News - Eat And Heal Cancer
by Life Positive
Breathe away your cancer Evidence now exists to prove that the main difference between cancer cells and normal cells is that the former hardly use oxygen at all. Instead, they get energy from a process termed "glycolisis", in which energy is extracted from glucose without the use of oxygen. This fact was first unearthed by Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, as far back as the 1930s. "The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar," he told fellow scientists a few years before he died in the 1970s. The discovery was not taken seriously but recent research seems to endorse Warburg's discovery. Scientists have discovered that growth of cancer cells proliferate in an oxygen-deprived environment. As cells become cancerous, they stop getting energy from their mitochondria, progress to glycolisis, no longer take in and release oxygen and wind up oxygen-depleted. Warburg's hypothesis also ties in with a less mainstream theory that connects cancer and acidity. For years, alternative cancer therapists have recommended an alkaline diet to fight cancer. The Warburg Effect provides a possible explanation, since the major by-product of glycolisis is lactic acid. Indeed, recent speculation is that the main way cancer spreads is through the production of lactic acid. This discovery seems to suggest that nutrition may have a key role to play in beating cancer. Scientists are looking at the role of micronutrients in preventing cancer. These include selenium, folic acid, vitamin B12, the carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein) and vitamin D. Adding calcium to vitamin D can provide extra cancer protection, according to a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Physical exercise and pranayama would also help increase the level of oxygen in the system.
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