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3
Jan

Stress and Breast Cancer

In the list of factors that increase the risk of breast cancer, stress features strongly, but because it’s a psychological condition it is much harder to evaluate accurately. Hopefully this page will broaden the understanding of stress in relation to breast cancer.

2
Nov

Integrative Healing

While watching this Chris Wark interview of Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, I noticed a stand-out point worth mentioning. Dr Connealy makes it very clear that after a cancer diagnosis, her patients who focus on nutrition and integrative medicine FIRST have SIGNIFICANTLY better outcomes than patients who come to her after going through the mill of radiation, chemo and surgery!

1
Oct

Pink October Marches On

It’s autumn again, and we all know what that means: the Pink October soldiers are out in force again, following the Pied-Piper of hope through cities and parks expecting a magic cure for cancer. Meanwhile, their pink corporate mogules are making large profits with products and services – some of which are linked to cancer, to mention only 2: Fracking and KFC

22
Aug

Preventive Health

It is no longer enough just to treat a disease and hope for the best. There is a quiet revolution going on – prevention is the key, and an active role in your health will save your life. Diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices are clearly within your control and key elements of the preventive approach. But also, we need to add Preventive Screening to this list, so you can monitor what’s going on inside your body, and stay one step ahead of unwanted physiological changes.

28
Jul

Thermography and Mammography

We understand how easy it is to view Mammography as the enemy – because it is a method that carries risks, and has put many women through unnecessary treatment. But let’s not blame our tools – Mammography does have its uses in treating breast cancer, but we object to its use in routine screening programmes on healthy women!

24
Jun

What is the immune system? – back to basics!

We put a lot of emphasis on the immune system and it’s proper functioning in relation to cancer, but do we really understand what the immune system is and how it works? It is hard to pin it down because it is a system – meaning that it’s a group of organs, cells and processes that, when working together properly, prevent infection and illness. Generally we tend to think of our body’s parts working in isolation, but we need to think of them operating as a ‘whole’ and think about how our environment can upset just one of the system’s elements, making our bodies defenceless.

10
May

Race for the Cure, or for Profits?

Spring brings the pink season upon us – the pink Pied-Piper is on the march again, leading their followers on walks to raise money – ‘Race For The Cure!’ But yet again the motivations behind these events are called into question. Susan G Komen have made it public that they spend only 25% of their takings on ‘Screenings and Treatment’, while around 50% goes towards ‘Education’ – the remaining 25% towards salaries and administration. And yet their rallying cry is ‘Race for the Cure’!

30
Mar

Prevention Not Detection

Despite studies like this one which shows that after 25 years of Mammography the breast cancer mortality rate has not changed and the incidence of over diagnosis is as high as 22% – the mantra remains: “early detection saves lives”.

21
Jan

Mammography – more harm than good!

Mammogram advocacy groups are in uproar because the the U.S. Department of Health (USPSTF) have re-affirmed their guidelines for regular screening (mammograms) for asymptomatic women! They have recommended that women should start routine mammograms at 50 years, not at 40 years which many have advocated.

29
Dec

Jimmy Carter’s Immunotherapy

Miracles aside, it’s always good news when we hear that someone’s cancer has ‘disappeared’, never mind when that person is an ex-President of the United States. Such is the case with Jimmy Carter, who has publicly announced he is cancer free after treatment with immunotherapy drug Keytruda. It was only in August that he told us that his doctors had found “spots of melanoma” after an operation to remove a tumour from his liver.

27
Nov

Thermography must be offered in addition to routine programmes

Interviewed on ABC news, Dr. William Amalu explains the value of Thermography very well, and its use ‘in addition’ to routine breast health programmes. If you need a clearer overview of how Thermography works, this is the one, but you can hear the confusion in the voice of the interviewer when he asks why the medical establishment won’t ‘endorse’ Thermography.

10
Oct

October Pinkwash

October is with us again, and we all know what that means, don’t we? The ‘Pinkwashers’ are out in force with their hollow promises of a ‘cure for cancer’, and their corporate bed-fellows in the form of big-pharma, big oil et al….

24
Aug

Functional Medicine – a paradigm shift in our approach to chronic illness!

It seems that every once in a while there is a paradigm shift in our understanding of something complex and significant. Somehow we’re trapped into thinking in certain ways about these systems, mostly because of the way they are taught to us, how our social structures work, and the top-down nature of our knowledge distribution ie. with regard to health, we bow down to the ‘experts’ like scientists, doctors and politicians – and understandably so, due to the complexity what’s involved.

30
Jun

No such thing as ‘safe’ ionising radiation

Scrolling through Facebook comments written by women who defend mammography as the best ‘early detection’ method for breast cancer screening, it’s clear that they think the dose of radiation they are exposed to when getting a mammogram is safe and equal to radiation emitted by a kitchen microwave or radiation from the sun on a beach, or even at 30,000 feet in an aeroplane.

28
May

A ‘prevention-based’ society?

The effects of cancer on individuals, families and even communities can be so devastating that we need to ask the big questions of ourselves when thinking about eradicating the disease, for example: what would a ‘prevention-based society’ look like?

22
Apr

Cancer is a disease of the immune system

There is no longer any doubt about the role that the immune system plays in the suppression and destruction of cancer. Study after study reveal that the immune system can destroy tumours with no harm to normal tissue – and in the long-term prevent cancer recurrence. But what is the immune system, and how can we reduce any risk of compromising it and indeed, how do we bolster it?

