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What Is Cancer, Anyway?

Bill Henderson 12-17

What Is Cancer, Anyway?Cancer is not some foreign invader which has to be cut, burned or poisoned in hopes that it will die before the patient dies. No, cancer is simply a temporoary malfunction in your normal cell division process.

Each of has about 75 trillion cells in our body. Virtually all of them replace themselves many times during our lifetimes. How many cells? Well, it's 75,000,000,000,000. That's a lot. They have various life cycles, but in about 7 years, they have all been regenerated. Amazing? I'll say!

So, on an average day, about 300 billion cells in your body replace themselves by dividing in two. One of the cells resulting from that division dies off.


Our cells all breathe in oxygen and breathe out energy. This process is critically dependent on the health of our cell membranes. A great book on this subject is "Biology of Belief" by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.

In the 1920's, Dr. Otto Warburg, a German M.D. established the nature of the cancer cell. He found that it was a cell whose oxygen intake had been reduced by more than 35%. To survive, these cells turn into fermenting cells. That is the nature of the cancer cell. It ferments glucose, abhors oxygen and divides out of control.

These cancer cells exist in our bodies every day. Our immune system destroys them. That's part of its normal function. When, because of lifestyle choices (think food), emotional traumas or excess toxins (from root canal-filled teeth, for example) the number of these fermenting cancer cells grows beyond the capability of our immune system to handle them, we "get" cancer.

Good, efficient cellular communication (among our cells, not by cell phones) means we don't get sick. Unfortunately, our habits gradually break down this vital communication. For example, the excess sugar (sodas and virtually all processed food) we consume results in too much insulin being produced by our pancreas. This builds fat cells and damages the cell membranes of all healthy cells. The same is true of our eating too much red meat and other animal protein. Our diets contain very little of the essential fatty acid called "Omega 3." Just another cause of weak cell membranes and cancer. Our diets lack sufficient iodine, magnesium, Vitamin D, selenium and other essential health food.

Actually, all of us "have" cancer every day. It is controlled and gives us no symptoms. When symptoms (a tumor, for example) show up, it means that our metabolism (cell division and cell death) has temporarily broken down. A tumor with a billion cells is about the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil. By the time a tumor is diagnosed, it has usually been growing for from 5 to 12 years. Far from a death sentence or something requiring instant, emergency, radical treatment, this "getting" cancer is a wake-up call.

The key to understanding and controlling cancer is that it is a "systemic" problem. Our entire system has broken down. Killing the cancer cells (with chemotherapy and radiation, for example) is not going to restore our system to its normal balance.

All cancers have four characteristics: a weak immune system; low oxygen uptake by the cells; excess acidity; and excess toxins. All conventional cancer treatments make all four of these conditions worse.

Once one understands this, our current conventional cancer treatment system makes no sense.


An "oncologist" is supposed to be a cancer doctor. But their training and practice does not include studying and understanding the cancer cell and its relationship to the rest of the body's cellular mechanics and communication. Cellular biology is a very complex and fascinating body of knowledge which is growing rapidly.

If the oncologists understood the above, they would be looking for a way to reverse that cell physiology gently and in a non-toxic way (assuming they were honest and open-minded). That is how cancer is brought back under control -- gently and permanently.

One M.D. who has "broken the mold" and treats cancer in a gentle and understanding way says that the docs calling themselves "oncologists" are actually "chemotherapists," not oncologists.

Radiologists attempt to deal with cancer using radiation. This always has harmful effects on our body's ability to control our health -- our immune system. It, like chemotherapy, actually causes other cancers.


All of us have heard of people who have been "cured" of their cancer using chemotherapy. Remember Lance Armstrong? The chemotherapy poster boy? It so happened that Lance had one of the few rare cancers (testicular cancer) which can be effectively controlled using chemotherapy.

In October, 1971, Dr. Gordon Zubrod, a leading researcher at the National Cancer Institute, presented a list of the cancer malignancies which were "highly responsive" to chemotherapy. All of these are rare in adults. But, most important, the list has not changed since 1971. Here it is:

Burkitt's lymphoma; Choriocarcinoma; Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia; Hodgkin's Disease; Lymphosarcoma; Embryonal Testicular Cancer; Wilms' Tumor; Ewing's Sarcoma; Rhabdomyosarcoma; Retinoblastoma.

That's it. In the 40 years since that list was published, there is no solid evidence that chemotherapy for the other, more common, cancers results in significant increased survival.

One of my daughters was cured of Wilms' Tumor, a rare kidney tumor, when she was three using chemotherapy. But for all the other common forms of cancer (breast, colon, prostate, lung, ovarian, etc.) chemo may show a temporary shrinking of the tumor, what the cancer docs call a "response." Most of the time, the chemotherapy treatment eventually kills the patient. It killed my late wife.


Chemotherapy targets dividing cells. The multitude of tests of new chemotherapy drugs test toxic (actually carcinogenic, or cancer-causing) substances against particular kinds of cancer cells in live patients. Usually this is done with half the cancer patients in the test taking an older chemotherapy drug. When there is even slightly more "response" with the new drug, and over 50% of the test group on the new drug survives, a new cancer drug is approved.

Unfortunately, no cancer drug has "eyes" for only cancer cells. These drugs kill any dividing cell. Where are some of your fastest dividing cells? In your hair and your gut. That's why chemotherapy causes you to lose your hair and get nauseous. But these drugs also cause long-term damage to your organs -- kidneys, liver, heart, etc.

Doesn't it seem like there should be a better way? There is.



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