The Truth Can Hurt, But Also Heal

4 takeaways from The Truth About Cancer

There’s a name that you should get to know: Ty Bollinger, bodybuilder turned health freedom advocate. While he does not actually hold an M.D., Mr. Bollinger has become an outspoken promoter of the kind of cancer treatments that avoid gruelling procedures and devastating drugs. His 2016 book, The Truth About Cancer, is the latest of his works that attempts to break away from conventional medical beliefs and methods.

Cancer remains the leading cause of death in developed countries, despite continual medical advancements. Bollinger explains that many people, if not most, don’t realize that they can prevent cancer to the best of their abilities with everyday practices. But the real truth that his book touts is what happens once cancer is diagnosed in a patient. Here are the 4 most important things we think you should know.

1. Medical Monopoly
Bollinger’s book begins by explaining the historical precedent for the current medical practice of naysaying most alternative and unconventional methods. This started with the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations’ 1910 publication of the Flexner Report, which effectively eliminated the competition of non-industrialized medicine. Because of this report, even methods that were effective in cancer treatment have been pushed aside if they don’t fit into the corporate, monopolized model of medicine.

2. Doctors cash in 
One of the most notable effects of this monopoly is how doctors personally benefit from promoting certain cancer treatments. Oftentimes they receive kickbacks from the companies whose drugs they prescribe to their patients, but offering alternative approaches and treatments can be career-threatening. The apparent inflexibility of cancer treatment (surgery or chemo) has therefore trained patients to not question their doctors’ decisions, even when it means torturous routines that do not always work.

3. Herbal remedies vs. FDA
One type of medicine most prominently shunned by the greater medical community is the herbal approach. Yet the primary reason that herbal remedies are not in the mainstream is not because of their ineffectiveness, but instead because of their unpatentability. Drug companies spend billions on the development, and eventual patenting, of their drugs with the FDA, which eventually means high revenues for both parties. But the natural quality of herbal medicines means they cannot be patented, which in turn means that billions of dollars cannot be made from them, which thus results in zero chance of passing FDA approval even when they are more effective than chemo.

4. Eat well, live cancer free?
Bollinger makes the argument that one of the best ways to actually prevent cancer is to have a healthy, balanced, organic diet. The good nutrients provided by this type of diet are crucial for a body’s cells. Even though this might not seem overly scientific, there’s no doubt that a healthier diet can fix many problems that plague Americans today.

Ty Bollinger wants to change the way Americans think about, and receive treatment for cancer. And while his book includes advice that may seem overly spiritual and not sufficiently scientific, there is no denying the questionable morality of the FDA and Big Pharma that he brings to light.

Have a good, healthy weekend Instareaders.

Sarah for Team Instaread
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