Cancer Cannot Survive in an Oxygenated Alkaline Environment

Dr Otto Warburg

“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.”  Dr Otto Warburg

Healthy cells respirate by burning oxygen with a small amount of glucose in order to produce their energy; this is also known as aerobic respiration, or “with oxygen.”  Back in the 1920’s, Dr Warburg discovered that cancerous cells respirate differently from healthy cells.  More specifically, he found that cancerous cells acquire their energy by breaking down large amounts of glucose through a process of fermentation; this is also known as anaerobic respiration, or “without oxygen.”  This change in energy production occurs when the cellular oxygen levels drop below 60% and the respiration process is forced to change over to the fermentation process, thus turning normal cells into cancerous cells.

Additionally, fermentation is a form of energy production that is 19 times less efficient than when using oxygen, and the process creates a lactic acid by-product that continues to make the body even more acidic.  The liver then takes up this lactic acid and converts it back into glucose, which then goes back to feed the cancer.  If this taxing cycle is not addressed it can eventually lead to cachexia, also known as wasting disease.

What reduces the oxygen levels in the cells?

  1. An acidic, low-oxygen environment in the body which is a result of eating diets that are heavy in sugars, dairy, meats, refined grains, fast foods and processed foods. These foods are all lacking in essential micro-nutrients, they leave behind an acidic ash following digestion, and they make up such a large portion of our diets.
  2. A lack of the proper building blocks for the cellular membranes that don’t allow for the transfer of oxygen and nutrients into the cells. Cell membranes are made up of lipids (fats), and the body will use whatever form of fats that you are consuming, even if they are toxic and will clog the cells.
  3. This lack of permeability of the cell membrane will cause a buildup of cellular toxicity which further damages the respiratory mechanisms within the cells; not allowing the cell to breathe and remove waste as it had before, forcing the cell to switch over to the fermentation process of energy production in order to survive.
  4. Poor blood and lymph flow due to a lack of movement and exercise.

1. We can begin oxygenating the body by changing the diet:

  • Cancer thrives on sugar and the carbohydrates that are easily converted into glucose such as refined grains, breads, potatoes, white rice, corn, highly glycemic fruits, and all of the hidden sugars that are in the processed foods that you are eating.   Cancer cells have ten times more insulin receptors per cell than normal cells which means that they can suck up all of this glucose much faster than normal cells and use it to fuel their grow and spread.  Read more about sugar and cancer
  • pH refers to “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of whether your body is in an acidic, balanced or alkaline state.  The pH scale runs from 1-14, with 7 being in the middle (or neutral).  Anything lower than 7 would be within the acidic range, anything above 7 is within the alkaline range.  Acidic foods will add hydrogen molecules to the body, therefore making your body more acidic, alkaline foods will remove hydrogen molecules from the body, thus making you more alkaline.  When you ingest foods and liquids, the end product after digestion and assimilation of nutrients will result in either an acid or an alkaline-forming effect.  These end products are often referred to as an acid-ash or alkaline-ash. All foods and beverages can then be considered either alkaline or acidic based on the ash that is created following digestion.  Your goal when testing is to be 7.2- 7.4 where cellular oxygen is plentiful and you are slightly more alkaline than acidic.  At this range you are naturally able to resist illness and disease, whereas people who are overly acidic or overly alkaline are more prone to sickness and disease.  Read more about acid/alkaline balance and how to test your pH.
  • Alkaline foods consist of most fruits and vegetables.  Acidic foods include meats, dairy, grains, sugar, processed foods, soda, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.  80% of your diet should be in the form of alkaline foods, with only 20% being from the acidic food list.  Use the chart below to make healthier options.
  • Eat most of your produce uncooked so that you can benefit from their enzymes.  Food  enzymes assist with the digestion of food, the absorption of nutrients, and the delivery of those nutrients throughout the body.  Read more about enzymes.  
  • Juicing and blending fresh fruits and vegetables are both excellent ways to increase your overall servings of these nutrient dense foods.
  • Avoid all chemically-laden processed and fast foods- consider these to be nutritionally dead foods.
  • Eat organically grown foods whenever possible – they contain more nutrients because they are grown in enriched soils without the toxic residues.

cell32. The proper building blocks for the cells:

