Cancer

Conventional Cancer Therapies – Low Dose Metronomic Chemotherapy

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Metronomic chemotherapy is one of the biggest steps forward in the history of cancer treatment and is based on the Mikael Nordforsunderstanding of the blood supply in cancer tissue, or rather the possibility of controlling this so that the cancer cannot grow.

For patients, this new method of treatment is very interesting because it has practically no side effects. The treatment primarily uses tablets and research shows that this gives results that are as effective as conventional chemotherapy, in which the highest possible doses are given every second or third week, most often with quite serious side effects.

Angiogenesis means the creation of new blood vessels from an existing blood vessel and this is the primary way in which cancer cells obtain nutrition. Normal chemotherapy also destroys the endothelial cells in the small blood vessels, but is normally interrupted 2-3 weeks between treatment in order to let the body recuperate from serious side effects like nausea, vomiting, bad immune system and diarrhoea. During this time the cancer rebuilds its blood supply.

Metronomic chemotherapy, just like the regular beat of a metronome, is given daily or every second day, and thus does not allow the blood vessels to re-establish. It does not matter which type of cancer cells are involved or even whether they have become resistant. It is not cancer cells themselves which are attacked by metronomic therapy, but the blood vessels supplying the cancer cells.

You may be wondering whether the endothelial cells, too, can become resistant in the long run – and the answer is yes. However it takes a much longer time for the cancer cells to become resistant and the normal process under metronomic treatment is likely to be as follows: At first the tumour becomes smaller, then comes a long and stable period which can last for years until finally the cancer grows again. You can then shift to another form of metronomic chemotherapy or a combination of metronomic substances.

Vitamin D and Sunshine

An essential vitamin! Protects against cancer, heart and bone diseaseSarah

Western cultures have become almost phobic about any exposure of unprotected skin to sunshine with the well-recognised association between skin cancer and exposure to sunshine. Indeed the US Environmental Protection Agency is currently advising that ultraviolet light, and therefore sunlight, is so dangerous that we should “protect ourselves against ultraviolet light whenever we can see our shadow”.

But a certain amount of sun exposure is essential for normal good health in order to produce vitamin D – and partly as a result of current recommendations, we are seeing declining levels of vitamin D and the problems that go with it.

Human beings evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in equatorial areas and were daily exposed to sunshine. Dark skins evolved to protect against sun damage. However, as hominids migrated north, those races which retained their dark skins were unable to make sufficient vitamin D in the skin and did not survive. Only those hominids with paler skins survived. Thus the further away from the Equator, the paler the skin became. Races in polar areas survived because they were able to get an alternative source of vitamin D from fish and seafood.

There is an interesting inverse correlation between sunshine exposure, vitamin D levels, and incidence of disease as one moves away from the Equator. Even correcting for other factors such as diet, there is strong evidence to show that vitamin D protects against osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, bone fractures (vitamin D strengthens the muscles thereby improving balance, movement and preventing falls), cancer, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and vulnerability to infections. Multiple sclerosis is a particularly interesting example of a possible vitamin D deficiency disease. Indeed mice bred for susceptibility to multiple sclerosis can be completely protected against development of this disease by feeding them high doses of vitamin D.

How much

For people living in equatorial areas, blood levels of 25 (OH) D) usually exceed 100nnmol/l and often 200nnmol/l. Since we evolved in hot climates, this is probably what is physiologically desirable. However, normal ranges in laboratories are still stated at around 40 to 100nnmol/l. This almost certainly represents sub-optimal levels – it may be enough to prevent rickets and osteomalacia, but is not sufficient for optimal health.

Sunshine

For a pale skinned Caucasian, whole body sunlight exposure barely sufficient to trigger tanning (the so called minimum melanogenesis dose) is as little as 15 minutes and is equivalent to the consumption of 10,000i.u. of vitamin D. If this is compared to the US recommended dietary allowance now standing at 200i.u. (which is the amount in a teaspoon of cod liver oil), one can readily see that the best source of vitamin D is sunshine.

Dietary

It is extremely difficult to get blood levels up to an optimum level on diet alone. Furthermore, dark-skinned individuals need very much more sunshine exposure in order to achieve the same blood levels of vitamin D. As people get older their requirements also increase – however, typically they spend less time in the sunshine and are much more prone to vitamin D deficiency and the problems that go with it.

