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Forget all that nonsense about the search for the cure for cancer. It will never be found. The search for a cure is nothing but redirection from the reality that cancer is caused by modern life. It isn’t in your genes. It isn’t ever going to be cured. It’s an internal effect of the world we’ve created—and symbolic of our destruction of the natural world.
A study, entitled “Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?” was done by A. Rosalie David and Michael R. Zimmerman of the University of Manchester KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. Published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, it strongly suggests that cancer is a disease of the modern world. It is, of course, controversial.
The study investigated Egyptian mummies. The authors noted that the written records show little evidence for cancer. They also noted that tests demonstrate that tumors are preserved through the mummification process. Zimmerman stated:
In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases. 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 industrialization.
Of course, the deniers are out in force. The usual nonsensical claim—never proven—is that a lack of cancer in premodern times is the result of short lifespans. However, that simply isn’t true. As noted in Heart Attack Is a Disease of Agribusiness, Not Longevity, modern societies that are not exposed to modern chemicals and agribusiness food almost never suffer from either heart disease or cancer, no matter how long they live.
Another point that is generally missed by those who claim that people didn’t get cancer because they didn’t live long enough is the skewing of statistics. While it’s true that the average lifespan was shorter, those who survived childhood tended to live far longer than most of us today realize, often achieving the same lifespans we enjoy today. Yet, they rarely succumbed to cancer.
David and Zimmerman decided to look at mummified remains because of the claim that the only reason there is little evidence of cancer in ancient people is that tumors must not survive over time—though they have no explanation for why that would be, when nontumorous tissues do survive.
Professor David stated:
The ancient Egyptian data offers both physical and literary evidence, giving a unique opportunity to look at the diseases they had and the treatments they tried. They were the fathers of pharmacology so some treatments did work.
They were very inventive and some treatments thought of as magical were genuine therapeutic remedies. For example, celery was used to treat rheumatism back then and is being investigated today.
NOTE: We need to be very careful here. According to the FDA’s overreaching, celery can be defined as a drug because of this claim!
Their surgery and the binding of fractures were excellent because they knew their anatomy: there was no taboo on working with human bodies because of mummification. They were very hands-on and it gave them a different mindset to working with bodies than the Greeks, who had to come to Alexandria to study medicine.
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.
As previously discussed by Gaia Health, there is no evidence to suggest that cancer and most other chronic diseases are anything but a modern plague created by the modern world.
Isn’t it well past time that we focused attention on the genuine causes of cancer? The massive amount of money and effort that’s going into studying genetics, trying to place the blame for individual cases on so-called flawed genes, is a complete waste. It cannot provide serious benefit, because the evidence exists that cancer is not a genetic disease. It’s a disease of modern times.
It’s well past time that our health agencies insist on proof that products do not cause cancer—among other diseases. Instead, they’re allowed to proliferate while others attempt to prove what we already know: modern chemicals, plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, drugs, lack of sunlight (vitamin D) and stress are causing cancer and other life-destroying diseases.
Note: This article originally appeared on Gaia Health 17 October 2010.
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