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Breast Cancer Virus: Of Mice and Women

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2015 at 9:11 am

Unraveling the Mystery of the Breast Cancer Virus

Check Out Our Executive Summary on the Breast Cancer Virus!

By Vera Gruessner

Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy, Founder of the Breast Health and Healing Foundation and breast cancer surgeon, has released her executive summary that covers her soon-to-be-published book “Of Mice And Women:  Unraveling the Mystery of the Breast Cancer Virus.” The book will be published in June 2015 and you can access the executive summary through the Breast Health and Healing website by clicking here.

Please be sure to download the executive summary (which is completely free) and share it through all of your social networks! Let your friends and family know about this important book. Dr. Kathleen Ruddy has spent eight years writing and revising this book and is now in the final process of publishing the book in both paper and electronic formats. And the best part – the published, digital book will be completely free to the public!

Research on the breast cancer virus is vital in our search for methods to prevent this disease. A large part of human breast cancers, as much as 40 percent, have gene sequences similar to a retrovirus that causes breast cancer in mice. This retrovirus is called the mouse mammary tumor virus and the researchers Drs. Pogo, Etkind, and Melena have played a key role in advancing the study of the Pink Virus.

If cancer researchers can determine that a virus causes as much as 40 percent of human breast cancers, the scientific Of Mice and Womencommunity can work on developing a vaccine to prevent this disease in men and women across the globe. This would be a tremendous gain toward our goal of preventing breast cancer. It is time to once and for all determine whether the human mammary tumor virus causes breast cancer in women and work toward developing vaccines that can prevent the disease.

All donations that we gather from the release of the executive summary and the book will be used to fund the full-length documentary film, “A Pox On Us,” co-produced with Soap Box Media, whose profits from sale and distribution will be used to directly fund research on the breast cancer virus.

We want this executive summary and the upcoming book to spread like wildfire through the breast cancer community, but we need your help! Please share it on Facebook. Share it on Twitter. Share it on Google+. Share it on LinkedIn. Let your networks know about this revolutionizing work!

Grass Roots Efforts to Fund Breast Cancer Vaccine Moves Forward

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 12:18 am

This week I had the pleasure of traveling to the Cleveland Clinic to meet Professor Vincent Tuohy and to see him accept the Mort and Iris November Distinguished Chair in Innovative Breast Cancer Research, made possible by the $1 million endowment given by the Novembers.  I am so grateful to have met this lovely couple; their vision and passion for seeing this vaccine come to fruition warms my heart in so many ways. I am so grateful to have finally met Dr Tuohy and his amazing team of researchers.  They have big plans; the vaccine for breast cancer, yes, but also ovarian and prostate.  I was also grateful to have met up with Judy Fitzgerald, Toni Turchi and so many others who are collaboratively making a breast cancer vaccine a reality, not just a vision or shelf ornament.  The room was filled with passionate people; a group united by the desire to prevent breast cancer.  Professor Tuohy humbly credited the many players in this collaborative grass roots effort. 

Breast cancer vaccine researcher Vincent Tuohy gets $1 million gift for endowed chair at Cleveland Clinic

The support of the Novembers is huge, as sadly, it takes much money to get to and through the trial stage, and funding has been hard to come by.  Therefore, our grass roots efforts won’t end here; we will continue and intensify our efforts, one dollar at a time.  I’d like to share a few notable examples.

 Fellow survivor and Pink Champion Judy Fitzgerald works tirelessly at raising funds for the vaccine through book sales, product sales, and so much more.  Please know that 100% of profits and donations go directly to the funding of the vaccine. Her website, Sisters4Prevention says it all. Judy has also enlisted others in her efforts and was able to present Dr Tuohy with a check for $1500 for funds raised by her sister, Pat Murray, and the faculty and students of Gold Hill Middle School.  This money was raised during the month of October by students and faculty by selling bracelets, wear pink days, and filling “pink piggy banks” painted by Pat with “Pennies for Prevention”.  I’d like to share a quote from Judy:

     “On my connecting flight home from Cleveland yesterday, my Southwest flight was unusually crowded due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week.  In lieu of my usual aisle seat, I opted for a window, something I haven’t done in years.  When we were approaching Providence, I found myself looking out the window in awe.  How unthinkable would it have been for our forefathers to even imagine that one day it would be possible to travel thousands of miles in the air in a metal tube with seats?  Had it not been for courageous scientists who refused to be told that their “outside the box” ideas could not be possible, I would have been traveling from Cleveland by horse and buggy.

