Sister, hello Susun's recommendation against mamography
screening for all women annually is based on much research by the
National Cancer Institute and other credible bodies of research, you
could read more about it here http://www.healingdaily.com/conditions/mammograms.htm
I know for myself I have stopped going to doctors because they pressure
me to do things I am not comfortable doing, and I believe Susun is
seeking to educate women that they do have a choice. If they choose
a mammogram, knowing the risks, so be it, if they choose not to have
one, its important for them to take measures to do self exams, etc...
At the article on this site
argues the following:
~ 70% of all positive mamograms, upon biopsy, do not show any presence
~ one estimate is that annual radiological breast exams increase the
risk of breast cancer by two percent a year
~ over 10 years the risk will have increased 20 percent
~ scientists still claim mammography is a substantial risk
~ estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by
avoiding or minimizing exposure to the ionizing radiation. This includes
mammography, x-rays and other medical and dental sources
~ Since mammographic screening was introduced, the incidence of a
form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased
by 328 percent. Two hundred percent of this increase is allegedly
due to mammography
~ mammography may also help spread existing cancer cells due to the
considerable pressure placed on the woman's breast during the procedure
~ estimate that 10,000 A-T carriers will die of breast cancer this
year due to mammography
~ among women under 35, mammography could cause 75 cases of breast
cancer for every 15 it identifies
~ Canadian study found a 52 percent increase in breast cancer mortality
in young women given annual mammograms
~ pregnant women exposed to radiation could endanger their fetus
~ advises against mammography during pregnancy because "the future
risks of leukemia to your unborn child, not to mention birth defects,
are just not worth it
~ children exposed to radiation are more likely to develop breast
cancer as adults
~ risk of breast cancer for women under 35 is not high enough to warrant
the risk of radiation exposure
~ the risk of breast cancer to women over 55 justifies the risk of
~ Canadian National Breast Cancer Study showed that mammography had
no positive effect on mortality for women 40-50.
~ study suggests that women 40-50 are more likely to die of breast
cancer when screened regularly
~ read dozens of doctors testimony at
So, it seems from all the evidence that mammograms are more risky
than safe, and more women stand to get cancer from regular mammography
It is a blessing that this technology worked for you, still I do think
your success story is an exception to the rule, and if women are educated
about the risks they can make their own informed decisions. Susun
does recommend to women that they actively pursue an anti-cancer lifestyle,
and if they do fear cancer to take steps to prevent or reverse cancer,
including allying with red clover infusion...here is an article with
some of her suggestions,
And an article for women who do choose mammograms
An article for women who may be worried about breast cancer
Article for women who find they do have cancer
Sending love and blessings,
-Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health! By Susun S. Weed
Perhaps no aspect of breast cancer is more widely publicized than
screening mammography. Ads on television, in magazines, and in the
daily paper urge women to deal with fear about breast cancer by having
a yearly mammogram. We're even told that doing this is a way to "really
care for yourself."
But screening mammograms don't prevent breast cancer. A mammogram
is an x-ray and x-rays cause cancer. The ads promoting regular screening
mammography are paid for by those who stand to profit from their widespread
acceptance and use-the manufacturers of the equipment and x-ray film.
Whose health does this technology really benefit? Women's health?
Or corporate health?
Should you have a screening mammogram? At what age? How frequently?
Science hasn't agreed on answers to these questions.1 I believe that
my anti-cancer lifestyle (see page xv) will decrease my risk of dying
from breast cancer in a way that regular mammograms won't. I care
for my breasts with infused herbal oils, regular loving touch, organic
foods, and healthy exercise-and forgo regular screening mammograms.
Of course, you can do it all in the Wise Woman Tradition. The point
is to pay attention to your breasts.
Mammograms aren't safe
Professor Anthony Miller, Toronto National Cancer Institute, says
cancer cells may be squeezed into the bloodstream under the pressure
of the mammographic plates.11 Screening mammograms are unsafe other
ways, too: they expose sensitive breast tissues to radiation, and
they increase your chances of having a biopsy and being overtreated
for carcinoma in situ.
