The Real Cause of Cancer
Dr Otto Warburg discovered the real cause of cancer in 1923 and he received the Nobel Prize for doing so in 1931. Dr Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells.
“Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an access of H+, it is acidic; if there is an access of OH- ions, then it is alkaline.”
In his work The Metabolism of Tumours he demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other. “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception.” “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” – Dr. Otto Warburg
Warburg also studied the metabolism of cancerous cells and in 1923 discovered that malignant cells use far less oxygen than normal cells and can in fact live anaerobically. This extremely interesting observation led him to speculate that cancer is caused by a malfunction of the cellular respiratory system. He advocated that cancer might be prevented by avoiding foods and additives that impair cellular activity and by ensuring a high level of respiratory enzyme in the body by taking plenty of iron and vitamin B.
“There are prime and secondary causes of disease. For example, the prime cause of the plague is the plague bacillus, but the secondary causes of the plague are filth, rats, and the fleas that transfer the plague bacillus from rats to man. By a prime cause of a disease I mean one that is found in every case of the disease.
Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. —Otto H. Warburg
- It is the second precondition that exogenous carcinogens be kept away, at least during the treatment.
Common sense would dictate that a prime cause should be dealt with first and foremost. Therefore, the prime counter to the prime cause of cancer would be to increase cellular oxygen. Of course, that isn’t what is happening in today’s cancer treatments. Instead, endless number of secondary causes are being explored while the prime cause is of little interest to most cancer researchers.
In regard to Dr. Otto Warburg’s cancer research back in the 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s – there is this paragraph in regard to lactic acid production and cancerous cells which have an acidic pH.
The crux of his (Dr. Otto Warburg) Nobel thesis was that malignant tumors frequently exhibit an increase in anaerobic glycolysis — a process whereby glucose is used as a fuel by cancer cells with lactic acid as an anaerobic by-product — compared to normal tissues. The large amount of lactic acid produced by this fermentation of glucose from cancerous cells is then transported to the liver.This conversion of glucose to lactate generates a lower, more acidic pH in cancerous tissues as well as overall physical fatigue from lactic acid buildup. Thus, larger tumors tend to exhibit a more acidic pH.
He was awarded a 1931 Nobel Prize for his research. He was the first to observe that the growth of cancer cells requires much less oxygen than that of normal cells. For his contributions to biochemistry, Warburg was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, in 1926, 1931, and 1944, although he only actually received the award in 1931.
This is how the information can be used by you to PREVENT CANCER and to prevent the recurrence of cancer.
It turns out that cancer cells cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen and this has given rise to a variety of successful treatments based on oxygenating the tissues. As a preventive and self-treatment, breathing exercises (such as pranayama) and an abundance of fresh air provide a starting point. Most people do not breathe deeply, so they lose the benefit of much of their lung capacity. Most indoor air is ten times more polluted than outdoor air, yet we spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Indoor air in every room needs to be constantly refreshed from the outside. Need we mention the importance of non-smoking? Aerobic exercise is useful to both oxygenate the tissues and move the lymph around.
To understand why some tissues in the body are deficient in oxygen and therefore prone to cancer, it is helpful to understand the nature of acidity and alkalinity. Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water (H2O) decomposes into H+ and OH-. When a solution contains more H+ than OH- then it is said to be acid. When it contains more OH- than H+ then it is said to be alkaline.Oxygen helps to neutralize the acid, while at the same time the acid prevents oxygen from reaching the tissues that need it. Acidic tissues are devoid of free oxygen.The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Below 7 is acid and above 7 is alkaline. The blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4.At a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant and at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live.This has given rise to a variety of treatments based on increasing the alkalinity of the tissues such as vegetarian diet, the drinking of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, and dietary supplementation with alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, cesium and rubidium. Top 5 alkaline foods are: LEMONS, APPLES, CAYENNE PEPPERS, WATER MELONS & LEAFY GREENS. Lemon is effective in killing cancer cells because it is allegedly 10,000 stronger than chemotherapy. And there is also a saying about cabbage: “A Cabbage a Day Keeps the Oncologist Away”
Much has been written about free radicals and cancer : the free radical attracts electrons from other molecules, thereby damaging them. Sources of free radicals include farm chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides), many prescription drugs, processed foods, cigarette smoke, environmental pollution, alcohol, electromagnetic radiation, and stress. In 1973, a study conducted by the Department of Occupational Health at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem found that when cancerous breast tissue is compared with non-cancerous tissue from elsewhere in the same woman’s body, the concentration of toxic chemicals such as DDT and PCBs was “much increased in the malignant tissue compared to the normal breast and adjacent adipose tissue.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, accumulated waste material in the body is called ama. Ama is described as a sticky substance that clogs the myriads of tiny tubes that make up the body. There are many Ayurvedic procedures to remove ama from the body. Some of these procedures are done daily, others seasonally, and they are part of the normal routine of life. For Ayurveda, maintaining a body free from ama helps provide the foundation for disease prevention and health promotion. To help prevent the damage, it is useful to take antioxidants.Antioxidants include Earthing, selenium, glutathione, iodine/iodide, resveratrol, vitamins A, C and E, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, and coenzyme Q10. Selenium is found in brazil nuts and oatmeal. Many foods, particularly those of the cabbage family, are found to increase glutathione levels in the body. Selenium and glutathione work together to protect fatty tissues such as breast, liver and prostate. Glutathione protects and regulates the p53 tumor suppression gene that could potentially prevent half of all cancers. Vitamin C maintains the effectiveness of vitamin E as an antioxidant. Daily consumption of 300 to400mg of coenzyme Q10 has been shown to produce a partial or complete regression of breast tumors. Bioflavonoids are provided by green/blue/purple colored foods (fruits, vegetables, berries, beans, spices, etc.).
