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  1. Common uterine surgery linked to deadly cancer

    Mainstream surgery a cancer-spreading nightmare

    Life has a wild sense of humor, doesn't it? One moment you're watching the big game at home with your buddies, bragging about your bean and salsa dip.

    The next minute, you're cleaning cilantro off the ceiling because you forgot to put the top on the blender.

    And the lesson is so simple a second-grader could learn it -- if you're going to grind something to a bloody pulp, you'd better have a good way to contain the mess.

    Well, it looks like the mainstream is crawling with surgeons who never made it past the first grade, because they've been taking a spinning, grinding blade to uteruses for years. And they're not throwing around salsa -- they're spreading cancer.

    The FDA has finally stopped hitting the snooze button (we only wake them up for the important things) and acknowledged an unspeakable horror that's being unleashed on 60,000 women a year. It turns out a common procedure used to remove uterine fibroids could leave you with untreatable -- and in some cases, deadly -- cancer.

    For years, mainstream medicine has been pushing a dicey "laparoscopic power morcellation" procedure where a surgeon inserts a spinning blade and grinds away painful uterine fibroids. Lots of gals get the surgery as part of a hysterectomy.

    The only problem is -- like the blender without a top -- laparoscopic power morcellation tosses tissue everywhere. It tosses it on your intestinal wall... on your liver... on your kidneys. And some of that tissue is likely riddled with cancer.

    The FDA is now essentially admitting that the moment you agree to laparoscopic power morcellation, you may as well sign up for a chemo drip, too.

    Of course, the FDA stopped short of banning the procedure -- and I'd bet my last dollar they never will. Laparoscopic power morcellation rakes in thousands -- on top of the $150 an hour you pay in operating room expenses -- and our government doesn't have the backbone to throw the brakes on this gravy train.

    But you can. If you or a loved one is scheduled for this dangerous uterine grinding procedure, talk to your doctor about safer alternatives. And if your fibroids aren't giving you trouble, ask whether the surgery is really necessary at all.

    Because you just may find out the hard way that your surgeon's shiny new power tool isn't a life-saver -- it's a cancer-flinging monkey wrench.

  2. Study finds unusual suspect in lung cancer risk

    For years I've told you that the link between smoking and cancer has been exaggerated, and I'm not surprised to see that there's another danger factor here that's got nothing to do with lighting up.

    Researchers at the University of Montreal were stunned to find that that women who had undergone hysterectomies, or had otherwise had menopause medically induced were almost twice as likely to develop lung cancer as women who had gone through "the changes" naturally.

    Ironically, the study began as a quest to find a link between lung cancer and hormones in women. Can you imagine a worse situation? You have a hysterectomy or get your ovaries removed for whatever reason, believing that at the very least you're reducing your risk of the lethal ovarian cancer… only to find out that you're nearly doubling your chances of developing an equally deadly disease.

    Hormones contain growth agents, and they're just as likely to cause cancer cells to grow as they are to help offset the effects of menopause – which is why there's so much evidence out there which says that women should avoid hormone therapies.

    The researchers on this study theorize that the lung cancer danger is rooted in the fact that surgically or medically induced menopause results in a woman's estrogen level dropping to radically low levels almost instantly. In the case of naturally occurring menopause, the decline in estrogen is far less extreme, giving the body time to adjust.

    Other studies have also unearthed the detrimental health effects of removing ovaries. The recent Nurse's Health study found that women who underwent hysterectomies but kept their ovaries tended to live longer than women who had their ovaries removed entirely. Women without ovaries also tended to be at higher risk for theoretically unconnected ailments like heart disease and other cancers – including lung cancer.

    If nothing else, I'm hoping that this study helps spread the news that cigarettes are not the sole cause of lung cancer. For too long, the "quit smoking" mantra of the mainstream healthcare community has served as a catch-all solution to this terrible disease.

    But the truth of the matter is that thousands upon thousands of people die from lung cancer every year – people who have never even taken a puff of a single cigarette (filtered or otherwise!).

    Case in point: the tragic death of Diana Reeve, who was felled by lung cancer just seven months after being diagnosed with a disease – and she had never smoked. She'd never even lived in an environment where she was exposed to second hand smoke, third hand smoke, sidestream smoke or any of the other crazy smoke "exposures" they're always citing as "causes" of cancer.

    And yet she was taken by the disease as rapidly and mercilessly as someone who'd had a three-pack-a-day habit for forty years. Until doctors want to admit that there's a lot more to lung cancer than preventing people from smoking, I'm afraid we'll never get to the bottom of this disease.

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