October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, didn't you hear?

Why Awareness? Is there anyone out there who has never heard of Breast Cancer? Do you want to know why it wasn’t called Breast Cancer Prevention Month? I’ll tell you why, because its purpose is not to help women by preventing breast cancer; it is all about money.

It is obvious this pink product promotion kick is all about promoting mammograms so radiologists can make more money. They need plenty of awareness to counter all the recent research from large studies showing that mammograms aren’t too effective.1-3 

If preventing human suffering and saving women's lives were the overriding purpose then promoting how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer would be front and center as the main objective. Women should be getting notified of the scientific evidence that has accumulated in recent years that can enable women to avoid breast cancer. There are powerful protective steps women need to be aware of, such as:

  • Exercise
  • Stay slim
  • Eat lots of green vegetables, onions, and mushrooms daily.
  • Do not eat mass factory farmed dairy products, especially those given rBGH
  • Stay away from fast foods and insulin promoting refined foods such as white flour and sweets.
  • Do not eat mass factory farmed meats given antibiotics and growth promoting hormones.


Pink Ribbon Candy. Flickr: WishUponACupcake

Consider: these cancer non-profits are affiliated with drug companies and mammogram machine companies. They are also supported by companies such as Omaha Steaks, Pretzel Crisps, Boar’s Head Meats, General Mills, and ACH Foods (which makes margarine and cooking oils for fast food restaurants). They have no interest in preventing cancer, only treating it. The search for the magic “cure” for breast cancer is just another belief system with no reality behind it. I wish you a long life waiting for this to happen - that women can eat fast food, pasta, doughnuts, and bagels with cream cheese every day and then take a magic pill and not get cancer. Never gonna happen. The whole purpose of buying pink and raising money is to actually increase the amount of women with the diagnosis of cancer so they can be tested and treated, making more money for this billion dollar industry.

Hysterical wasn’t it that Southern Cancer Fried Chicken was selling pink buckets of the cancer-causing (junk food fried) chicken to raise money for breast cancer awareness? A skull and crossbones on the chicken bucket would have made more sense than a pink ribbon, but what do I know? I am sure next year we will see a pink Big Mac with a ribbon around it, and we will be encouraged to drink Pepsi for breast cancer awareness. I say let’s have some pink-ribboned cigarettes, and whiskey in pink bottles, too. I wonder if the cocaine pushers will get in on the act. Why not? Maybe even we can get the lawn service technicians that spray toxic weed killer on the neighbor’s lawn to dress in pink.

Let me tell you something, a cure is not coming soon. You’d better hedge your bets and eat right.



1. Gotzsche PC, Nielsen M: Screening for breast cancer with mammography. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2009:CD001877.
2. Wright CJ, Mueller CB: Screening mammography and public health policy: the need for perspective. Lancet 1995;346:29-32.
3. Esserman L, Shieh Y, Thompson I: Rethinking Screening for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 2009;302:1685-1692.



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Gerry - October 31, 2011 7:04 PM

Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for the facts.

How refreshing to hear the truth for a change.

We live in a society that is in denial on many levels, and with respect to many things...and thus the decline...I know, we're in denial about that too!

Eat to Live, and you will have a much better chance of enjoying, as well as extending, the life you have left.

In Him,

Alexandra Adams - October 31, 2011 8:10 PM

I so agree with you, Dr. Fuhrman! I have two co-workers who battled this disease in 2010, diagnosed within months of each other. They are both doing well now but I often wonder for how long. I've talked to them about changing their eating habits but my advice falls on deaf ears. You'd think there was no other cancer in the world except breast cancer! I don't hear nearly as much hype about the other types. How I wish the world would wake up and just think about it. You don't need to be an Einstein to see that something about what we currently do isn't right, and isn't working. I'm so thankful for what I have learned from you and others who promote vegetables, fruits, beans, etc. I was a total carnivore for most of my life and didn't even consider salad a food! Right now, I'm getting ready to make myself a big bowl of coleslaw!!! Old dogs can learn new tricks (and even like them!).

