The Basics of Cancer

Just as we couldn’t live on Mars without oxygen, research shows that cancer can’t exist in cells when there is enough oxygen or when the pH is where it is supposed to be. Not overly acidic. Unfortunately, all too often our cells are low in oxygen and acidic. They go together. Fortunately you can oxygenate and alkalinize cells so that cancer can’t develop or survive. Doing this in conjunction with boosting the immune system may strengthen the body and weaken the cancer to the point that cancer cells no longer are multiplying faster than the immune system can destroy them, and eventually you regain health as the cancer goes into remission.

There are numerous stories of people naturally recovering from cancer. In all sorts of different ways. There are also lots of people who try many different avenues in dealing with their cancer, and still die. The trick is to find what is the most effective support for the body. That deals with the fundamental issues in the best possible ways. So that you have the best chance of surviving.

The general take on cancer is that it is a dread disease only a lucky few survive. Something that sort of just happens to you. And that there wasn’t much to do about it if the cancer was too far along. Then cracks began to appear in that way of thinking. There was a chiropractor who on an audio tape told a couple of stories of people with inoperable lung cancer taking high doses of proanthocyandins (antioxidants found in grape seed extract and other plants) and of the tumors going away. Or someone taking handfuls of a particular blue green algae and getting over their brain tumor.

Carcinogens, toxins, free radical damage and other cancer causing agents, may actually be, in a sense, secondary causes of cancer. An underlying cause of all cancers was discovered by the renowned scientist Otto Warburg years ago. He actually won two Nobel Prizes for discovering the clues to why cancer develops. His continued research, and the research of a few other cancer investigators, back up his contention. Cancer is connected to...

Cellular Oxygen Levels

The underlying cause of cancer may be low cellular oxygenation levels, which in newly formed cells, damages their cellular respiration enzymes which can cause them to become cancerous.

In 1931 Dr. Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for work proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. He stated in an article titled The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer that “the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements.”

“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. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes.”

Some causes of poor oxygenation include a buildup of carcinogens and other toxins within and around cells, which blocks and then damages the cellular oxygen respiration mechanism. Clumping up of red blood cells slows down the bloodstream and restricts flow into capillaries. Which also causes poor oxygenation. Even lack of the proper building blocks for cell walls, essential fatty acids, restricts oxygen exchange.

What Warburg and other scientists found in their research was that the respiratory enzymes in cells, used to make energy aerobically, die when cellular oxygen levels drop. When this happens, the cell can no longer produce energy aerobically. So, if the cell is to live, it must, at least partially, ferment sugars, producing energy anaerobically. According to Warburg, cells that produce energy by fermenting sugars may turn cancerous. Warburg’s contention is this...

Cells must switch to producing energy anaerobically because low oxygen levels have lead to the death of the respiratory enzymes needed to produce energy aerobically. When this happens, the cells cannot produce enough energy to maintain their ability to function properly. So they lose their ability to do whatever they need to do in the body. Fermentation allows these cells to survive, but they can no longer perform any functions in the body or communicate effectively with the body. Consequently, these cells only multiply and grow. And may become cancerous. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say, they become cancer cells in order to survive.

Decades ago, two researchers at the National Cancer Institute, Dean Burn and Mark Woods, (Dean actually translated some of Warburg’s speeches.) conducted a series of experiments where they measured the fermentation rate of cancers that grew at different speeds. What they found supported Dr. Warburg’s theory. The cancers with the highest growth rates had the highest fermentation rates. The slower a cancer grew, the less it used fermentation to produce energy.

Naturally Warburg’s contention was challenged and tested by other scientists.

There were some researchers who claimed that this theory was not valid because they had measured a particularly slow growing cancer, and found no fermentation at all. And if cancer could grow with no fermentation, then fermentation, or lack of oxygen respiration, was not the cause of cancer. Dean Burn and Mark Woods checked those results. Using more sophisticated equipment, they determined that the equipment these researchers used to measure fermentation levels was not accurate enough to detect fermentation at low levels. Their testing, using newer and more accurate equipment, showed that even in those very slow growing cancer cells, fermentation was still taking place, at very low levels.

This was also confirmed by Pietro Gullino, also at the National Cancer Institute, who devised a test which showed that this slow growing cancer always produced fermentation lactic acid. Silvio Fiala, a biochemist from the University of Southern California, also confirmed that this slow growing cancer produced lactic acid, and that its oxygen respiration was reduced.

