Do Trees Get Cancer?
by Dr.Sal MD on
Can trees and plants get cancer? This question sprung to mind after repeated walks through thick woods and noticing over time that a few of the trees periodically looked like they were hit in parts with an ugly stick. Maybe about one in every thousand trees or so. So the last time I crossed paths with one I took a closer look at one of these stricken trees with odd looking growths - big bulbous protuberances from their trunk. As I peered closer it started to remind me forcibly of tumors that I've seen in some of my patients, so out of curiosity I did an internet search on the subject and found out that is it possible that what I was seeing was actually tree cancer. I was shocked because up until that point I didn't realize that trees - or any non-animal for that matter - could get cancer.
Yes, trees can get cancer, but their version of it is not identical to what you would see in a human and there's a couple of reasons for that: in humans our cells are relatively mobile and deformable so they're permitted to travel and swell while plant cells are very rigid kept in cellular cages of cellulose or lignin; their plumbing is also quite different from our vascular system. If you watch the attached video on this page you'll be able to see some photos of some of these tumors that I've documented on my walks. What you can see immediately in the pictures is that the tumors are very localized with most of the tree trunk intact and then there's these discrete anomalous balls. In humans when we get cancer it tends not to just stay in one area, it tends to spread. So, why don't you see cancer in blades of grass when you look out at your lawn. Probably the reason is the lifespan difference. Some trees standing today were in also alive during the Roman Empire and they're still around today (the Methuselah tree in California for example, is almost 5000 years old); blades of grass on the other hand may last for a few years and then they're dead and they're also very simple in structure compared to a tree or compared to us.
So the next big question is what's causing cancer in general, because I'm seeing cancers in my patients, I've seen cancer in my own pets, I've seen cancers in wildlife, and now I'm seeing it even in trees. This is a question that over the years many of my patients when we're talking in clinic will ask: "what do you think's causing all this cancer doc?". The incidence of cancers globally is staggering, sobering, and scary. And no one can prove their theory so far provides a satisfactory answer. One of the theories a lot of people and my patients will offer is that there's something wrong with our water supply. Well (pun intended) having seen cancer in trees speaks to me that it cannot be a water quality or pipe conduit problems because wild trees don't drink from the municipal mains.
Another possibility that a lot of people favor is that maybe it's something in our food chain, GMO's, pesticides, or some other conspiracy. But having seen it wild animals and trees puts that theory to rest too. So my personal pet theory - and please do not leave this article taking what I say next as gospel fact, it is just my own personal opinion - I believe that our cancer may be technologically self-inflicted through ionizing radiation that we're producing as part of modern life. For the first four-and-a-half billion years of Earth's journey we've had this beautiful magnetic shield around because of the spin of our earth protecting us from cosmic radiation and solar radiation. If you compare Earth with another planet in our solar system, there's one that is very similar which is Venus, a little bit closer to the Sun but Venus is roughly the same size and astronomers even think that billions of years ago Venus actually started off much like Earth, so you could call it Earth 2 - it had oceans and an atmosphere like ours etc but one of the big differences between Earth and Venus is that Venus hardly rotates at all. And without that rotation, there's no bar magnet running through the poles like we have to protect its atmosphere from the sun's solar winds, so one belief is that Venus turned out as "a kind of hell" because its atmosphere blew off and all of its oceans boiled off. Today we're still getting protected by our spin from cosmic sources of radiation. But now we're bombarded ourselves with communication radiation. You've got all these satellites floating around shooting signals down on us, then you've got microwaves, radio waves, GPS, 3G, Wi-fi e.t.c. Remember that X-rays and solar rays both of which we know to cause cancer, are also related waves. One thing that might really open your eyes is the next time you take out your phone and you do a Wi-Fi search just have a look about how many Wi-Fi sources are around you right now. And that's just the Wi-fi sources. If your phone, or radio is able to pick that these signals, so can your body. I believe that this is probably what's shimmering and shaking up our DNA genetic structure 24 hours a day and causing, or at least promoting, cancer. Communications. Again this just my personal opinion. There's other theories too. Another contender is that the increased rates of cancer we are seeing are actually an illusion. The idea is that perhaps cancer has always been with us but our population is just much bigger today. So at one time there were basically millions of people now have billions of people so obviously you would expect if there was always an endemic rate of cancer you would expect that to increase just because of the ratio of increasing number of humans. Another distortion could be that with medicine being primitive in the past it's quite possible lots of cases of people dying of things like consumption disease for example may actually have been misclassified and actually had died of cancer. Another theory behind the burgeoning rates of cancer that we're seeing today is that there is not actually any increase in our genetic vulnerability to cancers it's just that we're living a lot longer than we used to. If you were living in the Middle Ages most people felt lucky if they reached the age of 35. I'm curious about your own thoughts on the subject. You can drop a few lines at the bottom of this page in the FB comments section. Thanks for reading. Have a terrific week.