26
Mar

Women can decide for themselves

We’ve never doubted that women can decide for themselves when given the right information about medical procedures they may face – now we have a study to proof it. After over 25 years of running the routine breast screening program, statistics show a sharp increase in the rate of ‘early detection’ but little change to the longer-term death rates caused by breast cancer – which means that Mammography is NOT saving lives.

23
Feb

8 reasons NOT to have a mammogram

“Mammography saves lives” is the mantra from practitioners and advocates. The problem is that it can be harmful to healthy patients, inaccurate…. and it’s not supported by the research. For more details, please see our 8 reasons NOT to have a mammogram.

10
Feb

What’s new about Immunotherapy?

Anybody who reads or follows alternative cancer therapies knows and understands the principle of boosting the immune system to fight or prevent cancer. Cancer itself is not the problem, but rather it is a symptom of a failing immune system – therefore if you fix or boost the immune system by giving the body what it naturally requires ie. a natural diet and regular exercise, the immune system does its job and and fights the cancer as it should in a normally functioning body.

29
Jan

Fracking – coming to a location near you!

The environmental hazards associated with Fracking are widely known – most people would list local earthquakes, global emissions and pollution as good reason to rethink this procedure to extract oil and gas. But there is a hidden risk that not many are talking about – namely the risk of cancer by pumping carcinogens into the water table, chemicals linked to breast cancer like Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, and Ethylbenzene. In a report in 2011 the Energy and Commerce Committee from the House of Representatives in the US revealed a detailed list of the chemicals used in Fracking, not to mention the lack of transparency surrounding the practice of ‘trade secret’ ingredients contained in off-the-shelf products.

2
Jan

The Insider becomes the Outsider

Every now and again the insider becomes the outsider – a health-care professional publicly criticises their profession – making us all sit up and listen. We are enthralled by them because they’ve seen it from the inside and have insight into how the system works, they’ve seen the motivations behind the decisions. They know the thinking, and the attitudes, and constraints placed on doctors and nurses, what they choose to tell their patients, and not tell them.

16
Dec

Is Chemotherapy considered as palliative care?

In a recent conversation on Facebook, I found someone who had been through the mill with his wife and her cancer diagnosis. We argued about a statistic that is doing the rounds on the internet, namely that: “Chemotherapy is ineffective in 97% of cases”. This statistic is alarming, and my counterpart angrily refuted its truth and denounced anybody who might repeat it, as his wife had had Chemo and was in full recovery.

1
Dec

Bras and breast cancer

There is a lot of talk currently debunking the claim of a link between bras and breast cancer. The loudest voice by far is the Susan Komen foundation who have a claim on their website: “Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing an underwire bra (or any type of bra) and breast cancer risk. There is no biological reason the two would be linked.”

18
Nov

Our story – full interview

Our founders Rosa and Phil Hughes have a wonderful story to tell about Rosa’s brush with cancer, and her journey of discovery to natural healing. Furthermore, their dedication to bringing 100% safe screening and natural treatment to women and all sufferers.

4
Nov

Prevention IS the cure!

As we say good-bye to the October pink-fest, we’re left wondering what the many thousands of followers are thinking during the remaining 11 months of the year. Do they stop thinking about cancer altogether, or do they continue hoping for a miracle cure that will allow them to continue their modern consumer life of processed food and environmental toxins

12
Sep

NHS Breast Screening: Helping you decide

If you visit this NHS website you will find a page that allows you to download a leaflet about the routine breast screening program using Mammography – “To help women make an informed choice about whether or not to come for breast screening.” NHS Breast Screening: Helping you decide …

3
Sep

Mammography – 6 points everybody should understand

Mammography – 6 points everybody should understand We believe women need to know their options regarding their breast health so they can make informed choices, and not choose out of fear based on misleading information. Mammography is NOT diagnostic Let’s get the language right when we inform women of life-changing facts about their bodies. No …

20
Aug

Please recognise Thermography as an adjunct to Mammography!

Because of Mammography’s inability to distinguish between a benign or malignant tumour, one of the biggest risks of routine screening is over-diagnosis, followed by over-treatment. It is estimated that each year in the UK thousands of healthy women are exposed to and damaged by low energy ionising radiation, over-diagnosed and over-treated. These healthy women are treated as if they had a true cancer and subjected to life threatening treatments like biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy – more often than not surgery is followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy and then long term medication.

9
Jun

Genetic Disposition to Cancer?

There is a lot of confusion around the subject of a person’s genetic disposition to cancer – if your parents and grandparents had cancer, you are very likely to be in the firing line… right? This certainly seems to be the common understanding, and may have a significant effect on how people live their lives. Well, wrong actually.

20
Apr

Conflict of interest

There are two kinds of people in this world – those who think that a conflict of interest within organisations is utterly detestable… and those who just don’t care. The latter are a large part of this problem because public opinion can shift policy, but apathy just maintains the status quo.

11
Apr

Medical Thermal Imaging – new website and blog

Medical Thermal Imaging – new website and blog Welcome to the launch of our new website and blog. Medical Thermal Imaging are a medically recognised  team of Clinical Thermographers offering 100% body & breast screening in clinics throughout the UK, using high-tech, revolutionary, digital thermal imaging cameras. Thermography - why is it useful in detecting cancer? ...