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Cancer Can Positively Be Prevented
By Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, Bart. M.D.

The following talk was printed in a medical journal in England in 1926. Although Dr. Lane's work was accepted by many of his colleagues, it did not receive universal attention. Today toxicity is much more prevalent because of the chemicals in our environment; therefore, it seems appropriate to renew an interest in detoxification.

I shall not die of cancer. I am taking measures to prevent it. What I am doing anybody can do. It is not a matter of money. It is a matter only of forethought and forbearance.

What I am doing everybody should do if he would avoid the risk of death from a disease more terrible than tuberculosis, syphilis and a number of other awful diseases rolled into one.

Cancer is the great human menace. It is increasing by leaps and bounds. If anything, it is increasing more rapidly in the United States than it is in the British Isles. Of those now living in the British Isles, 5,000,000 are doomed to die of cancer if they do nothing to prevent it. In the United States, the doomed number is 10,000,000 and may quite easily rise to 15,000,000 or 20,000,000.

This means that at least one in ten of those now living in America and perhaps one in five [living in the British Isles] are doomed to die of cancer if they do nothing to prevent it. But for those more than 40 years of age the danger is far greater than that. Cancer seldom strikes until the victim is at least 40. The percentage of any community who are 40 or more is but a fraction of the total. This might be called the cancer fraction. There the disease does its worst. One and perhaps two out of every five Americans of this age are doomed to die of cancer unless they do something to prevent it. And, unfortunately, women are in the greatest danger from the fact that cancer strikes them a little earlier than it does men.

What picture of impending fate could be more awful than this? How terrible it is that only the physician knows who has seen human beings slowly eaten alive by an ailment that spares neither Icing nor peasant. Yet I paint the picture not to terrify, but to move to preventive action. Civilization has made cancer. What it has made, it can destroy. We can be as free from cancer as are savages to whom the disease is apparently nearly if not quite unknown. Savages become cancerous only when they come within the influence of civilization and wrong their bodies as we wrong ours.

A great flood of light has come upon cancer. We now know what causes it. It is not the bacillus that scientists have so long sought and not yet found. It is caused by poisons created in our bodies by the food we eat. I am speaking now, of course, in a general way. A few cancers are caused by bruises, but it is a question if bruises would ever cause cancer if poisons had not first done their work to the tissue.

What causes poisons to accumulate in the body? Bad drainage. Nothing else. The body was never intended to be a traveling receptacle of perishable commodities, the waste products of which should be carried about for twenty-four hours or more at a time. We were never built to bear the strain and we are not bearing it. We are breaking under it. We are breaking out with cancer and a large number of other diseases, all of which have the same origin. There is but one cause of disease and that cause is poison. We may take in poison through the air, but we manufacture most of it within -ourselves from the food that we eat.

We eat three times a day and sometimes more. Our bodies should be cleared as often as we eat. Animals do not need to be told this. Savages do not need to be told this. But we need to be told. The seeming requirements of what we call civilization have come in the path of our instincts. We eat regularly and expel irregularly. We eat frequently and expel infrequently. We live in a house that is called our body and we do not drain our house. What are "we"? We are little cells. According to the scientists one little group is the heart, another little group is the stomach, and the combination of all the groups is the individual. We eat frequently, expel infrequently, and poisons are set up. These poisons enter the blood stream. Every part of the body is reached. Every part of the body suffers. The body resists. It tries to bear up under the burden. It tries to set up antidotes to the poisons. It thickens the walls of parts of the intestines to enable them to bear a load for which they were not intended, but in trying to offset one evil creates another by decreasing the capacity of the intestines.

The body fights back and dies hard but it dies. It does not die the day the poison is introduced. It makes a losing fight for years. But eventually the break comes. It comes where the strains of poison and the strains of life meet. What I mean is that the strains of life may and usually do bear upon some parts of the body more than others. If one is doing work that requires the expenditure of a considerable amount of brain power, he puts a strain upon his nervous system. This strain might not and probably would not hurt him if the poisons that he is manufacturing within his own body were not also putting a strain upon his nervous system. The two strains meet. The man goes down with paralysis or some kindred ailment.

