Cancer and GMO’s

Cancer is a touchy subject for most, laced with emotions and fear and uncertainty. Both of my grandmothers died from cancer. My dad’s been battling it for almost 20 years.

Some days I would love to blame someone or something for it. Have a place to point my finger and say “It’s all your fault.” But due to other events in my life, I realize that the real fear and uncertainty doesn’t come from the cancer, but rather from life itself.

Nothing in life is certain. We get no guarantees. No one is born with a warranty stapled to their forehead that says “We guarantee you will not be hit by a bus, struck by lightening, or diagnosed with cancer.”

Having parents who researched cancer for a number of years, gives me a unique perspective on the issue anyway. After seeing hundreds of cases of cancer, patterns emerge in the research setting that give scientists clues about where to look for treatment options. If 85 out of 90 fifty-five year old men come down with intestinal cancer, they know to look at genes as a cause. If 40 out of 60 children in a particular school are diagnosed with skin cancer, they know they probably need to research the environment.

The problem with cancer is just because one incident is associated with certain conditions, doesn’t mean every incident is associated with those same conditions. Even when environmental causes are suspected, blame is difficult to pin down. If all 60 children reacted the same way to the environmental hazard, it would change things … but because only 40 reacted, the researchers then know that while the environment may have played a role, it is not the only factor at work.

Cancer is tricky like that. Kind of like life.

No one responds the same way to the same question. We all have emotional baggage and unique life experiences that direct how we perceive things. Our brains take all those life events and mix them together to give us a unique perspective on what we encounter throughout our day.

Physiologically, we are the same way. Our bodies respond to not only our physical environment but our emotions as well, changing the chemistry and responses that we produce. For example, ever get butterflies before you have a big meeting? Or feel an uncontrollable urge to scream at someone? They are both physiological responses to emotional input.

But everyone’s response is not the same to the same set of stimuli.

Why? Experience? Genetics? Environment? A combination of all three?

The deal is humans are not one-sided creatures with solitary responses to emotional input and experience, so why would we ever consider that physiologically we would all respond the same way to input where disease is concerned?

My dad’s cancer they know is caused by a virus that affects the genes. Problem is not everyone who gets the virus, has the mutation of genes occur. It would be so simple to treat if that were the case … just protect against the virus.

The point is this is why I have trouble believing the whole GMO’s are to blame for everything bad happening health-wise to us human beings. It’s hazardous to the health of some people, maybe … but so is getting run over by a bus and we don’t have health warnings on those.


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