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Time to Rethink Mammograms, American Cancer Society Top Doc Says

Any new information demonstrating the dubious value of mammograms is simply piling on. I have been arguing for years that they are ineffectual and dangerous and an NBC News report shows exactly how sharply the tide has turned against this ineffectual diagnostic tool.

I've written many articles on the hazards and drawbacks of mammograms, including the danger of false positives, and the facts that ionizing radiation causes cancer, and that mammograms have no impact on mortality rates.

Another threat posed by mammography is the false negative. A member of my staff, Cindy Bevington Olmstead, a Midwest journalist, experienced this first-hand. Conventional mammography missed a 5 cm lesion two years in a row. Olmstead was lying on a gurney outside the operating room, waiting to have her breast removed, when she opened a piece of mail brought to her by a neighbor.

In it were the results of a mammogram performed just three weeks earlier. "We are pleased to inform you that we have found no evidence of cancer in your breast," the letter said.

The mammogram embodies much of what is wrong with the failed allopathic model of cancer treatment. Even when it is accurate, the mammogram is at best a diagnostic tool and does not address the underlying cause.

Mammography has failed as a cancer fighting tool but that is no reason to be fatalistic. It is never too late to take control of your health. Consuming only whole and nourishing foods is an excellent starting point. The information contained in my nutrition plan makes this an achievable goal. I also recommended optimizing your vitamin D levels, avoid eating within three hours of bedtime, limit your protein intake and avoid unfermented soy products.