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By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Nov 12, 2012

As I was writing this, I got an email from our lovely Jamie, a Utah GSG reader diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago at the age of 33. She reports to me and some of my colleagues and her other friends, her MRI and bloodwork results, showing positive results. She opted out of chemo and radiation, and uses Chinese herbs and other modalities, and a not-all-raw but very whole-foods, very healthy diet.

Jamie says her doc, a guy who practices in natural modalities and is therefore constantly fighting the “system,” wants to support her in continuing with other treatments, or undergo no more than a “mild mastectomy.” (Is that some kind of euphemism? oxymoron? contradiction in terms?)

Jamie reports that her holistic-oriented medical doc “100% supports” her decisions against highly invasive treatment recommended by oncology”

She says that while she has an affected lymph node, she feels it is doing the job of assisting in the detoxification and breakdown of her three small breast tumors, which have now bonded together and decreased in size. She asks the valid question, will my tumors spread and grow more rapidly if I cut out the affected lymph node, while my body valiantly fights the invader?

I asked Jamie some questions, and she wrote back that she’s had several “spats” with oncologists before going her separate ways from them, including one with a Salt Lake-area doc who told her that nutrition has “nothing to do with cancer or health.”

Some practitioners are so humane, and listen to their patients so carefully, and are so aware of how devastating “standard of care” treatments are, that they open their mind to other modalities—while not touching them with a ten-foot pole. Not in the U.S. The career consequences are enormous.

This reminds me of a woman I met in my 10-city travels who said she is a pharmacist but following my program. I asked her, as I always ask medical doctors and drug salesmen and medical sales consultants, how she likes her job. “It pays the bills,” she said, glumly. “But I don’t opt into that world in my personal life.”

One of my recent ex-boyfriends, and one of my high school ex-boyfriends, are a six-figure medical salesman and a PhD pharmacist, and both are prescription painkiller addicts (and S.A.D. addicts) with massive health problems.

I can’t imagine the cognitive dissonance of living a GreenSmoothieGirl life while, as that high-school boyfriend put it, “selling drugs to the unsuspecting American public.”

I’m a Conscientious Objector to the practice of mammography. Repeated exposure to mammograms increases breast cancer risk several-fold, according to several studies! I had my first thermal imaging last year in Dr. Leigh-Erin Connealy’s Irvine, CA office, and I will opt for this non-radioactive procedure in the future.

Oncologists applying “standard of care” will not recommend this for you, even though it detects cancer far earlier than mammography can, without burning rays, because our cancer industry has invested billions in infrastructure, and mammography is a $10 billion industry in the U.S. alone. Your insurance won’t even likely pay for thermography. Only those who educate themselves and go out of their way will learn about, and have access to, this safe, effective, diagnostic tool.

The Cult of the Pink Ribbon leverages a dry humor to bond the survivors—of cancer, but also of the deadly treatments—by selling shirts and placards many of the marchers wore and carried in Central Park:

Breast Friends!


I March For You, My Friend: __________ (you can fill in the blank with a Sharpie at the rally)

Some marchers I saw in Central Park wore a sash, the mark of the survivor. Others carried signs honoring their dead sisters, mothers, friends.

None of these people understand that their dollars line the R&D pockets of drug companies whose “research” validates and rubber stamps, wherever they can until people rise up against unacceptably toxic regimens, the same exact protocols that have massively failed breast cancer victims since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1974.

Our death rate is unchanged. The only way the cancer industry is able to manipulate the data is by earlier detection. Consumers of the advertising don’t understand that catching breast cancer earlier means that more will live, because the healthier patients are more likely to survive the chemo and radiation. Those people would have “survived” their cancer without treatment, too. The manipulated statistics don’t mean that chemo and radiation are working better. Because they aren’t. We have the exact same overall death rate from cancer that we had in 1974—only now a LOT more of us get it.

I felt crazy, on my run that morning, a little bit insane feeling like I’m the only one at the parade who knows the emperor has no clothes. I wish you were there with me. When I turned around and ran against the crowd, back to Times Square, I felt more comfortable.

