Update: Secret of Fighting Cancer
Simplified by Walter Sorochan

Posted 2009 revised July 24, 2011. Disclaimer   The statements of this web-site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nothing stated here should be considered as medical advice for dealing with a given problem, or to diagnose / treat / prevent / cure  any disease.  

Purpose:  The information about cancer on this web-site is presented in an easy and simplified manner so persons without a medical degree can understand just what cancer is, what causes it and the therapies involved. 

We are all looking for magic ways to fight cancer and auto-immunity disorders. Finding such ways are based on numerous theories [ 9. Cancer theories ] that help to explain natural approaches to preventing and treating cancer. The same therapy may work on some cancer patients but not on others.  And scientists have been at a loss to explain all of this in a way that is satisfactory to everyone! This appears to be true for both conventional and unconventional approaches.

So what is the secret in fighting cancer? Do we use magic bullets or the body’s own mechanism?

The drug companies would have you believe that their drugs heal the body, but the truth is that the body’s own defense system does most of the healing and not the medications. [ 1 Proctor, drug safety ] [ 2. Lu, Drug metabolism ] 

Medical physiology suggested that the human body can heal and restore itself. It is the immune system that heals. But this happens best in a healthy body. A healthy human body needs an internal environment that allows the body’s own immune system to keep it healthy. [ 11. Guyton ] This internal environment consists of a slight alkali nature [ pH between 7.1 to 7.4 ]. An alkali environment also keeps the immune system in high gear as well. The secret of long life is maintaining such an essential environment.

On the other hand, many persons imperil their body with deleterious life styles. They live a life style [ smoking, poor diet ] that causes their internal body to become slightly acidic. Such an acidic environment weakens and compromises the ability of their body to fight diseases and infections and can cause cancer. In these unhealthy or “dis-eased“ individuals, there is a need to restore the acidic environment back to a healthy acid-base balance.

Most of us are familiar with the traditional medical explanation of how the body defensive system works. But there is now new light on how the human body functions. It has to do with metabolic control of body systems. [ 3. Metabolism ] Although we are aware that our bodies regulate thirst, hunger, emotions, skin sensitivity, body temperature, heart rate and insulin, new research points out that our bodies do so in different and novel ways. Body responses depend on numerous factors such as: presence of metabolic enzymes in the liver that detoxify drugs, on daily diet and drinks, on exposure to environmental chemicals, on pyschological state, on life style, on genetic and ethnic genes and on other factors. [ 4. Trubetskoy, metabolic fingerprint ]

Researchers in the past have assumed these metabolic functions worked the same way in all persons. This assumption has been the basis for administering chemotherapy to cancer patients. As we are all aware, chemotherapy has been an embarrassing failure in the conventional treatment of cancer. The reason for this failure has stumped therapists until now.

Now we may have an answer why chemotherapy may have failed to help most cancer patients. Researchers have discovered that “no two persons have the same body chemistry or functioning bodies; causing humans to react differently to the same or adjusted medication dose. [ 5. Assfalg ]   Individual reactions have to do with variability in their metabolism; hence biochemical individuality. What works for one person does not work in another, because their metabolic systems are different! Human bodies regulate similarly yet differently.  Oncologists have also become aware that healing takes time ... from several weeks to many months and even years. 

Complicating things more is the observation among cancer experts that there are over 100 different kinds of cancer. Having this additional variability makes it that much more difficult to match the proper medication dosage to that of the metabolic system of a cancer patient.

Since the focus is on metabolic variability in the population, there is need for more information about understanding the metabolic process and how it regulates the body systems, especially the immune system. It would appear that metabolism can indeed help a cancer person fight cancer without medication. [ 6. Tilve Diego Perez, Metabolic connection ]

Additional new research about the cause of obesity and diabetes has shed additional new light on metabolic control of the body. Doctors performing gastric bypass surgery to partially treat obese patients, [ 8. Stahl, video 50 Minutes ] have discovered that while patients lose substantial but not all their obesity, the body craving for food is suppressed, sleep apnea, coronary diseases and high blood pressure are eliminated, diabetes is forced into remission and most cancer risks are reduced by half!  Additional research on bypass surgery has confirmed that there is a connection between cancer and metabolism or how the body regulates itself. [ 8. Stahl, video 50 Minutes ] The human body can heal itself.

