In every seminar I present around the world, 100% of the members
of the audience have either had cancer or are related to someone who has had
Our focus is on prevention of breast cancer, not early detection. How can we make this the norm?
A newly released book acknowledges GrassrootsHealth and vitamin D. In A World Without Cancer, by Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, she states "Research shows that we can prevent half of all cancers with what we know right now. It's time to take action." The book includes a chapter on vitamin D with interview comments by Drs. Cedric Garland and Robert Heaney (two of our research team) and myself. In addition is a section entitled Taking Action Now which is, of course, what you are participating in--with a sense of urgency.
Specifically with vitamin D, the research indicates that anywhere from 50-80% of breast cancer could be prevented with a vitamin D serum level in the range of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
In “A World Without Cancer,” Dr. Cuomo shares the following astounding facts:
- Cancer is responsible for one in four deaths in this country.
- Research shows that we can prevent half of all cancers with what we know right now.
- The National Cancer Institute spends $3.3 billion on research for cancer treatment vs $232 million for prevention.
- The proper amount of vitamin D can reduce the risk of many cancers, including colon, breast ovarian and prostate cancers, but the federal government and public health officials are not doing enough to promote its benefit
The key items in her book that directly relate to the GrassrootsHealth D*action project are:
- Calling for 'Team Science'-- which is
our panel of 42 scientists who have formed a coalition that agrees on the
common goal of getting serum levels to the 40-60 ng/ml level (100-150
nmol/L). They are also contributing to the various research projects
we are currently engaged in.
- The formation of a database of
shared research information. We have that firmly in place.
We can receive information from other research teams, we can share our
anonymized data (no one ever need worry about their personal id
information being shared with anyone else) with other researchers to
enhance their studies.
- Reduction in the costs of clinical
In addition to the database, we have the methods in place to greatly
reduce the 'do-it-all-again' problem with clinical trial design.
- Public Health Promotion Activities. GrassrootsHealth is
heavily involved not only in seminars and educational events, we are also
developing a number of web/iphone based applications to enable individuals
to have feedback on their own personal health goals.
- Calling for the development of a National Cancer Prevention Institute. GrassrootsHealth supports this endeavor, and, due to your participation, we can say that we have developed the prototype for what it should be! (See all the items above.) It needs to be nationally funded and the scale greatly expanded.
Please read the book and click on the following to see more of Dr. Cuomo's writings. I am delighted to be working with her to further this prevention message.
Here’s to prevention!