March 7, 2016
360 Two Promising Cancer Cures [7 March 2016]
In the last two weeks I outlined the history of cancer theory and the evidence against the Somatic Mutation Theory (SMT). This week I want to share two promising cancer treatments that developed from the Metabolic Theory of Cancer.
According to the metabolic theory, all cancer cells have the same underlying metabolic dysfunction – the cell’s inability to use the oxidative pathway of energy production, forcing it to use fermentation. Treatments based on this theory should be effective on all cancers.
Fermentation is 32 times less efficient than oxidation in energy production so cancer cells require large amounts of glucose. Simply restricting calories was known to shrink tumors (in fact animals studies showed that many chemotherapy drugs reduced tumors only by suppressing appetite!). Expanding on this, Thomas Seyfried developed the Restricted Ketogenic Diet (R-KD) which produces extremely low glucose and very high ketone blood levels. Cancer cells, with their dysfunctional metabolism, are unable to use ketones for fuel and starve while normal cells thrive. R-KD makes cancer cells very vulnerable to other treatments like radiation and chemo while protecting healthy cells from damage, making it an excellent adjunctive therapy. Also the vulnerability of cancer cells make treatments effective at lower doses, reducing the cost and the degree of side effects.
All cancer cells produce large amounts of lactic acid in the fermentation process. To get rid of it the cells grow more ports in the cell walls. Young Ko, a researcher at Johns Hopkins, discovered a cancer treatment, 3-bromopyruvate (3BP), that uses these ports to preferentially enter the cancer cells where it inhibits the enzyme hexokinase II and kills the cell. 3BP showed unprecedented success in animal trials, melting tumors while leaving healthy tissue undamaged. In 2009, 3BP restored a 17 year old boy in the Netherlands with advanced liver cancer from the brink of death. Unfortunately disputes over patents and lab space prevented Ko from doing further research for many years, delaying the trials required for drug approval.
Let’s pray these two treatments are approved soon. Imagine cancer treatments where you come out healthier than you started! That’s the way it should be.
Source: Tripping over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer by Travis Christofferson, 2014.
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