“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, co-worker, doctor, or patient.” –Jennifer Aniston
What is cancer? I really do not know! Is it a disease? I don’t know! Albert Szent Gyorgii, a Nobel Laureate biologist, says that he does not know what cancer is as he knows that a cancer cell works like a normal cell. He also feels that no one can kill cancer cells without killing normal cells at the same time. Cancer might be an effort by the body cells to survive a hostile environment by mutating. How can you then kill those normal body cells? Linus Pauling, a double Nobel Laureate, feels with strong reasons, that cancer research and cancer charities are both fraud! Nobel Laureate President of the American Cancer Association, Harold Varmus, comes almost to the same conclusion but stops calling it fraud. He has set up a special committee to go into the reasons why well over 85% of cancer research published cannot be replicated? Almost 50% of the diagnosed cancers are not true cancers! They are only incidentalomas, thanks to the scanning industry which tries hard to medicalize normal human life!
Preventable risk factors like smoking and alcohol are closely associated with 11 of the 15 cancers in the US, finds a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost to cancer is a new measure. This measure combines mortality, incidence, survival, and quality of life into a single summary indicator. DALYs lost to cancer were mostly related to premature death due to the disease (91 per cent), and only 9 per cent related to impaired quality of life because of cancer or its treatment, or other disease-related issues. Have we made an effort to really ban tobacco and alcohol in society? Certainly not, as it would make 11 out of 15 cancers to vanish from the planet, a big blow to the cancer drug industry which runs into trillions of dollars. Banning them might adversely affect the world economy. Your daily bread loaf might cost double the present price if cancer disappears from this world! In short, the cancer industry has an interest to keep cancer going as it is, if not in bigger numbers to keep the world economy thriving.
I have an appeal to all aspiring medical students and the aspirants for cancereology postgraduate studies to read the following books that might appeal to their conscience if they have one. The present aspirants for cancerology are those that are dying to make big money fast as doctors! The first book is Nature of cancer by Manu Kothari and his associate Lopa Mehta. Second one is Introduction to sub-molecular biology by Albert Szent Gyorgii. What takes the cake of all books is the latest one by a cancer victim, Paul Kalanidhi, an ethnic Indian, a brilliant writer with MA in English Literature from Yale, MD from Stanford and training in some of the top US hospitals and became a brilliant neurosurgeon at Stanford to be struck down by a horrible brain cancer. Kalanidhi’s all- time classic ‘When breath becomes air’ is a master piece of literary genius, in addition. My good friend, almost as close to me as my own son, Dr. Narasimha Bhat, a PhD from Berkeley himself and a personification of all that is humanly good, recommended this book to me and has ordered a copy for me. I couldn’t wait for a few days for the book to arrive. So I could fast read it in Google eBook section but the review section took my breath away.
New York Times writes: “A great, indelible book … as intimate and illuminating as Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal,” to cite only one recent example of a doctor’s book that has had exceptionally wide appeal … I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option … gripping from the start … None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. As he wrote to a friend: “It’s just tragic enough and just imaginable enough.” And just important enough to be unmissable. Kalanidhi’s sordid drama of his individual struggle through this hostile cancer treatment and the inhuman cancer specialists’ attitude towards a fellow human being in misery in the western pseudo-science should be an eye-opener for the most money minded corporate hospital honchos!
It is a must read for any aspiring doctor and a cancer specialist. The subtle sarcasm and indictment of the inhuman medical world of today, brought out in such lucid mastery of the English language is for the Gods to enjoy. “A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living,” wrote Nigella Lawson. “Rattling. Heartbreaking. Beautiful.” (Atul Gawande, author of BEING MORTAL).
We keep reading occasionally some bites on cancer vaccines. None of the recent hi-tech vaccines have eradicated any disease; rather they have added more iatrogenic diseases like autism. Vaccines are another industry. No vaccine industry can kill the biggest industry in medicine, which is cancer. If cancer vanishes from this world, the world economy will collapse. So far only small pox was eradicated by low-tech ancient Ayurvedic vaccination method taken to the west after 20 years of prospective controlled studies here in The Bengall, in 1767 by an English physician- scientist, T. Z. Holwell MD, FRCP, FRS. That was authenticated by the King to be made universal vaccination method. Holwell’s original paper could be read even to this day at the library of the Royal College of Physicians of London of which he was a Fellow. The west projecting Edward Jenner as the father of vaccination has been a myth like many others in western medicine. Jenner used cow pox virus which we know to be distinctly different from the small pox virus. I can only sum this up in a beautiful Kannada couplet by the famous writer D. V. Gundappa:
“Athivaidyadim hosarujina edeyaadeetu’
Mithiyim Naveekarana, Mankuthimma.”
(Too much medicine gives rise to new disease; limited medicines might do well.)
Was he not talking of iatrogenesis and adverse drug reactions-the two leading killers in the world today, way back in 1943?
“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano
Professor BM Hegde,