The Enemies of the System
In most general terms, cancer can
be characterized as uncontrolled cell replication.
Regardless of its type, cancer initially develops
in a normal, healthy cell and shares the basic characteristics
of this normal cell, at least in its early developmental
stages. However, these cells tend to lose some of
their abilities. One such important ability is that
of reacting to the messages delivered by their surrounding
or their own organisms that regulate cell replication.
When such a disorder occurs, the cell can no longer
control its replication and the growth of tissues.
This process, known as "continuous dividing,"
is genetically transferred to new cells resulting
in the spread of tumours, which in turn invade the
neighbouring tissues. These decomposed cells eat up
the nutrients of other cells, consuming the vital
amino acid supply. Cancer cells eventually shut down
the passages within the human body with their expanding
volume. They accumulate in various organs such as
the brain, lungs, liver, and kidneys, surrounding
the healthy and normal cells of these organs and preventing
their normal functioning, eventually posing a serious
threat to human life.
Normal cells replicate only when they receive a command
from neighbouring cells. This is a safety measure
within the organism. However, cancer cells do not
respond to this mechanism and refuse any control over
their replication system. The type of cancer described
so far does not create any problem for the defence
system. A strong body with an effective defence system
is capable of struggling with the increasingly expanding
cancerous cells multiplying in number, and of even
defeating the disease. The main problem arises when
cancer cells pierce their own membranes with the help
of an enzyme (pac-man enzyme), and mix in the circulatory
system (the conveyor network) of the body by penetrating
the lymphatic fluid, and eventually reaching distant
tissues and cells.
The current scenario is quite negative. Cells that
used to work collectively in providing humans with
the gifts of seeing, hearing, breathing, and living
suddenly grow recalcitrant, not obeying the "stop"
command they receive from neighbouring cells. As they
continue replicating, they carry out a destruction
process at full blast which leads to the total death
of the body.
we compare the human body to a country and the human
defence system to a powerful, fully equipped army,
the cancer cells emerge as the rebels of this country.
This mutinous community grows in number daily, continuing
their demolition of the current structure. But the
army of this country is not at all pregnable.
The macrophages, the front line warriors of the defence
system, surround the invader when they encounter it
and destroy the cancer cells with the help of a protein
they specially produce. In addition, the T cells,
the strong and intelligent warriors of the defence
system and their exceptional weapons (antibodies)
kill the cancer cells that have begun to fuse in the
body and lymphatic fluids by piercing the cell membrane.
The struggle will continue even as the cancer spreads.
As the cancer cells develop further, the defence cells
help to inhibit the progress of the disease, resulting
One of the systems within human cells which prevent
the spread of cancer cells is "apoptosis",
which causes the suicide of the cell. Apoptosis is
seen when the DNA of the cell is damaged, or a tumour
develops, or the effectiveness of the P53 gene - also
known as the "cancer preventing gene" -
lessens. Though apoptosis may appear to be a very
negative event, it is actually highly important, as
it blocks such vital disorders and prevents the disease
from passing on to the next generation. When compared
to the potential danger imposed by the cancer cells,
which are likely to damage the entire human body,
the loss of a single cell is much more acceptable.
Cells within the human body that realize (!) that
there is a disorder in their own structure threatening
the human body instigate their own demise to prolong
cancer takes on a life-threatening form when these
decomposed cells overcome this suicide system. In
this case, a second defence mechanism is activated
to avoid uncontrolled multiplying of these cells.
If they succeed in surpassing this barrier, too, they
then encounter a further stage known as the "the
term of crisis". At this stage, the cells, which
have successfully escaped from the previous security
systems, are killed en masse. Among these cells, one
cell, however, succeeds in overcoming the "crisis".
This "rebellious" cancer cell will transfer
its rebellious nature to its descendants, which will
multiply in great numbers. The cancerous patient must
now fight an intensive struggle with cancer.
Is it only the uncontrolled, independent and continuously
multiplying nature of the cancer cell that brings
victory to it? Other reasons lie behind this success.
Cells carry a type of inscription system on their
surface which positions them in the body. This inscription
system is decipherable by all the cells within the
human body, helping each cell to know exactly where
it belongs and preventing it from occupying another's
place. This system ensures the integrity of the tissues.
Cells, which are aware of their position, neither
go anywhere else, nor let any other cell occupy their
place, thus ensuring the maintenance of the body in
a healthy state. Cells that are not located at a certain
site or those located at an inappropriate site will
eventually commit suicide. However, with the help
of this system, the suicide process is totally eliminated,
as the cells are not allowed to be dislocated or located
in an inappropriate site. This process is not as simple
as it may seem. In order to maintain the effective
functioning of this system, each cell has to identify
its own position whilst respecting the locations of
other cells, and being mindful not to invade their
sites. These procedures are taught to them by various
mediator molecules which enable these cells to maintain
their respective places. However, there are occasions
when these mediator molecules are absent or unable
to fulfil this duty. This provides the cancer cells
with an advantage. When inhibitory molecules are not
present in the environment, cancer cells spread more
rapidly. Besides, cancer cells are not required to
anchor themselves to any specific site. They undermine
the rules by living independently and without settling
in any place.
Erythrocytes are exceptional cells that do not possess
a stationary site within the human body. They pierce
the membranes of other cells and tissues and tear
down the obstacles with the aid of a special enzyme
called "metallo-proteinase". They are therefore
able to visit any part of the human body at will.
The defence cells use this enzyme to reach out to
the enemy cells, while cancer cells use them for an
entirely different purpose. Their main goal is to
attack healthy cells and invade them.
skills of the cancer cells are not limited to these
pursuits; they are also capable of playing other 'games'
against the defence cells. Odd as it may sound, we
are not talking about talented actors but rather cancer
cells, which play games against their opponents. Before
attempting to explain these unbelievably clever games,
let us review what we have explained so far.
Isn't it extraordinary that our army of defence sets
up progressive barriers against the enemy? This organization
we call an "army" is made up of cells which
can only be viewed under an advanced electron microscope.
Their ability to protect and guard their sites, their
willingness to lay down their own lives to save the
life of the human body they belong to, their unyielding
commitment to continue their struggle, are not the
products of coincidence. Undoubtedly, we can see a
very conscious and well-organized form of functioning
in defence cells.
What would happen if such a difficult mission were
handed to a trillion highly educated human beings?
Would the success rate be as impressive? Would it
be possible for them to enforce their will on the
crowd despite the existence of strict disciplinary
rules and obligatory measures? If a few of these individuals
forgot the formula of the antibodies they were supposed
to manufacture, or neglected to manufacture them,
or refused to commit suicide when necessary, would
all of these stages function regularly? Would the
struggle end with victory? Could an army of billions
of individuals continue its struggle without any mistake?
Are there, by any chance, any brave and skilled commanders
or managers who would be willing to undertake the
responsibility of keeping these billions under control?
However, our defence cells do not need any commanders
or managers. Their system operates in a very regulated
manner, without any inhibitions or difficulties. There
is no anarchy or confusion during the process. The
reason for this perfection and extremely effective
functioning is God, Who established this system
down to its minute details and inspired the elements
of this system to fulfill their responsibilities.
In the 5th verse of Surat al-Sajda, it is stated:
"He directs the whole affair
from heaven to earth.". In accordance
with this rule, the defence cells continue their struggle
without rest or duress with this inspiration given
to them by God.