Body may hold cancer cure key

`Industry' unlikely to speed facts to public

For years, the medical and pharmaceutical companies have searched in labs to find a "cure" for cancer, yet we're still no closer to a solution today. It had long been rumored that the cancer "industry" wasn't unhappy about this as long as its current system guaranteed profits -- BIG profits.

Now, however, several researchers have begun looking in the right place: the human body itself.
A study published in the Journal of The National Cancer Institute by researchers at the University of Maryland Cancer Center found that interleukin-10, a naturally occurring compound found in the immune system, may have potential as a treatment for cancers that have spread.

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The researchers say that interleukin-10 appears to have little toxicity. The study shows, for the first time, that the compound seems to be effective in fighting cancers that have spread from their original site to other parts of the body. The researchers say it deserves consideration as a potential treatment for human cancer. However, they add that more studies need to be conducted.

The likelihood that additional studies will actually be undertaken is doubtful. Many scientists and health care advocates agree that pharmaceutical companies, research centers, and other profit-making medical concerns have a strong motive for stopping such efforts.

As health advocate and book author Jim Devlin noted in 1981, "Medical research will never find a cure for cancer. In fact, if it could find one, it might do everything in its power to bury it at the bottom of the deepest ocean. Why? Because cancer is big business, perhaps our biggest single industry."

As though predicting the work of the researchers, Devlin added, "No doctor cures anything. No hospital heals. No medicine truly makes one well. It is the force within one's own body, the life in the blood stream which effects all cures."
The information about interleukin 10 should have made front page news across the country, but instead, the public learned only of new drugs and surgical techniques to "cure" cancer. It will not be surprising, then, to too many people if research on the body's ability to cure cancer is not pursued -- or if the findings discovered so far are suppressed.
SOURCES: "Compound in body's immune system may have potential to treat cancer," News Release, Maryland Medical Center, May 1996.

"Antimetastatic and antitumor activities of interleukin 10 in a murine model of breast cancer." Journal of the National Cancer Institute, April 17, 1996 v88 n8 p536(6).
"Bee Pollen and the New You," by Kim Devlin. 1981.

The Chiropractic Journal.

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