Cancer and More: The Real Health Costs of Toxics

Cancer. The word strikes fear in many of our hearts.

Are we really powerless to this disease?

Or could it frequently be caused or promoted by the billions of pounds of cancer-causing substances we put into our shared environment every year? (On top of the substantial evidence - what a totally logical conclusion!)

And, if we fully recognize this key cause, doesn't that empower us to take action that stops the harm we're doing to ourselves?

What sensible species would regularly poison itself - and then wonder why it keeps getting sick???

The information below discuss the true costs of cancer. It is excerpted from the book

"Beating Cancer With Nutrition" by Patrick Quillin PhD, RD, CNS, with Noreen Quillin
(c) 1998. Nutrition Times Press Inc, Tulsa Okla (918) 495-1137.
Available through Bookworld 800-444-2524

  • "Each year over 1.3 million more Americans are newly diagnosed with cancers."
  • "Over 2.5 million Americans are currently being treated for cancer."
  • "For the past four decades, both the incidence and age-adjusted death rate from cancer in America has been steadily climbing. "
  • "Annually in America, there are more than 50 million cancer-related visits to the doctor; one million cancer operations and 750,000 radiation treatments. "
  • "As of 1998, experts estimate that 45% of males and 39% of females living in America will develop cancer in their lifetime.
  • "Breast cancer has increased from one out of 20 women in the year 1950 to one out of 8 women in 1995."
  • "With some cancers, notably liver, lung, pancreas, bone, and advanced breast cancer, our five year survival rate from traditional therapy alone is virtually the same as it was 30 years ago.
  • "In 1992, there were 547,000 deaths in America from cancer, which is 1500 people per day, which is the equivalent of 5 loaded 747 airplaces killing all occupants on board."
  • "Half of all cancer patients in general are alive after five years."


  • "American health care is nearing a financial 'meltdown.' "
  • "We spent $1.2 trillion in 1997 on disease maintenance, which is 14% of our gross national product - twice the expense per capita of any other health care system on earth. Notice that I said 'disease maintenance,' because we certainly do not support health care in America."
  • "Just to put that into perspective, 10% of the cost of that new car you bought was for health insurance for factory workers.
  • "Richard Lamm, visiting professor at Dartmouth College, has estimated that inefficient and unneccessary health care expenditures add $100 billion annually to the cost of American goods and services, which jeopardizes our ability to compete in the emerging global economy."


  • "The most expensive disease in America is cancer, which cost Americans $100 billion in 1992, which is greater than 11% of the total spent on all diseases. "
  • "These opulent expenses would be easier to swallow if we were obtaining impressive results. But many experts argue that we have made limited progress in the costly and lengthy 'war on cancer.' "
  • "After spending $39 billion in research in the 28 year 'war on cancer' at the National Cancer Institute and over $1 trillion in therapy at hospitals around the country, we now have a 13% increase in incidence and 7% increase in the death rate from cancer. Five year survival is virtually unchanged at around 50%."
  • "[With] 7 million casualties, and no relief in sight from traditional therapies - it is blindingly obvious that we must re-examine some options in cancer prevention and treatment. ... We need to rethink the cancer battle plan."


  • "What causes cancer?"
  • "[Causes include] Toxic overload. "
  • "Of the 5 million registered chemicals in the world, mankind comes in contact with 70,000, of which at least 20,000 are known carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents. "
  • "Each year, America alone sprays 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides on our food crops, dumps 90 billion pounds of toxic waste in our 55,000 toxic waste sites, feeds 9 million pounds of antibiotics to our farm animals to help them gain weight faster, and generally bombards the landscape with questionable amounts of electromagnetic radiation."
"Wallowing in our own high tech waste products is a major cause of cancer in modern society."
"Noted authority, Samual Epstein, MD, of the University of Illinois, says that a major thrust of cancer prevention must be detoxifying the earth. Toxins not only cause DNA breakage, which can trigger cancer, but also subdue the immune system, which then allows cancer to become the 'fox in the chicken coop,' with no controlling force."
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." Francis Bacon



Section I: The problem - we have lost the war on cancer (real causes; about treatments)

Section II: The solution - Cancer treatment must include nutrition

Section III: Action plan

Appendix - Resources doctors, books, products



For additional information on the cancer industry and how it has been influenced towards expensive toxic (but patentable) therapies and against natural (but unpatentable) therapies, we highly recommend this classic book:

The Cancer Industry, by Ralph W. Moss, PhD
Equinox Press, Booklyn NY

It includes detailed information about people, corporations, and cancer organizations since the late 1800s, as well as detailed information on alternative therapies, their efficacy, and their unwarranted harrassment by authorities.

Note that there are significant parallels and connections between toxic agriculture and medicine, such as:

  • A reliance on a warlike model, that identifies enemies (insects or cancer cells) that one bombards with high amounts of toxic materials, often with drastic side effects to the host organism (natural ecosystems or the body).
  • A successful strategy of influencing, and integrating leaders into, positions of political, economic, and scientific power, allowing them to have their toxic approaches treated as the "standard one."
  • An ability to use toxic materials from industrial processes, turning what might otherwise be a costly waste product into a marketable commodity.
  • A resistance, even dismissal, of nontoxic natural approaches that work with, not against, nature's processes - while doing little or no unbiased examination of these alternatives approaches.
  • Many of the corporations and people selling and profitting from the sale of toxics, such as toxic pesticides, are also selling and profitting from the sale of expensive pharmaceuticals and other treatments for disease.

Moss' book explores in excellent and persuasive detail the history of these connections as they lead us to where we are today.

For us to make wise choices in the future, for our individual and collective health, we need to see the truth of where we are - including the toxics we're being involuntarily exposed to every day - and the powerful interests that can unduly influence the information and options that we have available, or the power we have in choosing our (healthy) future.

Information courtesy of:

"Information Empowering Action for a Healthier World"


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