Marilyn - October 31, 2011 8:24 PM

I totally agree with this article and no longer support breast cancer organizations because the research is typically to "find the cure" in pharmaceuticals rather than promote prevention through healthy lifestyle choices.

MIke Rubino - October 31, 2011 9:11 PM

I got so sick of the the BC propoganda on the morning tv shows I ended up more than once screaming at the screen .Check out the food in the carts at the super market checkout counters take a gander of the fat around the midrift of the women pushing those carts and then tell me that Im supposed to give one nickle for "breast cancer " research ? Dr F has the answer eat greens and beans some fruits and veges and some nuts and seeds and get the junk out of those carts !

drew - October 31, 2011 9:53 PM

Thank you for saying what no one else will.

TMR - October 31, 2011 10:26 PM

Dr Fuhrmann, why doesn't Disease Proof promote a plant based diet only? You yourself eat a plant-based diet from what I understand, yet you do not clearly tell people to adopt a plant-based diet and to avoid all animal products. I have to wonder why you do not, and I can only think it's because you have some financial connections to businesses who profit from animal products. Therefore, when you criticize the Breast Cancer industry, I think there's lack of congruency in your own position, because it's obvious you think animal products are deleterious for one's health.

I'm vegan for ethical reasons, so I believe exploiting, torturing and killing 56 billion land animals each year and 1,140,000 sea animals every 30 seconds for mostly our palate pleasure is morally unjustifiable. The health and environmental benefits of veganism are ancillary.

It would be great if you just promoted clearly and consistently what you obviously believe -- that a plant-based diet is optimal for health. Better still, promote the ethical reason which is the most important reason to be vegan. Thanks for your consideration.

Dennis Kitt - October 31, 2011 10:28 PM

I have never read one of your articles before in diseaseproof with such attitude about how disease is profiting the medical establishment. I applaud your outspokenness. I was a hospice nurse for 12 years and no other kind of nurse largely because of the profit incentive in normal medical practice.

Margie Sifuentes - October 31, 2011 10:36 PM

I look forward to receiving the emails announcing the advancement of this project. It is sad to see so much effort and misleading hope going in to the present efforts

Annette Chambers - October 31, 2011 10:52 PM

Thank you for your conformation of what I suspected all along about this silly "pink" ribbon... I am committed to the ETL program and my family is learning from my example...

Thanks again, Dr. Fuhrman!

sharon shaw - October 31, 2011 11:10 PM

FINALLY!!!!! The uncoated Truth (of course nutritarians aren't surprised by this!) One would think, by all the hype, that breast cancer is caused by a pink ribbon deficiency. This piece is so good that I am printing it out and sending it to a number of women as well as keeping a stack and handing it out in person....It seems as though it is human nature to forego the simple truths in favor of convoluted lies.

Andrew Tarr - November 1, 2011 4:08 AM

Should I infer from this post that non-mass factory farmed dairy/meat products could be OK?

Angelique - November 1, 2011 7:26 AM

I was hearing on the radio yesterday (but keep in mind, I think it was a Hospital Ad I heard it in) that "one in two people in America will get cancer"

WHAT!?! I thought. Then two things hit me... First that it was a hospital ad and maybe that figure was a little embellished, and Second that so many people don't eat well or exercise and/or carry around a lot of negativity its no wonder! (I also believe, besides eating right and exercising a positive attitude and feeling good emotionally goes a long way in disease prevention).

I intend to live a long, happy, healthy life.

Horsecrazy - November 1, 2011 8:42 AM

Dr.Fuhrman, That is an excellent post that I will share with all those on my email group listing! If you sign up do you know what the follow up will be like? On one hand I am tempted (and of course I certainly plan to eat this way for the rest of my life), on the other, I already get so much email, phone calls, etc. from so many other orginaztions.....I would like to hear more before signing up.

Melody Scherubel - November 1, 2011 9:06 AM

One of our local chain restaurants known for its pie is promoting "Pink Silk Pie" (something like that). It costs $1 extra, that dollar going to breast cancer research. If people only knew.