Dr. Tuohy’s preventive vaccine for breast cancer is a first.  The difficult journey he has faced in converting the opposition of unbelievers has been a long one, but like other great and “unimaginable” ideas this road had to be conquered.  We have this vaccine which prevents breast cancer 100% in mice.  It has had 8 years of animal testing.  What now works in humans, first worked in mice.  We are getting so close…we MUST test it.  Why wouldn’t we test it?  We NEED to test it.  The unbelievers are converting…the history books will have one more great moment to report.  Just like the day Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, there will be a day when we can say…it’s time.  Dr. Tuohy, take your vaccine off the shelf in your lab, well done good and faithful servant…you’re going to clinical trials!”

Survivor and champion Toni Turchi is the Founder and President of the Toni Turchi Foundation and has joined forces with Dr. Tuohy to support his work. Toni set up her foundation solely for the purpose of finding prevention for breast cancer.   Her mission is devoted to raising funds in support of scientific methods proven to prevent and one day eradicate the disease of breast cancer.  In her mind, if they can find a vaccine for the 1950’s polio epidemic, they why can’t we put a stop to this horrific disease?

Dr Kathleen Ruddy created the Breast Health & Healing Foundation whose mission is to discover the causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease. Kathleen has been in the forefront of educating the world on prevention and the viability of the vaccine and has toiled endlessly to finance this vaccine. She has done years of research on the Pink Virus, the suspected of causing some breast cancers and has been a supporter of Dr. Tuohy’s work since she learned of it in 2010.

Cindy Sullivan is the brilliant survivor who has had one heck of time with breast cancer but gets all the credit for banding us together; she makes things happen.  Cindy created the pink vaccine website and Facebook page and maintains these faithfully.  She also tirelessly writes letters in support of the vaccine. Cindy and Kathleen were greatly missed in Cleveland, but were there in our hearts as we witnessed the coming together of a room full of strangers who share a common link to cancer and a dedication to see that others don’t have to take that path.  None of us left that room as strangers.

There are many, many other individuals and small businesses that are determined to see this vaccine get in the hands of doctors. Survivor and author Tami Boehmer got involved.  She had been nominated by Kids ll as one of eight Pink Power Moms and was given $5,000 to the charity of her choice. She picked Tuohy’s vaccine because she thought it would be amazing if her daughter never had to worry about getting this disease.

While I can’t list them all, one more to mention is Don Ballard.  Don, owner of Master Mechanic Diagnostics and Repair and who lost his mother to breast cancer when he was only twelve years old, started his own grass roots effort with Breaks for Breasts.  In 2011, Brakes for Breasts donated $10,000. This year, 20 auto repair shops in 16 states are participating.

“Here’s how Brakes for Breasts works. Our clients receive free brake pads or shoes and they pay for the labor and any other necessary parts to complete the brake job,” said Best. “The shop donates 10 percent of those funds to Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. Our vendor provides the pads and shoes to us at no charge and that’s their contribution. The best part is that 100 percent of the funds go directly to research for the breast cancer vaccine.”  Read more.

