The pharmaceutical industry is not particularly interested in spreading this news – and you’ll understand why….
In 1931, German physiologist Otto Heinrich Warburg received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme.
The official mention for the Prize doesn’t explain much. In reality, already in 1924, Warburg formulated what, at the time, was only a hypothesis:
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.
Warburg also developed the concept experimentally. He published his findings (The Metabolism of Tumours) and held several lectures, outlining the theory and the data.
Again, as it happened many times in medical history (see this other post), this hypothesis hasn’t been accepted easily. Warburg was known to quote 1918 Nobel Prize physicist Max Planck’s aphorism:
Science progresses not because scientists change their minds, but rather because scientists attached to erroneous views die, and are replaced.
The discoverer of vitamin C and Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1937, Hungarian physiologist Albert Szent-Györgyi, nominated Warburg for a second Nobel prize in 1944. Rumours – always denied by the Nobel Foundation – were that the Prize was not awarded because of a 1937 Hitler decree forbidding Germans to accept Nobel Prizes….
Cancer cure and prevention
Without going into the complicated details of the biochemistry behind all of this, it is widely accepted today that cancer cells switch to fermentation in lieu of aerobic respiration, so much that positron emission tomography (PET), a medical imaging technology, is based on the sugar fermentation (glycolysis) of cancer cells. However, this switch is not yet accepted as the cause of cancer. Warburg’s concept has been expanded and quite a complete presentation is available in the Cancer as a Metabolic Disease book by Thomas Seyfried.
Warburg proved that all cancer types have two characteristics: acid blood and lack of oxygen. The environment is acid in a tumour and alkaline in a normal organ. He also discovered that cancer cells live on glucose (sugar), are anaerobic (i.e. can live without oxygen) and cannot survive with high levels of oxygen. Moreover, he wrote that, by depriving a normal cell of 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours, it can be converted into a cancer cell.
Warburg ended up describing cancer as a mechanism of defence, by the whole body, when the environment becomes acid and poor in oxygen: cells adapt to survive with low oxygen and consume glucose.
So, cure and prevention are reasonably easy: it depends on nutrition parameters. It’s important to understand how aliments influence acidity or alkalinity because, in order to work, cells need to stay in a slightly alkaline environment: in a healthy person, the blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.50; if pH falls below 7, the individual falls in coma. Blood constantly “rebalances” its pH in order to avoid the excess of acidity (metabolic acidosis) or alkalinity (metabolic alkalosis).
The following nutriments tend to increase acidity: refined sugar (and derived products), meat (all kinds, including fish), products from animal origin (milk, cheese, yoghurt, etc.), refined salt, refined flour (and byproducts like bread), margarine, caffeine (from coffee, tea and chocolate), alcohol, conserved food in general, antibiotics and other medicines.
The following nutriments tend to increase alkalinity: raw vegetables, raw fruit (despite its external acidity, lemon has the highest alkaline effect inside the body!), some seeds and nuts (like almonds), honey and water. In addition, exercise is extremely helpful in oxygenating the whole body.
Ideally, in a healthy person, in order to maintain health, 60% of the intake should come from alkaline sources. In illness, 80% of the intake should be alkaline. Against any form of cancer, it is highly recommended that alkalinity is increased.
New drugs against cancer
Warburg’s findings, though quite old now, could also be used to develop anti-cancer drugs.
Several discoveries link impaired energy production (mitochondrial function) as well as impaired respiration to the growth, division and expansion of tumor cells. A recent study suggests that inducing the cells to produce energy through oxygen (oxidative metabolism through mitochondrial frataxin) can inhibit cancer growth.
None of the above is really “breaking news”. However, too few people are aware or made aware of the therapies impact on their personal circumstances and on alternative approaches.
The reason is quite obvious: no one is going to make profit by just a change in nutrition….
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