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Your Health & Wellness, Iss #63 -- Cancer Is A Man-Made Disease
January 29, 2011
(Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle)
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Cancer Is A Man-Made Disease"There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle."
This statement was made by Professor Rosalie David, co-author of a recently published study assessing whether cancer is in fact a "new" disease.
This conclusion was reached after researchers examined literally hundreds of fossil records, mummified Egyptian remains, and disease references from classical literature. Until modern times with its rampant pollution and poor dietary choices, tumors were rare.
The Daily Mail reported the following:
"Tumors were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found ... Despite slivers of tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies being rehydrated and placed under the microscope, only one case of cancer has been confirmed.
"Dismissing the argument that the ancient Egyptians didn't live long enough to develop cancer, the researchers pointed out that other age-related disease such as hardening of the arteries and brittle bones did occur.
"Fossil evidence of cancer is also sparse, with scientific literature providing a few dozen, mostly disputed, examples in animal fossil ... Even the study of thousands of Neanderthal bones has provided only one example of a possible cancer."
The visiting professor at Manchester University in England, Michael Zimmerman, stated:
"The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation."
Professor Zimmerman and his associate Rosalie David examined hundreds of Egyptian mummies; they were rehydrated and analyzed under a microscope. After scrutinizing slivers of tissue from these remains, only one case of cancer was confirmed.
And keep this in mind, experiments have shown that tumors should have been better preserved by the process of mummification than healthy tissue.
Researchers have also examined thousands of Neanderthal bones. The results yielded only one possible case of cancer.>
Ancient Egyptian texts were also examined by researchers. They concluded that the cancer-like cases they came acoss were more than likely cause by leprosy or varicose veins.
It wasn't until the 17th century that researchers saw the first descriptions of operations for breast and other cancer types.
Reports of confirmed cancers didn't appear in scientific literature until the past 200 years or so. Scrotal cancer was found in chimney sweeps in 1775 and nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761.
Professor Rosalie David said:
"There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.
"The important thing about our study is that it gives a 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.
"Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address."
I have always suspected that cancer was on an upward spiral because I didn't hear much about it in the '60s and even early to mid '70s. The very first time I became aware of cancer personally was through my brother's wife's sister having developed it in the early '70s.
A few known cancer-causes are:
Source: The Daily Mail
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