While I believe that Angelina Jolie is courageous for the choice she made, I’m still deciding how I feel about what she did. I wonder if her surgeries were necessary. Could she have done something less extreme to reduce her risk of cancer?
And if there is an effective, less extreme option, then I’m concerned about the publicity surrounding Jolie’s choice. It might make other women believe that they must make the same choice that Jolie made.
My first thought when I heard about Jolie’s double mastectomy was why didn’t she just change her diet to reduce her risk? There is ample research showing that a plant-based diet dramatically reduces the risk of cancer. If you’re not familiar with the research, I suggest watching the movie, Forks over Knives or reading The China Study.
Then I read articles about how Jolie had the BRCA1 gene and that her chances of getting cancer were 87 percent. With odds like that I began to think that perhaps Jolie made the right choice. Maybe in her case she had to be more aggressive about prevention.
I continued to have doubts, but moved on with my life and forgot about Jolie until Maryanne (thanks Maryanne!) sent me a link to the article, How Angelina Jolie was Duped by Cancer Doctors into Self Mutilation For Breast Cancer She Never Had.
In this article, Mike Adams, makes the following claims:
- That Jolie’s 87 percent risk of breast cancer was a lie.
- That the BRCA1 gene can be suppressed through lifestyle choices.
- That the claim that there is only ONE way to reduce breast cancer risk is a lie.
- That cancer micro-tumors exist in all of us, and must be “managed” in everyone to prevent the growth of tumors.
- That the cancer industry uses fear tactics and false statistics to frighten women into risky procedures that have a high profit margin.
- That it’s insane to claim that cutting off breasts “empowers” women. What actually empowers women is providing them with honest information on healthy lifestyle choices that allows them to keep their bodies intact.
After reading this article, I can’t help but wonder if Jolie was duped by her doctors. I’d love, however; to hear your thoughts!
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