Health, Nutrition & Fitness

What Causes Cancer?

Written by Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Dr. Leonard Coldwell talks about what causes cancer, the external causes of cancer specially; stress and lack of energy. He defines cancer as a symptom, not an illness that is a manifestation of the accumulation of stressors in the body.

Wondering what causes cancer? Dr. Leonard Coldwell, a renowned practitioner of naturopathic medicine specialized in natural cancer cures, elaborates on the “Accident of cancer” as one of the many causes of cancer.

Identifies two different categories of cancers namely:

a) The symptoms or illness of cancer
b) The accident of cancer.

Dr. Coldwell says that majority of cancers are caused due to external forces like stress, radiation, abuse of tobacco, smoking, environmental pollutants, lifestyle etc. He has coined such external forces as “accident of cancer”.

Dr. Coldwell explains that all of us are born with cancerous cells (abnormal cells) in our body wherein our immune system is constantly battling these cancerous cells. Due to intrusion of certain external factors mentioned above the body’s defense mechanism results in an out of control growth of such abnormal cells. These cancerous cells either spread locally or invade other tissues through blood or the lymphatic system eventually leading to the spread of cancer to other organs (metastasis).

According to Dr. Coldwell, lack of energy or in other words lowered immunity contributes to the development of cancer. This lack of energy can be due to mental and or emotional stress, a lack of hope or poor self esteem, or living in fear or doubt. Stress, which is a risk factor for cancer, negatively affects the immune system causing the lowering of the body’s defense mechanism and an inability to control abnormal cell division.

In his opinion, cancer is a symptom, not an illness. It is an indication of the response of the body’s compromised immune system. In fact, a tumor is a manifestation of the breakdown of the defense mechanism of the body, resulting in the concentration of all toxic substances/abnormal cells in one spot so that it does not harm the whole body. A tumor may be benign/non cancerous (where cancerous cells do not spread to other tissues) or malignant/cancerous (where it may spread to other areas.

Dr. Coldwell explains about the screening/diagnostic techniques like needle biopsy or mammography which may at times be more harmful.

Needle biopsy is a procedure to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the body. But at times, pricking a tumor can release and spread the toxins into the system resulting in a fast spreading cancer.

Mammography, an x-ray examination of the breast is used for early detection of tumors/cancers. The breast is compressed and exposed to radiation. Exposing the already swollen lymph nodes to high pressures can cause them to burst and release all the wastes and cancerous cells causing a spread of cancer. Moreover, over exposure to radiation from mammography may also induce cancer in few women. Every mammography raises cancer risk by 2% and can also result in cancer because of too much pressure applied to the lymph nodes.

The adjoining video gives a detailed idea about what causes cancer. Go through it.

About the author

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

M.D. (Hom), CICH (Greece)
Dr. (Mrs) Manisha Bhatia is a leading homeopathy doctor working in Jaipur, India. She has studied with Prof. George Vithoulkas at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. She is the Director of Asha Homeopathy Medical Center, Jaipur's leading clinic for homeopathy treatment and has been practicing since 2004.

She writes for about homeopathic medicines and their therapeutic indications and homeopathy treatment in various diseases. She is also Associate Professor, HoD and PG Guide at S.K. Homeopathy Medical College. To consult her online, - visit Dr. Bhatia's website.