In a study in which groups of elderly people started to take calcium and vitamin D, the occurrence of fractures is reduced by a third in the first year even though bone density is not increased sufficiently to account for the fewer fractures. What is not yet common knowledge is that vitamin D improves muscle strength and balance and it is thought that this is what reduces the occurrence of falls leading to fractures.

How to get more vitamin D

It is impossible for people living in Britain to get adequate vitamin D levels through full spectrum light. To receive sufficient vit D, you need to get the equivalent of at least 15 minutes per day whole body exposure to sunshine, probably more depending on the colour of your skin, to trigger tanning, but not burning of the skin. How likely is that? So what do you need to do to optimise your vitamin D levels?

  • If you are taking my Mineral Mix at your full correct daily dose (up to max 5 g a day), then you will be getting 4000 – 5000 i.u. of vitamin D3 a day. You do not need to take any other Vitamin D supplement, but sunshine on your skin whenever you can get it will be a welcome bonus! If you are not taking the Mineral Mix, you need to add 5000 i.u. vitamin D3 to your nutritional regime.
  • Lack of sunshine in the UK is an excellent excuse to book a holiday in a sunny climate during the winter! In order to get an equivalent dose through eating fish, one would have to consume 25 teaspoonfuls of cod liver oil or its equivalent. Eskimos and Inuit Indians probably achieve this easily with their diet, but I cannot see myself persuading my teenage daughters to do this. A foreign holiday sounds much more attractive, or keep taking your 5,000 iu daily.

Vitamin D supplements

In choosing a good vitamin D supplement, one needs to know a little of the biochemistry. Vitamin D2, ergocalciferol is made from yeast and is about a quarter as potent as vitamin D3. In order for D3 to be activated it needs to be twice hydroxylated in the liver and the kidney – bear in mind that anybody with liver or kidney problems may have a requirement for the active twice hydroxylated vitamin D (calcitriol) rather than D3.

In studies where vitamin D3 is supplemented at 10,000i.u. daily there have been no cases of hypercalcaemia. 5,000i.u. daily seems a reasonable dose for the winter months, higher amounts where there is pathology such as osteoporosis.

Sunning

People will be delighted to hear that sunshine is good for them – the overwhelming majority feel much better for sitting out in the sunshine. If the skin goes red then they are having too much exposure – they need just sufficient to promote mild tanning.

People with dark skins need much more than people with fair skins, but again they can judge this from the degree to which their skin darkens with exposure to sunshine. Redness means inflammation due to skin damage and should be avoided. It’s the old story – with any substance from water to sunshine, there is potential to underdose and overdose – it’s all about getting the balance right!

Related Articles

“THE CLINICAL IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D (CHOLECALCIFEROL): A PARADIGM SHIFT WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR ALL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS” by Vasquez et al. – gives the science behind vitamin D.

External links

Pathology Department at the City Hospital in Birmingham offers a “direct to the public service for serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D based on dried blood spots”. They send a home kit with detailed instructions, which makes it a very convenient way to check the levels. All the details on the Pathology Department’s website City Assays and in the page about the test: Vitamin D test.

What is Colon Cancer?

This is a Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). We might add that most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). A diet mostly of cooked and processed foods devoid of enzymes is the main cause of colon cancer. Enzymes are especially found in raw foods. By the time the digestion process is in the final stages if the food is devoid of enzymes the colon which is the final process of digestion is robbed of necessary enzymes for proper digestion. Eventually this is a major contributing factor in Colon cancer.

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What is Bone Cancer?


Bone cancer usually the result of cancer metastasizing. Primary bone cancer is cancer that forms in cells of your bone.

Here is a list of some types of primary bone cancer:

    osteosarcoma
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    malignant fibrous histiocytoma
    chondrosarcoma.

There is also what is known as Secondary bone cancer which is cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body (such as the prostate, breast, or lung).

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What Are the Main Causes of Cancer?


Research shows that there are basically seven main causes of cancer. Knowing this will greatly enhance a person’s chances of survival.

Cause No 1 – Weak Immune System
Usually caused by a severe negative emotional shock (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) overworked and run down over an extended period of time, lack of rest, and improper nutrition that reinforces the immune system.

