My Dear Parishioners,
One of the most frightful and dreaded statements a patient can hear is when the doctor says, “You have cancer.” Such words would often bring a chill and numbness to the heart of the individual. However, great progress is being made in the treatment of cancer. At the same time, recovery can be a very long and painful process, and actually many people do not survive.
Persons who believe in Christ do lose their battle with cancer but at times their lives can demonstrate that even though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant. Here is a poem which illustrates this belief that cancer does not have the last word: It is entitled: “What Cancer Cannot Do.”
Cancer is so limited…….
It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith, It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence, It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories, It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul, It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit, It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
This poem was contributed by Mrs. Rita Morgan, a cancer survivor, who wishes to inform more and more people about the disease, and she remains thankful to God for the experience she has had.
My friend, if an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted, and you may even have an enormous struggle within and without. But if you keep on trusting in God’s love, your spirit will remain for ever strong, and the stronger your spirit the stronger will be the effect of God’s embrace upon your life. You see, your greatest enemy in such a time as that, will not be the disease, but rather your despair. So keep on, keeping on!
But it is important to say something here about prevention and to say less about cure. An article on the Internet in a report published in the journal Lancet Oncology states that WHO says that bacon, hot dogs and processed meats cause cancer. Over the course of seven days last October, a scientific panel of 22 persons, examined more than 800 epidemiological studies from the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere. The scope covered multiple ethnicities and global diets. The WHO group “classified consumption of processed meat as ‘carcinogenic to humans’ on the basis of sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer.”
The new analysis therefore, makes a definitive assertion on the connection between eating meat and cancer. In recent years, studies and health policy groups have linked the two activities, but often without explicitly saying that meat causes cancer. For example, on 26th October, 2015, the American Cancer Society’s position was this: “Because of a wealth of studies linking colon cancer to diets high in red meats (beef, lamb, or liver ) and processed meats (hot dogs, bologna, etc.), the Society encourages people to eat more vegetables and fish and less red and processed meats.
Thus the WHO’s new position aligns the views with other health agencies like the World Cancer Research Fund, which has said there is convincing evidence that processed meats cause bowel cancer. Though a majority of the WHO’s panel agreed to these assessments, the final decision was not unanimous. According to the Washington Post that morning, the beef industry has been preparing a rebuttal to meet the WHO’s announcement.
Suffice it to say that bacon, sausage and other processed meats are now ranked alongside cigarettes and asbestos as known carcinogens according to the World Health Organization, and we should begin to respect that finding.
With all good wishes for a healthier eating life-style Archdeacon Emeritus