It has been disputed that cancer is a byproduct of the industrial age and manmade stimuli. Yet ancient man was believed to be safe, or at least less prone, to this dreadful disease.
Is cancer truly a manmade phenomenon? Were the environmental conditions of early man a factor in the virtual nonexistence of the disease during Paleolithic times?
Today, cancer is one of the top causes of death in modern humans. Instances of the disease have shot up over the past 200 years since the Industrial Revolution, most likely due to pollution and waste produced by industrial societies.
On the other hand, it is widely believed that because ancient humans had relatively shorter life spans, they were less inclined to harbor cancer, which typically occurs during middle life.
Now, new studies of preserved child mummies may require rethinking of that premise. Virtually no cases of malignant tumors have been found in youth during ancient times , as opposed to frequent diagnoses of cancer in children today.
Researchers believe this lack of cancer evidence could indicate that it is indeed a modern, manmade disease.
In cavemen times, food was eaten in its most natural form. Processed food did not exist and nature dictated accessibility to prey.
Such circumstances forced moderation of meat intake, which in turn lessened the chance of consuming deadly carcinogens.
Prolonged dry spells in protein intake meant our ancestors had to make do with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, which naturally provide raw and healthy enzymes that cleanse the body.
Add to these factors a highly active lifestyle, stalking prey and foraging. All together, they made for a healthier ancient man, devoid of any malignant build-ups in his system.
Now consider what the average man eats today. Almost 90 percent of the modern diet consists of fast and processed foods. They are chock full of preservatives, chemicals and food colorings.
Even if we choose to partake of “healthy” vegetables and fruits, we still have to deal with produce that is genetically-modified, which contributes to a carcinogen-prone physiology.
The rarity of cancer among ancient humans also owes in part to the more pristine state of the planet back then. Harmful chemicals in everyday products such as cleansers and all forms of pollution have contributed to proliferation of the disease.
And here’s a real surprise: researchers have recently isolated a compound used 2,500 years ago that may aid in the treatment of cancer today. It can only make one wonder what other secrets we may have forgotten that protected us in the past.
Alfablue, July 2012