He goes down because he did not drain the house in which his cells lived. We do such terrible things to the little cells that live in our house. Nobody would treat other persons as he treats his own cells. Imagine a man having a great house and filling it with guests, then stopping the sewer and filling the rooms each day with a number of dead cats. With the rooms reeking with foul odors we can imagine the crying and the dying of little children, who may be compared with the more delicate cells of our bodies. As the fumes become heavier we can visualize the fainting away of women. Finally, none are left but the strongest of the men but in time they too die and the house that was once so gay is but a silent sepulcher.

On the theory that most persons care more about themselves than they do about anybody else we can at least imagine such treatment of guests by a host. But how can we account for such treatment of the little cells that live in our houses and are us?

There is no way to account for what civilized human beings do to themselves except to realize the fact that they do not know what they are doing.

We take disease for granted. We assume that it is the inescapable fate of man, sooner or later, to have this or that disease and die with it.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The nature of man is to die as a clock stops when it is run down. Death should come peacefully, at great age, and usually during sleep. Disease of any kind is certain proof that the body has been misused.

We are indicted by our ailments. What we have done is reflected in what we have. We should be proud of health and ashamed of sickness. No ill man should escape blame unless he can show that he is the victim of society rather than of himself. Bad housing conditions, for instance, for which no individual is to blame, may and do cause sickness, but most of our ills we create for ourselves. Anybody can see that the house in which his cells live is drained. Whoever does not see this invites all of the death and destruction that may come to him, because bad drainage in the human body is the cause of cancer and most of the other ills that afflict mankind. Remove this cause and we shall have destroyed most of the diseases.

Hippocrates, the great father of medicine, knew this, thousands of years ago, as did many of the ancients, but most of his followers seem to have forgotten it.

We physicians should go back to the sources of our information and preach more ardently what was taught so long ago; what is and always will be true that man by nature is not a poison factory; that his body is but a house in which his cells live and that to permit his house to fill up with sewage is even worse than it would be to maintain an open sewer in one's residence. One might get a breath of fresh air once in a while in such a house, but there is no escape from the poisons that one carries about in his body They are flowing into his blood stream all the while and preparing it for all of the diseases, including the worst of all — cancer.

Now what is the matter with the body that it does not adequately drain itself? Nothing is the matter with the body. It was made all right. The matter lies with us. We have suddenly changed our methods of living. We call this change civilization. Part of it is good, part of it is bad. That part of it which pertains to our habits of life is mostly bad because it represents so sharp a break with our past. The human body, which has been created through countless centuries of slow change, cannot in a day, a year, or a century adapt itself to an environment that is radically different from anything to which it has ever been accustomed. Force such an environment upon it and there is trouble.

That is what we have done. We are trying to force our bodies to live in entirely different circumstances than human bodies every lived before. For millions of years, perhaps, we went on four legs. We now stand erect. For a very long time, after we began to stand erect, we were physically active. We hunted, we cleared forests, we attended flocks. We did everything, perhaps, except to sit at desks, ride in motor cars, eat white bread and other bad food.

Such activity and proper food caused good drainage. I am inclined to believe that the average duration of life in ancient times was greater than it is now, but if it was not it was because of perils with which modern science is prepared to combat. The same rice field that keeps the coolie's drainage good produces the malaria germ that kills him. The coolie knows how to eat, but we don't, and we know how to stop malaria, but he doesn't.

We shall never begin at the beginning, in our fight against cancer, and eat the food of some of the lowly peoples of Asia, but we may as well know what it is. It begins with bread made from flour ground between two stones by hand. The flour is coarse and all there nothing is sifted out to make it whiter.

This flour is moistened with water and made into little cakes. The cakes are placed, one by one, on a flat iron surface that is heated by a charcoal fire. When the cake is scorched on one side, it is turned over with forceps and scorched on the other. It is then ready to eat.

With this cake are eaten raw vegetables. A favorite vegetable is the radish which, in that part of the world, grows as large as one's forearm. The natives also eat sugar cane, swallowing some of the fiber.

