"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm."
RISKS AND HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS OF MAMMOGRAPHY vs THERMOGRAPHY:
Mammography = Repeated Accumulative Cancer Causing Radiation, Compression that can spread disease if present
Thermography = NO RISK Physiological Test, Non-Invasive, Empowering
Mammography: Utilizes ionizing radiation that can cause cancer; titanium tags are used in many women to "mark" an area of concern so it can be found again; leads to many unnecessary biopsies; it utilizes compression that can traumatize delicate breast tissue; and compression can metastasize (spread cancer) a tumor. Scatter radiation is also released into the environment.
Thermography: Safe, with absolutely no risks or side effects. No contact is made with the patient. As harmless as having a photograph taken. The camera and software collect data from the heat your body emits to help monitor thermovascular patterns and temperatures over time for subtle physiological changes, that may be due to inflammation or disease development. There is no bi-product released into our environment.
Mammography, Ultrasound and Thermography - None diagnosis cancer. Each screening can alert us to an area of concern. Only a Pathologists, through biopsy analysis can diagnose disease.
Additional reason to consider Thermography and question Mammography...
WASHINGTON POST REPORTS DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS SUE THE FDA
The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the FDA was approving radiation emitting and other medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show.
“Who would have thought that the FDA would have the nerve to be monitoring my communications to Congress?” said Robert C. Smith, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, a former radiology professor at Yale and Cornell universities who worked as a device reviewer at the FDA until his contract was not renewed in July 2010. “How dare they!”
The FDA scientists and doctors, all of whom worked for the agency’s Office of Device Evaluation, said they first made internal complaints beginning in 2007 that the agency had approved or was on the verge of approving at least a dozen radiological devices whose effectiveness was not proven and that posed risks to millions of patients. Frustrated, they also brought their concerns to Congress, the White House and the HHS inspector general.
Three of the devices risked missing signs of breast cancer, the scientists and doctors warned, according to documents and interviews.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD interviews Dr. Christine Horner, MD Board Certified Surgeon regarding: the benefits of BreastThermography; other breast health screenings; and cancer prevention and cures. "Stay healthy and avoid the knife." Dr. Christine Horner, MD
"Looking at the diagnostic tests that are currently available, none of them are perfect," Dr. Horner says. "Everything has its pros and cons… Mammography produces radiation, which has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. It's like, "Why are you doing the test to look at a disease when it's actually causing the disease, too?" … It does pick things up at earlier stages, but the problem is that it's not very specific. So when it looks and it sees something… that looks suspicious, it is wrong 80 percent of the time. In the United States, there's roughly a million breast biopsies done per year, and 800,000 of them are unnecessary."
Another form of cancer screen, which is still considered controversial in conventional medicine, is THERMOGRAPHY, which gives you an infrared image of your body. By looking at heat and blood vessel patterns you can determine whether there are areas of concern.
"Before you even get a tumor formation, the very first thing that happens is new blood vessels start to grow into the area where the tumor may form. Those blood vessels grow abnormally. They grow an abnormal amount of patterns and they produce an abnormal amount of heat. That's what thermography is checking for," Dr. Horner explains.
As with most new technologies, thermography hit some snags in its earlier stages, and fell out of favor in the early 70s. However, the technology has gotten a lot more sophisticated over the years, and is now computerized; eliminating the need for highly trained technicians to evaluate the results.
Unfortunately, the advocates of mammography perceive thermography as a threat to their business model. So there's tremendous pressure against it, including from the federal regulatory agencies.
"It's unfortunate," Dr. Horner says, "but our country is run by big business. It just is, so anytime we want to shift anything culturally like that, and we're going against established business, we have trouble because it's all about money."
For example, many of the Presidents of the American Cancer Society were members of the Radiological Association, which is the industry supporting the mammography component. The entire medical field is littered with massive conflicts of interest.
'We can see that everywhere. You look in the FDA—there are people from Monsanto that work in the FDA. Unfortunately, people think, "the United States is not very corrupt." But actually, it's extremely corrupt," she says.
Still, there are many good reasons for considering THERMOGRAPHY. To ensure you're getting the highest standard of care, Dr. Horner recommends using a practitioner certified by the International Academy of Clinical Thermography, an independent non-profit organization that provides objective, third-party certifications. Their website lists qualified thermography centers across the US, Canada, and some other countries, such as France, Trinidad, and Zambia.
