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[Here's an important message from our trusted colleague, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby MD, PhD]...
You Will Probably Live To 100 Years
The "rules" of aging have changed enormously in the days since I went to medical school. They still keep changing; life expectancy moves relentlessly upwards.
Lymphedema is an abnormal fluid build-up that causes swelling, mostly in the arms and legs. It develops when lymph nodes are removed, impaired, or damaged, as often happens when a breast cancer patient has a mastectomy or lumpectomy. But it can also be a result of radiation treatment.
Any time the normal drainage pattern is disrupted, the swelling called lymphedema may occur.
Lymphedema is a common complication of conventional cancer treatments. If you've had ovarian or cervical cancer, prostate, testicular, bladder or colon cancer — and if you've undergone conventional treatments -- lymphedema would affect your legs and feet instead of your arms as happens with breast cancer.
Tamoxifen, a cancer drug, is another common cause of lower extremity lymphedema and blood clots.
And yet your doctor may never warn you about this complication.
Some people develop lymphedema immediately following these treatments… others do so months or years later. The degree of swelling varies. Some people experience extreme swelling, with the affected arm or leg ballooning to several inches larger than the other arm or leg.
How bad is it? Many patients complain that dealing with lymphedema has taken over their entire life.
Besides the damage to your looks and the painful side effects such as lost range of motion, tightness, and difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area… lymphedema also increases your risk of serious infection, which can become a life-threatening emergency if it spreads throughout your lymphatic or circulatory systems and reaches vital organs.
Mainstream medicine's 'non-treatment'
While the best lymphedema prevention in my view is to avoid cut/burn/poison interventions in the first place, I also recognize that many people do them first and then learn later how damaging they can be.
After all, we're all learning as we go. Most people submit to conventional treatments just as their doctor tells them, and turn to alternative treatments only when the first way fails.
Although mainstream medicine is the main source of the problem of lymphedema, mainstream medicine leaves you high and dry when it comes to solutions to the problem.
For example, the Cleveland Clinic and others take the rather pessimistic view that there's not much they can do. They consider lymphedema a chronic disease that usually requires lifelong management.1
They suggest conservative treatments (catch the irony here?) such as bandaging, compression garments, and exercises.
Surgery has been tried as a lymphedema treatment, but it usually doesn't work and often makes the condition worse.
Doctors may also refer patients to a physical or occupational therapist who specializes in lymphedema. They will work with you to create a treatment plan that may include:
Very important… Be sure the therapist you see has specific training and experience with lymphedema cases.
An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure
If it's not too late, consider skipping conventional treatment plans with their almost certain negative side effects… Or at least give extremely careful consideration to some of the alternative protocols available — such as the Budwig Protocol, and Dr. Max Gerson's.
If you have late-stage cancer, conventional treatments are just about sure losers and definitely not worth trying. If your cancer is early-stage, it's a tougher call. Me? I'd go with alternatives. (I don't like to keep reminding these unfortunate late-stage patients that their chances are so slim, but that's what this newsletter is all about. You need to start doing alternatives — pronto — and stop listening to the mainstream nonsense. The only way to say it is to say it, so I'm not going to mince words here. I'm sorry if it comes across as harsh.)
But what's your next step if you've already done the surgery, undergone radiation or chemo… and now suffer from lymphedema?
Hope and help from natural medicine
Counter to hand wringing from the conventional camp, there are some measures you can implement that may help control or even cure your lymphedema.
"Please do not underestimate the pronounced positive effects that jumping on a trampoline can have on your lymphatic system. Even if you do not feel the healing effect immediately, this simple device offers immense support to your detoxification efforts."Be sure to get a quality rebounder.
Your lymph nodes do an amazing job of keeping you detoxified.
So, even if you don't have lymphedema, or have never had cancer — you might be well advised to employ many of these strategies strictly for their health-enhancing benefits. After all, if your lymph nodes do so much for you, why not give them the assistance to do their job better?
Of course, the best thing is to find cancer really early and avoid this whole nightmare. We've got just the thing, at least if you're a woman: There's a great new way to find breast cancer. If you missed this article in our last issue, scroll down and read it now.
New Cancer-Detecting Bra Boasts Better Track Record than Mammograms
"A bra saved my life"
By next year, a cancer-detecting bra called the First Warning System should be available. Developers are currently waiting on FDA approval, which they expect by February of 2014.
It might sound far-fetched, but the First Warning System bra is a non-invasive screening device for breast cancer that's been in the works for over 20 years. Now it's just about ready for prime time, and it could revolutionize breast cancer detection and treatment. Keep reading and learn more about this remarkable breakthrough...
Continued below. . .
Breast Cancer Breakthrough BANNED!
A mammoth discovery is wiping out most breast tumors better than anything seen yet in modern medicine. It makes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy look like something from the Dark Ages.
Nedra Lindsay of Fairborn, OH, gives the First Warning bra credit for detecting her breast cancer early — and for saving her life. She wore the device at age 25 as part of the initial study. At that young age, she says breast cancer was the furthest thing from her mind.
But the First Warning bra indicated she had cancer. Nedra underwent three different, increasingly invasive medical tests that were reviewed by three independent medical investigations. All confirmed the initial diagnosis made by the First Warning bra.
Nedra's surgeon told her that under normal circumstances, her cancer likely wouldn't have been noticeable till she was closer to age 37. By then it could have progressed to a dangerous level. Nedra points out that under her insurance plan a mammogram wasn't even covered till she turned 40. Indeed, mammograms for women under the age of 40 are almost useless because the breast tissue in a younger woman is typically very dense.
Now aged 45, Nedra is alive and cancer-free.
