August 1st, 2003The War on Cancer: How We Lost It, How to Win (Part 1)
(NOTE: This article is from the old School of Natural Healing newsletter)
by Nathan Jaynes, MH
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced the War on Cancer. In his speech, President Nixon declared that within a decade, a cure for cancer would be found, and the war would be won. Now, more than three decades later, not only have we not won this war, but more people are slaughtered by cancer than ever before. A recent study found that every day over one thousand Americans die of cancer. It would seem like a thousand casualties a day would be an intolerable loss in any war. So, what are we doing wrong? Let’s explore a few reasons why we are losing battle after battle in the War on Cancer:
1. A Breakdown in Intelligence:
Knowledge of the enemy is essential on the battle field. The National Cancer Institute states on their website that “We don’t know all the causes of cancer, but we do know some of the risk factors.” After thirty years and trillions of dollars researching cancer, that’s the best they could come up with? Cancer research is a billion dollar a day business. Not much of that money is spent on cancer prevention. Linus Pauling, PhD and two-time Nobel Prize winner had this to say about the war on cancer “Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.”
2. Poor Equipment:
The current weapons used to fight cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Each of these weapons is flawed in one way or another. The top ten chemotherapy drugs all have cancer listed as one of their side effects. In fact, depending on how you interpret the statistics, more cancer patients die from chemotherapy than from the cancers it is used to treat. Radiation also causes cancer, and surgical removal of many cancers have dubius success rates.
3. Poor Strategy:
In battle, when generals fail to learn from their mistakes, they are doomed to repeat them. Since we are losing the war on cancer, it makes sense to reassess our current strategies and try something new. How about using diet to prevent cancer? There are also herbs that have been used for centuries to treat cancer that have gone virtually unstudied by modern science. One of these all-natural remedies is the Apricot kernel. This almond like seed has been used to shrink tumor size and cure cancer in thousands of cases. Native Americans have also used Chaparral which grows in Utah deserts to cure cancer for as long as anyone can remember.
I think that with a strategic retreat and a different approach, the war on cancer can finally be won in our lifetimes. Without this change, the war is bound to cost trillions of dollars and millions of more lives will be lost.