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If Money Was The Answer We'd be Curing Cancer
Save a Child
So I'm checking out at a store and right as I'm about to pay, I hear the question "would you like to donate a dollar to save a child's life?" The first thing that would come to the mind of many is "I'd be heartless not to donate." Myself being more of a critic, I kindly told the cashier "no thanks". Am I that selfish? I mean if I could purchase over-priced baked goods to help a youth softball team, surely I could donate a dollar that I wouldn't miss to help a kid in need.
To sit back and think of the good the money could do, one may ponder. That money could be used to help some child whose parents don't have the money to pay for medical care, in-which I could agree to being a worthy cause. That money could be used to pay for researching ways to better treat children's medical conditions, once again, I'm all for finding better ways to treat medical conditions.
So why the criticism, why not give a dollar? I mean, surely every dollar counts. The criticism for me and the question I raise is "what does every dollar count towards? I question rather or not the dollar goes towards research and if so, is the research progressing or is it going in circles?
What If We Find The Cure
Most people who give money to help find a cure have good intentions. It's our human nature to want to support a good cause. Curing cancer is definitely a good cause, but what happens if we find a cure? More specifically and just as an example. Let's say there were two ingredients that when mixed with water and drank, completely cured all forms of cancer and let's say those ingredients were easily accessible for under $5.
All of a sudden, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen and every other organization who boasts of wanting to eradicate cancer would receive no more funding. The pharmaceutical industry loses billions of dollars that would have been spent on treatment and prescription drugs. All of a sudden, many people are out of a job and the big business of not curing cancer no longer exists. Of course, there could be a possibility that the ingredients were made to be inaccessible by most and the cost of them were through the roof, but there would still be billions lost if there were a known cure like that.
Don't be mistaken by the idea of me knowing of some $5 cure; because I don't, but you get the basic idea of where I'm going with this. I know a counter-argument may be that cancer is a terrible disease that everyone hates and the goal isn't to profit off of it, but if that's the case then why isn't more done for prevention?
Is There A Cure?
I'm not going to act as though curing cancer is an easy process, but at the same time, I won't ignore the fact that people have been cured from cancer. For some people, it's been a diet change. Cancer is a disease that preys on a weak immune system. One of the reasons many of us have such weak immune systems is because we eat denatured food which contributes to the build up of toxins in our bodies. In addition to that, we avoid the immune system building things like the plague.
For example, our bodies need sunlight to make vitamin D and so many people are afraid of over-exposure to the sun that they stay indoors and cover themselves with chemical sunscreen before stepping a foot outside. Most people eat healthy food in very small quantities and ultimately the word "healthy" is thrown around so frequently that people just eat junk, count calories, and assume they're eating healthy.
I would never tell a person they could be cancer free by doing x,y,z. I won't deny the fact that there are plenty of people who've been cured outside of conventional medicine, there's just that fact of something working for some, but not all. If we ;however, paid more attention to those being cured apart from conventional medicine, we may be able to offer more than the traditional chemotherapy seeing as how it makes some people's cancer worse.
At the very least, we could take a more holistic approach to not just cancer, but health problems in general. We live in a time where we supposedly know more than ever, but it seems we do less than ever to take care of health. Antibiotics are heavily over-prescribed by many doctors are rarely if ever followed by probiotics to boost the immune system back up.
What About Prevention?
With such low long-term survival rates and such high rates of re-occurrence, one would be led to believe there would be a strong push towards prevention. The efforts of prevention are mediocre at best. We hear the same line "quit smoking, lose weight, eat right, etc. " The complicated fact is that the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, etc. would lose money if they pointed a finger at the major contributors to cancer.
Although there are environmental and genetic factors when considering cancer statistics, the major issue lies in our diets and the solution isn't to follow the food pyramid. The companies who make all the toxic processed foods with ingredients such as sucralose, high-fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrate, hydrogenated vegetable oils, etc. are the main ones carrying pink ribbons on their labels.
When environmental and other factors are considered, a large amount of financial contribution comes from pharmaceutical and pesticide companies. Many common cosmetics contain carcinogens and yet there's no hesitation to flash that pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness (or lack thereof) month. We seem to turn a blind eye to all of the pinkwashing these companies do and efforts do more to lower awareness.
Ultimately you take away the products in the supermarkets that display pink ribbons and shut down all the companies that make major contributions to organizations whose goal is said to eliminate cancer, we'd probably have far fewer cases. Our bodies were designed to fight off disease and ultimately that's what they do around the clock and we have to make sure our bodies have what's necessary to stay in the fight.
What Do We Do?
For starters, we take into consideration what we put into and on our bodies. If we assume everything approved for human use is good for us, we are sadly mistaken. There are plenty of products considered safe nowadays. A product or ingredient being called safe pretty much just says that it won't kill you, but the case may be different in the long run.
We should pay full attention to the ingredients labels on our foods, instead of looking for it not to have a few certain ingredients. In reality, most of the foods we eat shouldn't have labels at all, those would be the products that you can grow yourself and find in that tiny section of the supermarket called produce.
We need to demand more in terms of research instead of praising researchers for findings of a new study that we already knew about. We need to know that there's plenty of money and there needs to be more of a desire. If a fraction of the people who donated to finding a cure did research themselves, the word cancer would probably become obsolete.
The ones we need to stand behind are those who aren't afraid to tell the truth even if it hurts profits. Most people who purchase juicers are excited when they first get them and use them a couple of times and miss out on the potential health benefits of juicing often. We need to count naturally occurring vitamins and minerals instead of calories.
Our skin is our first line of defense, so it needs to be nourished and not overwhelmed with harsh chemicals.
- Alcohol companies support breast cancer research
- The top five cancer-causing foods
- Cancer Prevention Coalition
- Prevent Cancer Foundation - Stop Cancer Before It Starts!
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection.
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