Cancer: Cause By Superphosphate And Cure

Book Review of Cancer: Cause and Cure

Dr. Jonn Matsen

Cancer: Cause and Cure­A 20th Century Perspective was written by Percy Weston who was a third generation farmer in Australia. Although his grandfather and father were both very successful farmers, Percy had his sights set on a career in medicine. He won a scholarship to Xavier College and excelled for five years in premed sciences. His dream of becoming a doctor vanished in 1922 when rustlers stole 300 of his relative’s cattle and money ran out.


Percy went back to farming at a time when tobacco was a promising cash crop.
Long used as a medicinal tonic in Australia because of its high
levels of niacin, growing tobacco for money seemed a viable option. Fertilizers
that were typically used were blood and bones (slaughter house waste),
fishmeal, guano (bird droppings), or phosphate rock, all of which slowly leach
nutrients into the soil.

Agricultural researchers found that acidifying phosphate rock dramatically
increased its release of phosphorus; this was called superphosphate fertilizer.
Percy saw the dramatic difference that adding superphosphates made: “Tobacco is
one plant dramatically affected by phosphorus. Applying super to the soil
changes the plant’s whole structure: it makes it grow bigger, and the leaves
turn a brilliant yellow when it reaches maturity.”

Percy found that the new fertilizers also made the grass and clover grow more
lushly, but when his sheep fed on the phosphate-treated pasture, they developed
cancer and/or arthritis. He experimented with mineral supplements and found
that sea salt, calcium, and magnesium reduced their symptoms while bone meal­which
had calcium and phosphorus­made them dramatically worse. He eventually came up
with a formula of minerals that solved the sheep’s problems. This formula
became known as Percy’s Powders.

Later Percy and his wife both developed cancer and Percy also suffered from
arthritis. Percy was given two months to live by his doctor if he didn’t get
radiation treatment which the doctor himself was about to receive for his
cancer. Percy was skeptical of radiation and declined; instead he took his
powders that had cured his sheep. His doctor died within 2 months and Percy
went on to live past the age of 100.

Percy became more suspicious that excess phosphorus was the cause of the
cancers and arthritis in his sheep, himself, and his wife. His ancestors, who
grew very abundant crops without the use of superphosphate fertilizers, had
large families, worked 18 hours a day in the fields, and lived to very old age
with few major health problems.

It was the addition of superphosphates to once-productive farm soil that he
believes turned tobacco into a carcinogen and eventually sucked the life out of
the soil. Percy goes on to explain how crop production increased for a few
years but by 1933, “our soils were exhausted. We couldn’t make them produce on
the same scale again. Another adverse effect of the heavy applications of
phosphate to fields of crops was a marked increase in insect activity…” The
increase in insect activity led to spraying with chemicals that Percy further
documents as detrimental to those exposed. He grew breasts that contained milk
when exposed to one hormonal herbicide!

He has produced his mineral supplements, appropriately called Percy’s Powders,
for sale to the general public for many decades now. While his original
alkaline minerals gave great improvement, it was the further addition of trace
minerals that gave his supplements their best results.

No scientific medical studies have been conducted on Percy’s Powder’s in spite
of him asking for them to be done. He’s been looked at by mainstream medicine
as just another crackpot. Percy’s Powders are not much different from what
we’ve been using successfully for many years and, like him, we consider chronic
diseases to be systemic not local. Percy’s most important message, however, is
in the proper management of the soil.

Commercial farming and gardening involves the addition of phosphorus, nitrogen,
and potassium and neglects the more than 70 trace minerals which are necessary
for healthy soil and can be rapidly depleted from it. The resulting high levels
of phosphorus, low alkalinity, and low levels of trace minerals is a recipe for
disaster both for the consumer and the producer.

Within a generation, farmers have gone from being the “salt of the earth” to
having the highest cancer rates of any major profession. Plants are poor at
extracting minerals from rock. They have a symbiotic relationship with fungal
soil organisms that break down rock into useable minerals while the plant
produces carbohydrates for the fungi in exchange for this service. The goal of
Organic Farming and Gardening is to nurture the soil and its allies, just as
Percy’s, and your, ancestors did successfully for thousands of years.

Since heavy metals­which we’ve all been accumulating from amalgam fillings,
vaccines, and fish­also inhibit the absorption and retention of minerals, it’s
even more critical to supplement the trace minerals while at the same time
removing the heavy metals.

We do not carry Percy’s book or his Powders here at the clinic so if you are
interested in them, you can search the internet for a supplier.


