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The Untold History Of Cancer – It’s A Modern Disease

If you look back on the history of cancer, you will discover that it was a rare disease. Read this blog post to learn the entire history of cancer and why it's a modern disease.

Discover the first mention of cancer and how our lethal cancer treatments started. You will also find out about the suppression of natural remedies by Big Pharma.

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The Beginning Of The History Of Cancer

Cancer is a modern disease. If you believe that cancer was always prevalent throughout history, you will be surprised. Cancer was not that common thousands of years ago.

Our cancer journey begins with Edwin Smith. Edwin Smith was an American dealer and collector of antiquities. In 1862 he bought a 15-foot long papyrus from an antique seller in Luxor, Egypt. 

The papyrus had yellow pages filled with Egyptian script. Someone wrote this document in the 17th century B.C. The papyrus was a transcription of a manuscript dating back to 2500 BC. 

Some historians believe the papyrus contains the collected teachings of Imhotep. He was a great Egyptian physician who lived around 2625 BC. Imhotep wrote about broken bones and dislocated vertebrae, and other conditions. 

Statue of Imhotep

Imhotep was a great Egyptian physician who was the first to describe cancer

He mentioned 48 cases in the papyrus. This document contains our earliest mention of cancer. Imhotep described one patient having swelling masses on the breast. 

He said that the mass in the breast was cold, hard, and dense. This mysterious thing spread underneath the skin. What Imhotep described was breast cancer. 

Imhotep suggested treatments for every case in the papyrus. But he had no solution for the cancer patient. More than 2000 years passed after Imhotep described cancer until we heard about it again. 

We Had To Wait 2000 Years Before We Heard About Cancer Again

In around 440 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote the story of Atossa. She was the queen of Persia who got an unusual illness. Atossa was the daughter of Cyrus and the wife of Darius

Darius was an emperor who ruled over a vast stretch of land from Lydia to Babylonia on the Persian Gulf. Atossa noticed a bleeding lump in her breast. Darius' doctors tried to treat her but to no avail. Democedes, a Greek slave, convinced her to operate on her tumor. 

Tomb of Darius and Atossa

Tomb of Darius the Great, where Atossa was also buried, picture by Pastaitaken

We don't know whether the tumor recurred or how she died, but the procedure was at least a temporary success. Atossa lived, and she had Democedes to thank for it. 

We can't know for sure if Herodotus and Imhotep described cancer. They could have talked about pimples, ulcers, warts, or moles. The only sure way to tell if something is cancer is if we can have a sample of it. 

Luckily a paleopathologist found a thousand-year-old gravesite at the southern tip of Peru.

What Arthur Aufderheide Discovered In A Gravesite In South America

The Atacama Desert stretches from northern Chile to the border of Peru. Arthur Aufderheide is a a paleopathologist. He found the graves containing the mummified remains of the Chiribaya tribe.

In 1990 he discovered one large gravesite containing about 140 bodies at the Chiribaya site. Aufderheide performed 140 autopsies over several weeks.

Atacama dessert

A large gravesite in the Atacama desert revealed 140 bodies of the Chiribaya tribe, picture by Alessandro Caproni

He stored these human specimens in small, sterile milk containers in Minnesota. There are about 5000 pieces of tissue and hundreds of broken skeletons in his closet. 

The Chiribaya tribe made no effort to preserve their dead. But the dry climate was almost perfect for mummification. The clay leached water out of the body from below, and the wind dried the tissues from above. 

One body revealed something striking.

The First Preserved Cancer In History

At the Chiribaya site, one mummy was of a young woman in her mid-thirties. She sat with her feet curled up in a clay grave. When Aufderheide examined her, he found a hard mass in her left upper arm.

Portrait of Arthur Aufderheide

Arthur Aufderheide found thousand-year-old cancer in a female mummy

Inside the grave was thousand-year-old cancer preserved inside of a mummy. This mass was a malignant bone tumor, osteosarcoma. Aufderheide believed that the tumor broke through the skin while she was still alive. This woman must have experienced intense pain. 

Aufderheide isn't the only pathologist to find traces of cancers in mummies. There are other cases of cancers discovered in mummies around the world. 

Mummies Revealing Cancer In Egypt

The oldest found abdominal cancer comes from Dakhleh in Egypt from about 400 AD. In this case, paleopathologists didn't find the actual tumors, but rather signs of them left in the body.

Some skeletons had tiny holes created by cancer in the skull or the shoulder bones. They must have come from skin or breast cancer. 

Alexandrian catacomb

In 1914, a team of archaeologists found a 2000-year-old Egyptian mummy with signs of a tumor, picture by  Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD

In 1914, a team of archaeologists found a 2000-year-old Egyptian mummy. They discovered it in the Alexandrian catacombs. The mummy had a tumor invading the pelvic bone. 

