Normal Metabolism vs. Cancer Metabolism
“The fuel on which the body’s cells run is called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP must be created by all cells, including cancer cells, for energy. The biochemical process in which ATP is created is called oxidation phosphorylation and is oxygen-dependent. Healthy cells require the conditions of alkalinity and high molecular oxygen (O2) to produce ATP and function properly. In contrast, non-oxygen-respiratory organisms – like cancer cells – make ATP by fermentation phosphorylation, which requires the conditions of acidity and low oxygen to function, and actually produces additional acids.” -Philpott, page 75.
The human body’s main fuel is a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose comes from the plants we eat. Through photosynthesis, plants use light energyto produce glucose and oxygen from carbon dioxide and water.
Carbon dioxide + water + energy –> glucose + oxygen
6CO2 + 6H2O + energy –> C6H12O6 + 6O2
Plants then use the glucose to create cellulose and complex carbohydrates. When we eat the plants, the complex carbohydrates are broken down by our digestive system into glucose. Then this food energy is converted to chemical energy by a series of reactions known as cellular respiration. Aerobic respiration uses oxygen.
Glucose + oxygen –> carbon dioxide + water + energy
This reaction occurs in mitochondria in cells. Aerobic respiration extracts the maximum amount of energy from glucose, because the molecule is completely broken down.
When the supply of oxygen is insufficient, there is a back-up system known as anaerobic respiration, that can release energy without oxygen.
Glucose –> lactic acid + energy
This reaction occurs in the cytoplasm of the cell. It does not put any extra pressure on the respiratory or circulatory systems, because it does not produce carbon dioxide. Cancer cells have either wholly or partially switched to anaerobic respiration. Enzymatic decomposition of glucose in the absence of oxygen is also known as “fermentation“, though in humans the end result is the production of lactic acid, not alcohol, because we lack the enzymes to produce alcohol.
“The ideal task of cancer therapy is to restore the function of the oxidizing systems in the entire organism.” - Dr. Max Gerson, page 7.
Aerobic cellular respiration creates about 30 ATP molecules from each glucose molecule, and anaerobic respiration creates only 2 ATP molecules. Anaerobic respiration releases only a small fraction of the available energy. Cancer cells must feel very tired!
A nutrient called DMG (Dimethylglycine) improves oxygen utilization within cells and thereby reduces lactic acid formation. Supplementing the diet with DMG together with B vitamin supplementation (folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12) yields many health benefits including cancer prevention, inhibition of cancer metastases, improved heart health, increased energy, improved oxygenation of the tissues, and improved mental functioning. DMG is very economical and we recommend it for everyone.
For more information regarding cellular respiration, see our section on Hydrazine Sulphate. Hydrazine sulphate blocks a key enzyme in the liver that converts lactic acid back into glucose. Also, you can do a search of the Internet for subjects such as cellular respiration, citric acid cycle, cellular biology and ATP, fermentation, lactic acid fermentation, cellular metabolism and fermentation, adenosine triphosphate, healthy mitochondria, Dr. Otto Warburg, etc.