LINK TO INTERVIEW WITH DR. CHRISTINE HORNER, MD BC Surgeon, Author "Waking the Warrior Goddess"
DIANE SAWYER ON BREAST THERMOGRAPHY "WHY HAVEN'T WE HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?" (Click Link to View Investigative Report by Diane Sawyer on ABC)
ARE SOME RADIOLOGISTS TRYING TO MISLEAD WOMEN REGARDING THE BENEFITS OF BREAST THERMOGRAPHY?
Excerpt from an EMAIL William Ashley, MD, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital sent to Gaea Powell, Board Certified Thermographer
"It would not surprise me if you had some anger toward the FDA and myself. There are other local doctors that have spoken against thermography. Radiology Associates sent out a letter speaking against thermography and it was one of their group that called when you were on Dave Congleton (Radio Show). Fred Vernacchia (of San Luis Diagnostics) has spoken against it on TV and had a web page speaking against it and listing other warning letters the FDA has sent out. You are also listed on case watch and other pages that Dr. Stephen Barrett posts."
William Ashley, MD, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
Gaea Powell, BCT responses:
"It is unfortunate that some Radiologists believe Thermography is a competitor and/or threat to their business model. A woman's right to know all of her options should be the ultimate goal in helping her determine the best course of action regarding her breast health.
Why would anyone be against an FDA approved adjunctive technology that is effective and harmless, and that has been studied extensively for over 50 years? Thermography has been proven as a viable option in monitoring a woman's unique thermovascular profile. It just makes good sense to look for the earliest signs of physiological change, years before structural changes occur.
Thankfully, the majority of doctors, including progressive Radiologists welcome the physiological data Thermography provides. They want as much information as possible in order to provide better guidance and medical care. Thermography can also provide information to Radiologists that can help make mammograms, ultrasound and breast MRI more effective, by alerting them to specific areas of interest.
I realize the Mammography Industry is a multi-billion dollar business that has been rocked by recent warnings, studies and reports regarding its: risks of repeated radiation exposure possibly causing the disease its sole purpose is to detect; compression that can potentially spread cancer; findings that lead to unnecessary biopsies (80%); and its ineffectiveness in imaging dense breasts (found in 40% of women).
Some of the individuals and organizations noted in Dr. Ashley's email have done a disservice to women by misleading them with inaccurate information through an organized and aggressive campaign "against thermography". I do not have to sell anyone on the benefits of Breast Thermography, Thermograms speak for themselves.
The medical practice of monitoring and analyzing a body's temperature to help determine risk, improvement or worsening of a physiologic/pathologic process has been utilized for thousands of years ."
Gaea Powell, Board Certified Thermographer and Breast Health Advocate
NOTE: SEE FDA APPROVAL OF THERMOGRAPHY, AND REFERENCED LETTER BELOW. READ THEM VERY CAREFULLY, AND LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
|FDA Slanders Thermography by Len Saputo, MD 06-2011.pdf (PDF — 94 KB)|
|Breast Cancer Only Detected By Thermography.docx (DOCX — 15 KB)|
|Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD The Promise of Thermography.pdf (PDF — 192 KB)|
|Cancer Society Has Financial Ties to Mammography.pdf (PDF — 197 KB)|
|Waking the Warrior Goddess - Dr. Christine Horner's Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer.docx (DOCX — 13 KB)|
|Changes in the Approach to Breast Screening.docx (DOCX — 12 KB)|
FROM SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE - EMERGING AREAS OF EARLY DETECTION
Many tools for the early detection of breast cancer are under study. These include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), molecular breast imaging (MBI), positron emission tomography (PET) and thermography. At this time, it is not clear if these tools will play a role in breast cancer screening in all women or certain groups of women at higher risk.
UNITED STATES PREVENTATIVE SERVICES NEW RECOMMENDATIONS ON MAMMOGRAPHY
Diana Petitti, MD, MPH
Vice Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
November 19, 2009
CANADA AGREES WITH US PREVENTATIVE SERVICES
INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS
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Thermography is safe, non-invasive and harmless, with NO RISKS or side effects and it has been utilized for decades by thousands of women. You cannot compare the two, the technologies are completely different. Mammograms are X-rays limited to detecting dense objects. Thermograms are looking for subtle physiological changes over time.
Do your own research and be your own healthcare advocate. Read all notifications, from the FDA, or other organizations with a vested interest in the status quo, very carefully. The mammography industry is a multi-billion dollar business. The fact remains, Thermography has been FDA approved as an adjunct breast cancer screening since 1982.
