Who was the first man to land on the moon?
Most of us can answer this question without great difficulty. It’s not like the event caused any tangible benefit to the quality of our lives. One man on a planet containing more than 3.612 billion people (as of 1969), yet we can proudly remember it was
Neil Armstrong. TV coverage of this historic event on July 20, 1969 provided 600 million viewers the opportunity of witnessing this amazing event.
Now, what if I asked you to name ONE person outside your family or circle of friends that survived Stage III or Stage IV cancer after being sent home or to hospice with no hope of survival? On a planet now containing over 7 billion lives, I’ll bet less than 1% of the population can answer this question.
Cancer will directly affect the lives of 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women today. There are thousands of documented cases of patients that have chosen not to accept their doctor’s terminal diagnosis and continue to remain in “remission” 10, 20 and even 30 years after the fatal diagnosis was given.
Rather than writing these cases off as spontaneous recoveries, wouldn’t it make more sense to document the lifestyle changes these people (from all over the world) implemented to see the common factors associated with their successful stories. Some have undergone traditional surgery, chemotherapy and radiation along with alternative therapies. Some have chosen to exclusively follow a non conventional ALTERNATIVE approach providing greater quality of life DURING THE TREATMENT period. Regardless, the outcome has been 10, 20 and even 30 years of ongoing QUALITY LIFE replacing the “death sentence” handed to them by their physicians.
I’d call this a news worthy story, yet, we can’t name ONE heroic person that chose this alternative path. We can’t name one TV show providing a biography on this topic; a topic affecting (as of 2012) an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades.
What causes us to lose focus on what really matters in life? What causes our media to care more about transgender bathroom stories than creating greater public awareness about natural treatments and lifestyles adding years of quality life to patients diagnosed with terminal cancer?
News stories about natural healing doesn’t generate money. These stories educate the public, provide alternative solutions, create greater awareness, but conflict with big businesses that provide millions of advertising dollars to the media.
When will the media see value in reporting health care stories preventing unnecessary cancer suffering?
Are we placing value on television that actually causes more harm than good? Would we really miss:
the countless new drugs we must “educate our doctors” about because the manufacturers obviously believe these doctors aren’t smart enough to know to recommend them without OUR ADVICE?
finding the best “heart healthy” cereals approved by the American Heart Association so we can develop Diabetes (as a result of the processing and sugar content) instead?
learning which soft drink makes “the world sing in perfect harmony” while destroying our healthy gut bacteria necessary for proper digestion, immune function and brain function.
the comparisons of fast food restaurants providing essential information about their organizations so we are certain to know which company’s products most effectively clog arteries killing us faster without sacrificing flavor!
The next time someone asks for the name of a person who overcame their terminal cancer diagnosis, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone knew (for example) Ben Williams, a 50yr. old psychology professor who included non conventional therapy against his oncologist’s recommendation.
His bravery to battle cancer matches the bravery Neil Armstrong displayed as the first man to land on the moon.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE MEDIA TO AGREE?