(Health Secrets) Peto’s Paradox and the true cause of cancer is the observation of Professor Richard from the University of Oxford. It says that the incidence of cancer at the species level does not appear to correlate with the number of cells in an organism. For example, incidence of cancer in whales is much lower than the incidence of cancer in humans despite the fact that a whale has thousands of times more cells than a human.
It is generally accepted that virtually all mammalian cells have a chance of becoming cancerous. If the probability of cancer were fairly constant, one would expect whales to have a much higher incidence of cancer than humans because they have more mammalian cells – but instead the opposite is true. Thus the paradox.
Scientists have put forth various explanations for why this paradox exists – including the speculation that the difference could be due to larger and more slowly dividing cell sizes. However, while there are size differences in some cells between species, the very large majority of the cells of most mammals are similar in size, and the cell division rate is pretty much the same for these similar sized cells. Other scientists have been plowing old familiar territory for mainstream cancer theory by looking at genetics, speculating about genetic changes which may have been part of the “evolution of cancer”.
The true cause of cancer
While scientists continue to search for genetic explanations, they once again are ignoring the true number one cause of cancer. The explanation for Peto’s Paradox is likely the same as the explanation of why the incidence of cancer has exploded from less than 1 in 50 little more than 100 years ago to 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women today (now there’s a paradox for you!). That explanation is toxins.
Despite their huge number of cells, whales don’t get more cancer because their environment is not nearly as toxic as ours is – at least not yet. Yes, mankind is doing its best (or worst) to foul up the oceans too, but the oceans are vast and whales do not encounter nearly the number of constant toxins man does with all of our spewed and spilled pollutants, industrial chemicals, food additives and radiation.
Why the Role of Toxins in Cancer is Largely Ignored
There is a very good reason why toxins are largely ignored as the cause of cancer – and that reason is MONEY. It is no accident that the companies whose products cause cancer and companies which profit from cancer occupy prominent roles in government and other agencies which deal with cancer.
The cancer industry itself has become very big business –totaling hundreds of billions of dollars each year when one includes drugs, doctors, hospitals, nurses, clinics, labs, mammography and other equipment, and hospices and all government and non-profit agencies involved with cancer. Similarly the chemical, food, cosmetic, industrial and other companies whose products contain or produce cancer causing toxins represent additional hundreds of billions of dollars.
Actually finding a cure would be a devastating blow to most of those who now profit from cancer or depend on cancer for their jobs, salaries and perks. Thus, it is not surprising that research into causes, cures and prevention is largely directed away from toxins. Neither is it surprising to see that treatments for cancer are largely aimed at extending life and turning cancer into a chronic condition which can be treated for longer periods and at greater profits. It is the same model mainstream medicine uses for most disease and illness today: treat the symptoms for as long as possible without ever eliminating the condition.
Other possible causes of cancer
Many causes have been put forth over the years for what causes cancer or what cancer is – including viruses, fungi, bacteria, mysterious novel microbes, stress or unresolved emotional conflicts, parasites, flukes and more. Such “theories” have sold lots of books and products but, while those items may all contribute to cancer, they have all been around ever since mankind first put footsteps down in the sands of time. Yet cancer has exploded only over the past several decades. Are we to believe that modern man existed for all the thousands of years and then suddenly there was a 50 to 100 times increase in any of those items? What has not been around until modern industrial society and the advent of big food is the huge number of toxins in our world today, and the increase in toxins tracks almost exactly with the increase in cancer.
There is no doubt that genetics sometimes plays a role in cancer – at least from the standpoint of making some people more susceptible to some forms of cancer than others. It is also true that our DNA can be altered by outside influences and that those changes can be passed on to future generations. But, has our DNA suddenly and radically changed after all the thousands of years? If our DNA has in fact changed, what could have caused it to change? In other words, what outside influences have been different in the past several decades than those which existed for thousands of years? Once again, the answer – the only logical answer – is toxins.
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