Published 5 August 2016
Many “scientists” and wellness coaches like to assert that sicknesses like cancer are a modern phenomenon, and that to avoid it we need to go back to prehistoric ways of living – but recent developments may disprove that claim entirely.
Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa have made an important discovery that questions our understanding of the cause of cancer – and it appears that it may not be our modern lifestyles.
“Recent studies on Egyptian mummies failed to identify traces of cancer, leading some researchers to suggest that it wasn’t present in the pre-modern world. This study falsifies that,” researcher Edward Odes said.
The study shows evidence of a type of bone cancer in a more than 1-million-year-old toe bone found in South Africa. Researchers say it marks the earliest identifiable case of malignant neoplastic disease in an early human ancestor.
So cancer may not just be due to our modern lifestyles since it existed that long ago. It probably wouldn’t hurt to still live a healthy lifestyle, though.