Louis Leakey is an archaeologist who dug up Lucy, one of the earliest known human skeletons. He also discovered a jawbone dating from 4000 BC from a nearby site. It had signs of lymphoma.

We had to wait until 400 BC before we had an official name for cancer.

The Creation Of The Word Cancer

Hippocrates created the word for cancer around 400 BC. It is the first time we can find cancer in the medical literature. Cancer comes from the Greek word for "crab," karkinos. Hippocrates believed that a tumor looked like a crab digging in the sand with its legs spread in a circle. 

Cancer felt like a crab moving under the skin as the disease spread. For others, the sudden stab of pain produced by the disease was like being caught in the grip of a crab's pincers. 

A crab

Cancer comes from the Greek word karkinos, the Greek word for "crab"

The word oncology comes from another Greek word, onkos. Onkos was the Greek term for a mass, load, or burden. In Greek theater, onkos could mean a tragic mask that was often "burdened" with a weight on its head. 

What Hippocrates called karkinos were large, superficial visible tumors. Karkinos included every form of swelling, such as the: 

  • Nodes
  • Polyps
  • Tubercles
  • Breast
  • Jaw
  • Tongue
  • Carbuncles
  • Protrusions
  • Pustules
  • Skin
  • Neck

The Greeks had no microscopes. They didn't know a cell could grow uncontrollably. Instead, Hippocrates believed that our bodies had four primary fluids called humors. These four fluids were blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. 

Each of these fluids had a unique color red, black, yellow, and white. In a healthy body, these four fluids were in perfect balance. If you had a disease, it was due to the excess of one fluid. 

Claudius Galen was another doctor that shared Hippocrates' view.

Hippocrates And Claudius Galen Believed That Cancer Was Black Bile

Claudius Galen was a writer and Greek doctor who practiced medicine around 160 AD. Like Hippocrates, Galen classified all illnesses based on excesses of various fluids.

Inflammation was a red, hot, painful condition due to an overabundance of blood. Tubercles, pustules, catarrh, and lymph nodules were excesses of phlegm. 

Phlegm was a cold and white liquid. Jaundice was a yellowish pigmentation of the skin and tissues caused by an overflow of yellow bile. 

Galen believed that cancer and depression were due to an excess of black bile. The word melancholia is a medieval name for depression. It comes from the Greek words melas, "black," and khole, "bile." 

Claudius Galen

Claudius Galen was a writer and Greek doctor who, like Hippocrates, classified all illnesses based on excesses of various fluids

Galen proposed that cancer was "trapped" black bile unable to escape from a site. The problem with treating cancer, according to Galen, was that black bile was everywhere. 

You could cut cancer out, but the bile would flow right back. Galen died in Rome in 199 AD, but his influence on medicine stretched over centuries. 

Most patients tried various medicines to purge the black bile. They used: 

  • Lead
  • Boar's tooth
  • Rasped ivory
  • Ground white coral
  • Senna
  • Goat's dung
  • Crow's feet
  • Tortoise liver
  • Extracts of arsenic
  • Fox lungs
  • Hulled castor
  • Ipecac
  • Purgatives and laxatives
  • Frogs
  • Dog fennel
  • Blessed waters

Most doctors didn't want to remove tumors with surgery. The idea of surgical removal of cancer was only in the most extreme circumstances. We had to wait a lot longer before physicians tried to remove cancer with surgery.

How Our Modern Cancer Treatments Began

In the winter of 1533, Andreas Vesalius, a 19-year-old student, arrived at the University of Paris. He wanted to learn Galen's anatomy and start a surgery practice. Anatomy is the study of the structural makeup of an organism or any of its parts.

To Vesalius's shock, the anatomy lessons were horrible. Surgeons didn't have a clue about human organs. Therefore surgeons just cut their way through the body and learned as they went. 

Frustrated with these dissections, Vesalius decided to create his map of the body. But he needed specimens. At Montfaucon, he found the dead bodies of prisoners. 

Portrait of Andreas-Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius was an anatomist and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy

Vesalius dug the graveyards around Paris for bones and bodies. He then cut pieces from dead prisoners. Vesalius then began to put his detailed drawings on plates and books. He charted the paths of arteries, veins, nerves, and lymph nodes.

The word autopsy comes from the Greek "to see for oneself." Vesalius learned to see for himself. His anatomical project started from pure curiosity. Later he decided to release his work to surgeons. 

No matter how diligently Vesalius looked through the body, he could not find Galen's black bile. The lymphatic system had a pale, watery fluid. There was red blood in the blood vessels and yellow bile in the liver. But no black bile.

Around 200 years later, the foundation work from Vesalius led to cancer surgery.

Matthew Baillie Laid The Foundation For Cancer Surgery

Matthew Baillie was an anatomist. In 1793 he published a book for surgeons and anatomists. Like Vesalius, Baillie couldn't find black bile.

