cancer and zodiac signs

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Wed Aug 10 12:42:48 EST 1994


Dear Friends,

We would like to present you findings of our researches , conducted at the
Teaching Hospital at Bytom/ Poland in the years 1993/94.

If you wish to consult us, please direct your enquiry directly to our
Hospital .

regards,


We included the following files :

1. Scientific paper

2. Call for Papers ( Conference on Psychosomatics  May '95, Katowice/ Poland )

    MORTALITY RATES, CAUSED BY MYOCARDIAL INFARCT AND CANCERS 
         AMONG PEOPLE, BORN UNDER DIFFERENT ZODIAC SIGNS 

Brodziak A., Kaszuba D., Romanowski W., Ry˜ M. 
5th Department of Internal Diseases of Silesian School of Medicine
ul. ½eromskiego 7, Bytom, Poland


     We present rates of mortality, caused by myocardial infarcts 
and  cancers  among  people dead during the calendar year 1993 in 
Voivide of Katowice, born under different zodiac signs. Data were 
obtained  from  "Death Certificates", transferd to Voivode Center 
of  Medical  Data  (Katowice,  ul.  Powstaäc¢w  15,  Poland), and 
computerized there, since January 1993. Fig. 1 reports the Polish 
form of "Death Certificate". 
     The  discussion  about type A of behavior, prone to coronary 
heart   disease   (C.H.D.)   (1-6)  and  typ  C  predisposing  to 
development of cancers (7-12) is continued in behavioral medicine 
literature.   Recently   the   system  Enneagram  (13)  clasifing 
personality  to  9 different types is discused vividly (14). This 
system,  from  one  side,  discern  personality  types similar to 
behavior  types A (PERFORMER) and C (GIVER), but from other side, 
similar  to known characteristics of persons born under different 
zodiac  signs.  One  of us published considerations on this topic 
formerly (15). 
     We  assumed  that  trials  of the formulation of personality 
types,  according  to  so  called  zodiac  signs undertaken since 
centures  constituted the pre-Freud'ian period of the development 
of the theory of personality (16). 
     Of  cause  we  understand  the  notion  of  zodiac  signs as 
Hipparch,  who  already in the year 125 B.C. divided the ecliptic 
into  12 equal parts. Zodiac signs in this way denotes, in facts, 
monthly  periods  of  a  callendar  year only; and their names by 
astral constellations are customary and historical. 
     We  found  significant differences in mortality rates caused 
by  myocardial  infarct  and cancers among persons born under the 
same  particular,  different zodiac signs and dead befor their 60 
year of life. 
     This  finding  is  probably one of first objective arguments 
that,  after all, the relation between zodiac signs and a kind of 
personality,  which infuences death circumstances, thus an aspect 
of human destiny really exists. 
     Our  methodological  approach  should be clarifid. Mortality 
rates  were calculated on data concerning 37644 persons. New-born 
(death  during  the  first  year  of  life)  were  not taken into 
account. 
     Result   were   listed   on   different  diagrams  and  many 
statistical  tests  were  performed.  On  the  fig. 2 we trial to 
present  mortality rates expressed as the proportion (percentage) 
of people born under different zodiac signs, but dead befor their 
60-ty by two different primary causes of death. These percentages 
can  be  compared  on  the fig. 2 with the total mortality rates, 
which  are rather similar. The mean time of life (68.0) of people 
born  in different year periods is similar and calculated extreme 
differences  (67.5  for  Taurus and 69.4 for Sagittarius) are not 
statistically significant. 
     The  fig. 2 demonstrates that the probability (freqnency) of 
death  by  reason of myocardial infarct in relation to cancers is 
higher  among  people  born  under  Taurus,  Gemini,  Cancer  und 
Scorpio. 
     Poeple  born  under  Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius die 
more  often  by  reason  of cancers. These different proportions, 
verified  by  c2  test  are significant for groups of people born 
under  Taurus  and  Aquarius  (c2=5.44)  and Scorpio and Aquarius 
(c2=5.22). The c2 value is high for many other comparaisons also, 
however dont exceed the limit for p=0.05. The fig. 3 presents our 
data  in  different  way. Here bars illustrates the percentage of 
people,  dead  "by  reason  of  infarct" in relation to all other 
possible primary causes of death. 
     A  periodic  year  regularity of these rates seems to become 
noticeable  (see black bars in the fig. 2). The rate mortality by 
reason  of  infarct  for  people born (conceived!!) in subsequent 
zodiacal  monthes increases (Ram, Taurus, Gemini), then decreases 
(Cancer,  Leo,  Virgo,  Libra)  and  afterwards  again  increases 
(Sagittarius,  Capricorn,  Pisces  and  again  Ram). The data for 
Scorpio sign disturbs this regularity. 
     We formulated a hypothesis, which facilitates the discussion 
of  these  results.  Our  hypothesis  assumes  that  some  inborn 
characterological  features  (personality  type)  of  a  new-born 
persons  are  induces by the pattern of day-light, perceived by a 
pregnant  woman.  There are many experimental findings supporting 
this   hypothesis.  Perceived  light,  through  visual  pathways, 
nucleus  suprachiasmaticus  and pineal gland determines circadian 
rythm  of  secretion of melatonin (17,18). Pineal gland acting on 
hypothalamus  determines  circadian  changes  of many hypophyseal 
hormons and especially gonadotropins (18,19,20). 
     It  is  also found already that the photoperiod perceived by 
females influences many foetal functions (21,22). 
It  is  remarkable that female melatonin influences fetal gonadal 
function  (23,24,25,26). The influence of gonadal hormones on the 
development of embrional and fetal brain is also proved. 
     Thus, it could be concluded that biological rationale exists 
for  the  thesis  that  the  calendar  period of pregnancy can be 
related  to  some  inborn  personality caracteristics. From other 
side researchers interested in clinical psychology and behavioral 
medicine  try  to relate some behavioral types to diseases, which 
cause  more frequently early death. Therefore it seems to us that 
scrupulous  analysis of mortality rates performed on big files of 
data,  gathered  in  different  countries, especially on southern 
hemisphere  could  clarified many quesions concerning relation of 
month  of  conception to some aspects of lifestyle and behavioral 
patterns. 






