“Now, how is he going to cover this incredibly broad topic in a few paragraphs?” the reader might be asking. Very simply, actually. Believe it or not, it can almost be summed up in a single word. The “cure” for cancer can be summed up in an equally “simple” statement. “Whoa, I gotta hear this!” the skeptics are saying.
Here is a news flash for you. The cause of the vast majority of…if not all…cancers is…………….the virus! Yes, there have been medical researchers that have suspected this for years and years but as most medical discoveries go, you don’t hear about them until they are proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. This practice has both good and bad qualities, the way I see it. Certainly, the world has enough to fear in it without having unproven medical enemies presented to us. BUT, the other side of the coin is that there have been many viral cancers that we have known about for years and years that the public has never been told about. I discuss this openly with people in the medical profession (nurses, technicians, etc.) who have never been told that viruses ever cause cancer. That extreme is just as bad to me.
Tell you what. Put “virus and cancer” in the search engine of your computer right now. Now, come back to this article in a few months when you run out of material to read. You will not only see how many types of cancer have known viral etiologies but you will undoubtedly find researchers that have boldly stated that ALL cancer is likely caused by viruses and that they have been saying this for over 20 years.
“But what about all of the carcinogens we keep hearing about?”. Yes, there are many well-known “carcinogens”, but many can now be labeled as contributory factors rather than the actual causative agent. With the virus being the primary cause of cancer, I now put these “carcinogens” into three categories: 1) Those agents that damage the immune system and allow the virus to gain its foothold in our tissue and DNA; 2) Those agents that damage the tissue itself and allow the virus into that area; and 3) Those agents that damage our DNA (and RNA) itself, allowing the virus to incorporate ITS DNA or RNA into that of the host tissue and thus cause the tissue to begin growing out of control. (This is the virus’s MO…they inject their genetic material into ours.)
Of course, in a nutshell, this is what cancer is all about….our tissue starts growing out of control. Why and how does it do that? Something…and now we have a good idea what… fouls up the cell’s normal growth regulation and that cell starts dividing wildly, independent of the normal checks and balances that keep this from happening at any given moment. What normally prevents this? There are both intracellular (inside the cell) and extracellular (outside the cell) mechanisms that normally prevent cells from growing out of control. You and I are fighting cancer as we “speak”. The immune system is vitally involved in this process, as most anyone knows. Similarly, most people know that a weakened immune system leads to alls sorts of medical problems and that, as we age, it is “normal” for our immunity to wane and for bad things to start happening. But is it that cut and dried? Do all older people get cancer? Is it restricted to the elderly? The answer is “no” to all three.
Here is the sad truth. As I have written before, we become walking “virus hotels” over our lifetime, starting at a very early age…even prenatally. How does this occur? We acquire viruses either naturally through infection or through vaccination with modified live virus vaccines or even “vertically” from our mothers. I discuss the middle mode on my section about vaccines so I will let that one lay. The first one is self-evident and has also been covered elsewhere but I want to re-emphasize one point about “natural” infections. STOP TAKING FEVER REDUCERS FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS! Got it? We are literally inviting viruses to come and stay by killing our body’s first line of defense known as the fever. My favorite analogy is that of the war in Afghanistan. What if we sent ground troops there without first launching the extensive bombing campaign? We would have seen very different results, wouldn’t we? We may have flat out failed. At best, we would still be dug in there fighting all of those guys hidden in caves. Artificially stopping the normal fever that your body produces to kill a virus is like calling off that bombing campaign. It is a phenomenally harmful and downright ludicrous thing to do. Once you understand the role of viruses in cancer (and immune-mediated diseases), you will easily see the folly in this approach.
“But what about that last mode of viral infection…the “vertical” transmission from our mothers? That one is news to me?” It may be news to you but not to the medical professions. We have some “interesting” example of this, such as the AIDS virus (HIV). I recently had a totally indoor cat that developed an obscure illness consistent with FIV (feline AIDS). It turned out to be FIV positive and the owner said that this was “impossible” as it had never gone outside over the two years of its life. Unfortunately, the answer was easily found in the mother of this patient (which the owner also had). When tested, the mother…and the other two kittens… all tested FIV positive. It was a tragic but illuminating case. YES, some viruses can be (and are) transmitted from mother to offspring. “Well, duh!” is what I say. Why wouldn’t a virus that had infected a mother get into the body of a fetus in her womb? That’s why we don’t vaccinate pregnant animals with modified live virus vaccines…we have seen the negative results.
