Cancer: Why Are We So Sick?

Cancer is now the number one cause of death in humans older than 14 years of age, having overtaken heart disease this year. 

In spite of the U.S. declared war on cancer since the early 1970’s, the rate of cancer is growing at an alarming rate with 1 ½ trillion dollars spent on average per year on conventional medical cures. In 1904, only one American in 24 had cancer sometime in his/her lifetime. Today, one in three people receive a cancer diagnosis and it’s getting closer to one in two. What exactly causes this dreaded disease, and why do we seem to be losing this battle for our health?

Cancer is a term given to a condition whereby healthy cells change their physiology or become abnormal in such a way as to threaten the integrity of the organism. Studies show that in 95% of the cases, these cellular abnormalities are caused by exposure to environmental toxins, while 5% of cancer is caused by genetics. On the average 40 million cells become cancerous in our bodies every day, however our natural immunity destroys these cells before they become a serious problem. With repeated exposure to threatening toxins our immune systems may eventually be overcome and cancer cells can proliferate to dangerous levels.

Currently, there are approximately 70,000 synthetic chemicals made by humans circulating in our environment, with about 7,000 of these chemicals delivered to us in our food chain. Only a small percentage of these chemicals have actually been studied for their effects on humans and animals, and of these many have been proven to be carcinogenic and disruptive to our endocrine systems. Research done at Mt. Sinai Hospital showed that an average of  91 chemicals were found in the blood of the random population that was sampled. Of those chemicals, 67 were cancer producing and 50 were known to cause birth defects.

Herbicides, pesticides, industrial waste, car exhaust, toxic building materials such as paints, varnishes, formaldehyde-releasing insulation and chemically treated wood are everywhere. Personal hygiene products such as chemical hair dyes, soaps, cosmetics, and anti-perspirants increase our exposure.  Genetically-engineered foods, mercury toxicity from dental fillings, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and vaccines add still more challenges to our overburdened immune systems.  With the dramatic increase in brain and other types of cancers from cellular phone use and exposure to harmful electromagnetic fields from power lines, televisions and computers, it is a wonder that we have survived at all.

Statistics on the effectiveness of conventional medical treatments for cancer are quite revealing.  Dr. Hardin Jones, a prominent cancer researcher for over 23 years and former professor at the University of California, stated in his New York Academy of Sciences article that “studies have proved conclusively that cancer patients who refuse chemotherapy and radiation actually live up to four times longer than treated cases.”  From a holistic perspective, this is not surprising, since the toxic components of these treatments “add insult to injury” by further assaulting the already struggling immune system. Dr. Jones goes on to say that “beyond a shadow of a doubt, radical surgery on cancer does more harm than good,” and “as for radiation treatment—most of the time it makes not the slightest difference [in cure rate] whether the machine is turned on or not.”

As for the 5-year survival statistics quoted by doctors of conventional medical treatment, Dr. Jones says that “the dramatic results given by these treatments only last that long, and that after 5 years most patients die of secondary tumors triggered by radiation and chemotherapy or treatment side effects such as heart damage.”

The survival of the plant, animal and human species, in light of the incredible odds speaks to our resilience, adaptability, and spiritual evolution.  While conventional science may focus on the war on cancer with an arsenal of drugs, surgery and radiation, holistically oriented researchers and practitioners are finding encouraging results with a more natural approach. Working with the laws of nature, it is important to create an internal environment or biological terrain that supports healthy cell growth and inhibits unhealthy or cancerous cellular growth.

Just as a farmer adds alkalizing minerals and nutrients to the soil to ensure abundant nourishing crops, we must also balance our pH by eating healthy unprocessed foods that alkalize the body.  Raw organic fruits and vegetables that are rich in life-enhancing enzymes are essential to health. Cooking destroys the vital enzymes in the food.  Cancer cells thrive in an acid pH created by a diet of processed foods such as refined sugar, salt, white flour, pasteurized milk and cheese, sodas and cooked meats that are hard to digest. Any undigested food will contribute to toxic buildup which is already compromised by exposure to environmental toxins. It is also important to drink at least half our weight in ounces of purified water each day to hydrate, nourish and cleanse the body of toxins.

The acid environment that encourages cancer growth is also created by the emotions of anger and fear. As with all disease, the mind/body connection is a primary factor in the state of our health, therefore it is important to resolve any emotional issues that may be contributing to our health picture.

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