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ABOUT: What is Cancer ?

A cancer cell is a normally aerobic cell turned anaerobic

A Nobel Prize was given to Otto Heinrich Warburg in 1931 for this discovery - Cells become anaerobic (i.e. cancerous)due to lack of oxygen to fuel their mitochondrial aerobic energy production. (Note that not all cells use oxygen to create energy;E.g. Mature RBCs produce energy by anaerobic glycolysis).

Malignant Cancer

Cancer (technically called malignant neoplasm) is a disease where cells lose control of their cellular reproduction capacity - rather than dividing in a controlled and programmed manner, the cells continue to divide and multiply abnormally. Number of divisions is not limited by telomeres on DNA (a counter system to limit number of divisions to 40-60).

In most malignant cancers (except leukemia), cells form a detectable lump or tumor by invading and destroying adjacent tissue - Formation of large masses of tissue may lead to disruption of bodily functions by damaging organs or vital structures.

Metastasis - defined as the stage in which cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

Known risk factors for cancer - Radiation, Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation, Viruses, Chemicals (especially chlorine), Tobacco, Alcohol, Diet.

Varies in type and location

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow -characterized by an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, usually the immune system's white blood cells (called leukocytes).

Large Cancer of the Breast

Cancer killed 7.6 million people in 2007 about 13% of all deaths worldwide

(American Cancer Society)

Benign Tumors

Benign tumors (benign neoplasm) are not cancerous – they are a proliferation of abnormal cells that stop growing by themselves, and which do not invade adjacent tissue or metastasize.

Pre-cancer - Benign, non-invasive tumors are also called pre-cancerousbecause they have the potential to progress to cancer (i.e. become invasive) if left untreated.

How does Cancer begin ?

Cancer begins when:

(1) More cancer cells are being created than . . .

(2) An overworked, depleted immune system can destroy.

Why is our immune system not strong enough to identify and eliminate new cancer cells - the weakening of the immune system is consequential to, for example:

–   A diet of refined/over-processed food;

–    Minerally-depleted soils;

–   Toxicity in the body;

–   Harmful radiation;

–   Lack of health-beneficial energy sources / electromagnetic frequencies (e.g. too much artificial light and not enough natural sunshine);

–   Lack of sleep in a darkened room;

–   Inactivity of all the organs of elimination (e.g. lymph, lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, and bowels).

All these subjects and more are addressed at:

Why the Health Problems?


What are the more specific causes of a cell becoming cancerous? – this is the burning question of the day, however, you will find likely answers here:

Why do cells turn cancerous?

How does Cancer Spread ?

Cancer cells produce and secrete millions of enzymes, which can destroy surrounding (extracellular) collagen and tissue - which would otherwise restrict the spread of cancer. The “Rath Cellular Therapy” and sufficient thyroid hormone inhibit the degradation of connective tissue in the extracellular matrix (ECM).

Cancer Cells and Microbes travel to new areas via the bloodstream - Eventually, the destructive cancer cell enzymes “cut” their way through the extracellular tissue to reach blood vessel walls through which the cancer cells may gain entrance to the blood stream.

Cancer Cell Properties

The lifestyle of solid tumor cells requires variable degrees of adaptation to an hypoxic (low oxygen) environment - in low oxygen conditions, the much more efficient aerobic metabolism does not work well.Cancer cells adapt to their new way of life by a number of mechanisms, from membrane transport differences to variations in regulating the production of cellular ATP energy.

Cancer cells have a competitive advantage over normal Cells - the high rate of glucose consumption and concomitant release of acid may give tumor cells a competitive advantage over normal cells in the immediate environment.

–   Normal cells do not tolerate acid conditions very well - but tumor cells do;

–   Dividing cells require certain substances - and the backbone for these crucial substances is derived from glucose metabolism.

✔Purines and pyrimidines to make nucleic acids - E.g. DNA, RNA;

✔Coenzymes used in energy production - Phospho-Adenosine compounds (E.g. ATP, ADP , cAMP), NAD, NADP and FAD

May not be possible to revert anaerobic cancer cells back to aerobic by simply supplying oxygen - Dr. Otto Warburg reported that even under aerobic conditions, tumor cells consumed glucose and produced lactic acid at exceptionally high rates. Note, however, that cancer cell can be destroyed by sufficient oxygen presence

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