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(Its possible causes, prevention & cures)
A Christian Medical Perspective

The two most common causes of death and disease in industrialized nations in the modern world are cardiovascular disease and cancer. While cardiovascular diseases kill more people more often than cancers, it is the cancers that are more feared. Malignant tumors invade more than just the surrounding normal tissues. They invade our lives, attack our morale, and sap our hopes at all ages. Even children who seldom suffer cardiovascular disease are attacked and killed by this scourge. Just the word "cancer" wakes us from our dreams to the nightmares down the rabbit hole of Alice in research-land. The surgical Queen of Hearts wants to cut our tumor's head off. The Mad Hatter conjures up his chemo concoctions as the glow-in-the-dark cat-scanning eyes of the Cheshire Radiologist peer inside our stricken bodies. The world of cancer treatment is a subterranean maze of basement tunnels connecting hospital research wings just off the beaten path and out of public sight, except for the odd TV News blurb. The mysterious language of the oncologists whisper rumors of statistical chances of survival from beneath the gaze of hopeless eyes; eyes grown tired of all the suffering and death they have already been forced to witness. Heart attacks and strokes are quick and dirty killers of older people, but malignant tumors grind away at the bones and starve the life out of every organ in the body at any age.
Tumors are greedy selfish rebels who express betrayed loyalties one subtle cell division at a time, creeping little by little into our lives. If rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft then a malignant tumor is a coven of uncontrolled wicked witches begging for their own destruction. Up to now the only way to clean out these nefarious rebel cells has been akin to carpet bombing whole regions of otherwise healthy tissues. What is needed and is in the process of development are smart bombs and surgical strikes that root out all the insurgent cancer cells while the innocent cells remain unharmed.
Cancer is a disease that is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells outside of very specific limitations written by our Creator on the DNA in our genes.
Psalm 139:13-16
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.  

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.

