Fungus: One Man’s Hypothesis On An Unknown Cause of Cancer

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by Doug Kaufmann

According to Milton White, MD, cancer is “neither the result of a virus nor the consequence of an inherited gene defect. Cancer is a hybrid. It is due to a plant bacterium (conidia) derived from an Ascomycete strain of fungus…”

With the exception of the word “bacterium” I’d agree 100%. Dr. White felt that bacteria and human cells somehow merged and a new hybrid formed. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. White in his Michigan hospital laboratory in 2001, while working on my book, The Germ That Causes Cancer. Prior to his wife succumbing to breast cancer, he told me that she grabbed his arm and said, “you’re a smart man, Milton, so please figure out what causes cancer.” In her honor, I believe, he came within inches of a major discovery-but no one was listening to him. He ended up publishing his extraordinary cancer findings in medical journals that dealt with theoretical, rather than factual data, but such is the plight of a brilliant cancer pioneer. Few physicians regard theoretical data as medically relevant. Dr. White passed shortly after our meeting, but I’ve long felt like he and his wife are cheering me on from above! He deserves much credit in helping me fit the pieces of the cancer puzzle together.

IF CANCER IS DUE TO A DISEASE CAUSING FUNGUS, why don’t our two strongest defenses (germ gobbling white blood cells-a process called phagocytosis – and our p53 gene) prevent the fungus from overtaking our tissues? I’m glad you asked. I recall a physician in Florida questioning my fungus/cancer lecture many years ago. She said, if bacteria or fungus caused cancer, it would be phagocytized (by our white blood cells) long before it could enable a disease like cancer. Mind you, some pieces of the cancer puzzle were very difficult to find and this one took almost 15 years to piece together. After all, her question was extremely relevant!

In 2007, I was standing in a bookstore here in Texas called Half-Price Books. I love these stores because they all have a science section where I can pull up a chair and study. I pulled a dusty old 1989 medical book off the shelf called Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, and began reading. Would you know it, Someone had the page coincidentally fall open to this exact sentence;

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that “escapes phagocytosis because the spores are surrounded by a thick viscous capsule.” WOW! Keep in mind that this same fungus is in the family of “ascomycete,” or sac fungi. The fungal spores reproduce and grow, making the sac larger and larger, without oxygen (as do cancer tumors). The fungal sacs are thick viscous capsules, so what prevented the fungus from being gobbled up? Although this probably wasn’t known in 1989, most likely the ascomycete sac that these fungi thrive in enabled the fungus to thrive!

I sat down immediately and kept reading. “In tissue, yeast cells of histoplasma capsulatum, are found within macrophages only. However, phagocytosis does not always lead to killing and the intracellular habitat paradoxically results in protection of the fungus form other defenses of the host.” WOW-SQUARED! Let me put this in layman’s terms, because this is relevant if fungi contribute to or cause cancer;

Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus that causes a serious and sometimes life threatening human disease called “histoplasmosis” is sometimes (cancer patients?) found in a type of human white blood cell called a “macrophage.” These are also called “macrophagocytes” because they slowly gobble up and digest foreign (non-self) debris that enters our blood stream. Fungus would be foreign debris. But in the case of histoplasma capsulatum, itself a sac fungus, when confronted by the macrophages, they ingest the fungus, but instead of killing it and digesting it, something very unusual takes place. The enemy now protects the fungus as “friend” and begins assisting it in hiding from our other immune defenses. Why does this occur? As you may recall, in a human cell/fungal cell relationship, fungal cells always become the dominant cells, even to the detriment of human cells! Shall we take one giant hypothetical step forward?

cancer-gene

DOUG’S CANCER HYPOTHESIS

I believe that Dr. White was so close! According to my hypothesis, cancer begins when the DNA from Fungus and the DNA from our white blood cells merge to form a new hybrid “tumor, or sac.” This hybrid attains a life of it’s own now, bypassing our immune defenses because it is 50% human, and therefore just enough to be recognized as “self.”

Critics argue that simply because our white blood cells fail to gobble up fungus, this would be almost insignificant compared to what would occur if our cancer tumor suppressor gene (p53) became inactive during cancer cell invasion. The critics are correct!

Along with phagocytosis, our p53 gene plays one of the most important roles in protecting us against cancer. It not only stops cancer invasion, but it also kills tumor cells, thereby preventing cancer from even starting. But in over 50% of all cancers, scientists have discovered that the patient’s p53 gene was mutated and unable to stop cancer from initiating. According to the American Cancer Society, the p53 gene is the most studied of all genes because damage to this gene allows cells with damaged DNA, like cancer cells, to proliferate.
You know me. After hearing those dreaded 3 words, “you have cancer,” my first question would be, “doctor, what caused my p53 gene to mutate? Why didn’t it protect me? Of course, most doctors would respond by saying, “we don’t know what causes the p53 gene to mutate.” He may not, but now you will.

According to the medical journal, Liver, International (April 2011), “aflatoxin genotoxicity is associated with a defective DNA damage response bypassing p53 activation.” This means that the mycotoxin, aflatoxin, sometimes found in our food supply, is capable of inactivating the p53 gene at a time when we need it the most. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science stated in 1993, that the mycotoxin, aflatoxin b1, made by Aspergillus fungus, is known to cause p53 mutations. It is all published. Mycotoxins are made by fungus, yet few of our healthcare providers acknowledge that fungus contributes to cancer. I’ve said it thousands of times, but let me repeat it again. When if comes to medical treatment, to err is human. Let them be wrong, but don’t let them be dead wrong. You must be in control and ask the right questions in a doctor’s office. If that offends him, find one it won’t-it’s THAT important.

If you have the opportunity, please review my 28-minute cancer presentation, including this and so much more information on my hypothetical cause of cancer. It is currently on my website for all to see and will air on the TV show, Know The Cause on October 29th. Readers of Know This get to review it first.

One in 3 American homes now have access to the TV show, Know The Cause, so if you or a loved one wants more information on the role of fungus in cancer, please watch this important show. I am not a doctor; rather I’m a simple man who observed so many friends and family members that have been stricken by cancer and other autoimmune diseases. While studying the role of fungus in other human ailments and how fungus bypassed our natural immunity and virtually overtook normally healthy bodies, I began to wonder if it played a role in cancer. Each year, I find more scientific data that supports the fungus link to cancer.  In addition to allowing friends and family to watch the cancer presentation, please invite doctors and nurses to watch it also.  I would love to learn of flaws in my theory, so I could get back to the drawing board and figure out my errors, or find articles that prove that they are not errors.  I am open to having anyone and everyone assist me.  Together, I remain certain, we can figure out the disease we call cancer.  And since autoimmune disorders like diabetes are also due to something altering our DNA, once we have cancer figured out, all other disease, while complex, might also be figured out.  We simply have to find what our scientists are not looking for.

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