Six Cancer Misconceptions

1. Cancer rates are rising
While this is partially true, it is not due to any inherent increase in cancer occurances or the level of carcinogens, but rather due to our ever-extending lifespans. This is because time is the biggest factor in occurrence of cancer. It is also partially due to our greatly improved detection technologies and check-up programs which are seeing more cases detected where they would have otherwise gone unnoticed. A positive side to this is that survival rates have been greatly increasing with improved technologies and treatments.

2. Sharks don’t get cancer
This idea was popularised in 1992 by Dr William Lane and has managed to burn its way into popular opinion and is leading to the slaughter of over 200,000 sharks every month to create a pill that doesn’t work. In fact, practically every complex multicellular organism gets cancer, and there is no good reason or scientific evidence to show that sharks would be exempt from this.

3. Cancer in a modern disease
Records have been found dating back to between 1500 and 3000BC in Egypt detailing breast cancer and around 400BC Greek physician Hippocrates is said to have distinguished between benign and malignant tumors, although the Greeks did not use invasive surgery or autopsy and thus could only observe tumors from the outside. It is likely that cancer has existed since the dawn of man and long before that.

4. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are poisons
This again is true of a sort as both chemotherapy and radiotherapy damage DNA in order to kill cells, but the treatment has been developed to preferentially kill tumor cells while sparing as many non-tumor cells as possible. Chemotherapy has the side effect of killing tumor cells and also other rapidly replicating cells such as hair follicles and bone marrow leading to such side effects as hair loss. Any alternative treatments which claim no side-effects are not likely to be killing any cancer cells.

5. There is a cure, but big pharma is suppressing it
Cancer is a highly complex mutation and and treating it is just as complex. Cancer is caused by unregulated division of any cell type and as such some tumors respond well to radiotherapy, others to chemotherapy and others to surgery. Tumors can grow at different rates and present many symptoms while others can present little symptoms and to add to this, each cancer is unique having arisen from a unique set of mutations. Due to all these factors it is highly unlikely that big pharma has a cure and if it did, it is highly unlikely that it would stay secret for long because we know how bad people are at keeping secrets.

6. Cancer can be cured by x
There are a wide range of things that people will try to sell you claiming that they will cure cancer; these products can range from apricot seeds to mistletoe and baking soda. All of these and many many more have been put forth as cures with little to no clinical evidence or science on their side. To add to the list of alternative cures are magnets, however thorough studies have shown that static magnetic fields are biologically inert, meaning they do not interact at a cellular or molecular.
Adding to this are the claims of homeopathy, which to be honest are no more effective than the placebo effect and would have to defy everything we know to be true about physics and chemistry to have any effect. Some outfits offering such products and services have faced court cases against them for fraud by former patients, so consumer be-ware.

I think it is mostly just very important for us to remember that even though cancer is scary, the range and effectiveness of treatments has never been better and continues to grow. It is also important to remember to do thorough research and consult with a professional before engaging in any treatments as there may be little to no effect, or worse, adverse effects on yourself (and potentially on your wallet).

For those who are struggling with cancer or something similar, make sure to research widely and to talk to people. Cancer Research UK has some very useful resources for patients and it is always good to keep in mind some wise words from Carl Sagan:

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

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Misconceptions About the Universe

Common Misconceptions about Agoraphobia

Many people believe that being agoraphobic means you are unable to leave your home. This or other misconceptions may have led you to conclude that you don’t have agoraphobia. Read further and see if any of the these misconceptions reflect your understanding of agoraphobia.

ALL PEOPLE WITH AGORAPHOBIA ARE HOUSEBOUND: Being housebound is the most severe form of agoraphobia. In fact, only a minority of people with agoraphobia are housebound. Many people have mild symptoms.

AGORAPHOBIA IS A FEAR OF CROWDS: While some people with agoraphobia fear crowds, others prefer them. Some people with agoraphobia feel that being around others provides a certain degree of safety. 

IT’S NOT AGORAPHOBIA IF YOU JUST NEED SOMEONE TO COME ALONG: If you need someone to be with you, even if you can do everything you like, you still can have severe agoraphobia. Relying on someone else for the rest of your life is a restriction imposed by fear. It leaves you dependent on others.

AGORAPHOBIA IS A FEAR OF BEING ALONE: Many people with agoraphobia are afraid to be alone, but not everyone is. Some people are more afraid when someone else is around because they are concerned about being embarrassed in front of others. 

