A century from now, when the figurative dust has settled and the subject of cancer is viewed through the crystal clear lens that only hindsight can afford, I can imagine the Wikipedia entry reading something like this:
“Prior to the widespread availability of efficacious immunotherapies, cancer was the prevailing cause of mortality during the twenty first century – overtaking heart disease for the first time in the year 2021. Cancer rates began to steadily increase starting around the time of the Second World War, with exponential growth being recorded at the close of the 20th century. By the mid 21st century, average life expectancy had plummeted to pre 19th century levels.
Unlike the bacterial driven diseases of the time, which generally responded to antibiotic based drug therapy (prior to the arrival of drug resistant “superbugs” in the 21st century); the routinely proposed medical treatments for cancer proved to be largely ineffective for most metastatic cancers. Among these routine treatments, “chemotherapy” and “radiation” proved to be most lacking in efficacy, while also exhibiting the widest range of systematic toxicity.
Even in the face of largely condemnatory scientific and epidemiological data, these toxic treatments were increasingly prescribed to vast segments of the population throughout the later half of the 20th century, as well as during the first half of the 21st century.
Together, the five leading drug companies of the era controlled the licensed medical schools, had controlling shares in nearly all of the major media outlets, and employed lobbyists which exerted a tremendous amount of influence on the political leaders of the day. This oligarchical environment allowed for unprecedented levels of financial corruption and medical genocide to occur. In many cases, these multinational drug companies not only increased the occurrence of cancer through carcinogenic pesticides, herbicides, plasticizers and other synthetic chemicals – but also accelerated the cancer process through their proposed medical treatments.
Though the majority of medical oncologists were either knowingly or unknowingly complicit in the administration of toxic therapies; a segment of doctors and patients who were unsatisfied with the conventional “standard of care” began to emerge in sizeable numbers during the early 21st century. “The Truth About Cancer” was one of the foremost movements during this time, disseminating health related information that was largely contrary to the conventional medical view, through a series of interviews recorded on “digital video discs” and through videos and articles on its website (during a time when “the world wide web” was unregulated and open).
Though controversial at the time, adherents to the Truth About Cancer (TTAC) movement generally held views about the causation of cancer that were contrary to the established views of the medical industry – which viewed genetic inheritance and random chance as the primary drivers of the disease. Conversely; TTAC adherents cited “lifestyle factors” such as environmental toxins, poor diet, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, emotional distress, and lack of exercise as being key factors in the oncological process – realizing that these factors influenced gene expression in a phenomenon known as “epigenetics”. Consequently, TTAC posited that the cancer process could be halted, and in some cases even reversed by addressing these lifestyle factors.
Though precise data is unavailable due to a lack of any formal medical registry for these patients; it’s estimated that three to five million individuals managed to successfully address their cancer by targeting the necessarily lifestyle factors. These individuals experienced a disproportionately high survival rate in comparison to those who solely depended upon conventional medical treatments.
On October 14-16 during the year 2016, The Truth About Cancer held its first live symposium in Grapevine, Texas where thought leaders and “alternative” medical doctors lectured and exchanged ideas with approximately 1500 individuals in attendance. Many viewed this as a pivotal moment in the history of what was then called “alternative” medicine.
* This post is purely hypothetical speculation and is not intended to be taken as medical advice.