CANCER: A MEDICAL INDUSTRY IN WILLFUL DENIAL
by Phillip Day
I have studied cancer for 25 years, given countless lectures on the subject, written books, made films, spoken to some of the most successful cancer doctors in the business, and actually there really is some good news about cancer, though you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise with all the tall tales appearing in the press recently.
The bad news we all know about. Britain leads the industrialised world in its failure to halt the disease. The General Medical Council likes to attack doctors using safe, alternative means to cure the problem. More people will die of cancer next year than in previous years – more people will contract it too.
The UK, or what’s left of it, has the worst cancer survival rates of any Western industrialised nation1 – frankly not surprising in a country whose citizens have taken to yanking out their own teeth with pliers brought at Homebase because they can’t afford the dentist.
Into this woeful mix you can toss all those upbeat charity reports: ‘The war on cancer is being won, just give us another £170 million’ when the war on cancer is being deliberately lost. Oh, and those 80% of women surviving breast cancer? They really aren’t. In desperation to maintain credibility and show progress for the big bucks spent, Big Cancer has redefined the words ‘survive’ and ‘cure’ to mean only five years after initial treatment.
In the real world and not Bubbleland, ‘surviving cancer’ is not living another five years pumped full of chemical warfare agents, it’s dying in your own bed at the grand old age of 91 from something other than cancer – yanking your own teeth out with pliers bought at Homebase, for instance. And in the real world and not Bubbleland, cancer is still killing your family and mine and all the ‘experts’, pink ribbons and £$billions in the world don’t seem to be making a hoot’s worth of difference. And why exactly is that? Because wars are only profitable while you are fighting them, not when you’ve won them.
That’s right. Welcome to the not-so-enchanted forest of baleful scientific endeavour. Cancer is a $200 billion-a-year industry. There are more people today making a living out of cancer than are dying from it. ‘From an economic point of view alone,’ one professor confided in me, ‘why would anyone ever wish to cure cancer? Millions would have to re-train.’
Hard to believe, but just as countless millions are wasted digging up the same old piece of road year after year, pointless cancer grants are renewed so researchers can continue to follow W Deutscher’s wrong course with the maximum of precision. We’ve seen the same template used with Health and Safety, ‘Climate Change’, Foot and Mouth, the HIV epidemic that wasn’t, the annual flu pandemic which never turns up, SARS, CJD, swine flu, and that other shining beacon of medical idiocy, psychiatry.
In Britain, it’s business as usual with the National Horror Service and ‘independent’ cancer charities all vying to scare the pants off you so you’ll cough up more dough. In the US, the FDA employ tactics that would spur envy from Reinhard Heydrich himself, while the American Cancer Society remains the world’s wealthiest non-profit organisation, which even makes political contributions. All ver