Dont die of ignorance dont let Quackery win in Europe
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, but the myth; persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F Kennedy.
For the first time ever, I am going to ask you to sign a petition. One that just might help prevent a travesty against your basic health rights and free speech.
The link to the petition is
Let me explain more.
As many of you know I have spent the last 8 years of my life trying to help people with cancer. I focus on research and evidence, but then, that´s my science degree for you. I simply try to provide information - on everything from drugs to complementary therapies, and from surgery to new alternatives. I hope, in this way, people can make more informed personal choices and, not merely increase their personal odds of survival, but even beat the disease completely.
On our web site we list 94 drugs and about 50 nutritional supplements. No bias towards one or the other - we are just interested in what might offer a positive outcome.
In many cases of cancer, quite simply, the orthodox treatments on offer (drugs, radiotherapy, and surgery) offer no cure at all. That is not simply my view. The Lancet and its sister publication The Lancet Oncology have stated this in their magazines for the medical profession.
We are possibly nearing the end of the era of chemotherapy - but it is very big business and unlikely to go down without a fight. Better people than I have researched its performance. For example: A 2005 Investigation by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney into the contribution of chemotherapy in 22 major adult malignancies concluded that the overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia, and 2.1% in America.
Recently a press release from Cancer Research UK whilst claiming that deaths from breast cancer have reached a 25 year low went on to conclude that the number of deaths will now actually increase in the coming years. Across all cancers there is no cause to celebrate.
More people are developing cancer; more people are dying from it.
The concept of cure is being replaced by the concept of managed survival.
"Increasingly, cancer will no longer be the death sentence of 40 years ago but a manageable (albeit chronic) disease like diabetes". Karol Sikora
MD Anderson on their web site talk of ´sequential treatment´: What this means is - We can give you treatment A for 3 years, then treatment B for 2, then hopefully a new drug C for another 3 years. Since 80 per cent of people develop cancer after the age of 60, we will probably get you through to the average life expectancy age of 75; job done. Cancer centres and drug makers alike talk about a world of smarter, designer drugs actively targeting genetic failings - you will survive longer on a cocktail of drugs, providing your body can withstand the side effects.
Is this how you want to live your last years? Two in three men and one in two women can expect to do so, if they are lucky. (Overall 5-year survival rates in Europe are still only around 50 per cent anyway.)
Importantly, few people seem to understand the limitations of the new designer drugs. When you have a genetic failing in cancer (say one designated HER-2 positive) it is not one single gene that fails. Up to 150 can fail to some degree according to recent US studies. So Herceptin may cure it all, you may be lucky. But far more like is that you will need a cocktail of drugs to deal with a number of genetic failings. Will your body be able to stand up? Can your, or the government´s purse stand up?
As regular readers know, I do not believe there will ever be a single ´cure´ for cancer. Cancer is a multi-step process, and Herceptin, Temozolomide, B-17, Vitamin D and so on would have a tough time knocking out all the steps.
When my daughter developed her terminal brain cancer the Lancet said the drugs didnt work, so we had to find alternatives. And we did. She lived 7 times longer than predicted. What she and I (both of us have science degrees) found was that there was so much information out there for example there was research on curcumin, Co Q10, Echinacea, omega 3, inositol, choline and other natural compounds that could help her condition. There was also clinical trial research that the combination of three drugs she was given actually damages 91 per cent of the people treated!
Yet this sort of important information is not passed on not to your Doctor, your oncologist, and certainly not to you. If the information is not passed on, then people are not so much dying of cancer, more, they are dying of ignorance!
So we set up CANCERactive, with a 2000 page holistic web site and publish books and the magazine icon, which goes into over 520 hospitals, complementary centres and library health units every issue, for free.
Shortly if EU legislators have their way, herbs that have protected and corrected us for thousands of years will be banned from the high street. A vast array of natural compounds, the understanding of many of which is only in its infancy, is also uner the threat of similar bans. Yet these are the same compounds - vitamin D, indole 3 carbinol, resveratrol, anthocyanins, OPC´s and so on - that many drugs companies are trying to synthetise and concentrate right now. If they didn´t work, why would drugs companies be so interested?
I - like John Boik of M D Anderson - have no doubt that taking twenty or so might be able to tackle the twenty or so steps in the cancer process.
We regularly read that Mrs. Jones has been denied a ´life saving´ drug by nasty old NICE who say it is not worth the $30,000 for a course of treatment. After all there is research saying it can extend her life from an average of 8.3 months to 10.6 (to quote from a Press release for a ´breakthrough´ drug I was sent last year).
So why is a similar lady, who has tried all the wondrous offerings that modern medicine can shower on her to no avail, to be denied the right to spend $13 of her own money buying a bottle of curcumin; $30 on total natural vitamin E, similar amounts on resveratrol or pine bark extract? Especially as there is a strong body of evidence that these might actually do her a bit of good.
The EU is about to deny this lady her basic human rights - that of spending her own money trying to save her own life.
But if that was not enough, the proposed laws actually go a step further. It may sound bizarre to anyone with half a brain, but taken literally, if new European Legislation comes in it may well be illegal to inform you of the research that supports these natural compounds.This is the loopy but damaging extent of CODEX.
So in Cancer Watch we will be able to tell you what the Sloan-Kettering research on a new kidney drug said, but we may not be able to tell you what research from the same hospital said about how resveratrol completely blocks COX-2 the enzyme that causes inflammation, the precursor to cancer!
The world has gone mad.
Taken literally, the new laws would even see my two books The Rainbow Diet and how it can help you beat cancer, and Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer banned!
You will be left with the orthodox medicine treatments that will pauper the country, the tax payer (you!) and aren´t really trying to ´cure´ you now anyway. Your doctor will be your only hope!
And what of cancer prevention?
The EU will help you eat a lettuce that has been grown hydroponicly, in a liquid devoid of any trace minerals, but it won´t allow you to take a natural supplement to make up for the loss.
Stop the Quackery - please sign the petition, today
To stop you receiving the information on the latest research; to stop you having access to the natural compound that is in grape skins, or a Chinese herb that doubles survival rates for people on radiotherapy (MD Anderson - astragalus) is criminal. The official word for this mis-information is QUACKERY. Nothing more, nothing less.
So, with this in mind, I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:
"THE NATION SPEAKS - NO! Not in my name
To repeat the link, it is:
I really think this is an important cause, and I´d like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It´s free and takes just a few seconds of your time. Please do it - it´s your life.
Here is what I wrote on the petition as I signed it.
The last 10 years or so have seen increasing numbers of quality research studies from major medical schools and universities on Natural Compounds - from herbs like astragalus and wormwood, to natural ingredients such as resveratrol, omega 3, curcumin, indole 3 carbinol. We are only just starting to learn about their powerful benefits. To ban their usage and restrict information about them is to stop the scientific understanding of nutrition. And if you do that, eventually, you stop life. These laws are madness, and against the fundamental principles of democracy where Governments are supposed to serve the interests of the many, not the motives of the few.
Chris Woollams MA (Oxon) Biochemistry
Editor - Integrative Cancer and Oncology News
For the final time - the link to the petition is: