INCREASING LIFE EXPECTANCY BY 3 1/2 MONTHS

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Publication2CROPPED400The average consumer believes our medical community is diligently working hard to develop the Cure for cancer. We even reinforce this belief by attaching the word, “Cure” to numerous events (ex. Susan G Komen’s “Race For The Cure.”) In reality, medical science is working on developing treatments designed to treat cancer as a chronic disease rather than eliminating it as a threat to society.

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IS THIS SIMPLY A BIASED OPINION?

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NO! Treating rather than curing disease leads to an expanding population of patients. According to the literature found at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM),

“it is estimated that within two decades, cancer rates will double to approximately 22 million cases.”

REFERENCE: Sacristan, J.A., Lizan, L., Comellas, M. et al. Adv Ther (2016) 33: 2059. doi: 10 1007/s12325-016-0415-5

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This statement alone demonstrates the reality that RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY and CHARITABLE FUND RAISING over the next 20 years will NOT be enough to prevent the DOUBLING of cancer cases diagnosed!

If our health care professionals recognize this truth, why does society blind itself to the recurring fallacy that a “cure for cancer is the GOAL?”

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WHAT ABOUT INCREASING LIFE EXPECTANCY?

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When we think in terms of treatment and survival, the two most popular numbers are 5 years and 10 years. The public assumes these values are the minimum standards medical treatments aim to achieve.

Although many of you know people who have exceeded these ranges and even survived their cancer diagnosis, the FACTS contradict chemotherapy as a successful treatment for the majority of those diagnosed with cancer.

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Once again, the public has been misinformed about the TRUTH. Cancer drugs are approved for use that add as little as weeks to months to survival at a cost of $120,000 or more.

“Last year, ipilimumab (a cancer drug) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The benefit in survival over and above standard treatment arms was 3.7 months in previously treated patients and 2.1 months in previously untreated patients. The cost: $120,000.00 for four doses. As staggering a figure as that is, the drug is hardly alone in its lofty price. We believe that the immense cost of contemporary cancer drugs signals even greater costs for future drugs.”

REFERENCE: Siddiqui M, Rajkumar SV. The High Cost of Cancer Drugs and What We Can Do About It. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2012;87(10):935-943. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.07.007

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WHY ARE CANCER DRUGS SO EXPENSIVE?

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According to this same Mayo Clinic Proceedings reference:

“Because most cancers are incurable (blackened and underlined for emphasis) patients are treated with each approved agent creating a virtual monopoly because the use of one drug does not automatically mean that the others are no longer needed.”

“The very nature of cancer and the seriousness of the diagnosis plays a role in that patients and physicians are often willing to pay the high price of treatment even for marginal improvements in outcome.” (blackened and underlined for emphasis)

“Although we have immensely increased our knowledge of cancer, there is still much more to learn. As such, most patients currently receiving chemotherapy will die of their disease.” (blackened for emphasis)

“Most cancers are not curable, (blackened for emphasis) and most approved cancer drugs work only for a limited time.”

“Although we believe that physicians seldom treat patients who do not need treatment, the system does create a financial incentive to not only administer chemotherapy but to also potentially choose a more expensive drug when there is a choice for a cheaper alternative.”

“…intravenous chemotherapy administration is reimbursed well(blackened for emphasis)

“There is no requirement for a minimum or reasonable magnitude of benefit.” (to get the FDA to approve the drug) As long as a large enough sample size is used to create a “statistically significant prolongation of overall survival”, the drug is approved “even if it improves the life span only by a few days or weeks.” (blackened and underlined for emphasis)

If the Mayo clinics proceeding’s own words isn’t PROOF enough to show the lack of HONESTY and INTEGRITY in a majority of CHEMOTHERAPY treatments as well as the RESEARCH findings, what will it take to see the TRUTH?

Peter Wise (a former consultant physician at Charing Cross Hospital in London) stated,

Chemotherapy-which is one of the cornerstones of cancer treatment and can be used alongside other targeted drugs or radiotherapy- has only been shown to extend life by a few months on average.”

“Instead of wasting money on these drugs, cash should be ploughed into “under-financed”areas that can actually extend survival, such as prevention…”

A senior researcher (Dr. Elias Mossialos) of the London School of Economics and Political Science reached the following conclusions:

“62 cancer drugs approved in the U.S. and Europe between 2003-2013 extended survival by an average of 3 1/2 months. Nearly a third of the drugs lacked evidence to suggest they increased survival when compared to alternative treatments.”

The best way to beat cancer is to avoid it. LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the #1 method to reduce the chances; it is the one thing each of us is capable of CONTROLLING. It provides the body the best defense against ALL DISEASES including CANCER.

THIS IS THE TRUTHFUL REALITY!

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Turning to oncologists for LONG TERM CURES has proven unreliable according to the research . Even MD Anderson’s own website states:

We’re one of the largest cancer centers in the world. We’ve been working to eliminate cancer for more than six decades.

SIXTY YEARS WITHOUT DISCOVERING A CURE!

Earlier in this article I shared, “it is estimated that within two decades, cancer rates will double to approximately 22 million cases.”

Not only are we not closer to finding a CURE, the actual number of cases are likely to double in the next 20 years.

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If the facts in this article are not enough to:

SCARE YOU STRAIGHT

to CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIVING, I hope you’re prepared for the likely diagnosis you may face as well as the chemotherapy treatments that commonly accompany this diagnosis reducing the quality of life, devastating one’s finances and FAILING to significantly extend LIFE in a majority of cases.

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1 IN 2 MEN AND 1 IN 3 WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

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33 comments

  1. Those are some unbelievably staggering statistics, Dr. Jonathan. Excellent information.

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    1. How many people do think are INFORMED about these statistics prior to beginning a cancer regimen? There are so many viable options to CHOOSE from that ENHANCE one’s quality of life rather than carpet bombing one’s body with toxic substances alone and hoping the individual is strong enough to survive the assault.

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  2. Wow so sad that financial incentives have become the driving force behind treatment. My father died of pancreatic cancer five years ago so this hits home. Thanks for the great article!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and share your story. So much money has poured into researching treatments that never really lead to “cures.” If some of this money went into educating the public to teach them the importance of HEALTHY ACTIVE LIVING, there would be a substantial reduction in the number of cancer cases we see. It is easier to PREVENT this abnormal imbalance in the body then to POISON it extensively and hope for a positive outcome.

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  3. PROFITS OVER A CURE

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    1. Profits are commonly the primary focus of businesses. Personally, I do not have a problem with this concept. It is only when harm is permitted and viewed as “collateral damage” that focusing on business profits exceeds acceptable boundaries. As the consumer becomes aware of this reality, it becomes their RESPONSIBILITY to alter their relationship with the industry to minimize the chances of self harm. Complaining about the unethical behavior of the industry (in and of itself) doesn’t resolve the harm caused. Turning to ALTERNATIVE sources of services or products is a better SOLUTION. The consumer is not used to having this responsibility and currently seems uncertain how to handle it.

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  4. Unfortunately cancer is a big business.  Raising awareness is a business.  Just  creating fear and having more testing done that in itself can be cancer causing. I personally when diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer,  did not opt for surgery or radiation.  I agreed with my oncologist to undergo a very limited,  short treatment consisting of a pill form of chemo that lasted less than two months. It worked in addition to an aggressive holistic  approach and a major dietary overhaul . Thank you Dr. Colter for bringing awareness to this ever increasing epidemic.

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    1. Oh yes, disease is a big business. No one talks of prevention and preventatives. Which fruits, herbs, and vegetables keep the body at optimal performance. People need to remember every time they medicate they support an industry. A booming billion dollar business.

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      1. Learning to become the “general contractor” in coordinating the treatments available and the treatments chosen is an important KEY in achieving a better outcome.
        Thank you so much for sharing your comment.

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        1. You are so welcome. Love the work and honest commentary.

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    2. I truly hope people read AND RE-READ your comment to see the REALITY and IMPORTANCE of being an ACTIVE participant in the decision making process. The goal is NOT do demonize an industry; the goal is to utilize ALL OPPORTUNITIES that offer the best chances (under the terms a patient chooses) to survive AND THRIVE!

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  5. The whole cancer industry makes my stomach turn. When there’s such mind-boggling profit to be made, where’s the incentive for modern medicine to ever find a true “cure”?

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    1. Just as important, “when will the consumer CHOOSE to become more involved in the PROCESS knowing the incentive to “find the cure” doesn’t exist!

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  6. Although these treatments do work for some. My friend had breast cancer over 5 years ago. She had surgery, radiation and a 5 year drug. So far she is cancer-free. A lot depends on the individual.

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    1. It does depend on the individual, but it also depends on the quality of life chosen. Some people simply want to survive; others, want to actively live a life of quality (defined by the individual.) There is no right or wrong as long as each person achieves their desired outcomes.

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      1. She has diabetes and hers was out of control too. We go to the same Endocrinologist now and both are working on our quality of life. I personally thought she was brave. She never moaned or complained much. Mostly about the burns from the radiation.

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        1. I would simply like to see a wider selection of options offered to patients with cancer. It is a moral and ethical responsibility to provide accurate informed consent. Leaving viable options off the table is not acceptable.

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          1. I don’t know what she was actually offered if anything and she went with the drs orders. We didn’t really discuss it. But you are right!

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            1. Learning the process of discovering different approaches requires some effort. Even though a course of care was offered by the physician, doesn’t mean your friend can’t (TODAY) begin the process of investigating additional options so they will be available in the future!

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              1. Ahh good idea. My only concern about that is she is the type to follow a drs orders completely and without question.

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                1. Until a person is willing to open their eyes, all they can see is “visible” darkness. If this “safe” experience is enough, so be it. When a person CHOOSES to see MORE in life, MORE OPPORTUNITIES become available. If a medical doctor is the only source of information, one is accepting the limits of their capabilities. Accepting these limits prevents one from knowing the opportunity for additional QUALITY CHOICES AVAILABLE.

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                2. Now I am having problems with eating and it staying in my stomach where it belongs. Everything upsets my stomach. Had to go to ER for rehydration and tests. Over a week now and don’t know what for sure is causing it.

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  7. The knowledge that we live in a world where profit is too often more important than the wellbeing of others makes me truly sad. A great article, Jonathan. Excellent and important information.

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    1. People are entitled to the TRUTH. It’s a shame that business has to get in the way. As the consumer becomes more aware of this reality, they are more likely to become more receptive to less known viable treatment options that enhance quality living while strengthening the body to overcome various diseases.

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  8. I worked in the cancer field off and on over the years … hence I refused to have chemo or radio … the toxic side effects are shockers and the medical professionals know it but still rake in the dollars …

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    1. As readers see an “insider” making these comments, it adds real credibility to the article. Creating awareness is the goal; after that, it is up to the individual to decide the best treatment that satifies their needs.

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      1. yes we all have to decide for ourselves but ‘quality’ of life to do as I wish is important to me … pumping such toxins thru my body and being crippled by them for ages is not a path to healing for me … others are so scared of death they will take anything the medicos offer. We all have different priorities and must make our own choices.

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        1. Agreed. But we can only make our own choices if we open our eyes and recognize that choices exist beyond conventional oncology. How difficult it must be to be handed a cancer diagnosis without any background on available viable options. In this emotional state, it is commonly too difficult to separate one’s FEAR from one’s rational approach to researching options. This is one reason I publish these articles. It shows options exist PRIOR to any diagnosis that may help people in the future view this disease and treatment from a broader and less fearful perspective. As comments from patients diagnosed with cancer are read showing successful alternative approaches that strengthened the body and provided QUALITY living during the course of care, more people will reach out for these options. It’s people like you that make this possible. Thank you.

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          1. you are so right that people need to know there are options and it’s okay to make a choice. Many do come from fear and feel they must accept whatever they are offered by medic professionals. Who suffer from both a saviour complex and the need to push pharma … working with them offers a vastly different perspective on ones choices so I am grateful for my professional background and assertiveness.
            Still many rake in huge bucks selling their ‘snake oil’ … one Victorian man who survived cancer, lost some limbs in the process so that part is definitely genuine. Now sells meditation courses at an outrageous cost claiming it saved his life. In fact he hit his cancer with everything possible medical and alternative, and it did literally save his life. But his omission that he also took the chemo/radio offered, as well as changed his diet radically and learned to meditate …. hmmm. But when people hear C they tend to panic and look for ‘miracles’ .. do your research thoroughly and get family and friends to also .. their are many charlatans out there. And meditation is a great tool but you can get very cheap to free courses t learn!

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            1. Approaching HEALTH and DISEASE from a comprehensive perspective rather than a “haphazard, half hearted attempt” offers a better chance for successful outcomes. Self conviction, self awareness and self discipline are three aspects essential for LONG TERM changes. It’s not just about “defeating” a disease; it’s about finding a path to LIVING a chosen life.

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              1. well said, I’m most grateful that I chose a healthy lifestyle early in life …

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  9. Since I’ll die anyway, if I get cancer and chemo and those horrible treatment protocols are the only anlternatives (which fortunately they aren’t); I’ll opt not to extend my ‘painful life’ by 3.5 months and see if I go bofore those 3.5 months or after. It is our choice to live a preventive disease life, making holistic health conscious choices – and if/when we do fall sick we should be able to make choices about our treatment. Sadly, once you get to the hospital especially with one of ‘diagnosis’, you are barely given the options and you are so scared to ask or believe any alternative will ‘cure’ you. Thanks so much for sharing all this information doctor.

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    1. The sad part is, these poor patients are NOT INFORMED about these statistics. They are desperate to hold on to life until they realize the barbarism of some of these treatments isn’t worth it. At that point, they have already toxified their bodies so, death becomes a blessing.

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