Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sorry, Angelina! Here's another option!

Here is a different opinion from Angelina Jolie's decision to have her breasts surgically removed to prevent possible cancer in the future.  Her choice, motivated by fear, seems far too drastic to me and to many others. 

To all my women friends: please re
ad the following article at:
  and make your own decision.  Full information is very important when you are talking about surgical removal of parts of your body, "just in case."   You don't see men having their testicles removed "just in case" they might get testicular cancer at some future time. (And you never will see this, either, believe me!)  Body mutilation as a preventative health option seems absurd, when you really think about it.  Even when a known genetic factor like BRCA1 or BRCA2 is present in a body does not mean that factor will absolutely produce cancer at some time.  Please read the following article for more information about this.  

Scare tactics are rife in our medical world.  People are being bullied right and left to fall in line with what Big Pharma and the A.M.A. would like you to believe. For proof of this, you need look no further than your television, on which drug after drug is being promoted -- with side effects that often seem far worse than the conditions for which they are being touted. (Let's see...would I rather have pimples--or death? A back ache--or paralysis?) The pharmaceutical moguls' bottom line is at stake; the more people who start living healthy lifestyles and using alternative health care, the less income for them.  

A good balance of both alternative treatments and western medicine makes the most sense.  Both systems have value when used wisely and can be combined to provide the best health care available in today's world. 
It seems to me that we must become our own researchers and advocates as to what is best for each of us.  We are fortunate that the Internet has provided us with an in-home encyclopedia with which to do research, as an addition to what we hear from our learned medical practitioners.  Full information is essential when making decisions about our health--and it is now readily available to us.   

EXCERPT from the article:

Cancer, by the way, is a systemic problem when it emerges, not a local problem limited to just the breasts or other organs. It may be diagnosed in breast tissues, but that's not the only place it's growing. The idea that someone can prevent cancer by just removing their breasts is absurd. If the conditions of cancer are present in the body -- due to nutritional deficiencies, exposure to chemicals, radiation, etc. -- cancer will develop in many different places, not just breast tissues. Removing an organ that might possibly someday be one of the many locations in which cancer is diagnosed is completely irrational and medically abhorrent. Logically, it's a lot like arguing that you can avoid flat tires on your car by removing all the tires!