Written by Dr Jason A Miller DACM LAc, Directed by Gary Lundgren, 26 min, Documentary
Cancer is the disease of our time. It is the internal manifestation of our external actions. We are diminishing our biodiversity, destabilizing our ecological networks, and creating an ever growing burden of disease. We are Cancering.
Jason Miller, doctor of Chinese Medicine, explores why cancer is the disease of our time.
The journey starts with awareness. When we take a deep look at the biology of cancer in our bodies, and compare this with the ecology of human actions, the parallels are undeniable.
We can’t go back to where we were before the agricultural revolution began, but we can move forward with a way of life that is more deeply and synergistically woven with nature.
An introduction from Jason:
One of the fundamental principles that I hold dear is that we are all "cancering." Some of us have active cancer in our bodies, and need to address it directly, while others have differing degrees of mutations happening daily that up until now, our bodies have been able to handle. My work with cancer is really taking place on two fronts: first, as guide and support for patients that are actively navigating the challenging decisions that a cancer diagnosis brings, and second, as a voice for the realization that the way that humans are manipulating their ecosystem is mirrored in the biological landscape of cancer in our bodies.
A large part of my recent focus is on shifting the human story away from one of cancering, to one of generosity, and of thriving with biodiversity. The new film that I finished in collaboration with Gary Lundgren of Joma Films is an exploration of why cancer is the disease of our time. It is a poetic story that reveals the similarity between cancer biology and human ecology. The film covers key concepts like stagnation, the need for passionate expression, depression and anxiety, the gathering of material things, selfishness, greed, and death and dying. Our hope is that it may inspire change through awareness, and start a movement towards a concerted effort to stop our cancering process.