The first thing that one notices about this diet is that it has bulk. Bulk is necessary to elimination. Part of our troubles is that we shun bulk. We eat concentrated foods. Concentrated foods decay and create poisons to carry around and absorb, but are difficult to eliminate.

The next thing we observe about this diet is that it contains no meat. We think we need meat. An Asiatic can march all day on vegetables and fight at evening. We should never eat any food that, when decayed, has an odor that is exceedingly offensive. All animal products come under this ban.

Your Asiatic eats his vegetables raw. He gets his vitamins, which are so necessary to life and health, while they are in good condition. We destroy ours with heat. Vegetables are better if not cooked.

Lastly, the Asiatic peasant eats bread made from whole grain flour. We eat white bread which contains but part of the grain. White bread is so bad that if fed exclusively to animals for a month they will die. It is not fit to eat. In the first place, it does not contain the food elements that we require. Furthermore, it tends to clog the drainage system. Whoever eats it does so at his peril. Whole-grain bread is difficult to get in England. I understand that it is easy to get in the United States. Americans who persist in eating white bread and die of cancer have nobody to blame but themselves.

What we should do then, if we would avoid cancer, is to eat whole-grain bread and raw fruits and vegetables, shunning all meat, first that we may be better nourished, second that we may more easily eliminate waste products and thus adequately drain the house in which our cells live.

But one of the most difficult things in the world to do is to change the food of a nation. The best we can expect to do is to effect as favorable a compromise as possible. Each person can say for himself how far he is willing to go to avoid cancer. Whoever foregoes white bread will perform a great service for himself. It is deadly.

Having done the best we can to avoid bad foods and get good ones, there still remains the problem of elimination of sure, adequate drainage. Exercise helps. Walk two or three hours a day. How many will do it? Not many, I fear. If not, the problem of bad drainage remains. What are we to do? Should simple measures of diet and habit fail, the freeing of the intestinal canal by operation restores its mechanics to the condition in which it existed in infancy. The effects are tremendous far and away beyond what I expected. Men and women are transformed. Their very natures seem to change. They become bright and happy and well. Not only do the particular ills of which they complained disappear, but minor troubles go with them.

Obviously it would not do to operate on everybody whose drainage system was not working properly, because that would mean to operate upon everybody. Just as obviously it would have been idle to expect everybody who suffered from bad drainage to correct his habits with regard to diet and exercise. The problem of bad drainage remained. The question was how to meet it.

I determined to try mechanical means. I sought a lubricant by means of which I hoped to keep the bowels open. I tried olive oil, but found that it was absorbed before it had completed the lubrication of the intestinal tract. I finally hit upon paraffin oil, a by-product of petroleum, which at that time I was able to get in a highly refined state only from Russia. Now, I am glad to say that high-grade paraffin oil is on sale pretty much throughout the civilized world. In different countries it is put out under different trade names. It is practically without color, taste or odor. In buying it, one should be sure that the label on the bottle bears the statement that it is intended for internal use.

Now what will paraffin oil do? So far as elimination is concerned, it will do everything that proper food and proper exercise could do. It is mechanically perfect. It lubricates without being absorbed. It has no effect upon the body except as a lubricant.

Two tablespoonfuls of it should be taken half an hour before each meal. The reason for taking it half an hour before mealtime is to give it time to pass out of the stomach before the arrival of food. If paraffin oil were to be smeared over food it would interfere with the operation of the gastric juices and probably do more harm than good.

Three doses of paraffin oil a day will insure perfect drainage of the human house. This should be drained three times a day. Once is not enough. Watch the animals. They don't eat white bread and commit our other crimes against themselves. They are well drained. To prevent accidents from the use of paraffin oil, it is best to form the habit of clearing the body after each meal. We should take out as often as we put in. If we would avoid cancer we must cease to be badly drained human houses.