Scientists agree that there is no safe dose of radiation. Cellular
DNA in the breast is more easily damaged by very small doses of radiation
than thyroid tissue or bone marrow; in fact, breast cells are second
only to fetal tissues in sensitivity to radiation. And the younger
the breast cells, the more easily their DNA is damaged by radiation.
As an added risk, one percent of American women carry a hard-to-detect
oncogene which is triggered by radiation; a single mammogram increases
their risk of breast cancer by a factor of 4-6 times.12
The usual dose of radiation during a mammographic x-ray is from 0.25
to1 rad with the very best equipment; that's 1-4 rads per screening
mammogram (two views each of two breasts). And, according to Samuel
Epstein, M.D., of the University of Chicago's School of Public Health,
the dose can be ten times more than that . Sister Rosalie Bertell-one
of the world's most respected authorities on the dangers of radiation-says
one rad increases breast cancer risk one percent and is the equivalent
of one year's natural aging.13
If a woman has yearly mammograms from age 55 to age 75, she will receive
a minimum of 20 rads of radiation. For comparison, women who survived
the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima or Nagasaki absorbed 35 rads.
Though one large dose of radiation can be more harmful than many small
doses, it is important to remember that damage from radiation is cumulative.
Many women born in the 1930s and '40s-who are now considering the
benefits of postmenopausal mammographic screening-have already absorbed
quite a bit of radioactivity into their breast tissues from fallout
from the atomic bomb tests of the 1950s. (See page18.)
The American Cancer Society claims that the radiation danger from
a screening mammogram is no more than that caused by natural radiation
in the environment. Not so. The amount of radiation from even one
breast x-ray is 11.9 times the yearly dose absorbed by the entire
body, according to Diana Hunt, former saleswoman for an x-ray manufacturing
company, UCLA Medical Center graduate, and senior staff x-ray technologist
for 20 years.14 (See page 18 for a list of rads absorbed while skiing
in Denver, flying in an airplane, and other activities often cited
as comparable to mammographic screening.)
A study published in the October 20, 1993 issue of Journal of the
National Cancer Institute found a statistically significant increase
in the incidence of breast cancer following radiation treatment of
various benign breast diseases even among women older than 40 at the
time of the first treatment.
You increase your risk of being overtreated for breast cancer whenever
you have a screening mammogram. Eight out of ten masses detected by
screening mammogram are false alarms, but if something is seen in
your mammogram you'll be urged to undergo a biopsy.
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dont take Susun Weed's opinion for granted, read what others have
to say, here are just a few other opinions...
DO MAMMOGRAMS CAUSE BREAST CANCER?
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
February 28, 2006
Nobel laureate, Dr. John Gofman, believed that 50% of cancer was
caused by unnecessary radiation primarily related to diagnostic xray
studies. Large population studies in Denmark and Canada have revealed
that the death rates from breast cancer in women taking regular mammograms
and women who have never had mammograms are identical. This probably
can be explained by the observation that when a mammogram is positive
for a breast cancer the tumor has been present for up to 8 or 10 years.
This long delay before a tumor becomes visible in a mammogram allows
ample time for the cancer to have spread by lymphatic and vascular
An additional problem with mammograms is that approximately 10% of
women who do have breast cancer will have normal mammograms. The false
sense of security provided by normal mammography in these women obviously
delays the diagnosis of breast cancer even more.
If this information is valid why are women still having mammograms?
Mammography simply joins the long list of therapies and procedures
where desire for profits and lowering of world population levels have
superceded the welfare of our citizens;
Flouridation Of Water. Flouride is a very toxic byproduct of the
manufacturing of aluminum. It does not prevent and may actually increase
the incidence of tooth decay.
Genetically Modified Foods. These dangerous foods have never been
studied for safety as they are unnatural and surely cause disease
(immune system dysfunction, cancer, allergies etc.). They are not
labeled so you are eating them without any ability to protect your
health. Wheat - 80% GMO, Corn - 65% GMO, Soy - 80% GMO, etc. Dr. W.
