Should I have a mammogram?
Nearly eighty percent of my patients with breast cancer detected their own tumor lumps— not their doctors, not mammograms, not ultrasound scans, not MRI scans. Nor do such reports seriously address the problem of the biologic cost of unnecessary breast biopsies done for false mammogram readings or breast disease and cancers caused by annual and cumulative radiation.
Here is the range of mammogram truths:
· First, people can accept the truth of those who profit from mammograms. This is the most widely accepted truth and is easy to understand since the profit-makers (the all-powerful radiology mega-industry) have the most dollars for advertising their truth. They, mammogram profiteers, recommend annual screening mammograms and commonly require more than one mammogram during the year in many cases. They show little, if any, interest in the dangers of yearly and cumulative exposures to radiation. They do not want to know how such radiation may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Second, there is the truth of diligent record keepers—scientists from Scandinavia have been most diligent—which is most ignored because these workers have no dollars for ads. Their truth is that lives saved by routine mammograms in various large long-term studies range from zero percent to two percent.
Third, there is the voice of American pathologists—in reality no voice at all—that expresses little more than reluctant compliance. Privately, most pathologists who carefully review the mammogram literature come up empty-handed. However, opposing radiologists is tedious for pathologists since pathology and radiology are seen as sister-specialities in hospitals. Why enter a controversy that yields nothing but can cause much grief?
Fourth, there is the truth of government panels comprising various medical specialities and statistics scientists. They consistently express serious doubts about the value of screening and point out the cost of false results in terms of fear, unnecessary biopsies, and resource utilization.
Fifth, there is the truth of the “unheard truths” of women who discover their breast cancers after they are given false security of negative mammograms. Such women never make the pages of the newspaper that prints all the news that’s fit to print.
· Sixth, there is the truth of the loud voices of women who extol the benefits of mammograms in the belief that their tumors could not have been detected by any other means—an argument which has validity but in a very small number of cases.
Seventh, there is my truth: Why do doctors, the American Cancer Society, and breast cancer activists NOT focus on teaching effective breast self-examination so women can detect their cancers early. I point out that surgical removal of Stage 1 breast cancer offers women an over 98 percent chance of ridding themselves of the cancer forever. I present my program for reducing the probability of developing new Breast Cancer in my 2-DVD video seminar entitled “Breast Health and Cancer”
Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs (IBER) Breast Self-examination
I strongly urge women to learn well and practice my Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs (IBER) method of breast self-examination. This method significantly increases early detect of cancerous breast lumps, which feel like hard rocks under rugs and are not painful. By contrast, benign cysts and inflammation (with or without calcium deposits) in the breast are tender on pressure.
Dr. Ali’s Breast Castor-rub and IBER Self-Exam
Nearly every woman has cysts in her breast. Most women also have calcium deposits in their mammary tissues. Pathologists recognize microscopic changes of inflammation in nearly all breast specimens. Inflammation causes more cysts and increases the risk of breast cancer. So, its elimination or reduction is important in this age of a pandemic of breast cancer. In my clinical experience, no single measure reduces inflammation in the breast more often and more effectively than topical castor oil rubs on the breasts, underarm, and adjacent regions. It is safe and inexpensive. Skin sensitivity to castor oil in my patients has been very rare. Below is the simple procedure I recommend for patients.
Dr. Ali’s Breast Castor-rub
1. Warm one tablespoon of castor oil gently by flaming it for ten to fifteen seconds. For the first application, use only one-half teaspoon of oil and apply it lightly to test your skin sensitivity.
2. Gently rub the oil over the breasts and the adjacent areas, including the underarms.
3. Select a loose bra (designate it as the “oil bra” for repetitive uses) to cover the oiled area for three, four, or more hours.
4. Take a shower or wipe off the oil with a wash cloth. Many patients sleep with it for added benefit.
5. Do the procedure two or three times weekly.
When desired, the Breast Castor-rub can be combined with castor-rubs for:
(1) bowel detox – Dr. Ali’s Belly Castor-rub;
(2) liver detox;
(3) muscle and joint rubs; and
(4) bone and joint rubs.
The Belly Castor-rub is done by simply applying the oil to the front, sides, and back of the abdomen. I suggest the use of a shirt (“oil shirt”) for this specific purpose which can be laundered after several uses.
I have observed remarkable results with the simple Breast Castor-rub procedure for the following conditions:
1. Breast soreness associated with cystic disease of the breast;
2. Mastitis (breast inflammation);
3. Chronic swelling (lymphedema) of the breast, armpit, or upper arm developing after breast cancer surgery;
4. Delayed or poor healing of breast surgery wounds. The oil should not be applied directly on the wound.
It is recommended that you inform your doctor of your intended use of Castor-rub.
He will be happy to learn you take responsibility for your breast health.
He might even use it for his other patients.
This is the age of breast cancer. A few years ago I made a sad prediction that one of every five females born now will develop breast cancer. My prediction is based on an extensive study of the rising incidences of breast cancer in all regions of the world during the last five decades. One of seven women in some regions of New Jersey and New York now develop breast cancer. I emphasize this to urge women to consider the simple, safe, effective, and inexpensive measures I describe for preserving breast health.
I consider breast and menstrual health as the two most important issues for women today. My five top recommendations for these problems are:
(1) Dr. Ali’s Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs (IBER) procedure done monthly (described below);
(2) Feather Breathing;
(3) Dr. Ali’s Breast Castor-rub
(4) Dr. Ali’s Belly Castor-rub; and
(5) hydrogen peroxide foot soaks
Eight of every ten women with breast cancer under my care detected their breast cancer—not by their doctors and not by mammograms. One of my patients detected her cancer just two months after a negative examination by her doctor and a negative mammogram. So, I consider complete monthly self-examination of breasts more important than mammograms.
