Originally published December 24 2008
The Risks Associated with Biopsies
by Jo Hartley
(NaturalNews) If you or someone you care about is facing a situation where a biopsy is necessary, the first and most important step to take is to be as informed as possible about possible negative consequences from having a biopsy.
A biopsy is a procedure whereby a sample of tissue from the body is removed for examination. Most people are not concerned about possible dangers connected with biopsies, but there is mounting evidence that a biopsy may actually be dangerous to one's health.
Some experts believe that if the tissue being biopsied is, in fact, cancerous that a biopsy may trigger it to begin to spread.
When the extracted tissue is examined, the cells in the sample tissue are observed to see how many of these cells are actively dividing. If the sample shows a certain percentage are in the process of cell division and this amount is significantly higher than what is considered normal, then the sample tissue will be labeled as having "abnormal growth." In other words…cancer.
Abnormal and rapid growth of cells is considered to be cancer. However, cancer typically grows more slowly because it grows inside an enclosed area. While this is occurring, the body tries to fight the abnormal growth by constructing a partition around the cancer to attempt to isolate it. Different cancers grow at different rates. Breast cancer, for example, is a slow growing cancer. Liver cancer, by contrast, is a fast growing cancer.
Eventually, however, despite the body's best efforts, the cancer will begin to escape the barrier. When this happens, the cancer has "metastasized," and is actively spreading to other areas of the body.
Conventional medicine will tell the patient that a biopsy is inexpensive, painless, and is a simple procedure that can be done by outpatient care. Conventional medicine also dictates that a suspected cancerous lump should be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
If cancer is detected, the next recommendation will be treatment. There are only three legal treatments for cancer in the United States: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. If a doctor fails to treat a patient with anything other than one of these methods a physician could face serious legal problems, including a license revocation or even incarceration.
This is why physicians practicing conventional medicine will invariably follow the same protocol – biopsy and then at least one of the aforementioned treatments.
Remember the body's mechanism for fighting cancer. It constructs a barrier to contain the abnormal cells. Think about what a biopsy does. If a biopsy disturbs a contained cancerous mass, the cancer can start to spread from the inside of the casing. When this wall is penetrated with even the tiniest of needles, the cancer cells can then leak out through the hole created and spread throughout the body quickly.
If one has a strong immune system, it may be strong enough to withstand these cancer cells. It is also possible that these escaped cancer cells won't find the right place to stop and multiply. The bottom line is, however, that a biopsy can very likely be a means of a contained cancer mass to suddenly metastasize.
What this means is that someone in this situation is now faced with an immediately urgent health crisis, where one probably did not exist previously. Before the biopsy was performed, there was time to learn and read and educate oneself about viable and effective alternatives to conventional cancer treatments. After a biopsy there may not be the luxury of time.
Biopsies are a very lucrative business for the medical industry. There are effective alternatives, though. Advanced thermography can detect signs of breast cancer much earlier than a mammogram or even a physical exam.
For men with suspected prostate cancer, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test is a very effective diagnostic tool that could eliminate the need for biopsies in many cases. Prostate biopsies are typically recommended for older men who have high PSA levels. A prostate biopsy costs approximately $1,200.
The best course of action in a situation like this is to take the necessary time to arm oneself with the information that will enable one to make the best and safest decisions for the best outcome possible.
About the authorJo Hartley
Wife, Mother of 8, and Grandmother of 2
Jo is a 41 year old home educator who has always gravitated toward a natural approach to life. She enjoys learning as much as possible about just about anything!
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