• The Radiant Health Show with Dr. Christine Horner – Carla Garcia, C.T., D.O.M

    Is Thermography a Mammogram Alternative?
    Part 1 and 2
    September 14, 2016

    Dr. Carla Garcia



    My guest this week is Dr. Carla Garcia, a board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine with more than 30 years of experience in Integrative Medicine and an expert in thermography.

    In this 2-part interview, she discusses thermography, how it is useful for breast tissue examination and how it differs from mammography.


  • Local Clinic to Offer Day of Thermography Breast Screening For Women

  • Thermography can detect subtle changes in body

    Beth Roessner, The Desert Sun 5:38 p.m. PDT May 28, 2014

    full-bodyLu Molberg of Palm Springs is a firm believer in alternative medicine. Through research and pursuing treatments that aligned with her beliefs, Molberg became an informed health care consumer. Taking control of her health has been empowering, she said.

    “You do have to have trust in health care,” said Molberg, “but most of all you have to have trust in yourself to make the right decisions.”

    Now in her 70s, Molberg stays healthy by monitoring the energy aspects of her body, teaching t’ai chi and staying current on her health care appointments.

    One practice that Molberg subscribes to is thermography — a non-invasive, full-body infrared scan that can help detect any changes in her body on a physiological level. Conventional practices like mammography have their place, but thermography, she said, is the path of least resistance.

    “You’re able to relate to a person and not a machine,” Molberg said. [Read More…]

  • Manufacturing controversy: CBC’s thermography story – who’s deceiving who?

    By Darcy Fitzpatrick
    Post at: SignalBlog.ca
    Posted on: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

    A few weeks ago in late November, CBC’s Here and Now presented an investigative report on thermography.

    Sort of.

    It wasn’t really about thermography. I mean, they didn’t look into thermography in any great detail. What they did instead was focus in on the only clinic in the province that offers thermographic breast cancer screening services, and did their level best to rake them over the coals for it.

    I’m not going to spend any real time debating the potential merits of thermography here. But I will say, while the jury is still out on its usefulness here in Canada as a breast health screening tool, it has already been approved for such use and is regulated in several other developed nations, including the United States. The key thing about that is, thermography in the US can’t be used or advertised as the sole method for screening for breast cancer. It’s what is known as an adjunct service. In countries such as the US, thermography does not replace mammography, but it can be used to seek additional information about the health of a woman’s breasts.

    You wouldn’t know that from watching CBC’s investigation, though. While they did feature two Canadian breast cancer experts who testified against thermography’s effectiveness, never was it mentioned that thermography has been approved for use in other parts of the world, including our neighbour to the south. If there’s one idea this investigative report really wanted to prime the viewer with, it’s that thermography doesn’t work. A bit selective with their facts, maybe, but this for me was not the most concerning aspect of this investigative report.

    The report spends most of its time building a house of cards wherein they want you to believe that Avalon Laser Health Clinic is misleading patients about the intended use of thermography as a tool for breast cancer screening. The only problem is, they have no proof that this is actually taking place – because it isn’t. So instead, they go to great lengths assembling all the usual sites and sounds of a hard-hitting investigative report. There’s the ominous sounding score, the darkened lighting, the tinted camera effects, and the clincher: an undercover patient who goes into the clinic for a thermographic exam.

    And uncovers nothing. But you wouldn’t think that prior to seeing the footage, when reporter Amy Stoodley tells the viewer, “They say it’s only additional information, but we wanted to be sure. So we sent our undercover agent to Avalon Laser Health to find out what actually happens.”

    Several prolonged minutes and one entire commercial break later (the report is conveniently split into two segments), nothing happens.

    The sting turns out to be a bust. Everything the patient was told is everything the clinic has always said in public, that they offer the service as additional information and that it is not a replacement for other breast exams – indeed, the undercover patient even signed a standard consent form stating as much. But the viewers at home never get to hear or see any of this – if it was caught on tape, they never bothered to include it in the report. Instead, we get a shaky camera with a tinted lens walking down a corridor and muffled voices going over mundane test results. It’s all sizzle and no substance. But we still walk away with the sense of something covert taking place. The undercover footage has served its purpose, at least from an editorial perspective – it leaves the viewer with the impression that something worth going undercover for is taking place here. When it isn’t.

