Wellness Wisdom: Why You Should Boycott “Race for the Cure”

Before you buy one more pink-ribboned item, before you “Race for the Cure”, before you assume those organizations are looking out for your health, know this: for most of these groups, it’s about profit, not about finding a cure.  It’s about supporting pharmaceutical companies. It’s about taking advantage of the emotions around cancer to bring attention to companies whose products contain carcinogens.  It’s about funding an organization that pays its executive director over three-quarters of a million dollars a year, and nearly a half-million to it’s development director. It’s about companies like L’Oreal, whose products EWG ratings are off the charts in their toxicity.  It’s about pushing us to fill our bodies with toxic radiation even when there are non-toxic options like thermography available (options that are ultimately MORE effective), options that big companies are pushing to have governments ban because of if women only knew the truth, mammography’s billion dollar industry would be bankrupt…

Here are some other tidbits that I thought were vital, and just some of the reasons why I won’t get anywhere near this weekend’s Komen event that the media is spewing all over the community…

“While the medical industry and the culture in general obsesses about breast cancer screening for women across America, it continues to ignore proven alternatives, such as thermograpy, that not only minimize invasive radiation but also provide advanced and precise detection of the most minute breast cancer cells that would take traditional mammography 10 years to discover.” (from Sedona Observer).

“Groups like Komen continue to insist that obvious cancer-causing chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA), the infamous plastics chemical, are not a cause of cancer, even though science says otherwise. Komen also provides very poor guidelines for women on breast cancer prevention in other areas by failing to warn them of carcinogens in conventional cosmetics, for instance, or that long-term exposure to fluoridated water can contribute to breast cancer.” (from The Natural News).

Susan G. Komen for the Cure spends nearly a million dollars annually suing small charities over the use of the word “cure” in their charitable endeavors.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a multimillion-dollar company with assets totaling over $390 million. Only 20.9% of these funds were reportedly used in the 2009-2010 fiscal year for research “for the cure.” (from I Will Not be Pinkwashed).

“Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it creates cancer with rBGH, it sells cancer treatment drugs like Gemzar, and it sells a drug, Evista, to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease. Eli Lilly’s cancer drugs made $2,683,000,000 for the company in 2008. Its potentially carcinogenic dairy hormone made millions of dollars in the same year. Eli Lilly is milking cancer.” (from Think Before You Pink).

“It has been four decades since the former first lady Betty Ford went public with her breast-cancer diagnosis, shattering the stigma of the disease. It has been three decades since the founding of Komen. Two decades since the introduction of the pink ribbon. Yet all that well-meaning awareness has ultimately made women less conscious of the facts: obscuring the limits of screening, conflating risk with disease, compromising our decisions about health care, celebrating “cancer survivors” who may have never required treating. And ultimately, it has come at the expense of those whose lives are most at risk.” (from The New York Times).

“Mammograms use ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which can contribute to the mutations that can lead to breast cancer. You can get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays. Mammography also compresses your breasts tightly, which can lead to a dangerous spread of cancerous cells, should they exist. Dr. Samuel Epstein, one of the world’s top cancer experts, has stated: “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.” (from Mercola.com).

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11 thoughts on “Wellness Wisdom: Why You Should Boycott “Race for the Cure”

  1. Wow Aimee- thanks so much for this! I feel like I just learned a dozen new things. I’ve never heard of thermography (thanks for sharing the huff. article), and I’ve never heard of the documentary. Definitely on my “must see” list. I know about pink-washing, but thanks for getting all this info into one spot. Sharing immediately with all I know! 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome! I have Dr Christiane Northrup’s book (Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom) which was the foundation of a college class on women’s health that I took, which changed my life, if you’re interested in taking a peek. She’s remarkable (author of the HuffPost article).

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    1. Thank you! Your blog is off to a great start – really thoughtful writing! Hey, let me know if you’d be interested in participating in my weekly interview series &/or guest blog over here ok?

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  2. Yes! Finally, someone has spoken out about the problems with this “charity”. I refuse to participate in any of these events for all the reasons you listed, but I am criticized for it by those with family members who have had breast cancer, even in my own family.

    I too was told I needed to undergo mammograms at a young age, but as soon as I heard how they were performed refused. At the time I didn’t have any information to back up my gut feeling but squeezing my breast in a machine…if I had a tumor I felt this would only help it to spread. We were raised with the information that we needed to be gentle to our breasts for proper health, a mammogram is anything but gentle.

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