The Man-Made Nature of Cancer
December 21, 2010 by Jeffrey R. Matthews
The overriding theme of the wellness model I subscribe to is that pain, illness and disease are man-made. More specifically, those diseases for which one is not genetically predisposed, those ailments not caused by a traumatic injury and illness or not related to unknown contaminant are caused by… you. That is, they are self-induced.
That may seem harsh, but the fact is, we are each able to control our own wellness at all times. Whether we own up to that or work our way through existing problems is another issue. If you know coffee causes you headaches, then stop drinking coffee. If working late into the wee hours of the morning leaves you exhausted in the morning, then alter your schedule or plan for a different job or vocation.
Do you experience feelings of nausea, dizziness, headaches, insomnia, lack of energy… and happen to live in an area that is buzzing with electro-magnetic frequencies from towers and Wi-Fi hotspots? Then you need to outfit your home with devices that normalize the electric and magnetic field (EMF) radiation, or move. And while we may have no control over others and the workloads that get placed on us, we can learn and practice stress-relief techniques, get adequate sleep and consume foods high in nutrients. These are choices. Difficult choices at times, for sure, but choices nonetheless.
I have not yet placed cancer within the self-induced model (aside from lung cancer), because the popular research had shown there to be biological markers or defects associated with it. However, new research out of Manchester University in the United Kingdom, suggests otherwise.
The Manchester study sought to find if cancer was indeed a man-made disease and determined that, in fact, it is caused by man-made environmental factors, such as pollution and diet. Here is the study brief:
“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. The history of this disorder has the potential to improve our understanding of disease prevention, etiology, pathogenesis and treatment. A striking rarity of malignancies in ancient physical remains might indicate that cancer was rare in antiquity, and so poses questions about the role of carcinogenic environmental factors in modern societies. Although the rarity of cancer in antiquity remains undisputed, the first published histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy demonstrates that new evidence is still forthcoming.”
Scientists from Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology studied remains and literature from two ancient cultures — Egypt and Greece. Among an investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, the researchers found evidence of cancer in only one. This single find, combined with scant references to the disease in ancient documentations, proves to these scientists that “cancer was extremely rare in antiquity.”
Indeed, during the Industrial Revolution where man-made progress was in full bloom, the cancer rate rose “massively,” particularly in children. This, the scientists claim, proves that cancer does not just occur in people as they age and their bodies and immune systems weaken.
“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death,” states Rosalie David, professor at Faculty of Life Sciences and the study’s co-author. “But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made or ‘man-induced’ disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.
“The important thing about our study,” she explains, “is that it gives a (sic) historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”
That data include evidence of cancer in animal fossils, non-human primates and early humans. It shows that cancer was quite rare, occurring in only a few dozen cases overall. Is it possible that the proof of cancer just was not preserved in these mummies and fossils, making it difficult to find its evidence?
Not according to study co-author Michael R. Zimmerman, whose experimental studies indicate that mummification actually “preserves the features of malignancy and that tumors should actually be better preserved than normal tissue.” Moreover, he clearly explains, “Radiological surveys of mummies from the Cairo Museum and museums in Europe have also failed to reveal evidence of cancer.”
The study was published in the journal Nature. In conclusion of the findings, David had this to say: “Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has (sic) given modern society a clear message: Cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.”
Not only must we “address this,” but we each need to control our own lives and wellness choices. We suffer for our choices. The best way to avoid contracting this man-made modern disease is to find a way to create a life in an environment low on pollution, carcinogens, stress and processed food, and one where it is simultaneously filled with fresh, whole foods, exercise, joy and love.
–Dr. Mark Wiley