Cancer – The chance for a paradigm shift in medicine?

Melanoma cancer cells surrounded by healthy tissue
Melanoma cancer cells surrounded by healthy tissue

Four different articles. Four different stories.

They all show the same thing. Our understanding of cancer has something very very wrong. The very basis of our beliefs must be misplaced.

But let us take a closer look…

Story 1: Stamatis was diagnosed with lung cancer in the 1960s, given nine months of life. He returned to Ikaria, his home island in Greece, and is now 97 – alive and well! [1]

Story 2: DNA pioneer James Watson slams ‘war against cancer’, by stating that “The time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer”. [2] [3]

Stamatis lives happily ever after…

Story 3: The same article which states the story of Watson also states that there is wide agreement that current approaches are not yielding the progress they promised. Much of the decline in cancer mortality in the United States, for instance, reflects the decline in smoking, not the benefits of clever new therapies. “The great hope of the modern targeted approach was that with DNA sequencing we would be able to find what specific genes, when mutated, caused each cancer”, said molecular biologist Mark Ptashne of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The next step was to design a drug to block the runaway proliferation the mutation caused. But almost none of the resulting treatments cures cancer. These new therapies work for just a few months. The main reason drugs that target genetic glitches are not cures is that cancer cells have a work-around. If one biochemical pathway to growth and proliferation is blocked by a drug such as AstraZeneca’s Iressa or Genentech’s Tarceva for non-small-cell lung cancer, said cancer biologist Robert Weinberg of MIT, the cancer cells activate a different, equally effective pathway. [2]

Reich could not continue his research since he died in prison and his works burned…

Story 4: Another article states that introducing medication-free spells (drug “holidays”) to some cancer treatments may keep patients alive for longer. [4]

Life is still a mystery. And a very weird one. Life can spring out of nowhere. It can just pop up out of inorganic material. Could it be that cancer cells are just a manifestation of this inherect characteristic of life? Could we be fighting… life when we fight cancer? After all, one of the greatest challenges with cancer treatment is resistance. Promising drugs suddenly fail after a few months. [7] What more proof do we want in order to understand that we are searching in the wrong direction? From Reich’s bion experiments [5] and orgone accumulation [6], to the philosophy of Parmenides, thinkers believe that everything is in a very simple manner interconnected in such a way that our attempts to isolate one factor (e.g. a gene) so as to cure an illness are just a joke.

A new paradigm shift is urgently needed in medicine and it seems that cancer will be the basis for that change.

We are ready to make a change.

All we need is a way to view things from a different perspective.

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Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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