Today Melissa Etheridge Doesn’t Call Angelina Jolie Brave About Cancer

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Today: Melissa Etheridge Doesn’t Think Angelina Jolie is Brave

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy has been widely noted as brave and standing up to cancer. She’s had new fans come out of the woodwork and her partner, Brad Pitt, called her his “hero” at the World War Z premiere in New York City. But not everything thinks that getting a preventative double mastectomy is a brave decision.

Award winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge survived cancer and in an interview with The New York Blade she said Angelina’s decision was made by fear.

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Today Melissa Etheridge Doesn't Call Angelina Jolie Brave About Cancer

Melissa Etheridge survived cancer and went through chemo, but she doesn’t think that Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy was brave. (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

“I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting cancer,” she said. “That choice is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do.”

Today Show: Melissa Etheridge Beat Cancer With Chemotherapy

Both Etheridge and Jolie tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that can cause cancer. Etheridge developed the disease and underwent chemotherapy. Jolie chose to remove her breasts and is going to remove her ovaries as well.

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“I can’t have any opinion on what she ‘should have’ done—all are free to choose,” Etheridge told Today. “I only objected to the term ‘brave’ describing it.”

The Angelina Effect: Should You Get a Double Mastectomy?

Jolie went public with her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy in hopes that it would spark women’s health conversations. She and Brad Pitt now hope to make BRCA gene testing available to all women. Time Magazine has called Angelina’s decision “The Angelina Effect.”

Dr Evelyn Minaya is a gynecologist and she said there is no argument about bravery here. Angelina made a decision for herself, just as mothers chose to have epidurals or natural childbirth, Dr Minaya said. There is no one path that is better than the other, chemo or preventative double mastectomy. It’s every woman’s personal choice and decisions should be talked over with your doctor.

Top Pharmacist Recommended Products: Claritin, Imodium, Lactaid, Tylenol

While doctors are the ones diagnosing, many are turning to the pharmacist for treatment and advice. They know what over the counter products and ingredients work best for different ailments and are quickly available in your local drug store. U.S. News & World Report has released the top pharmacist recommended products for 2013-2014.

For regular problems, pharmacists gave the following products rave reviews.

  • Breathe Right Nasal Strips
  • Lactaid – for lactose intolerancy
  • Vicks VapoRub 
  • Debrox – for ear wax
  • Imodium – for digestive and diarrhea issues

For the seasonal allergies and colds that everyone gets, pharmacists like Claritin, Robitussin, Sudafed, Cepacol, Cold-Eeze, and Chloraseptic.

When dealing with pain, there is a difference between the top two products. Tylenol is great for just pure pain. Advil is more for inflammation and pain relief, but can lead to stomach problems. Tylenol does not have the harmful effects of ulcers or stomach issues.

Tums, Prilosec OTC, Gas-X and Imodium all work well in the short term for stomach issues. Should these problems persist in the long term, you should talk to a doctor.

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