Ever wonder why the cancer industry is always a decade away from a cure?
Why billions are spent in research and donations and nothing changes?
Cancer is nearly a $200 billion/year industry in the US alone. It might be the biggest business on earth. The research that is directed by pharmaceutical companies, that basically own the FDA and other regulatory agencies, is about one thing above all else perpetuating the business model.
They want us to stop asking the question, “Why has the 40 year war on cancer failed to produce any results?” They want us to stop asking why there are only three approved treatments for cancer (surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy) and why no new cancer therapies have been approved by the US FDA in the last one hundred years. They want us to have hope for a brighter day in cancer treatment while our friends and family die by the thousands every day.
Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried, Ph.D. addresses the metabolic nature of cancer. He is a nationally known researcher in Genetics and Biochemistry. His research program focuses on gene environmental interactions related to complex diseases, such as epilepsy, autism, brain cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Seyfried investigates many of these diseases from the perspective of genetics, lipidomics, and energy metabolism. Much of his work also has direct translational benefit to the clinic for the treating of cancer through the use of the restricted ketogenic diet (KD-R). He is the author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, published in 2012.
Dr. Seyfried’s research shows us that once again, the drug companies are on the wrong track when it comes to curing cancer. The current path of drug company research will not lead to a cure for cancer, but will perpetuate their multibillion dollar business model, which earns profits on the basis of withholding curative cancer treatments from the healthcare system.
These are a few of Dr. Seyfried’s findings taken from the conclusion to his book.  My comments are in brackets.
- No real progress has been made in the management of advanced or metastatic cancer for more than 40 years. The number of people dying each year and each day has changed little in more than 10 years.
- Most of the conceptual advances made in understanding the mechanisms of cancer have more to do with nonmetastatic tumors than with metastatic tumors. [Many cancers are discovered after they metastasize and have already spread to other locations in the body.]
- Most cancer, regardless of cell or tissue origin, is a singular disease of respiratory insufficiency coupled with compensatory fermentation. [There are not really hundreds of cancer types that need to be studied separately. There is a common mechanism for treating all cancers.]
- Some factors that can cause respiratory insufficiency and cancer include age, viral infections, hypoxia, inflammation, rare inherited mutations, radiation, and carcinogens. [A very small number of cancers have a genetic origin. Other factors such as toxic exposure create conditions where cancer can develop.]
- The genomic instability seen in tumor cells is a downstream epiphenomenon of respiratory insufficiency and enhanced fermentation. [In other words, there are genetic abnormalities associated with cancer, however, these are a consequence of cancer and not the cause of it.]
- The view that most cancer is a genetic disease is no longer credible. [This is a statement made by a researcher who began his career as a genetic researcher.]
- Cancer cells depend largely on glucose and glutamine metabolism for survival, growth, and proliferation. [They must have glucose, which is a simple sugar, in order to live.]
- Restricted access to glucose and glutamine will compromise cancer cell growth and survival. [When cancer cells do not have glucose to nourish them, they die.]
- Protection of mitochondria from oxidative damage will prevent or reduce risk of cancer. [Antioxidants prevent cancer.]
- Lifestyle changes will be needed to manage and prevent cancer. [This means that there is no magic pill that we can take to prevent or cure cancer. We must change our relationship with food and lifestyle to prevent and cure cancer.]
- A new era will emerge for cancer management and prevention, once cancer becomes recognized as a metabolic disease.
In other words, the cure for cancer is obtained by starving cancer cells so that they die while feeding the rest of the body so that it can grow stronger and use its natural immune system to resist cancer. This involves a high-fat low-carbohydrate restricted calorie ketogenic diet. Dr. Seyfried looks forward to the creation of new drugs that will take advantage of cancer’s dependency on glucose to address cancer. The combination of diet and targeted drugs will be a low cost treatment with few if any side effects and with a high rate of success.