Matthew Baillie laid the foundation for cancer surgery. If black bile did not exist, removing cancer surgically might get rid of the body of the disease. But surgery, at that time, was not ready for such operations. 

In the 1760s, a Scottish surgeon, John Hunter, started to remove tumors from his patients. Hunter classified tumors into stages. Movable tumors were typically early-stage, local cancers. Immovable tumors were advanced, invasive, and spread throughout the body.

Portrait of John Hunter

In the 1760s, a Scottish surgeon, John Hunter, started to remove tumors from his patients

Hunter concluded that only movable cancers were worth removing surgically. He practiced his surgical skills on animal carcasses. These animals were monkeys, sharks, walruses, pheasants, bears, and ducks. But with live human patients, he found himself at a standstill. 

Operating on live patients was dangerous. First, you had to deal with the pain during surgery. The second problem was infections after surgery. Those who survived the surgery often died even more miserable deaths.

It wasn't until we discovered anesthesia that surgeons could operate without causing pain.

The First Use Of Anesthesia

In 1846 a Boston dentist, William Morton, demonstrated the first anesthesia. The patient Edward Abbott had a swollen, malformed blood vessel. Morton asked Abbott to take a few puffs of the vapor. 

As Abbott went into a deep sleep, a surgeon made a small incision in Abbott's neck. When Abbott awoke a few minutes later, he didn't experience pain.

Anesthesia allowed surgeons to perform prolonged operations, often lasting several hours. But infections after surgery remained. Until the mid-19th century, they were often lethal. 

Re-enactment of the first operation under anesthesia (ether)

In 1846 a Boston dentist, William Morton, demonstrated the first anesthesia

In 1865, Joseph Lister found a way to reduce inflammation. A 13-year-old boy cut his arm while operating a machine at a fair in Glasgow two years later. But rather than amputating the arm, Lister tried a salve of carbolic acid. 

He hoped to keep the arm alive and uninfected. For a few weeks, the whole situation seemed hopeless. But later, the wound began to dry up and heal.

The success led Lister to later operate on cancer.

Joseph Lister Operated On Breast Cancer

In 1869, Lister removed a breast tumor from his sister, Isabella Pim. He used a dining table as his operating table. Lister also used ether for anesthesia and carbolic acid as his antiseptic. 

His sister survived without an infection. But she died of liver metastasis three years later. A few months later, Lister operated on another cancer patient. 

Portrait of Joseph Lister

By the mid-1870s, Joseph Lister routinely operated on breast cancer

By the mid-1870s, Lister routinely operated on breast cancer. Later he extended his surgery to the lymph nodes under the breast. Lister's discovery led to cancer surgery.

By the early 20th century, surgeons could remove many local cancers that didn't spread. But despite these remarkable advances, some cancers still relapsed after surgery. 

One man then made cancer surgery even more brutal.

How William Stewart Halsted Created Radical Mastectomies

William Stewart Halsted was a surgeon that popularized the concept of "radical" surgery. Halsted was born in 1852. In 1874, Halsted enrolled at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia. He was immediately fascinated by anatomy. 

Halsted saw the German surgeon Volkmann use aggressive surgeries to remove breast cancer. Volkmann had run into a wall. Even though the surgeries were extensive and exhaustive, breast cancer still relapsed. 

Despite that, Halsted decided to dig even deeper into the breast. He cut through the pectoralis major. It's a large muscle responsible for moving the shoulder and the hand. 

Portrait of William Stewart Halsted

William Stewart Halsted was a surgeon that popularized the concept of "radical" surgery

Halsted was not alone in this innovation. Willy Meyer, a surgeon operating in New York, arrived at the same conclusion in the 1890s. Halsted called this procedure "radical mastectomy." He used the word radical because it meant root in Latin. Halsted wanted to remove cancer from its roots. 

But Halsted did not stop his surgery at the pectoralis major. He cut further into the chest when cancer still recurred after his radical mastectomy.

By 1898, Halsted's mastectomy had taken an even more radical turn. He began to slice through the collarbone, reaching the lymph nodes.

Despite Halsted's brutal surgery, he didn't have much success with cancer.

Cancer Surgery Didn't Cure Advanced Cancer

Halsted believed that non-radical surgery left the breast somehow unclean. But removing the lymph nodes under the armpit often disrupted the flow of lymph. 

This operation also caused the arm to swell up like an elephant's leg. Recovery from surgery often took patients months, even years. Yet Halsted accepted all these side effects as if they were inevitable. 

Halsted's ability to cure patients with breast cancer depended on the cancer type. Women with metastatic cancer didn't become healed by a radical mastectomy. 

It didn't matter how aggressive Halsted operated on the tumor. He had more success when he removed small and local tumors.  