Conclusion: The human body has the power to fight cancer and restore itself to good health. But it needs time and a healthy internal environment in order to do so. Such an internal environment needs to be restored by a proper diet and lifestyle before the body can effectively fight cancer. Several unconventional therapies, that need better research, like cottage cheese and flax seed mix, maple syrup and baking soda mix, and other therapies may work by adjusting the pH of the body. Once the alkalinity of the body is adjusted, then the immune system is unhampered to prevent and fight cancer. A new approach to medicine is emerging, that of linking the best of integrated and conventional medicine to fight cancer. 

For more detailed information about cancer, go to the next section:

Conditions helping cancer cells grow

References:

1. Proctor N., et la., “ Comparison between allometric scaling and in vitro-in vivo extrapolation to predict human xenobiotic clearance,” Dr Hadwen Trust Research Fellowship 2002 — 2004, Molecular Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics, Sheffield University, April 22, 2008.

“ The world’s most powerful drug agency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has pointed out that 92% of novel drugs entering clinical trials never reach the market, failing mainly because of safety or efficacy problems [1]. The absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) characteristics of a drug are key influences on safety and efficacy and, as the FDA says, “… in the past, failure to predict unfavorable human metabolism of candidate drugs has led to costly failures in the clinic as well as multiple drug market withdrawals.””

2. Lu Anthony Y. H., “ Drug-Metabolism Research Challenges in the New Millennium Individual Variability in Drug Therapy and Drug Safety,” Drug Metabolism and Disposition, Laboratory for Cancer Research, College of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Vol. 26, Issue 12, 1217-1222, December 1998.

“ One of the most challenging research areas in pharmacology in the new millennium is to understand why individuals respond differently to drug therapy and to what extent that individual variability in disposition is responsible for the observed differences in therapeutic efficacy and adverse reactions. To answer these complex questions, drug-metabolism research will rely on multidisciplinary approaches more than ever to investigate the many components involved in drug metabolism and disposition. “ Lu Source

3. “Metabolism Obesity and Inflammation: The Relationship Heats Up,” Focus online: Harvard Medical School, April 06, 2007. Source Metabolism

Certain types of free fatty acids, byproducts of dietary fat, also activate a membrane molecule, toll-like receptor 4 (Tlr4), to turn on production of the interleukin-6 inflammatory cytokines, said Jeffrey Flier, the George C. Reisman professor of medicine at HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Toll-like receptors are key molecules that help alert the immune system to the presence of microbial infections. “Our hypothesis is that Tlr4 is a previously unappreciated link between innate immunity and metabolic function,” Flier said.

Metabolism: involves all the physical and chemical processes by which cells are produced and maintained. Included under this broad umbrella are the regulation of fluid and electrolytes, the maintenance of plasma protein levels adequate for the building and repair of cells, and control of the amounts of sugar (glucose) and fats (lipids) in the blood so as.. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica online

4. Assfalg Michael, et al., “Evidence of different metabolic phenotypes in humans, “PNAS, February 5, 2008, vol. 105 | no. 5 | 1420-1424. Source bioindividuality

“The study of metabolic responses to drugs, environmental changes, and diseases is a new promising area of metabonomic research. Metabolic fingerprints can be obtained by analytical techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In principle, alterations of these fingerprints due to appearance/disappearance or concentration changes of metabolites can provide early evidences of, for example, onset of diseases. A major drawback in this approach is the strong day-to-day variability of the individual metabolic fingerprint, which should be rather called a metabolic "snapshot." We show here that a thorough statistical analysis performed on NMR spectra of human urine samples reveals an invariant part characteristic of each person, which can be extracted from the analysis of multiple samples of each single subject. This finding (i) provides evidence that individual metabolic phenotypes may exist and (ii) opens new perspectives to metabonomic studies, based on the possibility of eliminating the daily "noise" by multiple sample collection.“