FEAR OF ENCLOSED SPACES IS ALWAYS CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Claustrophobia is a much more acceptable fear in our culture than agoraphobia. If you think of it, people readily admit to being claustrophobic, while few admit as openly to being agoraphobic. Claustrophobia refers to a fear of being restricted to small spaces, such as elevators or tiny rooms without windows. Some people with agoraphobia are uncomfortable in enclosed spaces, but usually they have other fears as well. Because the experience often involves fear of the same sensations and catastrophic outcome.

AGORAPHOBIA IS A FEAR OF OPEN SPACES OR PUBLIC PLACES: It is true that some agoraphobics avoid open spaces or public places, but many do not. When agoraphobics do fear situations, it is because of the threat of experiencing a sudden rush of sensations or symptoms, that is, a symptom attack.

AGORAPHOBIA IS A FEAR OF HEIGHTS: A fear of heights is called acrophobia, which sounds similar. Some people with agoraphobia are afraid of high places, but this is rarely the main part of their fear.

AGORAPHOBIA IS ALWAYS THE FEAR OF PANIC ATTACKS: This is not actually the case. People can fear many kinds of symptom attacks. Common to all cases of agoraphobia is the belief that a symptom attack will lead to some catastrophic outcome.

If you have Agoraphobia, you may fear a number of situations, but no matter what the situation, your fear always involves feeling or expecting to feel something disturbing in those situations. You think you cannot handle or cope with certain sensations, which you believe can have terrible consequences. Most people with agoraphobia have not truly experienced the ultimate catastrophe they fear. They may have experienced distress or embarrassment, but no catastrophe has ever actually occurred.

The Most Dangerous Myth: That Liberals Are Peaceniks

Some weeks ago, Andrew Sullivan published a lengthy collection of his blog posts dating back to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He sought to show the chain of reasoning that led him to support the Iraq War, a position that he later regretted. When the Twin Towers fell, I was living abroad in Seville, Spain. Every so often, I craved a connection to home and the events transpiring here. The early blogosphere met that need. Every few days, I’d go to an Internet cafe and spend a couple hours catching up on America via The Daily Dish and Instapundit, along with the many other bloggers linked and excerpted on those sites. It’s only in re-reading posts from those years that I fully see what’s implicit in them.

Right-leaning bloggers of the era held certain prior assumptions about the American left and its willingness to use force.

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Dude, God didn’t tell you to kill innocent people and children. That is wrong. ISIS is wrong.

And to those who are blaming Muslims and Islam, you need to know that ISIS and Islam are not the same. ISIS are hiding behind Islam and is using it as an excuse to do these things that God didn’t tell them to do. Islam does NOT support violence. Islam does NOT support terrorism. We support and want peace. 

People need to get that because there are so freaking many misconceptions about Islam and it’s hurting me and making me sad. Because that’s not it man. Those stuff aren’t true.

To those who didn’t know, now you do. And you can learn more about misconceptions on Islam from the links below:

Misconceptions about Islam

Top 10 misconceptions on Islam (read the comment by BBblack and dan as well because they’re brilliant)

Youtube video about Misconceptions about Islam

Questions on Islam

To learn more on Islam:

The Quran (probably the greatest way you can learn about Islam and I highly recommend it)

IslamCity

1StepInIslam

Free Islamic course online

and if you can, you can go to the your local mosque and meet the imam and ask about it. I’m sure he’d be glad to help. You can also a local ustaz or a muslim friend or the muslims online. We are honestly eager and will try our best to help people understand more about Islam and the truth about Islam. Or you can google it (make sure you find a legit one because there a few out there that are not really right and probably people trolling)

Some people put out Islam like the worst religion out there but it’s not. Like literally, if you post a video about islam on youtube, they would put racist comments and hateful words and misleading facts. (For example, tons of comments on  John Green’s crash course on Islam. So freaking many racist and horrible remarks. Though great video from John). It’s not a horrible religion. Like every religion, there are people who follows it the right way, and there are people who follows it wrongly. Like people in this world, there are good people and there are bad people.

Honestly, I think every religion wants peace and we should all acknowledge that. Instead of arguing, we should unite and help those people who are in need. We can make this world a better place.

Peace be upon you

"Get Over It". "Calm Down". "Take Deep Breaths". "Snap Out of It"

Its. Not. That. Simple.

We have an affliction. A medical disease, that causes our emotions and our minds to work in ways we can’t control, as much as we want to.

I don’t enjoy random fits of rage. I don’t enjoy crippling depression.

If mental ill people could just “Snap Out of It”, we wouldn’t be mentally ill.

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