THE ORIGINAL THEORY- For many years, it has been a belief that cancer is caused by genetic mutations. A cell that is exposed to certain “carcinogens” – like chemicals, pesticides and tobacco (to name a few) – mutate and turn into cancerous cells.
Although it doesn’t exactly make mainstream news, scientists have made gigantic strides in understanding cancer, and have moved beyond the original gene mutation theory into a more complete understanding.
Unfortunately, the cancer society as a whole is such a large and profitable enterprise that it will most likely take many years for the updated understanding to make it into modern day treatments.
THE CELL CAN’T EAT OR BREATHE, SO IT HAS TO ADAPT OR DIE- The new findings suggest that cancer is your body’s cells way of adapting to an inhospitable environment. Carcinogens like radiation and tobacco smoke, are still a culprit, but so is a bad diet that transforms the internal environment of your body into essentially a “swamp”.
Whether caused by tobacco smoke, or eating processed foods with all its sugar and chemicals, what happens is that the cell begins to inflame to the point that it can’t “breathe” or “eat”. The environment is so toxic that there is not enough oxygen or glucose for the cell.
As a result, most of the cells start to die off. But some of the cells are able to mutate and find a way to “eat” and “breathe” from an alternate source – fermentation. This is like yeast growing in beer or bread. The cells are now able to use fermentation as an energy source. In order for this to happen, the body has to have a lot of sugar, which is why cancer is such an avid “sugar junkie” and why FDG-PET scans which detect a radioactive form of glucose is now used all over the world to detect cancer.
Even the Nobel laureate Thomas Watson, PhD, co-discoverer of DNA’s molecular structure, is calling for a change to this model in researching and treating cancer, or at least to add it to the mutation theory.
WHAT YOU CAN DO- You still need to avoid, to the best of your ability, exposure to carcinogens – tobacco smoke, pesticides, chemicals, etc. But in addition, this is yet another example of why you need to reasonably change your lifestyle.
By eating correctly, and getting at least regular, moderate exercise, you keep the internal environment of your body clean, healthy and full of oxygen and energy the body can use for “food” and “breathing”.
As a side note, if you need some simple guidelines to help you learn how to eat better, we have put together a little notebook on our diet. It is short, to the point, and its given as a one step per week program. Instead of trying to change your diet and life dramatically all in one step, we want you to make one healthy change at a time and make it a habit before you move on to the next. It is the best way we’ve found to make the changes last. Doing it all at once is just too much, and hardly anybody sticks with it.
Hope this helps,
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
This week’s bit of Useless Information: Men have fluctuating hormonal changes similar to a woman’s monthly cycle that can cause anxiety, frustration, and other emotional behavior. Women already knew this. 😉
This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C. Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such. They are opinion and are for informational purposes only. None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.