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kristasplace's picture
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I may be obsessed with this subject of health and cancer, but i guess i have enough reason to be, as most of us do.

Just as there are plenty of things out there regarding food to treat and prevent cancer, there is a lot of information as to why so many of us may be getting cancer. This may, or may not be new information for some of you, but it is new to me, so i will share it. I believe that if we know the "why" and "how", it can help us elliminate cancer from our lives.

I was digging around to see if wild animals ever get cancer, and all i could find were wild animals getting cancer from human pollutants (some information that cancer in the wild is rare). I stumbled upon an article by Scientific American that may link colon cancer to alluminum. Here is the excerpt from that article:

"...Belugas in the St. Lawrence Estuary have drawn the most attention because of the estuary’s proximity to aluminum smelters. The smelters released 20 tons of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons into nearby waters every year. One of the substances, benzo(a)pyrene, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen, accounted for nearly a ton of the smelters’ yearly emissions.

The compounds accumulated in sediments and were absorbed by mussels and other invertebrates, which are the main food source of the one-ton whales. One study found that blue mussels transplanted into the estuary increased their benzo(a)pyrene levels 200-fold.

When Martineau and his group began analyzing beluga carcasses in the early 1980s, they noticed that many of the whales had intestinal tumors. Over the next 20 years, the group found cancer to be the major cause of death in adult belugas—a surprising finding given the rarity of the disease in wildlife.

In particular, small-intestinal tumors seemed to be especially prevalent and deadly for the animals: 27 percent had died of cancer, and 30 percent of the cancers were found in their small intestines. Colon cancer is common in humans and other animals, but small-intestinal cancers are relatively rare.

The 27 percent rate of cancer deaths for the estuary’s belugas is similar to the 23 percent rate for humans in the Western world, Martineau noted. McAloose called that similarity “very interesting … Similar diseases caused by similar circumstances often have similar outcomes.”

In 2004, two years after the beluga study was published, the aluminum smelters near the St. Lawrence estuary closed.

But, five years later, the belugas that first caught Martineau’s attention have not recovered. And he is not surprised.

“Cancer is the consequence of a lifetime of accumulating mutations,” said Martineau, who added that the deadly disease “is exactly what you would expect to find in animals that are eating from these sediments.”

The beluga population, he suspects, won’t begin to recover for at least half a lifetime – 35 years, in the case of these long-lived whales. Fewer than 1,000 belugas, which are listed as a threatened species in Canada, remain in the estuary.

Researchers like Martineau and McAloose continue to stress the importance of studying wildlife diseases driven by pollution. Developmental disorders and reproductive problems in animals may also be linked to industrial pollutants and other contaminants.

“Cancer may just be the easiest endpoint to get our hands on,” McAloose said. “We need to continue try to see connections between pollutants and disease, but currently there just aren’t a lot of people looking.”

This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company."

I'm going out on a limb here, but aren't most pots and pans made from aluminum?


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We are with you on this. Before Dick was diagnosed with cc we have known that environmental factors have wrecked havoc on our youngest daughter. She has epilepsy, autism, tremors and more. We have traced the initial damage to one of her vaccinations at 5 months old (it like many vaccines contained thermerasol which is Mercury). I could go on and on. We have always said she is like the "canary in the mine". We believe that humans have done many great and wonderful things but we have also messed up our environment and food. I hope we can work on undoing our mess and during that time figure out a way to help everyone out there suffering from the effects.
You are on the right path. Thanks for sharing what you're finding with us.


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Hey Krista
I got stainless steel pots for Christmas last year(they are quite pricey) for that same reason. I know it's not what everyone would want HAHA but I am very much in to doing whatever I THINK that I have any control over to help me get well. Dr. Andrew Weil carries a line that I got a few of mine from and really like them.


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Hi Krista,

This was of particular interest to me since my sister died of cancer in her small intestine--not sigmoid colon cancer like I had (and no prior family history--hmmm-go figure). Part of the problem for me was that EVERY single doctor kept telling me how RARE her cancer was and NOT one of them EVER suggested I get scoped too. This was 20 years ago that she was dx'ed.

