I’ve noticed that there has been quite a bit of what I would call “health propaganda” circulating lately. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying some of the ideas aren’t true but I’m saying that the way the ideas are being presented are very manipulative in my opinion. The power of words and thoughts are important to recognize as we seek to live the best life that we can with cancer and seek the best treatments. For me, when I see words that “shut down” dissent or alternative viewpoints my “health propaganda” warning flag goes shooting up!
The Power Of Words And Thoughts When Fighting Cancer
It’s bad enough when we see it in politics but let’s set a higher standard for our health. We’ve all seen the left and the right calling each other “fake news” in the political arena. Both sides are intending to shut down the debate when they use words like that. They are intending to influence you and, sadly, control your thoughts.
Now, I know there are genuine cases of fake news but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about rhetoric. You know, when they put “spin” on an idea or say it a certain way in order to hide certain things or make you think something is true even when it’s not. I hate that and I think most other people hate it too. It’s deceptive.
So, then why do we have to deal with this idea when we are doing research to fight our cancer. Shouldn’t we be able to read the unvarnished truth about our cancer without dealing with the author’s or the doctor’s preconceived ideas about this or that type of treatment? I think we should.
Do We Need To Do Our Homework
Some would say that we should read all of the research for ourselves and then we wouldn’t be deceived and that’s it’s our own fault if we are lied to. I’ve read these ideas a thousand times on Facebook. People say things like, “Why don’t you try picking up a book”, “do your homework” or “do your own research, I’m not your momma”. If you ask me, that’s blaming the victim. If you haven’t read any of those research papers then let me tell you that they are full of medical terminology and complex ideas that go far beyond what the average person knows, or cares to know, about biology. How do I know this? I read them all of the time. 🙂
Here’s an example of how complex this stuff can get. In fact, a great example is a blog post that I wrote about afinitor … or if I spelled it wrong affinitor. I never spell it right. 😛 Read It Here Afinitor is also called everolimus… if I spelled that right. 😀 I spell that one wrong all of the time too. If you have trouble remembering how it’s spelled try, Happily ever-oli-mus. Like, happily ever OLLY (a guy) mus. That’s how I remember it now. OK, you’re allowed to laugh but I remember it! 😀 Moving on….
If you read the post about afinitor, you will read things about things like mTor and kinases and how everolimus inhibits signaling in the cancer cell. Now, when my oncologist said that to me I said, “OK” and he continued talking and then it all became a blur. That’s why I recommend always going with a second person. A second set of ears always helps when you are dealing with such a complicated subject as cancer and cancer treatments, don’t you agree?! 🙂
So, what is signaling? It has to do with the affect that everolimus has upon the cancer cell’s ability to, in simplistic terms, conduct business. For example, there are signals to metabolize, signals to replicate and so on. These signals happens at the … hold on to your hat …. organelle level. That’s right, cells have little “organs”.
Therefore, kinases are critical in metabolism, cell signalling, protein regulation, cellular transport, secretory processes, and countless other cellular pathways. Read More
I pulled that quote from a post that I wrote about DCA and metabolic therapies. If you’re interested then you can Read It Here. It’s a potential alternative treatment for cancer that has had some remarkable affects in-vivo on rodents. I wrote a post about in-vitro vs. in-vivo testing as well. Read It Here. Yes, we are talking about mice again. I just wonder if they’re gonna lose control of these super mice one day and then we’ll be doomed. Mice will rule the world, right pinky. (Pinky and The Brain anyone?) Sorry…I really can’t help it 🙂 Moving on….
Here’s my real point, expecting everyone who has cancer to read about mTor, kinases, Rampamycin and so on… AND be able to understand it is ridiculous. People don’t have the time. In my opinion, we should all do as much as we can to understand but also, we should be able to read an article or a blog post, like mine I hope, and get a decent understanding of these processes without “doing our own homework”. We should also be able to trust that there is no bias in that work. I’m not finding that to be true all of the time.
The Power Of Words And Thoughts In Action
When I read posts, that talk about the “myth” of this…. or that or that something has been “debunked” then I instantly become suspicious that I am dealing with “health propaganda”. Now, it happens all over the place. For example, I was just doing research on vitamins and was pretty convinced that I needed to buy “organic vitamins” made from “whole foods” until I found out that it looks like most of that stuff is…less than truthful. I recently read…and I will be researching this more…. that some of these “whole food” vitamin companies are doing the following.
The name withheld company most certainly feeds synthetic vitamins to yeast, in order to make their multivitamins and other vitamins with exception of the vitamin C. Call them and ask them: Do you use usp vitamins in the manufacture of your supplements? They ferment usp vitamins with yeast and few foods and then pretend they are whole food
So, if that’s true, it’s spin, propaganda, and an outright lie. Don’t you agree? Now, here’s the thing. This is a company, in fact maybe more than one company, and they are trying to sell vitamins. Now, they wouldn’t be the first company that lied to people trying to sell a product BUT what I find difficult is when I read advocates of natural health promoting them after what I’ve read above. I need to find out if this is true or not. I think I will be posting on vitamins soon. 🙂 We need to get to the truth on this.
It happens on the flip-side too! We’ve all seen the articles where they tell us that eating healthy organic vegetables has no affect in our cancer fight. These authors set up an easily defeated argument of their own creation, knock it down and declare themselves the victor. That’s called a straw man argument and it’s a logical fallacy. What they usually fail to do, is to address well known studies showing the benefits of fighting cancer with organic veggies. I wrote a post on this idea and you can read it here. There’s even a video detailing each vegetable. The video is authored and produced by a well respected medical doctor and not just a blogger like me or some author claiming to know. He’s got “bona fide” studies to show you…. medical evidence and not just an opinion based on some preconceived bias. I respect that.
Of course, you must know that I am not advocating ditching your chemo and choosing the banana therapy for cancer (I made that up). I’m only saying that spin exists on all sides and we should be careful that we aren’t fooled by words like “myth”, “debunked”, “bogus”, “busted”…. I’m sure you have your own list. It shows a lack of depth if you ask me and condescension that I find typical in these types of articles and blog posts. There are so many things that were once thought a myth that have been proven to be fact and ideas thought to be facts later proven to be untrue. Here’s some funny ones to end the blog. Did you know that drinking hot tea will cool you down? It was once thought to be a myth and is now a proven fact. Read More