Did Angelina Jolie just boost the growth of $1.72 trillion cancer industry?
Millions of women may have got their ovaries removed but since Angelina Jolie has money, name and fame, she is being used to get more patients. Medicine is no longer a calling. It is a down right cut throat business, especially the cancer treatment 
“Winning at all costs" may sound like good business advice, but it's not.” — Rob Spiegel
Angelina Jolie had her ovaries removed for a possible 50% chance of getting cancer there. As many readers would remember, she had her breasts removed too for the same reason. Sooner than later she will have more of her organs removed and replaced by artificial ones! Not surprising, if you believe these doctors called cancerologists. There is a 50% chance of anybody getting any disease. Does that warrant us to get our organs removed to remain safe from cancer?
If it is that easy, then lot more people will cough up that kind of money to get their organs removed. I remember my student days, when we used to advise children to get their tonsils and appendix removed, lest they should get into problems. Now, we think that it is foolish to do that. 
Science has advanced by leaps and bounds. With the latest science the following conclusions could be drawn which seems to be true today.
The future is not there. It is yet to be born. The past is dead.
Human body is not a machine put together by joining organs together. Human body is a bundle of energy and a colony of 129 trillion human cells, each one of which can live like a human being in isolation. We also are home to ten times that number of germ cells at a ratio of 1:10.
The human body works as whole and not in bits and pieces.
Healing has to be Whole Person Healing. (WPH) This is now scientifically accepted by the IOM in USA, thanks to Late Professor Rustum Roy’s efforts. Organs cannot be treated in isolation.
In a dynamic system, future prediction is impossible, unless we know the total initial state of the organism, which is impossible. Weather predictions never come right, butterfly effect is the rule. Writing in the British Medical Journal, Professor WJ Firth, a physicist, shows how foolish it is for doctors to predict the unpredictable future of their patients. (BMJ 1991; 303: 1565)
Evolution is not Darwinian-Mendelian but is Lamarckian. The genes play a secondary fiddle, as there are only 23,000 human genes in our genome, with two and half trillion germ genes.  Epigenetics is the order of the day.
How could anybody advise a patient to have her organs removed for fear of getting cancer there with 50:50 chances?
After she had had her breasts removed, I had written that her other organs are at risk at this rate and it has come true!
That said, I must hasten to add that this is very sensible medi-business. Cancer is a 1.72 trillion dollar industry and growing by leaps and bounds. The drugs are expensive and are not even being tested properly.  I wonder if we have been able to conquer cancer. Not yet! Money seems to be the only driving force in this business.
Scientists and rationalists condemn our poor astrologers for predicting human future. I agree with them there. The same people do not condemn this kind of quackery? Why this double standards? In fact the latter is more dangerous as it is done in the name of that hallowed word-“Science”. What is science? I was sure that Dolly would die a premature death due to old age diseases as she was created from her mother’s cell. That happened. Eric Drexler, a young PhD from MIT started a company, called, if I remember right, Furutistic.Inc. He claimed to produce custom-built human beings without mother and father (self-replicating nanobots). He collected billions from venture capitalists. His own teacher, Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley had to warn the world that this is an impossibility. The company closed down declaring chapter 11! This is how one makes money through science.
All that is fine with our thinkers but they are allergic to astrologers. Weather predictions do not come true correctly. Edward Lorenz then had a new hypothesis of “Butterfly Effect”. In the human body which is non-linear and holistic, things happen due to butterfly effect every minute. No one, not even the best scientist can predict the human future using the present science. Poor Jolie, she is being taken for a ride. At this rate what will be left of her body? I wonder how this business thrives in today’s world where the media should keep a watch. On the contrary, the media is helping them by advertising their work. Look at the news of Angelina’s ovaries. They make headline news all over the world. How are her removed ovaries making so much sense to the lay reader? Millions of women must have got their ovaries removed but since Angelina has money, name and fame, she is being used to get more patients. Medicine is no longer a calling. It is a down right cut throat business.
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” — Henry Ford
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)
Sarin Thomas
9 years ago
"There is a 50% chance of anybody getting any disease. Does that warrant us to get our organs removed to remain safe from cancer?" Angelina Joli carries BRCA1 gene mutation which increases the risk of getting cancer and additionally she lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer. So her case is different here.

"Evolution is not Darwinian-Mendelian but is Lamarckian" not sure how can you draw such conclusions.Lamarckian is a dismissed theory for a long time now.

And please don't sympathize with astrologers who are finding their bread by fooling people...
MG Warrier
9 years ago
Thanks, Dr Hegde. Moneylife and you are doing a great serviceby creating awareness and removing ignorance(is this the right word for AGYAN?).When 'threatened' by doctors about possibility/chance of ailments like cancer, making a choice becomes a tough task for patients or those accompany them. Many tests and investigations are being suggested/prescribed, just to 'exclude' chances. Sometimes we feel helpless. But, when one reads Dr BM Hegde, hope gets rekindled.
9 years ago
Now all Jolie needs to do is get a lobotomy done as a recommended cure for all those with mental problems :)

Narendra Doshi
9 years ago
tks Dr Hegde
Narendra Doshi
9 years ago
Read this, think on this AND TAKE YOUR CALL
sivaraman anant narayan
9 years ago
This is nothing but dubious, medically aided euthanasia in slow motion. Unfortunately all the fame and monetary resources still cannot buy you wisdom! In this cut throat medical practice, 'fear is the key'!
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