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Address of the Organizing Committee:

V Katedra i Klinika Chor¢b Wewn©trznych
˜l¥skiej Akademii Medycznej
(English name can be used: 5th Department of Internal Diseases of Silesian University School of Medicine)
ul. ¾eromskiego 7, 41-902 B y t o m , POLAND

phone (direct line)  (4832) 812122
or phone through hospital switch center (4832) 810231

	The registration fee 50 $. should be paid after arrival. Because there are no problems with hotel rooms we recommend you make reservations for ourselves in one of Katowice hotels. We invite you to telephone " Warszawa Hotel"-tel.(4832) 587081-the most luxurious; or "Silesia  Hotel"- tel.(4832) 596211; "Katowice Hotel"-tel. (4832) 588281; rather cheap "Olimpijski"-tel. (4832) 583201; cheep hotel also ,in the centre "Polonia"-tel. (4832) 514051; very cheep "Dom Turysta"-tel. (4832) 410928, near Silesian Planetarium. 




















5th DEPARTMENT  OF  INTERNAL  DISEASES  OF  SILESIAN UNIVERSITY  SCHOOL  OF  MEDICINE
with
POLISH SOCIETY OF PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY
and
PSYCHOSOMATIC SECTION OF POLISH SOCIETY OF PHYSICIANS

is organising on May 12-13, 1995 in Katowice a conference with workshops on subjects of:

PSYCHO-IMMUNOLOGY

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY

NEURO-CARDIOLOGY

and

HOLISTIC MEDICINE


# # #

Call for papers

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Initial  information


	Separate seminars on above mentioned subjects will be organised in the Physicians House in Katowice, Gra¾yäskiego Street, nr 49a on May 12-13 1995, from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m.
	We call for papers which could be presented in 15 min. We prefer results of original clinical trials and presentations of new concepts synthetizing neurophysiology, psychology, philosophy, new cultural trends and medical practice. We will edit the proceedings of the conference. 
	We invite you to submit the participation and eventual paper for oral presentation or in the form of a poster. The registration letter should precise the name, the address, also affiliation, scientific degrees or its cultural equivalent (awards). The abstract of the paper should be send on normalised magnetic discette (3,5 or 5,25) in ASCII code. It should not exceed 2000 characters. Please send, the registration letter as soon as possible and not latter then February 28, 1995. 
Initial telephone registration would be very useful for as. Please contact one of the following members of the Organizing Committee:

PSYCHO-IMMUNOLOGY - Dr R.Braczkowski
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY - Dr M.Muc, J.Cisek
NEURO-CARDIOLOGY - Dr Z.Okoä
HOLISTIC MEDICINE - Prof. Dr A.Brodziak
REVIEW OF "OPTIMISM" MOVIES - Dr J.Knopik
MULTIMEDIA, VIRTUAL REALITY AND COMPUTER NETWORKS - Dr A.Danikiewicz, W. Romanowski
SPECIAL MEDICAL CULTURE REVIEW: "ODYSSEY 2000-5". 
- Dr E.Zi¢ˆko, Dr E.Nowakowska

Also a separate workshop "COSMO-BIOLOGY" will  be organised about: 
1) "Mortality rates among people born under different zodiac signs."
2) "If the pattern of light (Zodiac Sign) assimilated by a pregnant women influences through pineal gland and gonadotropins the development of the fetus brain. 

	Organizing committee of this workshop:
Prof.A.Brodziak, Dr R.Braczkowski, Dr W.Romanowski, Dr D.Kaszuba, 
Dr B. Zubelewicz. 



	A separate seminar HOLISTIC MEDICINE is conceived this time (for'95) as a trial to  create the occasion for the meeting  of people, who never meet together, who rather fight against each other. Therefore, we look for distinguished and competent experts, who would like to present lectures on following topics: 

- The human system of inborn cognitive predilections and ideas
- The review of contemporain common existential philosophical  options
- Transformation of theological concepts of last century
- Ecumenical and pan-ecumenical concepts and realisations
- The review of friendly culture production
- Literature critics and concept of positive thinking
- Psychical condition of contemporain journalists
- Pageantry and theatrically of culture and new nationalistic totalitarism
- World going towards hypermedia (computerised audio-video-terminals)   
   network interactions
- The review of neo-gnostic concepts
- Nowdays trends of scientific-fiction
- The review of European neo-heathenic concepts
- Graphics, paintry music and incorporation of s-f and fantasy to our notion      supply
- The style of a person (clothes, make-up, coiffure, bearing) and a personal      theatre
- Verified procedure of treatment proposed in "New Age" time

	The rationale for proposed program of the seminar "Holistic Medicine" arise from the assumption that psychotherapy should be supplied by change of behaviour, the new plan of activities, and the monitoring of actions stimulating interpersonal relations and inducing events which will modify interpretation of self-esteem and the image of the world.



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