Lee Cowden reports that nearly every person with a chronic illness
is allergic to soy.
Massive Vaccination Programs For Children. The escalating rates of
autism, autoimmune illnesses and cancer appear to be at least partially
related to mandated vaccines which supply immature immune systems
with toxic serum and adjuvants (mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, foreign
cell proteins, infectious organisms). Religious beliefs may allow
your children to escape the 35 mandatory vaccines. Vaccines represent
a lucrative no risk source of profits as Congress has exempted vaccine
manufacturers from liability in the event of adverse reactions which
Deaths Caused By Pharmaceutical Drugs. More than 125,000 persons
die annually in the U.S. from adverse reactions to correctly prescribed
Chemotherapy For Malignancies. The survival rates for chemotherapy
are not improving after many years of use. These drugs are quite toxic
and result in death if not stopped at an appropriate time. Effective
alternative therapies for cancer have been suppressed or vilified
for more than 100 years (Coley’s toxins, Rife’s electronic
invention, Koch’s substances, Essiac tea, antineoplaston, etc.)
Mandatory Phosphorus, Potassium, Nitrogen Fertilizer. Requiring U.S.
farmers to use NPP fertilizer guaranteed poor health. The critical
nutrient sulfur and trace minerals are lacking in this fertilizer.
Lack of trace minerals impairs enzyme function.
Advocacy Of Dangerous Dietary Programs And Unwillingness To Remove
Dangerous Food Substances. Recommended general diets ignore the danger
of sugar excess to pacify the sugar cartel. Hospital heart diets often
include the very transfats that cause arteriosclerosis. These synthetic
transfats have never been exposed for the health menaces they are.
Monosodium glutamate, chlorine containing sugar substitutes and Aspartame
(Nutrasweet) have been largely ignored by health agencies established
to protect public health.
Codex Alimentaris. This diabolic creation of the pharmaceutical industry
will possibly soon convert all vitamins, minerals, aminoacids and
nutritional supplements into drugs requiring a physician’s prescription
to permit you to pay 10 times more for the ability to continue to
take these substances. This is operational in Norway and Germany and
all these basic health substances cost 10 times more than in the days
prior to Codex.
Aluminum Is Everywhere In Our Society (water treatment facilities
use alum, foil, deodorants, antacids, cooking utensils, baking compounds)
There is considerable evidence that aluminum plays a significant role
in causing Alzheimer’s Disease along with mercury.
Mercury Contamination. Dental amalgams, fish, vaccines, fluorescent
light bulbs, coal power plants, sewage treatment, hospital waste disposal,
crematoriums, plastic casings, batteries, paint, shoe light bulbs
and thermostats all provide mercury that can reach human beings. The
ADA denies amalgams are a health risk yet a broken thermometer bulb
requires a detailed cleansing protocol. Mercury is the only metal
that easily vaporizes making inhalation a big problem.
The Health Benefits Of Soy Foods Have Been Heavily Advertised
The truth is that the high estrogen content of soy foods is clearly
carcinogenic –especially likely to cause breast cancer. Too
much estrogen causes excessive growth of tissue and the breast readily
responds to this estrogenic stimulation.
Soy foods cause premature puberty in young girls and delayed sexual
maturation in boys .Infant girls fed soy formula have phytoestrogen
levels 20 times higher than normal for girls fed breast milk. These
girls may proceed to begin menstruation and breast development by
age 7. Boys fed soy have delay in onset of normal puberty with a smaller
than normal penis and a greater tendency to homosexuality.
Soybean protein is inexpensive and has spread all over the world.
All Western soy foods are currently more than 80% contaminated by
genetically modified soy beans and this is almost certainly a bad
feature (GMO soybean manufacturers have not released the results of
their health studies on these foods as these results could have damaged
the market for GMO foods). Unbiased experts are certain these GMO
foods will cause cancer, allergies and immune dysfunction as these
GMO foods are foreign to the human body. Most soy foods contain isoflavones
which are potent estrogens. Soy foods will aggravate our estrogen
excess that we receive from petrochemicals, plastics, hormone implatation
in animals and cosmetics (xenoestrogens).. Symptoms related to estrogen
will thus be worstened in women and males will have greater difficulty
warding off impotence and decreased fertility.