I know that there is concern out there about vaccines.  I know that we are capable of preventing many cancers with lifestyle efforts.  However, I know that we need more to prevent cancer and that we must try this vaccine to see if it is safe and effective.  It may not help me, it may not help you, but it may just mean a better future for the next generation.  Healthcare costs are staggering and rising, and our quality of care will be dropping.  Just this week I received and email from a patient in London. She commented that the lack of options and surgical skills available severely limit her ability to make the best choices for her, for her cancer. We have the skills here in the US, but will we be able to afford the options; that is the question. Cancer is a terrible disease; the treatment grueling and not terribly effective. Children lose parents at a young age, parents lose children. Right now we cannot stop this disease and we cannot afford to have it occur.

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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn is on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

Ending Breast Cancer; One Woman’s Dream

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This post is written for my dear friend, Toni Turchi, and her dear friend, Christi; may somehow, by the grace of god, a cure be found now, before it is too late.

On December 23, 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared war on cancer. Since then, more than 12 million Americans have died from cancer–Approximately 1500 people each day.  That’s 45,000 each month.  Despite all, despite upwards of $45 billion spent since the war on cancer began, cancer still exists and kills. The problem is that each form can require a different approach to treatment, and it takes more than just treatment to beat the disease. Even when one therapy works, cancer has a habit of returning in a new and more virulent form.  Apparently cancer is a far more formidable foe than the Nixon administration realized.

That some progress has been made is great; targeted therapies as well as the delivery methods of these treatments have reduced the damage they inflict and improved survival. However, the solution is not to have to treat cancer…it is to prevent it entirely. The drastic increases in cancer rates over the past century are not due to chance.  They are due most likely to the lifestyle that has become standard in the modern world; poor diet, exposure to industrial pollutants, tainted and modified food sources, pesticides, toxic plastic and personal care products and a host of other things.

Experts agree that many, if not most, forms of cancer are preventable. We can do this with integrative, complementary and alternative approaches.  Cancer prevention entails doing what one can to avoid the  triggers and by reinforcing the body’s innate ability to defend itself against cancer with the best possible combination of diet, exercise, supplements, and mind-body therapies—always keeping in mind that carcinogenesis and cancer promotion are a combination of nature (genetic and biological factors) and nurture (environmental factors).  A great book to read on this is Nurture Nature/Nurture Health, by Dr Mitch Gaynor.

Some people are more vulnerable to cancer than others because of biological predispositions or genetic factor; still, there is much that can be done to prevent cancer within those parameters.

But for many, this is not enough, or is too difficult or costly to implement; further, it is no guarantee that cancer will not develop or recur.

In many cases, cancer prevention just isn’t an option; it isn’t enough.  The disease may have already taken hold as is the case for millions of people….many individuals have genetic or biological predispositions to cancer that have little to do with their lifestyle choices.  We need treatments that work; treatments that do not cause side effects, or resulting effects, that jeopardize health and survival.  We need treatments that work with the body’s natural healing processes without harming the immune and lymphatic systems, two of the body’s most important natural defenses against cancer; treatments that do not harm our vital organs.  And we need these treatments right now.

Current cancer therapies focus on the use of highly toxic therapies to try to kill off as many cancerous cells as possible; they are designed to target rapidly dividing cells, and so often the cells of the body that divide the quickest—including those at the roots of the hair and teeth, in bone marrow, and in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract—may also be attacked; heart muscles are damaged. In addition to the extreme fatigue and anemia resulting from the harsh chemical destruction of the cells, the patient’s immunity suffers and the patient becomes vulnerable to life-threatening infections; the collateral damage from this approach is considerable. Radiation, while helpful in this war, is in itself, a carcinogen.

Alternative cancer medicine seeks less toxic ways to treat cancer.  It makes use of a holistic view of this disease, and tries to figure out what tools the body needs to reverse the growth of tumors while minimizing collateral damage.  However, these treatments vary in efficacy, are costly, and are not covered by most insurance companies.

The key to winning the war on cancer is to fight it intelligently, with the best tools available.  However, here we are forty-one years later, and we still lack that intelligence.  It’s not for lack of trying; it’s not for lack of funding. Perhaps it is time to change the paradigm.