Cause No 2 – Toxins
Such as dangerous chemicals (in the workplace, home or garden), microbes, parasites and fungus, etc.

Cause No 3 – Improper Diet
An regular consumption of refined sugar and refined oils, such as in fizzy (soft) drinks, chips (crisps), store bought pastries, deep fried foods (French fries, donuts), prepared meats (hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham) fast foods, food additives, etc

Cause No 4 – Oxygen Deprivation
Trans fats (margarine, refined vegetable oils) use in deep fried foods and processed foods (mayonnaise, refined vegetable oils) actually suffocate the cells when ingested depriving the body of life giving oxygen.

Cause No 5 – Acidic Body
Our body is a little chemical factory that works hard to keeps us healthy. But in order to do that we need a neutral PH Balance (7.4). Cancer thrives on a acidic and low oxygen environment. Research has proven that terminal cancer patients have an acidity level of 1.000 times more than normal healthy people.

Cause No 6 – Unresolved Emotional Problems
When you have unresolved emotional problems (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) than that will translate itself in several ailments. One of them is Cancer.

Cause No 7 – Vitamin D Deficiency
Nowadays people are scared of using the most important source of Vitamin D. Sunshine!
But it helps our body in more ways that most of us know, especially when dealing with cancer.
Most people are told that the sun is a cause of cancer, but there’s almost no evidence at all to support it. Instead there is plenty of evidence that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer.
Skin cancer has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure and can be increased by sunscreens.

It may be a combination of all of these “causes” or one in particular that a cancer patient can pinpoint as their main reason for having cancer.

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Signs and Symptoms for Bladder Cancer


Signs And Symptoms For Bladder Cancer

There are a number of bladder cancer signs and symptoms.

Chronic irritation
Experience inflammation
They could lead to cells forming squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma which develop in the inner lining of the bladder.

More information will be added.

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Bladder Cancer


What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is fairly common. To begin with we might mention that most bladder cancers are transitional cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in cells that normally make up the inner lining of the bladder). Cancer that forms in the tissues of your bladder (which is the organ that stores urine). There are other type which include squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in thin, flat cells) and also adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

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Bile Duct Cancer


This is actually a very rare cancer that forms in the part of the bile duct that is outside the liver. What is the bile duct? This is the tube that collects bile from the liver and joins a duct from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct, which then carries bile into the small intestine when food is being digested.

More information will be added.

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Appendix Cancer


Also called gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. This is an indolent (slow-growing) cancer that forms in cells that make hormones in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (the stomach and intestines). Quite often it occurs in the appendix (a small fingerlike pouch of the large intestine), small intestine, or rectum. Our experience has shown that having gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor increases the risk of forming other cancers of the digestive system.

More information will be added.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 9 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

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Monitor the effects of treatment

Some tumours have tumour markers. The one best known is prostate specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer. But many tumours have similar markers which are very useful to monitor how effective treatment has been.

Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 8 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Exercise

This is helpful because it helps to reduce blood sugar levels (and so reduce insulin levels – see above) as well as causing one to sweat so getting rid of xenobiotic toxins through sweat. Indeed this is probably part of the mechanism by which exercise protects one from getting cancer (see above). The key point about sweating is that it gets rid of the good things as well as the bad things. So rehydrate using a mix of all minerals not just “electrolytes” (which contains just sodium and potassium chloride).

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 7 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Thyroid Function

It is the thyroid gland that dictates the activity of the immune system. The immune system is responsible for cancer surveillance and an idle immune system will not do this effectively. An under active thyroid is a risk factor for cancer. To measure this one needs to measure blood levels of free T4, free T3 and TSH.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 4 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Improve Antioxidant Status

Most cancers are probably initiated by free radicals. These are highly reactive molecules with an unpaired electron so they “stick” readily to almost anything and in doing so cause damage. Free radicals are inevitably produced as part of energy production and can be used by the immune system to kill bacteria and viruses. However too many are damaging and the body has a series of “antioxidants” which mop up the free radicals to prevent excessive damage. Low levels of superoxide dismutase (made from copper, manganese and zinc) and glutathione peroxidase (from selenium) are major risk factors for cancer. There are many natural antioxidants in foods, hence the standard advice to eat 5 portions a day of vegetables and fruit.

