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June 30, 1912

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Cancer is thought of as a disease connected to civilization, even in the interior of Africa.





Cancer: The Problem of Its Genesis and Treatment

Vilhjalmur Stefansson


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First I turned to the cited Hoffman compendiums, the 1915 Mortality from Cancer Throughout the World and the 1937 Cancer and Diet. Among applicable references I found one in the 1937 book that does face squarely the issue of whether the advancing of Europeanization has been considered to have promoted cancer in Africa. The source given on Hoffman's page 41 is Cancer: The Problem of Its Genesis and Treatment, by Dr. F. W. Ross (London, 1912):

“... the savage negro in the interior of Africa is enjoying ‘His comparative immunity from cancer because his method of preparing his food and drink is different in every essential from the methods used by the more civilized negro and white man ...’”

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Hunter-gatherer societies refer to a way of life that prevailed for most of human history, where people relied on hunting wild animals, fishing, and gathering edible plants, fruits, and nuts for their subsistence. This lifestyle was common before the development of agriculture around 10,000 years ago.
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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