Regardless of others' views, vested interests or opinions, shouldn't all breast screenings be adjuncts? Considering the reality that no screening (i.e. Thermography, Mammography, MRI and/or Ultrasound) diagnose cancer.
Only a Pathologist who exams biopsied tissue can diagnose cancer. Studies indicate 80% of biopsies performed due to a "false positive" mammogram, are benign. Why not include Thermography to help determine if abnormal "heat" is suggested in the area of concern so a more informed decision can be made.
When a body indicates abnormal heat in a localized area temperature data provides important information that can help determine the best course of action. Hippocrates used clay on his patient's area(s) of concern. By monitoring how quickly the clay dried helped determine the severity of the condition, so a more informed decision could be made on how to proceed.
WHAT DOES THE FDA DO? From the FDA website...
FDA is responsible for:
COMPARING RISKS AND HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS OF MAMMOGRAPHY AND THERMOGRAPHY:
Mammography: Utilizes ionizing radiation that can cause cancer; titanium tags are used in many women to "mark" an area of concern; leads to many unnecessary biopsies; it utilizes compression that can traumatize delicate breast tissue; and compression could metastasize a tumor. Scatter radiation is also released into the environment.
Thermography: Safe, with absolutely no side effects. No contact is made with the patient. As harmless as having a photograph taken. The camera and software collect data from the heat your body emits to help monitor thermovascular patterns and temperatures over time for subtle physiological changes, that may be due to inflammation or disease development. There is no bi-product released into our environment.
HERE IS THE ACTUAL APPROVAL DIRECTLY FROM THE FDA's WEBSITE:
|FDA Approval.pdf (PDF — 173 KB)|
If you have additional information directly from the FDA's website, please let us know. We still have yet to find where the FDA dictates in their Thermography approval as to mammography being the only adjunct screening option to Thermography. We believe self and clinical examination, blood tests, Ultrasound and/or MRI are also excellent adjuncts. Being that the FDA does not practice medicine, and does not know you personally, shouldn't these decisions be up to you and your doctor?
HERE IS THE ACTUAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FDA, WHICH CLEARLY STATES THAT THERMOGRAPHY CAN BE CONSIDERED AS AN ADJUNCT SCREENING:
HERE IS THE ACTUAL "WARNING LETTER" CENTRAL COAST THERMOGRAPHY RECEIVED AFTER COMPLAINTS WERE FILED BY SOME RADIOLOGISTS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY.
DR. JOSEPH MERCOLA, MD RECEIVED A SIMILAR LETTER. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY, AND YOU WILL REALIZE THE FOCUS OF THEIR LETTER IS ON OUR MARKETING EFFORTS IN RELATION TO THE CAMERA MENTIONED IN OUR ADS AND ON OUR WEBSITE. IT IS NOT REGARDING THE VALIDITY OF THERMOGRAPHY. We have not ever claimed that Breast Thermography is a standalone technology.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the FDA voted against Thermography becoming a standalone screening option in June 2004 - 5 to 4 - you do the math. Three of the 5 who voted against it had conflicts of interests connecting them to the mammography industry, per Len Saputo, MD 2011
|FDA WARNING LETTER.docx (DOCX — 20 KB)|
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT UNTIL AN X-RAY DETECTS CANCER THAT HAS MOST LIKELY BEEN GROWING FOR YEARS - WE HAVE TO UTILIZE ALL OF OUR OPTIONS!
BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR FACILITATORS - ALL UNDER 50 WHEN DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER RESOURCE http://www.checkyourboobies.org
Tanya is a 41 year old wife and mom of three children.She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 when her kids were 3, 6, & 9 years old. She had nursed all three and had my first child before 30 and was not in a high risk category. Tanya found her lump through a self exam and was diagnosed with the most common but most aggressive type of cancer. Tanya says she is currently healthier than she has ever been. At her job as a postpartum doula, it seems like it’s always about the “boobies”. She enjoys helping other women learn what to look for and find the confidence to follow up on something that they’re concerned about. Check Your Boobies is all about knowing your breasts and feeling comfortable with them.
Sandi was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 44. After going through cancer treatment and many related surgeries she is enjoying a very healthy, active life. Sandi has been married to Bob for 14 years, they have a daughter Jenny together. She is also a proud step mom to Adam and Julie. She is active in her kids lives, likes to stay fit with pilates and cycling, and enjoys the many outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
In 2007, the month before her 32nd birthday, Debra was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her grandmother on her father's side passed away from ovarian cancer and carries the gene called BRCA 1 which makes her more likely to get ovarian cancer down the road. Debra found her own lump and started treatment right away. She is inspired to share her story with other women to help with early detection. My other interests are painting, designing clothing and jewelry and physical activities outside.
Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. She is a mother of two beautiful boys age 6 and 2 yrs old. After nursing her oldest for almost 3 yrs she was surprised by the problems she had nursing Chase his first 6 months. In Jan of 2008 when Chase was 6 months old, she found her lump while rubbing out recurrent plugged milk ducts. After weeks of research and a crash course in cancer study, Heather was happy to learn that while her cancer was invasive, it was slow growing and non-aggressive in form. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. The support that came pouring in during her cancer journey has fueled her to give back as often as she can. She’s walked the Komen 3 Day Walk, loving her time with Check Your Boobies, and enjoying all the playful adventures that 2 young boys bring to her life.
Nancy is 37 years old and is the mom of two boys 8 1/2 and 7. Nancy was diagnosed in Dec 2007 at the age of 35 when she found a lump during a self exam. she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of invasive (ductal) breast cancer. I underwent several months of treatment to kick cancer to the curb. And like many women had no family history. Her diagnosis confirmed a lot of things for me, so now her goal is to educate others on breast cancer health and remind everyone to enjoy life and appreciate its treasures. She feel blessed to have met so many amazing people through this experience. Everyday she feels better and healthier - She is only looking forward. Nancy enjoys time with her family and friends and finding whatever life has to offer - the possibilities are endless.
FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
CONCLUSION: DIB using NoTouch (Breast Thermography) is an effective adjunctive test for breast cancer detection in women under 70 and appears to be particularly effective in women under 50 where maximal sensitivity (78%) and specificity (75%) were observed. The combined sensitivity of NoTouch BreastScan and mammography in women under 50 was encouraging at 89%, suggesting a potential way forward for a dual imaging approach in this younger age group.
Read entire reference below:
Eur J Surg Oncol. 2010 Jun;36(6):535-40. Epub 2010 May 10.The accuracy of digital infrared imaging for breast cancer detection in women undergoing breast biopsy. Wishart GC, Campisi M, Boswell M, Chapman D, Shackleton V, Iddles S, Hallett A, Britton PD.
SourceCambridge Breast Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ, UK. email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AbstractBACKGROUND:Mammography has a lower sensitivity for breast cancer detection in younger women and those with dense breasts. Recent improvements in digital infrared breast imaging suggest there may be a role for this technology and we have studied its performance in 100 women prior to breast needle core biopsy (CB).METHODS:All patients were imaged using a digital infrared breast (DIB) scan (Sentinel BreastScan) prior to breast biopsy. Analysis of the infrared scans was performed, blinded to biopsy results, in four different ways: Sentinel screening report, Sentinel artificial intelligence (neural network), expert manual review and NoTouch BreastScan a novel artificial intelligence programme.RESULTS:Of 106 biopsies performed in 100 women, 65 were malignant and 41 were benign. Sensitivity of Sentinel screening (53%) and Sentinel neural network (48%) was low but analysis with NoTouch software (70%) was much closer to expert manual review (78%). Sensitivity (78%) and specificity (75%) using NoTouch BreastScan were higher in women under 50 and the combination of mammography and DIB, with NoTouch interpretation, in this age group resulted in a sensitivity of 89%.CONCLUSION:DIB using NoTouch is an effective adjunctive test for breast cancer detection in women under 70 and appears to be particularly effective in women under 50 where maximal sensitivity (78%) and specificity (75%) were observed. The combined sensitivity of NoTouch BreastScan and mammography in women under 50 was encouraging at 89%, suggesting a potential way forward for a dual imaging approach in this younger age group.
FROM THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETYThermography (thermal imaging)
Thermography is a way to measure and map the heat on the surface of the breast using a special heat-sensing camera. It is based on the idea that the temperature rises in areas with increased blood flow and metabolism, which could be a sign of a tumor. Thermography has been around for many years, and some scientists are still trying to improve the technology to use it in breast imaging. But no study has ever shown that it is an effective screening tool for finding breast cancer early. It should not be used as a substitute for mammograms. Newer versions of this test are better able to find very small temperature differences. They may prove to be more accurate than older versions, and are now being studied to find out if they might be useful in finding cancer.
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Thermography is an infrared screening service, it is not a treatment or diagnosing service. Statements on this website have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Thermography is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with a qualified health care practitioner when seeking medical advice,