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Cancer Treatments Should be Individualised 14 March 2016

1 in 2 of us are going to die of heart disease, the rest of us of cancer. I think we better have a strategy for both. I’m not waiting around for either. As they said about the great Theodore Roosevelt, “He didn’t say charge, he said, follow me.”

There are some good take home messages in this article:
1. Cancer treatments should be personalised. Cancer prevention strategies are more universal. “the illness has come to be seen as a complex of diseases for which personalized treatments might offer the best chances of success.”

2. Cancer is almost certainly mutifactorial….but DNA mutations and altered energy production (from damaged mitochondria) are almost certainly involved.

3. Cancer cells don’t use oxygen for metabolism, they prefer to use anaerobic pathways involving glucose.

4. Limiting glucose for fermentation is an “overlooked aid” in treatment of cancer.

5. Abnormal metabolism in the mitochondria is definitely involved in cancer. “More recent research shows that the introduction of mutations in mitochondrial DNA (former single-celled organisms that our cells eventually engulfed, mitochondria have their own genetic material) reduces the tumor protection purportedly provided by normal mitochondria.”

6. Nutritional therapies should be part of any cancer protocol “Seyfried is skeptical that medicines alone will cure cancer. Instead he and many of his colleagues — including Dr. Eugene Fine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon — are focusing on the potential of dietary approaches to contain the disease.”

7. Low sugar diets and intermittent fasting are the key. “It’s intended to starve cancer cells of the glucose they use for fermentation. The drugs we have now are so toxic and there’s no reason people should have to be poisoned to be healthy. There are a number of studies, including those we’ve published, showing a direct relationship between the ketogenic diet and slowed tumor growth,” says Seyfried, also citing the work of Dr. Valter Longo, of the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology. That work shows that low-calorie diets are linked with slowed tumor growth and improved response to chemotherapy. “Why spend all this money going after all these different pathways involved in cancer when you can simply go after the key fuels?” Seyfried asks.

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Dr Emerson was recently interviewed on ‘Know the Cause’, the most popular health television programme in the US.

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