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characters The Secret History of the War on Cancer ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ ❰EPUB❯ ✺ The Secret History of the War on Cancer Author Devra Davis – Gwairsoft.co.uk The War on Cancer set out to find treat and cure a disease Left untouched were many of the things known to cShows how we began fighting Secret History of the War PDFEPUB or the wrong war with the wrong weapons against the wrong enemies a legacy that persists to this day This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain A portion of the profits from this book will go to support research on cancer preventi. I don't even know where to start; I can't review this book in the sense of here's what was good and bad about it For me this book is too big and important for that Dr Davis recounts in almost excruciating detail the painful facts about when scientists knew that cigarettes benzene and asbestos caused death and why and how that information was kept hidden for decades At that point in the book I was thoroughly depressed for one thing how could all those company officials scientists and doctors behave so cavalierly with other people's lives but at least relieved that we now know how dangerous those things are The book from that point on proceeds to explain how the exact same strategies of confusion obsfucation and hiding research as trade secrets along with some newer strategies of attacking scientific studies are leading to preventable deaths every single day Her language and conclusions are very controlled and she gives the benefit of the doubt in situations where I would want to give a jail sentence This is a serious book she is not a conspiracy theoristMuch as I felt after reading Exposed I feel again Why do we choose to wait until proof in the form of thousands of injured and dead people piles up Why do we choose to weigh the balance in favor of industry over health every single time I have great faith in our ingenuity; if we currently have a dangerous product like PVC for one example I know we can come up with an alternative if we just try But we won't try if the manufacturers of PVC keep all the information about its dangers secret because we won't know we need to Why don't we choose to shift the balance toward saving lives firstWhen it seems like cancer is everywhere why don't we know what causes it is a reasonable uestion What Dr Davis tells us in this book is that we may in fact know what causes a great many cancers but that information is being kept hidden and with it our ability to prevent the disease I'm glad very very glad that we have talented and brilliant people searching every day for better ways to cure cancer But I'd still rather prevent it and I think we have enough talented and brilliant people to do both But we can't have secrets and progress both

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The War on Cancer set History of ePUB #10003 out to find treat and cure a disease Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer including tobacco the workplace radiation or the global environment Proof of how The Secret eBook #204 the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed. I heard Dr Davis on a conference call and was excited with her observations and command of the issuesNow after reading her book I believe that my observations and conclusions are neededThe reading was not medically detailed well documented and laid out in good order The epilogue was very pithy and sobering What catches my attention is that the concerns about cancer are about to escalate to new heights since and cancer is being experienced by scientists researchers academia and doctors Dr Davis has not read the paper done by Dr Alfred Stock Organic Chemist of Germany We are being poisoned systematically in small doses The trick is to identify body burden reduce body burden and eliminate the sourcesDr Linus Pauling was spot on when he said there are 1000 new chemicals and compounds being developed every month With those kind of numbers science will study cancer forever It is like trying to board a bullet train as it passes the stationDr Davis uses all encompassing words that keep the general public off balance like environment toxins poisons dioxins and industry That's all fine for the book but if answers are what she is looking for she should be focusing on the two sub categories of poisonsI suggest a number of actions for the Doctor 1Identify the sources of heavy metals that are consumed by the public 2 Prioritize them in order of hazard 3Make this information public asap and 4 Listen to the Rabbi when he said It is not for you to complete the task But you must begin No cure will ever be found for cancer it can only be prevented The task begins with you and ends with the good health of your descendants

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The Secret History of the War on CancerThis has been no accident The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer causing Secret History of eBook #180 products and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding and treating the disease Filled with compelling personalities and never before revealed information The Secret History of the War on Cancer. Devra Davis’s book was so devastating in its indictment of the chemical and tobacco industries that I had to take it in small bites to prevent the bile of it overwhelming me not Davis’s bile mind you but the bitter pill of industrial and governmental complicity in the illness and deaths of millions Of course not everyone would take it so personally The systematic refusal to acknowledge the real causes of the cancer epidemic cost me my darling Katherine It was like reading the detailed confessions