By Vera Gruessner
Could a disease be caused by a virus? Could breast cancer – a serious condition that leads to 40,000 deaths annually in the United States alone – be directly caused by a virus? This is the question that top scientists are attempting to answer.
Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy, Founder and President of the Breast Health and Healing Foundation, has been putting together her publication – Of Mice and Women: Unraveling the Mystery Of the Breast Cancer Virus” – for many years and is finally in the process of publishing the book. To read the executive summary, click here.
This particular publication consists of the history and research behind a potential virus that could be causing large numbers of breast cancer cases. It has been named the Human Mammary Tumor Virus and is likely connected to an agent that causes mammary tumor growth in mice.
Dr. Kathleen Ruddy has been recently interviewed by Beth Mercante, Chief Operating Officer of the networking community Over 40 Females, about her upcoming book and the breast cancer virus. To view the discussion that Dr. Ruddy led, please visit this link. Dr. Ruddy began by going over the history of the breast cancer virus.
“In 1936, Dr. John Bittner, a biologist who was working in Maine, discovered a breast cancer virus in mice,” Ruddy explained. “He found that this virus was passed in breast milk and that any mouse that was exposed to the breast milk – either from its mother or if a mouse was foster nursed from a mother in which this breast cancer virus had infected the breast milk – those mice would develop breast cancer.”
“This was quite a surprise and was not well-received by the orthodox scientific community at that time,” Ruddy stated. “They didn’t believe there was such a thing as a tumor virus and were very skeptical.”
“A young researcher, Dr. Andrew Andervont from Johns Hopkins University, was working at Harvard and spent a summer in Maine with Dr. Bittner and he became very interested in the question of this breast cancer virus,” Ruddy continued. “He replicated Dr. Bittner’s experiments and he got the same results. He was able to show in his own experiments that it looked like there was an infectious agent in the breast milk of these mice that was responsible for causing breast cancer.”
Dr. Kathleen Ruddy went over various other studies over the next several decades that analyzed tumor viruses within different animal models. Dr. Bittner continued his experiments as more information continued to appear regarding the existence of tumor viruses. Evidence of a mouse leukemia virus, for example, had been found and the existence of a breast cancer virus in mice was also determined over time.
“Dr. Beatriz Pogo found evidence of this virus – one that was very, very similar to the mouse virus – in approximately 40 percent of human breast cancer specimens that she examined,” Ruddy explained. “She was working with Dr. Holland – the two of them joined forces at Mt. Sinai and, in 1995, reported that they had found this virus was 90-95 percent similar to the mouse virus in 40 percent of human breast cancer specimens.”