Critic cries foul on approaches to cancer 

The monolithic healthcare industry has become so entrenched in its role as a multi-billion dollar a year industry that it routinely misleads millions of American on health care issues, or so says the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), an international organization with national headquarters in Chicago and a branch office in Billings. When it comes to cancer treatment, the CPC has singled out the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute as dual perpetrators of a campaign of misinformation and self-serving negligence, a position that has angered those groups and many of its supporters.

The chairman of CPC is Dr. Samuel Epstein, emeritus professor of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Epstein has been a thorn in the side of ACS and NCI for some 30 years, charging that those cancer groups’ fixation on damage control for the disease–screening, diagnosis and treatment, and genetic research–has come at the expense of cancer prevention programs that would exponentially lower modern cancer rates.

The CPC has an ally in Phillip Day of the UK-based organization Credence Research. Day is a journalist who has dedicated his work over the past decade to spreading the message about cancer prevention, and is currently on 25-city speaking tour to support the CPC. Day will be in Bozeman on Sept. 15 and Billings on Sept. 16.

Day is unequivocal in his belief that the cancer-treatment industry operates from a base of greedy, malicious intent. “If modern medicine is the best resource for the prevention and treatment of cancer, why are cancer rates increasing?” Day asks. “Because chemo and radiation treatments are huge profit centers for the industry.”

But ACS spokesman Jim Ryan refutes Day’s charges. In a statement to the Independent he writes, “The American Cancer Society believes that about one-third of cancer deaths are due to dietary factors...” However, “[We] also believe that treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have been proven to play a vital role in fighting and defeating cancer.” He notes that the majority of monies raised by ACS go to cancer research, education and community service programs.

A good example of the industry’s misinformation, says Day, is the banning of Vitamin B-17 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). B-17, which has been called “the anti-cancer vitamin,” is a naturally-occurring vitamin found in lentil, flax and millet, and in the seeds of fruits such as apricots, plums and apples. The FDA has banned B-17 because it contains hydrogen cyanide, a poison.

“It’s a natural poison,” says Day, “and when it meets a cancer cell it generates a small amount of hydrocyanic acid, which has been shown to literally melt brain tumors.”

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