With all the talk about profit, I do not think that mosts oncologists are so motivated. The ones I've met are genuinely compassionate people and are doing their best (but they're clueless about nutrition).

Diane - November 1, 2011 9:50 AM

I couldn't have said it better! If people got out of denial stage and spoke the truth as you just did, these billion dollar industries would go under!

As a side note, I heard you on TV and started your eating program on my own a few weeks ago -- based on what you said about GOMBS. I feel 1000 times better already! I am waiting for my "Eat to live" book, I made your soup and your pasta and ordered your Veggie Zest. Thank GOD for people like you!

Denise D'Agostino - November 1, 2011 10:14 AM

That rocked. It's all so angering sometimes!! Those following nutritarianism are so lucky to have the knowledge we do. I wish I could "like" all of these comments!! TMR, being a vegan myself for almost 7 years now, I see your argument but Dr. Fuhrman bases his lifestyle plan on the nutrient density of foods. If you look at the nutrient density line in his books, some fairly nutritious foods are in fact animal foods (eggs, salmon). Granted not as nutritious as, say, green vegetables but some of them are up there. If he promoted plant-based only, the focus would then not be on nutritarianism, it would be on veganism. I think it's clear he's against factory farming. Keep in mind conventionally grown vegetables result in animal deaths as well. The goal is health and also personal responsibility.

Bonnie - November 1, 2011 10:14 AM

I love this article so much I want to scream it from a mountaintop!!! Perfectly said! Thanks for all that you do Dr. Fuhrman. I have never even met you yet I trust you more than I do my own doctor.

Maureen - November 1, 2011 10:57 AM

Breast cancer "marketing" is so huge you would think it's the number one cancer killer in the US but it's not. More people die of LUNG cancer than any other cancer(but is second over heart disease, the number one killer in our country). Any way you look at it, a plant based diet is the way to go. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman!

jennifer - November 1, 2011 12:41 PM

What about the breast cancer gene?

Betsey - November 1, 2011 1:04 PM

Excellent post!
Love the Nutritarian Lifestyle.

StephenMarkTurner - November 1, 2011 1:09 PM

Dr Fuhrman does not directly support a 100% veggie diet because the science does not support that position.

Mary - November 1, 2011 1:26 PM

Very, Very well written, Dr. Fuhrman. It takes courage to go against the mainstream, and you do so with humor, grace, and knowledge! Thank you!

Andrea - November 1, 2011 4:22 PM

Thank you for not pulling any punches. I LOVE this article. So often I do not give to medical charities because I disagree with the research that is being done. This states why so clearly.

Nutrinurse - November 1, 2011 5:59 PM

Wow! I am a nurse and I understand how outside the mainstream medical thinking this is. I also understand the consequences of alienation that come from such different views. Dr. Fuhrman, thank you for the courage of expressing these opinions in such a direct and forthright way.

Stamatiaa - November 1, 2011 9:48 PM

Thank you for getting the message across - loud and clear!
People need to hear this!

Beth Peters - November 1, 2011 11:15 PM

Way to go Dr. Fuhrman. I love a doctor who is honest and tells it like it is. I have been waiting for this day to come to read pure honesty. Makes my soul cry out Halleleujah. This will probably step on some people's toes, but the fact of the matter is, it's the Almighty Gospel truth. The Standard American Diet today is toxic to our body. It goes way back to biblical times in Daniel Chapter 1. Eating of the fruits, veggies and water. Though it does mention in the bible eating meat, but today MAN has ruined it for us by injecting hormones and antibiotics in animals all for the love of money (GREED). As far as the breast cancer gene goes, there is no such thing as a breast cancer gene...Genes only plays a 5% role. Dr. Furhman is the God of all doctors. Read his books to understand more about cancer. We all have cancer cells it's how you eat and exercise that will determine if it will become disease or stay neutral. God help us all.

sharon shaw - November 2, 2011 12:26 AM

To address jennifer, a few posts above this one--the "breast cancer gene" sits dormant, waiting to be turned on or off by our lifestyle choices. There is an entire field called epigenetics that addresses the influence of external factors on gene expression. More and more evidence is being uncovered proving that our genes do not determine our fate. Our most powerful weapon against cancer is the fork...if used wisely.

