Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and
While it is easy to take pot shots at companies that want to come across as corporate good guys and have chosen cancer as their vehicle, keep in mind that Cancer Incorporated has spent decades worming its way into the policymaking cloakrooms in Washington and crafting brilliant propaganda campaigns to the public. It’s a popular and politically correct disease to support. So, if somebody in any of these companies came out and questioned the wisdom of promoting cancer fund drives, how in the world could they convince anybody to think clearly about it? Worse yet, what would others think of them?
That’s how pervasive the cancer propaganda campaign has become. Who dares to question the prevailing wisdom of the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health? Only committed people like the folks at Prevent Cancer Coalition who make it their business to look under the carpet for the facts and are willing to stand up and shout. [Read]
The plain fact of the matter is that the American Cancer Society is not in the business of finding the causes and the cures for cancer. It is in the business of raising money to spread around to any entity that wants to support the agenda of keeping cancer a money-making proposition. According to Prevent Cancer Coalition (PCC) and others who have been critical of Cancer Incorporated, the ACS is not only the wealthiest “non-profit” with assets close to a billion dollars, it focuses only on improving access to screening (drumming up more customers), diagnosis and treatment (read: more use of medical services, particularly drugs) and not on real prevention, thanks to its alliances and financial dependence on the cancer industry.
In a 1996 press release, Prevent Cancer Coalition publicly cut the boloney factor out of the longtime National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Anyone who is involved with The Pink Ribbon Campaign in good faith, might well read the testimony we’ve listed at the end of this article from The House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight held in 1998 in regards access to alternative therapies. We’ve highlighted several specifically related to breast cancer and cancer in general and we have also provided the link to the entire list of testimonies. Burying the grim realities of breast cancer in an upbeat Pink Ribbon Campaign we find somewhat tasteless, to say the least.
While Cancer Incorporated has managed to develop a total emersion propaganda system for their empire, other corporate empires gin up their own brand of health-related propaganda. One of the more bizarre of such projects just revealed in the British newspaper, The Guardian, is that an organization called Arise (Associates for Research into the Science of Enjoyment), founded in 1988, claimed it was made up of a worldwide group of “eminent” scientists who could act as independent commentators.
In the 1990s, Arise cooked up a project to promote the virtues of eating chocolate, smoking, drinking tea, coffee, and alcohol! The idea was to produce scientific studies to be used as propaganda fodder for press consumption.
The scientific excuse to promote these particular lifestyle habits was to avoid guilt, which the researchers rationalized, could increase stress and undermine the immune system. This could then lead to forgetfulness, eating disorders, heart problems or brain damage. In short, as Arise spokesmen said, “The ‘health police’ could be causing more harm than good.”
This lifestyle assessment project, which lasted from September 1993 to March 1994, generated 195 newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews in some of the world’s top media outlets. Much of this coverage centered around a poll Arise claimed it commissioned called “Naughty but Nice.”
In documents that have now just become available, Guardian reporter, George Monbiot, reports that funding for this project originated from Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco, and RJ Reynolds, among others.
Elissa and I recommend that you read the entire Guardian article, as it reveals all kinds of tidbits of how disinformation propaganda is created. [Read]
Big Pharma is also no stranger to smoke and mirrors propaganda and manages to crank up a goodly number of other techniques to make sure that everyone in America is bombarded with the message that the cure for what ails you lies in chemistry and nothing else works. We challenge you to remember the number of “news” stories you’ve heard in the last few months about the development of a new drug (not yet FDA approved) or new technique (not yet on the market), or new scientific ‘breakthrough” that has just happened that is so important that it makes the headlines as a ‘PROMISING NEW blah blah blah.” The fact that whatever it is never materializes as promised doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are constantly bombarded with the promise of what lies ahead in the wonderful world of scientific research and miracle drugs. (subliminal message: send more money!)
Running in a parallel track of this same well-oiled smoke and mirrors “nothing ever works but chemistry” propaganda machine is the concerted effort to trash the value of dietary supplements in the press. In the last two years, there have been headlines trumpeting absolutely ridiculous, false and misleading “news.” See which ones you remember:
Vitamin E is bad for people who smoke.
One of Elissa’s favorite propaganda techniques to watch for is when some reasonably positive story is reported about some natural substance or treatment. There always has to be a qualifier in the story to suggest this great news might not be true, and some MD who knows nothing is usually interviewed (as the "medical expert”) so he can warn people to be cautious.
These cautionary comments no longer rise to the level of those the AMA used to peddle for almost a century against the chiropractic profession. The chiros got sick of being maligned, so a group of them sued under the Sherman Anti-trust Act and the Federal Court ruled the AMA could no longer make claims against the profession. Up until that ruling in the 1990s, the AMA encouraged its members to condemn the chiropractic profession as being “unscientific,” “unproven,” “dangerous” and "absolute quackery.” [Read]
While there is no longer a large volume of blatantly insulting propaganda, there is the consistent and insidious practice of ignoring genuine news about dietary supplements.
