Our Sick Society and the Road Back to Health




Arithmetic is such a nice “clean” science. Everyone agrees that 2 + 2 = 4. No one argues that it equals 5, or 3. When you buy something at the store and use a $5 bill to pay for an item that costs $4, your change is always $1. Aerospace engineers and workers produce workable airplanes from the same plan every time. This is the mark of a known science. The exact same action produces the exact same result every time. With that in mind, let us look at cancer research.

Since 1971, when President Richard Nixon declared War on Cancer, the total amount spent on cancer research and treatment is estimated to have passed the two trillion dollar mark (Wall Street Journal, 16 Oct 2002)!

Yet global cancer rates are expected to increase 50 percent by the year 2020, according to a 351-page study from a branch of the World Health Organization. (http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/index.php)

In industrialized countries, more than one person in four currently dies from the disease, a rate more than twice as high as developing countries (countries without the benefit of our expensive laboratories). By the way, the same study reports the industrialized countries with the highest overall cancer rates are the US, Italy, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada and France.

Clearly cancer isn’t as simple as 2 = 2 = 4 or is it? A member of the Danish Institute of Health, Mikkel Hendhede, made a dramatic proposal to the Danish government during World War I. He said feeding grain to farm animals and then eating meat was wasteful. Using that system, one person can be fed. However, the same amount of grain could feed people. So, he proposed Denmark should sell most of its farm animals to Germany and turn vegetarian for the duration of World War I.

Almost the entire Danish medical establishment protested saying the proteins in grain were incomplete and there would be thousands of deaths from lack of protein malnutrition.


“The man, whose first question after he determines the right course of action, is ‘What will people say?’ is not the man to do anything at all.”

Sir William Arbuthnot-Lane


Hendhede told of large vegetarian populations in Africa and India who seemed to do well on a meat-free diet and the Danish government acted on his advice. The Danish medical establishment were utterly in opposition to this and they spent much time and effort on the collection of statistics on deaths with special attention to death from lack of protein.

This should sound familiar to vegetarians who are frequently asked, “But what do you do for protein?” It should also be familiar to Master Cleansers who watch comments on TV from nutritionists, who have never done the Master Cleanse, saying there is not enough protein for it to be “safe.”

Surprisingly, or not, there were no deaths from lack of protein. In fact, by early 1918, the total death rate in Denmark had decreased by 17%, the major part due to fewer cancer deaths!

Once you start to look for yourself, the data is not hard to find. Albert Schweitzer reported that the natives in Gabon, Africa in 1913, were cancer free vegetarians.

In 1923, the British Medical Journal published three letters from English doctors in various parts of Africa reporting the same freedom from cancer.

In 1974, the Hopi Indians of Arizona, living on their traditional vegan diet, were reported to have only one case of cancer per 1,000 people. The white population in Arizona at this time had one case of cancer in every four people.

Near the Hopi are Pueblo Indians. The Federal Department of Indian Affairs decided to improve the diet of the Pueblo Indians by giving them food stamps providing a high meat diet similar to the rest of the population of the US. Not surprisingly, it was not long before cancer went from one in 1,000 to one in four, the same as the general US population. (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_255/ai_n6212937)

Norman Walker has said the same thing for decades. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. has recently documented the same findings in The China Study.

Step one for our sick society is for each one of us to realize we are responsible for our own health. We can and should get advice from health care practitioners, but we are the ones who have to understand it and LOOK to see if the information works scientifically time after time. When a doctor says there is no cure, he is only saying “I don’t know of any other cure.”

Step two is to decide that good health can be yours and not to quit looking until you find a workable method for you.

This world is a very large place. It is large enough for “pockets” of true knowledge to exist unknown by the general populace. There is a great deal of valuable, workable knowledge out there. You have to decide it is your job to find it and that you will not stop looking until you do.

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