Running against that current is where I belong. Not because I don’t love my sisters with breast cancer. But because I do.

I felt like I am the only one who knows that burning down a tumor isn’t the same thing as eliminating cancer in the body. That almost all cancer is metastatic. That cancer is a general failure of the immune system, because all of us “have” cancer—just like all of us have candida, and strep, and maybe even MRSA in our bodies, in a thriving ecosystem that has amazing checks and balances.It’s just a matter of whose cancer has gotten out of control, because immune function has gone down for the count.

I felt like I’m the only one there in that huge, beautiful park on fire with fall colors who knows that burning the cancer, or nuking it with poison, isn’t the same thing as a “cure.” Because radiation is the “gift that keeps on giving,” burning and mutating billions of cells in the body, including healthy ones.

At my lecture in Grand Rapids, #3 on my 10-city tour, I found myself expressing my outrage at the cancer industry. I said, “Please let me know if you know ANYONE who has been made whole, made healthy, from chemicals. From radiation. From drugs. I want to hear it. Come talk to me after this lecture, if you know a single person.” Kristin tells me to keep a lid on it, my fury. In Grand Rapids, I said that my grandmother, who survived Stage III metastatic melanoma, called modern oncology “mass murder.”

No one, when I ask for an example of someone who has been made whole and healthy by pharmaceutical means, ever offers up a single example.

Health comes from adherence to simple principles, simple practices. It comes from opting out of the idea that eating chemicals will somehow restore us. It comes from consistently applying the things that cultures all over the world have practiced for thousands of years.Eating simple, clean, unadulterated plants. Looking to plants known to heal, when something goes awry. Removing toxins from the body via the channels of elimination, periodically. Eating foods that are living and symbiotic with the life within us. Drinking clean water. Moving our body, in work or in play, 6 days a week.

Nothing else ever has, ever will, create health. I invite the drug industry to prove me wrong. I won’t hold my breath. But tell me if I’m wrong. IS OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM CREATING HEALTH? The current, broken, profit-driven cancer industry has the “pink ribbon marchers” caught in a massive marketing scheme more subtle than the Holocaust but with just as much misery and loss of life.

I think there are occasions when a cancerous tumor compromises the functioning of a critical organ, and must be decreased in size, at almost any cost. Not very often, though. As we catch the occasional fish in that net, we catch hundreds of others who would more appropriately be treated with different means altogether.

None of this constitutes medical advice. These are my own personal, general thoughts about a culture gone far afield, in its helping and healing professions, with what actually creates that state of health.I am leaving for a two-week trip to Europe, studying non-toxic cancer treatment at five clinics in Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. I want to devote a portion of the rest of my life publicizing what is being done, around the globe, to help people with cancer, that adheres to Hippocrates’ most famous credos:

“First, do no harm.”


“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

Posted in: Detox, Food Industry

21 thoughts on “I ACCIDENTALLY WALK FOR BREAST CANCER, part 3 of 3”

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  1. Cherilyn says:

    You answered in this post what I was going to ask in the last one – if the cure rate has improved. Thank you for the education and for the knowledge that there are options out there that one should consider when they are facing cancer. My dad died of melanoma cancer 41 years ago when I was a baby. My mother said after seeing what my dad went through that she would never do chemo or radiation. I have heard many others say this as well.

  2. Steffanie says:

    On year ago this month my dear friend passed away from cancer (multiple myeloma). His obituary reads “John Doe died peacefully from complications following a successful bone marrow transplant.”

    I never understood how the doctors and his family were able to call his treatment “successful.” Yes, he was technically “cancer free” when he died. But it was the chemo and radiation (and stress on his body following the transplant) that killed him. It’s just so very sad.

    I know what you mean… feeling like the only one who notices that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes…

  3. Shellie says:

    Thank you, as always! You are NOT alone… but thank you for being willing to go against the grain because of your love for humanity! You are an example to us all! You are my HERO for what you do, and for what you’ve taught me!

