I was wondering if anyone has problems with getting mammograms. I got one ayear ago last October. I used to go to a trailer for one which only had one x-ray machine in it so it didn't bother me. As of a year ago last year our insurance would not cover this type of mammogram so I had to get one someplace else. This building was a nightmare! Not only did they do mammograms,but also CAT scans and MRI's. I could feel these machines just waiting in the waiting room. I felt like I was hit by a wave of electricity, and got nauseated. I managed to get the mammogram done, but was sick for several days after that. Now my doc wants me to get another mammogram this year. I told him what happened to me but he said that I have to get it done anyway. Iwill be 50 this year. To let you know, I was exposed to DES while in uteroback in '54, and I also have MCS. Any way out of this mess? There is no history of breast cancer in my family but I know that I am at risk because ofthe DES. Thanks for
any info you can give me.
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Joyce - don't have any more mammograms is my opinion. X-rays are not
good for you unless they are being used as treament. I remember once
having a dental X-ray and feeling bad afterwards - although I had been
feeling really good beforehand. Also, remember those X-ray machines in
shoe-shops we used to have to put our feet in as children to see the
length of our feet? Well they were banned because of the risks to
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I was wondering if anyone has problems with getting mammograms. I got
one a year ago last October. I used to go to a trailer for one which
only had one x-ray machine in it so it didn't bother me. As of a year
ago last year our insurance would not cover this type of mammogram so I
had to get one someplace else. This building was a nightmare! Not only
did they do mammograms, but also CAT scans and MRI's. I could feel these
machines just waiting in the waiting room. I felt like I was hit by a
wave of electricity, and got nauseated. I managed to get the mammogram
done, but was sick for several days after that. Now my doc wants me to
get another mammogram this year. I told him what happened to me but he
said that I have to get it done anyway. I will be 50 this year. To let
you know, I was exposed to DES while in utero back in '54, and I also
have MCS. Any way out of this mess? There is no history of breast cancer
in my family but I know that I am at risk because of the DES. Thanks for
any info you can give me.
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THERMOGRAPHY AS MAMMOGRAPHY ALTERNATIVE
Dr. Frank A. Charles, N.D.
Page 24 Fall/Winter 2001-2002 Carolina Health & Healing magazine
(now called Integrative Health & Self Healing magazine)
There probably isn't a person in America who has not been touched by a loved
one who has battled breast cancer. Medical science has not yet learned how
to prevent breast cancer but improvements in early detection promise a
greater chance of survival. One of the most exciting and recent developments
in the early detection of breast cancer is in the field of advanced medical
Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging or DITI. Several new dramatic
improvements in DITI technology, coupled with patient awareness and new
medical warnings concerning overuse of ionizing radiation from x-rays, are
pushing DITI into the breast- screening arena. DITI now offers the
advantages of being totally painless, totally safe, low in cost, and
effective at any age. You may be asking: "If DITI is so great, why haven't
I heard much about it? Why hasn't DITI been utilized more for breast
screening if it offers all these advantages?"
Medical DITI has been used extensively in human medicine in the U.S.A.,
Europe and Asia for the past 20 years. While the technology lost favor some
time ago because of cumbersome equipment, difficult protocols and unrefined
technology, events are rapidly changing. New ultra-sensitive,
ultra-resolution DITI devices have many doctors and researchers believing
that DITI exams could prove to be a simpler, less expensive and more
effective complement to mammography than other newer imaging methods.
Recent concerns about mammography and the benefits of a new DITI
manufactured by a company from Australia, have resulted in DITI imaging
centers in other parts of the world now being able to offer this technology
to women interested in taking control of their health.
PROBLEMS WITH MAMMOGRAPHY
Until recently, mammography was considered to be our only option in breast
screening. That is rapidly changing as experts in the field of ionizing
radiation are questioning the long- term cumulative effects of these types
of procedures. The truth about mammography is that it may not be as safe or
effective as once believed.
