If a single case of cancer is the culmination of a series of events, then where is the corresponding gibberish? It would be expected that there should exist a multitude of occurrences in which the entire chain of events did not occur. To get around this dilemma, the scientific community has placed the blame on our p53 chromosome. If the orderly reproduction of our DNA is the responsibility of our p53 gene, then a defect in this one gene could be the ‘common denominator' and then be used to account for all cases of mutated cell growth. That is to say; if the gene responsible to oversee the orderly division of cells is itself damaged, then the non orderly division of cells could occur. This then becomes the ‘root cause' of cancer. It is mathematically comprehensible how the DNA of an individual cell might go astray, and starts to reproduce itself repeatedly as outlined in our present cancer theory, but this event would be limited to grow only to the size that could be supported by the existing blood supply. It would yield at best, a 'pea' sized growth. There should therefore be occurrences in which the cell did reproduce itself, but the accompanying blood supply did not happen. The scientific community acknowledges the need to address the blood supply issue, and with great difficulty they have postulated a complex chain of events that is both mathematically and logically absurd. This ‘root cause' of cancer must therefore also have the attributed powers of being able to induce pathological angiogenesis. These cancer cells, we are told, release molecules that attract our endothelial cells, which then set out to successfully build a blood vessel system to get the much needed nutrients to the site. This amazing task is performed by a cell that is already deemed to be defective and in a nutrient and oxygen starved environment. All this must be identified as needed, set in motion, and accomplished before the cell succumbs to its seemingly perilous situation. We are further told that these cancer cells take on an immortal status, and acquire the ability to disguise themselves, and recruit allies in their defence, and a multitude of other special powers that are attributed only to cancer cells. When we examine this supernatural chain of events, and the obstacles that the cancer must overcome, and the safeguards that are in place to prevent these occurrences from happening the way they are described, one must wonder about the mathematical likelihood of this occurring even once in a species with just over six billion members. Cancer has been described as a ‘modern pandemic’. Yet throughout the ages, mankind has always been in possession of an immune system that was 'equal to the occasion' with the exception of a few pandemics, which tended only to thin out our numbers. Since the Industrial Revolution, which gave way to the Chemical revolution, the pharmaceutical industry has managed to convince the western world /first world (people with disposable income) that their immune system is no longer good enough to provide for their health and well being. They have been selling us a barrage of pills, shots, serums and ointments to cure a growing and seemingly endless list of new ailments. I frequently see commercials advertising a list of symptoms and assigning a name to this syndrome, then offering a product/prescription that will cure this new ailment. This seems to be the world in which we now live. This point brings to mind a quote from John Dryden “God never made His work for man to mend.” Third World countries do not have access to, nor the means to obtain these modern pharmaceuticals that the rest of us have access to, and perhaps as a result of this, third world countries do not have anywhere near the cases of cancer that the modern western world has. Obviously no one had access to them a century and a half ago, because they did not exist at all, and cancer back then was a rare disease. We now find ourselves frantically looking for an explanation as to why this is predominantly a western disease, and also why this is a modern disease. Two more truths standing on her head to get attention. Pharmaceutical use is one of the last remaining subjects that has thus far, avoided being studied as a possible cause of this modern pandemic. As more and more studies point out the various things we need to avoid and things we need to practice in order for us to be able to maintain our health, it would be expected that the statistics of cancer would be getting better. But it is the pharmaceutical industry that funds these studies that seek to find a cure for this and other diseases. It would not be reasonable for us to expect the pharmaceutical industry to turn the microscope on themselves.
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i resent it when people say it to me sometimes. at other times i appreciate it. in the end i realize they really dont know what to say in times like this and they just want me to be happy and try to look forward; and i am grateful to have their love.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.