Children and Cancer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Paul G. Jensen   
 Although I don’t treat cancer, I am often asked my opinion on how to treat children with cancer.  Cancer comes with a lot of stressful decisions a parent must make. Although many children are cured of cancer, a significant percentage do not survive regardless of the type of treatment they receive. Unlike the majority of our community who prefer conventional medicine to treat cancer, those choosing alternative therapies are not always supported in their decision for such alternatives.
While I’m not sure I would select conventional cancer treatment for myself, I respect the choices parents must make and support them in any way I possibly can. Bernie Siegel M.D. author of “Peace, Love & Healing” (which I recommend everyone read) writes about the importance of the patient’s attitude in the success of their treatment. He believes that the main reason people survive cancer is that they have a strong belief in the value of the therapy. His studies show that as many as one third of cancer patients will have positive results when treated with placebos if they believe in the value of the therapy. If attitude is that significant for recovery, then all of us (including doctors and state officials) can best help by supporting the decision of the parents.

  While it is important to have confidence in the treatment you choose, the key to beating cancer is not a better cure. Instead of focusing on cancer cures, our community needs to be putting more energy into prevention. Most cancer experts conclude that as high as 90% of cancer cases are directly linked to exposure to toxic substances. For example, the EPA reports that 70% of the pesticides in use cause cancer. Many common weed killers have been implicated in leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And the Surgeon General’s report in 1988 estimated that 10,000 cancer deaths annually are caused from additives (preservatives, flavor enhancers and colorings) in food. What chemicals are being used on the lawns and ballparks where your children play? What about the food your children eat?  And why are we supporting the companies and businesses that are making and using these chemicals?

Siegel,Bernie S. Peace, Love and Healing. New York: Harper & Row 1989
Steinman, David Diet For A Poisoned Planet. NY: Random House 1990

Recommended Reading
Stauber, John, Rampton, Sheldon Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies And The Public Relations Industry. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press 1995

Recommended Websites on chemical exposure

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2007 )
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