October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month never bothered me until I was diagnosed with it myself. The first year it just spooked and reminded me of my situation every time I saw the ribbon or the endless commercials on TV. The second year it reminded me of the treatments that I refused and angered me as I realized that none of the money raised for cancer research actually goes to natural cures…only cures that will make the pharmaceutical companies rich.
Now I just find it annoying and a reminder of what is wrong in our country. Money drives everything. I am sad that most of us are in the dark about this and many people I love and respect continue to “walk” for the cure. While in the minority (for now), I RUN FROM the cure. I hope that with more knowledge and less fear more of us will be able to turn away from the harmful conventional cancer treatments.
I think Dr. V says it best in her recent article :
The Dreaded Pinktober
on September 27, 2014
The dreaded pink month of October is around the corner. Why do I dread the pink month? Because it is based on a lie that misleads thousands of women to hop unto the “Breast Cancer Conveyer Belt”. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) does nothing but encourage women to have their breasts radiated with mammograms, which will lead to thousands of women being mistreated and misdiagnosed.
In spite of the mass media frenzy to promote the Pink Movement, I do know that there are many women that are very sincere in reaching out and helping out other women. Occasionally, some women do discover their Breast Cancer with mammography and therefore they are very supportive of the industry. But ultimately, one must look beyond the propaganda and examine the facts.
In brief, this is how the BCAM got started: Charlotte Haley, now 69 years old, wanted to get the National Cancer Institute’s attention after her mother, sister and daughter all developed Breast Cancer. She folded salmon colored ribbons and attached a card saying: “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon”.