Drawing of breast surgery on a woman

Despite Halsted's brutal surgery, he didn't have much success with cancer, picture by Welcome Collection

Later Halstead published his data on the success rate of mastectomies. Of 76 breast cancer patients treated with surgery, only 40 survived more than three years. 

The survival from breast cancer had little to do with how extensive a surgeon operated on the breast. It depended more on how much cancer had spread before surgery. 

Halsted proved that it was possible to do massive surgeries on breast cancer. But radical surgery didn't improve survival rates. Instead, it disfigured women's bodies and created more suffering.

There needed to be another way to treat cancer that had spread. Later one man made a discovery that would later become the next phase of cancer treatments.

How The Discovery Of X-rays Led To Radiotherapy

Wilhelm Röntgen was a lecturer at the Würzburg Institute in Germany. In late October 1895, he worked with an electron tube. It shot electrons from one electrode to another. Röntgen then noticed a strange leakage. The radiation penetrated a dark paper plate.  

Röntgen later realized that these rays could penetrate various objects. Later he used a photographic plate instead of a screen to capture images. He then took the world's first X-ray. It was a clear picture of the bones and wedding ring on his wife's left hand.

Portrait of Wilhelm Röntgen

Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays 1895

Röntgent labeled his discovery x-rays. X-rays soon became an essential diagnostic tool in medicine. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body without surgery.

Scientists were quick to realize the benefits of x-rays. But they were slower to grasp the harmful effects of radiation. The scientists believed that x-rays passed through flesh without harm. But, later, they discovered some disturbing side effects.

How Emil Grubbé Became The First American To Use X-rays As A Cancer Treatment

In 1896 a few months after Röntgen's discovery, Henri Becquerel, a French chemist, knew of Röntgen's work. He discovered that certain natural materials, such as uranium, emitted invisible rays. They had the same properties as x-rays.

Soon there were reports of skin damage caused by x-rays. In 1904, Thomas Edison's assistant, Clarence Dally, who had worked with x-rays, died of skin cancer.

The ability of x-rays to kill dividing cells did not go unnoticed. One of the first Americans to use x-ray radiation to treat cancer was Émil Grubbé. He worked in a factory in Chicago that produced vacuum x-ray tubes. 

Portrait of One of the first Americans to use x-ray radiation to treat cancer was Émil Grubbé

One of the first Americans to use x-ray radiation to treat cancer was Émil Grubbé

Grubbé became aware of Röntgen's discovery and set out to make his x-ray machine. As a result, he was able to reproduce Röntgen's work.

For two weeks, Grubbé took numerous x-rays of his left hand every day. Grubbé didn't yet understand how dangerous x-rays were. As a result of his experiments, Grubbé developed severe burns on the back of his hand.

On January 27, 1896, he talked to his medical professors at Hahnemann. The physical damage the x-rays did to Grubbé's hand amazed his colleagues. After Grubbe talked to his co-worker J.E Gilman, he got an idea.

What if you could use x-rays as a way to treat diseases? If x-rays could damage healthy cells, they might be able to treat cancer. Grubbé then tried to find patients to treat.

Rose Lee Was The First Radiotherapy Patient In The US

One of Grubbé's first patients was Rose Lee, a 55-year old woman who had breast cancer. Lee agreed to try Grubbé's radiation therapy for her breast cancer. 

Her cancer had relapsed after a mastectomy, and the tumor had exploded into a painful mass in her breast. Grubbé irradiated her cancer every night for 18 straight days. 

A male technician taking a x-ray fluoroscope of a female patient

X-ray was used to diagnose many conditions

The treatment was painful but somewhat successful. Lee's tumor in the breast shrank. A few months after the initial treatment, Lee became dizzy and nauseous. Her cancer spread to her spine, brain, and liver. Not soon after that, Rose Lee died. 

Grubbé also got health issues due to his exposure to x-rays.

X-rays Caused More Cancer

Grubbé's ongoing exposure to radiation caused burns on his skin. In his lifetime, he underwent more than 90 operations for multiple cancers. By the mid-1940s, Grubbé's fingers had to be amputated. 

But radiotherapy still became a cancer treatment. Like surgery, radiation effectively destroyed local cancers limited to one area. But like surgery, radiation was useless when cancer spread. Increasing the doses of radiant energy did not translate into more cures. 

hand showing x-ray of hand

Grubbé's ongoing exposure to radiation caused burns on his skin

The second limit was that radiation produced cancer. X-rays killed fast-dividing cells by damaging the DNA. But it also destroyed normal cells. 

Over the following decades, radium workers soon complained of jaw pain, fatigue, skin, and tooth problems. Radiotherapy had reached its limit. But not soon after, a new chemical treatment evolved.

