On the day that would have been my Dad’s 76th birthday, January 7th 2020, a young journalist named Kelsey Osgood (KO) posted an article entitled “Chemotherapy Truthers Are the New Anti-Vaxxers.”
I want to respond to a few of the allegations and assertions, just to set the record straight.
KO asserts: A group of online cancer truthers have zeroed in on chemotherapy as the ultimate example of the hubris and greed of Western medicine and Big Pharma. They claim chemotherapy is ineffective, that it weakens the immune system, and even that it causes cancer.
TB response: I can only assume that the term “cancer truther” is a direct reference to Charlene and myself, as our initial website, www.CancerTruth.net has been around since 2006. It’s not only we that are claiming that chemo is ineffective. That’s what most of the studies say.
Is Chemotherapy Ineffective?
According to a 2004 report by Morgan, Ward, and Barton (Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia): “The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adult malignancies. … survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.”
In another study published in the February 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers Rupp and Zuckerman looked at 18 FDA approved chemo drugs, and found that NONE of them actually helped cancer patients live longer.
Interestingly, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has set goals for new cancer drugs of extending life or controlling tumors for at least 2.5 months. Did you get that? Extending life by 2.5 months is the goal for new chemo drugs. Wow. Talk about setting a LOW BAR!
Now get this! In a study published in the September 2016 issue of JAMA Oncology, researchers Kumar, Fojo, and Mailankody found that only 19% of chemo drugs approved from 2014 to 2016 met this abysmally low standard.
Does Chemo Weaken the Immune System?
Chemotherapy is the cancer treatment most likely to weaken the immune system. … As chemotherapy medicines damage the bone marrow, the marrow is less able to produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Typically, the greatest impact is on white blood cells. When you don’t have enough white blood cells, your body is more vulnerable to infection.”
On the website of the American Cancer Society, we read:
Cancer and its treatment can weaken your body’s immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect us against disease and germs. As a result, your body can’t fight infection and disease as well as a healthy person’s body can.”
Can Chemo Cause Cancer?
Every oncologist knows that chemotherapy has “collateral damage” (aka side effects). It’s not a matter of “if” but “how much” collateral damage will be caused by the chemo. Just like when the USA strikes another country or terrorist cell, the decision is frequently based on deciding how much collateral damage to “civilian” populations is deemed acceptable.
Have you heard of tamoxifen? It’s a breast cancer drug. Did you know that it’s classified by the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society as a human carcinogen?
According to the Report on Carcinogens, Fourteenth Edition, which is published on the NIH website,
Tamoxifen is known to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans. … Data from epidemiological studies and clinical trials indicate a causal relationship between exposure to tamoxifen and cancer of the uterus (endometrial type). … In rats, it promoted the development of … liver tumors in several studies and kidney tumors in one study.”
In light of the above facts, does chemotherapy really make sense? Even if tamoxifen was effective (which increasingly it is not), does it really matter if it “cures” breast cancer only to cause endometrial or liver or kidney cancer as a direct result of the treatment?
Additionally, in a 2009 study published on Science Direct, researchers Yan, Lu, and Yao demonstrated that chemotherapy not only enriches but also induces cancer stem cells. And a 2012 study from China indicates that chemotherapy can induce a phenomena called “stemness,” which occurs when the cells begin to express genes (such as p21 and p53) that are vital for maintaining stem cell functions. This, in turn, can drive the recurrence and speed the metastasis of cancer.
KO asserts: One of the more outrageous moments of the seven hours was when Bollinger’s associate Tony Jimenez, who founded an alternative cancer clinic in Mexico, interviewed a Japanese man named Shu Funase, introduced as “the author of over 250 books.” Funase, wearing a vaguely medical-looking white coat, told Jimenez about his latest book, an exposé on chemotherapy. “It’s only just a poison,” he said in broken English, “so the poison will kill the patient. To cure, no. To kill.”
TB response: We were in Japan for 4 days while filming our documentary, and every time we saw Shu Funase, he was wearing the same “vaguely medical-looking white coat.” That’s how he dresses. Regarding his quote about chemo, his intention was not to say that the PURPOSE of chemotherapy is to kill. He was saying that the RESULT is that chemotherapy can kill a patient. Big difference from what Kelsey is insinuating. English is Mr. Funase’s 3rd or 4th language, which results in “broken English.” How many languages do you speak fluently?
KO asserts: Anti-chemo warriors have, perhaps unsurprisingly, joined forces with anti-vaccine advocates, whose crusading efforts have led to the resurgence of numerous preventable diseases like measles.
TB response: Despite the fact that neither Charlene nor I would take chemotherapy, we are not “anti-chemo” (and we’re not “anti-vaxx” either, FYI). We are for freedom to CHOOSE. That’s all. I think that’s where folks like Kelsey and others don’t really get it. And speaking of the measles … were you aware that it was a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 and was released without hospitalization or quarantine? Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a May 2014 report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick.
There have been other measles “outbreaks” that occurred in fully (or almost fully) vaccinated populations, but the point is that if the measles vaccine (MMR) was effective, then there should NEVER be an outbreak in a fully vaccinated population.
KO asserts: Vaccines, with their myriad difficult-to-pronounce chemical ingredients, are easy hooks to pin health woes like cancer on, although no studies to date have definitively linked the two.
TB response: That’s just not true. A 1992 study in the British Medical Journal was the second study to confirm a “significant association” with the intramuscular vitamin K shot and childhood cancer.
But that’s not the only vaccine that has been associated with cancer. On May 18, 2006, the FDA held a meeting of the “Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee” (VRBPAC). I found the summary document on the FDA’s website back in 2006, and thank God I downloaded it, because the FDA has since then deleted it! Pay attention to Table 17 at the bottom of 13. There is some damning evidence about the link between the HPV vaccine and cancer. According to the data, the Gardasil vaccine increases cancer risk by 44.6% in people who are already carriers of the same HPV strains (16 or 18) used in the vaccine.
