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I've often thought exactly the same thing…blame (in terms of health) isn't so much offensive as it is a defensive maneuver. There is more tangible (perceived) control with your own health when you can point to a "choice" driven defect in someone else.
Beautifully written article. It walks the precarious arête of treatment options between objective, metric driven choices and magical thinking. It's hard to discount the latter, but when you have to pick, statistical significance likely trumps thoughtful anecdotes.
Running away from treatment (for something that isn't even proven cancer) and then claiming self-cured?! Sure fired way to make more people delay treatment for what otherwise could be curable (truly curable) conditions. The number of times I've seen this - necrotic breast tumors eating away the chest wall treated by "organic" medicine etc etc, makes me sick.
Plus, the radiation therapy wasn't likely the cause of the metastasis. Tumors actually suppress other tumors. Remove one and it gives the others a chance to grow which is why people are prescribed anti-angiogenics and immunomodulators aka chemotherapy.
A possible explanation for the enlarged nodes is pulmonary sarcoidosis, which is NOT cancer. Sarcoidosis can go into remission on its own, without treatment. It can cause permanently enlarged nodes, and can also recurr. Why did the medical professionals not tell you this?