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January 2, 1956

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Copper Eskimos still didn't have breast cancer or cystic disease from 1946-1956 and were the last to Europeanize.





The Canadian Medical Association Journal of Toronto for 1956 (LXXV, 486-88)


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That the cancer incidence has continued low in the Canadian eastern Arctic — east of Anderson River and west of Labrador — is to be inferred from an article in The Canadian Medical Association Journal of Toronto for 1956 (LXXV, 486-88) signed by Drs. Lawson, Saunders, and Cowen, which says:

“For the past 10 years we have been aware of the relative freedom of Eskimos [of the Canadian eastern Arctic] from breast cancer and cystic disease. In spite of strenuous efforts, we have so far been unable to discover one authenticated case of Eskimo breast malignancy.”

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The Inuit lived for as long as 10,000 years in the far north of Canada, Alaska, and Greenland and likely come from Mongolian Bering-Strait travelers. They ate an all-meat diet of seal, whale, caribou, musk ox, fish, birds, and eggs. Their nutritional transition to civilized plant foods spelled their health demise.
Cancer is a metabolic disease where the mitochrondria are no longer able to burn fatty acids and instead rely on fermentation of glucose and glutamine. Ketogenic diets have been used to prevent and cure cancer, as they induce a metabolic stress on cancer cells who cannot use ketones as fuel.
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