The FDA assaults breast thermography while protecting mammography industry
Monday, June 06, 2011 by: Len Saputo
(NaturalNews) The FDA published an article in "Journal Watch" on June 3, 2011 is
full of information that is presumptive and incorrect and they have to know it.
First of all, it slanders the breast thermography industry and the multitude of
mainstream medical journal articles supporting its value. As a point of
interest, the FDA approved breast thermography as an adjunct to mammography in
1982. You would think that there just might be a reason or two supporting its
value that they appreciate but fail to mention.
What the FDA did not do is
approve it in 2004 as a stand alone tool to screen for
breast cancer. The
vote in the final FDA
committee was 5-4 against it. So, the vote was very close, meaning that at least
four people on this
committee felt breast
thermography should be approved as a stand alone screening tool for breast
cancer, and five were
opposed. This shows that the FDA's comments in the Journal Watch
article are completely
misleading and incorrect when Helen Barr, MD, director of the Division of
Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs in the FDA's center for Devices and
Radiological Health states, "While there is plenty of evidence that
effective in breast cancer detection, there is simply no evidence that
thermography can take its place." Maybe, Dr. Barr, there is just a little!
There is an abundance of scientific evidence in the mainstream journals
supporting that breast thermography as a superior tool to
mammograms because it
is more sensitive and makes fewer errors when used properly, particularly in
women under the age of 50, where there's tremendous controversy about the
validity of mammograms as a primary screening tool for breast cancer.
The final embarrassment for the FDA and Journal Watch, is that three of the five
people voting against bringing breast thermography forward into clinical
practice in that fatal meeting in 2004, had a serious conflict of interest
connecting them to the mammography
There are simply too many people who are informed about breast thermography's
role in screening for breast cancer to continue concealing its value. I'll be a
bit surprised if this response actually gets past the editors of Journal Watch
and into print in their blog. Nonetheless I will be taking this message to an
excellent Internet resource, NaturalNews.com, and the airwaves on my weekly show
on the ProgressiveRadioNetwork.com.
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