Could this vertical transmission of viruses explain why some cancers run so strongly in families? Could this be why certain breeds of dogs suffer so badly from specific cancers and immune-mediated diseases? Are “genetics” the real culprit?? Do genes kill people and pets ??? Do you see why I was much less enthused over the mapping of the human genome than most people in the scientific community? In most cases, that is the wrong rock to be looking under for medical answers, I’m afraid.
The bottom line here? Viruses are the true enemy, folks. We heard a few months ago about the viruses that cause cervical cancer. We heard a while back that viruses also caused leukemias and lymphomas in people, didn’t we? I’ll tell you. Veterinarians like myself have been wondering for years when we were going to be told this as we have known for years that viruses caused leukemia and lymphoma in birds, mice, cattle, and cats. Why would it be different in people?
The bad news is which viruses that have identified as causative agents in these cancers of the lymph system. One is our “old friend” Epstein-Barr. Oh, oh…that is VERY bad news. Why? Because he is one of the most ubiquitous (omnipresent, common) viruses around. According to medical literature, a staggering 50% of our children have the EB virus in their body by age FIVE. Wow! That is (or should be) a bit frightening, especially in light of the new evidence that this critter causes cancer.
Ahhh…things are starting to make sense, aren’t they? When they show those leukemia wards in hospitals, how old are the usual victims? Yes, many are children age five and older, aren’t they? Where did they get that virus again? Was it from a natural infection? Would 50% of five year olds get “the kissing virus” of mononucleosis (the EB virus) from a natural infection or is it possible that they got it directly from mom by the vertical transmission route? Hmmm….
The fact is that leukemia and lymphoma occur just as one would expect when viewed from the viral perspective. The first occurrence is around age 5-6 (which we now understand, right?). Then, the next spike is at age 15, when the teenagers hormones (and acne) are raging. Then, it shows up again at age 40…”the wall” as I call it. We’re not termed “over-the-hill” after this age for no reason at all, I’m afraid. And finally, the incidence of these conditions rises steadily after age 60, as we age and our immune systems wane “naturally” as most would expect. But why does one individual succumb to the virus at age 5 while others get cancer at age 78…or never? Great question. It leads us to that “simple” answer of how to “cure” cancer. (“I’ve been waiting for this.”)
The cure for cancer…here it is….ready???… is “simply” to get your immune system healthy enough to kill the virus, isn’t it? Now, I said it was simple…not easy. With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I tell people in the exam room that all you have to do to cure ANY disease is do everything right and do it for a long enough time. But, I am trying to make a number of points here. We have to use the resources available (and our brains ) to identify as many things as possible that we must address to correct a problem and deal with them. (That is what this site is all about.) Then, we must be faithful to hold to those changes for as long as it takes.
The “bad news” is that the changes are usually permanent, as one should expect. The other bad news is that some of the things that are affecting the health of your immune system are (seemingly) out of your control. The main culprit here is air pollution. This is too broad of a topic to cover in this Appetizer (that has already turned into a full course meal) but let it be sufficient to say that air pollution is a HUGE issue in the demise of our natural immunity. My city is in the top 100 percentile in the nation for air pollution related cancer. Do I move? Ideally, I should.
The good news? Once again, YOU have your health destiny more in the palm of your hands than you ever thought imaginable, certainly more than you have been told. This site should be screaming at you how we are doing ourselves in with certain foods. Between the gluten grains, cow milk products, soy (errrh), hydrogenated oils, chemicals/preservatives, artificial sweeteners, microwave cooking, lack of balanced meals and more, we are literally handcuffing, torturing, and ultimately killing our immune systems. We MUST …and can (hey, I’m an optimist)…stop doing this. If we control what is going into that hole below our nose, then it is less important (albeit still important) what is going into the two holes in our nose. In other words, if you are healthy in general, you can better handle the air pollution.
BUT, if we take our immunity for granted and continue on our present course, it is likely that we will be overrun by our enemies. Now you know who the real enemy is, don’t you?
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