Cancer Research Ignored for Seventy Years

For approximately seven decades, the orthodox medical community has held the attitude that cancer has its origin in changes in the control functions of the cell’s nucleus. According to this concept (known as cellular nucleus dysfunction), cancer is irreversible, and the only therapeutic approach is to kill or get rid of the cells by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy (anti-metabolites). However, this opinion is incorrect! Since 1938, food physiologists have been in possession of abundant scientific proof that cancer has its real origin in the mitochondria of our cells, not in the nucleus.

Mitochondria, commonly described as the “powerhouse of the cell,” are little energy engines that have their own DNA and live outside the cell’s nucleus in the cytoplasm. Each of the millions of cells in the body contains thousands of mitochondria that transform nutrients in the food we eat to usable energy. Tissues such as the heart, skeletal muscles, and brain have the most mitochondria because they have the highest energy demands.

Mitochondria are transmitted only by women (sperm do not transmit mitochondria) and have been used to trace genetic lines, since a woman’s children will have the same mitochondria that she does. Although the role of mitochondria in aging and degenerative disorders was discovered decades ago, only in the last few years has knowledge in this area expanded and the significance been recognized. Mitochondrial dysfunction is now recognized in Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease and may be at the root of the aging process itself.

Cancer Research Ignored for Seventy Years

In 1938, the cancer scientist and researcher Paul Gerhardt Seeger, M.D., revealed that the true cause of the cancerous degeneration of a cell results from the destruction of a specific respiratory enzyme, cytochrome oxidase. In other words, cancer in the cell is caused by disturbance of oxygen utilization, or cell respiration.

Dr. Seeger carried out experiments with hundreds of histo-chemical methods in the Department of Cell and Virus Research in the Robert Koch Institute of Berlin, Germany. Later work at Humbolt University in Berlin in 1956, after approximately ten years of work at Charite Hospital, confirmed his earlier research results of 1938. What Dr. Seeger found was that inactivation or destruction of the enzyme cytochrome oxidase causes a dysfunction of the metabolism in the initial stages of the generation of energy in the mitochondria.

Mitochondria accomplish their task of generating energy through an oxygen-requiring process called oxidative phosphorylation. Through a series of biochemical reactions, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are broken down into smaller units. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are released in the process. The carbon dioxide, a form of toxic waste, is quickly removed. The hydrogen ion is carried by the electron transport chain, eventually meeting up with molecular oxygen to form water. The energy generated from our food components is then stored in the form of a universal energy molecule called adenosine-triphosphate (ATP).

When the enzyme cytochrome oxidase is inactivated or destroyed, excess hydrogen accumulates in the cell as oxidative phosphorylation comes to a halt. The cell still needs energy, however, and is forced to switch over to a less efficient method of energy synthesis that takes place in the surrounding cytoplasm. This results in the conversion of only about 20% of the possible energy that could be supplied, and only about a fifth of possible ATP storage. Less energy is generated for the cell’s use, and less energy is stored.

With the cell’s main sources of energy syntheses now greatly diminished, the groundwork is laid for cancerous degeneration. Any problems involving the operation and functioning of the mitochondria have a negative effect on all energy-requiring functions of our body. More than just the cell in which the malfunctioning mitochondria is located can be affected, the lowered vitality can affect other organs, or even the body as a whole. A great deal of evidence exists to support the claim that damage to the cell’s mitochondria is a major contributing factor in all the diseases of “civilization,” including the degenerative conditions previously mentioned, as well as multiple sclerosis, ataxia, dementia, heart disease, and diabetes.

Environmental Chemicals the Culprit

So what is destroying these very important cytochrome enzymes? The actual cause is without question due to the vast number of poisonous chemical substances that we find in our civilization! Synthetic chemicals provide an inexhaustible supply of poisonous and cancer-producing substances. All of these air-borne, water-borne, and food-borne toxins and poisons adversely affect the mitochondria. Additionally, a very imbalanced and disturbed gastro-intestinal tract prevails in a large portion of civilized people. There exists an imbalance of the vital bacterial-flora. These incorrect pathogenic bacteria and foreign matter of numerous different chemical compositions obstruct, inhibit, or completely destroy the oxydo-reductive system.

Collectively, these environmental and internal body toxins and poisons target and destroy cardiolipine, a lipid contained in the inner mitochondrial membrane, to which the cytochrome enzymes of the respiratory chain are anchored. Destroying the lipid deactivates and destroys the enzymes, which then prevents the oxidative processes required to generate energy and heat from occurring properly, if at all. In addition, the process of aerobic metabolism (oxidative phosphorylation), produces free radicals as by-products. Although the cells have a number of built-in antioxidant defenses, these can be overwhelmed by environmental poisons. These defenses, like mitochondrial function, need to be supported through nutritional means, when the body’s natural balance has been upset or destroyed.

Every week of the year, year after year, all across our nation we observe “walk-a-thons,” “run-a-thons,” “cry-a-thons,” collecting more and more monetary funds to fuel the insatiable appetite of “research institutions” to help find a “cure” for cancer. We (food-physiologists) found the answer to cancer over 70 years ago! We have given you that answer in this article! Read, and re-read our message until you finally understand and acknowledge what honest and accurate research is all about! Cancer is not an enemy to be feared. Cancer is a friend to be understood! Our “friend” (cancer), is telling us that we have not been living in harmony with the natural world around us!