Is Removing Our Organs An Act of Preventing Disease Or An Act of Desperation?
Actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she has removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent cancer.
This follows her preventive surgery in 2013 of a double mastectomy; Jolie revealed that she carried a mutation of her BRCA1 gene that gave her an estimated 87 per cent risk of breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer. She still has her uterus, adding that uterine cancer does not run in her family. Her mother and grandmother both died of cancer. “She says she will look for ways to strengthen her immune system to prevent cancers.”
The profession I come from, naturopathic medicine, stands for prevention; it is one of the single most important ways to lessen the risk of developing disease. Each and every one of us has cancer cells within our bodies and daily our immune system fights them off by creating the proper antibodies. A history of cancer in the family heightens the risk of developing the disease, but does not mean that all family members will get cancer. Prevention is not accomplished by systematically removing organs in hopes that potentially cancerous genes do not mutate; our organs, when properly functioning, are the means by which we fight the disease, and prevention is to keep them healthy and strong.
Jolie had a 50 per cent chance of getting ovarian cancer and had her ovaries removed but decided to keep her uterus. How long do you think it will be before another study reveals added risk and she removes it, as well? Fifty per cent risk--is the cup half empty or half full? Does one focus on the negative and remove body parts or the positive 50 per cent and face the risk by taking preventative measures with organs intact so cancer does not form? We have many safe and natural preventative health measures at our disposal that are free from side effects, and the main one is our diet and closely following is our mental well-being.
Cancer: From birth to death, 1 in 2 will die of cancer.
Chronic Pain: 1 in 3 Americans are in chronic pain with arthritis
Mental Illness: 1 in 5 suffer from mental illness. A new case of Alzheimer’s is discovered every 68 seconds in the USA, and expected to double by 2050, a new case every 33 seconds.
Diabetes: 1 in 3 will have diabetes by 2050.
Autism: Today, 1 in 68 children, and according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD, 1 in 2 by 2030.
Obesity: According to the CBC, 1 in 2 adults will be overweight or obese by 2030, currently in the US it’s 1 in 3.
As you can clearly see, the risk of dying from any given disease is stacked against us, so what do we do with such troubling figures? Do we rush out and get antidepressants in order to cope with it all? Sorry, can’t do that either, since prescription drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the USA.
The problem with Jolie is she is a public figure. Had she decided to keep her surgery to herself there would be no issue but she decided to make the news public. What she does will influence other women! If you approach life from the fear of dying you fail to enjoy the living. If we envision the possibility of a disease process taking our lives, should we schedule surgeries as the means of prevention? According to above statistics, most would be lobotomized, hooked to dialysis, not have children and buy clothes much larger than currently needed. And, the older we become, the more the risks increase; why even bother getting out of the bed?
The way in which we live our lives is an individual matter. We can live it driven by fear or live in the moment and be grateful for each day given. We must realize our potential and the power of faith, for we have the ability to will our health or to will our sickness. The pathway we take is our discussion alone and should not be influenced by celebrities.