I am Susun's daughter. I have not spoken with her about this topic, but was called to the thread by a few members.
I appreciate your intentions and the clear committment you have to helping women with cancer.
I also can understand why your initial post hit a nerve with Daffodil, I do not believe her response was helpful, but I do understand what may have prompted her to react in a negative manner.
So, I will share what I see and feel when I read the post, and what does not sit well with me, either.
to quote you, you shared that "By learning how to live a healthier lifestyle and employing activities that encourage a healthier breast routine, including self- examinations and regular mammograms, one could realize a longer life span, enjoying those you love."
Now I agree that possibly a healthier lifestyle may decrease one's risk of cancer...but I have some problems with this statement.
First is that it leads one to possibly believe that women who do get cancer are at fault, that they did not lead a healthy lifestyle, take care of themselves, that they could have prevented it....I am not sure this is true, and women who have had or have cancer may well feel hurt by this assumption and statement..especially the following,
Second, you clearly advocate the administration of mammograms, and say that Susun supports your work....but I can tell you that she clearly does not advocate the use of mammograms, and further there is evidence that mammograms cause cancer. Further, as a woman I can tell you that generally women receive alot of pressure to get mammograms and when they choose not too they are made to feel they are neglecting their health. Inferring that regular mammograms increase change of a longer life in my peronal opinion is hogwash and not true...it disempowers women to insist they get a procedure that in fact increases likelihood of cancer.
Third, it disturbs me deeply to hear that you are going to feature the messages of a pharmaceutical company in your book by and about women with cancer. I can not imagine why you would do this save for my assumption that you advocate use of pharmaceuticals and you believe that the pharma companies promote women's health. I believe that pharma companies are in it strictly for the cold cash, and time and time again I read about drugs that cause more harm than they cause...I also assume that the pharma company must be footing the bill on this book, or why else would they be included.
As much as Susun likes your idea as you have described it to her via phone, and may be willing to share her message via your publication, it should not be misunderstood to believe that she is an advocate of mammograms or pharmaceuticals...both are completely opposed to her philosophy of health and personal empowerment.
Anyone who wants to read Susun's position on mammograms, can read the chapter from her breast health book
, on this topic. here is her take home statement,
"Mammograms don't promote breast health -- Breast self-massage, breast self-exam, and lifestyle changes do." Susun Weed
Now, there are so many things that your lovely book COULD focus on, like techniques for breast self massage, alternatives to mammograms such as thermography, the real facts on mammograms, the truth about wearing bras and how they can cause disease...
those of you who are interested to learn about the danger of bra use, read these articles here,
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/A ... ngwise.htm
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/f ... ewoman.htm
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/d ... sticbreast
also, I suspect if you are giving air time to a pharmaceutical company, and advocate the administration of mammograms, that you also advocate the administration of biopsies....I would like to share that Susun does not believe that liberal use of biopsies is safe, and in her book she shares that in fact aspirating tissue with cancer cells can be a fatal move...the body has many ways of protecting itself, one of these is its genius ability to contain or quarrentine cancer cells disallowing it to run rampant in the body, essentially a biopsy releases the cancer cells (if they are present) into the blood stream and lymph system, which can actually be the cause of death by cancer...
For myself, I do not subscribe to mammograms, biopsies, pharmaceuticals, and unnecessary surgery including amputation of breasts and removal of uterus'....
for those of you interested, here is a good article on this topic,
Our bodies are marvelous creations with each organ or part playing a significant role in our physical, emotional and sexual well-being. It makes perfect medical and scientific sense to conclude that none of our body parts is dispensable, and I think that most people would agree with me on that one. Most people would also agree that there are serious risks linked to any kind of surgery and, for the record, an elective procedure doesn’t make it any less dangerous. Yet, every day in North America, thousands of women surrender their non-cancerous reproductive organs to gynecological surgeons. In many cases, without having given it much thought. [url=http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/december03/feature.htm
]read the full article click here[/url]
Here is an informative article on the epidemic of Unnecessary Mastectomy Common in U.S.
"WASHINGTON, DC -- Many women who have a breast removed as treatment for cancer do not need such radical surgery, according to an article just published in the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association. In the article, "The Need for Improved Informed Consent for Breast Cancer Patients", Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., concludes that whether a woman undergoes a mastectomy or a lumpectomy (which removes the cancer but not the breast) depends less on her specific diagnosis than on other factors, such as where she lives, her income and health insurance, where she receives medical care, her age, and the age of her doctor.
Though it's been known for years that lumpectomy and other breast-saving measures are just as effective as mastectomy for patients in the early stages of breast cancer, in most parts of the country most of the women who receive an early-stage diagnosis will undergo the more radical and disfiguring surgery, writes Dr. Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Policy Research (CPR) for Women & Families and faculty member at George Washington University. "Limited information and biased recommendations are undermining breast cancer patients' choices," she asserts." click here to read the complete article
Women, before you consent to surgery be sure you know all of your options, you are fully empowered, and know that you do have a CHOICE.
For those of you who may consider surgery, here is a useful pdf containing surgery choices for women with early-stage cancer
In this light, I do not personally feel it is particularly useful to "desexualize" breasts...in this context...I feel it would be useful to honor all the aspects of our breasts, wholistically speaking..
to end, James, I hope you do more research and consider the message you will be sharing with women concerning breast cancer.
I do not feel you have bad intentions, quite to the contrary....however, one can mean well and not do well...one can mistakenly contribute to the problem when seeking to solve it....my advice would be to be really sure that which you share and advocate is sure to do no harm.
sending love, Justine