  4. Lynae says:

    Thanks for this timely article. For the past four years I’ve had numerous mammograms because they always see a suspicious lump. I have another mammo scheduled end of this month. I’ll be doing some research on thermal imaging. I was at the Grand Rapids conference and loved it! Thank you for all you do. I’ve just started reading your 12 Steps to Whole Foods book, excellent!

  5. Did you do a full body scan with thermography or just for your breast exam? I finally found a thermographer near me (within an hours drive) that I feel “comfortable” with after a lengthy and informative telephone conversation. Just need to work it out in my schedule 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    Thank you for this post. I feel I have found in you a kindred spirit–someone to stand with me in pointing out that the emperor is naked. It is lonely and exhausting to swim against the current of this world’s system, and I am thankful for your willingness to do it in such a public forum.

    I stumbled onto your blog when I was researching alternative dental care, and saw the advertisement for your free Green Smoothie Class in Cherry Hill, NJ only about 10 days before the class! I am SO thankful that I did! The class was GREAT, and very informative. My husband and 2 of my kids went along to the class, and you made believers out of them, when formerly, they thought I was a little crazy and extreme! Many thanks for that! My seven-year-old now reminds me when we “haven’t had our green smoothie yet today.” Amazing!

    I know you are going to be researching alternatives to chemo and radiation, and I am looking forward to reading all about what you discover here. That was next on my list of things to research, as I am very against the chemical solutions, but would love to know what my options are BEFORE I, or a loved one, is in the position to need answers quickly.

    I was wondering if you have done any research on the use of microwaves in cooking? I noticed that some of your recipes use a microwave, which doesn’t seem to fit your profile. 😉 I still use one on a rare occasion, but since learning that microwaves change the molecular structure of food, I have tried to avoid them as much as possible.

    Thanks again for all of your research and hard work, and for sharing what you are learning with the world. Though I have not personally met you, I consider you my friend.

  7. Kel says:

    I appreciate thoughtful analysis of cancer protocol. As you suggest we can’t be doing the right thing if so many people are still suffering and dying.
    I politely disagree with your suggestion that all cancer can be cured, or at least better treated, through food and nutrients rather than western medicine. Most people don’t realize there are complex, if still subtle, differences in cancer cells leaving the term breast cancer as a generic term used to describe 7 or more molecularly unique diseases.
    I am a breast cancer patient, again. I am confident that without surgery, chemo, radiation -nearly disabling treatments- I wouldn’t get to fight cancer again. But, I am fighting again, and raising wonderful children.
    I do want to let you know that after being introduced to Green Smoothies by a friends I have found them to be so healing. I can feel the difference in energy and overall health when I drink green!

  8. Anne (from Denmark) says:

    Hello Robyn and thank you!
    You are NOT alone but i know the feeling. I feel like I am alone in Denmark with this knowledge and people think I am crazy 🙁 But a lot of my friends and family are dead or sick of cancer and believe the doctor is trying to help them. And they say to me: “do you really believe that greens kan cure cancer? why does the dotors not telling me about that?” I want to screem..
    Yes holocost is what it is…
    Stay strong

  9. Jamie says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m surprised that you did not write anything about the abortion/hormonal birth control breast cancer link. Breast cancer has gone up significantly since the legalization of abortion and birth control.

  10. Michelle Higginbotham says:

    Robyn, when you talk to the cancer doctors in Europe, would you please try to find out if they know any stats on follow-up screenings after surgery? Five years ago I had a Stage 3 melanoma removed, along with 19 nodes (even though only one was found to be cancerous.) I know my doctors would all like me to go in for a CT scan to see if it has metastasized. But I hate to expose myself to that much radiation again, thinking that, if I don’t already have a recurrence, the scan might actually give me one. No one seems to be able to tell me what the chances are of having another cancer triggered by the CT scan. If you could ask those oncologists their opinion on whether or not I should have the scan, I would appreciate hearing their ideas. I am 59. Thanks.

  11. jamie says:

    Thanks Robyn!

