I love science and history. Chapter 3 in G. Edward Griffin’s book, “World Without Cancer”, is all about science, history and how people handle disruptive scientific theories. Disruptive scientific theories are things like the “Round Earth” theory in a “Flat Earth” society. In case you haven’t heard…the Earth is <whisper> round. 🙂 Chapter 3 is a short but very interesting and, if you’re interested, a jumping off point for a very interesting read on the web.
Mr. Griffin uses chapter 3 to set the stage to help the reader understand why anyone might resist Laetrile as a cancer fighter. If you think about it, there is no good reason to resist a new thought even if it is disruptive though but people still do. Typically, the resistance comes from the people who currently gain power through the existing paradigm.
Consider Galileo. Galileo was persecuted by the powerful religious leaders of his time for teaching that the earth moved around the sun and not the opposite. The religious powers had something to lose by being proven wrong and so they manipulated the legal system and the masses to resist the new knowledge being presented by Galileo.
Mr. Griffin goes through a number of scientific “heretics” in chapter 3 and the list is pretty interesting and revealing. He discusses Columbus, Bruno, Galileo, the Wright Brothers, Galen, Andreas Vesalius, William Harvey, William Roentgen, William Jenner and Ignaz Semmelweis. He has more names than this in chapter 3 but if you’re interested it gets pretty interesting.
Mr. Griffin takes this idea of how the establishment has resisted new ideas in the past and compares it directly to how the medical establishment is dealing with Laetrile by obscuring the truth, corrupting scientific studies, manipulating the press, manipulating the legal system and finally controlling public opinion. It’s eye opening and at the very least a good chapter for prying open eyes that are closed by choice. Here’s a great quote from the book where Mr. Griffin discusses this problem with diseases such as scurvy, pellagra and others:
…The reason that these diseases were so reluctantly accepted as vitamin deficiencies is because men tend to look for positive cause-and-effect relationships in which something causes something else. They find it more difficult to comprehend the negative relationship in which nothing or the lack of something can cause an effect. But perhaps of even more importance is the reality of intellectual pride. A man who has spent his life acquiring scientific knowledge far beyond the grasp of his fellow human beings is not usually inclined to listen with patience to someone who lacks that knowledge-especially if that person suggests that the solution to the scientist’s most puzzling medical problem is to be found in a simple back-woods or near-primitive concoction of herbs and foods. the scientits is trained to search for complex answers and tends to look with smug amusement upon solutions that are not dependent upon his hard-earned skills. (Page 55)
Good point, don’t you think? He goes on to show that the results of scientists working on the cancer puzzle have, in some cases, shown evidence that cancer is a result of a deficiency in the body. In this case it has been labeled vitamin B17 and is also called Laetrile. It is a compound that is part of the nitriloside family. It is naturally occurring and can be found in places such as apple seeds, apricot seeds, maize etc. He notes that animals that consume nitrilosides in nature are rarely found with cancer in the wild. He notes that only after being captured or domesticated do these animals eat a diet that lacks the natural nitrilosides normally in their diets and eventually develop cancer.
Mr. Griffin goes on to quote Dr. Burkitt, a cancer pioneer and discoverer of Burkitt Lymphoma, saying quite similar things in lectures and various writings. Dr. Burkitt is quoted as saying that we need to eat more bran and other cereals to increase the roughage content of our diet. In other words, he pointed to the food we eat….our diet. Doctors such as Ernst T. Krebs, Jr. a biochemist in San Fransisco and others have also come to this conclusion but, rather than including more roughage, they have pointed to a lack of nitrilosides and the need for them in our diet.
Mr. Griffin continues quoting doctors who emphasize nutrition in fighting cancer and citing nutritional deficiencies as the reason for the genesis of cancer in our bodies. He shows how our grandparents used to eat foods that contained nitrilosides but how they were eventually eliminated as society became more modern. He wraps up the chapter showing that science needs to take a second look at “B17” as a cancer fighter and as a preventative measure.
On to the next chapter,
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