5. Trubetskoy Olga, “ Are humans really are what they eat? Complexity of human drug metabolism,” Source: Powerpoint

    “Individual’s metabolic signature:
    ? An individual exposure to food and environmental compounds leaves a “metabolic signature” in our body, changing the way we are interacting with our environment
    ? Many factors, including genetic, environmental, in uterus exposure, life style, diet and eating habits contribute to a “metabolic fingerprint map” unique for each individual organism
    ? This “metabolic signature” may serve as a basis for the personalized drug therapy “

6. Assfalg Michael, et al., “Evidence of different metabolic phenotypes in humans, “PNAS, February 5, 2008, vol. 105 | no. 5 | 1420-1424. Source:Phenotypes

“The study of metabolic responses to drugs, environmental changes, and diseases is a new promising area of metabonomic research. Metabolic fingerprints can be obtained by analytical techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In principle, alterations of these fingerprints due to appearance/disappearance or concentration changes of metabolites can provide early evidences of, for example, onset of diseases. A major drawback in this approach is the strong day-to-day variability of the individual metabolic fingerprint, which should be rather called a metabolic "snapshot." We show here that a thorough statistical analysis performed on NMR spectra of human urine samples reveals an invariant part characteristic of each person, which can be extracted from the analysis of multiple samples of each single subject. This finding (i) provides evidence that individual metabolic phenotypes may exist and (ii) opens new perspectives to metabonomic studies, based on the possibility of eliminating the daily "noise" by multiple sample collection.“

7. Tilve Diego Perez, Javier E. Stern and Matthias Tschöp, “ The Brain and the Metabolic Syndrome: Not a Wireless Connection,” Endocrinology, Vol. 147, No. 3 1136-1139 Source:Brain

In summary, the present work by Kreier et al. (10) further supports an emerging model in which a rich bidirectional neural communication between the CNS and peripheral organs plays a key role in the control of peripheral metabolism. In this scenario, the status of energy balance is conveyed to the CNS by means of circulating humoral factors, nutrients, and neuronal afferent inputs. In turn, the CNS can modulate peripheral metabolism by regulating the activity of hypothalamic-hypophysial axes, and as supported by this study, in parallel modify tissue-specific metabolism by modulating the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic outputs. Based on recent findings as cited above (38, 39), interactions among humoral and neural signals at the various hierarchical levels of this system may allow for precise fine-tuning of the input-output function of the energy balance regulatory circuitry (see Fig. 1F1). Finally, external stimuli, such as circadian timing (40), olfactory or taste inputs, and complex processed information derived from hippocampal or cortical areas (4), certainly add another level of modulatory influence. These inputs allow the brain to synchronize the activity of the homeostatic regulatory system with environmental challenges or cognitive influences on the energy balance control center and can modulate the ANS as well. F1. Ford ES, Giles WH, Dietz WH 2002 Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among US adults: findings from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. JAMA 287:356–359

8. The hypothalamus is an exceedingly ancient structure and unlike most other brain regions it has maintained a striking similarity in structure throughout phylogeny and apparently over the course of evolution. The hypothalamus is fully functional at birth and is highly involved in all aspects of endocrine, hormonal, visceral and autonomic functions and mediates or exerts controlling influences on eating, drinking, the experience of pleasure, rage, and aversion. The hypothalamus is the central core from which all emotions derive their motive force. The hypothalamus is also sexually differentiated. That is, structurally and functionally the hypothalamus of men and women are sexually dissimilar. Source: hypothalamus

9. Stahl Leslie, “ Surgery Eliminates diabetes, sleep apnea, coronary diseases and reduces cancer risk by half, “Video from 60 Minutes, April 20, 2008. Source: diabetes surgery

10. Some Cancer Theories: Irritation, chemicals, radiation, fungus, stress, diet, lack sunshine, genetic, poor blood circulation

11. Guyton, Arthur C. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 8th ed., pp. 331, 340, 711.   “The normal pH of blood running through arteries (large elastic-walled blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body) is 7.4; the pH of blood in the veins (vessels that transports blood to the heart) is about 7.35. Normal urine pH averages about 6.0. Saliva has a pH between 6.0 and 7.4.“

Proponents of the theory hold that when your body becomes too acidic it can become depleted of alkaline minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, paving the way for chronic and degenerative disease.

When acidity and alkalinity are not properly balanced in the body, the breakdown may cause a myriad of chronic health problems that can be remedied with proper diet.