Whoever will correct his diet to a reasonable extent, take reasonable exercise, and a dose of paraffin oil half an hour before each meal need have no fear of cancer. I make this declaration with no reservations. Cancer is a filth disease. I am certain that it is the last stage in a sequence of ailments brought about by bad drainage of the system. I am also certain that cancer never attack s a healthy organ. Tissue must first be weakened by poison before it will yield to this or any other malady. Drain the body and there need be no fear of cancer, appendicitis, diabetes, neuritis, neuralgia, sleeplessness, melancholia, epilepsy and a great number of other ailments.

When I first recognized the responsibility of bad drainage for certain diseases, I did not realize the extent to which poisons manufactured and secreted within ourselves are the cause of the diseases that have come with civilization. As I said, I was dumbfounded at the results often brought about by operation. These results, together with the later results from the use of paraffin oil, caused me to reflect and to investigate still further. These reflections and these investigations made it plain to me that all the glitter as well as the solid achievements of civilization are reared upon a basis of filth. We have new and terrible diseases because we have committed and are still committing new and terrible crimes against our bodies.

Every particle of evidence points in the same direction. Your great American statistician, Frederick L. Hoffmann, of Newark, New Jersey, penetrated the wilds of Africa and the wilds of Asia only to find cancer and the other diseases of civilization unknown. 

But what cleanliness means to cell life is perhaps best shown in the achievement of Dr. Carrel, of Rockefeller Institute, New York, in keeping alive, for more than fourteen years now, bits of tissue from a chicken. Nutrition is provided by keeping them in a solution upon which they feed. But Dr. Carrel does not permit the waste products to remain and poison the cells. Instead, the tissue is washed several times a day. These bits of chicken are not only alive but as vigorous as ever after the lapse of a period far in excess of the normal life of a chicken. What Dr. Carrel has done is striking proof of what cells can do if given a chance. But no cells can endure poison. We moderns seem to think they can. The pity is that we do not think at all.

We shall have to begin thinking and acting very soon or cancer and its trail of lesser diseases will make an end of us. It is often said by those who know nothing about the subject that the increase of cancer is more apparent than real. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cancer is a world disease a world peril. Wherever civilization extends it goes and nowhere else. In England and Wales, in 1881, the death rate from cancer was 520 to the million and from tuberculosis, 1,923 to the million. In 1921, cancer deaths had jumped to 1,215, while tuberculosis had dropped to 854. In the United States, deaths from cancer jumped from 47,829 in 1900 to 90,938 in 1922.

As cancer has become a greater and greater menace, the medical world has striven harder and harder to discover the cause and cure. The laboratory workers have had long innings and they have very little indeed to show for it.

Meanwhile, the indications of what causes cancer may be found, by inference, among the uncivilized tribes of the earth. We have simply been studying diet and drainage. What good would it do to discover the cancer germ? Have we not already discovered the germ of tuberculosis, without thereby removing the disease? We have minimized tuberculosis only to the extent that we have minimized the operation of its causes. We know now that sunshine, fresh air and good food are fatal to tuberculosis. Knowing these things, we need not worry about the germ that accompanies the disease.

There is so much proof that savage peoples have neither cancer nor any of the other diseases of civilization, and that their dietary habits are the cause of their immunity, that one might fill a book with it. Dr. Hoffman, the American statistician, who has investigated the subject perhaps as much as any man in the world, writes me as follows:

"Your views regarding dietary or nutritional causation (of cancer) coincide with my own, based upon extensive research among native races. I recently returned from a trip to South America, where I lived for seven months among native Indians and mixed bloods. During the entire period, not a single case of cancer was brought to my attention, although every where I inquired although every doctor was asked the question; and although personally I came in contact with more than 2,000 natives. The diet is very simple, and the habits of the people are very regular."

The world, in its search for the cause and cure of cancer, has been on the wrong track. The answer has been within ourselves all the time. Drain the body of its poisons, feed it properly, and the miracle is done.

Chronic cancer cannot be cured. Neither can any chronic disease. But cancer can be prevented, as can all other diseases that arise from the same cause. On these statements I am willing to stake whatever reputation I may have. Nobody need have cancer who is willing to take the trouble to avoid it. And he will feel better and enjoy life more all the time he is talking the trouble. Incidentally, he will live longer.

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