    Then there’s the video on the clinic’s website that the report compares to an online video in the US that was taken down by the FDA. The report refers to the FDA-offending video as a “similar video” that made “the same claims” as the clinic’s video. Only that isn’t entirely true. The video in the US taken down by the FDA was done so specifically because it made the claim that thermography could be used in place of mammography for a breast exam – which, as I explained earlier, is not allowed. The clinic’s video, on the other hand, actually states clearly in a slide that lasts for 35 seconds that a thermogram is not a replacement for a mammogram. Again, the CBC report doesn’t tell you this, and instead cherry picks images and text from the video out of context for maximum shock value.

    They even went so far as to try and make the clinic’s owner, Clare Barry, appear to be lying about a statement she makes in the report that frequent mammograms can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Her claim is indeed a well documented fact. However, when Miss Barry says this, the footage is digitally zoomed in again and again and again on her lips as she speaks the words. Then breast cancer expert Dr. Nancy Wadden is shown saying that this is “incorrect advice” and “false advertising”. What exactly she’s referring to is unclear, but the connection the audience is being asked to make is that she’s responding to Miss Barry’s claim – a claim that is indeed factual and true.

    Dr. Wadden, who created our province’s breast screening program, claims at one point that thermography patients are “clogging up” her ultrasound and mammogram list. But what we aren’t told is that in the past two and a half years just seven thermography patients have been sent for further breast screening. Again, it’s all about what they’re not telling you.

    What this investigative report really lacks is a smoking gun. There’s no sign of anyone from Avalon Laser Health Clinic telling a patient, undercover or otherwise, that thermography is a replacement for mammography – because they don’t do that, and are explicit in telling their patients about the limits of thermography. There’s no interview with any women who were told by the clinic that thermography is a replacement for mammography – because no such woman exists. There’s nothing to really pin on anyone here, aside from some claims made by a couple of Canadian cancer experts that thermography doesn’t work, which contradicts the established practices of other developed nations, including the United States.

    Without anything substantial to give this story any real purpose, what we instead get is a lot of smoke and mirrors, ample suggestion and even some clever misdirection. The report is so well put together that by the end it’s almost impossible to tell that nothing has come of it. Unless you count the damage it’s done.

    This report has seriously damaged the entire reputation of Avalon Laser Health Clinic, its staff and its services, where thermography makes up less than one half of a percent of their business. By offering thermography as a breast screening service, Avalon Laser Health Clinic was following in a long line of other clinics across Canada, and clinics around the world where thermography has already been approved and regulated for use. Unfortunately for women in Canada, this country has yet to catch up with the rest of the world. And CBC’s Here and Now report seized on that opportunity to attack Avalon Laser Health Clinic for essentially trying to give women more choice in their approach to monitoring the health of their breasts.

    Now Avalon Laser Health Clinic, its owner, Clare Barry, and its many staff are suffering for it, both financially and emotionally. As Miss Barry explained to me over e-mail, this experience has shattered her.

    I urge anyone who saw this report when it originally aired to watch it again online and decide for yourself who is really doing the deceiving here. The CBC would like you to believe it’s the subject in front of the lens, Avalon Laser Health Clinic, but it should be clear to anyone after a second viewing that the real deception is taking place behind the lens at the CBC.

    You can view the video online by clicking here.

    I hope you’ll agree that CBC’s Here and Now owe Avalon Laser Health Clinic a heartfelt apology and a highly visible, well advertised retraction for the false claims and suggestions they made against them in their report.

    One final note: Throughout the day yesterday I tried getting a response from the CBC about some of my concerns with their investigative report, but I got stonewalled. I contacted the investigation’s reporter, Amy Stoodley, with a list of questions I was hoping to have answered for inclusion in this piece, but was eventually told that she was not permitted to comment on the story – though she did say she was happy with the story’s outcome. After further inquiry she suggested I try Peter Gullage, Executive Director of CBC News, NL, whom I contacted with the same list of questions. I received a curt reply from Mr. Gullage, asking who I was and who I wrote for. I explained myself fully, and followed up with another inquiry before the end of the day, but I never heard back from him.