Katherine Sychra - November 2, 2011 9:40 AM

Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman! You are a truth teller. May God bless you and watch over you. I am forwarding this post to every woman on my email list.

Patricia Tyrrell - November 2, 2011 11:20 AM


Doesn't 'Eat for Life' show without a doubt that a veggie diet DOES work? And doesn't Dr Fuhrman state that even tho' we could vastly improve our health eating 90% EFL, we'd be better off eating 100% EFL?

alan turkanis - November 2, 2011 3:05 PM

I thought this was a excellent timely article. The last sentence was perfect

To answer the question about genes.
Many years ago I heard a quote: Stating "We inherit the weakness but we don't inherit the disease."
Meaning if we eat properly, like Dr Fuhrman recommends, these weaknesses will never become diseases.

To answer the TMR, the ethical question.
To say Dr Fuhrman has financial ties to the meat industry is pure nonsense. Dr Fuhrman gets people who are used to eating animal products at every meal, to cut back there animal consumption to only one small portion a week. I think that is fantastic results. Maybe these people in time will give up eating animal altogether.
Peta tries to get people to eat less animal products by promoting Meatless Mondays, Dr Fuhrman tells people to animal products once a week.

I would argue it is more important to eat a vegan diet for health reasons and I have had this discussion or debate many times.
But does the reason really matter, if saving the animals is your main concern, The outcome is the same, more animal lives will be saved and the planet too!

I also completely agree with the other posted who stated the science is not there to support it a 100% vegan. But with that said, a whole food, plant based, that does not contain any animal products, is the healthiest diet for us.

Ps did you read this excellent article written by Dr Fuhrman"s check it out

Eat that hamburger and you are supporting global warming
Posted on October 28, 2011 by Talia Fuhrman

Marie Krieger - November 2, 2011 4:00 PM

Absolutely the best health post ever, a real public service. With verve and unvarnished language you have spoken truthfully and forthrightly. Thanks. Bravo!

MIke Rubino - November 2, 2011 8:55 PM

Accusing Df F of having ties to the meat industry is laughable to anyone who has read any of his books. His recommended limit of animal product is so small the mega industries would be out of business very quickly if many people followed them . He has stated many times he gives you the science not what peoeple want to hear, including those who are vegans for ethical reasons. The fact is having a few ounces of animal product once or twice per week has not been shown by science to be disease promoting and in fact has been shown to be health promoting for some people . Like ot or not that us what the science has said so far.

StephenMarkTurner - November 2, 2011 8:58 PM

Hi Pat Tyrrell.

It is only the last few percent where the science is not clear. From the latest book 'Super Immunity' it would appear that near vegan or vegan is the best health choice (particularly when nuts/seeds are included).

PS Did you do the walk? I did it (in 2 and 3 quarter hours).

Susan freund - November 2, 2011 11:03 PM

Loved the article. I would like to participate in the research project.

Thank you.

MARILYN WILSON - November 3, 2011 9:31 AM

THANK YOU DR. FUHRMAN! I couldn't have said it better. I have long believed that the "Cancer Industry" generates so many BILLIONS for alledged research and treatment that there will never be any "cures" and certainly no efforts at prevention. Success would decimate the medical economy.

J. Escher - November 3, 2011 9:48 AM


I attended a Relay for Life event and was amazed at the cancer causing foods everywhere. You couldn't purchase a cancer prevention / fighting food anywhere on the grounds. I thought what a good idea it would be to have a "Booth of Truth" with foods that were healthful. Maybe a smoothie bar even and homemade goodies that were made of nutritarian ingredients. I welcome anyone with the time and ability to run with the idea. From a cancer survivor /nutritarian.

