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
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)
Available through Bookworld 800-444-2524
- "Each year over 1.3 million more
Americans are newly diagnosed with
- "Over 2.5 million Americans are currently being treated for
- "For the past four decades, both the incidence and
age-adjusted death rate from cancer in America has been steadily
- "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
- "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
- "American health care is nearing a financial
- "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
- "Just to put that into perspective,
10% of the cost of that new car you
bought was for health insurance for factory
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "[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
- "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."
"Nature, to be
commanded, must be obeyed." Francis
- "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."
TABLE OF CONTENTS, OVERVIEW
Section I: The problem - we have lost the war on cancer (real
causes; about treatments)
Section II: The solution - Cancer treatment must include
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
- 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
- An ability to use toxic materials from industrial processes,
turning what might otherwise be a costly waste product into a
- 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
- 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)
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