We know from the 139th Psalm that God wrote onto His DNA "book" every detail of how the members of our bodies would be curiously fashioned in a progressive continuance. The progression from one fertilized egg was restrained and guided to two identical cells to four then eight, then sixteen, then thirty two then sixty four and more cells with doublings out into the trillions of cells that would eventually compose each person. At each cell division of billions upon trillions of cells over the ages the cells were reined-in as each body's members have been formed, generation after generation. The full potential of any one stem cell to form any and every organ was limited at each cell division to prevent the formation of a blob of identical cells in a jelly-mass of tumor. It is absolutely amazing that King David expressed in such precise detail the modern embryological principles of induction by some cells on others and differentiation in continuance to form organs. He wrote Psalm 139 nearly three millennia before the invention of the microscope, and in an era of history when it was commonly thought that humans developed as a miniature homunculus with fully detailed bodies that merely expanded into larger bodies. It is precisely because we do not develop in that fully formed manner that makes it possible for normal cells to become cancer. The rebellion of cancer is the reversal of the continuance by which Psalm 139 says we were curiously wrought in the womb. Normal cells revert or de-differentiate back to fully potent stem cells in the most aggressive malignancies. This potential to generate cancer by stem cells is one of the best kept secrets in the political wrangling over the use of tissues from aborted babies. Cancer cells like stem cells are not subjected to the restraints that govern normal cells. These throwback cells rebel against both the constitutional design of the DNA and the inductive expression of neighboring cells whenever they multiply in spite of healthy surrounding tissues to form disorganized tumors. In their rebellion they must also have ignored the nervous system judgments and the hormonal statutes.
In the larger social realms of governments and peoples as well as at the biological level the Creator of both has established His Trinitarian imprint on every governmental control at all levels. No form of government has ever lasted very long without having the trinity of constitutional rule of law, administrative statutes, and court judgments. The same Creator God who wrote our DNA also wrote the statutes, judgments and laws at Mt. Sinai.
Leviticus 26:46 These [are] the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.
Cancer cells are lawless bandits without regard for the rule of the biological statutes, judgments or laws encoded in every living cell by our Creator. Rather than an unexpected event it is a wonder that every cell has not rebelled and formed its own selfish tumor. The Law was given at Mt. Sinai because crime and rebellion are realities in a cursed world. Likewise cancerous cells develop far more often than we know since nearly every cell in the human body contains the entire genetic blueprint for the whole body. Our immune system is designed to fend off outside invaders and suppress internal rebel cells. The great question, "Why did I get cancer?" should rather be, "How have I avoided getting cancer all this time?" All it takes is one tiny cell to rebel. Of the trillions of tiny cells that make up our bodies only one needs to reactivate basic cellular growth genes that have been commanded to remain dormant. The Bible says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft . One tiny rebellious cell divides and conjures up two cells, then 4, then 8, then 16 into the millions. This all starts in one individual cell by the misapplication of the powerful information written in the DNA on its genes in that cell's nucleus.
The nucleus of every cell is like the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and later the Temple in Jerusalem. The Book of the Law and the Ten Commandments like the crucial information stored in the DNA genetic code were stored in the Ark of the Covenant inside the nucleus of the Tabernacle. That Holy word in the Ark was like the sacred DNA first written into the central nucleus of our cells by our Creator when He formed Adam of the dust, or basic lowest elements of the earth. Those inert basic elements do not have any ability to come into agreement and make even a single living cell let alone an entire body. To make a healthy body requires information from the DNA and direction in how that information should be applied. Then there must be agreement among the cells and submission to the needs of the whole body by each cell according to their submission to the dictates of the DNA constitution. Stem cells which started out with the power to form any organ must be restrained and coerced to submit to the corporate needs of the whole organism. This is true at all levels of the complexities of living things like human bodies or corporations, or states, or countries or even churches. "Thy Word have I hid in my heart" takes on new meaning when we see that each cell has the whole "word" written in DNA genetic code in the heart or central nucleus of every cell. Presumptively expressing the independent privilege of unlimited cell division and multiplication is the rebellion out of the heart of one individual cell that conjures up all cancers. Each of these rebellious cancer cells selfishly drains the rest of the coordinated healthy body of vital oxygen and nutrients.
When a tumor expands out from that one tiny cell in fluffy lung tissue it forms a sphere that radiologists call the dreaded "snowball". When tumors expand into more solid bones and muscles they have to extend tentacles and multiple arms outward that penetrate in between firmer healthy tissue planes. This gives the tumor the appearance of a crab with legs and claws. The Latin word for crab is "cancer", and it is the tiny pieces of claw and legs left in place when the main tumor is removed that make surgery an incomplete treatment.
Tumors are not formed as often as cells rebel because our immune system destroys most of the rebel cells that would otherwise give rise to a tumor. The most promising cancer treatments focus on recruiting the immune system cells as inside behind-the-lines resistance fighters targeting individual cancer cells. Traditional chemotherapy, radiation, and incomplete surgical removal like WWII carpet bombing will soon be replaced by "smart bombs" designed to kill only tagged cancer cells. But sometimes the cancers have spread too far or involve too much of the body for pinpoint attack. Then massive destruction of any and every growing thing may be the only way to kill off tumor cells. Unfortunately such a massive radiation or chemotherapeutic attack may also wipe out the most sensitive and crucial cells in the entire body, the blood forming cells of the bone marrow. The Bible mentions getting health along with bone marrow. Psalm 63:5 "My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips". Proverbs 3:8 "It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."
Bone marrow transplants of stem cells replenish cells destroyed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Bone marrow stem cell transplant is a very ancient treatment even mentioned in the Bible. About five thousand years ago when the human race was being overrun by rebellious strange flesh that threatened to obliterate the natural human descendents of Adam, God saved a remnant. He picked Noah's family who had perfectly uncontaminated human DNA (Noah "was perfect in all his generations".) Much like saving stem cells outside of the body before chemotherapy, Noah and his family and all air-breathing life forms were all preserved alive in the ark as all of the other contaminated rebellious air-breathing forms of life were drowned in the chemotherapy of the flood. Once the cancer had been removed from the earth and the "chemotherapy" had dried up, the DNA preserved in the ark was re-injected back onto the rebel-free earth. We would not have survived as the human race without this DNA transplant.
Because the life of the flesh, including cancerous flesh, is in the blood that circulates to that flesh, depriving the tumor of blood supply will kill it. Second best is keeping any tumor from recruiting the active road-building necessary to bring new blood vessels into the center of the tumor to feed it. Angiostatin, Vasostatin, Thalidomide, and other newer drugs that prevent new blood vessel formation are promising to keep tumors from growing. It is the growth and metastasis or colonization of tumors that overwhelm the rest of the healthy submissive cells. Containment of most tumors especially in the early stages produces the same end result as removing them. But the holy grail of cancer research has always been finding the cause and preventing this scourge of humanity. What causes cancer?