Miriam Neumark R.N. - November 3, 2011 10:22 AM

Thank You Dr. Fuhrman for this great factual article..
I agree with you 150%.. Since hearing your interview last year and reading your book , Eat to Live in Nov.2010, I too have adopted a Nutritarian diet.. I feel Great and need no DRUGS ,thank G-d .. HEALTH PROMOTION and Disease Prevention is KEY to GREAT HEALTH..
Doing the following things has worked for me personally. ~~~ a holistic Nutritarian Diet ,
~~~ supplementing with a liquid high quality, Vitamin D if we do not get enough of this essential Vit D from Sunshine DAILY,
~~~ Drinking plenty of clean filtered water.
~~~~ Some form of routine daily Excersise ..
~~~~ reading labels and staying away from FRUCTOSE , Junk food , Floride and other TOXINS in regular personal care products.
~~~ drinking Organic Green Tea daily..
~~~ consuming Ganoderma Lucidum, Daily is keeping me Energized , Productive , Happy and I am getting younger Daily !!
I highly recommend that we STAY informed about the latest CORRECT International Medical Research Reports that are now available to ALL of us WHO have decided to take responsibilty for our own IMPROVED Health..
Do not expect your regular Big Pharma branwashed DUKTE to protect your health !! There is no "money in it for him ", and most regular DUKTORS have forgotten their Hippocratic Oath of , " FIRST , Do No HARM " !!
Have a Blessed Day !!
Cheers, Miriam

Laura Lane - November 3, 2011 10:24 AM

This is exactly what I thought for years, so I never bothered with mammograms, a waste of time and money. That is, until I was asked by a dear friend to PLEASE get one, even if there were no history of cancer in my family (which there wasn't) he would just feel better if I checked.

So with my first mammogram something showed up. I had stage 2 breast cancer, the lump was so small an experienced sergion couldn't even feel it. She sent me back to radiology to make sure. But it was there, tiny no doubt, but there. later tests on the limph node indicated the stage, and treatment needed.

Mammograms saved my life. Not only that but it put my 4 sisters, my daughter and 8 neices on alert. I asked friends to be sure to get checked. Of the 18 people I asked, 6 had a lump, 2 of those turned out to be melignant.

So maybe they do stress AWARENESS but mammograms saves lives. Maybe it's up to survivors to spread the word about prevention.

Ulrika - November 3, 2011 11:09 AM

Thank you so much for this article. I knew it. I'm printing this out for my doctor who is always trying to get me to have a mammogram every year. I won't do it. I eat properly and follow a ostly vegan diet. I don't need to take any medication and feel great. I am not going to let my doctor try to scare me anymore. Besides I really don't need to go to the doctor that often anyway.

ken eaton - November 3, 2011 11:30 AM

My wife recently attended a seminar given by a local hospital which had a number of doctors talk about cancer. There was not one word said about prevention

rose - November 3, 2011 12:11 PM

I tried to post this once before. If I have posted twice I'm sorry. I was diagnosed with cancer last October. During the past year I've had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I am still having herceptin treatments every 3 weeks because I am HER2 positive. I am on arimidex, an aromatase inhibitor, and will be taking it for 5 years. During the last year I have gained a little more than 20 pounds. Apparently both the herceptin and the arimidex cause weight gain in a lot of women.

I want to know if Dr. Fuhrman has any advice for women like me who are on drugs which seem to cause weight gain while being treated for cancer? I would be happy to participate in any study he did regarding this issue.

Cherry - November 3, 2011 1:09 PM

We just lost a sister in Christ at church who has undergone a trial chemotherapy. It is very, very sad. Earlier this year, a pancreatic cancer brother in Christ from our church had undergone chemo. He died 2 weeks after the chemo. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for the efforts you are putting forth in battling cancer the natural way, the research and educating the public, ! May God bless you more wisdom!