  12. Kim says:

    Kel (and all)-

    My take on these articles, and other articles I’ve read, is that doctors and others in the medical community are focusing too much on a cure (that’s really not out there) rather than prevention. If society in general focused on whole living and preventing disease, the rate of cancer (overall) would certainly decrease.

    Years ago, in 1983 as a matter of fact, my mother told me that she wished she had never taken chemo or radiation or had surgery to remove lumps from her breast. She said she wished she had listened to her “first mind” and took her chances with an alternative path (which really was frowned upon then). She died a couple months later, but I will always remember that conversation.

    That’s just my dime.

  13. susan says:

    I couldnt agree with you more…

  14. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for these posts. My father passed away from glioblastoma in July, 10 months after he was diagnosed. Even though chemo and radiation have a horrible success rate with this kind of cancer (medium survival is around 18 months) they still poisoned his body with these horrible things and drastically reduced his quality of life for those last few months we had with him. Once his immune system was completely destroyed he caught pneumonia and passed away a few weeks later. They can’t say whether he died from the cancer or the pneumonia, either way I think he would have been far better off without the “treatments” and allowed to live his final months in a peaceful way. I am one of those people now who would run as fast as I could from chemo or radiation if I got that cancer diagnosis. Seeing it first hand there is nothing health restoring about it.

  15. jimbo says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more!! When I am asked in supermarket checkout lines to contribute to the “pink ribbon”, I usually go into lecture mode!)). Anyway, for anyone who has breast cancer, please check out http://www.cancercured.org. Dr. Robert Dowling, Md. gets rid of about 95% of all breast cancers by heating up the cancer and by fixing women’s mouth/oral issues….
    Check him out!!! He does his work in Ecuador to avoid AMA interference, etc….. He also does pro-bono work….

  16. Bria says:


    Great information in these sets of posts. I am surprised that you didn’t mention the link between hormonal birth control and breast cancer, though. It’s been pretty well documented, and yet still ignored by the medical community at large. When a link was found between breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy (for menopause) many women stopped using HRT, which led to a decrease in breast cancer among women in that age group. The exact same hormone is in birth control pills. Women who take birth control pills are exposed to much higher levels of those hormones than are used in HRT treatments, and yet the medical community doesn’t mention it. Why? Probably because no one gets money if women stop using hormonal birth control pills.

  17. Adrienne says:

    My niece was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis years ago. I was in the room with her while she was hospitalized when the doctor told her that nutrition had nothing to do with it. They wanted to put her on chemotherapy to bring down the inflammation in her intestines. She was told it would probably make her sterile. They were telling this to a 16 year old. She refused, went totally holistic, ate a fantastic, plant based, whole foods diet, decreased stress in her life dramatically by switching to home school and quitting all sports and her job. In a matter of a few months she had no symptoms and was feeling better than ever. Western medicine has no idea what they are doing.

    1. Carol says:

      appreciate your testimony.

  18. Lindsay says:

    It was so nice to read this article. This summer, my husbands family all got together to support his grandma at a pink ribbon walk. She had cancer last year, had a mastectomy and then despite her gut feeling that the cancer was gone but due to pressure from family members, went ahead with radiation and chemo. She almost died several times during her treatments from the poison and says she wouldn’t do it again. It was so sad to watch her go through all that.

    At the cancer walk I was so enraged, I just kept wanting to scream out. They kept talking about “when we find a cure” while serving a “Hawaiian Haystack” dinner of white rice, chicken cooked in some MSG sauce, Chinese noodles fried in trans fat with seriously one tablespoon of chopped celery, accompanied by soda and a cookie made with trans fat. I wanted to hijack the microphone and tell people that, guess what, there is a cure for cancer and a known cause and that both have to do with how you eat. It was just so sad and ridiculous at the same time! Like you said, a great marketing scheme.

  19. Jean Borden says:

    Robyn, that is so beautifully expressed. Some years ago, I started wondering why the Komen Foundation hasn’t ever mentioned looking for a cure. Where are all those billions going? To help women pay for a mammo? Who? And WHY? I totally agree with you, and this speaks to my soul. Bless you, child. Yours is an encouraging voice in the pharmaceutical wilderness.

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