How A Chemical Dye Led To The Discovery Of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy started with the textile industry. Between 1851 and 1857, the export of printed goods from England quadrupled. 

The cloth-milling boom set off a spike in cloth dyeing. Manufacturers had to extract cloth dyes from vegetable sources. 

Printing on textiles with colored dyes was challenging. It required thickeners, mordants, and solvents in many steps. The whole process often took the dyers weeks to complete.

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In 1856 when William Perkin was 18, he created an inexpensive chemical dye

In 1856, William Perkin, an 18-year-old, created an inexpensive chemical dye. Perkin boiled nitric acid and benzene in glass bottles. A chemical had formed inside the tubes. 

The chemical became a potential dye. This new chemical did not bleach or bleed. Perkin called it aniline mauve. Aniline mauve was cheap and indestructible.

Perkin's discovery was a blessing for the textile industry. Dye making in England had fast become a huge business. 

In 1878, Paul Ehrlich, a medical student, used dyes to stain animal tissues. The dye factories that had once supplied Ehrlich would later be part of the war.  

Chemotherapy Started As A Deadly Chemical Weapon In World War I

Fritz Haber, a professor at the University of Karlsruhe, developed many poison gases. He was the brain behind mustard gas. Haber created it with chemical dyes.

Mustard gas is a thick, oily, brown liquid that gives off weak garlic, horseradish, or mustard odor. The vapor attacked all living cells that came into contact with it. 

Portrait of Fritz Haber

Fritz Haber was the brain behind mustard gas

The German army used it in World War I against British and Canadian soldiers near Ypres, Belgium, in 1917. Up to 10 000 people died, and many more were injured.

Soldiers absorbed mustard gas through the skin, and gas masks couldn't stop it. The gas created large blisters filled with yellow fluid. It could take up to six weeks to die from mustard gas. 

Then two scientists discovered that you could use mustard gas to treat cancer.

How Two Scientists Started To Use Mustard Gas As A Cancer Treatment

Louis Goodman and Alfred Gilman were two doctors at Yale University. They looked into the medical records of soldiers affected by mustard gas. Most of them had a low number of immune cells in their blood. 

Goodman and Gilman observed that mustard gas could kill normal white blood cells. They wanted to know if mustard gas could destroy cancer cells too. These scientists were able to kill cancer cells in animal trials.

Pictures of Louis Goodman and Alfred Gilman

Goodman and Gilman observed that mustard gas could kill normal white blood cells

Goodman and Gilman looked for a human volunteer to test mustard gas as a cancer therapy. They found a patient with advanced lymphoma, known today only by his initials J.D. He had a massive tumor on his jaw that made it difficult to swallow or sleep. 

With nowhere else to turn, J.D. agreed to try the new experimental drug. He had his first injection of nitrogen mustard in 1942. Because of the war, J.D.'s treatment was a secret. 

He received many treatments with nitrogen mustard and became a little better. After the treatments, he could sleep, swallow and eat again. J.D. lost his life six months after his first experimental treatment.

Despite the negative outcome, mustard gas later led to the creation of chemotherapy.

Alexander Haddow Launched The New Era Of Chemotherapy

Alexander Haddow, a chemist, worked on a substance that could block cancer growth. Mustard gas gave him that crucial starting point.

In 1948, Haddow published research in the journal Nature. He showed how nitrogen mustard molecules could kill cancer cells in rats. The drugs that followed worked in the same primary way as Haddow described.

Portrait of Alexander Haddow

In 1948, Haddow showed how nitrogen mustard molecules could kill cancer cells in rats, picture by Wellcome Collection

Haddow's work launched the new era of chemotherapy. A former chemical weapon became the latest cancer treatment.

Despite advancements in cancer treatments, the survival rates didn't improve. By the early 1940s, cancer became the second deadliest disease after heart disease. 

It might seem that we're still clueless about the cause of cancer. But several doctors, scientists, and laypersons have found effective cancer remedies. But economic interests of pharmaceutical companies have tried to stop them.

How Drug Companies Suppressed Natural Cancer Remedies

Big Pharma medicine is only about 100 years old. It started with the evil oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller. He used his money and influence to create drugs that could suppress diseases but not cure them.

His goal was to earn even more money from his oil and improve his reputation. Rockefeller believed that competition was a sin. He eliminated natural remedies that threatened his income.

Portrait of John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller used his money and influence to create drugs that could suppress diseases but not cure them

Due to power and greed, we don't have a public cancer cure. You can always find it, but you need to go beyond the current medical system.

It might seem that we're still clueless about the cause of cancer. Since Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971 to stop cancer, nothing has improved in the war on cancer. But we have several effective cancer remedies.

One such treatment is laetrile.

The Big Laetrile Cover Up

Dr. Ernst T. Krebs was the man who first identified amygdalin and named it B17. Amygdalin is a potent anti-cancer agent found in B17. You can find it in apple seeds, bitter almonds, and many other seeds and foods.

