This incredible epiphany rocked researchers on their heels. Ancient people simply didn't die from any cancer-related disease.
During an interview with a
Yet the evidence gleaned from mummies and investigations into the causes of individual’s deaths revealed case after case where no cancer could be found.
"The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies," Zimmerman emphasized, "must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization."
For some years many cancer experts have contended that the modern-day malady must have its roots in the modern-day lifestyle, particularly that of the Western culture. The mute mummies have actually communicated a lot: their bodies' lack of cancers and tumors underscore many researcher's suspicions and tends to support their theories.
Not content to let physical evidence alone prove the case that cancer is man-made, Zimmerman and an associate, Rosalie David, poured through ancient literature, classical medical writings and investigated fossil records likely to contain the tell-tale signs of encroaching carcinoma.
They came up empty handed.
A previous study of thousands of bones from the remains of Neanderthals also failed to turn up evidence of any cancers. According to the study, only one Neanderthal may have been afflicted with cancer, and even that is not proven.
Although the ancient Greeks were the first to write of diseases that today would be identified as forms of cancer, the condition was exceedingly rare. It was not until the middle of the 17th Century that medical texts began defining the disease which had suddenly become more prevalent.
Zimmerman asserts that his research shows that distinctive tumors, carcinomas and cancerous lesions only began to be seen about 200 years ago. That falls in line with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of pollutants into the air and water and the addition of chemicals with artificial processing of of foods to preserve them longer than traditional methods of salting, smoking or drying.
"There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer," she noted. "So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle."
Perhaps all this new evidence should make the