  • Adding fats to our meals helps our bodies to feel satiated and allows for fat soluble vitamins to absorb, but it is essential that we consume healthy fats in their proper form and then use them appropriately.
  • Remove the toxic fats that can clog our cells.  These include the trans fats that are found in processed foods, baked goods, shortening and margarine-type products and the refined polyunsaturated oils which are easily oxidized and can form toxic lipid peroxides which can cause cellular damage.  These oils can become rancid very easily when exposed to light, oxygen, and heat, so they must be manufactured, transported, and stored very carefully, but they are not.  They form carcinogens and mutagens when exposed to heat, yet we frequently use these same toxic oils in food manufacturing processes, fast food frying, and for high heat cooking at home.  These oils include corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, sunflower, grape seed, and safflower.
  • For cooking: only use oils that remain stable when exposed to light, heat, and oxygen. They include unrefined coconut oil, sustainably-harvested palm oil,  and organic butter.
  • Use extra virgin olive and avocado oil as a finishing oil to top your vegetables at the end of cooking or for cold uses only like salad dressings.
  • Get your fats from food. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are involved in the development of the nervous system as well as making cell membranes more flexible and reducing inflammation within the body.  Food sources include wild salmon or other cold water fish,  freshly ground flax seeds, raw walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados, as well as meat, eggs and milk products all from animals that are allowed to graze on pastures instead of eating grains.
  • You can also get the essential omega 3 fatty acids by using hemp oil or flax seed oil for salad dressings or by adding them to your smoothies (cold use only with these oils).  Be sure to store and use these delicate oils properly as these oils can become rancid if not used correctly.
  • Read more about healthy fats and removing the toxic fats
  • Supplement with the right forms of omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids is essential to the cells development and ability to function properly. These include taking an unrefined, cold-pressed omega 6 oil supplement along with unrefined, cold-pressed omega 3 oil  in a 2:1 ratio which will help to increase oxygen and the nutrient transfer into the cells.
  • Read more about essential fatty acids
  • Address your nutritional deficiencies by taking a quality bio-available vitamin and mineral supplement.

3. Employ a variety of detoxification methods:

  • Juice fasting, sweating, skin brushing, herbal remedies, epson salt baths are all ways to detox the body.  Read more about various strategies to detoxify your body.
  • Coffee enemas, milk thistle, turmeric, dandelion tea, and cilantro are all good for detoxing the liver.  Read more about various strategies to detoxify your liver.
  • Remove chlorine compounds and fluoride from your drinking water as they are toxic to the body
  • Drink filtered water with a squeeze of fresh lemon as this has a detoxifying effect on the liver and is alkalizing to the body at the same time.
  • Use non-toxic cleaning products in the home- vinegar and baking soda works great for most tasks.
  • Remember that anything that you put onto your skin is going to be absorbed into your body; so look for non-toxic cosmetics, lotions, deodorants, etc.
  • Here are some ideas for non-toxic cleaning products and natural personal care products that you can make yourself.

4. Ways to oxygenate the blood and increase lymphatic flow:

  • Exercise- will help to improve circulation and oxygenate the cells.  Walking, stretching, yoga, swimming, biking, hiking,  jumping on a mini trampoline, etc. Read more about this.
  • Deep breathing- most people are shallow breathers.   Here is an exercise to help you become more conscious of your breath and this will assist your body in becoming better oxygenated, as well as relieve stress, and has the added benefit of releasing toxins through the lungs. Take a full breath, in through the nose and then expand the chest fully. When you think your lungs are full, then try sucking in just a little more air. Hold this for a few seconds and then breathe out through pursed lips to expel the air out slowly. Repeat this exercise for 5 minutes at a time, and do this multiple times per day or when you need a boost of energy.


The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer

by Dr. Otto Warburg
Lecture delivered to Nobel Laureates on June 30, 1966

There are prime and secondary causes of diseases. For example, the prime cause of the plague is the plague bacillus, but secondary causes of the plague are filth, rats, and the fleas that transfer the plague bacillus from rats to man. By the 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. Almost anything can cause cancer. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by the 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. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals, is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by the energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms, namely the fermentation of sugar.

In every case, during the cancer development, the oxygen respiration always falls, fermentation appears, and the highly differentiated cells are transformed into fermenting anaerobes, which have lost all their body functions and retain only the now useless property of growth and replication. Thus, when respiration disappears, life does not disappear, but the meaning of life disappears, and what remains are growing machines that destroy the body in which they grow.

