THE FAILURE OF MODERN RESEARCH.
Publishers: The Health Education and Research Council, 15 St. Jamess Place, St. Jamess Street, S.W.1.
The British Empire Cancer Campaign has just published a poster appealing for subscriptions. It is headed by the heroic figure of a man who grasps with his left hand the neck of a fabulous animal, and slays it with a sword wielded with his right hand. The Cancer Researchers, using the language of militarism, have declared, times without number, that they are waging war upon cancer and that they want to defeat the enemy. Unfortunately, they do not seem to be greatly interested in the disease as affecting men.
Practically their entire attention is devoted to laboratories in which animals are tortured in every conceivable way. In countless books, lectures and articles, we have been informed that tar cancer, aniline cancer, arsenic cancer, has been produced on thousands of miserable mice, rats and other laboratory animals. Their sufferings are described in full detail, the text is accompanied by illustrations of the most sickening kind, showing the progress of these artificial diseases created by individuals who wish to be considered as serious scientists and benefactors of the human race.
While laboratory loafers misspend their time torturing animals and fooling the people, the cancer mortality is increasing by leaps and bounds. During the last twenty years, the number of deaths from cancer in this country and elsewhere has doubled, notwithstanding but possibly because of, the unutterable folly of the cancer researchers throughout the world. Dr. Beddow Bayly is by no means the only open-minded doctor who protests against the wicked folly of the cancer research organizations. He quotes a large number of eminent men who share his views.
If the researchers would condescend to use their common sense, the cancer mortality could be greatly reduced. Cancer is a disease of civilization, as Sir Arbuthnot Lane and other eminent men have shown. It is almost unknown among primitive races and naturally living animals. It increases with civilization with artificial methods of living and an unnatural diet. Cancer mortality is far higher in the towns than in the country and it is noteworthy that the disease is more prevalent among those who live on artificial and heating foods such as butchers, sailors, men engaged in the catering trade.
It is lowest among agricultural labourers and clergy men. I myself have pointed out the startling difference with exact figures time after time, but the researchers do not condescend to take notice. Instead of proclaiming from the housetops: “If you do not wish to die of cancer, live like an agricultural labourer,” they torture animals and read lectures to one another at mutual admiration societies. Everyone interested in the subject should read this admirable book. It is to be hoped that Dr. Baylys exposure of the folly of modern cancer research will carry conviction among the people.