It is very common to find extremely poor antioxidant status in cancer patients, partly because having poor antioxidant status is a major risk factor for developing cancer in the first place, secondly because the three main therapies used to treat cancer, namely surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy produce increased load of free radicals. Indeed the mechanism by which radiotherapy and chemotherapy kill cancer cells are through the production of excessive free radicals. This is one of the ironies of these two treatments – they can create cancers as well cure them. But all these excessive free radicals further depletes anti-oxidants.

So improving antioxidant status not only greatly reduces one’s chances of further tumours, but also greatly protects against the malign side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. At one stage there was concern that improving antioxidant status would block the beneficial effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but there is no evidence that this is indeed the case.
The three important frontline antioxidants, which in my view should be measured in every case are superoxide dismutase, co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione peroxidase. These are present in microgram amounts, they will mop excess electrons and pass them back to a second line of antioxidants such as vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, some of the B vitamins, lipoic acid, melatonin and many other such natural molecules, which then re-cycle the electron back to the ultimate repository of electrons, which is ascorbic acid. This makes vitamin C, of course, doubly important in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Vitamin D merits a special mention. Vitamin D is highly protective against cancer. The best source is sunshine – not so much that you burn (which causes free radical damage to skin) but enough to make you tan. When there is no sunshine take cholecalciferol at least 2,000 (two thousand) international units and up to 5,000iu daily (at this level of treatment there are no adverse effects on calcium levels),. or use tanning tables regularly – but do not burn! There is a clear relationship between sunshine exposure and risk of cancer, i.e. the more sunshine you can get without actually burning, the more you are protected from getting cancer.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 2 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Starve out the cancer cells

Cancers are evolutionarily primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. In this respect they are very much like yeast and rely entirely on anaerobic metabolism. Glucose is fermented in the absence of oxygen to produce energy. This is very inefficient and produces lactic acid. Indeed, this inefficient burning of glucose probably explains the cancer cachexia (weight loss) seen in advanced cases.

My guess is that a fermenting gut is also a risk factor for cancer because of production of endogenous toxins.
Normally animal and of course human cells get the vast majority of their energy from mitochondria. This is extremely efficient, mitochondria can use not just glucose, but also energy from fat and protein. All these uses require oxygen. The reason it is important to understand this is because mitochondria control cell division. If mitochondria are switched off, this control is lost and the cell turns into a cancerous cell. Indeed this may well be part of the mechanism by which cancer begins.
The difference between a cancer cell and a normal cell, therefore, is how it gets its energy. By substantially reducing sugar supply, one starves out the cancer cell. In this event, cancer cells up-grade the mechanism by which they absorb sugar, which is the same mechanism by which they absorb vitamin C and vitamin C is extremely toxic to cancer cells. So the first two key interventions are:

1. Low Glycaemic Index Diet. Cancers are evolutionary primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. Therefore their growth is encouraged by a high carbohydrate diet because all carbohydrates are broken down into monosaccharides such as glucose. Eat a low glycaemic index diet based on meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Foods such as grains, root vegetables, fruits and sugars are all high GI food and should be avoided. By doing this one starves the cancer cells of their fuel and slow their growth. Normal healthy cells can work very well on long and short chain fatty acids and protein, sugar is not essential for mitochondria to work well.

2. High Dose Vitamin C. When cancer cells run short of a glucose supply, they upgrade the mechanism by which glucose is absorbed into the cells. This same absorption mechanism also absorbs vitamin C. Vitamin C is highly toxic to cancer cells. Take vitamin C to bowel tolerance. The cheapest source is ascorbic acid, but if this is not tolerated then magnesium ascorbate can be used instead. All drinks and meals should be supplemented with one or two grams of vitamin C to get the total daily dose up to at least ten grams and ideally twenty or more grams a day. Because vitamin C has such a short half life in the blood, it needs to be given in lots of small doses throughout the day. Too much vitamin C causes loose bowel motion and if these doses are not tolerated then it might be worth considering injectable intravenous vitamin C. Humans, guinea pigs and fruit bats are the only mammals which cannot make their own vitamin C – they have to eat it. If one extrapolated from other mammals what our “normal” daily dose should be one would get to about 4 grams daily.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment part 1 by Dr. Sarah Myhill


I do not pretend to be a cancer expert, but I know of some fundamental principles which apply across the board and are relevant to the prevention and treatment of virtually all cancers.

