28 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
milk nutrition, etc., from the standpoint of the embryologist. Certain of my researches, published some ten years earlier, when applied to the problem, furnished the solution with ease. One German medical man has described the following advocacy of amylopsin in cancer as “ fantastic,” which is merely a pious “ opinion,” not a scientific argument ; but I am willing to admit that sometimes Nature may do things which to some people, like a certain King of Spain, may appear to be” fantastic.” Whether it be a “fantastic “ fact or not, genuine amylopsin always does its work in the scientific treatment of cancer.
In the clays of long ago, in our ancestry, as in that of all mammals, and as now happens in most marsupials, like the kangaroo, opossum, etc., birth took place at what I have termed the “critical period.” This is the moment in development when the embryo is first complete in all its parts. In a rabbit it is after some fifteen days out of a total gestation of thirty; in a human being in the seventh week of pregnancy, out of the total of nine months. With birth at this period the milk-nutrition was initiated. In this amylopsin is not of any use, and can be dispensed with. When, as she did, Nature prolonged the gestation, in order to bring the young into the world in a more perfect form, she deferred in so doing more and more the start of the milk-nutrition. In prolonging the gestation, she forgot, or omitted to introduce, amylopsin at an earlier period, and the “ unconscious memory” remained that it was not needed until the milk-period had passed. Consequently there is an absence of amylopsin during all foetal life. Usually the difficulties caused by this can be surmounted if the mother produce sufficient amylopsin, but from the seventh week of gestation pregnancy is a sorry business, owing to