Cancer-detecting technology built into a bra
According to Dr. Ronald Fletcher, Chief Investigator of the study and previous Director of Oncology at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, OH, "Cancer is probably the most curable of all diseases — with the proviso that it's caught early enough." He points out women under the age of 44 aren't likely to be screened, but nearly 11 percent will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer that will have already progressed to a late stage.
In fact, it's young women who usually have the most aggressive types of breast cancer. Tumors found in women under age 40 grow the fastest but are hardest to detect. And the sad truth is, roughly 6.5 percent of the victims will die as a result.
But if those tumors can be detected early, there's a nearly 100% survival rate.
That's where the First Warning System comes in. It detects cancer cells years before those cells can be seen on an MRI or mammogram. It uses patented sensor-detecting technology that is painless, non-invasive, and highly accurate.
To the naked eye, it just looks like a sports bra.
The First Warning bra works by detecting minute temperature differences in your breast tissue. It's these fluctuations in temperature that indicate a possible cancer abnormality. When a cancer tumor starts to grow, your body builds a system of new, albeit abnormal blood vessels. The increased blood flow to the area creates something called a "heat signature" within the tumor. This small temperature variation occurs several years before the tumor itself is visible on a mammogram or MRI.
But normal body temperature fluctuates throughout the day and varies from woman to woman. To account for that, the First Warning System needs to maintain constant contact with the body throughout a testing period of at least 24 hours. That's why a tight-fitting sports bra is ideal. Sensors located in the cup area of the bra stay in direct contact with the breast for as long as necessary to get a good temperature reading.
The sensors collect data that is sent to the Internet, and from there the data is analyzed by complex algorithms and delivered to a trained doctor. You get to see the results, too, either through your computer or mobile device.
So far, three clinical trials have shown an accuracy level of more than 90 percent for the First Warning System. As a screening tool, it's much more accurate at a gratifyingly earlier point in time.
It's cheaper, too, coming in at around $200. Mammograms cost as much as $300 but are only effective after a tumor has reached a detectable size. Even then, you've got the false positive issue. But the First Warning System bra not only detects early-stage tissue abnormalities, it also reduces the false positives that are causing women so much angst.
One step forward in the healthcare maze
This "magic bra" could be a massive step forward in easy breast cancer detection and early intervention. It should prove especially useful for women with dense breast tissue who are severely limited at present when it comes to diagnostic tools. (We've written before about how mammography and ultrasound are virtually useless for dense breasts, though few women know whether they have dense tissue and so aren't aware of their higher risk level — see Issue #198.)
Here's a quick update on that note — beginning in April of 2013, California will be the 5th state mandating that physicians tell patients whether they have dense breast tissue. Eleven more states, as well as the federal government, have legislation pending. This is a significant step forward because it means more women will be made aware that their dense breast tissue significantly lowers the effectiveness of mammograms.
By the way, if you're ever diagnosed with breast cancer, you should read our Special Report Breast Cancer Cover-Up. It tells you the best natural and alternative treatments (and also the best tests — but not the First Systems bra, which hadn't come out yet at the time the report was written.)
Navigating the American healthcare maze is a nightmare. Breast Cancer Cover-Up can help. And with advances like the First Warnings bra, we can look forward to new ways to find cancer at a very early stage, when it's easy to treat.
If you haven't been reading Cancer Defeated for long, you may wonder, "Who needs this new breast cancer test? Don't mammograms do the job?" Glad you asked. Let's take a look. . .
A second opinion that came too late
Just last week, a study from the Annals of Family Medicine revealed a shocking new statistic: As many as 60 percent of abnormal mammograms turn out to be false positives. These are cases where the breast X-ray says the woman has cancer, but she doesn't.
ABC News with Diane Sawyer underscored this revelation, reporting recently on a woman who had an abnormal mammogram three years ago. The biopsy that followed revealed she had cancer. Because the woman's mother, sister, and three aunts had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, she opted for a double mastectomy — the most radical treatment available.
But in the messy process of getting her insurance provider to cover expenses, the woman had to hire a lawyer. The lawyer sent her original biopsy out for a second opinion. The cancer expert who gave the second opinion said the woman never had cancer in the first place. Both mammogram and biopsy got it wrong.
Unusual? Not really. Another new and unsettling study shows as many as 4 percent of biopsies are misread — affecting as many as 10,000 women a year.
While this woman was thrilled to learn she was cancer-free, she'd also sacrificed both breasts to medical error.
It's a horrifying story, but it's not unique. Because mammograms can detect smaller lesions than ever before, an accurate cancer diagnosis has become much harder to make. That's led to an increase in false positive mammograms. Most of those are followed by a biopsy. And as noted, those are subject to error as well, although much less often than the X-rays.
In the best of cases, women with a false-positive mammogram — even where breast cancer is ruled out — experience as much as three years of lingering anxiety about having a close brush with cancer.
In the worst cases, the false positive results are taken all the way to the surgery table, with heartbreaking results like the example above.
So always, always get a second opinion — and do it BEFORE moving forward with any treatment option. If your doctor is any kind of decent human being, he or she will welcome another set of eyes.
These findings highlight the pressing need for improved screening tests. That's why the First Warning Systems bra is such welcome news.
Lee Euler, Publisher
Footnotes from 1st article:
3Gabovich R.D., et al., 'Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on Tolerance of the Organism to Chemical Substances', Vestn Akad Med Nauk SSSR: 3; 26-28, 1975.
References from 2nd article:
"Cancer-detecting bra heading to FDA for approval." By Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times. 14 February 2013.
"Facing Cancer, a Stark Choice." By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times: Health & Science, 21 January 2013.
"False-Positive Mammograms Can Trigger Long-Term Distress." By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter, U.S. News Health.
"Legislative Efforts." Updates from I'mDense.com.
"World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer: Episode for 3/18/2013."
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