                                      A vaccine may well be the answer

My vision, my hope, is to end cancer through the use of safe and effective vaccines.  This may take years, years many of us do not have, but for the sake of our children and our grandchildren, I implore you, keep an open mind to the idea—fund the vaccines that are in the works, put research dollars towards this effort. Yes, these vaccines must not come with baggage, and therefore must be tested extensively prior to mainstream usage–but we can’t wait any longer to begin these trials. We absoutlely need a cure for those with advanced cancer and mets; no doubt.  I just don’t think that new treatments, while critical now,  are the ultimate goal. Ultimately, we want to prevent cancer so that we don’t have to treat it. Fund vaccines to prevent recurrence, vaccines to halt the spread and yes, vaccines to prevent the disease entirely.  Throw down the gauntlets….let’s see one world without cancer.

In good health,


If history presents, roughly 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the US in 2012…Please donate to the Toni Turchi Fondation; help fund the first ever preventive breast cancer vaccine.

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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.  Find Elyn at www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com. To tune into the Survive and Live Well show, visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm, EST.

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The End of Breast Cancer

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The End of Breast Cancer; ending all cancers would be an amazing thing.  Is it possible? President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, and little has happened towards this goal. Forty-one years and billions of dollars later, we have yet to win the war. In fact, mortality rates have declined by less than 5% in the last 60 years. Billions are raised each year to research treatments for cancer; billions are spent on the treatment of cancer. Clearly treatment does not offer a cure. Prevention is the answer, but is a hard ticket to sell.  A preventive vaccine, one that is effective and safe, may well be what it takes. In the scheme of things, the $6 million needed to fund a breast cancer vaccine seems like small potatoes.  Why, you ask is this vaccine not funded?  I wish I knew.  Ever heard of Pink Ribbons? If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out…the movie is out this month. It’s an eye-opener.  Think before you Pink

What I do know is that getting a vaccine in the hands of doctors does not happen overnight.   There are many who are investigating potential vaccines, but why, I ask, why not fund one that is ready to go through the trial phase now; what are we waiting for?  If it works for breast cancer, doors may open for vaccines to be developed for other cancers.  If it doesn’t work, we learn from it, and that too will speed up the process. Time is not on our side; we need the collaboration of clinicians and researchers; we need funding. Oddly, those who rally endlessly for donations for the breast cancer cause choose not to fund the vaccine, yet they offer no explanation other than to say they agree we need collaboration, to have barriers removed…well then, let’s see collaboration, let’s remove the barriers and make this vaccine we have now become a reality; let’s see the end of breast cancer…while we are all still alive.

Want to know more?  Check out this post by Cindy Sullivan. The following is an excerpt:

Breast Cancer PREVENTION Is Knocking On Our Door. Who will answer?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just around the corner and while we are encouraged to run, walk and wave our pink ribbon, The Pink Vaccine, the world’s first PREVENTIVE breast cancer vaccine awaits funding. This vaccine could potentially save more than $86.44 Billion in healthcare costs in this country, per year.

A preventive vaccine, developed by Dr. Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic was found to be 100% effective in preventing breast cancer in mice. Even mice bred for a high incidence of breast cancer failed to develop it when the vaccine was administered. Further, researchers found that mice already infected with breast cancer saw a marked reduction in tumors after being given this vaccine.

Funding for The Pink Vaccine would have a tremendous affect on millions of lives as well as on spiraling health care costs in our country. The $6 Million needed to move forward….read more.

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Elyn Jacobs


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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services and radio show, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com.  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST).

Introducing … Champions for the Pink Vaccine

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Thank you Dr Ruddy, for your energy and drive to see this vaccine change the world.
July 16 2012

To the best of my recollection, this is how it happened.

I read about the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine, developed by Professor Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic in 2010.  I read his paper, published in “Nature Medicine” May 2010, and called his lab to introduce myself  as Founder and President of the only breast cancer foundation whose mission is primary prevention of the disease – and, so, his vaccine was like a dream come true!  I left a message with Tuohy’s secretary and twenty minutes later, as I was grocery shopping, he called.  We talked for over an hour.