Below is a brief description of Dr. Ali’s Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs (IBER) procedure I recommend for breast self-examination.
Dr. Ali’s IBER (Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs) Self-examination
1. Perform the IBER procedure while you are soaped up in the bathroom.
2. Use four fingers of your hand (right or left) to do IBER exam.
3. Begin at the periphery (outer areas) of the breast and move your fingers in a circular way to the central region of the breast, covering every part of the breast.
4. Gently push the breast tissue away and firmly roll your fingers over the ribs beneath the breast tissues.
5. Breast cancer lumps are usually hard, painless, and feel like a small rock under a rug. In nearly all early cases, the cancerous masses in the breast are not tender.
6. Repeat the examination after you have examined both breasts. This is essential also for women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer to detect local recurrence.
7. When soft and sensitive lumps (cysts and fibrous tissue) are found, gently stretch them over the ribs and focus on how these sensitive areas blend with non-sensitive healthy breast tissues. This usually helps to distinguish benign from malignant masses.
8. Using the tips of your four fingers, perform the IBER procedure on the fatty tissue in the underarm (armpit) region, again by rolling fingertips on the underlying ribs.
9. Gently squeeze the tissues of the nipple to check for any expressed fluid.
Bring to the attention of your doctor any suspicious areas discovered with IBER procedure.
Readers who wish to see a demonstration of the IBER method can obtain my four-hour two- DVD set entitled “Breast Cancer” I present the theory and practice of the Dysox Model of Cancer in the two volumes of The Crab, Oxygen, and Cancer (2007)
Conspiracy Against the Public
“Watch out for American radiologists when they set mammography standards,” wrote Adam Smith in the year Americans signed their Declaration of Independence. O.K., he did not pen those words. But he might as well have. Consider the following from his book The Wealth of Nations (1776): “[When} people of the same trade seldom meet together . . . the conversation end[s] in a conspiracy against the public.”
In 2010, the Preventive Services Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of published data on mammograms and recommended that:
☞ Routine screening mammograms begin at the age of 50 years; and
☞ Screening mammograms be performed every other year.
What happened next was what Adam Smith understood well. The radiology mega-industry immediately denounced the panel’s conclusions as government rationing—breast radiologists were most vociferous, surprise! surprise!—and claimed that the panel members had ignored the medical evidence, and accused the them of a callous disregard for the life and well-being of women. The words of a prominent breast radiologist are noteworthy: “Basically, [the panel] said nothing is good. Just wait until it breaks through your skin. . . .” (Quoted by The New England Journal of Medicine, September 9, 2010).
Radiologists are robustly vocal when they speak about lives saved by mammograms but deafeningly silent on the matter of death related to mammograms. When their spokesperson—trade unionists, to be clear—push annual mammograms for women over 40 years of age or older, they never compute the total dose of radiation administered during the remaining four or five decades of women’s lives. Nor do they publish estimates of deaths from cancers caused by such exposure. They insist that radiation in their hands is safe. Should we really expect anyone to declare his equipment unsafe after he has invested a million or more dollars in it?
Mammograms Save 2 Percent to Zero Percent Lives
In 1996, Norway began doing yearly mammograms for all women 50 to 69 years of age. Special breast cancer teams treated all women with breast cancer according to the accepted protocols. The results showed that the effect of mammograms alone could be as low as 2 percent or even zero.
In September, 2010, The New England Journal of Medicine reported data of some selected studies that challenged the widely held belief that mammograms save lives. This is how The New York Times commented on the study: “The study data indicated that the effect of mammograms alone could be as low as 2 percent or even zero.” Regrettably, the Times neutered its position by giving equal weight to the self-serving positions of radiologists. Here is one example: “Dr. Carol Lee, a radiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and chairwoman of the Breast Imaging Commission of the American College of Radiology, said the new study affirmed that mammograms saves lives.”
We live in the age of fear. Merchants of medicine count on the selling power of fear. Mammogram profiteers know the riches to be made by pushing on TV the isolated real or fictitious cases that show the value of mammograms. For every woman who is paid dollars to promote mammograms on TV, these profiteers bar from the news media hundreds of women hurt, directly or indirectly, by mammograms.
How can people counter the all-powerful corporate radiology? The only valid answer is to learn the facts about mammograms, take responsibility for your health, do monthly the IBER (Ignore-Breast-Examine-Ribs) self breast examination, and consider the necessary nutritional, environmental, and ethical changes to reduce the probability of developing breast cancer.
Should Mammograms be Abolished?
No. In some cases, mammograms are helpful in resolving important questions. However, the use of mammograms for individuals with specific reasons for doing the procedure and for limited periods of time is altogether different from subjecting all women to annual radiation. Mammograms are usually painful, create much fear before the procedure, and lead to unnecessary surgical procedures in a disturbing number of cases. There are few, if any, certainties in life. It is neither rational nor ethical for a medical speciality to use an uncertainty to push its agenda. Indeed, in my view, radiology should abstain from setting standards for screening mammograms. Society can delegate this responsibility to groups of experienced and knowledgeable family practitioners, surgeons, pathologists, and statisticians.
In the matter of mammograms, women need knowledgeable, thoughtful, and ethical physicians to guide them on an individualized basis.
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