  • About Thermal Imaging (thermography) by Greenpoint Thermography

    Video by Greenpoint Thermography in St. Petersburg, Florida.
    Visit their website at: http://greenpointthermography.com/

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  • Health Canada protects mammogram racket by criminalizing thermography for breast cancer detection

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
    By Natural News

    (NaturalNews) The forces of evil are currently running wild in Canada, where the government-run healthcare machine and the mainstream media are currently engaged in a vicious assault on the safe and effective breast cancer screening tool known as thermography. A recent “investigative” report aired by CBC News that claimed to have uncovered the so-called “fraud” of thermography has prompted Health Canada to issue an arbitrary ban on the use of the procedure in several provinces throughout the country.

    Health Canada, which on its website claims to “respect individual choices and circumstances” as they pertain to healthcare, decided to play the hypocrite by issuing several cease and desist orders against clinics that offer thermography almost immediately after CBC News ran its hit-piece on the screening procedure on November 27. Quoting several Health Canada “experts” who arrogantly disregard thermography as “useless,” the biased CBC News report has generated considerable controversy among the health freedom community, as Canadians may no longer have access to the safe, painless, and radiation-free procedure.

    CBC News hatchet job on thermography serves interests of cancer industry

    It all started when CBC News, possibly with a little financial grease from both the radiology cartel and conventional cancer industry, suddenly decided to target the merits of thermography just weeks after news emerged about the dangers and ineffectiveness of mammograms. The news rag conducted an “undercover” investigation that did not actually reveal all that much, other than the fact that thermography is a viable and preferable alternative to mammograms for many women.

    But because the procedure is not officially approved by the Canadian version of “Obamacare,” CBC News saw an opportunity to grovel at the feet of their medical overlords by “exposing” the procedure publicly. Repeatedly insinuating that women are simply unable to make informed decisions for themselves without the government telling them what is safe and what works, the CBC News report suggests that thermography is some kind of deceptive marketing scam that tricks women into avoiding having their breasts crushed inside a mammogram machine and blasted with cancer-causing, ionizing radiation.

    CBC News report filled with complete lies about thermography

    Such claims are utterly insane and false, of course, as there have literally been hundreds of published studies conducted on thermography over the years showing that it is a highly effective way to detect breast cancer early without the need for radiation. Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., a board-certified ob/gyn and bestselling author, wrote a detailed piece for the Huffington Post back in 2010 that explains the science behind thermography, and why it works better than mammograms at safely detecting breast cancer. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

    But CBC News ignored all this, and blatantly lied to its viewers and readers about thermography, effectively tainting the validity of the procedure in the minds of potentially millions of people. And as a result, the tens of thousands of Canadian women who currently rely on thermography as a safe alternative to mammograms suddenly no longer have access to the procedure, thanks to the blatant pandering of CBC News to the multi-billion dollar cancer industry.

    Government, please save us!

    What is perhaps most sickening about the CBC News report; however, is the fact that it screams of a mindset that believes the government knows all, and is some kind of societal babysitter that people can use to tattle on those who do not agree with them, and who actually think for themselves. Like good little sheep, the CBC News reporters that conducted the piece, and apparently a sizable chunk of the station’s viewership, have been brainwashed into the idea that, if the government does not officially approve of a treatment, then it must be a fraud. Such thinking is dangerous and, as illustrated by the actions of CBC News, leads to the elimination of other people’s health freedom.

  • When a Train is not a Boat, and a Row Boat is not a Luxury Liner

    Why Mammography cannot be compared with breast thermography.
    Author: Dr. Hillary Smith

    I have recently seen the media go crazy with a study that was done at Bryn Mawr Hospital comparing mammography and thermography for breast cancer detection. The thermal images in the study failed to impress those conducting the study. And so we see multiple headlines about mammography being superior to thermography.

    Thermography and mammography are not the same. A train is not a boat.

    I wish the status quo would stop trying to put a train on the water and a boat on the tracks. Each vehicle has its own purpose and strengths.

    Thermography is a radiation free test of physiology looking at very early changes in the tissue. Mammography is an x-ray looking at structure or what has already developed. Only a biopsy can diagnose breast cancer.

    We need to change our thinking about breast screening and accept the addition of early, non toxic screening in order to give women the opportunity for lifestyle changes, very early intervention and safe screenings for all women including young women with dense breasts.

    As thermographers, we are on the health side. We need to take our honorable place in women’s health care. We are not mammograms. We are a boat, not a train.

