Catching it early
May 30th 2014, 10:15 | Bryan Hubbard
It's all over the newspapers. Deaths from breast cancer have almost been halved, and the bow belongs to screening with routine mammography.
So persuasive is the catch-it-early argument that governments have spent millions putting into effect mass screening programmes, with women the primary targets for wholesale breast and cervical cancer campaigns.
In the latest invitation that comes through your door offering you a breast screening test, the National Health Service claims that regular mammography saves 1,300 lives a year by detecting breast cancer early and that it's been responsible for uncovering some of the breast cancers diagnosed. But as co-editor Bryan Hubbard discovered this month, virtually every claim made about routine mammogram screening is untrue.
Three new studies (one of which took a fresh look at the science upon which the UK's screening programme was launched) have uncovered the fact that: 1) regular screening by mammography is not responsible for the decline in breast cancer; and 2) mammograms don't save lives because 3) any benefit is outweighed 10 to 1 by the number of false positives detected by the technology. For every one woman whose cancer is detected, 10 will be subjected to chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy for a cancer that was never there. In some instances, for every one cancer found, 100 women will be told they have cancer.
These scientists join a large body of researchers such as the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, led by Dr Peter Gotzsche, who claim that mammograms cause more harm than good, particularly as there are other, safer and more accurate ways to diagnose breast cancer (page 18 of June's issue of WDDTY Magazine).
Speaking of cancer, we are thrilled to publish the first of an exclusive two-part extract from Dr Patrick Kingsley's new book The New Medicine. Over his 40-year career as a physician, Dr Kingsley treated more than 5,000 patients with end-stage cancer-many consigned by modern medicine as beyond hope-most of whom survived. Now retired, Dr Kingsley can speak freely about his unorthodox approach and his highly successful anti-cancer diet, plus other do-it-yourself tips for things you can carry out in conjunction with your medical treatment (page 32 of June's issue of WDDTY Magazine).
If you've been suffering from Candida overgrowth, an irritable bowel or parasites that just don't seem to go away, look no further than the fillings in your mouth. A new study confirms the work of scientists at the University of Georgia, the first to isolate evidence that amalgam fillings may be responsible for many intractable gut problems like Candida. Here's how to determine if the metal in your mouth is giving you a problem gut and some ideas for what you can do about it (page 24 of the magazine).
And speaking of unwanted guests in your gut, read how Alan Hunter, who'd been plagued by parasites for years, finally discovered a simple dietary plan that raised his temperature and made his body permanently hostile to these bothersome bugs (page 56). In case you'd like to follow his lead, check out our raw-food chef Mark'eta Bola's recipes for a weekly one-day fast (page 44).
And for anyone with a sweet tooth, we've sought out the best grab-'n'-go sweet snacks that are entirely free of refined sugar (page 74 of June's issue of WDDTY Magazine).
Find out how Jessica Ortner cured her own weight problems with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping, and how it can overcome the cravings, stress and self-doubt lurking behind most weight problems (page 61).
'Functional' is the new buzzword in the exercise world, a fancy term that simply means training for the moves you use in everyday life. International movement expert Paul Chek sorts out which exercises give you maximum range of motion and why you should eschew exercise machines (page 40 of the magazine).
And if doing anything strenuous brings on an exercise-induced attack of asthma, check out our Natural Doctor's casebook for some alternative ways to end the wheeze (page 46).
For June, we've put together a batch of natural ways to mend the heart-human or otherwise. Learn which foods will lower blood pressure naturally (page 52), which homeopathic treatments work best for atrial fibrillation (page 68 of the magazine) and which alternatives to heart drugs can best treat dogs with mitral valve disease (page 49).
Finally, if you're stuck for a present for Father's Day, we've sourced a super-natural selection of grooming products for men. These hair and skincare must-haves are a healthy way to say thanks, Dad.