Many informed experts are now questioning the detrimental effects from
cumulative radiation. The fact is that this area has not been properly
researched, especially considering the multiple-exposures being absorbed by
many individuals and the cumulative effects of radiation from mammography,
dental and other radiation sources.
Based on 40 years of research on the effects of low-dose radiation on
humans, John Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned authority on the health effects
of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be
prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure from mammography and X-rays.
Dr. Gofman believes strongly that there is no "safe threshold" for exposure
to low level-level ionizing radiation.
Another potential concern about the mammogram is that it may, on
occasion, even help spread an existing mass of cancer cells. During the
procedure, considerable pressure is placed on the woman's breast by the
mammography technologist as the breast is firmly squeezed between two flat
plastic surfaces. Dr. Lorraine Day, a pathologist and breast cancer
survivor, and other researchers have raised concerns about the negative
effects of breast compression.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Academy of Sciences
admit that mammography promotes cancer. Their justification for continuing
to endorse mammography is that the incidence of cancer is small in relation
to the number of early detection cases.
However, Dr. Charles B. Simone, founder of the Simone Protective Cancer
Center and a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the
NCI, says that earlier detection has not resulted in longer life when the
data is really analyzed.
Here are some other comments on mammography:
"By the time a tumor is large enough to be seen by a mammogram, it is
usually 8 years old, has approximately 500 million cells, and is
approximately an inch long." Lancet, Oct. 10, 1992.
"If all American women between forty and fifty were screened yearly by
mammogram, 40 out of every 100 cancers would be missed." New England Journal
of Medicine, 328:176 1993.
"Half of all breast cancers in women under 45 are invisible on a
mammogram."American Health, 1994
MORE ABOUT DITI
DITI has been recognized as a viable diagnostic tool since 1987 by the AMA
Council on Scientific Affairs, by the ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, by
the Congress of Neurosurgeons in 1988 and by the American Academy of
Physical Medicine and Rehabili-tation in 1990.
DITI works differently than tests such as x-ray, ultrasound or MRI.
Those technologies can detect changes in tissue structure only, because they
are anatomical tests. Tumors must be formed, dense and of a certain size to
be detected by mammography or ultrasound.
DITI is unique in its ability to show physiological change and metabolic
processes that are strongly indicative of breast abnormality. DITI can
detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of
breast diseases and abnormalities. Once abnormal heat patterns are detected
in the breast, follow up procedures are recommended to rule out or properly
diagnose cancer and a host of other diseases such as fibrocystic syndrome
and Paget¹s disease.
Breast tumors always involve increased vascularization and blood flow as
part of the body¹s immune response prior to tumor formation. Identifying
this increased vascularization and abnormal hypothermic patterning is what
gives DITI earlier detection advantages over mammography and other tests.
Many of the so-called false positives of DITI breast screening are often
true positive findings of angiogenesis (increased blood supply) preceding
actual tumor development. Detection in these early stages is unreliable by
conventional means, often due to the fact that the tumor has not yet
developed any mass or sufficient density.
For younger women in particular, DITI offers a major advantage. In women
under fifty, where tumor-doubling time is significantly increased,
mammography is not nearly as effective. The faster a malignant tumor grows,
the more infrared radiation it generates. This makes detection by DITI in
young women highly probable and accurate at an earlier stage than other
types of screening.
Non-cancerous masses show different patterns than cancerous masses under
DITI screening. DITI therefore has advantages in screening for cancerous
versus non-cancerous growths. It is possible and highly probable that with
increased use of DITI, many women could be spared unnecessary invasive
testing and radiation exposure.
While other more traditional methods such as MRI and ultrasound are
being developed and touted as new advancements in screening, they are much
more expensive and are still limited to structural changes even though they
may deliver an improvement in sensitivity to smaller tumors.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A DITI EXAM?
