Unraveling the Mystery of Cancer or How did a “white man’s disease” become the major killer of Blacks?

Unraveling the Mystery of Cancer or How did a “white man’s disease” become the major killer of Blacks?

Dr. Ridgely  Abdul Mu’min Muhammad    (9/16/2016)

On March 21, 2013 the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on his visit to the historic and world-renowned Tuskegee University, toured its Legacy Museum where he was introduced to the story of the use of Henrietta Lack’s (HeLa) cancer cells in furtherance of biomedical research. Although the beginning of the story in the isolation and use of her cells started in 1951 at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD, Tuskegee takes pride in the role it played in the housing and distribution of her cells under the HeLa cell culture project funded by The National Infantile Paralysis Foundation beginning in 1952.

  1. How did a cancer-causing monkey virus end up in human tumors?
  2.  How did Henrietta Lack’s cells become “immortal” in February of 1951?
  3. How are these cancer cells kept alive in us?
  1. How did a cancer-causing monkey virus end up in human tumors?

The puzzle began in 1994, when Dr. Michele Carbone, a Loyola University researcher, found the virus SV40, which had never before been detected in humans, in half of the human lung tumors she was studying.

HeLa cells were used to develop Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine in the 1950s. This vaccine was later found to contain the cancer-causing monkey kidney virus Simian Virus 40 (SV40). U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that approximately 100 million people may have been infected with SV40 through the polio vaccines administered during the 50s and 60s. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad instructed his followers to refuse the polio vaccine before news that the vaccine contained lethal contaminates surfaced. What did he know that others failed to consider?

  • How did her cells become “immortal” in February of 1951?

A. The beginning of the HeLa cancer cell story starts in 1951 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD; where Henrietta Lacks’s (HeLa) was diagnosed with cancer. After giving birth to her fifth child, she experienced abnormal bleeding and was eventually diagnosed with cervical cancer in February 1951. At that time, Johns Hopkins was the only hospital that would treat Black people, principally because it was a medical school and research institution.

B. HeLa cells were used to develop Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine. This vaccine was later found to contain the cancer-causing monkey kidney virus Simian Virus 40 (SV40)

C. “SV40 T antigens have been shown to be the simplest and most reliable agent for the transformation of many different cell types into immortal cells (cancer). You can go on the internet and actually buy “cell immortalization protocols” which include the SV 40 monkey virus.

3.How are these cancer cells kept alive in us?

A. Henrietta’s cells were kept alive by feeding them a witches’ brew of beef embryo extract (the ground-up remains of a three-week-old, unborn cattle embryo); fresh chicken plasma obtained from the blood of a live chicken heart; and blood from human placentas.

B. Fast foods introduce chicken and ground-up beef. Industrial bread production uses extract from human hair as softener (L-cystein). Most of this human hair comes from China where Chinese women bath their hair with their placenta.

L-cysteine history


Early in the 1950’s a dairy foods processing company began marketing a whey L-cysteine blend of dough conditioner that would change the way bakers view and use no-time dough systems. Use of the combination whey and L-cysteine would allow bakers to control rapid dough development uniformly to produce consistent quality bakery foods. L-cysteine is a reducing agent used to reduce the mechanical development required by yeast-raised doughs and to develop the gluten network for proper gas retention. As a review, L-cysteine works by breaking the disulfide bonds cross linking gluten strands changing to a sulfhydryl bond. The break of the cross link is considered a weakening effect and will allow the gluten to become more extensible. L-cysteine begins to work in the mixing stage of the dough development process and will continue to work until the dough is subjected to high heat during the baking process. L-cysteine will reduce required mixing time by the same mechanism to achieve a fully mechanically developed dough with less mechanical input. The greater the level of L-cysteine added to the dough, the less mixing time is required-with normal addition to yeast leavened doughs in the range of 25 to 50 ppm (parts per million).


The term “fast food” was recognized in a dictionary by Merriam–Webster in 1951.            

Who is Jonas Salk?

In 1941, during his postgraduate work in virology, Salk chose a two-month elective to work in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Francis at the University of Michigan. Francis had recently joined the faculty of the medical school after working for the Rockefeller Foundation, where he had discovered the Type B influenza virus. According to Bookchin, “the two month stint in Francis’s lab was Salk’s first introduction to the world of virology—and he was hooked.”[7]:25 From that time originates the first controversy (the second one relates in revealing SV40 in the rhesus monkey kidney cells used for multiplying poliomyelitis virus for vaccines in 1960[11][12][13][14]) in Salk’s career: Francis and other researchers, one of whom was Salk, deliberately infected patients at several Michigan mental hospitals with the influenza virus by spraying the virus into their nasal cavities.

However, “Francis did not let him down,” writes Bookchin. “He secured extra grant money and offered Salk a job” working on an army-commissioned project in Michigan to develop an influenza vaccine. He and Francis eventually perfected a vaccine that was soon widely used at army bases, where “Salk had been responsible for discovering and isolating one of the flu strains that was included in the final vaccine.”[7]:26

By 1947, Salk decided to find an institution where he could direct his own laboratory. After three institutions turned him down, he received from William McEllroy, the dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an offer which included a promise that he would run his own lab. He accepted, and in the fall of that year, left Michigan and relocated to Pennsylvania. But the promise was not quite what he expected. After Salk arrived at Pittsburgh, “he discovered that he had been relegated to cramped, unequipped quarters in the basement of the old Municipal Hospital,” writes Bookchin. As time went on, however, Salk began securing grants from the Mellon family and was able to build a working virology laboratory, where he continued his research on flu vaccines.[7]

Elijah Muhammad served four years, from 1942 to 1946, at the
Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Michigan

The Milan prison is less than 10 miles from the Ypsilanti prison.

Unfortunately, some cold and flu illnesses can develop into more severe (not to
mention prolonged) conditions including bronchitis

Words of Messenger Elijah Muhammad. “Many times, through the last three years
. I was so choked up with bronchitis. Asthma attacks would sometimes come.”

While in prison in Milan, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad contracted bronchial asthma:

“Poor eating habits, inadequate living space, and other problems caused Muhammad to become regularly ill and probably led to the bronchial asthma that would cause him pain and grief for the next three decades.” p. 96. An Original Man: Elijah Muhammad by Claude Andrew Clegg III

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