First, I simply refuse to admit that a conspiracy exists. I believe that most physicians truly care about their patients.
Second, it has always been difficult for me to pin the title of “ignorant” on any human being that completes medical training. Misled, yes. But ignorant, no! But there is one option left that we haven’t examined, and it needs to be addressed. Let’s re-address that question again; could they possibly be so ignorant? By defining the word “they”, we may uncover where the ignorance might be based. Have you ever read the Hippocratic Oath? Let me share both versions with you, verbatim. Wait – did I say both versions?
I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant: To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art, if they desire to learn it, without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else. I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work. Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves. What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about. If I fulfill this path and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement: To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; to look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art; and that by my teaching, I will impart a knowledge of this art to my own sons, and to my teacher’s sons, and to disciples bound by an indenture and oath according to the medical laws, and no others. I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts. I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art. In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or men, be they free or slaves. All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal. If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.
OK, you’ve now read both versions…right? We’ll address the differences in these two documents in my November KNOW THIS article, but for purposes of this issue, let’s just stick to the italicized paragraph in the original Hippocratic Oath. Do you see how submissive and beholden graduating physicians learn to be toward their professors? The first thing that came to my mind decades ago when I first read this was, “That’s nice, but what if their professors are wrong?” Being trained to be so submissive, one gets the feeling that if students were taught to recommend eating caterpillars for their deep vein thrombosis patients, it simply became gospel, but no one ever questioned or doubted it!
You’re beginning to see that the “they” I referred to was medical school professors, not the physicians themselves. Given the complacency that exists today in monitoring “professional fees” paid by drug companies to professors, few of us read or even think about the corruption that might exist if drug companies somehow bought their way into the educational system. Drug companies know that medical students are beholden to their professors, so an effort is underway to “buy” professors, thereby assuring drug companies of doctor loyalty upon graduation. To think that any medical school professor could be bought by drug companies is incomprehensible to you and me, but apparently not to them. Ironically, it was the medical students who saw the shame in such activity, not the professors. An excellent article was written in TIME Magazine a few years ago on this very subject. (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1883449,00.html)
What does all of this have to do with breast cancer? Dr. Damian Krysan, an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Rochester Medical Center, made the discovery that the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, could halt the secondary yeast overgrowth that breast cancer patients often dealt with as immune system destroying chemotherapy drugs were dispensed to them. As it turns out, he infected mice with the yeast (C. albicans) that is known to overgrow inside the body when immunity is reduced by toxic drugs, and then found that the drug Tamoxifen killed the yeast! Since readers of Know This possess knowledge that is far beyond that of physicians with regard to fungal diseases, let me quote the opening sentence on one website referring to this discovery (www.health.com), and then you ponder this sentence before reading the rest of this article, in an effort to see if you can figure out a cause of breast cancer:
“A drug used to help prevent recurring breast cancer appears to hold promise as a treatment for deadly fungal infections, new research has found.”
GO! Ok, you’ve got it! If Tamoxifen sops up fungus like a sponge, and has proven itself effective in stopping breast cancer metastasis in tens of thousands of women, then what is the cause of breast cancer metastasis, if not fungus? Would this same fungus be the root cause of breast cancer? If that study isn’t enough to whet the appetites of oncologists, in 2005, researchers discovered that a drug that has now proven to be more breast cancer preventive than Tamoxifen might actually prevent 70-80% of post menopausal breast tumors. It should surprise no one that the drug, arimidex, also has powerful anti-fungal properties.
Stanford University researchers have known for sometime that a process called “the Hedgehog Pathway” is involved in the development of cancer. Sporanox is an anti-fungal drug used mostly for nail fungal infections, which coincidentally happens to interfere with this so-called “Hedgehog pathway” and thereby slowed tumor growth, according to the researchers. I believe that fungi and their poisonous mycotoxins cause cancer irrespective of some previously located, and now touted “pathway”, so I say “hogwash” to the Hedgehog pathway. I love the name, but it sounds like an underground escape hatch. I do believe that Sporanox, being a potent anti-fungal drug, slows tumor growth because it slows fungus growth. Could it be this simple? I believe it is, and no professor taught me that.
As though more proof were even required, just a few weeks ago, researchers at Texas University College of Natural Sciences discovered that the anti-fungal drug Thiabendazole, has anti-angiogenic properties. Angiogenesis is the process whereby breakaway cancer cells form blood vessel networks around them as a means of providing nutrition (and therefore metastasis) to these newly formed cancer cells. Does Thiabendazole stop cancer from proliferating because it inhibits angiogenesis, or does it stop cancer from spreading because it simply kills fungus? I could go on and on, but I’ve got you really thinking now, so I’ve done my job.
Before I let you go, there is one final thing to discuss. In each of these cases, we see medical school researchers who are simply amazed when these discoveries of the fungus link to cancers are made. Why didn’t their professors teach them this in medical school? Medicine is a progressive science. We learn more through the years, and research is a good thing. The conclusions you and I now have regarding the fungus link to cancer are science based conclusions, because all of this research is published in respected medical journals. Any reasonable person would reach the same conclusions that we have, unless these researchers are simply wrong. They are not wrong, because they don’t even know each other, yet are reaching the exact conclusion. One might use the words “cancer” and “fungus” as synonyms. There is a chasm that I need to explain, as best I can, as a climax to this months newsletter.
Each of the aforementioned research articles leaves us believing that drugs alone would prevent or treat cancer. No other alternatives were dispensed. This, I believe, is the true value of this newsletter, because if all of these very intelligent people are correct – as I believe they are – then the conclusions they reached can be dealt with in ways other than popping prescriptive pills. For example, if anti-fungal drugs successfully treat or inhibit cancer, or its spread, then logic might dictate that our lifestyle choices either cause or prevent fungal growth in our bodies. We’ve gone over this before, but for new readers, I must mention this again. Fungi and their poisonous by-products called “mycotoxins” infect our American food supply. It’s all documented. When our dietary choices include grains (yes, even “whole grains”), then our bodies become impregnated with these poisonous mycotoxins. When our diets include greens like spinach and kale, the sopping up of these mycotoxins takes place. When we eat other fungal infected foods like corn and peanuts, we are also eating mycotoxins, but when we eat garlic and onions and take our supplements, like vitamin C and amino acids, we are offsetting the damage done by those mycotoxins. When we lead a sedentary lifestyle, filled with anger and stress, we generally end up taking various medications and often many antibiotics to treat recurrent infections. When we jog and sweat and pray quietly and forgive and ask for forgiveness, we offset the damage we do to ourselves by choosing the wrong lifestyle. In other words, we get to choose health, or not.
Every event dealing with breast cancer, especially this month of October (designated “cancer awareness month”), should talk about diet and supplementation and exercise. But unfortunately, some talk about exercising only if as a means to raise money, and their dietary information consist of giving awards to companies making, and convincing women with breast cancer to eat,