Special Issue: Disease Origins

The William Carey International Development Journal (WCIDJ) [www.wciujournal.org] is introducing a new sponsor, format, frequency, and editor. Beth Snodderly, editor for the Ralph D. Winter Research Center and a former president of William Carey International University, will serve as editor for WCIDJ under the umbrella of a newly-forming William Carey International Society.
 
Rather than quarterly or semi-annual issues, the journal will post articles and blogs as they become available on a variety of topics and issues related to international development.
 
We welcome submissions from reflective practioners working with inter-cultural and cross-cultural services and ministries who are addressing the roots of human problems or the multi-faceted challenges of the societies they serve.
 
Inquiries may be sent to beth.snodderly@wciu.edu. Respectful and thoughtful dialog is open to anyone through the comments sections on articles or blogs.

Contributors express their own opinions, not that of the William Carey International Society or of the William Carey International Development Journal.

The topic of Disease Origins is sponsored by the informal Institute for the Study of the Origins of Disease (ISOD). Members are interested in eradicable diseases such as malaria and polio, as well as the origins, causes, prevention, elimination of various types of cancer, genetic disorders, and mental health disorders, including autism.

We welcome respectful dialog focused on factual research from a variety of viewpoints. Our hope is to put researchers in dialog with one another to share perspectives from different disciplines with the goal of discovering the origins of persistent debilitating diseases and disorders. Knowing the origin will enable researchers to formulate effective treatment and prevention.

Contributors express their own opinions, not that of this Journal.

 

Special Issue: Disease Origins

12 Book Reviews

Jun 17, 2017

These book reviews explore alternative ways of discovering the origins (and potential cure, prevention, or eradication) of various diseases. Books reviewed include this one:

Never Be Sick Again: One Disease, Two Causes, Six Pathways, by Raymond Francis. 
Thesis: The basic thesis of this book is that all diseases at the foundation are due to cellular malfunction. When cells malfunction, body systems become disrupted. Cellular malfunction arises from two causes: deficiencies (cells not getting what they need) and toxicity (cells poisoned by something they do not need).  We are healthy when all of our cells are functioning optimally. We become sick through deficiencies and toxicity which come through six primary pathways: 1) Nutrition, 2) Toxins, 3) Psychological responses, 4) Physical activities, 5) Genetic assault, 6) Medical intervention. To prevent or reverse disease, and to restore health, regardless of the trigger, toxins must be removed from the body and nutrition must give the cells what they need. Infectious agents (bacteria, mold, etc) almost all kill by toxins. 
Author: The author, Raymond Francis, chemist and graduate of MIT, turned to research of the basis of health, after almost dying and suffering years of debilitating heart and health problems. He decided to work with the body’s amazing capacity to heal, and get rid of anything that worked against that. He has a website called Beyond Health News: http://www.beyondhealthnews.com/wpnews/index.php/2016/01/beyond-health-our-story-the-present/

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For years I became increasingly puzzled by the amount of pain, suffering, tragedy and death in the world. From the smallest animals to the largest, all seem to live lives fearful of predators whether animal or human or bacterial. Did God devise vicious animals, destructive parasites, and deadly germs?

Then my wife contracted terminal cancer. I immediately turned a great deal of energy and study into this new situation. I noted the perfectly enormous expenditures society is making in the medical world. However, I was surprised to discover that this enormous expense is almost entirely focused on healing the sick not seeking the source of the sickness.

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Excerpts from a couple of Greg Boyd’s articles explain disease in terms of spiritual warfare.

Care for creation was our first command: “Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). Fighting back against the evil effects on this war-torn creation is a means of obeying this original command and demonstrating God’s will on earth as his representative (Boyd 2009, 292).

We are doing spiritual warfare when we fight disease. This is more than just prayer. Anything we do to push back the harmful effects of nature is a step toward reclaiming nature, toward rebuking the curse. We have a spectrum of viruses and diseases that we have to fight against: AIDs, Ebola, leprosy, malaria. There have been times in history where large segments of the population were wiped out by the plague. In the Middle Ages, 30-40% of the world’s population was killed by the plague (Boyd 2009, 292).

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Originally published in Volume 3, Issue 4: Agriculture, Food and Health

by RICHARD GUNASEKERA WITH RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, J ASIA, B AIG, S IVA,  S OMASUNDARAM, & CAROLYN OATES

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT DIETARY PHYTOCHEMICALS PLAY A DECISIVE ROLE in breast and prostate carcinogenesis by influencing their biological processes such as cell-cycle control, programmed cell death (apoptosis), inflammation, and DNA repair. Prostate and breast cancers are the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancers among both men and women in the United States and continue to be a major source of cancer-related mortalities around the world. Their pathogenesis includes the effects of environmental factors such as diet that may trigger the initiating of cancer in those who are predisposed genetically and epigenetically. Dietary phytochemicals can act as blocking agents by obstructing the initiation phase of carcinogenesis or they can act as suppressing agents by hindering the promotion and progression phases of carcinogenesis. My team has designed a food pyramid based on phytochemical bioactive molecules (PBAM) that will provide consumers, survivors, and cancer patients with information on bioactive foods that contain PBAM for cancer prevention. Ranked via a hierarchy-based system, the pyramid will inform users about which healthy foods contain phytochemicals that have cancer/disease preventive properties. The pyramid is created electronically linking data mined from the scientific literature, epidemiological databases, and medical information on diet, nutrition, and cancer-preventive phytochemicals. It is structured to help an average consumer make an informed choice of foods, based on good nutrition, specific to their subjective needs. Consumers will be able to buy foods based on rankings ranging from most beneficial to least beneficial for cancer prevention. Each food is ranked via a point system based on an algorithm that includes the concentration of the phytochemical and the amount of PBAM it provides. This phytochemical pyramid will give consumers the assurance and confidence to choose foods from grocery stores and restaurants that will help fight cancer and certain other diseases. It will be particularly useful for people who are genetically prone to prostate and breast cancer.

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