Once a diagnosis of cancer has been given, this means that there will be trillions of cancer cells already established. For a tumour to be visible on a scan, there must be between a thousand million and a million million cells present. Anything that can be done to reduce this total load is going to be helpful. The standard conventional approach to cancer, i.e. surgery, radiotherapy, and possibly chemotherapy undoubtably has its place. The problem is targeting treatment so that as much of the tumour is killed as possible with normal cells spared. In practice this is a very difficult balancing act.

However, there are other things that can be done over and above this which not only make these treatments more effective, but greatly reduce side-effects from such therapies. In my experience and evidence from a large body of medical literature, these interventions very much improve chances of survival.

You may ask yourself why these additional therapies are not routinely available within the NHS. The answer is that the NHS is overwhelmed with cancer and is struggling to provide the three basic frontline modalities of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It simply does not have the capacity to do the rest. This is up to you, the patient.

The idea of this handout is to equip individuals with all the information they need in order to help themselves. There are marker tests which can be extremely helpful and give us an idea of which therapies are appropriate and how successful they are and these can be extremely helpful in monitoring treatment and progress.

The Underlying Biochemical Principles of Treatment

The fundamental principles behind these extra therapies are as follows:

  1. starve the cancer of its food supply;
  2. get rid of growth promoters;
  3. ensure excellent nutritional status with vitamins and minerals (to allow healing and repair);
  4. improve antioxidant status (to mop up free radicals created by the cancer treatments and limit side effects);
  5. sleep well (when healing and repair take place);
  6. do a good detox regime (to get rid of exogenous tumour initiators and growth promoters);
  7. check thyroid function (underactive thyroid is a major risk factor for cancer);
  8. exercise;
  9. use natural anticancer substances as suggested by appropriate tests;
  10. alkalinisation has been described as the poor man’s cancer treatment. Western diets are a major risk factor for cancer and most people eating Western diets have a tendency to acidosis. See Acid-Alkali balance.
  11. monitor the effects of treatment.
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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 3 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Get Rid of Growth Promoters

Growth promoters occur in Western cultures in at least four ways that I know about.
1. Dairy products. Dairy products are meant for fast growing baby cows and dairy products contain growth promoters. These are naturally present in milk, but there may also be artificial growth promoters which are injected into cows to improve milk yields. I recommend you read “Your Life in Your Hands” by Professor Jane Plant who has shown that dairy products are a major cause of breast and prostate cancer. All dairy products are a problem for the same reasons including goat and sheep. Organic dairy products may avoid the synthetic growth promoters but they have natural growth promoters. Avoid these too.
2. Insulin. Insulin is a growth promoter. Normally insulin is produced in response to high sugar levels and so doing the above low GI diet will reduce insulin levels. Insulin is also produced in response to stress – this is the primitive “fight or flight” response – it pumps glucose from the blood stream into cells so that they are ready for physical action. Excessive stress will therefore be a risk factor for cancer. We all know of cases of people whose cancer seems to have been initiated by a stressful event (such as a bereavement).
3. Being overweight. Just carrying excessive adipose tissue results in higher levels of hormones, particularly oestrogen and this too is a growth promoter. Aim to lose excessive weight by doing a low GI diet (so reducing insulin) combined with exercise (see below) or sweating regimes (see below).
4. Xenobiotics. Foreign chemicals, such as pesticides. Many of these, particularly organochlorines such as Lindane are oestrogen mimics. These are also growth promoters because they are oestrogen mimics. It is well worth measuring levels in fat (a very simple test to do) and if levels are raised then they can be got rid of by doing sweating regimes. Another test to look for chemicals is to do blood tests for DNA adducts This measures toxins stuck onto DNA and often gives clues as to what has caused the cancer in the first place as well as identifying growth promoters and possibly showing poor antioxidant status.

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The pH Balance

by Roddy MacDonald

“Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced pH.” (Dr. Robert Young).

After years and years of research, I have learned that most successful non‐toxic alternative cancer treatments have two common denominators:

1. maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of our body.
2. increasing the amount of oxygen at the cellular level.

