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A Cowboy’s Faith: Dreaded disease causes considered

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You are fine, everything’s clear, just come be checked again in three years.”

Oh, what a relief to get that positive doctor’s report after what was a long-dreaded colonoscopy procedure.

When parents passed from colon cancer at what now seem quite young ages, regular checkups are especially nerving.

Both gone more than four decades, Mom passed at just 62 years old and Dad a year earlier at 71 years old.

Every day, obituaries report cancer deaths, many stating long lost battles with the disease.

Modern medicine has lowered fatality rate as awareness has also increased attentiveness to early detection and treatment. Still, cancer is likely the most feared illness when receiving diagnosis often without optimistic proven cure. With all modern technology and advancements in research it seems that there would be better understanding of the dreaded disease.

Terrible to repeat, but certain philosophies are that cancer is such “big business,” a cure is not “allowed” by powers-that-be. Surely that’s not the case, yet considering the millions probably billions of dollars cancer generates annually, it is a possibility. Drug companies, plus medical specialists, and treatment centers reap large financial return from cancer patients.

In maturity, there has been more personal interest and study leading to certain philosophies and opinions. Definitely not scientific but backed by some apparent logical probability.

Undoubtedly, the illness is somewhat gene-related, making it more concerning when parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, or uncles get the diagnosis. More alarming when one or several succumb to the disease.

Stress and diet have regularly been said to be a cancer cause and often seem related to such prognosis.

Both parents were heavily stressed when fire destroyed the grocery store, they’d built from scratch. Each developed cancer within a year after the blaze, having had no indications of problems prior to that.

Food is essential for survival, but many foods especially those highly advertised have to be harmful to the health. It seems obvious how bad they look.

Large amounts and fast pace of food consumption must be an attributing cancer cause.

Use of all types of tobacco and liquor are with little question enhancive to the dreaded disease.

Prevention is not definitely always possible, but attentiveness to probable causes only seems common sense.

Reminded of Proverbs 4:20: “Be attentive to my warnings for they offer to healing to all the flesh.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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