The news "you have cancer", strikes like a bolt out of the blue and is almost always accompanied by a sense of shock. It is a terrifying feeling followed by an existential fear of death. There are so many questions you would like to ask but you do not know where to begin. After you leave the doctor's office, your personal mission begins.
How to deal with this news? What to do? What not to do? How to reorganize your life? Who are you now? Who were you before? Who will support you?
It is a traumatic experience of deep helplessness, uncertainty, anger, fear....a feeling of worthlessness; why me? and more.
What is most astonishing is that in many cases (though not in all), at the time of the diagnosis, a person does not feel sick. Apart from the scary diagnosis, he or she may be feeling well but knows with certainty that the medical treatment will cause them suffering. Almost without exception, the person recoils at the very thought that he or she would need to receive chemotherapy. It is almost the only illness where the mere thought of receiving medical treatment, instinctively evokes fear and resistance. For who wants to poison themselves? or suffer?
But we are programmed to accept as fait accompli that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the only viable way to treat cancer; that there is no choice but to suffer. It is a war and cancer is the enemy who we must conquer. The dominating model adopted by Western Medicine relates to cancer as an outside, foreign invader one must get rid of.
Let's first accept the fact that most physicians entered medical school with a sincere desire to help people heal. However, they simply know what they were trained to know and accept as the truth and they are trained to treat symptoms. Even those who truly think outside the box find themselves in a conflict. Let's assume that the doctor has a deep insight as to the course of treatment appropriate for their patient; in the end of the day, they are obligated to follow procedures, to see an unreasonable number of patients in an impossible timeframe and to make sure their paperwork is immune in case you die. In the state of California, a doctor is prohibited by law from recommending to his or her patients any holistic or natural treatment for cancer. If they do, they might lose their license. If your child, God forbid, has cancer, and you as a parent choose natural medicine for them rather than chemotherapy, the court can force you to administer chemo and even take your child away from you. It really is unbelievable!
If we as adults, choose an alternative healing path, we will soon find out that the majority of our health insurances won't cover it and that too often, we won't receive support from those close to us. We will also find out how challenging it can become to find reliable sources of information, to choose what is right and what is suitable among a huge selection of suggestions that declare themselves as the perfect solution, and then to be able to afford it.
The conventional, medical mainstream will present us with facts, statistics, product research etc. In part, this data will serve as a source of encouragement and some other parts might program us for hopelessness. The task before us will be to search and find our center, our grounding, to claim the freedom of choice, the freedom of thought and the right to freedom of information. We will have to grasp that facts are not necessarily objective data.
For example, until not so long ago it was accepted as fact that all objects are solid matter. We now know scientifically that objects are not solid but in fact are mostly composed of empty space.
We know today that the connection between the body, mind and psyche are scientifically proven even though the medical establishment hardly gives it any significance.
We know today that emotional memories can be inherited and have far-reaching effects on behaviour as well as physiology. This is being researched within Epigenetics.
We are also aware that medical statistics, never list chemotherapy as a cause of death.
Facts are a mutable element.
An article (2013) appearing in the magazine JAMA -Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that despite the fact that awareness and screening over the past 30 years, have led to an emphasis on early diagnosis of cancer with the goal being to reduce the rate of late-stage disease and decrease cancer mortality, clinical trials suggest that these goals have not been met. In fact, national data demonstrates significant increases in early-stage disease, without a proportional decline in later-stage disease. Not only that, research suggests the possibility that over-diagnosis leads to over-treatment which further leads to worsening of disease's effects.
In summary, although the world has greatly advanced, technology has pushed beyond all boundaries, and medicine has developed sophisticated diagnostic tools, Cancer is still mainly treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. For modern Oncology, the mechanism which creates cancerous cells remains mysterious.
This writer beliefs that information provides freedom and freedom allows for conscious choice making. Although the author always tries to verify the information to the best of her ability, she is not responsible for the content found on the linked websites. Every person has the responsibility to sift false from fact and the truth from its distortion.
As the saying goes, facts are sometimes in the eye of the beholder.
In no way is this information a substitute for medical advice.
The Hebrew site offers two major articles in PDF format under the title: How We Got Here Part I & II.
Part I - On the development of conventional medicine and how, when and why holistic medicine lost its authority. Who were the forces operating in this arena? What was their agenda and how did they manage to eliminate the competition?
Part II - Follow the Money - About the history of the pharmaceutical industry and how a small group of people took over the healthcare system and turned it into the most profitable industry in the world.
It was not yet translated into English but that information is more readily available in English.