Apricot kernels have the highest concentration of amygdalin. Laetrile is the extracted and purified form of those kernels. Many cancer patients have had success by consuming 25 to 40 apricot seeds per day for a few months or less.

Articles criticizing laetrile

Medical "experts" and news sources continue to label laetrile as worthless and toxic

Amygdalin consists of four molecules. Two are glucose molecules, and the other two are cyanide and benzaldehyde. Glucose molecules attract cancer cells, and benzaldehyde and cyanide kill them.

The big laetrile cover-up occurred during the 1970s in Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Their lead researcher-scientist forged the results and said it was useless. Medical "experts" and news sources continue to label it as worthless and toxic. 

The FDA has banned laetrile's use in the USA, but several cancer clinics in Mexico use it. In the USA, it is possible to use a food source of B17 if you don't promote it as a cure for anything.

Pharmaceutical companies have also suppressed Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's cancer remedy.

A Corrupt Medical Establishment Persecuted Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski was born in the early 1940s in Poland. He is both a biochemist and a physician. Burzynski spent a large chunk of his life helping cancer patients at his clinic in Houston, Texas.

In the early 1970s, he discovered that people with cancer lacked a specific peptide. This finding led him to create a medical treatment called antineoplastons

The drug contains a mixture of peptides and amino acids. Antineoplastons can turn on cancer-suppressing genes while turning cancer genes off. Dr. Burzynski believed in his medicine that he even tried to fix "hopeless" childhood brain tumors. 

Picture of Stanislaw Burzynski

Stanislaw Burzynski spent a large chunk of his life helping cancer patients at his clinic in Houston, Texas

He cured many severe cases, such as Jessica Ressel. Dr. Burzynski tried to get the FDA to review and approve antineoplastons since 1977, to no avail. His legal team reviewed Texas state laws. 

They confirmed that he was acting within the regulations. He had to restrict the use of the drug to his home state of Texas. But word spread, and patients started traveling to his office from out of state.

The medical establishment didn't like him and tried everything to stop him.

The US Government Failed To Charge Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski Of Any Crime

In 1984, agents from the Texas board of medical examiners tried to file charges against him. They didn't have a case but kept filing complaints. Finally, in 1993, the case went to trial. 

The judge ruled in Dr. Burzynski's favor and said he had not broken any laws. Instead of accepting defeat, the Texas medical board took the case to the Supreme Court. But Burzynski still won.

The FDA tried to revoke Dr. Burzynski's medical license, even if his method was safe and effective. Dr. David Kessler attempted to make the grand jury investigate his practice many times. But none of the grand juries ever found him to be at fault. 

Picture of David Kessler

Dr. David Kessler attempted to make the grand jury investigate Dr. Burzynski's practice many times, picture by Justin Hoch

The FDA did not give up. In 1995, the agency tried to charge Burzynski with 75 violations. If found guilty, he would spend 290 years in federal prison and pay $18.5 million in fines. On May 28, 1997, the jury returned with their final verdict: Not Guilty. 

The U.S. government tried to copy his drug using a single non-patented ingredient, which failed. Then they tried to steal the whole thing right from under him. 

But the government knew they couldn't use the stolen patents as long as Dr. Burzynski walked free. So they invented fraudulent charges to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. Fortunately, they failed again.

Big Pharma also tried to stop a potent anti-cancer herbal mix called Essiac. 

Rene Caisse Healed Patients With Essiac Tea

Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who used an herbal tea to treat thousands of cancer patients. She first learned about the tea in 1922 during a conversation with an older English woman. 

The woman told Rene about the pain she got in her breast on her trip from England to northern Ontario. 

Portrait of Rene Caisse

Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who used an herbal tea to treat thousands of cancer patients

An old native medicine man said to her that she had cancer and that he could heal her. The lady tried the medicine man's remedy and became well. Rene wrote down the names of the plants and herbs used in the medicine if she ever developed cancer in the future.

Later, her aunt got cancer. Rene treated her with the tea, and her aunt lived for 21 years after her cancer episode. Rene later called the tea Essiac. Essiac is her surname spelled backward.

Rene had great success but later got into problems with the medical establishment.

Canada Prevented Rene Caisse From Curing Cancer Patients

Other doctors began to request her help, and she traveled to many different patients. The results were terrific. Unfortunately, two doctors investigated her. Because she was doing the treatment at the request of some doctors in Toronto, they did not arrest her.

Rene became so involved with the research that she gave up nursing altogether. High-ranking officials within the government and medical associations didn't like Rene's efforts. 

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Rene Caisse in 1977

They arrested her more times than she could count, even if Rene had never charged for her treatments. She tried to keep her practice as long as the doctor's stopped giving her patients to treat. But she had to close her practice when she got into legal troubles.

