I'm with you - in a rush to report anything, the media reports everything. I also question the sources of the information. We've all seen the countless quoted studies, papers published and incomplete clinical trials over the past few years and what's the result?
1. Drug companies getting richer as we rush out to get the latest, greatest thing that will heal us.
2. The promotion of certain foods (ie. pomegranate is a great example) in whatever form - be it juice, food, pill. And of course, the cost then skyrockets for those items.
3. Equipment that doctors buy and charge exhorbitant prices to their "customers" to pay for these items.
4. A confused public, grasping at almost anything to cure or at least stave off whatever disease they are dealing with.
I mean no criticism to anyone who tries whatever they are comfortable with, please understand what I'm saying. We all are suseptible when dealing with anything that threatens us or those whom we love. I deeply appreciate the doctors and other health care advocates who have helped us, all of us.
But when hope is given falsely, whether by the media, a doctor, a company or some sort of charlatan THAT is just not right. Grandma would've called it immoral.
Sigh...Okay, I just ran out of steam... I guess at times I just feel captive to the all those "professionals" out there and it frustrates me.
Oh yeah...a confession: I make sure my man has some pomegranate juice in his smoothie every day!!!
Susan (I do acknowledge this in only my opinion.
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3