All carcinogens impair respiration directly or indirectly by deranging capillary circulation, a statement that is proven by the fact that no cancer cell exists without exhibiting impaired respiration. Of course, respiration cannot be repaired if it is impaired at the same time by a carcinogen.

To prevent cancer it is therefore proposed first to keep the speed of the blood stream so high that the venous blood still contains sufficient oxygen; second, to keep high the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood; third, to add always to the food, even of healthy people, the active groups of the respiratory enzymes; and to increase the doses of these groups, if a precancerous state has already developed. If at the same time exogenous carcinogens are excluded rigorously, then much of the endogenous cancer may be prevented today.

These proposals are in no way utopian. On the contrary, they may be realized by everybody, everywhere, at any hour. Unlike the prevention of many other diseases, the prevention of cancer requires no government help, and not much money.

Many experts agree that one could prevent about 80% of all cancers in man, if one could keep away the known carcinogens from the normal body cells. But how can the remaining 20%, the so-called spontaneous cancers, be prevented? It is indisputable that all cancer could be prevented if the respiration of body cells were kept intact.

Nobody today can say that one does not know what the prime cause of cancer is. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known, so that today ignorance is no longer an excuse for avoiding measures for prevention. That the prevention of cancer will come there is no doubt. But how long prevention will be avoided depends on how long the prophets of agnosticism will succeed in inhibiting the application of scientific knowledge in the cancer field. In the meantime, millions of men and women must die of cancer unnecessarily.

Cancer is the final and most desperate act of survival that the body has at its disposal, and it only takes control when all other measures of self-preservation have failed.

Instead of viewing cancer as a monolithic “disease,” it makes more sense to view cancer as a symptom of cellular and environmental conditions gone awry; in other words, the environment of the cell has become inhospitable to normal cell function, and in order to survive, the cell undergoes profound genetic changes, drawing ancient genetic pathways which we associate with the cancerous personality ( phenotype). This “ecological” view puts the center of focus back on the preventable and treatable causes of the “disease,” rather on some vague and out-dated concept of “defective genes” beyond our ability influence directly.

It also explains how the “disease” process may conceal an inherent logic, if not also healing impulse, insofar as it is an attempt of the body to find balance and survive in inherently unbalanced and dangerous conditions. Fundamentally, we need to shift our thinking away from the view that cancer is something unnatural that happens to us, to one where we see that cancer is something natural our body does to survive unnatural conditions. Change and improve those conditions, and you do more to change cancer than attacking it as if you were fighting a war against an enemy. Read more in this article-  Cancer is a survival mechanism that the body employs to survive in a low oxygen, acidic environment

Read more about acid/alkaline balance

Cancer thrives on sugar

Read more about healthy fats vs toxic fats

Read more about enzymes

Read more about essential fatty acids

Read more about detoxing your body.

Read more about Detoxing your liver.

A hypothetical diet and supplement program

Read The Metabolism of Tumors, by Otto Warburg

Cancer Is Not A Disease – It’s A Survival Mechanism

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  1. My uncle who has the uncurable cancer move in the country & planted all kinds of vegetables organic & fruits that all he ate got completely heal. Scientist was amazed out of over 20 patients he was the only one survive. I am a believer of organic vegebles.

  2. You are right, for me it is a complete change of eating. Avoiding the foods that make the body acidic is the key. Juicing the green veggies and some fruit is awesome have more energy and am happy to be avoiding the junk foods, and most of all I am not eating empty calories and staying away from restaurants. :)

    • Chandra, Read the footnote at the bottom of the comparison chart. CCAR is correct, lemons, although an acidic fruit, leave behind an alkaline ash following digestion. Potatoes and rice are starchy, which after digestion turns to sugar. Japanese have followed this oxygenated alkaline practice for many years.

  3. Well..that's interesting and informative. Guess I'm off sugar and therefore coffee. That will be hard..but obviously very important. Passed on to friend with cancer. Thanks for good info.

  4. I know this guy in Salt Lake City (the sucker state) who spent $5,000 on a magic machine that “alkalizes” water. Little does he realize that as soon as you drink it, the slight alkalinity is immediately neutralized in this seething vat of hydrochloric acid. LMFAO. This is about as stupid as saying you can prevent cancer by eating a bunch of Tums.

  5. I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

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    my mission.

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