Build Health: Toss Out Your Cancer Gene Heebie-Jeebies

Right now, in research labs across the land, medical scientists scramble to discover the genes that supposedly produce disease.

Have you heard a bit about BCL2, your cancer gene? Perhaps you have been worrying it will rear up and bite you. In just a little while you will be able to laugh at it and feel a lot better.

Medical scientists ask us to believe that our genes exist in a vacuum. Either these poor folks have been educated beyond their intelligence, or they’ve been watching too much “Wheel of Fortune” with Pat Sajak and Vannah White.

Your wheel of life doesn’t spin round and round through the years and suddenly stop in the slot labeled ‘Get Cancer Now.’

The genes you possess do not operate in a vacuum. They exist in a hierarchy of environments covering all levels of your biological organization—from the external environment to the internal environment surrounding a single gene.

The internal environment surrounding the supposed cancer gene is extremely complex. As an example, in one single cell housing all of your genes, you have over 2000 metabolic enzyme systems performing work.

It is pure fantasy to believe that inside this complex environment exists a single switch labeled “Get Cancer Now” that can be magically thrown, resulting in disease.

But medical researchers operate under the assumption that we are machines and can be understood by breaking us down into our smallest component parts. When they do this and attempt to explain all phenomena in terms of one of these parts, our genes, researchers ignore the coordinating activities of the whole system.

So it is foolish to reduce all human experience to a genetic model or to assume that a genetic predisposition equals a predetermined result.

Genes in and of themselves do not produce a specific disease. Instead, a particular disease results from a complex interaction of environmental and lifestyle factors. It is the complex interaction—not the single gene—that guides the expression of our genes in the direction of a specific disease,

Paraphrasing noted biochemical researcher Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.:

Your disease state as an adult is determined by the way you have treated your genes throughout your life.

We have profound evidence showing the concept of a cancer gene to be merely a concept and not a reality. For example, if your brother or sister gets cancer, and that is the result of a gene for cancer, and you are an identical twin, you are in deep trouble. Correct?

Investigators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden investigated the role genetic heredity plays in cancer by following almost 45,000 pairs of identical twins. From the New England Journal of Medicine in July, 2000:

“There is a low absolute probability that a cancer will develop in a person whose identical twin, a person with an identical genome and many similar exposures, has the same type of cancer…For cancer at the common sites in monozygotic twins, the rate of concordance is generally less than 15%.”

So, 85% of the time the supposed human disease gene for cancer fails to act as a human disease gene for cancer.

You now have good reason to stop worrying and toss out your cancer gene heebie-jeebies. But you have an equally good reason to investigate how you have been treating your genes.

You can begin by comparing yourself to our healthy ancestors who were immune to degenerative processes and did not get sick and die like we do. Where did their health come from?