Yet another study has been published proving the link between chemotherapy and aggressive cancer promotion. Do we need any more evidence that the trillion-dollar cancer industry is completely toxic?
Published by the Beth Israel Deaconess Center, an article titled, “Double Edged Sword: Killing Cancer Cells Can Also Drive Tumor Growth” gives us the low-down on these toxic treatments.
The article summarizes a study conducted by researchers at the Center which found that radiation and chemotherapy treatments which seek to treat cancer by killing tumor cells are actually causing cancerous tumors to grow larger and more prolific.
A team that included researchers from BIDMC have shown that the dead and dying cancer cells generated by chemotherapy and targeted cancer therapy paradoxically trigger inflammation that promotes aggressive tumor growth.
The researchers suggest that chemo and radiation cause inflammation in the body, which contributes to cancerous tumors. The “unintended” consequence of these treatments is to cause cancer, not cure it.
“In this study we demonstrate that chemotherapy-generated debris from dead and dying tumor cells can stimulate tumor growth, which has pivotal implications for the treatment of cancer patients,” said senior author Dipak Panigrahy, MD, assistant professor of pathology in the Department of Pathology. “Conventional cancer therapy designed to kill tumor cells is inherently a double-edged sword.”
With this, and another study that we recently highlighted at Mind Unleashed, titled Neoadjuvant chemotherapy induces breast cancer metastasis through a TMEM-mediated mechanism, which proved that chemotherapy caused breast cancer cells to multiply, it is mind-boggling that we still spend upwards of $107 billion on cancer each year currently.
Despite years of research suggesting that chemo and radiation can cause cancers to metastasize, usually within just six months after treatment, this information has been suppressed.
Most ironically, metastatic cancer treatments may include biological therapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or a combination of these, despite the now glaring evidence that these “therapies” are carcinogenic and life-damaging.
The underlying cause of cancer, inflammation, has also been referenced in recent articles by Mind Unleashed. We talked about how this single cause is the root of most diseases – including cancer.
While a natural inflammatory process starts when chemicals are released by damaged tissues in the body – say from an injury or due to exposure to a foreign pathogen, over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage and lead to cancer.
For example, people with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease, have an increased risk of colon cancer, but guess what? People that undergo radiation and chemotherapy cause a cycle of chronic inflammation to begin in the body almost guaranteeing that they will cause their cancer to spread.
Need even more proof?
Here’s a scientific study titled, “Chemotherpay-enhanced inflammation may lead to the failure of the therapy, and metastasis.” That’s curious. Another scientific study suggesting chemo causes chronic inflammation which leads to . . . wait for it. . .cancer!
Then there’s another study from Emory University, titled, “Imprint of Chemotherapy Linked to Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors.”
How about some long-term side effects from traditional chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments? What’s listed? Inflammation.
The Canadian Cancer Society admits, too, that one side effect of chemotherapy is inflammation.
Not to beat a dead horse, but here’s another oncological study that says specifically, “Inflammation has been identified as a hallmark of cancer and may be necessary for tumorgenesis and maintenance of the cancer state.”
Many people are still convinced that cancer treatments like chemo and radiation are life-saving, but what is more likely happening is that the treatments temporarily prolong life and kill cancer cells, while eventually leading to a recurrence of the cancer.
Patients go into remission, thinking that everything is o.k., and then sure as the sun shines, the chronic inflammation caused by their treatments end up spreading the cancer stem cells to other places in the body, in some cases even causing the cancer to become systemic. This is why you will see the majority of cancers return in less than a year when chemo and radiation are the sole forms of treatment.
While chemotherapy and radiation may cause cancerous cells to shrink, these therapies are a gateway for aggressive cancerous tumors to grow. This makes cancer almost impossible to treat (even by natural methods) once it spreads to multiple other organs in the body.
The hard line truth? Chemotherapy can cause cancer to spread. Is that really a side effect we should continue paying for this “short term solution” when hundreds of other natural cancer treatments cause cancer to dissolve on its own?
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
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Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.