English Researchers Find Virtually No Cancer Traces in Ancient Humans

Professors Michael Zimmerman and Rosalie David in England have an intriguing suggestion in their recent study of mummies: cancer may be a largely man-made disease. The study found no evidence of the disease in ancient corpses — leading to the theory that cancer may be the result of diet, pollution, and other man-made causes such as early use of snuff.


The researchers examined tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies and found only one case with cancer traces. Likewise, an earlier study of thousands of Neanderthal bones produced only one sample with possible cancer traces.

Some of the first published accounts of cancerous growths have been linked directly to such man-made causes as the use of snuff.

Such accounts largely occurred in the last 200 years with early accounts of nasal cancer (from snuff) and scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps — both in the eighteenth century.

Source: Daily Mail

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  1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/25/AR2010102502546.html

    Drugmakers top list of DOJ fraud settlements

    By MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Associated Press
    Monday, October 25, 2010; 1:07 PM

    GAP Summary: According to the advocacy group Taxpayers Against Fraud, the drug industry is the foremost source of Department of Justice settlements pertaining to fraud. Pharmaceutical companies comprised eight of the top ten fraud-related cases in this past year alone, paying the government a collective $3.1 billion under the False Claims Act.

    Most of the cases relate to ‘off-label marketing’ — advertising medications for uses not approved by the FDA. Even with an increase in prosecutions and payouts, some public health advocates say harsher penalties are needed to curb illegal marketing. (end GAP Summary)

    -Government Accountability Project (GAP Daily Whistleblower News

  2. PatrickParamedic said:

    My traditional medical education is a matter of public record.

    Yup – I am still waiting for you to disclose it here – are you, indeed, not a doctor, despite citing your graduation from a medical school education??

    My distrust, as you mention, is based upon the fact that “Pharma’s” key players have each been slapped with BILLION dollar fines, for lying, fudging data and in some cases turning out drugs worse than the disease. Go ahead & look it up. But I’m guessing if they ran a restaurant down the street, you likely wouldn’t eat there.

    And all completely irrelevant to your hyperbolic claims about vaccines.

    The largest fines in world history have been levied against these drug cartels you trust so much. Oh, and by the way – they pretty much police themselves, until something goes very wrong. There is no way in the world our FDA can keep up with their shenanigans.

    Right – the FDA can’t police these “cartels”, whilst at the same time the largest fines in history have been levied against them. And, all, of course, a tilt at irrelevant windmills.

    My distrust of reflex, pill-pushing physicians – and there are thousands of them – is based on the very high percentage of those considered “Questionable” or “Dangerous” by the National Practitioner Data Bank (237,000 at last count) who have been convicted for being white-collar drug dealers.

    No need to take my word for it. You can all do yourselves a favor by going to Google and typing in “Drug Dealing Doctor Convicted.” The last time I looked, they had 17 pages of convictions.

    And again, completely irrelevant, except as an insight into your pathological psychology.

    GingerBaker: “. . .recommends useless & dangerous chelation “therapy.”

    1. I honestly believe you have a problem reading. I didn’t recommend anything. I simply told these posters one, single research experience, because frankly, it’s pretty interesting. That’s why I included the name of the clinic & the physician. And if it weren’t for privacy laws, I’d give the names of a few thousand patients, who, for the most part, are still alive today, absent any cardiac surgery at all. How could that be?

    2. “Not a lick of credible evidence” re: wellness therapy? Really? Are you totally unaware that the National Center for Compl. & Alternative Medicine, is a formal division of the National Institute of Health?

    And a national laughing stock it is! Are you not aware, that over the past decade+, the NIH ITSELF has spent over 1.5 billion dollars testing those “Complementary and Alternative” treatments and found all of them clinically useless, with the exception of chiropractic for lower back pain?

    I’ve had the terrific experience of working with doctor Lorraine Day – http://www.drday.com/. She used to think just like you do.

    Maybe you think she’s hysterical too.

    I certainly DO! But it’s not just me, this is from QUACKWATCH.COM:

    Lorraine Jeanette Day, M.D., would like you to believe that she has discovered the answer to cancer. She would also like you to believe that her experience as a patient has qualified her to give advice about cancer. She warns people not to trust the medical profession and claims that all drugs can cause cancer. Her Web site states that “the entire foundation of conventional medicine is based on ERROR.” [1] Her videotapes state that standard cancer treatment has never cured anyone and that nobody should undergo chemotherapy and radiation for any cancer [2]. She claims that (a) all cancers are essentially the same; (b) the basic cause is weakness of the immune system; and (c) her diet-centered program cures people by strengthening their immune system [2]. She states that, “All diseases are caused by a combination of three factors: malnutrition, dehydration, and stress.” [3] She tells people that, “Drugs never cure disease; they only change the form and location of the disease.” [4] She claims that “sugar is as addictive as cocaine” and paralyzes the immune system for four hours” after eating it [4]. She claims that “osteoporosis is not caused by lack of calcium” and that “the more milk you drink, the more osteoporotic you become.”

    I urge everyone reading this thread to take PatrickParamedic’s advice – read about his hero, Dr Lorraine Day at her own website, which PatrickParamedic provided and see for yourself the type of medical expertise PatrickP is espousing.

    I must say, PatrickParamedic, I want to thank you. Not for avoiding all of my questions, not for moving the goalposts constantly, not for puffing up your own paltry credentials -although all of these things you you did most generously. No, I want to thank you for finally – in your own words – laying out on the table what an untrustworthy and dangerous piece of work you really are, and why no one should listen to another word from you.

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