Monday, September 17, 2018

Cancer Research: Is this why "environment" is reduced to a few "lifestyle choices"?

Have you ever noticed that cancer is represented in the mainstream media and medical literature as primarily hereditary or "random" (i.e., arising "stochastically") with few environment factors cited as playing a role beyond lifestyle choices such as "smoking" and "diet."

I'm not implying that smoking and diet don't play a role in disease development. They clearly do.

Rather, what I'm arguing is that there are a wide array of environmental hazards - especially ionizing radiation and chemicals such as those used in pesticides, herbicides, and plastics that are clearly very important in shaping population levels of cancer yet are rarely systematically interrogated.

Part of the problem stems from educational processes that disregard environmental hazards beyond those controlled by individuals in the course of their daily lives.

Part of the problem is likely derived from precisely this type of problem illustrated in the article below published jointly by ProPublica and The New York Times:

Charles Ornstein and Katie Thomas Sept. 8, 2018Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals. New York Times and ProPublica,

One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.

The researcher, Dr. José Baselga, a towering figure in the cancer world, is the chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has held board memberships or advisory roles with Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb, among other corporations, has had a stake in start-ups testing cancer therapies, and played a key role in the development of breakthrough drugs that have revolutionized treatments for breast cancer.


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  1. More than half of all americans have chronic disease. You may develop cancer as a child or at any time in your life. If you live long enough now? You will get cancer.

      Cancer the unsung epidemic hunziker

    2. Video by dr busby about his ordeal. Talks about radionuclides and cancer. My physiology teacher was a nuclear engineer in the navy. Very antinuke. Said he though 200,000 get leukemia each time an openair nuke bomb is detonated. I think it is worse after what i have seen with radionclide cancer clusters and exposures. Talks about radionuclides being detected on nuclear submarines. That makes sense. It is probably awful shit like i131, and tritium. It only takes a bolus of 30 billionths of a gram of pharmaceutical i131 in a coctail to destroy a thyroid gland. a
      Any less causes the thryroid to become cancerous in certain percentage of PEOPLE FROM CHERNOBYL, bomb , army studies they have already done. It also ravages the body to cause other cancers

      How can humans be so stupid?

  2. Astonishing how similar right wing Evangelical Christians and progressive liberals are. Apocolyptic and very concerned about environment and health. To mention just a few of the obvious things they have in common. Both groups continually claim an end of the world scenario is imminent. In fact the Evangelicals predate the progressives with their concerns and the sense of an ominous future. Were it not for superficial things like clothing and language they could easily pass for each other. Both shy away from rational debate and have their Bibles. For the one it is Jesus and for the other it is the Scientist. Both have their "green language". If you don't know the shiboleths you are immediately spoted as a devil worshper or troll. Proves how the Christian framework lives on among atheists and agnostics. Very worth a deep study and research. Attention social science students!

    1. Evangelicals, that want the end of the world are one thing. Antinuclearists, would prefer for the nucleoapes to come to their senses, before it is too late. I think their is a wide spectrum of antinuclearist sentiment

    2. If you have read comments on this blog you would know that there is no optimism about "nucleoapes" coming to their senses. In fact I get the impression that most are simply doing what they may once have done believing they could make a difference. Like a bicycle wheel continuing to spin after an accident. That nothing happened under New Age Obama is very telling.


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