In other words, it appears that if the vaccine is given to a young woman who already carries HPV in a “harmless” state, it may “activate” the infection and directly cause precancerous lesions to appear. The vaccine, in other words, may accelerate the development of cancer!
Did you know that the MMR was first developed by Dr. Maurice Hilleman during his time at Merck? As the head of the Merck vaccine program, he developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist in history. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He received a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization. Interestingly, Hilleman was one of the early vaccine pioneers to warn about the possible dangers of vaccines.
In this video, Hilleman openly admits that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses. In response, his colleagues (who are also recorded) break out into laughter and seem to think it’s hilarious. They then suggest that because these vaccines are first tested in Russia, they will help the U.S. win the Olympics because the Russian athletes will all be “loaded down with tumors.” (Thus, they knew these vaccines caused cancer in humans.)
This isn’t some “conspiracy theory.” These are the words of a top Merck scientist who probably had no idea that his recording would be widely reviewed across the internet (which didn’t even exist when he made this recording). He probably thought this would remain a secret forever. Bottom line: YES, there are studies that have linked vaccines to cancer.
KO asserts: In October of this year, the Bollingers staged a conference in Anaheim, California, called The Truth About Cancer Live. Three of the headline speakers featured are primarily known for their anti-vaccine views: Del Bigtree, producer of the widely criticized documentary Vaxxed; Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental lawyer turned anti-vaccine campaigner; and Andrew Wakefield, the author of The Lancet study that proposed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. (Wakefield’s study was debunked and The Lancet retracted it; he’s since been stripped of his medical license.) Kennedy’s focused on how the HPV vaccine Gardasil increases risk of cervical cancer. (The CDC maintains Gardasil is safe.)
TB response: The Lancet may have retracted the study, but Dr. Wakefield’s study was NOT debunked. Documents released in 2011 show that on December 20th, 1996, a meeting of The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group based at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School featured a presentation by Professor Walker-Smith on seven of the children who would later become part of the group of patients Dr. Wakefield wrote about in his 1998 paper. Professor Walker-Smith’s presentation was entitled, “Enterocolitis and Disintegrative Disorder Following MMR – A Review of the First Seven Cases.”
It’s important to remember that Dr. Wakefield was falsely accused of completely fabricating his findings about these same children in his 1998 paper, but these documents reveal that 14 months before the paper was published, two other researchers (Professor Walker-Smith and Dr. Amar Dhillon) independently documented the same problems in these children, including symptoms of autism.
The British Medical Journal’s accusations that Dr. Wakefield fabricated his findings are therefore false. The mainstream media accusation that Dr. Wakefield’s findings have “never been replicated” is also blatantly false.
Regarding the CDC’s assertion that the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine is “safe” – well, ummm, let’s just say that’s a big fat hairy lie.
Using the MedAlerts search engine, as of Dec 31, 2019, there were a total of 57,595 vaccine reaction reports made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) associated with HPV vaccinations, including 389 deaths.
In an April 4, 2016 article published in the journal Vaccine relating to adverse events in Alberta, Canada, we see that in 195,270 girls tracked after receiving HPV vaccine injections, 19,351 (9.9%) ended up in emergency rooms within 42 days of being vaccinated.
Is the gardasil vaccine safe?
I think not….
KO asserts: Largely in response to anti-vaccine propaganda, Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube have taken significant steps over the course of this past year to squash bogus or harmful health information.
TB response: Kelsey talks about suppression of information as if it’s a GOOD thing. Wow! Do we REALLY want the “tech giants” to CENSOR information that someone deems to be “harmful”? That’s exactly what happens in China.
Is it “anti-vaccine” to read a package insert?
On the 2013-2014 package insert for FluLaval vaccine, it stated “there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza after vaccination with FLULAVAL.”
Did you know that the multi-dose flu vaccine still contains Thimerosal? And not just a “little bit” either.
The multi-dose flu vaccine has 25 mcg of Thimerosal. The shot is 0.5mL.
Let’s do some math:
25 mcg / 0.5mL =
25 mcg / .0005L =
250,000 mcg / 5L =
50,000 mcg / L
1 mcg / L = 1 PPB, therefore…
The multi-dose flu shot has 50,000 PPB of Thimerosal!
Remember that 2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water and normally 200 PPB would label something a toxic hazard. So the multi-dose flu shot has 250 TIMES the allowable limit of mercury in a toxic hazard.
There are at least 240 studies that have focused on thimerosal and found it to be harmful, with adverse reactions including allergic reaction; malformations; auto-immunity; developmental delay; and neurodevelopmental disorders, including tics, speech delay, language delay, and ADD.
Although we’ve had many “hit pieces” written against us, this one was not near as full of hate and vitriol as previous articles. However, I was a bit disappointed that Kelsey clearly is in favor of censorship and suppression of information when it comes to vaccine and cancer treatments. It’s hard for me to fathom how people who SAY that they are for freedom actually are NOT in favor of freedom when it comes to these 2 topics. It would be refreshing to have someone disagree with us, but then say something like “despite the fact that I am pro-vaccine and would take chemotherapy if I had cancer, I am adamantly opposed to censoring this information and believe people like Ty and Charlene should be able to exercise their First Amendment rights, because without freedom of speech, the USA would be more like China.”
In the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Please remember this…
When debate is not allowed…
When scientific questions are NOT allowed to be asked…
When ad hominem attacks are rampant…
When name-calling is pervasive…
When censorship is the recommended resolution…
The debate has left the scientific realm and has become “religious dogma.”
I could continue, but it’s almost 3am and I’m tired…