Holistic Health

Why I have a problem with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Recently, I posted on Have a Namaste’s Facebook page that I have a problem with Breast Cancer Awareness Month because, in part, it supports the continued advancement of drug-based cancer treatments that are ineffective at best and devastatingly harmful at worst. There’s also the issue of pinkwashing, which I’ll get to in a minute.

These comments elicited a heated response when I reposted them to my personal Facebook page. Admittedly, I could have stated my position better. I certainly did not mean to appear insensitive on the subject of cancer. But I stand firm in my opposition to drug-based cancer treatments, and here’s why:

Chemotherapy is a poison. It is highly toxic and kills healthy cells along with cancer cells. Chemotherapy results in a remission rate of only 12 percent. Yes, some people do survive, but many others experience cell mutations after chemotherapy that lead to secondary cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified 20 different “anticancer” drugs that are actually carcinogens. Aside from the hair loss and nausea that many of us associate with chemotherapy, it can also cause cognitive impairment that lasts for a decade or more.

The FDA defines an “effective” cancer treatment as one that shrinks the tumor by 50 percent or more for 28 days. Shrinking a tumor for 28 days does not cure the cancer or extend life.

Ninety-three percent of colon or rectal cancer patients die after receiving chemotherapy. Ninety-seven percent of liver cancer patients die following chemotherapy. And 99 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die following chemotherapy.

If this isn’t enough to make you question the use of chemotherapy, it simply isn’t necessary. The medical industry presents drug-based cancer therapy as if it is the only option, but it’s not. Nutrition-based cancer treatments offer much higher success rates: Gerson therapy, for example, results in complete remission for 42 percent of patients, including terminal cancer patients, with none of the side effects of chemo or radiation. Nutritional treatment programs use non-toxic methods to remove toxins from the body while building up the immune system instead of tearing it down and leaving you defenseless.

And then there’s the pinkwashing: companies packaging products up in little pink ribbons and telling us that buying them will help fight cancer, even though the organizations or the products in question are often directly implicated in the development of cancer – like cosmetics containing cancer-causing chemicals. Or like in 2010 when the Susan G. Komen foundation teamed up with KFC to sell pink buckets of fried chicken.

So instead of going out and buying pink-ribboned products in the name of breast cancer awareness, I believe we need to focus our efforts on actions that really can make a difference. Quit eating processed, packaged foods. Limit your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals in personal care products and cleaning products. Learn what you are putting into and onto your bodies. Make health-building, cancer-fighting foods the focus of your diet. Think before you buy any products that claim to support finding the cure for cancer.

For more about cancer prevention, read my post on Five Ways to Fight Cancer.

Read more about pinkwashing.



  1. Controversial? Absolutely.. Accurate? Absolutely!

    I agree with the article in its entirety.. Thank you for standing out and having the courage to talk about something so important.

    1. Thank you so much, Lori! It was a bit disheartening to receive such harsh criticism when I posted this sentiment on Facebook … but I feel very strongly about this. Blind faith in science is getting us nowhere, but I do think more people are starting to realize this. I appreciate the support!

  2. This is the best post you have ever written! I wish I had seen the Facebook comment. You are right about everything here, and of course, hardly anybody knows about the natural cures you mention. The pinkwashing always cracks me up…pink breast cancer candy with awesome food coloring and other chemicals that cause cancer…its so true! I went into a sports retail store last week and they even had pink breast cancer golf balls, pink breast cancer kickballs…I’m so sick of seeing it everywhere I go.

  3. I so admire you for your courage in expressing your opinion about this serious issue. I can only imagine the reaction you received when you questioned Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For several years now I have been blown away by the power and influence of the Komen Foundation. I was at Hen House yesterday at the deli and all the employees in the deli had pink Boars Head hats on. It’s everywhere you go. The sad part is that most people think they are doing something really good in supporting this stuff and are so easily influenced. Helps to understand how politicians get away with the BS they do. Keep up your brave work.

  4. Thank you everyone … I am so entrenched in the natural health community sometimes I forget not everyone is aware of these things. But those are exactly the people who need to hear it … even if they do call you bad names for speaking out. 🙂

  5. Thank you!!! Karen, this article is perfect. I feel the same way.

    I lost my Mom to breast cancer almost 2 years ago. She was diagnosed at 47, no family history of cancer, and the most active and adventurous person I knew.

    For almost 2 years, she went though multiple rounds of both radiation and chemo. Neither helped and in fact, it made her worse. After the 2nd year, she visited a holistic chiropractor who put her on supplements and a raw, vegan diet.

    While the cancer was too far along at that point to be cured, the change in diet and removal of chemical treatments helped my Mom to truly feel better. Her mental state was clear, she had enough energy to hike again, and I believe it made her last year here more enjoyable. She was herself again.

    Before her passing, I would have known nothing about “eco-friendly” or “slow food”. Now, like you, I am so entrenched that I forget others know little about how their choices are poisoning them. Thankfully there are blogs like yours to help spread the word.

    I’m sure this wasn’t an easy article for you to post, but I’m so glad you did!

    1. Thank you so much Niki. I am so sorry about your mother, but what an amazing story. Unfortunately, as your mother’s story indicates, people who have already gone through chemical treatments often no longer respond to nutritional therapy. But I am glad to hear that it made her final days more enjoyable.

      I have been interested in the link between diet and cancer for several years, but even more so after losing my uncle to liver cancer a little over a year ago. Sadly, it is too late for your mother and my uncle, but witnessing what they went through has given us knowledge we might have otherwise never had … knowledge that we can use now to help protect our loved ones who are still with us.

      Thank you for reading.

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