It has an impact on almost every person on the planet at some stage during their lives, either directly or indirectly. More than one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of this affliction during their lifetime. Over 8,000,000 die each year as a direct result of contracting this disease, millions more will lose a close family member or friend, and those numbers are rising exponentially.
It is the number one killer disease on the planet. Someone, somewhere, dies from it every four seconds. To put that into perspective, four people died of this disease just whilst you read the first paragraph of this article! My own brother succumbed to the ravages of this killer just last month.
I am, needless to say, talking about cancer.
Yet it is mostly preventable – and curable….. Yes, you read that correctly.
But first we must ask why this deadly disease is affecting more and more people. In 1900, in America, cancer (of any kind) affected just 3 out of every 100 people, and killed just 63 out of every 100,000 population. In 2013 that figure had tripled to 185 per 100,000. It is projected that by 2030, just fifteen years from now, cancer incidence worldwide will rise by almost 70%, and 24,000,000 new cases will be diagnosed annually. With a mortality rate of almost 60% this equates to a projected 14.4 million deaths a year (a figure I believe to be grossly underestimated).
If one were to peruse literature produced by mainstream medicine and cancer institutions, one would find a multitude of possible causes for this deadly disease, even though no one really knows for certain what causes specific cancers.
At the top of the list of main causes is tobacco use. One will find this causation on every mainstream medical page on the Internet. However, when one analyses data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), one realises that there is little data to support this premise.
Whilst many cancer institutions would have us all believe that smoking is responsible for up to 90% of lung cancer deaths, this figure is quite simply a vastly exaggerated lie. Statistics produced by the WHO and CDC confirm that only 8 out of every 100 lifetime smokers have a chance of contracting and dying from lung cancer. Additionally, despite what many cancer research sites state, there have never been any studies carried out that conclusively prove a correlation between second hand smoke (passive smoking) and increased risk of developing cancer.
I am not in any way defending the tobacco industry with these statements, and would never advocate smoking to anyone as smoking is proven to have a detrimental effect on ones health. Whilst it is indisputable that smokers have an increased chance of getting cancer compared to non-smokers, according to official figures only 1 in 5 cancer related deaths are a result of smoking. Therefore, quitting smoking will slightly reduce ones chance of contracting and dying from cancer.
But if smoking is only attributable to 20% of cancer deaths, what could be causing the other 80%?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common risk factors for cancer include:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Overweight and obesity
- Dietary factors, including insufficient fruit and vegetable intake
- Physical inactivity
- Chronic infections from helicobacter pylori, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and some types of human papilloma virus (HPV)
- Environmental and occupational risks including ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
A few of the cancer sites also mentioned a slight risk from carcinogens in the environment and workplace, but usually dismissed them as insignificant.
But what if these environmental carcinogens were not insignificant but actually a major cause for concern.
According to Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois;
“the chemical industry quite clearly uses tobacco as a smokescreen to divert attention from the role of carcinogenic chemicals in inducing lung cancer and other cancers.”
Literature linking cancer to exposure to carcinogenic chemicals is voluminous. According to WHO, solvents used in paints are known carcinogens, painters having a 40 percent higher chance of contracting stomach, bladder, larynx and other cancers, while their children are at increased risk of contracting leukaemia and brain tumours.
Additives in food such as benzene-related dyes to make orange juice orange, or peas green, are known to cause Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph glands. People working in agriculture or the food processing industry are twice as likely to suffer from cancer of the bone marrow than the general population.
A study from the University of North Carolina found that children who played in gardens sprayed with pesticides were about four times more likely to contract certain types of cancer than children whose gardens had not been sprayed.
A large number of modern (synthetic) pesticides are now regarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other such organisations as proven or suspected carcinogens.
But there is one chemical being used in huge quantities the world over. A chemical that has the potential to eradicate the human race….
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. Billions of gallons have been sprayed on multiple crops worldwide for over 40 years. It has recently been discovered in scientific studies that glyphosate is highly carcinogenic.
Furthermore, secret documents and unpublished industry studies recently uncovered by a researcher and scientist clearly show Monsanto knew in 1981 that glyphosate causes tumorigenic growth and carcinomas in multiple organs and tissues. According to Dr. Samsel, a research scientist who is passionate about farming, gardening, and agriculture, who carried out the investigation into glyphosate;
“They knew over 30 years ago that glyphosate caused adenomas and carcinomas in the rats that they’d studied”.