Their new study estimated “payoff time” -- the minimum amount of time it takes for the benefits of a test to outweigh its harm (from complications and side effects) -- for using colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer among 50-year-old men with HIV, and 60-year-old women with congestive heart failure.
They found that the screening took up to five years to payoff in the men, and nearly three years among the women. Because patients with severe congestive heart failure may live less than three years, the researchers concluded that the test could cause more harm than good.
However, among the men with HIV, who can often live longer than five years, the screening would likely be beneficial.
The findings have particular importance because current guidelines encourage doctors to offer screening to everyone, regardless of individual benefit. For most people, colon cancer screenings are a simple, relatively painless way to screen for colorectal cancer,which is the third most common cancer in the United States (over 52,000 Americans died from colon or rectal cancerin 2007).
During a colonoscopy a long, flexible tube with a video camera at its tip is inserted into yourbowel, which allows your doctor to view the inside of your colon.
Assuming your doctor is skilled at detecting colorectalcancer and precancerous polyps, the screenings can save your life if you find a polyp before it has advanced toa certain stage. This is because removal of the small tumors is nearly always able to stop the cancer fromprogressing.
However, this is clearly only addressing the symptoms, and not the underlying problem. Myapproach is not to focus on catching the problem AFTER the fact but to be more highly proactive and prevent ALLforms of cancer.
While this may seem heretical for myself, I am choosing not to do any cancerscreenings. I believe the screeningwould put the focus on fear and potentially increase my chances for manifesting the disease. However, I am notrecommending this for everyone. I believe that because of my healthy lifestyle, I am very confidentthat I am at an insignificant risk of anymalignancy.
- Make sure you get optimal sun exposure. This alone should decrease your rate of cancer by at least 50 percent.
- Get the <a href="/sites/articles/archive/2006/06/01/how-exercise- protects-you-from-cancer.aspx">right amount of exercise, which is one of the most important steps you can take.
- Rebalance the ratio of omega-3 fats you consume by taking a high-quality krill oil.
- Eat plenty of vegetables, ideally based on your body"s unique nutritional type.
- Make sure you’re getting enough selenium. Organic vegetables and apples are excellent sources of this trace mineral.
First of all I would not ignore any symptoms. Ifyou have rectal bleeding you will certainly want to follow that up and seek appropriate consultations. If you wantto be more proactive and have a screening performed then I strongly believe energy assessment tools are the mostsensitive biological indicator available today.
There are a number of different instruments available andmost all of them are highly dependent upon the skill of the practitioner. Most of these instruments are descendantsof equipment developed by Dr. Voll in Germany in the 1950s.
I have had a number of different assessmentsdone by various clinicians, but one of the best was done by Dr. Lee Cowden, one of the current leaders in energymedicine in the United States. I will tell my story in the near future, but through this technology he was able toactually reverse a progressive kidney insufficiency that was moving toward kidney failure. I am happy to reportthat after struggling with this issue for over eight years, only one session with him and implementing hisrecommendations has resulted in complete remission of my kidney challenge.
So, needless to say I am a strongbeliever in energy medicine and would personally always use it over conventional modalities. However, the scienceis weak and it can’t be broadly recommended for all. Plus, there really aren’t enough skilled clinicians like Dr.Cowden to perform these assessments, however it is a tool that you should know does currentlyexist.
However, at the core of nearly all cancers and disease are unresolved emotional conflicts thattypically occurred before the age of 6. Along those lines there are some aspects related to colon cancer you shouldknow of.
Overcome Ugly “Indigestible” EmotionalConflicts
Your emotions play a major role in cancer development, and colon cancer is no exception.According to the unprecedented research behind German New Medicine (GNM), developed by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D.,every disease, including cancer, originates from an unexpected emotional shock.
But the disease thatdevelops is not random. Dr. Hamer has mapped out precisely which area of your body will be impacted by emotionalshocks to different areas in your brain. As he explains on his Web site, colon cancer is triggeredby an emotional conflict that is:
- Ugly, indigestible anger (colon)
- Ugly, insidious, dirty ”sh** conflict“ (rectum)
- Ugly, mean ”sh** conflict“ (sigmoid colon)
Another example would be that a patient suffers an indigestible conflict because he has just”swallowed a morsel“ but cannot ”digest“ it. For instance, he just bought a house but suddenly discovers that thecontract of purchase is invalid, that he has been cheated, and that he has now lost thehouse.”
How do your emotions trigger illness? By causing very real physical changes in yourbody. A traumatic emotional experience, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a severe worry or any other threat orpanic, causes you stress on a physical and emotional level. It also, according to Dr. Hamer, causes a brain lesionthat can clearly be seen on a CT scan.
This lesion is confirmation to your brain of the shock you haveexperienced, and it then transmits a biochemical signal to the corresponding body cells that can result in tumorgrowth, visual or hearing impairment, paralysis, diabetes or any other disease (depending on the area of your brainaffected).
The solution is not to treat the physical symptoms, but instead to get to the bottom of theemotional conflict, and heal yourself emotionally.
My favorite form of emotional healing is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). If you’re not yetfamiliar with it, it’s a tool you can use everyday to free yourself of emotional challenges.
If you listento these fundamental laws of nature -- to eat healthy foods, exercise and deal with your emotional hurdles -- itwill go a long way toward keeping you out of the doctor’s office and helping you prevent cancer altogether.