“Helping people doesn’t have to be an unsound financial strategy.” – Melinda Gates

Boy she ain’t kidding. Bill Gates’ wife has a lifetime of experience using donations as a means to a larger financial goal.

Despite heaps of medical science showing that diet & nutrition are highly correlated with the development (and treatment) of cancer, The American Cancer Society refuses to suggest this in their literature. According to their website (cancer.org) the 3 major goals of the ACS are to make cancer control a political priority, reduce tobacco use, and increase awareness (a). This is a non-profit organization with annual revenues of $850,000,000, $5M of which comes from your tax dollars (b).

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Where does this $850,000,000 in donations come from?

As of today, 59 corporations are listed on ACS’ “Corporate Support” page (c). Let’s take a look at 22 companies of the 59.

  1. Walmart (the 3rd largest pharmacy in the U.S.; sell meat & milk much?)
  2. Walgreens (the largest pharmacy in the U.S.)
  3. Kroger (the 5th largest pharmacy in the U.S.)
  4. Tyson Foods (world’s 2nd largest producer of chicken, beef, & pork)
  5. Bi-Lo Holdings (5th largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S.) (d)
  6. Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut)
  7. Pfizer (pharmaceutical company in the Dow 30, cancer-drug producer)
  8. Eli Lilly & Co. (pharmaceutical company in the S&P 500, cancer-drug producer)
  9. Merck & Co. (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, cancer-drug producer)
  10. GE Healthcare (manufactures mammography & radiation therapy equipment, $18B annual rev. in 2011)
  11. Siemens (largest engineering co. in Europe, manufactures mammography & radiation therapy equipment)
  12. Berkshire Hathaway (owns 14% of all Coca Cola stock, and 4% of Wal-Mart)
  13. Abbott Laboratories (pharmaceutical company in the S&P 500)
  14. UnitedHealth Group (#14 on the Fortune 500)
  15. Allstate Insurance
  16. Geico Insurance
  17. State Farm Insurance
  18. Anthem Inc. (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  19. Meijer (private grocery, 27th largest retailer in the U.S.)
  20. Quest Diagnostics (health care company in the S&P 500)
  21. HCA (operator of hospitals and health systems)
  22. Marchfield Clinic

This is staggering. Over 1/3 of the “major contributors” to the American Cancer Society are involved in one or more of the following:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Animal products
  • Health “Care” (specifically mammography and radiation machines)
  • Health Insurance

Ok, stick with me. Now let’s look at the “Treatment Types” page on ACS’ website. Listed are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy (read: drugs), stem cell transplant, lasers, immunotherapy, hyperthermia, and blood transfusion.

Where is the section on diet and nutrition, perhaps the most significant – and least invasive factor – in dealing with cancer? Where is the recommendation that patients at the very least consider adopting a strategic whole-food, plant-based diet?

…oh wait.

So let’s keep chopping of breasts, popping side-effect inducing medications, and pumping poison directly into our blood, all the while eating pizza and fried chicken. That’s working very well indeed for all the corporations listed above.

(a) http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf (page 41)

(b) http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/documents/document/acspc-045495.pdf (page 2)

(c) http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/honoringpeoplewhoaremakingadifference/corporations/corporations-corporate-donations

(d) http://www.segrocers.com/

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