because she'd fought (and beaten) colon cancer a decade ago and because a doctor did a test that said she has the "breast cancer gene", she let some butcher slice off both of her HEALTHY breasts to avoid getting cancer. And she's NOT the first one to fall for the okey-doke!
ABC news offered this blurb on the whole debacle on 11/5/12:
“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor’,” Sharon told the magazine. “I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud. I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy.”
Women who have the “breast cancer gene” have mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, according to the National Cancer Institute. Normally, the genes are tumor suppressors, but a blood test can reveal that they don’t function properly.
A 2008 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed that more women were choosing to have double mastectomies, removing both the breast with cancer and the other healthy breast. The study found that the rate of the procedure, called a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, more than doubled between 1998 and 2003.
Although the study author said the preventative surgery did not decrease cancer risk, women said they did not regret their decision to remove their healthy breasts.
Several other celebrities have opted for double mastectomies in the past, including Christina Applegate and Kathy Bates."
Anyone who made it through high school biology knows that genotype doesn't determine phenotype. We carry many genetic markers that may never be expressed physically in our bodies, so having a 'faulty BRCA gene' (& I'm not even sure I believe there is a 'breast cancer gene') doesn't mean you're going to get breast cancer. But if rich White women like Sharon Osborne, who can afford the best medical care available here or in Europe, are being convinced to lop of their breasts as a preventive measure, then what chance do all us Regular Janes have of making it to old age in one piece? How are we supposed to Fight The Powers That Be when the most privileged women are throwing money at anything with a pink ribbon on it and and lining up to have themselves sliced up like prosciutto?
WTF IS GOING ON IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN AMERICA?! Why aren't millions of women screaming at the top of their lungs about this everywhere they go, every damn day? What about the physicians' Hippocratic Oath:
...I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.** How is it that those who have taken such a pledge to treat and Help, Not Harm their patients have become executioners on the installment plan, slicing our lives away one organ at a time?
And because medicine (surgery in particular) is still dominated by men, you'll note that we have yet to hear about any MAN being convinced to 'prophylactically' remove his prostate or testicles or any other body part because some blood test said he had a cancer gene.
Now, I get to watch Robin Roberts, a newscaster I have admired for years, killing herself slowly with chemo & radiation, The Very Same Treatment Protocol That Obviously Failed To Cure Her (Breast) Cancer in 2007! If she'd taken her car to a mechanic to be fixed and it broke down again after the repairs were done, Robin would have better sense than to bring her car back to that mechanic again! Yet this beautiful, intelligent, accomplished Sister, who now has MSD (myelodysplastic syndromes), a collection of hematological diseases that cause abnormalities in the blood-forming tissue in the bone marrow (basically a form of lukemia), has let some doctor convince her that the same immune-destroying poisons they used to 'treat' her breast cancer before will somehow cure the lukemia those poisons have now caused.
How is that anything but a big, steaming pile of CRAZY?
God gives every animal on this planet an immune system to fight against infections, pathogens, toxins, poisons and yes, cancers. How did we get to be so stupid, so intellectually lazy, so distrustful of our own common sense, that we allow total strangers who don't live in our homes, eat at our table, talk to us on a daily basis, share in our lives enough to know anything meaningful about our habits, how do we let these strangers Who Charge Us Exhorbitant Fees For Their Services convince us that poisoning our natural immunity is the way to cure anything?
I stopped getting mammograms in 2008 after a harrowing experience with a false positive. Now, I'm not scared of getting any sort of cancer as long as I eat well and avoid deliberate radiation exposure as much as possible. I'm gluten-free for the most part (no celiac problems, I just know that I do better avoiding grains). Ninety percent of time time (unless I'm eating at a restaurant or someone's home) I prepare my own meals. I eat grassfed beef & cheeses, organic fruits & veggies, milk, eggs & meat meat from pasture-raised animals. The thing is, I'm currently unemployed so I really can't afford to buy that stuff. But unemployment = no health insurance and poor people can't afford to get sick in a country with a profit-based healthcare system. If the choice is between paying the electric bill or buying healthful groceries, I'll chose groceries. But try convincing the people around you that paying 3 times the price for grassfed ground beef makes sense when you're unemployed! Job or not, at 52 I'm the only person I know who isn't on any routine medications, because thank gthe good Lord, I'm healthy.
And to hell with Obamacare! Nobody dies from a lack of medical insurance -- HEALTHCARE is what sick people need. And Hippocrates was exactly right: “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.” That is the first step to good health.
If I could become a World Class Healer and let folks just pay me what they felt my services were worth based on the results I helped they achieve (assuming the AMA wouldn't have me arrested), I could bless a whole lot of people in the same way that I've been blessed. This much I know is true: **There is a natural food, plant, herbal extract or essential oil out there that will cure WHATEVER ails you. But if you start with eating clean, natural, healthful foods every day and get some exercise routinely, you can get and stay healthy without going anywhere near a doctor's office.
The real trick is figuring out which foods are healthy and which are toxic in a country where the government won't require GM & CAFO foods to be labeled as such, so you know what the hell you're buying.