“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 aerobic respiration, or “with oxygen.”
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, or through the process of fermentation. This is anaerobic respiration, or “without oxygen.”
This change in energy production occurs when cellular oxygen levels drop below 60%, and the respiration process of energy production is forced to switch 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?
- 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 we are eating too much of them.
- A lack of the proper building blocks for the cell 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.
- 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.
- 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. Your goal is to be 7.2- 7.4 where 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 are most fruits and vegetables. Acidic foods include meats, dairy, grains, sugar, 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.
- 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.
2. 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.
- Remove the toxic fats that clog our cells- these include the trans fats that are found in processed foods, baked goods, shortening and margarine-type products.
- Another to avoid is 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 these oils must be manufactured, transported, and stored very carefully, but they are not. They can also 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.
- Examples of better options for cooking would be 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 oil as a finishing oil at the end of the cooking process or for cold uses like salad dressings.
- Get the essential omega 3 fatty acids by using hemp oil and flax seed oils for salad dressings or by adding them to your smoothies.
- Read more about healthy fats and removing the toxic fats
- Supplementing 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
- Another vital nutrient for the production of energy is CoQ10 or Ubiquinol
- Address nutritional deficiencies with 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 various 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. This will also assist your body in becoming better oxygenated, relieve stress, as well as release toxins. 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
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.
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
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