Prevention, Mammograms, and Madness

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Preventive-MedicineAn ounce of prevention.  Yada yada.  We’ve all heard the cliché. But do we really believe it? Do we act as if prevention is worth 16 times more than a cure?  Americans definitely don’t.  But it’s not entirely our fault.  We aren’t taught to think about prevention.  Most of us don’t even understand what the word “prevention” means.  Things have gotten so confusing that people actually think that mammograms are a form of prevention.  Not exercise, not nutrition, not stress reduction, but mammograms!  It’s madness.

Mammogram Madness

Let’s take a good look at mammograms.  Are they really a form of preventative medicine?   Do they prevent cancer?

No.  A mammogram – by definition – is not preventative medicine.  A mammogram is a diagnostic tool, just like a blood test or an x-ray. It helps doctors to diagnose a problem or disease.  But it does not help doctors to TREAT the disease.

Sure, an early diagnosis can help doctors to treat cancer more easily.  This is exactly what happened with my wife.  Had they not caught her ovarian cancer early, then she might have died. 

Interestingly, it was an acupuncture physician, not a Western doctor, who first diagnosed my wife’s cancer.  There were no machines used for the initial diagnosis.  In fact, when MDs first looked at her case, they didn’t find any cancer.  It was only later, when the tumor got bigger, that they were able to confirm what the acupuncturist had already diagnosed.

Here’s something that will blow your mind:  Even though the acupuncturist was able to catch my wife’s cancer long before Western medicine, it was still considered late by Chinese medical standards. With Chinese medicine (which includes Qigong and acupuncture), if there’s a tumor, even if you catch it early, then you’ve already failed to prevent the disease.

Suddenly Catching Cancer

Woman Checking Her TemperatureTwo months before a 62-year-old woman is diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer  — did she have cancer?

Many Americans would say “no”.  People act as if cancer pops out of nowhere.   But it doesn’t.  You don’t suddenly catch cancer.  It takes years to develop.

By the time you can diagnose someone with cancer, the body has already been sick for a long time.  Diagnostic tests like mammograms can only find cancer cells when there are already billions of them.  And even then, it’s considered an “early” diagnosis.   But it’s not early.  It’s late.

We All Have Cancer

We all get “cancer” many times in our life.  All of us.  Including me. But you’ll never find a tumor in my body, no matter how often you screen me.  That’s because I practice Qigong, which keeps my immune system is strong.

Cancer is basically a failure of the immune system to deal with mutating cells.  A strong immune system naturally takes care of mutating cells.   If your immune system is strong, it will naturally keep the number of mutated  cells low — so low that there’s nothing to find!

If your immune system is weak, and if it stays that way for years, then eventually tumors may develop. But this takes years.  In other words, the disease process is active long before any tumors develop.

Stopping it Early

Preventative medicine, especially Chinese medicine, aims to catch the disease process early in its development. So mammograms definitely don’t qualify as  prevention.  Even if mammograms somehow shrank tumors (they don’t, of course), they STILL could not be considered preventative medicine.  In that case, if they magically dissolved tumors, mammograms would be called CURATIVE medicine, not preventative medicine.

See the difference?  If the disease has developed far enough for it to be diagnosed with a mammogram, then we haven’t prevented anything. We’ve merely identified it. And even if we can treat the disease, it’s still inferior to preventing it.

The Value of Prevention

What can you do to prevent illness and disease? There’s one important thing you can do.  And you can start doing it immediately:  Start recognizing the value of prevention.

You’ll need to be a free thinker to do this.  The modern medical system doesn’t talk about health; it talks about disease.  If you get sucked into their paradigm, you’ll never value prevention. 

I have argued for years that we do not have a health care system in America. We have a disease-management system — one that depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they manifest rather than giving our citizens simple diet, lifestyle and therapeutic tools to keep them healthy.                                                                                                                                   – Dr. Andrew Weil

Money talks.  If you’re not willing to spend money on something, then you probably don’t value it.  And the irony is that, with this mindset, you’re going to pay MORE in the long run.  And you’re also going to get less for your money.

I would gladly pay more for preventative medicine.  I mean, I hate being sick.  So if staying healthy actually cost more money in the long run, I would gladly pay it.

But staying healthy is cheaper than getting sick.  Much cheaper.

Many people have trouble spending a few hundred dollars on something invisible like prevention.  But once something breaks, they’ll spend a fortune.  How much does it cost to treat cancer?  It depends on the cancer and the treatment, but certainly, we would measure the cost in tens of thousands of dollars, right?  In many cases, it can cost hundreds of thousands. 

Meanwhile, the orthodox treatments for cancer are absolutely awful.  Surgery is a shock to the system that depresses the immune system, and the antibiotics kill the intestinal flora (which is an integral part of the immune system).  Chemotherapy, which poisons the rapidly-growing cancer cells, also poisons rapidly-growing cells in the intestines, the bone marrow, and the organs.  Radiation, which destroys cancer cells directly, also destroys other cells and creates massive toxicity in the body.

cloud-hands-qigong-tai-chi-woman-smallerI’ll stick with prevention, thankyouverymuch.  I value my health, so I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it.  If Qigong cost $500/month, I would gladly pay it because it keeps me healthy.  Wouldn’t you pay that much to avoid the awfulness of cancer treatments? Or what about all the other stuff you end up preventing by practicing Qigong?

Once you start valuing prevention, once you start acting like an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then it’s a no-brainer to pay $100/month for something like Qigong (or even $300/month for something like acupuncture).  And when you consider that Qigong basically pays for itself, then the decision becomes even easier.

So what are you waiting for? 

Mindfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

[hr] I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world to use qigong for their own stubborn health issues. I teach online courses, and also lead in-person retreats and workshops.
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3 Responses to Prevention, Mammograms, and Madness

  1. Melissa March 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    It’s true, prevention is DEFINITELY more cost effective, and enjoyable than paying for treatment when you’re sick!!! My 3 day stay in the hospital for appendicitis was a grand total of $17000.00. My high deductible insurance left me with about $5500 to pay out of my own pocket. Plus I had to take time to return my body to normal after all of their medicines and antibiotics wreaked their havoc on my system.

    My 7 day stay in paradise in Costa Rica, learning life-saving, healing Qigong techniques and clearing my body of any and all left over/new blockages, eating good food, making new friends, and all around changing my life was a grand total of… are you ready for this? $2887.00. That included everything, including taxis, food at the airport, souvenirs, tips, etc. I not only feel better, and healthier in every way after my trip, I know, deep down that I really am healthy, inside and out.

    How can you argue with that? I can’t! Consider me sold on prevention!!! There’s no way prevention isn’t ALWAYS the better deal. Bottom line.

    • Sifu Anthony March 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks for posting that, Melissa. It’s a great real-world example. But you forgot to mention that coffee was included in the price. You easily drank $500 worth of coffee. 🙂

      • Melissa March 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        I tried to set the record. 🙂

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