There is a philosophy rampant in today’s society that healthy living equates to a moral existence, and that “moral superiority” prevents illness and bad things from happening to you… I beg to differ. SHE was only so successful making millions telling people nutrition can cure cancer because people WANT TO BELIEVE that cancer only happens to people who don’t live a healthy lifestyle.
ok… i hate to even bring this up. and obviously the headline here is sarcasm. but it is one of the major annoyances cancer patients have to contend with. they probably don’t tell you, but trust me, they talk about it amongst themselves. i had a mother of one of my daughter’s friends literally harangue me and berate me until i would agree that nutrition cures myeloma. i didn’t agree and i never spoke with her again. she didn’t even ask how i was feeling. she didn’t really care. she just wanted to insist she knew something. big mouth: yes. know it all: yes. concerned friend: nope.
many myeloma patients are very motivated to be healthy before and after our diagnosis, and find ways to manage a multitude of health issues.
i am extremely lucky healthwise. at 50 years old, i have no other health issues. we like to joke at the oncologist, i’m the healthiest cancer patient ever. though i know i have some competition for that honor in my support group alone! despite a genetic immunodeficiency which led to an mgus precursor of myeloma, i am an otherwise healthy 50 year old with no other medical issues, like many people with myeloma, all i have to contend with is an incurable cancer.
in fact, despite a life long genetic scenario which has left me with the immune system of a 110 year old, i have managed to live a very full, extremely active life, as a business owner and mother of a young child, and rarely had any opportunistic infections, let alone a cold and even my kidneys have recovered from damage in childhood. of course, nobody mentions this miracle when talking about my cancer. they just assume it’s an unhealthy lifestyle that precipitated it.
if you would like to know what actual medical professionals and scientists know about the cause and risk factors for myeloma. here are the facts we do know.
there are several known risk factors for myeloma. they are:
- Increasing age. Your risk of multiple myeloma increases as you age, with most people diagnosed in their mid-60s.
- Male sex. Men are more likely to develop the disease than are women.
- Black race. Blacks are about twice as likely to develop multiple myeloma as are whites.
- History of a monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). Every year 1 percent of the people with MGUS in the United States develop multiple myeloma.
I am obviously not an over 60 black man, and even if i were, i don’t think that it would be my fault i am predisposed to the disease.
There are activities that are known to link people to myeloma. One is serving in the military, because of exposure to dioxins courtesy of Monsanto and the other is being a first responder at 9/11. I really would never suggest to these people they stop their activities or eat more greens to change the cytogenetic factors that have led to their plasma cells becoming malignant.
thankfully, nobody suggested that victims of hiroshima or chernobyl eat a salad to reverse the irreperable damage to their dna.
among my fellow warriors i can count a yoga instructor, a vegan, a marathon runner, a long distance bike rider and a mountain climber.
though many of them enjoy a healthy diet, some of them fairly stringent and extreme, none of them believe it will ever come close to curing cancer and agree with me, this idea is incredibly dangerous to perpetuate. in fact, many people who are neutropenic because of their disease can’t eat raw vegetables. i do not exegerrate when i say a salad could kill them. as for supplements, if you have cancer you SHOULDN’T take vitamin C. but unless you have cancer, you probably don’t know this. most hospitals and cancer centers include nutrition and integrative medicine as one of their aspects of care, but in no way is it complete care let alone life-saving or curative care. if steve jobs couldn’t find an alternative cure with his considerable intellect and resources, what are the chances that shlub on FB with a couple recipes has the answer? more importantly, what is going on that people are SO afraid of science these days?
obviously there’s an element of fear and control at play here. of course, people want to believe that if they follow the rules and do the right thing nothing bad will happen to them. so it’s much easier to try and find fault with the victim, than accept that this could happen to anyone. but despite one’s own insecurities, victim blaming is pretty low.
there is a philosophy rampant in today’s society that healthy living equates to a moral existence, and that “moral superiority” prevents illness and bad things from happening to you… i beg to differ.
even if you insist that you have the answers to someone’s health issues or the keys to the kingdom, it’s really preferable to focus on expressing some compassion first. unless you know everything there is about someone, it’s unlikely you have anything very valuable to offer other than empathy. and if you cannot manage that, then i recommend you chew on a kale chip and say nothing.
SHE was only so successful making millions telling people nutrition can cure cancer because people WANT TO BELIEVE that cancer only happens to people who don’t live a healthy lifestyle.
please enjoy your gluten-free, plant-based diet you pathological scum.
here’s what actual cancer looks like you attention whore
Jessica Ainscough. Someone who could have lived longer, but chose not to. What you do is your business, but don’t promote a potentially life-threatening situation to millions…