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(from introductory booklet)
Cancer is probably as old as life itself. It has been
found in fossils and in Egyptian mummies.
Every human body contains about ten billion cells,
controlled by what scientists call DNA (deoxrybonucleic
acid). DNA is the raw material of life; it provides the
computer programme for each cell. Sometimes, and no-one
knows exactly why, the DNA fails to stop a cell dividing
at the right time and it runs amok. About one hundred
thousand of these malignant cells are formed in us each
day and are usually destroyed by the natural body immune
system. But if the immune system is weakened in any
number of ways, cells invade the body tissue and prevent
its proper healing function.
This is what we know as "Cancer" and it can occur in
several hundred forms, so there is unlikely ever to be
one miracle cure or magic bullet.
It is probably true that most cancers can be avoided
by a change of lifestyle; that it is the conditions we
ourselves create which provide the soil on which it
grows. There is a huge element of chance whether it will
get out of hand in any one of us.
Human cancers in particular seem to thrive in a
climate where the need to compete, removal of taboos,
loss of religious belief, has become too much for us to
handle. Stresses such as divorce, guilt, fears,
bereavement, redundancy etc. probably DO NOT CAUSE but
they may help cancer develop. So too do poor, over-
processed foods and, of course, pollution. Cancer is
also one of the natural consequences of ageing and since
we tend to live longer, more of us may develop it later
Of course cancer can be ugly, degrading and painful.
Frequently it is none of these. So take heart.
The statistics may look bad; therefore turn the
statistics on their head. One in four of us dies from
cancer - true. That means three out of four survive.
Everywhere, on buses, escalators and in supermarkets we
pass people living with cancer. It is NOT always the
relentless killer we dread.
Hope is greater for the optimist who banishes all
negative thoughts and gets on with the business of living
- well. We at New Approaches try to make this possible,
guiding anyone who requests our help, individually,
through the bewildering maze of unfamiliar options open
today, and also, where we are able, with facts about new
developments in traditional and holistic medicine.
do not have the answers to your particular questions we
will know where to direct you.
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