It is important to note that the "rebellion" at the cellular level is unassociated with any conscious rebellion on the part of any one patient suffering cancer. Many gentle, obedient and law abiding people get cancer. The parable principles illustrated by unauthorized cancerous cell growth are useful in conscious corporate decision-making at the social level and in research at the cellular level. But these parables do not necessarily reflect the state of mind of any one patient. Nevertheless there is a form of rebellion against our Creator that the whole human race has been perfecting in the industrialized world for the last century. Cancer is more common in industrialized countries and is far more common today than in all the centuries that have come and gone before.
One reason that cancers were less common in the past was that infectious diseases killed people before they could live long enough to finally run into a carcinogen or have a tumor cell survive their active immune system protection. The constant barrage of microbes that stimulated the immune system of our ancestors also likely kept the immune system alert to internal rebel cells as well. But other important environmental factors have been introduced over the last 100 years in the rebellion of mankind against our Creator.
Tobacco is a known carcinogen that causes many tumors. Smoking is an unnatural act and has never required any of the massive scientific proof against it that has been assembled so far. Yet tobacco products remain best sellers because they are a drug delivery system for one of the most addictive substances in history.
Rather than dwell on the evils of tobacco, instead, just recognize that smoking is an appetite. It is a desire for an addictive drug that must be surrendered to the mind of Christ. There are alternative generic techniques out there like meditation, behavior modification, and nicotine programs competing for control of your mind. But in the final analysis the only real cure for all addictions is to "let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" . The side effects of all other generic methods are not worth it when compared with the liberty that also comes with Jesus. Insist on brand names.
There are many other cancer-causing agents besides tobacco. Nuclear radiation, sunshine, various viruses and other infectious diseases are associated with cancer and many have been clearly shown to be carcinogenic. None of these carcinogens can stimulate any cell to rebel unless they come in contact with the cell. The radiation must penetrate into the cell to affect it. The chemical or viral agent must touch the cell and pass across the cell membrane to make it become a tumor cell.
Constipating diets with foods laced with cancer causing viruses and chemicals make it that much easier for the carcinogen to enter the cell wall when the clogged bowel permits the agent to lay up against the same cell for hours or days at a time. That is one of the major reasons why cancer of the colon is so prominent in western industrialized nations where low fiber constipating diets are most common.
The one most pervasive characteristic of modern industrialized civilization is the ability to concentrate things. We can make pure sugar and pure white flour, concentrate acids, fuels, distill chemicals, and extract drugs with potent solvents. Nuclear power and nuclear weapons are only possible because of our ability to concentrate uranium and plutonium. This power to concentrate everything from gunpowder and wheat to wealth and power leaves for some a dearth of those things in its wake producing malnutrition from what has been eliminated in the concentration. The founding fathers of America crafted a constitution based on biblical principles that was designed to disseminate political power back to the population and prevent the natural tendency of lust to concentrate power in the big cities and capitols. Even as the godly men who founded our country on biblical principles only slowed the tendency of society to concentrate wealth and power so also has our civilization slowly transformed from a loose agricultural culture into a concentrated industrial complex of big cities. Our concentration of wealth and power enough to support whole tanker cars of sulfuric acid and vats of toxic chemicals has produced more and more over-processed grains and concentrated toxins in our food chain. We inject and feed our cattle hormones that make them get fatter faster in an effort to be more competitive and make even more money per beef per day. But this leaves us with meat laced with those hormones, antibiotics, and unnatural forms of fat. Worse than that, it has created an appetite among us for well-marbled beef and enough loose change for us to eat way more of it than our forebears would have. The blessings of prosperity and the power to concentrate sweets, fats, and other goodies have left us without fiber, with diabetes, and surrounded by toxic wastes that cause cancers and hamper the immune system's prevention of cancer.
The solution to preventing cancer is to avoid the concentrations of chemical, radiation, and infectious waste whenever they become evident. We need to drink as much natural spring water free of chlorine and filtered to remove bacteria as possible. Dilution is a major key to reducing the toxicity of anything. High fiber diets with bran and pectin from fruits and vegetables, cabbage, potatoes, and whole grains are other ways to dilute the carcinogens and cause them to pass more rapidly through the colon.
Restoring the balance of essential fats in our diet may repair the immune system and prevent individual cells from turning cancerous. This may be accomplished by avoiding the excess of Omega-6 fatty acids so artificially concentrated in plant oils and also found in higher concentrations of fatty beef . Do not use any oils like corn, peanut, canola, soy, flaxseed and cottonseed oil. Replace these with time-honored tallow, butter, lard and beef fat that are full of the benign benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids. Supplements of at much as twenty 1000 mg capsules of Omega-3 fish oil daily may also correct our over-ingestion of artificial Omega-6 plant oils. These modern artificially processed plant oils have been foist upon us in error with all the best intentions. (See the chapter on Inflammation for more information).
But what if you get the dreaded diagnosis of cancer? The standard approach for nearly all early and well contained tumors is surgical and should not be delayed. If the tumor has spread to lymph nodes or metastasized to other parts of the body the standard approach of carpet bombing with chemotherapy and radiation holds much less hope of complete cure. But with macrobiotic doses of some vitamins, and high doses of Omega-3 fish oil the outcome improves. (Be careful not to overdue it with the fat soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E which can become concentrated and produce toxicity.) Bone marrow transplants and immune treatments along with drugs that stop blood vessel formation hold the most hope for now. Smart bombs where the immune system or chemotherapeutic agents would only target cancer cells are under development now.
But since cancer is a rebellion of cells against the word of God written in their genes it only stands to reason that the prayer of faith and laying on of hands in an appeal to the original constitution and authority of God should work wonders. It is the only scientific, rational, reasonable and effective thing to do.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

It is possible that the anointing of oil refers to the physical medicine administered within the secular civil authority structure of modern science and that the prayer is both for healing and for wisdom to know which scientific "oil" to use. Both however are to be administered in the name of the Lord. For it is against His name and His word that the cancer rebelled in the first place. We must stop running to the doctor first and asking him which god to worship (what disease to fear). Instead we need to go to God personally and corporately in prayer and humble supplication and ask Him which doctor to see and what treatment plan God already has in store for us.

2006 Charles J. Thurston, MD
1st Opinion, 13316 Marietta Rd., Kingston, Ohio 45644, (740) 701-1437,

I. Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

"We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator . . . comes from only one ancient classical source:
Psalm 33:13-15 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

Leviticus 3:17 [It shall be] a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.



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