You might not realize it, but the question of “what is cancer” really isn’t such an easy one to answer. We’re living in a paradigm of half-truths when it comes to cancer. And I’d like to take this time to clear some things up that, in many ways, should make you less afraid of cancer and many ways, give you pause as to how you live your life.
By standard, traditional definitions, cancer is:
…the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.
First of all, to say cancer is a “disease” is incorrect. It would be more accurate to call it a “symptom” or even a “defense mechanism.”
Second of all, to say that the division of abnormal cells is “uncontrolled” isn’t quite accurate either. As we’ll discuss later, the body knows what it’s doing. But to clarify, as cancer advances, the division spreads and becomes pretty much uncontrolled. But in the initial stages of cancer, there is definitely a controlling factor.
How do these cells become abnormal?
It’s generally accepted that there are two ways to get cancer.
- You’ve got a genetic ticking time bomb and no matter what you do, at some point, a group of cells in your pancreas or prostate or skin are just going to go haywire.
- Exposure to carcinogens—like cigarette smoke or asbestos—introduces free radicals into your tissue, disrupting the genetic code of the cells and causing them to turn “abnormal.”
Both of these explanations are false. However, it is true that there are lifestyle components and free radicals play a role.
One thing you REALLY need to understand—and it’s not meant to freak you out—is that you already have cancer. Everybody does. Even I do. The fact is, all of us are walking around with mutated cells or even mutated clumps of cells that, if not regulated by innate physiological processes, would turn into a cancerous tumor.
The reason you’re not constantly developing cancer is that when a cell becomes irreparably damaged, a powerful protein called P-53 is activated that makes the damaged cell essentially kill itself. This happens millions of times a day in our body.
When the cell doesn’t get the message to kill itself, or a group of cells doesn’t get the message, that’s when you get tumor formation.
Ok, so what is cancer then?
First of all, cancer is an industry. A very profitable one.
Every year, about $130 billion is spent on cancer care. That’s just the amount Americans dole out of their own pockets for treating cancer. About 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer in America every year. They are put on medications that cost an average of $10,000 per month. They undergo surgeries that cost, on average, $35,000. The average cancer patient in America pays $85,000 a year. Projections for 2020 have the cost of cancer to Americans at $175 billion—or just a little less than the entire economic output of the country of New Zealand.
Imagine being a decision-maker in an industry where you were guaranteed nearly 2 million new customers every year, each of whom paid you $85k for the privilege. You probably wouldn’t be motivated to change that with any sort of “cure” or more effective, less expensive treatment, would you?
$175 billion also buys you a lot of clout in U.S. politics. The healthcare industry (with the pharmaceutical industry being the largest subset of the healthcare industry) consistently is THE most generous political donor industry.
Consequently, carcinogenic products (RoundUp) not only avoid regulation, they are subsidized in things like the Farm Bill, so that we taxpayers help to pay to have cancer-causing pesticides generously sprayed all over our food.
The lengths to which the cancer industry has gone to keep their revenue stream consistent and growing is worthy of a show all of its own, but suffice it to say, cancer is an industry and everything that goes along with that.
Ok, but what IS cancer actually?
Cancer is a metabolic disease. Not a genetic disease, a metabolic disease.
Cancer is caused by the lack of aerobic respiration of the cell in an acidic environment high in sugar. To put it more simply, cancer is more dependent on what the cell has to eat and breathe—so to speak—than any genetic factors. These are metabolic conditions.
Cancer arises in a condition with little oxygen, in an acidic environment and a sugary environment. And yet, our research and our treatment (particularly chemotherapy) are designed to fight a genetic disease.
And it’s not that the scientific community isn’t aware that cancer is a metabolic disease, and it’s not as if they ARE aware but think it’s some snake-oil quackery. Because when the guy who figured this out, Otto Warburg, published his findings in 1931, he was awarded a Nobel Prize!
The problem is, if medicine acknowledges that cancer is a metabolic disease, they then have to acknowledge that it is lifestyle-based and that changing the internal environment (from acidic to alkaline, from oxygen-deficient to oxygen-rich, from high-sugar to low-sugar) will starve cancer. And if they do that, their $175 billion industry gets a lot smaller.
Creating the internal conditions that turn damaged cells into cancer
The question is, what creates the internal conditions that trigger cancer?
Obviously, sugar is a big one. Sugar is literally cancer food. Cancer cells are unique in that they don’t follow the same processes for creating energy (ATP via the mitochondria) as a normal cell does. It basically eats straight sugar. And we eat a lot of that these days. In 1822, the average American consumed about 45 grams of sugar per week—which is equivalent to one soda today. These days, the average American consumes about 3lbs of sugar each week.
And we wonder why cancer rates are skyrocketing!
So, why is our internal environment becoming acidic? It’s what we eat and drink. If you drink energy drinks, that’s about as acidic as you can consume without doing immediate damage to your internal organs. Beyond that, popcorn, cream cheese, pastries, pasta, cheese, pork, beer, wine, chocolate, vinegar and artificial sweeteners are highly acidic. Coffee, fruit juice, beef, white bread, wheat and nuts are moderately acidic. And if you noticed, what I listed there is basically the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Guess what is the opposite, as in highly alkaline? All those green veggies that we make a gross-out face at when we’re kids and avoid as adults: spinach, broccoli, artichoke, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, limes, seaweed, asparagus, kale, radish, collard greens, onions…
How about this lack of oxygen? It could be an iron deficiency, or poor circulation, or smoking, or being low in Vitamin C (which helps the body absorb iron), or deficiency in B vitamins. Basically, it’s usually a vitamin deficiency.
So if you fix those issues, you can effectively make yourself cancer-proof.
Cancer is a defense mechanism
If you are diagnosed with cancer, there’s a high likelihood that if you didn’t have cancer, you’d be dead. If you get a cancer diagnosis, it’s actually appropriate to think… “Thank God I have cancer. I’d be dead otherwise.”
After years or decades of exposure to toxins—via environmental toxins in your cleaning products, on your food, in the building materials in your house, or just in the outside industrialized world—your body collects toxicity in various places.
Generally, the body has ways to process and expel toxins–the liver, kidneys, sweating, etc. But after a while, these mechanisms become overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the toxic buildup.
In a last-ditch effort, your body decides that if it can’t get rid of these toxins, it will imprison them instead. That’s when a tumor forms around areas of high toxicity.
If you get a tumor (or tumors) and you detox enough, you can beat cancer. We’ve had several doctors and researchers figure this out over the years. Many of them have treatment clinics in places like Mexico or Argentina where the American cancer industry can’t stop them. And what’s interesting is that these treatments were found by various people or groups ALL INDEPENDENT of each other. And the one thing the treatments have in common is that they are heavy detox treatments.
But rather than detox, modern medicine hopes to burn or cut out the tumor. But before they do that, they poke a hole in it (biopsy) and spread the toxins throughout the body.
It doesn’t work, and it makes things worse.
So cancer is a last-ditch defense mechanism. And if you have it, it means you still have a chance.