The U.S. food with the fastest increasing incidence of allergic reactions
is soybeans. This is very likely due to the body’s inability
to metabolize this foreign synthetic GMO soybean protein.
Tofu is reported to contribute to accelerated brain aging resulting
Also it is not a comfort to me to know that we are eating a small
amount of Roundup herbicide every time we eat U. S. soybeans as Monsanto’s
Roundup tolerant GMO soybeans are widely grown. Previous to this
new GMO product, soybeans promptly died when sprayed with Roundup.
Eating Roundup herbicide can not be good for human beings.
Soy milk causes significant elevation in lipoprotein (a) levels.
This undesirable effect was discovered at Loma Linda. All soy products
particularly the milk damage the thyroid gland and impair the body’s
Common soy foods contain sufficient oxalate to contribute to the
forming of kidney stones. The absorption of minerals is impeded by
phytates in soybeans.
Soybeans must undergo chemical processing before they become edible.
This processing includes acid baths, extreme heat, and spray drying.
To improve the taste artificial flavorings such as MSG, preservatives,
sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients are added. This processing
makes soybeans a very artificial food. The best way to avoid soy is
to carefully read labels (watch out for textured protein, vegetable
The Breast Cancer Epidemic Is Steadily Getting Worse.
Massive campaigns exist to encourage women to have annual mammograms.
More breast tissue is thus exposed to dangerous cancer causing radiation
each year. This yearly ritual generates false positive and false negative
results leading to many worthless operations and considerable anxiety
in women incorrectly diagnosed. Needle biopsies are often done to
evaluate breast masses. This procedure occasionally spreads small
foci of tumor along the needle track potentially increasing the spread
of tumor cells. Mammograms have had more than adequate time to prove
their worth and they have failed miserably.
Breast cancer is a huge growth industry (more than 6.6 billion dollars
annually). This industry supports radiologists, xray technicians,
surgeons, nurses, manufacturers of xray equipment, hospitals etc.
and will not be allowed to disappear by curing and preventing breast
A few years ago only 12% of U.S. women could expect to develop breast
cancer. . Now with more years of mammography, transfats, increased
estrogenic environmental contamination and continued consumption of
soy products the rate of breast cancer has increased to perhaps one
out of every 8 or 9 women. When will women rise up and say we have
had enough of the possibly deliberate mis-management of our problem.
Women must take charge of their own health and ignore self serving
directives to come in for your annual mammogram. What should be done?
Thermography Can Diagnose Early Breast Cancer
Digital infrared thermography detects changes in blood flow in response
to cold air blown over the breasts. The blood vessels supplying a
cancer are generated by the cancer and are thus not controlled by
the autonomic nervous system. This means that blood continues to flow
to the malignancy when all other parts of the breast are receiving
less blood because of the cold air. producing vasoconstriction. The
blood flowing to the cancer shows up as a hot spot on the heat detecting
screen with increased blood flow at the site of the tumor. A benign
condition like a fibrocystic breast mass retains the normal blood
supply controlled by the autonomic nervous system so the cold air
causes diffuse decreases in blood flow in a uniform fashion. The thermogram
enables breast tumors to be diagnosed when they are tiny and just
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mammograms are x-rays.
can't tell if there's cancer.
don't replace breast self-exams.
screening increases risk of breast cancer mortality in premenopausal
I haven't had a baseline mammogram.
mammograms lead to overtreatment.
mammograms don't increase your chances of being cured . . . or of
don't find cancer before it metastasizes.
mammograms life saving for women over 55?
screening mammograms aren't cost effective to society nor are they
there a less risky way to participate in screening mam-mography?
distract us from the need for societal commitment to true prevention.
there other ways to find early-stage breast cancers?
don't promote breast health.
You Decide to Have a Mammogram.
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