According to researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK, cancer is a purely modern, man-made disease. If you want to better understand their logic and reasoning, visit this link Cancer is Man Made. What I want to discuss is the implications.
“In 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.”
– Michael Zimmerman (lead researcher)
“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. 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 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.”
– Professor Rosalie David (researcher investigating cancer)
In spite of everything we have been told, cancer is a modern disease fueled by modern society. It wasn’t until the 17th Century that the first descriptions of operations for breast cancer and other cancers occurred. It is only within the past 200 years that scientific literature has reports of distinctive tumors. Scrotal cancer was discovered in 1775 in chimney sweepers and nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761.
We have is a disease that has only manifested itself in the past 4 centuries. It has now taken on epidemic proportions. The odds of being diagnosed with cancer if you were born in the 21st century are between 1 in 3 and 1 in 2. Cancer has become so common it will impact you or someone you love. Cancer is no longer a mature adult disease it now shows up in young children. No age is safe. What could create such a devastating situation? Honestly, I don’t think it’s difficult to understand or a complex issue. Allow me to offer my perspective of the biggest cancer catalyst.
We can all agree that the Industrial Revolution had a huge influence on modern life. But I believe it came with a painful cost. While we had been exposed to localized pollution, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution when we hit a tipping point. No longer localized, pollution from coal burning, smelting and other manufacturing processes took off. Pollution spread outward into the surrounding areas, falling from the skies as we still see with acid rain, or as waste material flowing downstream in the waterways which was used for drinking, cooking, feeding livestock and watering crops. Exposure to pollutants was and is unavoidable.
How is pollution related to cancer? Pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals and toxins fall into three basic categories:
- Carcinogens: Any substance directly involved in causing cancer
- Mutagens: A physical or chemical agent capable of changing genetic material and causing genetic mutations
- Endocrine Disrupting: Chemicals or material which can interfere with the endocrine system, causing birth defects, cancer or developmental disorders.
During the Industrial Revolution, the first victims would have been those directly involved in the acquisition of carcinogenic raw materials or the processing of those materials by breathing them in or absorbing through contact. We would also see some degree of mutagenic and endocrine changes in those individuals and eventually the general public. If the genetic mutations happened prior conceiving and having children, the mutation would be passed onto the offspring. The children would be born with a genetic weakness or vital void. Once in place, cancer begins manifesting more frequently and sooner when the wrong variables come into play. By variables I am referring to the environment in which we live and how we interact with people, places and things within that environment.
While this industrial pollution continued and accelerated we hit the next tipping point post World War II. This is when we see a revolution in chemicals used in fertilizers, pesticides, household cleaners, body care products, makeups, clothing, flooring, furniture, wall coverings, automobiles etc. Practically everything made today has chemicals in them. The typical American is exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis. The chart is merely a sample of common chemicals.Styrene is both a Mutagen and Carcinogen. Styrene is a major component of not only the plastic lids covering that cup of coffee or other hot beverage you drink, but often also the cup itself. When exposed to liquid heat, the cup/lid breaks down. The styrene intermingles with the beverage and you drink it. Even the best of detoxification systems will have difficulty filtering out these molecules as they don’t occur naturally in nature. They enter general circulation and deposit themselves in tissue; brain, joints, glands, organs, etc. Then the fun really begins. How much accumulation of any one toxin or combination is needed before it has a health impact that you can’t ignore. In most cases toxicity is a cumulative effect.
Since WWII we have seen over 85,000 new chemicals enter the marketplace that never existed before in nature. Worse, they are rarely tested for safety on their own much less in combination. How many fall into not just one but possibly two or all three of the categories, Mutagens, Carcinogens and Endocrine Disruptors.
As usage and exposure to these pollutants and toxins increase it is very reasonable to expect to see increases in cancer not just from the carcinogenic properties but also the genetic mutations that occur and are passed down from generation to generation. Is it any wonder we see diseases that “run in families”? If you want a better understanding of this process, I suggest you hop over to this earlier post regarding the Body Burden that every child today is born with.
Realistically, what can be done? The earth itself is polluted, toxic and getting worse. We can’t change that fact. While we can reduce additional pollution from being added to the equation, it would require a global shift in perspective, priorities and how we live. I don’t expect to see that happen. Plus we still have to deal with what toxins are currently in play.
The only option you have, outside of sticking your head in the ground, is to take personal responsibility. Educate yourself. Change your health destiny. Once you have helped yourself you can then directly or indirectly assist those in close proximity such as family, friends and loved ones.
“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality”
– Ayn Rand
Initial steps towards looking and feeling your best in a toxic environment would include eliminating or reducing exposure as much as possible to environmental pollutants, toxins, chemicals and heavy metals. Then you layer in working towards increasing your body’s natural defenses against stress. This a challenging prospect as modern society has programmed us to live a life of convenience with technology which in fact suppresses our natural defenses while increasing the toxic exposure. Modern society is literally caught in a feedback loop of self destruction. It is not a matter of if, but when and how. Cancer is just one of the “how’s.”
How do you find a balance. It is unrealistic to turn away from modern society entirely. The challenge is how do you take advantage of the perks while minimizing the side-effects? It gets tricky as everyone is in a uniquely different situation. There is no one-size-fits-all solution beyond the basic concepts.
I can only image the thoughts running through your head. While it may appear to be all “doom and gloom”, that is not my intention. I am offering information and a perspective that personally, makes sense and appears logical. Creating health is not unobtainable. It’s easier to accomplish when you understand what is holding you back. Environmental pollutants, toxins, chemicals and heavy metals are a major road block, but navigable. You have choices and options and how you interact with people, places and things, including yourself will dictate success or continued frustration. You deserve to look and feel your best and have every opportunity to discover and execute your true life purpose.
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