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Cancer and the New Biology of Water

Cancer and the New Biology of Water

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by Dr. Thomas Cowan MD

Why the War on Cancer Has Failed and What That Means for More Effective Prevention and Treatment

A groundbreaking look at the role of water in living organisms that ultimately brings us closer to answering the riddle of the etiology of, and therapy and treatment for, cancer

When President Nixon launched the War on Cancer with the signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 and the allocation of billions of research dollars, it was amidst a flurry of promises that a cure was within reach. The research establishment was trumpeting the discovery of oncogenes, the genes that supposedly cause cancer. As soon as we identified them and treated cancer patients accordingly, cancer would become a thing of the past.

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Fifty years later it’s clear that the War on Cancer has failed―despite what the cancer industry wants us to believe. New diagnoses have continued to climb; one in three people in the United States can now expect to battle cancer during their lifetime. For the majority of common cancers, the search for oncogenes has not changed the treatment: We’re still treating with the same old triad of removing (surgery), burning out (radiation), or poisoning (chemotherapy).

In Cancer and the New Biology of Water, Thomas Cowan, MD, argues that this failure was inevitable because the oncogene theory is incorrect―or at least incomplete―and based on a flawed concept of biology in which DNA controls our cellular function and therefore our health. Instead, Dr. Cowan tells us, the somatic mutations seen in cancer cells are the result of a cellular deterioration that has little to do with oncogenes, DNA, or even the nucleus. The root cause is metabolic dysfunction that deteriorates the structured water that forms the basis of cytoplasmic―and therefore, cellular―health.

Despite mainstream medicine’s failure to bring an end to suffering or deliver on its promises, it remains illegal for physicians to prescribe anything other than the “standard of care” for their cancer patients―no matter how dangerous and ineffective that standard may be―and despite the fact that gentler, more effective, and more promising treatments exist. While Dr. Cowan acknowledges that all of these treatments need more research, Cancer and the New Biology of Water is an impassioned plea from a long-time physician that these promising treatments merit our attention and research dollars and that patients have the right to information, options, and medical freedom in matters of their own life and death.


“In Cancer and the New Biology of Water, Thomas Cowan presents a lengthy list of promising alternatives and complements to the standard treatment. Moreover, he details a radical new theory about how the state of the water in our cells greatly affects overall health. . . . As in his two other important books, Cowan’s writing is compelling and eminently hopeful.”

“Dr. Cowan provides a provocative overview of the philosophy of medicine in relationship to the issue of cancer. He discusses multiple alternative, nontoxic cancer therapeutic strategies that are especially relevant in light of a failed medical system.”―Dr. Thomas Seyfried, professor, Boston College; author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease

“Cancer has perplexed generations of doctors and continues to puzzle and confound. I believe in clinical experience, however, and Dr. Cowan has plenty of clinical experience to share. As usual, his thinking is unconventional and compelling. This book affirms that the answer to the riddle of cancer is to be found only in nature and natural means of assisting the body in healing itself.”―Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome

“In Cancer and the New Biology of Water, Dr. Cowan dismantles the conventional explanation of how cancers grow with a credible counter-explanation based on the fourth phase of water. This not only gives us a biologically plausible mechanism for the etiology and growth of cancer, but also explains some of the many ‘miracle cures’ that we know exist but which cannot be explained by conventional theory. It only takes one fact to disprove a hypothesis, and the conventional medical explanation of cancer is destroyed by the multiplicity of facts presented by Dr. Cowan in this wonderful book.

“Most importantly Dr. Cowan explains what can be done, mostly without physician intervention, to allow the body to heal itself. All who wish to avoid cancer, and those who face stark choices as to how to manage their disease, must read this book and take control of their health. This book has changed my thinking and shaped my medical practice. Buy it, read it, and do it.”―Dr. Sarah Myhill, author of Sustainable Medicine and Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalitis

“An eye-opening book. With insights developed from years of medical practice and original thinking, Dr. Cowan presents evidence for an unsuspected protagonist in the development of cancer: water. He not only argues that the gel-like state of the cell, created by water’s structure, serves as the basis of cellular organization and function, but also that any compromise of that gel-like state can trigger the development of cancer. He connects well with readers, weaving threads of sensitivity and humanity through the fabric of the book. At the same time, he is not shy to criticize the cancer establishment for its narrow focus on genetics―which has arguably produced few gains over many decades. Highly recommended, not only for those interested in cancer―who isn’t?―but also for anyone interested in logical thinking in science.”―Gerald H. Pollack, PhD, professor, University of Washington; author of The Fourth Phase of Water

“As a doctor who wholeheartedly supports a terrain-centric approach to the prevention and treatment of cancer, I found Dr. Cowan’s book refreshing and inspiring. With nearly half the US population expected to have a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, it is crucial to understand why in order to change these statistics. Dr. Cowan has never shied away from questioning conventional wisdom about the health-disease continuum, and this book is no different. In examining why the standard of care often falls far short of a positive outcome for those with cancer, Dr. Cowan dives into the disease’s actual metabolic and cytoplasmic origins―as opposed to perceived genetic origins―and explains cancer as the result of the fundamental breakdown of a crucial element within our cells: water. For decades, many of us have been exploring a terrain-centric approach to this devastating disease process―one of damaged mitochondria, murky cytoplasm, and a deviation from our true nature. Now, with Cancer and the New Biology of Water, Dr. Cowan makes another important contribution to that growing body of work, bringing vitalism back into modern medicine, examining the role of structured water in cellular health, and inviting us all to consider some truly out of the box thinking to address this growing epidemic.”―Dr. Nasha Winters, coauthor of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

“Dr. Cowan has written a must-read for anyone on their cancer journey. Cancer and the New Biology of Water is filled with research on promising treatment options that help to bridge the gap between conventional and integrative medicine.”―Ivelisse Page, executive director and cofounder, Believe Big

About the Author
Thomas Cowan, MD, has studied and written about many subjects in medicine, including nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, and herbal medicine. He is the author of Cancer and the New Biology of Water; Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness; and Human Heart, Cosmic Heart; principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing; and coauthor (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine), has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and is the cofounder of two family businesses, Dr. Cowan’s Garden ( and Human Heart, Cosmic Heart ( He has three grown children and currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, Lynda Smith.

Product details

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st edition (September 30, 2019)
Language: English
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN-10: 1603588817
ISBN-13: 978-1603588812
Item Weight: 13.1 ounces
Dimensions: 5.39 x 1.02 x 8.39 inches

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.39 × 1.02 × 8.39 in


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