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Think Beyond the Pink

We support this movement called “Think Beyond the Pink

and a grassroots organization advocating the prevention of Breast Cancer in the Philippines through Environmental awareness

Philippine Breast Cancer Network – PBCN here
If you would like to donate money to organizations advocating Filipino women with breast cancer, this is where your money should go.
PBCN conducts training for Filipino women afflicted with breast cancer from all walks of life (from the poorest of the poor, mid-income earners and the elite), who care enough to know what causes cancer to help themselves conquer their own fears and also protect their own daughters, nieces, sisters, cousins and friends from environmental toxins and defunct medical practices that causes breast cancer. Danny Meneses is a very low-profile husband of the late Rosa Meneses. He is the President of PBCN and also trainer/advocate of Project BRCA. He also organizes 5 day retreat at Tiaong, Quezon for those who are really serious about knowing how to detox and care for themselves whether they are taking conventional or alternative treatments. They need all the help they can, in prayers and financial support. They will be losing the right to use the land at Tiaong by year 2012, this means hundreds of Filipino women with breast cancer will lose the chance to be nestled and cocooned from their cares and hustles and bustles of life, to learn about their disease and how to take care of themselves. Danny is the president, driver, marketing manager, trainer, coach and mentor of all the women coming to PBCN and Tiaong Breast Cancer Haven.
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/posts/423073

as well as Pink Ribbon Blues headed by Gayle Sulik who agreed to include PBCN in their list of Internationa non-profit breast cancer organizations.

We are open to collaboration to organise a Think Beyond the Pink or Pink Ribbon Blues seminar in Singapore– as we approach Breast Cancer Month in October 2011.

Any like-minded women in Singapore, please email nanay@live.com.sg

For medical practitioners (conventional, alternative and complimentary) this is for you:
Do not even attempt to use the content of this blog to ridicule me or say that I am stupid. We may not have all your stored knowledge, but we can be reasoned with, if you allow us to ask questions and patiently explain what we do not understand. If you have a long history of feud between the conventional and alternative world, do not use our story as a foundation for your arguments. Yes we have heard about Suzanne Somers (Alternative Success Story) as well as Kim Tinkham (Death by Alternative Medicine- which I think was overexagerrated by this retired surgeon ORAC) and we also have heard of hundreds of women dying from over treatment (not of breast cancer).
Reported deaths from Herceptin
http://www.druglib.com/adverse-reactions_side-effects/herceptin/seriousness_death/
Reported deaths from Avastin
http://www.druglib.com/adverse-reactions_side-effects/avastin/seriousness_any/reaction_death/</a
Unreported death by overtreatment using conventional medicine

http://shinscancerblog.blogspot.com/

What I can say is that there are QUACKS in both the conventional and alternative world– try not to be one! When risks of side effects outweighs the benefits of conventional medicine, it is wiser to take the opposite road, because up to this time there is no clear indication that the world of conventional and alternative medicine has found a common ground– at least not yet. It is quite obvious in the recent clinical studies on Curcumin and/or Herceptin, that we have not reached that ideal scenario when both allopathic and hippocratic doctors/could meet to address the patient’s needs rather than their own selfish desires and their own power struggles. If ORAC represents the conventional medicine as a whole I would certainly be disappointed, because instead of walking towards the goal, we have stepped backwards. This ORAC is not an ideal representative of conventional medicine, he is nothing but a gossip monger who feeds on the controversial stories to feed his own hunger for power and being self righteous. May the Lord’s grace and peace be with you, so that you stop misrepresenting all the well meaning conventional doctors.

You can all find a common ground, if you can all be true to the Hippocratic Oath:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

For researchers and scientists
We also encourage you to stay true to the Hippocratic Oath for scientists

The seven principles of the code, intended to guide scientist’s actions, are:

■Act with skill and care in all scientific work. Maintain up to date skills and assist their development in others.
■Take steps to prevent corrupt practices and professional misconduct. Declare conflicts of interest.
■Be alert to the ways in which research derives from and affects the work of other people, and respect the rights and reputations of others.
■Ensure that your work is lawful and justified.
■Minimise and justify any adverse effect your work may have on people, animals and the natural environment.
■Seek to discuss the issues that science raises for society. Listen to the aspirations and concerns of others.
■Do not knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about scientific matters. Present and review scientific evidence, theory or interpretation honestly and accurately

Some institutes are beginning to take the proposals seriously and in June 2008, graduating students at the University of Toronto, Canada, pledged to honour a scientific oath.[6] This is the first well-documented case of scientists within the research community employing an oath-declared ethical code.

The students, graduating as Biomedical Scientists, declared the following oath at their graduation ceremony:

“I have entered the serious pursuit of new knowledge as a member of the community of graduate students at the University of Toronto. I declare the following:

■Pride: I solemnly declare my pride in belonging to the international community of research scholars.
■Integrity: I promise never to allow financial gain, competitiveness, or ambition cloud my judgment in the conduct of ethical research and scholarship.
■Pursuit: I will pursue knowledge and create knowledge for the greater good, but never to the detriment of colleagues, supervisors, research subjects or the international community of scholars of which I am now a member.
By pronouncing this Graduate Student Oath, I affirm my commitment to professional conduct and to abide by the principles of ethical conduct and research policies as set out by the University of Toronto.”[7]
It was publicised in international media that the students appeared to take the oath very seriously and it is hoped that further universities and institutes will begin to encourage their students to undertake a scientific oath.

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