and court transcripts of her murderers It was that in fact To say that these industries do not have my daughter’s blood on their hands and the blood of uncounted innocents would be merely speciousWith experience as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and authorship of nearly 200 books and articles only a few people would have been as well poised as Davis to reveal the truth of this War on Cancer that from the beginning even those supposedly on our side like the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute were complicit in the toxic war waged against us by the chemical and tobacco industries Davis describes the systematic cultivation of a climate of doubt about scientific evidence and a terrible hardening of assumptions about the evidence reuired to show that a chemical is harmful and subject to ban She was there for much of the assault on public safety “I watched the maturing of the science of doubt promotion – the concerted and well funded effort to identify magnify and exaggerate doubts about what we could say that we know as a way of delaying actions to change the way the world operates” 15 16 The callousness with which companies whose chemicals were implicated delayed protections by calling for research is stunning “From the very first reports that vinyl chloride could dissolve the finger bones of workers cause cancer in animals and deform babies the industry had a simple response research is needed Let’s keep studying whether there really is a problem while releasing enough information that people would feel assured the problem if it exists is trivial” 393This is a war in which the casualties have been legion “I believe that if we had acted on what has long been known about the industrial and environmental causes of cancer when this war first began at least a million and a half lives could have been spared a huge casualty rate that those who have managed the war on cancer must answer for This book explains how I have come to that reckoning” 22 Davis supports her claims uncovering damning evidence from many different uarters In some cases she brought forth personal communications in others documents that show that scientists knew virtually everything about the link between cancer and smoking radiation and workplace exposures by 1938 But these findings did not see the light of day because of the many tobacco and chemical company executives in places of power on the board of the American Cancer Society for instance Instead all energies in the War on Cancer were diverted to treating the cases created by those industries Davis describes the legal toxic onslaught against people everywhere in the United States in chapters ranging from cigarettes to chemicals to cell phonesDavis shows how all of us face a barrage of toxic exposures from a variety of sources most of which we do not even think about And not thinking about it is definitely part of the problemIt is not simply that cancer is one of the diseases that afflicts the survivors of these polluted towns or those along China’s poisoned rivers in disproportionate numbers What afflicts them is that the very place they lived in – the air they breathed the ground they walked on – was toxic The real failure of the Superfund law like the failure of the war on cancer has only a little to do with bloated bureaucracies or scheming lobbyists or unfortunate yokels with trucks full of the wrong stuff Ultimately it’s a failure to look clearly at what’s right in front of our facesDavis’s book may be hard to stomach – because it looks at what’s right in front of our faces – but the effort is salutary honest and important to changing the world for the better Her book is a call for action She is frank about the barriers to truth telling She says in an afterward that her “own freedom to talk about avoidable cancer risks may suffer as well” She names researchers who were fired or threatened with firing because their research impugned the chemical industry Research funds were routinely withdrawn when results did not correspond with industry desires Davis reveals how the secret war she refers to in her title was never as secret as she had thought “Tobacco money paid for some of the best science in the world yielding thousands of papers and years of delays in dealing with this important cause of poor health” 478 It is counter intuitive but true that science in this case resulted in worse health not better because of these deliberate self interested delaysDespite the brutality of the subject matter Secret History is very readable and no doubt for someone with less at stake in the matter would seem like a well written mystery novel or a true crime narration like On the other hand how many of us have less at stake in the causes of cancer when half of all men and a third of all women will develop the disease in their lifetimes This is not the kind of book to bore readers despite informing them and arming them against the duplicitous techniues of our industrial overlords I recommend it above any other book I have read recently Davis’s work may give people the courage to stand up and say that it is not too much to ask that evil corporations – and I’m sorry but no other word is sufficient – be prevented from polluting our bodies without our knowledge or permission It is not too much to ask Environmental Injustice is too pale a term when one person is indirectly and legally killing another in our case a beloved child Other individuals’ economic interests should not come at the expense of dead loved ones or our own diseased bodies A clean environment should be a human right – in the United States and everywhereReferenceDavis D 2009 The secret history of the war on cancer New York Basic BooksFor information visit my blog at