This theory makes sense. It also explains why there is never cancer of the heart. There are brain cancers, bladder cancers, cancers of every organ in the body. But have you ever heard of heart cancer? There wouldn’t be, not it this theory is correct. (There can be a cancer growing on the heart, but not in it.)

That’s because the body will not allow heart cells to produce energy anaerobically. Here’s why. When you are working, or working out, and your muscles start to ache with pain, they have switched to temporarily producing energy anaerobically as they can’t get enough oxygen. This creates a lactic acid buildup which eventually shuts down the muscle by causing pain.

If this were to take place in the heart when it was working hard, lactic acid would build up in the heart. Which would shut down the heart, as if you were having a heart attack, and you die. To prevent this, the body doesn’t allow heart muscles to produce energy through anaerobic fermentation. Heart cells just stop working when they can’t produce energy using oxygen. Consequently, they don’t get cancer because their cells cannot product energy through fermentation. Which means that they can’t lose their functionality and grow in an uncontrolled manner, turning into cancer. In a sense, they do lose functionality when they stop working, but in this case they can’t do anything, so they can’t turn into cancer cells.

Further research into Warburg’s theory showed that when oxygen levels were turned down, cells began to produce energy anaerobically, and ultimately became cancerous when levels went low enough. It took a reduction of 35% in oxygen levels for this to happen.

J.B. Kizer, a biochemist and physicist at Gungnir Research in Portsmith, Ohio explains, “Since Warburg's discovery, this difference in respiration has remained the most fundamental (and some say, only) physiological difference consistently found between normal and cancer cells. Using cell culture studies, I decided to examine the differential responses of normal and cancer cells to changes in the oxygen environment.

"The results that I found were rather remarkable. I found that... "High 02 tensions were lethal to cancer tissue, 95 percent being very toxic, whereas in general, normal tissues were not harmed by high oxygen tensions. Indeed, some normal tissues were found to require high 02 tensions. It does seem to demonstrate the possibility that if the 02 tensions in cancer tissues can be elevated, then the cancer tissue may be able to be killed selectively, as it seems that the cancer cells are incapable of handling the 02 in a high 02 environment."

So what happens to cause cancer seems to be as follows. Some cells in the body become poorly oxygenated from too many toxins, not enough essential fatty acids, and anything else that causes too little oxygen to get into cells. When newly formed cells suffer a 35% or more decrease in oxygen, their respiratory enzymes become permanently damaged. In order to survive, those cells must switch to using fermentation to produce energy. If this low oxygen state continues through several cellular life cycles, this de-evolves them to a more plant like cell which is cancerous. Cancer cells produce excess lactic acid as they ferment energy. This is toxic and helps to prevent the transport of oxygen into neighboring normal cells. And over time as these cells replicate, the cancer may spread if they are not destroyed by the immune system. And when the immune system cannot kill these cancerous cells faster than they develop, you get cancer.

Chemotherapy and radiation are used because cancer cells are weaker than normal cells and therefore may die first. However, the chemo and radiation damages the respiratory enzymes of normal cells and overloads them with toxins, so they are more likely to develop into cancer. The underlying cancer causing conditions are worsened, not improved. And the cancer often returns much more quickly the second time unless you make changes to support the health of your body.

By the way, there are scientists and others who deny that Warburg’s theory is valid because of the original inaccurate measurement of the amount of fermentation in slow growing cancer. In fact, I went to Quack watch and read an article from a scientist claiming there was no research at all supporting Warburg’s theory. So much for bad science. It is only good for supporting the medical industry.

Probably the main implication of this research is that an effective way to support the body’s fight against cancer would be to get as much oxygen as you can into the cells. Raising the oxygen levels of the still normal cells would help prevent them from becoming cancerous. And according to one of those research studies, increasing oxygen levels in cancer cells would help kill those cells.

A nurse who works in medical research said, “It’s so simple. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. When we’re working with cell cultures in the lab, if we want the cells to mutate, we turn down the oxygen. To stop them, we turn the oxygen back up.”

Ma LAN, MD and Joel Wallach DVD, point out that one type of white blood cells kills cancer cells by injecting oxygen creating hydrogen peroxide into the cells.

There is a bit more to this oxygenation story.
If you remember, according to Warburg, it is increased amounts of carcinogens, toxicity and pollution that causes cells to become so toxic they can’t uptake oxygen efficiently. This leads to the breakdown of cellular respiration. This is connected with over acidity in the body. Read more from Acidity and Alkalinity