J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted June 6, 2012

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Not me; I just said NO---to this $60 billion business.

Last week, the New York Times published an article about the "major colonoscopy bills" that people are facing these days. In an article of well over one thousand words (See link below), there was not a single mention of how one might work on preventing cancer instead of detecting it.

The article began by describing the nightmare suffered by a couple in Long Island when they realized that their "insurance plan" didn't cover the anesthesiologist's bill of $1600. From the article:

Patients who undergo colonoscopy usually receive anesthesia of some sort in order to “sleep” through the procedure. But as one Long Island couple discovered recently, it can be a very expensive nap.

Both husband and wife selected gastroenterologists who participated in their insurance plan to perform their cancer screenings. But in both cases, the gastroenterologists chose full anesthesia with Propofol, a powerful drug that must be administered by an anesthesiologist, instead of moderate, or “conscious,” sedation that often gastroenterologists can administer themselves.

At the end of the article, readers were asked to hear about their own experience with colonoscopy. Here is what I posted beneath the article, the 700th comment posted:

While this procedure may be right for millions, I decided that it was not right for me.

My experience with colonoscopy? Nada. Now 67, I made the decision long ago to take a different approach when it came to taking care of my colon. I decided to work on lowering my risk of cancer instead of routinely submitting myself to an expensive, unpleasant and sometimes risky procedure of detecting the disease.

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According to my calculations, our annual colonoscopy bill in the United States is $60 billion. While doing research last year for our book, I learned that the risk of dying of colon cancer is 7% in the United States. So my question is this:

If the risk of dying of colon cancer was less than 1%, would we still have a $60 billion industry to screen for it? I think not.

It's all about the risk. If the risk goes down, there is less need for screening, and the business gets smaller. How do we make the risk go down? We have known for many years about entire cultures of people who eat mostly whole plants their entire lives---and their risk of having cancer of any kind approaches zero.

With over 80% of my calories from whole plants, I believe that I have greatly lowered my risk of chronic disease.

So in 2002, I shifted to a diet whereby I derive over 80% of my daily calories from whole plants. In doing so, I believe that I have greatly lowered my risk of colon cancer and all other chronic diseases at the same time. Sadly, the average American gets less than 10% of their calories that Nature intended for us to eat.

Risk of injury. There is one other risk that I should mention--the risk of suffering injury or even death as a result of the procedure. According to my research, this happens to over 60,000 per year (less than 1/2 of one percent) in the USA. Some of them report for the procedure perfectly healthy and leave the clinic with a perforated colon that must be repaired.

Money. But our medical system continues to focus on detection instead of true prevention. That would mean focusing on the causes, like our toxic diet, which Dr. T. Colin Campbell says is the leading cause of cancer in the USA. But there are 30 million jobs depending on us staying sick and not much money to be made if we all suddenly attained "vibrant health." ----J. Morris Hicks

For your convenience, here are two of my earlier posts on this subject along with a link to the full NY Times article:

Want to lower your risk of all chronic disease, including all cancers? Then learn how to provide your body with natural protection by simply eating what nature intended for us to eat in the first place---whole plants.

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Blogging daily at the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation



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100% and I'm with you. A friend of mine just lost her husband to colon cancer. He was a smoker and they are very heavy meat eaters, with plant foods being something completely foreign to their diets. Nearly every member of this family is diabetic or pre-diabetic, and they think that I'm "strange" due to my vegan lifestyle (thirty years this year). With all the information available to us via the web etc. why is that people continue to deny that eating dead animals leads to a horrible death and a horrible journey to that end?


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