Saturday, 20 November 2010

A Historical Perspective - Extensive Study Suggests Cancer Is a Man-made Disease

In support of the long-time claims of many natural health advocates, a recent study strongly suggests that cancer is a man-made disease. The study was conducted at Manchester's KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, and it investigated remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece.

The study, published in the October issue of the journal Nature Reviews Cancer involved the examination of hundreds of Egyptian mummies and ancient literature. Only one case of the disease was discovered among the mummies, and there are few references to it in the literary evidence.

Rosalie David, a researcher at England's University of Manchester, said in a statement: "In industrialised 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."

Looks like the study is close to the mark. Our world is full of contaminants. The stuff that's killing us is doing it slowly. This situation explains why, in part, there is a lack of urgency to fully examine all the chemicals and radiological sources that are causing damage. Subtle effects are often overlooked.

[Check out the informed comments at the linked article.]

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 20th, 2010.]


steven andresen said...


You suggest here that cancer, a seemingly ubiquitous disease, is, like the climate of the planet, something that can be created, and effected, by man. It's not like gravity, completely out of our hands.

I have thought that the controversy about climate change was about, from some people, problems they had with what the elites wanted to do about it. So, there's resistance against 'cap and trade' schemes. The argument against those soak the poor tax policies created the idea that there must be something wrong with the idea that climate change could be caused by man.

I cannot reject the claim that climate can be effected by man, by ...for example...dumping large amounts of carbon waste into the air from internal combustion. It just seems too correct to me.

I can agree that there can be a lot wrong with the 'cap and trade' plans concocted to deal with climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.

I wonder about cancer. I accept the idea that our habits of using toxic chemicals for household chores can and does cause cancer. There were above ground tests of atom bombs for christ sake. It does seem plausible that cancer rates are effected by what we have been doing.

The question has been what we should be doing about this. The corporations will argue, I beliueve, that all the processes that they do that cause rises in cancer rates cannot be changed because they will make less profits.

That seems to me an insane argument, but unforunately, the main response of our leadership.

SpookyPunkos said...


Personally I would like to see a government run scientific department running all manner of tests and studies on potential sources of disease in our world with a mind to regulating/removing harmful contaminants.

Naturally we would face pressure from the corporations.

The task is very difficult- to get unbiased or rather non-corporate influenced studies so we can discover what is really going on. Despite the obstacles I think this should be a long term aim for our modern society.


steven andresen said...


You'd think this is what the CDC in Atlanta or the FDA would be doing. BUt, they are probably strictly limited on what kind of research in the public interest they are allowed to perform.