Cancer may be the result of the simultaneous action of at least three factors - viruses,
injurious agents, and native weakness.
Animals may be a reservoir for cancer viruses. Animal products figure highly in cancer risks.
Viral particles have been found in certain cancers and in milk and eggs. Monkeys, chickens, cows,
cats, and dogs may be possible cancer virus carriers.
Cooking may not be adequate to make animal products safe, as even heat-killed viruses have caused
cancer in hamsters. In countries where dairy industries are well developed, cancer rates are high.
A possible association has also been suggested between areas with developed poultry industries
and high rates of leukemia and early maturation of children.
85 percent of cancers are directly related to the environment. Another ten percent of cancer cases
are indirectly related to the environment. Estrogens and bile acid derivatives are internally produced
carcinogens, which are recognized as being related to environmental factors.
Some studies have associated coffee drinking with female bladder cancer. Drinking one cup of coffee
per day may increase women's risk of developing bladder cancer by three times. X-rays to the mouth,
head and neck increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer. Atromid-S (Clofibrate for lowering cholesterol)
is associated with a higher incidence of cancer and gallbladder disease. Amphetamines, once used in
weight reduction programs and now used for hyperactive children, may increase the risk by six times
for developing Hodgkin's disease later in life.
Lifestyle management to maintain the body's defenses plays a significant role in determining cancer
General Risk Factors:
High meat and fat consumption
Coffee, teas, colas
Aflatoxins (fungal products found especially in peanuts and soy sauce)
Lack of iodine, vitamins A, C and E
Amines, such as nitrosamines, found in un-refrigerated foods, processed
meat and cheese.
High intake of certain vitamins
Habitual overeating has been associated with 35% of all cancers.
Certain species of mushrooms
Diet high in refined foods
Diet high in fat or protein
Long "transit time" for intestinal digestion
Drugs, including certain antibiotics (Tetracycline, possibly penicillin), aspirin, diuretics,
immunosuppressants, Azolid, Butazolidin, Presamine, Tofranil, SK-Pramine, Tapazole, Methotrexate,
antihistamines, amphetamines, Atromid-S, etc. (NOTE: These are associations, not implying that they cause cancer.)
Use of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks
Excessive exposure to chemicals, industrial fumes, hydrocarbons, cleaning solvents, and vinyl chloride
Exposure to cold, heat, and radiation
Drinking tap water in most large cities
Long contact with sick pets
Chronic irritation or infection
All viral illnesses (flu, colds, rashes, diarrhea)
Early sexual activities increase the risk of developing cervical and fore skin cancer.
History of any previous cancer
Nonspecific factors, such as age, race, sex, occupation, and family history of cancer.