Cancer is not a disease. Not in the sense that has been given to this word. Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini already said this more than 50 years ago in a letter she wrote to her sister.

‘First of all, cancer cannot be defined as a disease. At least not in the sense that is generally given to the term ‘disease’, which is a pathological process (either fast or slow, reversible or irreversible) of an organism, and does not take into account the causes. (…) Cancer is the revolt of a cell (which generates millions of them while multiplying) towards rules that regulate the development and vitality of the organism.’

(Ref: Levi-Montalcini R., ‘Letter from St. Louis’, 10 March 1951, reported/quoted in ‘Cantico di una vita’, Raffaello Cortina Ed., Milan, 2000.)

At the Pantellini Foundation we agree with Rita Levi-Montalcini and her letter. While developing this concept from our point of view, we believe that cancer is a defect in cell communication through which DNA receives and consequently evaluates and processes information. This defect leads the DNA to create modifications in some basic sequences that constitute the rungs of the spiral staircase, i.e. its double helix structure.

This would of course mean that the DNA is capable of interacting with the cytoplasmic environment and herewith surpasses, or better, breaks with what is considered the ‘central dogma of molecular biology’ that was introduced more than 30 years ago by Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick. According to his research, DNA works essentially one-way towards the synthesis of proteins and cannot receive any kind of instruction or information. We are deeply convinced however that in reality things are very different (see: Paoli G., La via del sale, Scienza e Conoscenza n. 21 (The way of salt, Science and Knowledge, n. 21), July 2007, reported at this website under the section ‘Learn more – Publications’).

In order to understand what cancer really is, we will probably have to reconsider and re-examine the evolution of life on our planet in depth, because we believe that somehow it has always been part of us. It is such a vast and complex matter that this page on our website is surely not enough to clarify the subject in the way we would like. We will probably be able to issue another publication soon that justifies our reflections on this matter.

This is obviously one of our interpretations that we would like to present being open to discussion and constructive criticism. We do not claim in any way, shape or form to hold the truth, simply because up to now no one holds the truth; everyone can contribute with his or her research, but should always be aware of the fact that what he or she believes to be the truth, could always be superseded by new data, new measures and new interpretations. As Mark Twain already said:

“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so”

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