Yes, that’s right. The heading did actually say “Should you cut off your testicles?” If that sounds like a crazy question to ask, I believe so is asking the question “Should I have a double mastectomy to prevent cancer?” If you haven’t seen the news in the last few days, Angelina Jolie just recently had a double mastectomy to “prevent breast cancer.” News flash for all of you reading this blog. You already have cancer. Yep, that’s right. Every single person on the planet has cancerous cells that grow in their bodies daily. Here’s the caveat; the lifestyle choices you make can and do oftentimes determine whether those cells proliferate or if your body has what it takes to eliminate it.
In the medical world, the problem is they only have 2 tools: drugs and surgery. No matter what their intervention for anything you have going on, they CAN and WILL only use those 2 tools in almost ALL cases. When I look at Angelina Jolie and the fact that she had the BRCA1/BRCA2 genes in her body, I look at that as someone who has a greater risk of having an issue with cancer just as the medical doctor would. However, unlike your medical doctor, I don’t believe it to be a death sentence. Again, we ALL have cancer genes in our bodies on a daily basis. As well, it is more common these days to have a family history of cancer than ever before in the history of the world. Despite all that, if you have a family history of brain cancer, why aren’t the doctors recommending to remove your brain? Because clearly that’s asinine. If you have a history of testicular cancer, why aren’t they recommending you remove them. Because clearly that’s asinine as well. What about lung, stomach, colon, throat cancer, removing legs because you could possibly get diabetes or your heart because you could possibly get heart disease, etc. Why aren’t your doctor’s recommending removal of those organs? Do you get my point?
Here is reality. You don’t catch cancer. It’s not as if your mom, dad, neighbor, whoever, sneezes on you and all of a sudden cancer is growing. In this life, you have 2 choices when it comes to cancer. You can either live a lifestyle that promotes and encourages cancer or you live a lifestyle that promotes health and vitality. And before I go too far, I am aware that sometimes bad and unexplainable things do happen. It is possible to eat spinach and still get cancer. I know some people that have had it happen. However, that shouldn’t stop us from trying to do all we can to prevent diseases without the use of drugs and surgery. If you could improve the way you ate for 1 year, would you be healthier? Absolutely. If you added in good proper exercise for 1 year, would you be healthier? How about if you reduced your stress? Would you be healthier? Sure. My point is, don’t let doctors give you only their tools. Their treatment is similar to the fire department. If your house is on fire? Who should you call? The fire department of course. They’ll use their axes and fire hoses (drugs and surgery) to fix the immediate fire. However, the calling the fire department to rebuild your house doesn’t make any sense either. What you need are carpenters, painters, etc. who have the right tools to get your house back in order. Find someone who has other tools that can help to rebuild you. Maybe it’s a chiropractor, naturopath, nutritionist, personal trainer, whatever the case may be, but let those who have tools teach you how to move toward health and away from disease.
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Yours in Health,
Dr. James Ashley, DC