When I was dx'ed I did read how important it was to use stainless steel or glass to cook with and in macrobiotics they even want you to cook with gas and not with electric and never with a microwave. Well, I do avoid aluminum (in my deoderants too) and I had all my amalgams removed due to the mercury poisoning that could be happening.

There is a way to rid (detox) the body of built up metals in your system and I can't for the life of me remember what the word is.....dang it! My holistic osteopath used to ----got it! CHELATION. Research this one. You may want to do some.

Kathleen--have you ever had chelation done on your daughter?

Krista, I love reading your posts! Thank you for caring about the Semis so much that you share your journey. :-)

peace, emily

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I thought this was interesting. It shows how cancer has been around for a VERY long time. It was on the internet so take it for what it's worth...
From the site http://www.cancerquest.org

History Of Cancer Timeline

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Phil.....Your History of Cancer timeline,tho brief and nondefinitive, interesting none the less...Steve (Have gotten alot of info on cancer off internet. For instance, ever try "Science Daily" which has current research items on cancer, among other subjects)

kristasplace's picture
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I was very surprised to know that cancer has always been in our history, too. Ever since i once took an ancient civilizations course years ago, i had been fascinated with the Egyptian culture; the female pharoes in particular. When they found Hatshepsut's body a couple of years ago (not our beautiful Hatshepsut board member!), they found that although it may not have killed her, she had evidence of bone cancer in her hip! She wasn't an old person either. I often wondered how she got that?

The thing about the Egyptians is that their civilization was highly advanced. Probably more so than our own today. They may have been exposed to heavy metals, or any number of factors that could have given them cancer.

I think that more people are getting cancer today than ever before because we are exposed to many more carcinogenic factors than ever before. I think this explains why some people who seem to live a very destructive lifestyle don't get cancer while someone who is health-conscious does get cancer. Some factors we can figure out and eliminate or change them, and others we may never know what they were. We could have gotten overexposed to radiation from a microwave oven, or been sun worshipping on a day with particularly high amounts of ozone being released...then we add any number of other factors such as stress, or poor diet, and you have a recipe for disease. By eliminating the factors we do know about, we can possibly eliminate our cancer, and prevent it from ever returning.

Emily got her amalgam fillings removed. What an excellent way to eliminate a factor! It's unbelievable they still use that crap knowing how toxic they are! Dawn switched to stainless steel pots and pans, another excellent way to eliminate a factor! And Kathryn figured out it was the vaccine (i'll bet that's a huge cause of diseases).

I gotta tell ya, reading about all those pitiful wild animals that are getting cancer because of our pollutants literally made my stomach turn. The four big ones every article focused on were the sea otters, green sea turtles, tasmanian devils, and the beluga whales. These are four species that probably aren't going to survive this.

I had terrible nightmares last night from reading the descriptions of what these animals are going through. The belugas in particular. They have the same disease we have. I spent months before my diagnosis wishing every day for death because the symptoms were so torrential. Imagining those poor animals going through that horrifies me beyond my worst nightmare. I feel so helpless, yet responsible. I'm responsible because i'm human, and i support companies that are causing the death of this beautiful planet and everything on it by purchasing their products, and by living the way they say i should. I feel helpless because i don't know how to stop it except by not buying their products, and that just isn't good enough. It's not enough to end it, or even put a dent in it.

I'd better stop now. I'm getting so upset i'm making myself sick.

I feel a desperate need to do something big, but i'm not sure what that is. I need to ponder this.

Emily, i'm so sorry about your sister. I knew she had died of cancer, but i didn't know the details, or if i ever expressed my sympathies about it. Do you believe it was the heavy metals that caused her illness? I will do a search on chelatin (sp?). I have heard this word before in something i read, but probably didn't know what it was. It sounds wonderful if it can clean out heavy metals from the body! Kathryn should definitely try it on her baby!

I love you guys!


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