Cancer and the Bacterial Connection
March 06, 2008
In the 1890’s, New York surgeon William Coley tried a radical cancer treatment -- injecting patients with disease-causing bacteria. After weeks of chills and fevers, many showed significant tumor regression, although Coley himself could not explain why.
Some contemporary scientists think Coley had the right idea. Germs may be able to teach your body how to fight back against tumors. While it has not yet been proven, new studies have revealed that certain cancers may be reduced by exposure to disease-causing bacteria and viruses, which result in a boost for your body‘s natural immunity.
The studies also imply that our infection-free lifestyles may be contributing to the rise in cancers over the past 50 years. Germs cause disease, but they may also fortify the body.