So let’s take a quick look at these two concepts.

Back in high school chemistry, we learned about our acid/alkaline balance, also referred to as the body’s pH (“potential Hydrogen” or “powers of Hydrogen”). Our pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with around 7.35 being neutral (normal). The pH numbers below 7.35 are acidic (with 0 being the most acidic) and the numbers above 7.35 are alkaline (with 14 being the most alkaline).

Hydrogen is both a proton and an electron. If the electron is stripped off, then the resulting positive ion is a proton. Without going into all the details about protons (“+” charge) and electrons (“‐” charge), it’s important to note that alkaline substances (also called “bases”) are proton “acceptors” while acids are proton “donors.”

What does that mean to someone who isn’t a doctor?
Let me simplify it for you. Since bases have a higher pH, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen ions. And vise versa for acids.

Why is hydrogen so important?
Our universe is composed of millions of compounds, all derived from just 106 atoms. Of these elements, hydrogen is the first and most fundamental. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element, comprising 90% of all atoms in the cosmos.

In our sun and stars, hydrogen nuclei fuse to produce helium, the second element.
This generates the enormous energy that powers life on earth.
And just as hydrogen fuels the sun, so, in the human body, it is the crucial factor in the electrochemical process that produces ATP, as we just discussed.

In chemistry, we know that water (H2O) decomposes into hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH‐). When a solution contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, then it is said to be acid.
When it contains more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions, then it is said to be alkaline. As you may have guessed, a pH of 7.35 is neutral because it contains equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions.

Over 70% of our bodies are water. When cells create energy via aerobic respiration, they burn oxygen and glucose. I don’t want to get overly scientific here, but the fact is that in order to create energy, the body also requires massive amounts of hydrogen. As a matter of fact, each day your body uses about ½ pound of pure hydrogen. Even our DNA is held together by hydrogen bonds. And since the pH of bases is higher, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen, which results in more oxygen delivered to the cells.

The hydrogen ion concentration was found to vary over fourteen powers of 10, thus a change of one pH unit changes the hydrogen ion concentration by a factor of 10.

The pH scale is a common logarithmic scale. For those of you who never liked math, what this means is that a substance which has a pH of 5.2 is 10 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 6.2, while it is 100 (102) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.2, and it is 1,000 (103) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 8.2, etc…

Our blood must always maintain a pH of approximately 7.35 so that it can continue to transport oxygen. Thus, God has made our bodies resilient with the ability to self‐correct in the event of an imbalanced pH level through a mechanism called the buffer system.

In chemistry, a buffer is a substance which neutralizes acids, thus keeping the pH of a solution relatively constant despite the addition of considerable amounts of acids or bases.

However, due to our poor diet of junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, and sodas, most of us are putting our bodies through the ringer in order to maintain the proper pH in our blood.

Although our bodies typically maintain alkaline reserves which are utilized to buffer acids in these types of situations, it is safe to say that many of us have depleted our reserves.

When our buffering system reaches overload and we are depleted of reserves, the excess acids are dumped into the tissues. As more and more acid is accumulated, our tissues begin to deteriorate.
The acid wastes begin to oxidize (“rust”) the veins and arteries and destroy cell walls and even entire organs.

According to Dr. Robert Young, “ A chronically over‐acidic body pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. Over‐acidification interferes with life itself, leading to all sickness and disease.”

As we learned earlier, normal cells create energy via aerobic (with oxygen) respiration. Alkaline cells are able to absorb sufficient quantities of oxygen to support aerobic respiration.

However, when cells become more acidic, less oxygen is absorbed, and the cells begin to ferment glucose in order to survive.

This concept is essential to understand, because cancer cells thrive in an acidic, anaerobic environment and don’t do very well in an aerobic, alkaline environment.

Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the “check engine” light on. It’s a sign that something is wrong with the engine, and if we don’t get it fixed, then eventually the car will break down.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, as blood starts to become acidic, the body deposits acidic substances in cells to get them out of the blood.

This allows the blood to remain slightly alkaline. However, it causes the cells to become acidic and toxic. Over time, he theorizes, many of these cells increase in acidity and some die.

However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying (as normal cells do in an acid environment) some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called malignant cells, and they do not correspond with brain function or with our own DNA memory code.

Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order is cancer.
 

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