Mary - November 3, 2011 3:58 PM

I have pondered this subject many times and feel validated that a professional as knowledgeable as yourself has addressed this issue. I began to wonder if I was the only person not supporting the pink ribbon. I'm in the dental field and preach prevention on a daily basis - it's all about educating people. I wish just a fraction of the money earned in October could go to public education for disease prevention!

Mary - November 3, 2011 4:02 PM

I forwarded this article to everyone on my contact list I thought would read it and a few who probably won't (but might!).

Stephen - November 3, 2011 4:33 PM

Even though it is risky, to make any meaningful headway in defeating disease it is necessary to confront the entrenched establishment at every turn. You have my full support.


Diane - November 3, 2011 4:39 PM

Best article I've seen in a long time! Really telling it like it is! My health care provider leaves 2 or 3 messages a WEEK on my answer machine trying to get me in there for a dose of radiation they call a Mammogram.

M. Ehrenfeld - November 3, 2011 7:49 PM

I am very happy to read from a doctor that of which I have known long ago. Unfortunately not enough medical Doctor join the truth seaking ones and we, the patients, are the victims. I myself work very hard at spreading the knowledge (like Asparagus for cancer healing) but the bombarding of false information is dulling the brains of the ordinary Joe, or is it all the medications made to make us zombies doing that? Keep the good work, and hopefully more and more Doctor won't be intimidated by Big Pharma. Thanks

Becky Seevers - November 3, 2011 8:36 PM

I am a breast cancer survivor for 5+ years. It became obvious to me as I went through treatment that NO ONE was concerned about my diet. They never once talked to me about nutrition. At the end of my treatment (lumpectomy, mammosite radiation, and chemotherapy), they could not figure out what was wrong with me--feeling badly, having unrelenting redness on my breast, inability to lift my arm, etc. I went from the oncologist's office to the breast surgeon's in one day, and left there determined, with God's help, to learn how to be healthy. Rather than studying disease, I studied what made for good health. Among other resources I found EAT TO LIVE. I have lost 30 pounds, eat a "nutritarian" diet, feel better than ever, take no medications at all, and have good reason to hope for good health in years to come. I appreciate Dr. Fuhrman's work and his refreshing perspective.

Gary T. Nakai - November 3, 2011 11:30 PM

Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for your bold in truth approach to educate the mainstream followers. I wish you would denounce the shameless inadequacy of medical doctors' training in nutrition. The Hippocratic Oath seems to be romanticized to mean "trust me, I know better" by medical school graduates who clearly aren't prepared to do no harm, and who later become part and parcel to an immovable obstruction in the form of standard medical practice that truly doesn't know better. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kara - November 4, 2011 8:15 AM

Rock on Dr. Fuhrman!!! I'm fed up with all of the crap too!! Dr. Fuhrman for president!!!:)

Linda - November 4, 2011 3:09 PM

Although this will probably not be a popular posting, as a breat cancer survivor I am grateful for the support system, surgeons, etc. that helped myself and my family through a difficult time. There is a place for these machines and the doctors in our society at this time. The tone of the article and the postings made me feel that the individual that deals with cancer is to be looked down upon as well as the institutions. However, I do believe that we can all have the right to our own opinions, as well as expressing them. Not all of us had the knowledge at an earlier age. Nor was the research interpreted and studied to the degree that you, Dr. Furhman, did. Now you can educate and raise the awareness of others so that they and their families do not have to deal with becoming a survivor or the death of a loved one. Let's not loose compassion for others while educating humanity to take a new path. We can all get behind the concept of eliminating cancer from our society and not having others profit from it.

Lisa - November 4, 2011 4:25 PM

I agree that prevention is by far the better way, and I do eat preventatively, as prescribed by Dr. Fuhrman. However, when a person receives a diagnosis of cancer, it is not helpful if self-blame, or other-blame, for that matter,is loaded on top of it. ("Oh, no! I gave myself cancer!" Or, "Those terrible people gave me cancer!") We do not have ultimate control over our bodies or our lives, much as we might wish to have it. Is it healthy -- or even realistic -- to see the world as controlled by people who WANT women to develop breast cancer so they can sell their products? Is it actually true that they are evildoers, or are these people just as ignorant and deluded about the way disease develops as almost everybody else, including a huge percentage of the public health and medical professions?