    Now about boats. The thermography used in the “study” was a computer generated diagnosis with information garnered from industrial cameras.
    [Read More…]

  • Rebuttle to No-Touch Study ~ Misleading Media About Thermography

    The recent plethora of articles reporting a study published that compares a certain type of infrared imaging for breast cancer with mammography has been taken out of context and perspective by some journalists and by certain self interest groups within the medical profession.

    The ‘No touch breast scan’ product was tested alongside mammography for the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer in the misguided hope of getting a favorable outcome to assist in the generation of investment for their ‘No touch’ company.

    Mammograms Beat Thermography for Breast Cancer Detection: Study
    U.S. News & World Report

    By Kathleen Doheny FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — Thermography — a breast cancer detection method touted by some as a substitute for mammography — is an unreliable cancer screen, according to new research. In a study of about 180 women, …
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    Infrared Thermography Fails to Predict Breast Malignancy
    The Oncology Report

    Infrared thermography did not accurately predict malignancy and produced an unacceptably high false-positive rate in women with radiologic abnormalities requiring breast biopsy in a 2-year prospective study. The No-Touch Breast Scan (NTBS) is a …
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    The No Touch product, methodology and claims made in this study are NOT representative of the well established and professional practitioners of clinical thermography or the way that thermography is reported and used by medical doctors.

    As responsible clinical thermographers know well, the role of thermography is not to detect cancer but simply as an adjunctive screening test to provide additional information and to detect suspicious changes over time which can help the patients doctor with decision making and improve the use of other diagnostic tests such as mammograms, ultrasound or MRI.

    The findings that thermography provide ARE NOT COMPARABLE OR COMPETITIVE TO MAMMOGRAPHY.

    The ‘No Touch’ system claims a different technique, protocol and expectation than the standard breast screening thermography that is widely used around the world.
    The basic concept being promoted by ‘No Touch’ is the use of two FLIR industrial cameras scanning simultaneously to produce additional data, this data is then processed by software that claims to provide a diagnosis.

    Over 1000 previous peer reviewed studies over the past 20 years and the history and evolution of thermography in breast screening has taught us that :

    1, Patients personal variants will cause unacceptable false positives unless a stable baseline is established.

    2, Reports cannot be generated by software alone. Interpretation of thermogram results by an experienced and qualified medical doctor who will take into consideration all history and symptoms is fundamental to a useful report.

    3, Strict standard protocols for taking images are essential for repeatability and the comparative analysis for changes over time. This is where software analysis can assist a doctor with an opinion.

    4, Thermography is most sensitive and specific in the early stages of developing pathology (pre-cancerous) before there are findings that can be easily detected by structural tests such as mammogram and ultrasound. Again, THERMOGRAPHY CANNOT SEE TUMORS, CYSTS, CALCIFICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER STRUCTURAL PATHOLOGY.

    5, Thermography is LIMITED to detecting physiological abnormality and physiological (functional) changes over time. Thermography can detect vascular abnormality, inflammation, lymphatic abnormality, hormonal abnormality and other non structural indications of change that justifies additional testing, clinical correlation or close monitoring.

    Above all early screening of dysfunction or abnormality gives the patient and her doctor the opportunity for intervention (preventative).

    Any controversy relating to breast thermography is generally due to unrealistic or false claims being made about it.

    For more information a useful source is : http://acct-blog.com/

    Background to the role of Thermography: http://acct-blog.com/2009/07/07/understanding-the-role-of-diti-in-breast-screening-2/

  • Suzanne Somers Admits She Has a Controversial Viewpoint on Mammograms

    Suzanne Somers Discusses Mammogram Alternatives

    Suzanne Somers admits she has a controversial viewpoint on mammograms. Watch as she explains the risks she sees behind mammograms and offers her alternatives to breast cancer screenings.

  • Think Beyond Pink – Thermography Provides Time for Early Intervention Strategies

    From: WebTalkRadio.net
    everybody’s talking

    Dr. Peter Leando, the founder of Meditherm, Inc. has worked in the thermography industry for over 20 years. He shares with us the evolution of thermography and how it provides opportunities for early intervention. Women are looking for choices for protecting their breast health, so they will appreciate his candid information about what to look for in a thermography service. Thermologyonline.org provides a complete list of thermography services available in the US. Don’t miss this thermography 101 session!

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