Carotenoids come from yellow/orange/red colored foods.Many individual bioflavonoids and carotenoidshave been shown to inhibit cancer growth, and when you eat a variety of foods containing bioflavonoids and carotenoids, they work together to produce a very powerful effect on cancer. Other antioxidants and antioxidant sources include resveratrol (found in grape skins), propolis, zinc, green tea, turmeric, L-carnosine, and organic germanium.
Oxidized (rancid) vegetable oils(corn oil, soy oil, etc) look the same as non-oxidized vegetable oils, but the oxidized oils produce masses of free radicals in your body. This is one reason why we recommend replacing all vegetable oils in your cooking with coconut oil. For good health, be sure to eat at least 3 or 4 tablespoons of coconut oil every day. Start with teaspoon amounts and work up. Coconut oil is very easy to digest and provides an ideal source of energy for sick people and healthy people.
Purification Techniques: Many doctors feel that “death begins in the colon”. Colon problems primarily affect “westernized” people and, surprisingly, these colon problems turn out to be mostly due to faulty toilet design. Two thirds of the population of the world use squat toilets. Squatting provides the optimal position for complete evacuation of the colon. Complete evacuation of the colon is simply not possible using the western toilet, and results in a filthy internal condition similar to a sewage backup in a home. Your body cannot be healthy so long as this condition continues. Restricting the quantity of food consumed gives the system an opportunity to cleanse itself. It is not always necessary to eat. The digestive system requires a rest periodically, even if just one day each week. The consumption of fresh juices made from organically grown fruits and vegetables during this time of reduced food consumption provides alkalinity to neutralize the acid wastes released from the tissues. It is important to understand that we are not recommending “fasting” in the sense that you consume nothing but water. Rather they are recommending a liquid diet of fresh juices for a brief period
How can you tell if you are not well? The very first thing that goes off is the breath. The breath becomes shallow, heavy, and irregular. You will know it right away. In Yoga, we believe that If you are not breathing proper, you are not living to your potential!
The simplest of all the yogic breaths is just long deep breathing, but it is a habit that we, as a culture, do not have. Our normal tendency is to breath irregularly and shallowly. This leads to a total emotional approach to life, chronic tension and weak nerves. The lungs are the largest organs of the human body. The average lungs can enlarge to a volume of almost 6,000 cubic centimeters. Besides supplying oxygen to and removing carbon dioxide from the body, the respiratory systems helps regulator body pH (acidity – alkalinity) and helps excrete water vapor, hydrogen and small amounts of methane. Normally we may use only 600 or 700 cubic centimeters of that capacity.
If you do not expand the lungs to their full capacity, the small air sacks in the lungs, called alveoli, cannot clean their mucous lining properly. Therefore you do not get enough oxygen, and toxic irritants build up that lead to infections and disease.
Many studies over recent years have shown a positive response between exercise and the prevention of cancer.How do we best oxygenate the blood to make the body’s environment hostile to disease? The best way, of course, is to maintain a steady aerobic exercise program while feeding our bodies nutrition packed foods – to promote strong red blood cells that transport oxygen throughout the body.Twenty to thirty minutes of walking, cycling, dancing, jogging, golf or whatever gets you going, is recommended daily to start.
In fact over-exercise can be harmful too because, according the NIH (National Institutes of Health) can decrease white blood cells that fight the body’s invaders and can set up an inflammatory response .
Disease of any kind along with treatment often robs the body of the exertion/energy necessary to exercise. One idea that I found useful is the breath-work or aka (PRANAYAMA) recommended and described by Dr. Andrew Weil, of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Weil offers excellent techniques for improving the effectiveness of breath – did you know that most of us exhale about one-third as much time as we inhale? If we increase exhalation, we can improve inhalation too. The more we empty our lungs, the greater the amount of air we can inhale and the more even and relaxed our breathing becomes, in turn increasing the amount of oxygen supplied to our bodies. So – get up and take a deep breath and know that you are one breath closer to a healthier you.
While cancer eats up sugar, it also rejects oxygen as its primary source of energy and respiration. The major difference between healthy cells and malignant cells is that cancerous cells have mutated so that their primary energy supply is the fermentation of sugar. (There’s that sugar connection again.) Yet our bodies still need an adequate supply of glucose for healthy cells to thrive. What we want to stop is the spiking of glucose levels and increased insulin response. Exercise helps here too along with detection of hidden sugars in convenience foods so balance can be maintained in our bodies.
And Lastly: Baking soda is another one that works as a general alkalinizing as well as pH balancing agent within the body. If the body is overly acidic, baking soda can actually provide a short term remedy to putting it back into an acid/alkaline balance. Health problems, disease and sickness typically abound when your body is overly acidic so it is important to keep it within a healthy pH range.
Of course you do have to be cognizant of the sodium content if you have any issues with high blood pressure. Usually a dosage of no more than a teaspoon at a time diluted in a glass of water is recommended.
ALWAYS, remember that these are complementary healing ideas. No diet or exercise program should ever be considered a replacement for the therapies your doctor recommends, and if any ‘expert’ tells you that his/her ‘treatments’ must exclude standard medical protocols, do not walk, RUN away from them ASAP.
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Turmeric @ http://www.bri.ucla.edu/bri_weekly/news_060206.asp
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