Mental health doesn't develop magically with a superlative regimen, yet mental health is an even more powerful ingredient for a happy, productive life than physical health alone. It in fact helps, as Dr. Fuhrman points out, in making the transition to a healthy lifestyle. But it's more than just a can-do attitude: to avoid blaming and shaming surely must be as healthful as avoiding refined carbohydrates, for example. Opting out of the outrage response that's so prevalent in our world has got to be as beneficial as opting out of a diet heavy in animal fats. I want to develop a healthy outlook, free of anger and ignorance, just as much as I choose a diet high in cruciferous vegetables, onions and mushrooms! Then, whatever happens, I hope to have the inner resources to live with grace.

Healthy Hailey - November 4, 2011 6:29 PM

Dr. Fuhrman got his post written before I did, but I have been asking the same question: If October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why aren't women made aware of how their eating habits affect their cancer risk? I noticed a PINK package of sandwich meat in the grocery store. The label had the Breast Cancer Research Foundation logo, the pink ribbon, prominently displayed. Text on the label suggested the product was a very healthy option, with claims such as "certified extra lean," "No artificial flavors, no added fillers," and "with natural juices." In fact, a promo on the back persuasively said, "Give your family the flavor they love with wholesome ingredients to keep them healthy....You can feel good about serving Healthy Ones to your entire family." Mind you, this was for a package of ham preserved with sodium nitrite. Some say that nitrites are the most carcinogenic food additives ever approved by the FDA. But even if they're not, is consuming ham really an effective way to support Breast Cancer research?

Betty Dees - November 4, 2011 11:14 PM

Over 25 yrs ago I lost both breasts to cancer. I found a good nutritionist who taught me to eat right, to think of sugar as poison, and to give up processed foods. I celebrate 80 years of life in Dec.

LC - November 5, 2011 11:57 AM

I agree with you and think more people need to hear your message, BUT...
My grandma died of breast cancer. My aunt had it. I was afraid I'd get it. Since I've been out on my own (i.e., after college), I've generally been a healthy eater and I cook most of my own foods at home. Eleven years ago I became afraid that wasn't enough (and I have an ethical problem with eating flesh anyway). I quit eating meat cold turkey. My meals consisted of whole grains, legumes, lots and lots of vegetables. Organic as much as possible. Some dairy, but it's not a centerpiece of my diet. The last couple of years, I've eaten more vegan than vegetarian. I'm a runner. I maintain a healthy weight (and for those of you who might assume I'm chunky and think that's normal, no... I'm 5'6" and 125 lbs). I've never smoked anything. I usually pack a lunch, so I replaced my plastic dishes with glass years ago. My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. I got BRCA tested. Negative. As far as I'm concerned, I've done all I can. Yet I was still diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer earlier this year, at the age of 38. I finished chemo in August and finished radiation last week. My prognosis is good.
YES! I do think diet and exercise play a huge role. But we also need to look at the way we live as a society overall. I grew up in a very polluted area. Did that come into play? I don't know. Probably, but I haven't lived there in 18 years. Are genetics a factor? Probably. I know they haven't identified all the genes yet and there's still a lot of work to be done. Please, let's look beyond the individual's responsibility and look at it collectively instead. I cringe at the pink ribbon too, AND I resent that there are a lot of people point out that lifestyle factors are largely responsible... including my own mother. I honestly don't know what I could have done differently.

MIke Rubino - November 5, 2011 12:30 PM

No one is picking on breast cancer survivors nor those who didnt survive . Yet it is ludicrous to me to have so much support poured into breast cancer and other kinds of cancer for so called awareness , which means earlier and ealier detection and treatment rather than prevention. We are led to believe as a nation that we are sitting ducks for any kind of cancer that might come our way when in fact this is just not true. That is what should be hammered into us on a daily basis. Instead no one in government has the starch in their pants to stand up and say, our food is killing us, and our future generations ! God Forbid some food or dairy lobby might get upset about that.