One study published in JAMA found that there was a 24% reduction in deaths among healthy female users of vitamin E but that fact was ignored in favor of focusing on the finding that the vitamin E in the study had no effect on cardiovascular disease or cancer prevention. This distorted news story came from an official NIH press release where the good news was buried in the fine print at the end of the release, which the news media never bothered to read before running with another headline news.
Another story in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported an intravenous vitamin C study, which concluded that intravenous vitamin C could reach blood concentrations 70 times greater than oral vitamin C and that at that level, vitamin C could kill cancer cells. This landmark study was never picked up by the news media so the world did not learn that it confirmed similar studies by two-time Nobel prize-winners Dr. Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron done 28 years earlier. Ignoring significant studies linking successful treatment of cancer with vitamin C has become standard operating procedure to the press, as well as official medical reference listings such as the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Pauling’s studies have been systematically ignored, though there are many of his papers published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, although in publication for 38 years, has never been listed on the government database MEDLINE. These and other ignored papers can be found on the Orthomolecular website: www.orthomolecular.org. You can also ask your employee, Sheldon Kotzin, who is the Scientific Review Administrator at the National Library of Medicine and who oversees MEDLINE, exactly why the JOM is not represented on MEDLINE. His work email is email@example.com.
Another trick of the trade, to create false information in the public eye to blur the truth, includes a report that a dietary supplement derived from grapes was found to have anti-aging properties due to its ability to repair DNA and might even lower risks of cardiovascular disease. This information was widely disseminated but quickly denied by other researchers funded by a drug company who claimed that the supplements used were not “biologically available,” a falsehood that ignored the fact the supplements were already being successfully used in a European cancer study.
One of the biggest bugaboos about hiding the real truth from the public is how Big Pharma’s biggest screwups go unreported, sometimes ending in the death of patients who should have been warned of the risks. Vioxx is the most blatant and widely reported example of a coverup gone wrong. In this case, Vioxx manufacturer Merck, couldn’t hide all the bodies, as it is believed that the drug killed at least 27,785 people and caused 160,000 heart attacks and strokes. David Graham, whose job at the FDA was to report dangerous drugs, was told to shut up when he warned about Vioxx. The New England Journal of Medicine printed glowing reports about Vioxx’s virtues, neglecting to publish the dirty little secret that it killed people in higher numbers than acceptable--even for drugs! And, in the end, when the truth came out that tens of thousands of people died because the truth was suppressed, one of the Vioxx developers was still willing to lie in court about its safety and for six years never bothered to correct the article, either.
The truth is, I could write a whole book on the follies of propaganda being used to dull us into submission and to make us “feel good” about surrendering our bodies to modern medicine. However, until that time comes, here are some “Cliff Notes” you may want to keep at hand to keep the scorecard straight:
1. 784,000 people die every year in America using modern medicine’s products and services. Here’s the research paper I wrote to prove it, as well as a one page chart from that paper as a quick reference. [Read] [Read]
3. You want to know why modern medical experts can’t figure out how natural healing arts actually work. Here’s a great summary explaining the dirty secret we have to tell. Simply put, there are TWO branches of medicine and the natural guys’ methods have worked for a long time and they don’t kill people! [Read]
Since both Elissa and I believe the most powerful people in the health freedom movement are folks like you and us, the next time you see some propaganda piece that rubs you the wrong way, please send some of the above documents to your media that keeps putting out the big lies. Let these media folks know that the truth is available and is waiting to be told.
And one final thought—before this article becomes a book! Here in America, in particular, we have been conditioned to believe that cancer is a scary thing and we’ll all die if we don’t give money for research. People in the natural healing arts don’t buy into the fear and "hope propaganda" campaign. Many of us have bothered to seek the truth about how we can keep our bodies healthy by lifestyle changes and by avoiding environmental hazards. If we get cancer, we gather information from a broad number of sources outside of Cancer Incorporated and make choices that produce incredible results that are never reported in the press. We invite you to check out the following resources: For part 1 click below.
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Politics in Healing: The
Suppression and Manipulation of American Medicine, by Daniel Haley
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Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, as well as a powerful health activist fighting for health freedom as president of Friends of Freedom International. Dr. Dean is the author of over a dozen health books, the latest of which is "Death By Modern Medicine".
Elissa Meininger is vice president of Friends of Freedom International and co-founder of the Health Freedom Action Network, a grassroots citizens' political action group. She is also a health freedom political analyst and can be heard on the natural health radio show SuperHealth, broadcast weekly on station KEBC (Information Radio 1340) in Oklahoma City.
The plain fact of the matter is that the American Cancer Society is not in the business of finding the causes and the cures for cancer. It is in the business of raising money to spread around to any entity that wants to support the agenda of keeping cancer a money-making proposition.