DITI is for any woman who would rather not undergo the discomfort of
mammogram radiation if not necessary. DITI is especially appropriate for
younger women between 20 and 50 whose denser breast tissue makes it more
difficult for mammography to pick up suspicious lesions. It is appropriate
for women who are outside of the mammogram screening guidelines due to
surgical procedures, breast implants or other contraindications. The DITI
session can provide a clinical marker to the doctor or thermographer
indicating that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close
A DITI exam takes 15 minutes, is pain-free and establishes a baseline
from which other exams can be compared in the future. If an abnormality is
found, your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a program to
further diagnose and /or monitor you until other standard testing is
positive. This allows for the earliest possible treatment.
DITI's role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in
three ways: early detection, the monitoring of abnormal physiology, and the
establishment of risk factors for other developments of cancer. When used
with other procedures, the best possible evaluation of breast health is
It is in this role that thermography provides its most practical benefit
to the general public and to the medical profession. It is certainly an
adjunct, and not a competitor, to the appropriate use of mammography. In
fact, thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest risk
and actually increase the effective use of mammography imaging procedures.
For more information on DITI, or breast screening centers utilizing the
latest DITI technology, please contact the author.
Dr. Frank A. Charles, N.D. is President of the Vision Medical Group
/VMG, Inc. a medical equipment supplier and consultant to the health care
industry for DITI and other biological medicine technologies. He can be
reached at 1-888-352-8570.
A Consideration: X-Rays and Your Health
In 1965, the British Journal of Cancer published the first study indicating
that medical x-rays are a cause of breast cancer.
In 1969, I entered the nursing profession. In the past thirty-two years,
the "cure for cancer" is still "just around the corner", and little has
changed, except that more women, and younger women are diagnosed with breast
In 1997, I was introduced to John Gofman, MD, PhD, while researching an
article I was writing for Womens Health Month.
According to Gofmans study, seventy-five percent of all recent,
current, and incubating breast cancer cases are caused by radiation.
Gofmans research, published in his book, Preventing Breast Cancer, givesus
much to look at and consider.
Gofman contends that the resistance to new ideas is one of the major
obstacles that keep the public, and women especially, poorly informed about
While we know that good wholesome, organic food is health promoting, we
also need to consider the impact of drinking pure water, reducing stress,
and getting good exercise. We have to consider the impact of environmental
poisons, poisons in food, and the increasing amount of EMF exposure.
Specifically these factors co-act with x-rays to make things worse. Much of
this research is addressed in the work of Samuel Epstein, MD, of the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
This is where education and prevention step in.
Radiation doses and disease risk can be reduced significantly without
reducing the quality of the diagnostic process. This is important because
breast tissue is very sensitive to ionizing radiation. Ultrasound and
thermography are screening methods that reduce exposure to ionizing
According to Gofman, "if we care about preventing breast cancer, we
will establish a relentlessly positive program of measuring and recording
x-ray doses, so that physicians and patients will know if the United States
is succeeding, or not, in the one known action guaranteed to reduce breast
Dr. John Gofman is Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at
the Univ. of California, Berkeley, former director of Biomedical Research at
Livermore National Lab, author of three scientific monographs on x-ray
health effects, and chair of Citizens for Nuclear Responsibility.
The X-rays and Health Project web site is www.X-raysandhealth.org
Check the sites below regarding the location of a qualified breast
thermography center nearest you, this information can be found at the
following link. If your state or region is not listed on this page, we are
not aware of a qualified center in your area at this time.
Thermography is currently an unregulated industry in the U.S.. Consequently,
there are no laws governing the levels of training and experience necessary
to provide this service. The doctors and technicians listed on this page
have all been certified by recognized thermographic professional
associations. This list is provided as a starting point for anyone seeking
this important service. Other centers may also exist that are not on this
list. However, please be sure to check on the credentials of any and all
thermographic technicians and interpreters to avoid visiting an untrained or
poorly trained provider.
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