Book Review: What your doctor may not tell you about Breast Cancer

The authors:  Dr. John Lee graduated from Harvard University and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an expert in natural hormones replacement therapy. Dr. David Zava is a Ph.D. and Virginia Hopkins, M.A. is a medical writer specializing in women’s health.

Why is modern medicine going nowhere in its attempts to treat breast cancer?

Our research has found that the answer to this question lies primarily with:

  • The politics of medicine.
  • The Cancer Industry.
  • And the industries that create the pollutants that contribute to breast cancer.
  • The forces that would keep things the same – they are very powerful and entrenched.

Over the past few decades, conventional medicine has done very little to make any meaningful difference in what will happen to you if you get breast cancer, and virtually nothing has been done to reduce the incidence of the disease.

Breast Cancer Treatment

  1. Statistics clearly tell us that conventional medicines for treating breast cancer such as tamoxifen, radiation and chemotherapy just aren’t working in the long run.
  2. The way breast cancer is currently treated is a way of doing something in the face of not knowing what else to do.
  3. How can we be so bold as to state that conventional medical treatments for breast cancer aren’t working? It’s well documented. It seems as if every time we open a medical journal, there’s an article showing that conventional breast cancer treatments are ineffective, harmful, or both.
  4. Evidence-base medicine have shown that:

a)      Mammograms don’t really save lives.

b)      Radiation doesn’t really save lives.

c)       Tamoxifen doesn’t really save lives.

d)      Chemotherapy doesn’t save lives.

So what’s left for the conventional medical doctor to treat breast cancer patients with? Nothing, but the same surgical removal of the cancer that they were doing fifty years ago.

More American physicians need to face the hard, cold facts that current therapies just aren’t working and open their eyes to alternatives for prevention and treatment of breast cancer.


  • Radiation obliterates the breast cancer tumour in a small percentage of women, but in the process it causes many of them to die from other diseases.
  • There is no long-term benefit from using radiation to treat breast cancer, because even though the cancer may not recur at the site of the radiation, the overall chances of survival stay the same or are slightly worse.
  • And yet despite the fact that radiation helps so few women and eventually kills many of those whom it helped in the short term, it remains the standard of care in medicine for women who have breast cancer.
  • Despite this … if you have breast cancer your doctor will most likely insist that you undergo radiation treatments rather than exploring possibly safer alternatives.
  • How can this be?


  • We hope that those promoting tamoxifen remember to mention how many women taking it suffer from:

a)      Blood clots.

b)      Deterioration of vision.

c)       Diminished quality of life (hot flashes, night sweats).

d)      How many women have been forced to have a hysterectomy due to a particularly aggressive form of tamoxifen-induced uterine cancer?

  • It is rarely mentioned that women actually die of tamoxifen-induced uterine cancer.
  • Tamoxifen has been available for 25 years and its effect on breast cancer prevention is still being debated. This in and of itself should tell us something.
  • The only reason this is such a popular treatment right now is that it seems to oncologists to be better than doing nothing.


  • Chemotherapy is an attempt to poison the body just short of death in the hope of killing the cancer before the entire body is killed. Most of the time it doesn’t work.
  • Some chemotherapy does prolong life for a few  months, but generally at the high price of devastating side effects, and if a woman does happen to get lucky and survive that bout of cancer, her body is permanently damaged; recurrence are high.
  • The use of chemotherapy is purely a gamble, and we don’t think it’s worth taking. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it makes things worse.
  • It seems much smarter to find an alternative therapy with a good track record that will both support your body in fighting off the cancer and promote health.

Politics of Breast Cancer Industry

  • The detection and treatment of breast cancer is hugely profitable in the United States, generating billions of dollars a year.
  • All those mammograms, biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies, and all that chemotherapy, radiation and tamoxifen, create a substantial income stream for the hospitals, physicians, their support staff, those who make all the equipment and especially those who make the drugs.
  • Where is the financial incentive to go outside this framework?

Women – Terrified and Confused

  • Where does this leave the woman with breast cancer? She is terribly afraid and confused, but she is also pretty much crushed by the cog wheels of medical machinery.
  • She will be shuffled off to his operating table or that radiation clinic not because it is necessarily best for her as an individual, and not because that is what is going to truly help and heal her, but because she fits into that slot.
  • That is how the breast cancer industry machine works, and there is no other choice.
  • What the conventional medicine presents her with is that she is going to die if she doesn’t do it.
  • But if she sorts out the statistics correctly, she is going to realize that if she has a non-local cancer, even if she does everything the doctors tell her to do there is still a one in three chance that she is going to die, from the cancer or as a result of its treatment.
  • The path to possible recovery is paved with treatments that can do permanent damage.