Thermography. For pushers of mammography, this word is a frightening and threatening term. Over the course of the past few years, mammogram technology has been exposed as a failed science / technology (here). In fact, they’ve attacked the thermography industry time after time, insinuating that it doesn’t work (here). The FDA has completely and inexcusably dismissed it.
Via FDA.gov: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says mammography— an X-ray of the breast—is still the most effective way of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Thermography produces an infrared image that shows the patterns of heat and blood flow on or near the surface of the body.
The agency has sent several warning letters to health care providers and a thermography manufacturer who claim that the thermal imaging can take the place of mammography.
Breast Thermography, on the other hand, is actually overwhelmingly beneficial. It’s important to keep in mind that many Doctors are now even being told to tell their patients NOT to give self breast exams (think about this for a moment). Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM, wrote an outstanding piece over the matter recently. Look at all the studies she cited:
Studies have shown:
• An abnormal infrared image is an important marker of high risk for problems in the tissues. The marker is said (by some) to be 8 times more significant as a marker for disease than a family history of the cancer.
• A person with a persistently abnormal thermogram has a 10 times greater risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
• A positive infrared scan does not mean you have cancer. The increased heat may be suggestive of many different breast abnormalities such as mastitis, benign tumors, fibrocystic breast disease, and yes, cancer.
• In a study from 1998, 100 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ were diagnosed pre-operatively using a clinical breast exam, mammography, and infrared imaging. The number of tumors diagnosed with mammography alone was 85%. The number of tumors diagnosed when a breast exam and a breast thermography were added increased to 95%. (full article here).
We’ve found another great piece over the topic by Registered Nutritionist, Jenny Phillips. She’s a wellness author and public speaker. She discusses thermography from the perspective that it focuses on breast health, as opposed to mammograms which focus on disease (one is more profitable than the other, I will let you figure out which). I encourage everyone to check out her article, Thermography – A focus on breast health rather than disease. It’s really great stuff. It is always important to share and lend perspective over matters regarding our health, or else we risk becoming victims of corporate P&L sheets.
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