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Number One Human Killer?

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Squirrel naturally have anti-cancer mechanism within its body. Human being on the other hand, is pretty much naked in such defense. I could imagine if a supernova, the explosion of a gigantic star takes place, thus spreading mild level of cosmic radiation to Earth, every human being will die of cancer as our cells will undergo massive mutation. On the other hand, squirrels, fruit flies and cockroaches will just wonder why are we dying out one by one. Well, unless there are some special human being who have this anti-cancer system in their body or else we can say bye bye to humanity.

OK, i will stop digressing.

Exactly a century ago, the case of cancer is literally one in a million. Today, the statistic is staggering especially in US and UK. One in Three people (yes, as in 1/3) will develops cancer in some stage of their life.I could see a correlation between cancer and the rise of economic wealth distribution. But does it imply causation? I will try to reason this out. 

Before the industrialization age, apart from the rich ones, most people eat to live (instead of live to eat) as they have to spend plenty of effort to rear or hunt animals to eat. However, with the rise of the age of consumerism and commercialization, food has become commercialized and is mass produced. Instead of hunting for cow and chicken which lives naturally and healthily in the jungle, today we are eating meat which are chunked out directly from farms. Hence today, human have taken food for granted and strive more on living to eat instead of eating to live. – Ronn.

(I’ve written this before in one of my old post)

Just over few centuries ago, families had their own farms to feed themselves. They reared their own livestock and planted vegetables to eat. If they do not have a farm, they would go to a small local market to buy fresh fruits and meat. Eating meat was actually something of a privilege back then as meat was very expensive. Most family would jump in joy if they got to have a chicken for dinner. But with the rise of age of industrialization, an economic-modernization revolution took place, giving people the opportunity to have ‘jobs’ albeit mostly labour work. When people have jobs, they will have income. As time advanced, we reached the knowledge-economy where labour-based jobs has transformed to knowledge-based jobs. In other words, it is the corporate workforce that we have today. And people’s standard of living is getting higher and higher as time advances.

These economic advancements has caused two massive revolutions in humanity:

1. People are now occupied with work, hence no time for planting, rearing, or hunting for food.

2. Distribution of wealth to common people. With money, we revert back to our basic instinct of seeking luxurious food as eating is something our mind keeps motivating us to do.

3. Thus combine these 2 factors together, the demand for meat, a form of luxurious food perceived by our subconscious mind, shoots up.

Dangerous Meat

With the surge of demand in food, instead of staying in local farms, food producers have expanded their productions network due to economy of scale – the bigger the production is, the lesser the cost, thus higher profit. This is when the real definition of Money Is Evil comes in…. a combination of two factors – the greed of capitalism and the ever demand for affordable meat  from consumers.

One of the most popular form of meat consumed by people is beef. As we know, cows and bulls’ natural diet is grass. But little we are aware of what’s going on in the food industry right now which may be destructing humanity’s health.

The cost of growing grass is pretty hefty as it takes longer time and more effort to plant it. Greedy producers then found an alternative for grass to feed the cows – corn. Using corn as lifelong cow feeds is equivalent to us feeding a baby with rice and porridge and expect the baby to grow up healthily till adulthood. No, the natural diet for cow is grass, just like a human needs a balanced diet of vegetable and meat to grow up healthily.

So, how do food producers keep the cows “fat and fit”? Heck, how could they even keep a calf alive for more than a month? The answer is hormone growth injections. This hormone functions by genetically engineer the cow’s body to fatten and prolonging its life till it becomes an adult and slaughter it right away once it reaches maturity. From the discovery of one greedy food producer, it has now become the industry’s standard.

Now, if we eat something which have been genetically modified, will the food, in turn, modify back our cells, hence causing cancer? Or will the chemicals injected to livestock mutate our cells in the long run? I really do not know. Just some interesting thoughts.

The dilemma is this – if indeed growth hormone is dangerous and slowly killing us with cancer, then why do government do not impose any restrictions or regulations on these chemicals just like how they do on tobacco and alcohol?  On the other hand, if growth hormone is not dangerous, then why the fuss from green movements and pro organic food supporters? If this is so, they will seem like a group of deluded people. Or perhaps the government is closing one eye on this issue as there’s nothing much that can be done since food is the basic essential demand?

You judge.

And by the way, just if you have ever wondered how did Mad Cow Diseases happened, it is because food producers grinded meat and corn together and make it as cow’s feeds (as it will fatten up the cow). Cow, as a herbivore animal, do not take meat and once this ‘no-meat’ stance is violated, it will basically become crazy as the mind and body’s system will go malfunction. Just search in YouTube of cows eating live chickens to watch the horror.

Futile Vegetable/Fruit

Vegetable and fruits do have natural anti-oxidant which can clear away toxins in our body. However, we are back again to square one problem – over-commercialized food. Capitalism has posed two problems in commercialized plants and vegetables here.

1. Vegetables and fruits are planted in the same soil over and over again, hence drying up soil’s nutrients in the long run. The soil is supposed to be left barren for some period of time to recuperate the nutrient on the ground before planting again.

2. Vegetables and fruits are sprayed with pesticide to control pest problems in the farm.The root of the plant/tree will absorb the chemical and so as the skin of the fruit.

As we know the root of a tree/plant absorbs nutrient and minerals from the ground to bring nutrition to fruit or vegetable. Now, we have a problem where fruits/vegetables couldn’t absorb much natural nutrient as the soil has most probably dried up. Making things worse, the plant have to absorb the chemicals along since the root does not have any ‘intelligence’ to filter up what to absorb and what not to. Besides that, eating the skin of commercialized fruits is like a double edged sword – it is the most nutritious, yet the most dangerous at the same time as it indiscriminately absorb all kind of vitamin, protein and chemicals it could get.  

Are we dead?

There must be a reason why cancer has became such a huge issue right now, from 1 out of 1,000,000 one hundred years ago to 1 out of 3 today.

Is it because of the food or because of what is put into our stomach?

There must be a reason.

There must be a reason.

There must be a reason.

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Written by elan85

November 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

Posted in General Science

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