Common Cancer Prevention Isn't Really Prevention

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Scott: What about early detection?  That seems to... we're always told early detection is your best defense against cancer, but if you're waiting until you're 50 years old...

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny: Well isn't it interesting, the last time I looked up 'prevention' in the dictionary, it didn't say find it early.  It said don't get it in the first place.  And so this whole concept of finding it early is kind of a strange thing inside of medicine.  Why isn't it that healthcare providers and conventional medicine want you to not get it in the first place?  Well, we have a big cancer industry, we have a big AIDS industry, we have a big fibromyalgia industry.  If we cure all those people, a lot of bench researchers and all the way down the line are going to be out of a job.  

The American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Komen Institute, none of them have any focus on preventing cancer.  They all want to cure it after you have it.  But there truly are ways to prevent you from getting cancer.  One of the ones with breast cancer has to do with infrared breast imaging, which is commonly heard of as breast thermography.  That tool was FDA approved to be an adjunctive tool to mammography, it was approved by the FDA to be used in 1982.  It's a tool that's been around for a very long time.  And sometimes people say, well, there's no research, which is simply not true.  The research studies that were done in the 80's and 90's, some of them involved as many as 60 thousand women, 40 thousand women, 10 thousand women, that they followed over 8 to 12 years.  Using a noninvasive tool, which is infrared imaging, that's a heat detecting scan.  There's no pain, no pressure, no radiation, no compression.  You can follow very regularly because you're not causing any problems like you cause with mammography.  And that is the tool and that window of opportunity where you see a doubling cell that starts at the bottom of the ocean and doubles, and doubles, and doubles until it gets to the surface of the ocean where you can see it with mammography.  That seven to eight year period of time where that tumor is evolving, that is the window where you can find that with infrared breast imaging.  And when you find it with infrared breast imaging, there are and enormous number of things you can do to stop the angiogenesis, to stop the nitric oxide to make those cells heal, that a significant number of those indices to go away.

And if we can use that tool with regularity... lets say that we only stopped 20 percent of breast cancers, oh my, wouldn't that just be a tragic thing?!

Scott: Why isn't that being used more regularly?

Dr. Tenpenny:  It's not used for a couple of reasons, one is because the insurance industry doesn't cover it and unfortunately people are of the mindset that if my insurance doesn't pay for it, I can't do it.  You know if their car insurance doesn't pay for a repair, they would pay for the repair of the car.  If their homeowners doesn't cover for something, they would pay for the repair of their house.  But, oh my, if my insurance doesn't pay for it, I don't want to pay to repair me.  I don't want to do that.  So that's the one thing, infrared breast imaging is not covered by insurance.  

The second thing is that conventional doctors don't know what to do when they find a positive one.  When you go and you get one of these scans, it's scored on a scale of one to five.  With one and two being normal, benign.  Three being kind of equivocal, maybe there's something there, maybe there's not.  Four and five are high risk, like maybe there's something really is evolving here.  When you get a four or five score back on your infrared breast image, or your thermogram, at that point, conventional standards would be that you would get a mammogram to see if there was anything going on in the tissues.  Because thermography is a test of your physiology.  It's looking at how those physiological changes are happening and bubbling along until they actually solidify in your tissues to where you can see it with a mammogram.  So if you took a bad thermogram and you went and had a mammogram from it, and there was no, nothing there, the doctors wouldn't know what to do with it.  Most conventional doctors have no idea about nutrition, and supplements and iodine and lifestyle.  So they would tell the woman, that was a false positive.  They just took your money and gave you something to worry about.  There's nothing there, you don't need to be concerned.  However, there have been several research studies that have been done, that those women, that were the four and five categories, as you followed them along, more than 40 percent of them would develop full blown breast cancer within just a few years.  So it's an early warning signal, that doctors don't know what to do with.  It's like high blood pressure is an early warning signal that there's something going on, but they have a drug for that.  And that's the difference.


Dr. Sherri Tenpenny discusses what we commonly call prevention, especially when it comes to breast cancer. The constant push to get tested isn't really preventing anything is it? Dr. Tenpenny talks about this as well as a little used tool that could actually help prevent breast cancer.

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