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Links between Cancer and Bacteria

There are certain controversies still existing on the relation between bacteria and cancer. Many experts say that germs have the ability to make the body adjust and learn about the fighting back mechanism against tumors. The same topic is under research as it has not been completely stated even though it started out during the 1890s by a surgeon named William Coley from New York. He began with testing the radical cancer treatment by plunging a hypodermic needle teemed with bacteria onto patients. Many of them showed fight backs against tumors after several weeks of fevers and chills. Coley was speechless with the result. Later, many of the cancer patients started improving after various infections. It was considered to be Coley’s black magic rather than the finding of science and Coley and his experience was not honored. But, today many of the scientists feel Coley was right.

New research is being conducted on the same and many have resulted in stating that the cancers can be declined by any kind of exposure to different disease causing viruses and bacteria. It was later in the 1980s, the experts noted that acne patients had severe rates of skin cancer attacks, leukemia and lymphoma as acne was caused by one kind of bacterium.

Dr.Mohammed Namazi working at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran states that when bacteria was injected into animals, it resulted in stimulation of the immune system apart from shrinking the tumors. Stronger evidences were brought about from the studies conducted on livestock and cotton workers. They are under the influence of endotoxins and breathe it constantly. Endotoxins are the major component of the cell wall of the bacteria which results in the lung tissue swelling.

According to the epidemiologist in the University of Washington, Harvey Checkoway stated that the female cotton workers in the Shanghai region developed a lowered risk of almost 40 to 60 percent towards breast, lung and pancreas cancer when compared to other workers in the factory. The news seems to be both good and bad for the farmers as it has been proved that even though they develop lesser risk to cancer, they are more prone to other respiratory problems. The reason behind the lowering of cancer rates might help in the development of anticancer drugs.

There are also several other evidences which stand against the new concept which the experts have introduced. Timerman and Kreig are two experts researching on the same topic and are inspired by Coley’s work. Even then they question the philosophy that lies behind the concept and the reason behind it. They also enquire about the use of other bacteria extracts for treating cancer. Kreig confers that it is important to maintain the sense of humility and also try and avoid being over cynical. The research and studies are being still going on regarding the ability of germs to induce immunity of the body to fight against cancer. Some or the other is sure to pop up with the best to be made available to the patients.


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