Harry Hoxsey was another person that got tremendous persecution for healing cancer. 

Harry Hoxsey Cured Cancer Patients With Herbal Tonics

Harry Hoxsey was the young son of a veterinarian who used an herbal tonic and salve on animals. As Hoxsey's father lay dying in bed, he told his son to use the family remedy to help as many cancer patients as possible.

There are two herbal formulas used in the Hoxsey treatment. One is external and consists of a red paste made with a bloodroot. The internal tonic has other herbs.

Harry Hoxsey

Harry Hoxsey healed cancer patients with his unique formulas

In 1922, Harry Hoxsey started his first clinic in Taylorville, Illinois. He often got into trouble for practicing medicine without a license. Hoxsey himself never turned anyone down for lack of funds. 

He had become successful as an oilman in Texas and didn't need the money. Around 1924 he went to Chicago to meet with the head of the AMA, Dr. Morris Fishbein. Hoxsey wanted to prove the efficacy of his treatment.

How The AMA Stopped Hoxsey From Healing Cancer Patients

Harry got access to a Chicago policeman with terminal cancer. Hoxsey cured the policeman by using both the ointment and tonic. The display impressed Fishbein, and he offered to buy the formulas from him.

But Hoxsey disagreed with the terms. There was no guarantee that everyone would be able to have access to the formula. That began the war with the medical establishment.

In 1936, Hoxsey established the largest independent clinic in Dallas, Texas. He then got another enemy, the Assistant District Attorney, Al Templeton. Hoxsey was arrested 100 times in two years.

Patient Thomas Mannix with cancer on his left shoulder

Thomas Mannix was a terminal cancer patient with severe epithelioma that Hoxsey cured

Each time he bailed himself out with a large amount of cash, he saved for those occasions. But charges were always dropped as no one would testify against Hoxsey. 

Al Templeton continued to harass Hoxsey. Then his brother, Mike, sneaked into the clinic. He had terminal cancer and received Hoxsey's treatments. The treatments cured him. Al credited his brother's survival to Hoxsey's treatment, and he had a change of heart.

The AMA got the FDA to close and padlock all 17 of Hoxsey's clinics on the same day in 1960. Hoxsey recovered and moved his clinic to Tijuana, Mexico.

Another person that found a cure for cancer was Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer.

Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer Discovered The Emotional Cause Of Cancer

Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer was born in 1935 in Frisia, Germany. He studied medicine and theology at the University of Tuebingen. Hamer discovered a connection between cancer and unresolved emotional conflicts.

He worked as a chief of internal medicine in a clinic at Munich University. Hamer wanted to know if cancer patients had emotional conflicts. Dr. Hamer was able to talk to and do CT scans of thousands of cancer patients.

Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer

Ryke Geerd Hamer discovered how emotional trauma affected the brain and led to cancer

His research led him to discover how emotional trauma affected the brain and led to cancer. In October 1981, Dr. Hamer submitted his research to the University of Tuebingen. The aim was to have his findings tested so that all medical students could learn them.

But to his great surprise, the University Committee rejected his work and thesis. Shortly after he handed in his paper, Dr. Hamer got an ultimatum. Either he would deny his findings, or else he wouldn't receive a new contract.

Dr. Hamer stood his ground. After his dismissal, he retreated to his private practice and continued his research.

How Dr. Hamer Lost His Medical License

In 1986 a court stopped him from practicing medicine. At the age of 51, he lost his medical license. Despite the letdown, Hamer continued his work. By 1987 Dr. Hamer had already analyzed over 10 000 cases.

Meanwhile, the press and the medical establishment attacked him and his work. Tabloid journalists and medical experts portrayed Dr. Hamer as a charlatan and criminal.

In 1997, Dr. Hamer got sent to jail for 19 months for practicing medicine without a license. The police found his patient files and discovered that out of 6500 patients, 6000 still lived. That is a cure rate of 92%, completely unheard of in the cancer industry.

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Dr. Hamer got sent to jail for curing cancer patients with emotional healing

Most of these patients had terminal cancer. Official medicine refuses to endorse Hamer despite the proof. On September 9, 2004, Dr. Hamer got arrested at his home in Spain.

Following a European extradition order, Dr. Hamer had to go to a French prison. A judge charged Hamer with fraud and the illegal practice of medicine. Dr. Hamer lived three years in jail without probation.

In March 2007, he went to Norway, where he was safe to continue his life's work. Following a stroke, he died on July 2, 2017, in his home in Sandefjord at the age of 82. 

As you can see, there have always been cancer cures. If you look back in history, cancer was rare.

Cancer Has Always Been A Rare Disease

Cancer has always been a rare illness. It has only increased in industrialized nations during the past 40-50 years. If you look back in history, it is clear that cancer existed thousands of years ago.

