Searching For A Cancer Cure – Have We Been Doing It Wrong All Along?Jason Siddall
Although on average, cancer deaths are declining worldwide, over 1,670 people still die from the disease every single day in the US alone. Over and above that sobering statistic, new cancer cases are on the rise. In fact, the World Health Organisation says incidences of cancer are expected to rise by about 70% over the next 20 years. This translates to about 2.3 million new people afflicted with the disease. The reasons for this are varied, but experts believe it’s due largely to an ageing population. Other possible factors include high rates of physical inactivity and obesity. The need for a cancer cure has never been more desperate.
Yet, despite decades – and billions of Dollars – spent on research, we have yet to see a significant breakthrough in the search for a cure for cancer. Numerous media articles keep telling us that a groundbreaking discovery is imminent, but nothing ever materialises. Instead, the situation just gets worse as time goes on.
The relative futility of the situation is demonstrated by an article written by Dr Max Warmbrand almost 50 years ago. The sad reality is, the points expressed then are just as valid today. And the questions he asked back in the ‘70s are still asked today. Surely then, we need to take an entirely different approach in our battle against cancer?
“An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure”
Dr Warmbrand’s article was titled, “Are We Ever Going To Find A Cure For Cancer?” How many people affected by this insidious disease today are still asking this exact question? He also mentions that leading scientists of the day were beginning to wonder if some of the time, effort and money spent on seemingly fruitless efforts to find a cancer cure couldn’t be better spent on preventing the disease in the first place.
To do this, the doctor stressed, it is important to know more about cancer – what it is, how it originates, and what we have to do to stop its development.
“Let’s remember that a cancer cell is one that has been forced to adapt itself to certain stimuli or irritants,” he wrote. “These may develop in the body as by-products of an abnormal or disordered metabolism, or may be taken into the system from outside in the form of drugs, chemicals, unsuitable foods, or other toxic substances.”
When faced with these stimuli or irritants, the cancer cell has two basic choices: adapt or die. Naturally, it will try its hardest to adapt, but in order to do so, it has to change its very nature.
“It is no longer a normal cell, a member of the community of cells to which it originally belonged, but an abnormal cell, a deranged cell, a cancer cell,” he says.
This process of adaption is actually completely natural and is basically a by-product of a deeply rooted survival instinct. We can see similar responses all around us in nature. Bacteria become drug resistant, for example. Pests that threaten the health of our crops develop immunity to the chemical pesticides we use to destroy them.
It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
The incredible thing is, however, that even when cells adapt and become cancerous, they don’t have to be life-threatening. Virtually all of us have cancer cells in our body at one time or another. But, when we are healthy, our bodies usually destroy these cells. This means the cancer isn’t given the chance to develop.
Dr Warmbrand references two leading cancer authorities at the time:
Dr Cornelius Rhoads, who said: “Persons in normal health appear to have a natural defence against cancer, and can throw off the disease after it attacks body tissue.”
And Dr Kasper Blond, who stated that as long as our liver is in a healthy condition, it can protect our bodies against cancer.
This then brings us to a conclusion that Dr Warmbrand and his colleagues alluded to almost half a century ago: the real answer to the problem of cancer lies not in the discovery of an elusive cure, but in its prevention, in the adoption of a way of living that keeps our bodies healthy.
How Do We Do This?
There are several simple steps we can take to ensure we give our bodies the best possible fighting chance against developing cancer:
- Stop smoking
- Don’t take toxic, carcinogenic drugs
- Stop polluting our environment
- Avoid all refined and processed foods
- Cut out sugar-rich food
- Get enough sleep and exercise
- Develop emotional control and peace of mind.
It is impossible to overstate the seriousness of the scourge on our population that is cancer. Even today, we don’t fully understand all the facts that contribute to its onset. But what we do know is this: A healthy mind and body are the best protection against developing the disease. And even in cases where cancer has already taken hold, our best hope for remission and cure lies in strengthening our bodies so they are as healthy as they can be, and in the best condition possible to fight the disease.