Billions for early detection, billions for early treatment, not a dime for early prevention and awareness on how to best protect ourselves and our families from this dreaded disease before it corrupts our bodies.. What a motto for the good ol USA !

Not to make survivors feel any worse but close study of early detection and treatment shows statistically that ones life is not going to be any longer than if the cancer wasnt found until the last cruel stages of it. Personally I want a better system than that. I eat my gombbs every day wishing I knew about this years ago and hoping that it might help change those cancers cells in my body to insigificance.

The word really has to go out that there is a way to prevent most cancers . Im sorry if some cancer survivors feel slighted but I cant imagine that anyone who supports Dr fs position beleives that those who have gotten cancer are at fault for it.

Marie Krieger - November 6, 2011 2:01 PM

L.C. 's comment is very enlightening. While it is true that the food and medical establishments are for the most part way off the mark on health and proper eating, poor nutrition is only one part of a very complex problem. Women have to make decisions for their health using the best of everything available and not brush past routine screenings with expert doctors who use reasonable medical tests (well timed, state of the art mammography, clinical exams etc) and think that diet and exercise are sufficient for prevention. Gross ignorance and general lack of interest in nutrition can make it seem like there is a food and drug industry "conspiracy" when the likelihood is that the industry mindset is just not wholistic. So industry may have blinders on for nutrition, but it is up to the individual to chart a course that is inclusive of all reasonable supports and not to have blinders on when it comes to the best of what medicine offers.

diane lassen, RN, HHC - November 6, 2011 7:49 PM

Kudos to Dr Fuhrman to telling the truth about the cancer industry. It is nothing but a big business masquerading as an organization with a conscience.
As a health counselor, I follow much of what Dr FUhrman calls a nutritarian lifestyle, and encourage my clients to do the same. I also emphasize a diet high in cruciferous veggies, as these contain crucial components that prevent cancer cells from forming and metastasizing.
thank you Dr. Furhman!
Diane Lassen, RN, BSN, Holistic Health Counselor

Rael - November 6, 2011 8:27 PM

LC thank you for this. I work in oncology where I see countless women in the same situation and like another contributor I see countless women who had breast cancer diagnosed early thanks to a mammogram. These tests save women from the need for advanced treatment when cancer is detected early or in the preinvasive stage. Furthermore, I speak to patients every day about the importance of diet to their disease or survivorship or disease avoidance, many are not interested and I imagine that providers may become jaded over time by the lack of interest expressed by patients.

Patty - November 7, 2011 8:53 AM

Rather snarky. Wish I'd written it! ;)
You say exactly what goes through my mind every time I see people eating that yogurt with the pink ribbon.

XL five - November 10, 2011 12:17 PM

Komen for the cure? Ha ha, How about Komen for the profit?

Melissa Hoffman - November 12, 2011 6:18 AM

I applaud the perspective and bold information and am more than grateful for it, but must say that the 'voice' of this article doesn't sound like Dr. Fuhrman's. There is a sour/sarcastic tone to it that doesn't settle as easily in my ears or inspire me to pass it along as much as other articles. I just don't want to see this life-saving information written off due to what Patty pointed out as a 'snarky' tone.

Kim Buck - November 13, 2011 8:17 PM

Wow! You said it. Thank you. I recently found myself explaining (again) why I eat the way I do. I said that if I do get cancer, my diet and exercise were the most important preventative measures I could have taken. I can live with that. Thanks!

Christine - December 23, 2011 11:54 PM

Although I agree with what Dr. Furhman has said here in terms of the profit-driven nature of the breast cancer "industry," I will tell you that my life was likey saved by a mammogram that detected early-stage breast cancer two years ago when I was just 46. In my case, the mammogram was effective in catching the tumor at an early enough stage that I didn't have to go through Chemo, and for that, I am grateful.

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