According to the National Cancer Institute, this year in the US nearly 57,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed, and since the disease is more common in women, more than 42,000 of those diagnoses expected to occur in females. Thyroid cancer has increased more than threefold over the past four decades; it is now the 8th most common cancer diagnosis in the United States, mainly driven by increases in papillary thyroid cancer
(PTC), which is the most common type.
It has been unclear whether this trend represents a true rise in thyroid cancer cases, or if some or all of the increase could be explained by over diagnosis of small, low-risk thyroid tumors. In Canada, there is great variation in thyroid cancer incidence rates among provinces, with an increased incidence mostly affecting women aged 40-60 years. Since the provinces have such variation within one country, the conclusion would suggest over diagnosis.
Chemotherapy and radiation are ineffective against thyroid cancer, so when cancer is found, the treatment too often is the removal of the entire thyroid gland, which means thyroid medication for life. According to the Mayo Clinic, a thyroidectomy
can be used for the removal of all or just a portion of the gland from cancer. This is followed by taking radioactive iodine therapy
(RAI), also known as radioiodine remnant ablation
(RRA). “RAI or RRA is administered to destroy remaining (or remnant) thyroid cells after surgery.”
And as a result, patients have to take synthetic thyroid hormone Synthroid®
for the rest of their lives.
According to Dr. Peter Ubel, scientist at Duke University, “the problem with all that neck checking—there’s no evidence it saves lives. But there is solid evidence that it leads to diagnoses of non-threatening thyroid cancers. Here’s a picture showing the dramatic increase in cancer diagnoses over the last four decades (the two rising lines) and the unchanged percent of Americans dying of thyroid cancer (the completely flat line at the bottom):”
“So why would drug companies care about thyroid cancer diagnoses? Because once people have thyroid surgery, they usually need to take thyroid replacement pills. Or if they get thyroid radiation, they take medications like Thyrogen, manufactured by Sanofi Genzyme, one of the corporate sponsors of the thyroid screening public service announcements.”
Recently, Gil Welch from Dartmouth warned that independent medical organizations, like the United States Preventive Services Task Force, are under threat because their screening recommendations go against corporate interests. The Task Force is a highly-respected panel of experts who evaluate evidence about preventive care—16 Brainiac’s who for little or no money try to help the American healthcare system figure out which preventive services promote health and well-being. The Task Force, it should be noted, gave thyroid screening a grade of D. If healthcare professionals followed the Task Force’s guidance, we would all benefit from unnecessary testing and treatment. But a small, concentrated group of companies with strong economic interests would lose out. Concentrated power often wins out over diffuse public interests.
When you follow the money trail, things appear very suspicious. Is it any wonder that Synthroid®, a synthetic thyroid medication is the #1 drug in America, with 123 million prescriptions written in 2016? Aggressive treatments of symptoms by cut and burn surgical procedures or a lifetime of medication does not treat the core cause of disease, the initial health issues remain only to reappear as a new disease with additional treatment.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine stated over two thousand years ago, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” He spoke the truth. If we examine the diet of those with disease conditions, we would discover that about half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity.
For the restoration of health there is a better way, treatment must be thorough and holistic, simultaneously targeting the areas of the body being impacted. The human body, complex as it is, has the ability of healing itself when given the opportunity. For this to happen, lifestyle changes are absolutely necessary, beginning with dietary changes in order to heal the bedding ground of disease, the human gut, and gastrointestinal region. Increased sleep, organic food, pure drinking water, daily exercise and nutraceutical medication with USP pharmaceutical standards, taken simultaneously and directed to treating the core of the illness.
Until next time, the best of health!