Then Toni Turchi, a breast cancer survivor who lived in Cleveland, found out about Tuohy’s vaccine and started a foundation to support his work.  Tuohy told Toni to get in touch with me, which she did; we talked and became friends and colleagues.

Then Elyn Jacobs, a breast cancer survivor living in New York City, found me on the Internet, contacted me through Facebook, and we met in NYC to chat.  She had never heard of the breast cancer virus or Tuohy’s vaccine.  And so we became friends and colleagues in the fight to change the tawdry race for the cure into something more substantial – primary prevention of the disease.  Elyn introducted me to Janet Hanson, who invited me to join 85 Broads – which I happily did.  Thank you Elyn and Janet, and all the wonderful, wonderful women I’ve met through 85 Broads.

Then Judy Fitzgerald got breast cancer.  Shei’s a retired teacher in Rhode Island.  She learned about Tuohy’s vaccine, contacted Tuohy to tell him she was going to help suppport his work, and he told her to get in touch with me.  Judy and I became friends and colleagues in this enlarging grassroots movement to fund Tuohy’s vaccine.

Then Elyn Jacobs invited me to join her on her weekly radio show two weeks ago, and Cindy Sullivan, a breast cancer survivor living in Colorado was listening in and went berserk when she learned of Tuohy’s vaccine and the total lack of funding for it.  Cindy got in touch with me and suggested that this small band of women supporting Tuohy’s vaccine gather together on a Skype conference call to put our heads together to what would happen, which we did this past week.  Thank you Cindy, that was brilliant.  So obvious, but so brilliant.

And now, three days later, we have organized ourselves to support each other’s individual efforts, but with the common goal – to see that Tuohy’s vaccine gets funded.  And here in the United States not in China.

We’ve got a brand:  the Pink Vaccine.   It’s the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.  It doesn’t need reinventing as the National Breast Cancer Coalaition would like you to think.  It already exists.  It’s in Cleveland.  It just needs to be funded to see if it’s safe in women; and if safe, whether it is effective.

We’ve chosen a name for our group:  Champions for the Pink Vaccine.

We have a domain:  pinkvaccine.com

We have  a Pinterest site:  The Pink Vaccine.

We’ve got groups on Facebook and LinkedIn:  The Pink Vaccine.

And we’re going to create a CPU for information about the Pink Vaccine:  a blog where the Champions can post and share hard facts, dispel falacies, promote awareness, and generate ideas for how to fund the Pink Vaccine – the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.

Stay tuned.  According to complexity theory, it only takes two individuals to move a crowd in any one direction.  (Did you know that? It’s true.)    But we have five women who intend to move the crowd toward the Pink Vaccine.  Think how fast we can move it now.

Please join us.  We’re going to have a blast; we already have.  And we’re going to do great things for the world, starting with funding the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.

Take a break from racing.  Take a peek at us.  Thanks!

 Dr Kathleen Ruddy
Please watch this powerful video, the movie comes out here in the US in September, you can pre-order it at Amazon.  Pink Ribbons
Dr Kathleen Ruddy is a MSKCC trained breast cancer surgeon.  She is also the Founder and President of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, the only non-profit organization whose specific mission is to discover the causes of breast cancer and use that knowledge to prevent the disease.  She created the iPhone app, Breast Health GPS in 2010, the iPad app, Breast CA 411 in 2011, and the smart phone app, Lobby Me Pink in 2011. Kathleen’s focus is to answer the question, “Does a virus cause breast cancer in women? “ She is also committed to help fund Professor Vincent Tuohy’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine (Cleveland Clinic.) Kathleen believes that the PURE CURE is prevention.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com


Read more at http://www.85broads.com/public/blogs/kathleen-ruddy/articles/introducing-champions-for-the-pink-vaccine#wGmCke7Bhf9f1Eud.99