It frequently happens that an X-ray or radium worker had the first outbreak of skin cancer on a finger ten, fifteen or twenty years after he had burned it with the deadly rays. It also happens that X-ray and radium workers have the first outbreak of ray cancer, on their fingers, ten or more years after they have left off using the rays.

Artificially fed cattle and pigs are apt to become victims of tuberculosis. In many countries up to one-third of the cattle and pigs are tuberculosis. These tuberculous animals are kept part of the year in the open. The saliva which drops from their excretions contain countless tubercle bacilli. Often sheep graze among the tuberculous cattle and pigs. Often sharp graze among the tuberculous cattle and pigs. Nevertheless tuberculosis in sheep is of the greatest rarity, although they may eat grass swarming with tubercle bacilli from the cows and pigs around them. The natural food obviously protects them against the disease.

Every stock breeder knows that the health of his animals depends mainly on their nutrition exactly as the health of plants depends on the character of the soil. These elementary verities are disregarded by the laboratory specialists who unfortunately monopolize cancer research and who are listened to as if they were authorities on the subject, notwithstanding their utter ignorance.

The fact that cancer is a disease of civilization must be obvious to everyone who has given the matter a little thought. The question now arises: “Which are the factors in civilization which cause cancer?” The development of cancer is favoured by an artificial diet and by many other artificialities which cause disease. Cancer is a disease of chronic poisoning, not a local disease. It is a blood disease which develops with extreme slowness and it is due to chronic poisoning in some form or other.

The fact that cancer is a blood disease can easily be proved. People who have been frequently slightly burned with radium or X-rays are apt to develop cancer on the fingers, which appears often only ten or twenty years after the burnings. The routine treatment consists of cutting off the fingers. With incredible blindness the disease is considered a local one.

However, operation of the fingers is followed by outbreaks which lead to operation of the hands, operation of the lower arm, operation of the upper arm and eventually death. That is the story of even ray-cancer case which I have investigated. Before the local lesion on the fingers was produced, the blood as a whole was made cancerous and it seems as idle to cut off a cancerous growth as to cut off a gouty toe.

Workers in aniline works are apt to develop aniline cancer of the bladder which frequently develops ten or twenty years after they have left the aniline works. There are many other forms which show that cancer is a slow developing blood disease which as a rule requires ten to twenty years of development until the well-known local growth is produced.

Cancer can be created not only by X-rays and radium rays which are poisons to the system, but by excessive heat. The natives in northern India who, during the cold weather, carry on their abdomen a basket containing a basinful of hot coals, are apt to die of cancer of the outer abdomen.

One of the most frequent forms of cancer is cancer of the stomach, and in about 95 per cent. of the cases the sufferers have brought on the trouble themselves by taking habitually boiling hot food, and especially drink, or large quantities of pepper, mustard, etc., injuring the stomach walls. To our misfortune the stomach has no pain nerves. We can therefore easily take food and drink at a temperature which the tough skin of our hands cannot stand. People who are given coffee or tea at a temperature identical to a very hot bath, frequently complain that it is ice cold.

Constipation is a disease of civilization. Constipation is apt to lead to chronic poisoning from the bowel. Nearly every cancer patient is chronically constipated. Bowel cancer is particularly frequent among the constipated, and it occurs as a rule at the flexures of the bowel where strain and injury are most likely to occur.

Everyone is aware that heating food is apt to create or at least to favour the development of skin disease, abscesses, ulcers, etc. If a dog suffers from a boil, abscess, or skin disease, the veterinary surgeon will recommended that the animal should be put on a meatless diet because meat is too heating. If a human being suffers from the worse form of skin disease, abscess, etc., called cancer, he is told to eat and drink what he likes and that surgery is the only remedy.

It is becoming more and more difficult to live on a natural diet. The bread which we eat is a highly artificial food. The wheat is raised on soil which has been soaked with chemicals and further chemicals are used by the millers and bakers for their own end, as has recently been shown in this journal. The white bread usually eaten may be pleasing to the eye and to the taste, but it is poisonous.

J. Ellis Barker
James Ellis Barker 1870 – 1948 was a Jewish German lay homeopath, born in Cologne in Germany. He settled in Britain to become the editor of The Homeopathic World in 1931 (which he later renamed as Heal Thyself) for sixteen years, and he wrote a great deal about homeopathy during this time.

James Ellis Barker wrote a very large number of books, both under the name James Ellis Barker and under his real German name Otto Julius Eltzbacher, The Truth about Homœopathy; Rough Notes on Remedies with William Murray; Chronic Constipation; The Story of My Eyes; Miracles Of Healing and How They are Done; Good Health and Happiness; New Lives for Old: How to Cure the Incurable; My Testament of Healing; Cancer, the Surgeon and the Researcher; Cancer, how it is Caused, how it Can be Prevented with a foreward by William Arbuthnot Lane; Cancer and the Black Man etc.