Three days to Movember … and counting …

Movember starts on Sunday, Movember 1 upcoming … so it’s very nearly time to clean off that upper lip and get ready to raise some money for prostate cancer research! People want to make this a Movember to Remember.

If you don’t know what Movember is or what it has done over the past 12 years, here are a few quick bits of info and relevant links:

  • It has raised nearly $560 million for prostate cancer and other men’s health research around the world in the past 10 years, and helped to fund some 770 different research initiatives.
  • Here’s a link to an article giving you some of the history behind the Movember initiative and the different ways you can participate.
  • Here’s a link to the official Movember web site here in the USA (where you can sign up to help raise money for men’s health and prostate cancer-related research this year).
  • If you live in another country, click here to find the web site for your country.
  • Here’s a link to the official history of the Movember Foundation and what it has achieved since its foundation in 2004.
  • In 2014, Movember raised $89.2 million for men’s health — of which $20.2 million was raised here in the USA. … We can do better!


7 Responses

  1. With having raised that much money specifically to heal/find a cure for prostate cancer, why is it not healed already? It sounds like Movember, much like all other cancer research campaigns are, really good at finding money but not so good at accomplishing the objective, unless raising money is the objective. If raising money is the objective, then making sure it’s well spent on a way to heal prostate cancer needs to be a part of that.

  2. Dear Fred:

    You appear to have an overly optimistic view of the ease with which it is possible to find cures for complex medical disorders. Since President Nixon declared a “War on Cancer” in the early 1970s the National Cancer Institute alone has spent many billions of dollars on the attempt to cure cancer (at least $30 billion since 2010 alone).

  3. I suspect finding a cure for cancer is financially untenable for the economy of the United States and others, an economy based primarily on war, oil, and cancer. If we can send a man to the moon in 10 years on a few paltry billion, there is no excuse other than financial profit and economic “stability” for cancer not to be healed. In my opinion, urologists certainly don’t want it healed; although, if it were, they could still make plenty on testosterone treatments without the risk of prostate cancer looming over their patients.

    I have had prostate cancer for over 5 years now and am actively watching and working for healing. I have a cure; but, like all cures, it is only temporary.

    On a lighter note, I have been receiving your posts for several years now and find them all very helpful. Thank you very much.

  4. Dear Fred:

    Respectfully, the economic value of cancer in the US compared to other things that make up our total annual expenditure each year (home building, the auto industry, civil aviation, food, etc.) is way down on the list.

    I will grant you that the media makes the situation seem very different much of the time!

    It’s funny how so many people think that doctors don’t want most of the diseases they treat to be cured. Most doctors still go into medicine today because they seriously want to believe that they will be able to help to eliminate disease.

    Of course by the time they have run up educational student loans running into hundreds of thousands of dollars, they also want to get paid for their skills. Wouldn’t you?

  5. Seems I recall a conference in Congress in about 1954 where a diet regimen (Dr. Gersen) with documented results and Big Pharma with empty promises both presented their solutions to solving the cancer issue. The Congress elected to fund the empty promises, and the proven solution went into hiding in a manner of speaking. I’m sorry, but I’ll never be convinced that the answer to healing cancer would be resolved more quickly if Big Pharma and the FDA were not involved. If a cure were to be found, it would be banned. DES, for example.

  6. Dear Fred:

    Anyone who wants to follow the Gerson diet (along with the frequent enemas) is welcome to do so. Here are links to the National Cancer Institute’s information about the Gerson diet and the Gerson Institute’s own on line information. I look forward to the day when the Gerson Institute publishes data showing that they have actually been able to either prevent or cure any form of cancer in an established scientific or medical journal. The FDA has no regulatory authority over the use of supplements in the way Dr. Gerson recommended. A regular and healthy diet is a good idea for anyone … with or without cancer.

    Your comment that “if a cure were to be found, it would be banned” is probably interesting to conspiracy theorists but not supported by any reliable information I am aware of. Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was never banned. Physicians simply stopped using it. It is my understanding that it is actually still possible (but difficult) to get hold of it from some sources if you get a prescription, but even its advocates would probably tell you not to use it in doses higher than 1 mg/day. It used to be used at 5 mg/day and at such dose levels was associated with high risk for cardiovascular side effects and deaths.

  7. I agree with all that you said in this last comment. Thank you for the dialogue. Also, DES, in a 2 mg per day dosage, works like a charm; but extended use is not recommended, only short bursts of two months every day, one month every other day and one month every fourth day. It needs to be supplemented with D3, aspirin (chewed), B12, and folic acid to counteract the side effects you mentioned.

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