[permaculture] RE: Major histocompatibility complex (MHC)

Bob Howard rmhoward at omninet.net.au
Fri Mar 14 00:57:37 EST 2003

"Eugene F. Monaco" wrote:

> >The white man is a good example of such a hardy weed
> I just learned last night from an MD that Americans have 34 times as
> many parasites as African people, and that cancer is growing in N.
> America at an “epidemic” rate.  Four years ago breast cancers risks
> for women were 1 in 34.  Today it is 1 in 8.
> What has happened in only 4 years?
> What hs happened is that the latency period between population wide
> exposure to long lived organo chlorine chemicals (30 years) has passed
> and we are beginning to see the consequent epidemic of breast cancer.
> We are also seeing early treatment and greater scanning which could
> cause a short term change in your figures. But the long term trend is
> clear breast cancer rates are increasing and the age at onset is
> falling.
> A similar rate of increase amongst testicular and prostate cancer is
> also beginning to show up.
> Researchers correlate the high parasites to high sugar diets, and
> things that convert easily to sugar, like simple carbs.  African diets
> are better, consisting of more whole grains and fiber accounting for
> the difference.
> The idea that diet is behind rates of cancer increase is a convenient
> notion fostered by the chemical industry.
> There is a mindset in much of Western culture that focuses on germs.
> While they are important to understand and guard against, the real
> power of health (which is our true wealth) comes from building our
> biological terrain, just like soil.  Louis Pasteur, whose main
> accreditation was around germ theory, was quoted as saying, “Le gern
> c’est rien.  Le terrain c’est tout.”  While my French is a little
> rusty (too many Freedom fries), that means:  The germ is nothing.  The
> terrain is everything.  This was reportedly said at the end of his
> career after the mainstream had jumped on the germ bandwagon.  Maybe
> it’s because the germ is something we can be against and kill with
> warfare, while the terrain is something for which we have to take
> responsibility ourselves.  Who knows?
> BTW, holistic healers recommend doing a parasite cleanse twice a
> year.  Nature’s Sunshine has a Chinese ParaCleanse formula now with
> Paw Paw, which has anti-cancer properties 6000 times of the chemo
> therapy formulas.  You can order it at wholesale from my website
> listed below.
> Hardly qualifies you as an unbiased source of information :-)
> Mike Elvin wrote:
> I think the main thing to keep in mind is that people not only inherit
> MHC characteristics, they develop them by exposure to pathogenic
> organisms, toxins, environmental irritants, etc.  A breast-fed baby
> has a double dose, having not only the MHC inherent in his genetic
> structure but that given to him in his mother's milk-- particularly
> the colostrum.
> The thing about Amazonian Indians is that at the time of Columbus,
> neither they nor any of their ancestors had ever been exposed to any
> pathogens or allergens other than those of Amazonia. This makes theirs
> a very small MHC zone. By contrast, a Peace Corps volunteer, foreign
> correspondent or any world traveller has been exposed to a range of
> irritants from the entire world. Every time you walk through an
> airport you join the members of the worldwide MHC zone, frequently
> coming back with a new form of the flu as a memento of your journey.
> A number of years ago visitors to odd corners of the world, like
> backpackers in rural Ladakh or Bolivia, used to have to take care as
> they could so easily infect unexposed populations to things like the
> measles or our common cold, which could be fatal to a population with
> no endemic resistance. It works the other way as well. Go to the back
> end of Gabon and you may very well come back with a fierce case of the
> trots, dengue or Lassa fever, to which you had not previously been
> exposed and were thus much more vulnerable than the local population.
> In the global village though, the most hardy weeds that have
> established themselves all over the world tend to be those that come
> from the Eurasian landmass. Being widespread in their total range,
> they already have very strong resistance to most pathogens, and can
> outcompete other species. The white man is a good example of such a
> hardy weed. Purple loosestrife is another. Local populations tend to
> be shoved aside when encroached upon by these aggressive invaders.
> Not true of New Guinea and many parts of the tropics where the 'white
> man' has failed to establish populations. Generalizing about race is
> generally not a good idea IMHO..

Bob Howard
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