CANCER: CAUSE AND CURE A 20th Century Perspective
By Percy Weston

Percy Weston, an Australian farmer, chronicles his experience with phosphorus
and its affect on the health of humans, farm animals and crops. He shows how
chemical farming leads to degenerative disease, and how by eating organic foods
with the correct mineral balance it can be reversed. His story is fascinating,
and even more so, since he was born in 1903 and still alive and kicking in

As a small boy he suffered partial paralysis after inhaling the fumes from a
phosphorous impregnated match and later he experienced headache and nausea
after inhaling the phosphorous fumes from rabbit bait. He also noticed that the
rabbits became paralyzed before dying.

Smoking Virginia leaf tobacco, grown with superphosphate to produce high
yields, made him feel weak and giddy for hours whereas smoking standard brown
leaf tobacco, which is grown without superphosphate, gave no ill effects.

Weston observed a student in a science class accidentally inhale phosphorous
gas and within seconds collapse on the floor. In another school science
incident a student carried a piece of flaming phosphorous around the class
room. Within minutes most students were struggling on the floor and 17 were
admitted to hospital. Workers in factories that made wax matches died from a
disease known as phossey jaw which was linked to exposure to white phosphorous.

Superphosphate is a chemical fertilizer which is produced by the action of
sulphuric acid on phosphate rock, making the phosphorous more soluble for
faster release. Weston attributed many problems to the use of superphosphate.

During a mouse plague on the wheat fields in 1932, Weston discovered many had
cancer lesions on the ears, nose, tail and feet. A decade later he saw the same
types of cancers in a plague of rats.

By 1930 the soils in Victoria Australia were saturated with phosphorus and
newspapers carried their first reports that cigarettes were to blame for lung
cancer. Other adverse effects of the heavy application of superphosphate was a
marked increase in insect activity; tobacco became stunted and suffered from
mosaic virus and bunchy top — two diseases where the cell multiplication of
the plant goes haywire (as in cancer); and gorgon headed tomatoes and potatoes
also began appearing.

In mid 1937, he observed a neighbor applying a 4 gallon tin of super to the
family vegetable garden. A year later both boys in the family suffered polio
(infantile paralysis) and one died. Weston notes that this was just one case
amongst many in his farming community.

Sheep and cows on pasture fertilized with superphosphate also suffered from
cancer and disease. He observed that some sheep would rather starve than eat
pasture fertilized with high levels of superphospate, and those that did eat
either became ill or died.

Weston’s theorizes that a contributing factor to sudden infant death syndrome
(SIDS) may be a diet high in phosphorous. Either the mother’s breast milk could
be high in phosphorous, if the mother ate phosphorous rich foods, or if bottle
fed, the baby could get too much phosphorous from cows milk that had
superphospate in the food chain.

A theme runs throughout the book that high levels of phosphorous may cause
paralysis in one form or another. A paralysis of the immature breathing system
of the baby as in SIDS, infantile paralyses (polio) in children, and a
paralysis of the breathing system in children and adults as in asthma. Weston
notes that cows die from bloat when they are unable to burp out the gas, once
again a paralysis of the breathing system.

New rains, on soils recently fertilised with superphosphate, cause a flood of
phosphates to be taken up by the plants and into the milk and food supply,
which could then contribute to an outbreak of disease. Weston claims that phosphorous
can stimulate germ activity and that this is a contributing factor in the
outbreaks of mastitis, 3 day fever and milk fever in dairy herds.

Weston and his family all thrived on fresh raw milk from pasture fed cows for
60 years, many with no refrigeration. Over 30 years of feeding raw cows milk to
orphaned lambs on his farm, there were few if no fatalities. However, when he
was unable to procure raw milk, 29 out of a group of 30 lambs died when fed
pasteurised milk. Weston shows that there is a similarity between lamb deaths
and and the death of babies (SIDS) in the era of pasteurised milk and the use
of superphospate.

Weston points out that the correct phosphorous and calcium balance in the soil
is essential for there to be the correct proportions in the food that we, and
the farm animals eat. (It is interesting to note that a high phosphorous to
calcium ratio has been cited as one reason why the calcium in non organic milk
is not available to the body.)

Weston was able to heal his own cancer on two occasions, and the cancer in both
humans and animals by avoiding foods that had superphosphate and
organophosphate pesticides in the food chain, and by supplementing with a
formula of salts: sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulphate, potassium sulphate,
iron sulphate and potassium iodide.

A comprehensive appendix of tables and graphs show a convincing correlation
between cancers in cattle and humans over the last century.

This book is a must read for anyone who has cancer, and for anyone who has any
doubts about the reason for eating organic food.

Reviewed by Abby Eagle 24/12/2004

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