Tag Archives: Cancer

National Cancer Institute May Soften Up Cancer Definition

31 Jul

There are now a group of experts who feel that the current cancer screening tests are too suggestive. Their proposal to the National Cancer Institute is that the word cancer be removed from the conversation with patients after performing some cancer screening procedures. The proposal is a result of the experts’ opinions that many cancer procedures performed are unnecessary and cause undue stress on the patients. The mention of the word cancer to the patient causes the patient to expect treatment and possible death.

“We need a 21st-century definition of cancer instead of a 19th-century definition of cancer, which is what we’ve been using,”

Procedures performed after hundreds of thousands of routine screening tests result in disfiguring and needless suffering. A change in the definition of what is considered cancer is the proposal.

“While the policy change, announced on Monday but not yet made final, has the potential to save 20,000 lives a year, some doctors warned about the cumulative radiation risk of repeat scans as well as worries that broader use of the scans will lead to more risky and invasive medical procedures.”

This comes at the same time a federal panel is suggesting that all smokers and ex-smokers get annual CT scans to detect cancer. This would affect millions of patients.

Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US, and decisions made by the National Cancer Institute can have a profound impact on the health of the US population. Below is a list of the leading causes of death in the US during 2010, when the official CDC data is merged with data from the book: Death By Medicine released in October of 2012.

Rank Leading Causes of Death in the US in 2010 Deaths Source

1

Heart disease

597,689

CDC

2

Cancer

574,743

CDC

3

Outpatients

199,000

Starfield(12), Weingart(112)

4

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

138,080

CDC

5

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)

129,476

CDC

6

Accidents (unintentional injuries)

120,859

CDC

7

Bedsores

115,000

Xakellis(7), Barczak (8)

8

Malnutrition

108,800

Nurses Coalition(11)

9

Adverse Drug Reactions

106,000

Lazarou(1), Suh (49)

10

Medical error

98,000

IOM(6)

11

Infection

88,000

Weinstein(9), MMWR (10)

12

Alzheimer’s disease

83,494

CDC

13

Diabetes

69,071

CDC

14

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis

50,476

CDC

15

Influenza and Pneumonia

50,097

CDC

16

Intentional self-harm (suicide)

38,364

CDC

17

Unnecessary Procedures

37,136

HCUP(3,13)

18

Surgery-Related

32,000

AHRQ(85)

Investigation of Cancer Research Organizations – 1953

20 Jul

During the 1950’s, the Hoxsey Cancer Clinic in Dallas was the world’s largest cancer clinic in the world with branches in 17 states. It did not achieve this feat overnight. It had been treating patients at a rate of 300/ day in Iowa in the 1920’s.

During the 1930’3 the state of Texas was trying to convict Harry Hoxsey of practicing medicine without a license. The prosecutions in Texas ended when the Assistant Attorney General, Al Templeton found that his brother Mike, was cured of his terminal cancer by sneaking to The Hoxsey Clinic for treatment. Al then became Harry’s attorney, later to become a district judge.

In 1949, after the AMA had been blasting away at Dr. Rife for his cures for cancer, they took up the battle against Harry Hoxsey and lost.

Judge W. L. Thorton ruled: “I am of the firm opinion and belief that Hoxsey has cured these people of cancer. Hoxsey has been done a great injustice and . . . articles and utterances by defendant Morris Fishbein (AMA) were false, slanderous, and libelous.”

From the Congressional record of 1953 (Fitzgerald Report, August 3, 1953) :

  • Patients who received no treatment fared better than those who received surgery, radium, or X-Ray
  • The American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Cancer Society, state “radium, X-Ray therapy, and surgery are the only recognized treatments for cancer.”
  • Senator Elmer Thomas was petitioning the Surgeon General to investigate The Hoxsey Cancer Clinic. The Clinic supplied 62 case histories in 1945 and 77 case histories in 1950. Not only did the Surgeon General avoid an investigation, The Council of National Cancer Institute refused to investigate, in favor of hindering, suppressing, and restricting The Hoxsey Cancer Clinic.
  • My investigation to date should convince this committee that a conspiracy does exist to stop the free flow and use of drugs in interstate commerce which allegedly has solid therapeutic value.
  • Public and private funds have been thrown around like confetti at a country fair to close up and destroy clinics, hospitals, and scientific research laboratories which do not conform to the viewpoint of medical associations
  • “Behind and over all this is the weirdest conglomeration of corrupt motives, intrigue, selfishness, jealousy, obstruction, and conspiracy that I have ever seen.”

Realize that during these days in the 1950’s, you could buy rat poison and arsenic with no problem, but a $.25 tube of penicillin required a doctor’s prescription.

When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies

After the State of Texas failed to bring down Harry Hoxsey, and the AMA failed to bring down Harry Hoxsey, the FDA closed and padlocked all 17 Hoxsey Clinics in 1960.

July 20, 2013: Where are we today in (our search) finding the cure for cancer?