Is cancer dreadful? The answer is obviously affirmative! As far as this potentially fatal disease is concerned, we earthlings are just like walking on a minefield – no one knows who will be the next victim in the next second!
In Taiwan alone, one patient is diagnosed to have suffered from cancer every other ten minutes. As there are 6 ten minutes in an hour, we have 144 ten-minutes in a day. It works out that each year, we have 52,560 individuals confirms to be cancer patients, of whom the great majority is expected to eventually die from the dreadful disease.
From whichever angle you look at it – economy, technology, environment, and medical care, you name it – Japan is a force to reckon with in the international arena. However, in the face of the deadly threat from cancer, this developed country is mercilessly rendered a lame duck like others. This is evident from Japan – mortality rate of 3:1 (a much higher ratio compared with 4:1 of Taiwan) bring attributed to cancer. With this alarming statistics, the concerned masses are keen to know exactly how many people in Japan are suffering from cancer as of today? In a recent TV forum expounding on topics related to cancer and based on the disturbing figure (mortality rate of 3:1 bring attributed to cancer), a group of Japanese researchers inferred that among the entire populace of Japan, an average of 1 in every 2 persons could be cancer patient. This may appear to be somewhat exaggerated, but researchers have justified it through logical deduction. The ration is: while 1 in every 3 of the death toll is attributed to cancer, it must not be ruled out that the other 2 – whose direct causes of death might have been medically recorded as accidents, drowning, suicide, heart diseases, cerebrohemorrhage, or any other deadly diseases -could also possibly be suffering from cancer before they died. Just image! 1 in every 2 Japanese is likely to be a cancer patient!
The fact that the threat of cancer is coming greater in Japan than in any other place, the root cause could well be traced to the more competitive, stressful, and hectic living environment experienced by the urbanites of Japan than those of any other places. This viewpoint could very closely be attuned to our notions of the interrelation between emotional disturbances and cancer. Theoretically, we could draw the conclusion that metropolitan regions characterized by populations of high density and societies of fast-pace lifestyles are conclusive to the onset of cancer. It turns out to be a fallacy, however. In particular, this is not the case in Japan.
Last September 2002, I came across an articles reporting on a list of 5 major regions that reward the highest onset rates of cancer in Japan. To my surprise, none of the Japan – most famous and vibrant metro cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, and Hiroshima were in the list. Instead, the major regions with the highest onset rates of cancer were Chiba, Shimane, Yamagata, Yamaguchi, and Tottori. These 5 are in fact agricultural towns with typically simple homely customs, sparse population, and beautiful sceneries. It is thus evident that a sub-urban or rural environment may not necessary be an ideal place to evade cancer or pursuer quality life.
As there is no safe place in this world that we can keep cancer at bay, we have but to adopt a positive approach in fighting it. Beside, aren’t we take pride in our remarkable medical advancement of today? Don’t we also hear the announcement of new of new anti-cancer drugs being making by the medical fraternity from time to time?
In Reality, however, cancer is becoming ever more difficult to deal with, and medical experts are still at their wit’s end attempting to formulate an effective cure against cancer. In October 2002, the medical world of Japan was shocked by an appalling news report: the Health Ministry of Japan had on July last year approved the application of a new drug from UK against liver cancer, but the approval was granted within an unprecedented short period of slightly more than 5 months (in contrast to the normal period of more than 1 year) from the date of application. It looks like the medical fraternity of Japan was embracing it as the savior of liver cancer patient (note: liver cancer has the highest incidence of mortality among all cancer in Japan) with keen expectation. Ironically, it turned out to be a killer for these patients: within a short span of hardly 3 months, as many as 13 of them succumbed to interstitial pneumonia, a side effect arising from the consumption of the new drug. I believe that many of those who have read this report must have felt very dishearten, wondering why the halo of many new drug is always short-lived.
Notwithstanding the fact that the human race has come a long way in wagging wars against cancer, our many decades of committed efforts, expenditures of astronomical figure, deployment of countless top medical geniuses, and exhaustion of immeasurable resource – all these seem to have brought hardly any impressive progress. In short, what we get is “neffective curative results that entail enormous side effects” We are still stuck in the bottleneck with no sight of breakthrough in the foreseeable future.
At this very juncture, I feel rather disgusted at the stated quo of what modern medicine has to offer. On the other hand, mangosteen has known to exhibit the attributes of being “immensely efficacious without any side effect” in contrast to the “ineffective curative results that entail enormous side effect” of mainstream medicines. It is thus safe to conclude that Mangosteen is an incomparable “night in the shining amour” in our fight against cancer.
Netherless, despite its thousands of years of glory, Mangosteen has yet to attract the focus of all. The ultimate solution being dedicatedly sought after the medical circle is actually within their reach. With this in view, there remain much to do for fellow Xangorean to work even harder in promoting the therapeutic benefits of Mangosteen, so that it will one day shine like a rising star with its curative and health-giving good news.