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American Cancer Society Waffles on Need for Screening Tests for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  In a field plagued by frequent controversy, the American Cancer Society (ACS) claims to have taken a major step forward to provide transparency in how justified it is in recommending cancer screening tests. It blames oncologists with a conflict of interest...what would you expect from an organization that depends on income from big pharma and the mammography...

Americans Get Too Many Colonoscopies

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Gastroenterologists and the American Society for Gastroenterology recommend screening colonoscopies begin at age 50 and be repeated every 10 years unless there is a special indication for more often. However, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is questioning this recommendation.  A study published in the September 2014 issue of...

Assessing Arteriosclerosis

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
Risk factors for heart disease should be assessed depending on each person's family history and lifestyle. The tests used also vary with each individual's particular situation. This disease is generally preventable.      

At What Age Should Children be Screened for Cholesterol?

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
  There are no studies defining when kids should be screened for cholesterol, yet there are accepted standards published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the journal, Pediatrics, proclaiming that kids should be screened beginning at age 2 according to the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The reasoning for this...

Biennial Mammograms are Sufficient to Screen for Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  According to researchers at the University of California Medical Center, and published in the March issue of Internal Medicine, screening for breast cancer every two years is preferrable to yearly screens when doing mammograms. This was based on a study of 900,000 women. It appears that this applies to women from the age of 50-94. Mammograms picked...

Breast Cancer Overview

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  The important statistics about breast cancer are reviewed. Risk factors and three main cellular types are described. Mainstream and alternative treatments are reviewed. Integrative strategies make the most sense.              

Breast Cancer Screening in High Risk Patients

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Different screening technologies are appropriate depending on your risk for developing breast cancer and situation. The pluses and minuses of mammograms, MRIs, and breast thermography for breast cancer screening are compared.      

Breast Cancer: How to Screen for it

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Screening for breast cancer is confusing and mammogams in younger women are simply not reliable. The screening tool that does work very well is breast thermography. The early work on this is reviewed.    

Breast Thermography on KEST Radio

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Breast thermograpy is the best screening technology in medicine for breast cancer in pre-menopausal women. There is no radiation and there are few false positive and negative results. Mammography is compared.        

Breast Thermography: Is It Underutilized?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  The FDA published information in Journal Watch in June of 2011 that is packed with presumptive and incorrect information about breast thermography and they have to know it! Breast thermography was approved in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography to evaluate for breast cancer. In 2004 the FDA rejected breast thermography as a stand alone test for breast...

Cancer

submitted by: admin on 02/16/2015
The definition of cancer means that cancer cells don't die as they are programmed, they lack apoptosis. The reasons for this range from genetic defects to overgrowth of chromosomes. Cancer is believed to be caused by genetic and epigenetic factors that include poor lifestyle, radiation exposure, infections, pollution, and more. The spread of cancer is complicated;...

Cancer Screening Tests

submitted by: admin on 02/17/2015
No one wants to get cancer but if we do, we want to find it early when it might be more curable. Keep in mind that cancer screening is not the same as prevention. There are a wide range of cancer screening tests that are available today that are regularly prescribed by the medical profession that have been assumed with a very limited scientific basis to be beneficial. However,...

Cancer Screening vs Prevention

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Cancer is on the rise and cancer screening is being promoted. Early detection is not as important as you'd think. The pap smear, mammograms, colonoscopy, and PSA testing have major problems that lead to over or underdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment. Screens over the age of 70 has not been shown to be warranted.          

Carotid Ultrasounds are a Business

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
How information is presented to a patient has a lot to do with what choices they make for treatment of carotid artery lesions. When subjects were given descriptively rather than statistically, they tended to choose surgical remedies. There are many screens for arteriosclerosis that lead to more surgical business. In asymptomatic patients the carotid ultrasound...

Colon Cancer Screening

submitted by: admin on 02/17/2015
  Screening for colon cancer is controversial even though we are advised to have a colonoscopy at age 50 as a routine. However, in asymptomatic people the risk of perforation or GI bleeding offsets the benefits. The role of other screens such as occult blood in the stool, barium enemas, sigmoidoscopy and virtual colonoscopies is discussed.              

Colon Cancer Screening, Which is Right for You?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  There are many different tests used in colon cancer screening and it is confusing to know which one is right for you. Not everyone should do the same test. There are controversies about if it is even necessary in asymptomatic people.        

Colonoscopy Screening Questioned

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article saying that colonoscopy for primary screening might be going too far. I agree! The benefits, harms, and costs have not been determined. Checking the stool for ocult blood and flexible sigmoidoscopy have been shown to be of value but there's no data showing that colonoscopy gives additional...

DCIS

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, makes up 25% of breast cancers and is lethal in only 1-2%. Failure to differentiate leads to massive overtreatment, significant emotional and physical disability, and unnecessary treatment and costs. There is a desperate need for better screening tests. Many of these cancers spontaneously disappear.            

Do We Need Virtual Colonoscopies?

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  Is there a need for virtual colonoscopies? In fact, is there a need for any colonoscopies in asymptomatic people? There is a lot of controversy on this topic. The advantage of virtual colonoscopy is that it is easier for the patient, but it also delivers a hefty dose of radiation and often required a regular colonoscopy if there are abnormal findings.          

Energy Medicine with Marc Weill

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Marc takes a look at energy medicine from the perspective of applied kinesiology and describes how he uses it and what it treats. Applied kinesiology, iridology, electrodermal screening are some of the modalities used in energy medicine in Europe that are starting to make their way into the progressive health care practitioners practices in the US. Managing...