What Is Behind the Rising Incidence of Colon Cancer in the Young?
Majid Ali, M.D.
An Ominous Cancer Trend
Colon cancer used to be a cancer of old age. Now it is occurring in young people with increasing frequency. In a front page report on 1 March, 2017, The New York Times told its readers that the cause of this increase is not known to the experts. Below is an e-mail from the Times about e-publication of my letter in the Times in which I present my explanation of why colon cancer is hitting the young in increasing numbers.
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Majid Ali, M.D. New York City 3 hours ago
The article says “Experts aren’t sure why.” An alternative to searching for a single cause of colorectal cancer in the young is with an ecologic view of colon focusing on how changes in gut ecology and colon flora set the stage for aggregating carcinogenic influences. During the early 1980s, working as a hospital pathologist with special interest in gut immunepathology, I recognized a need for ecologic thinking in clinical medicine and published a monograph entitled Altered States of Bowel Ecology to focus on the centrality of the bowel in all deliberations of health/dis-ease/disease continuum, including carcinogenesis. Notable among these factors, I recognized then, were heavy sugar intake, frequent use of antibiotics, neglect of mold and food allergy, and cumulative incremental load of environmental pollutants. In this volume, I also proposed a seed-feed-and-weed approach to restoring bowel ecology and its flora. Thirty years after the publications of Altered States of Bowel Ecology, the journal Nature fully endorsed that position in a 2010 article with the following words: “By 2020, personalized health care could involve doctors monitoring the metabolic activities of a patient’s gut microbes and, possibly, modulating them therapeutically” (Nature 2010;463:32). Next, consider the following words, again from journal Nature: “World Health Organization warns that world may be heading into a ‘post-antibiotics era’” Nature (2014;516:302).
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