Monday, January 21, 2013

Assignment 1

My name is Stacie Roberts and my major is Sociology, and I am taking this course because I need a Natural Science course in order to graduate. The 3 blog posts are as follows:
I found the article on cancer to be informative and interesting because I am a two year breast cancer survivor. I chose this article because I wanted to get a better understanding of how good cells turn into bad cells, and how or what can we do to prevent this from happening?
In order for a normal cell to become cancerous, it must first go through a series of mutations, in which it will continue to divide and multiply until a bigger and stronger cell comes for a visit. At this point, the unwelcome cell is more muscular and aggressive and will decide to claim their territory.
The cells near the growing tumor will lose their strength and energy, and the cells that avoided the tumor must now find a new home in another organ of the body. At this point the cells meet a Good Samaritan (a cell that has mutated), and become best friends (both cells). The mutated cells and the non-mutated cells decide to become best friends forever (bff), and they continue to divide and multiply.
According to this article, this process takes years, and you’re likely to die from some other illness before developing cancer. In addition, the mutated cells can only mutate in certain genes, and in the correct place in these genes. If this is true, there has to be something that we all have in common, and that we are all doing, all of the time. Once we find what this “something is,” only then will we find a permanent cure for cancer.

1 comment:

  1. I have been reading all the blogs and the ones about milk piqued my interest. Therefore, I decided to do some research on the different stuff that's in milk. You may be surprised, upset, or interested in knowing that milk is not really milk.
    I was reading this web page titled: The Truth about Milk by: Dave Rietz at
    Rietz stated that milk is for baby cows not human babies, and that it is an unhealthy fluid from diseased animals that contain a wide range of dangerous substances. The content of cow's milk consists: 59 active hormones, allergens, fat, and cholesterol. In addition, herbicides, pesticides, dioxins, 52 antibiotics, blood, pus, feces, bacteria, and viruses. These items are linked to many causes of deaths in our country (any country that consume milk).
    o 724,859 Heart Diseases are attributed to fat and cholesterol from meat and dairy.
    o 541,532 Malignant Neoplasms are linked to cancer from milk and dairy.
    o 112,584 Bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma are linked to toxins in dairy milk.
    o 91,871 Pneumonia & Influenza are linked to a weak immune system and mucus from dairy milk.
    o 64,751 Diabetes linked to dairy milk
    o 30, 575 Suicide linked to behavioral problems from dairy milk
    o 26, 182 Nephritis (Bright's disease - inflammation of the kidneys) linked to dairy milk
    This list goes on but as you can see milk really is not just milk it has a whole host of deadly agents, including a powerful growth hormone called IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor). This hormone is a fuel cell for many cancers including; breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
    I am glad that I do not drink milk. I have been cancer free for 2 years, I was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer, and I have been researching how I ended up with this life threatening disease. I will add this to my list of stuff to stay clear of and continue my research, because I do not have any family members who have had breast cancer. I have concluded contacted breast cancer may have been linked to the food that I have been consuming.
    So, a lot of people, children, and babies drink milk - does this information mean that at some point we will all develop cancer?
    Associated Course: ANTH 249 SP13