Thursday, October 2, 2014
The University of Oregon Football unveiled new uniforms to help raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I was very pleased with a toned down version of their jerseys and how the “pink” color was implemented with a contemporary style. I guess raising awareness doesn’t have to be bland.
The subject of cancer is important to my family. Before I moved to the West Coast New Year 2009, I lost my youngest step-brother to T-Cell Lymphoma cancer. There were no real signs of him being sick other than he was more tired than usual. One day, he pointed out a lump near his neck. He was already in Stage Four.
He went through chemotherapy treatments. Still, it didn’t work as well as anyone hoped. Finally, the doctors were given permission to test a new version of chemotherapy on him. His body rejected the treatment. There was nothing I could do. We received the initial news in July. He passed away around mid-September, not able to reach his 19th Birthday.
I have had a dislike of chemotherapy since then and would like researchers to put more emphasis on natural ways to combat the cancer cells. I did some of my own research online. To be honest, the terms are tough for me to understand. However, instead of chemo- (or chemical) therapy, I have positive feelings toward bio-therapy.
Certain raw fruits and vegetables help block and prevent the growth (spread) of cancer cells.
– Curcumin is a member of the ginger family and a powerful antioxidant.
– Red grapes contain “Resveratrol” which is an antioxidant, antimutagen, and reduces oxidant-caused cell death.
– Green tea has a group of plant flavonoids called catechins. Simplifying things, they get in the way of bad chemicals binding to our muscle tissue.
– Tomatoes lower the risk of several types of cancer, and to some extent, coronary heart disease.
– Raw fruits and veggies are high in natural antioxidants which significantly reduces inflammation. Ohio State University found that “anthocyanins” (gives cabbage its purple color) cuts the growth of colon cancer cells by more than 50 percent. Plus, up to 20 percent of the cancer cells are destroyed while leaving the healthy cells intact. This is something chemotherapy cannot do because it can’t tell the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells.
My point is, I feel it’s time to move on. The first forms of chemotherapy were introduced in the 1940s. Many of the same principles and limitations still apply in 2014. It is now a multi-billion dollar industry. Every year, how much money is raised to feed this giant all the while the same type of treatment is used for decades with the same type of results?
Am I suggested the medical industry is taking advantage of the situation? No. Not yet. I do feel a lack of progress has been made on alternative forms of treatment. And so much money is being made today, what happens if a cure is actually found? Billions of dollars would be erased from the medical industry. No…I won’t accuse them, yet. Still, at this point, (over 70 years later) I wouldn’t put it past them, either.
It is up to us to eat healthier, exercise regularly, and find out the truth on our own. If cancer (along with other diseases) can be prevented altogether through personal efforts, it will solve a myriad of problems. My gut feeling is…the medical industry in the U.S. is not as concerned with finding a cure as we think. 😦
Eric Christopher Jackson