Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pinktober! In October we focus our attention on cancer. It is breast cancer awareness month. I decided to use my blog to provide some controversial research about this month’s tidal wave of pinkwashing propaganda. Pink newspapers are delivered to our doors, pink shoes on our football players, and yesterday I saw a pink cement truck. All to draw awareness to breast cancer, so I will do my part to draw attention to the topic (and you can thank me for not using pink lettering).
Many of you know that I am a two-time cancer survivor (last of which was breast cancer in 1999). However, you may not know that I am most definitely NOT a fan of Susan G Komen, so please do not ask me to walk, contribute, support, wear, purchase, pink-out, or post anything on my Facebook Page.
Susan G Komen and others like it call themselves “non-profit,” continue to raise billions to “find a cure,” and propagate the conventional treatments surrounding the disease, all in spite of the great and growing body of research on cause and prevention!
The cause of cancer is no longer much of a mystery, yet prevention is still not a hot topic because it requires manufacturer ethics and personal responsibility! Manufacturers do not seem to care that they are killing us and are often only moved by their bottom line. Personal responsibility seems more a thing of the past.
Plus, evidently, there is nothing sexy about raising money for prevention! I would give to that! I am a “preventionist!” Yes, that’s a thing! I made it a thing! It is my thing! This is why I spend more money than I make simply trying to educate people how not to die! My slogan: “Helping People Die of Old Age” is often laughed at, but that is my desire. I intend to die as a great-great-grandmother after having lived a full life, with a massive collection of memories, and leave a legacy of taking personal responsibility!
So as you can see, I believe in cancer prevention first and foremost, so some of my comments may seem harsh, but this research opened my eyes years ago, and I hope it will open yours today.
Disclaimer: I know there are many well-meaning folks out there who are participating in walks, raising money, and donating because they care about people who are suffering from cancer. I believe that the founder of Susan G Komen for the Cure did it with a broken heart over the loss of her dear sister. I mean her no ill will, and I am just as broken-hearted for all cancer victims. I simply want to say a cure for cancer should not be the objective.
The Cancer Industry is fraught with corruption. I’ve assembled some of the most shocking facts about one of them: Susan G. Komen for the Cure — the world’s largest “breast cancer awareness” charity organization.
Only 21% of the money that Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises goes to cancer research. Simple math tells us that 79% of all the money they raise goes elsewhere.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken legal action against over 100 small non-profits for using the phrase “for the cure” in their fund-raising campaigns. How dare you sell ‘cupcakes for the cure’.
In 2010, Susan G. Komen partnered with KFC who sold pink buckets of chicken “for the cure”. Apparently, leaders at Komen don’t know that fast food consumption is directly linked to obesity and that obesity is the 2nd leading cause of cancer.
In 2011, Susan G. Komen created and sold a perfume called “Promise Me” containing 3 leading potentially cancer-causing toxic ingredients coumarin, oxybenzone, and toluene. After this news broke, they pulled it from the market.
In 2012, Komen Founder & CEO, Nancy Brinker was paid $684,717, a 64% increase from her $417,000 salary the year before and this was AFTER a big drop in donations and half their 3-Day races were canceled.
In 2012, Komen drew criticism from the medical community for using misleading statements and deceptive statistics in their ads promoting mammograms.
Komen uses donation money to provide mammograms to women who can’t afford them, which seems good, until you learn that a 25-year study of 90,000 women proved that mammograms don’t save lives and that what early detection campaigns are actually doing is overdiagnosing and funneling women into an industry of harmful over-treatment, resulting in unnecessary surgery, chemo, radiation, and hormone therapies.
There’s plenty of damning information out there that can, and ultimately will, be used to call for a congressional hearing on the mammography cover-up. As far back as 1974, Professor Malcolm C. Pike at the University of Southern California School of Medicine warned the National Cancer Institute that a number of specialists had concluded that “giving a woman under age 50 a mammogram on a routine basis is close to unethical.”
In the 1990’s, Dr. Samuel Epstein warned about the dangers of mammography, stating: “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increases breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade of screening.
The high sensitivity of the breast, especially in young women, to radiation-induced cancer was known by 1970. Nevertheless, the establishment then screened some 300,000 women with X-ray dosages so high as to increase breast cancer risk by up to 20 percent in women aged 40 to 50 who were mammogramed annually.”
Yet despite all the evidence against the routine use of it, mammography has remained the number one recommended “prevention” strategy for nearly 40 years and is only now being reformed!
In 2014, Komen partnered with Baker Hughes who produced 1,000 pink drill bits to be used in their fracking operations with the cutesy slogan “Doing their bit for the cure”. Fracking involves the use of 700 different chemicals, like benzene and formaldehyde – which are linked to cancer.
As a result of some of these shenanigans, in 2014, The Charity Navigator downgraded Susan G. Komen for the Cure to 2 stars (out of 4).
Since that public embarrassment, Komen has been working to improve their rating. Nancy Brinker stepped down and was replaced with a much lower paid CEO. Their overall rating has come back up to 3 stars, but their financial rating is still 2 stars.
Another organization that Susan G. Komen for the Cure funnels money to – that has nothing to do with curing cancer – is Planned Parenthood, which was founded by a woman known as a racist, and a proponent of controlled breeding and sterilization – Margaret Sanger. Google her and the sordid history of Planned Parenthood which is the single largest provider of abortions in the United States. Multiple peer-reviewed studies suggest that abortion significantly increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
In 2012, under the leadership of then senior vice president of public policy Karen Handel, Komen’s board made the announcement that they had voted to stop funding Planned Parenthood because the agency was under investigation by the federal government. But after a backlash from their supporters, they reversed their position. Karen Handel then resigned and authored a book about the whole affair entitled Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines About the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Donating to cancer research is essentially giving your hard-earned dollars to drug companies who make billions in profit every year, don’t need your money, and are only interested in research that can lead to patentable, highly profitable drugs that they can sell back to you!
These are only a few of the reasons I have taken such a firm position against Susan G Komen for the Cure and the pinkwashing done at this time of year!
If Komen changes their ways, my opinion of them could change as well, but their history is not a good one.
Even more importantly, onceSusan G. Komen and other organizations like it – begin to acknowledge and spread the proven information about the cause and prevention of cancer – money for a cure will be less important.
Some final thoughts for your consideration:
Donating to cancer research is essentially giving your hard-earned dollars to drug companies who make billions in profit every year, don’t need your money, and are only interested in research that can lead to patentable, highly profitable drugs that they can sell back to you.
Investigate all non-profits for the disbursement of funds, the philosophy behind the organization, and its leaders BEFORE you help raise money or donate to it.
Any cancer patient in treatment can attend any of my health and nutrition workshops for free. It is my most valuable way of giving – since the savings and the information – is vital to them. But THE BEST way to help cancer patients is to put CA$H MONEY in their hands to help with groceries, gas, medical bills, treatment, supplements, rent, utilities, child care, etc. NOT by donating to “cancer research” or helping raise money to “find a cure.”
Give to Cancer Patients, not Susan G Komen.”