By Tom Cowan, M.D.
Just this morning I received a copy of the New York Times review of a new book by oncologist Dr. Azra Raza, titled The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last. The review was written by Henry Marsh, a neurosurgeon who has worked closely with oncologists during his entire career. I must confess I haven’t read the book, but parts of the review left me intrigued.
Dr. Raza is a long-time oncologist who lost her husband, also an oncologist, to cancer some years ago. It seems as if her lifelong work in oncology has left her with more questions — good questions — than answers. According to the reviewer, Dr. Raza‘s life’s work led her to question the very foundation of oncology. She asks, “Why are we so afraid to tell the stories of the majority (of our patients) who die? Why do we keep promoting the positive anecdote? Why all the mollycoddling?”
She goes on to wonder, “Why are we using medicines with such ghastly toxicity that achieve so little?” Finally, she takes on the medical/government/ pharmaceutical cabal by sharing that “over the past 14 years 42.4% of the 9.5 million cancer cases had lost all their life savings within the 2 years of their oncology treatment.” As in my book Cancer and the New Biology of Water, she is telling us the “war on cancer” has been a ghastly failure, one that we are unable or unwilling to face and that is extracting a greater and greater toll on our lives. “An effective treatment of cancer can only be developed once we understand how life works,” she states. To that, I say a resounding “yes!!” Those are the same words that echo through my entire book and the whole of my life’s work. Somehow, we have to see life differently; otherwise, we’ll get nowhere.
Here is what I mean by that. The entire edifice of modern science, medicine and technology is based on
the fundamental premise that all that exists is physical matter, or “stuff.” One is not allowed in modern medicine to question this “truism.” Never mind that no one has a clue how “stuff” that is made of 99.9999 percent space (i.e., nothing) somehow creates the physical structures that make up our world. Nor does anyone have any clue how the physical brain somehow “thinks thoughts” or “feels emotions,” let alone have an explanation for how the brain thinks about why and how it is thinking.
It’s akin to attempting to understand the genius of the Mona Lisa by studying only the paints and the canvas, without acknowledging that the soul and the intention of Leonardo himself, the creator of this masterpiece, are relevant or even exist. I’m not saying the paints don’t exist; they might even be interesting to study. I’m only saying that if you confine yourself to this box, you will never understand or even “see” why the Mona Lisa is such a masterpiece. Understanding this mystery we call life is what my cancer book is about.
Alas, according to the review, although Dr. Raza is asking the right questions and calling for a new paradigm for understanding, preventing and treating cancer, she encourages the widespread introduction of such things as “smart bras” and “smart toilets.” These are wireless devices, made possible by the 5G Internet of Things, which will subject us at all times to wireless radiation. Unfortunately, such unrelenting and ubiquitous wireless radiation will most likely be one of the most potent carcinogenic influences that unwitting humans have ever devised.
It’s hard to get out of our boxes, it’s hard to stand up for what you know to be true when the whole world thinks you’re crazy. My sense is Dr. Raza gave it a try, then got lost. I’m trying to send her my book; maybe we’ll be able to have a conversation. I’ll keep you posted.