by Sayer Ji
Unbeknownst to most,
a Copernican revolution
has already taken place in cancer theory.
Today, the weight of evidence indicates
that plants and not chemicals
are the solution for reversing
the global cancer epidemic.
Our understanding of what causes cancer has undergone something akin to a Copernican revolution in the past decade.
Biological fatalism has been the predominant force in medicine over the past half century, where most conditions including cancer were believed predestined 'in the genes,' and therefore impossible to reverse. Instead of looking for root cause resolution of disease (RCRD), we resigned ourselves to 'finding it early' and in the case of cancer, when doing so (even when it was benign), we waged war against it, quite literally using weapons grade materials (mustard gas- and nuclear materials-derived agents).
Now, however, in this post-Genomic era, factors above (epi-) the control of the genes - epigenetic factors - are taking center stage.
These include environmental exposures, stress, nutritional factors, and various lifestyle-based variables that are within the ambit of our control and volition, and which are often reversible.
In other words, cancer is now being understood as epigenetic dysfunction, a direct and even adaptive response to the post-industrial, carcinogen-saturated environment, in addition to a diet of faux, mostly chemically-produced 'food,' combining to produce an environment - 'inner terrain - within the body ideal for cancer promotion.
Indeed, in a new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology titled, "The use of plant-derived bioactive compounds to target cancer stem cells and modulate tumor microenvironment," the authors note the powerful implications of this new epigenetic view of cancer:
Moreover, they note that natural interventions are once again (after countless millennia of worldwide use), at the cutting edge of medical intervention:
The new study highlighted the following points, the implications for the future of cancer treatment are truly revolutionary:
As covered extensively in previous posts, the discovery of a subpopulation within tumors of cells known as cancer stem cells, reveals that our half-century old war on cancer, officially inaugurated in 1971 with Nixon's signing of the National Cancer Act, was extremely misguided.
The notion that cancer is simply a byproduct of cells within the body going rogue due to DNA damage and replicating clonally through fundamentally chaotic - stochastic - processes, has been called into question by the discovery that tumors are actually sophisticated, hierarchically organized communities that express highly intelligent, survival-based behaviors, albeit evolutionary ancient in origin.
The establishment views cancer as something 'you have or don't have,' and the equivalent of being infected by 'terrorist-like' cancer cells that must be treated as an enemy and obliterated by any means necessary.
This treatment ensues regardless of the collateral damage to the patient.
The emerging and far more nuanced cancer stem-cell based perspective, precipitated primarily by epigenetic factors - e.g. chemical exposure, dietary incompatibilities, metabolic acidosis and low oxygen (hypoxia) - offers a far more promising and empowering view of prevention and treatment.
If cancer is not something that fatalistically 'happens to the body,' due to 'bad' inherited genes passed down from distant ancestors, but is something the body does adaptively to survive anthropogenic exposures that diverge from millions, if not billions of years, of bodily prehistory, suddenly the solution to overcoming the burgeoning, global cancer epidemic is in regaining and/or reproducing the ideal bodily and psychospiritual conditions within the body that is no longer conducive to carcinogenesis.
As proposed in the book Cancer Killers, we don't get sick because we have cancer; we get cancer because we are already sick.
I anticipate a time in the not too distant future when the conventional medical establishment freely acknowledges that cancer is a natural response to decades of culminative exposures to unnatural, evolutionarily unprecedented chemical, electromagnetic, psychospiritual exposures and conditions.
Instead of vilifying and violently suppressing the symptom of this perfect storm of toxicity - cancer - enlightened practitioners will learn to address, remove and redress the root causes, focusing on reproducing the conditions that support our genetic and epigenetic blueprint of health and wellness.
It is our goal to provide the public and professional populations a resource to leverage the emerging evidence to do exactly that.
The following database sections are designed to make this task easier:
As far as understanding both how cancer is caused and how it can be effectively treated.
Thanks in large part to the discovery that it is an exemplar of epigenetic dysfunction and not a predestined byproduct of dysfunctional genetic information inherited from distant ancestors.