EDITORIAL: IT'S OFFICIAL

From The Cancer Chronicles #20
© March 1994 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

It's official. Even the Journal of the American Medical Association now admits that the war on cancer is a failure. An article in the Feb. 9 [1994] issue says that cancer incidence and death rates are rising. Most people knew that smoking-related cancers were on the rise. Now we learn that a "baby boomer's" chances of getting non-smoking-related cancers are double what their grandparent's odds were. "In all age groups, cancer incidence is increasing...," the article reveals.

In addition, "few new, effective treatments have been devised for the most common cancers." This follows similar revelations in Scientific American (2/94).

Of course, apologists for the status quo quickly jumped forward to explain away these dismal figures. Some claimed that the reason for the increase was that modern medicine has been so darned successful; people are living long enough to die of cancer. (This ignores the fact that these statistics are age-adjusted.) Others (such as a doctor cited in the 2/12 Science News) claim that death rates were rising at the time of the study, but may in fact now be declining, since most of these cancers "had their origin many years ago." Contrary to all experience, the main causes of cancer are said to be under control.

Meanwhile, cancer marches on. Dramatic changes in prevention and life style are necessary to seriously decrease these rising rates.

As for the orthodox failure to find effective new therapies, Paracelsus said it all, almost 500 years ago: "From nature comes the disease, and from nature will come the cure."

The AMA routinely condemns natural cancer treatments as quackery. But isn't it high time that it dropped its quackbusting crusade and replaced it with an open-minded investigation of such methods? We think so.

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Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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