But what is more interesting is that it was scarce. The early history of cancer shows almost no signs of cancer.

Our most common cancers were absent before, such as breast, lung, and prostate cancer. In the past medical history, there was no book on cancer. 

 Panel from the Florentine Cortex depicting smallpox outbreaks in the Americas during the 16th century

Men and women throughout history often died from tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, leprosy, plague, or pneumonia

Some people may argue that cancer was absent because people didn't live that long. Today cancer often occurs in older people. As we grow older, our cancer risk increases.

People didn't live long enough to get cancer in most ancient societies. Men and women often died from tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, leprosy, plague, or pneumonia. If cancer existed, it remained submerged under the sea of other illnesses. 

But cancer can occur in young people too. Other people may say that we have more cancer today because of our rigorous testing. A death from leukemia could have gotten another diagnosis in the past.

But the most probable reason why we have more cancer today is because of our lifestyle.

Our Modern Lifestyle Caused A Surge In Cancer Patients

We have more stress living in the city. Every day we breathe in car smog. Animal products are another reason we have more cancer today.

Throughout history, only the rich could afford to eat meat. But since governments worldwide subsidize meat, more people can eat it. The result is more cancer.

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Our unhealthy stressful modern lifestyle increased our cancer risk

The body doesn't use cancer to kill itself. It always wants to go back to a healthy state called homeostasis. Cancer is only a last resort to deal with toxins until you can get rid of them. To stop cancer, we need to look at what's causing it, not treat it with toxic methods. 

Something we can learn from history is that cancer is a modern disease. Our way of living is causing it, not our genes. We need to shift our focus on cancer, or history will repeat itself. It's time for us to rewrite history and be the ones that cure cancer.

Summary

Imhotep was a great Egyptian physician who was the first to describe cancer.

In around 440 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote about Atossa, the queen of Persia who got breast cancer.

A large gravesite in the Atacama desert revealed 140 bodies of the Chiribaya tribe, where one woman had cancer.

The oldest found abdominal cancer comes from Dakhleh in Egypt from about 400 AD.

Cancer comes from the Greek word for "crab," karkinos.

Claudius Galen was a writer and Greek doctor who, like Hippocrates, classified all illnesses based on excesses of various fluids.

Andreas Vesalius was an anatomist and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy.

In the 1760s, a Scottish surgeon, John Hunter, started to remove tumors from his patients.

In 1846 a Boston dentist, William Morton, demonstrated the first anesthesia.

By the mid-1870s, Joseph Lister routinely operated on breast cancer.

William Stewart Halsted was a surgeon that popularized the concept of "radical" surgery.

Despite Halsted's brutal surgery, he didn't have much success with cancer.

Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays 1895.

One of the first Americans to use x-ray radiation to treat cancer was Émil Grubbé.

In 1856, William Perkin, an 18-year-old, created an inexpensive chemical dye.

Fritz Haber was the brain behind mustard gas.

Goodman and Gilman observed that mustard gas could kill normal white blood cells.

In 1948, Haddow showed how nitrogen mustard molecules could kill cancer cells in rats.

John D. Rockefeller used his money and influence to create drugs that could suppress diseases but not cure them.

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center did a big laetrile cover-up during the 1970s.

Stanislaw Burzynski spent a large chunk of his life helping cancer patients at his clinic in Houston, Texas.

Dr. David Kessler attempted to make the grand jury investigate Dr. Burzynski's practice many times.

Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who used an herbal tea to treat thousands of cancer patients.

Harry Hoxsey healed cancer patients with his unique formulas.

Ryke Geerd Hamer discovered how emotional trauma affected the brain and led to cancer.

Dr. Hamer got sent to jail for curing cancer patients with emotional healing. 

Cancer has always been a rare illness.

Our unhealthy stressful modern lifestyle increased our cancer risk.


How You Can Change The History Of Cancer

1. Avoid toxic cancer treatments 

2. Learn the true cause of cancer

3. Change your health habits

Action Steps

We all can change the history of cancer. For thousands of years, physicians didn't know how to cure cancer. Big drug companies influenced the medical establishment only to use toxic cancer treatments. So long as we keep using their lethal therapies, we will not improve the history of cancer.

We need to understand that many natural cancer remedies work. Economic interests from drug companies suppressed them throughout history.

If you want cancer to be a thing of the past, you need to learn what's causing it. Cancer is a modern disease driven by our unhealthy habits. Our genes are not behind cancer. How can you otherwise explain why it was almost absent in our ancestors?

Your lousy health habits influence your cancer risk, and you can reverse them.

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About the author 

Simon Persson

Simon Persson is a holistic cancer blogger passionate about natural health remedies. When he is not blogging, he enjoys nature, cooking, sports, and learning about the latest gadgets on the market.

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