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The Case Against Chicken: Why don't the Navajo get Cancer?

The Case Against Chicken:

Why don't the Navajo get Cancer?

During the past 8-10 years, many health (and cholesterol) conscious people have changed their eating habits from eating red meat (beef) to consuming more chicken. It now seems questionable that this was such a good idea.

We recently ran across a most interesting article by John Heinerman, Ph.D., published in his FOLK MEDICINE JOURNAL/SPRING 1993. While patients during the time they are on the Gerson Therapy are not eating chicken, we feel that all our members and their families need to take note. Therefore, we are reporting on the article at length and with a number of direct quotes.

Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, in her many years as researcher in the biological sciences, arrived at the conclusion that cancer was probably caused by a viral or microbial agent. She regularly found what she considered the cancer causative agent in chicken. Furthermore, in TIME Magazine, November 26, 1990, a report titled "The Dangers of Foul Fowl" showed that chicken are widely infected with salmonella.

A Dr. De Lamar Gibbons (M.D) found a different link between chicken consumption and cancer. He had practiced medicine for some 17 years in Blanding, San Juan County, Utah and on the nearby Navajo Indian Reservation.

He published an article on November 29, 1987 in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE under the title of "Indians Hold Key to Cancer". He reported that neither he, nor two other prominent physicians who had practiced in San Juan County for 32 years and 26 years respectively "have ever seen breast cancer or lung cancer in a Navajo." He wrote that he was certain that cancer can be prevented, and that the Navajos had done this for at least 30 years. He also pointed to the fact that the general diet of the Navajos, in our way of thinking, is very poor indeed. They eat "a high fat diet, consisting of mutton stew, bread deep-fried in mutton tallow, potato chips, soda pop, coffee, beer, candy and Twinkles. They eat virtually no fiber and no vegetables. The nutritional content of their diet is a disaster. Their sanitation in many instances is unbelievably bad. Many draw water from open creeks and have no sanitary facilities (not even out-houses much less indoor plumbing and running water). In short, they do everything wrong, according to the `authorities'. And yet they do not get cancer! They must be doing something right that the rest of us are doing wrong."

Dr. De Lamar Gibbons went further in his studies once he had made this fascinating discovery. He tabulated all the cancer cases he and his colleagues had treated over a 5 year period. They had a population ratio of 40% Indians and 60% Anglos. Yet, out of 97 cancer cases, only 3 were Indians. On another reservation, between 1960 and 1973, of 13,000 admissions, only 13 cases had cancer.

Outside of thoroughly cooking their meat, they totally avoid poultry for religious reasons. We quote from Dr. Gibbon's article: "In the course of the past 30 years only one of the 5,000 San Juan County Navajos has been found to have developed prostate cancer. This cancer becomes almost universal in aged non-indian men. Equally remarkable was the discovery that this individual was different from the others of his tribe in another way. He broke a sacred taboo. He raised chicken and ate eggs. (Faithful Navajos shun birds. They believe the flight of birds is not accomplished through the application of the physical laws of aerodynamics. No! Birds are supported in the air by spooky-magic, and are thus to be avoided.)"

"One of my Navajo patients developed ovarian cancer. Her life was different. She had been in a nursing home for five years and was served soft eggs each morning."

Dr. Heinerman was so intrigued by these reports that he decided to study them and collect data for himself. He, together with an assistant, personally went to the Havasupai Indian Reservation on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, staying in the village of Supai. He called on an Anglo physician in a town about 65 miles away who had practiced in the village clinic for some 4 years. He confirmed that the Indians basically are not healthy and suffer from many diseases: Diabetes, otitis (inflammation of the ear) alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension. When he was asked about cancer, he could only remember three cases, all women with ovarian cancer. He added, "It seems like these people just don't get cancer."

Dr. Heinerman then looked up the son of one of these ovarian cancer patients. He told Dr. Heinerman that his mother,"in her 30's and 40's, used to keep a lot of chicken around the house, and the family ate them often. She was the only one I know of who ate them." The other two ladies who died of ovarian cancer had lived for a while outside of the village in the regular world. Both had eaten the food which is regularly consumed such as chicken, turkey and eggs.

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Dr. Heinerman concludes his article by restating the unhealthy general lifestyle of the Indians. He says, "Many of the Havasupai menfolk smoke to some extent. Yet neither Dr. Gibbons nor ourselves ever found any recorded cases of lung cancer among them. Equally amazing is the epidemic of obesity among both tribes, particularly the women. Yet NO cases of breast cancer or colon cancers have ever been detected."

Article copyright The Gerson Institute.


By Charlotte Gerson

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The Cancer Microbe


by Alan Cantwell, Jr., M.D.

Aries Rising Press

P.O. Box 29532, Los Angeles, CA

1990, 283 pp. Softcover, $18.95

It saddened me to read in your September, 1990 issue of the death of Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler in July of this year. I was a friend and had a 20 year association with her close colleague, Dr. Eleanor Alexander-Jackson who died on May 25, also this year. With the close of this era, I want to highly recommend Dr. Alan Cantwell's new book, The Cancer Microbe. Because of my long association with Dr. Alexander-Jackson, I am quite knowledgeable about this field.

Dr. Cantwell is a dermatologist from Los Angeles who has already published excellent scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. His papers deal with the microbiology of both Sclero-derma, and Kaposi Sarcoma. In his latest book, although of a popular nature, Dr. Cantwell continues with his excellent scholastic abilities, this time as a historical sleuth, uncovering poorly understood historical aspects of Microbiology.

Dr. Cantwell's book supports the work of both Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler and Dr. Alexander-Jackson. Essential to the understanding of the research of these 2 venerable women, is the acceptance of the essential feature of Pleo-morphism in Microbiology, specifically Bacteriology. Although the importance of the concept of pleo-morphism to the understanding of Microbiology has been repeatedly documented in the scientific literature, it has not yet been generally accepted in so-called "scientific" circles. Basic to the understanding of pleo-morphism is the realization that a bacillus can become a coccus, or an "l-form" mycoplasma-like organism, or even a virus-like particle. Dr. Livingston-Wheeler and Dr. Alexander-Jackson were only 2 of many scientists who demonstrated the reality of pleo-morphism.

In his book, however, Dr. Cantwell takes an extremely courageous leap beyond the basic concepts of pleo-morphism. He ties all of this work into the visionary concepts of Wilhelm Reich, M.D. Dr. Cantwell brings out 2 critical considerations in the understanding of Reich's work. First, Dr. Cantwell resurrects the regrettably forgotten work of Dr. Antoine Béchamp, a contemporary of Louis Pasteur. In addition, Dr. Cantwell refers to the contemporary critical work of Gaston Naessens, whose "super-microscope," I feel, confirms the work of Reich, as well as the other supporters of pleo-morphism. Naessens' work is especially supportive of the sub-microscopic virus-like phase of micro-organisms.

Dr. Cantwell also makes some interesting observations about the current AIDS epidemic, tying this into the broader picture of micro-biological Pleo-morphism.

In summary, I consider The Cancer Microbe to be an extremely important book that I highly recommend to anyone wishing a clearer picture of not only cancer, but a variety of chronic diseases.

Article copyright Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.


By Robert Carson