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Book-2: Guide to Total Wellness, Vr-1.0

“You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last.Life is not a race, do take it slower, hear the music before the song is over” – advice from a young cancer patient

Cancer – a collection of cells in our bodies that grow at roughly normal speeds, but that do not respond appropriately to cell signaling. In other words, while a collection of ‘normal’ cells will grow and stop growing in response to appropriate messages from hormones and signals, cancer cells have lost this property. Contrary to popular misconception, cancers cells do not grow especially fast relative to non-cancer cells. The problem is they don’t ‘know’ when to stop growing.

Over 80 years ago, Nobel Prize-winner Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D., proved that a 35 percent reduction in oxygen caused any cell to either die or turn cancerous. American experiments from 1953 to 1955 confirmed the result. Hence, the importance of proper blood oxygenation. Cancer cells are unable to use ketones for their energy source. They rely on glucose and glutamine for metabolism. Thus, if they do not have access to glucose, they rapidly begin to die. Following a ketogenic diet, creates a condition where there is a reduced level of glucose in the blood and there are elevated levels of ketone bodies. The result is that the cancer cells are denied (starved of) their primary energy source while all the healthy cells in the body are nourished by ketones. This principle is at the center of the work of Dr. Johanna Budwig (See – “The Budwig Protocol and other treatment for cancer prevention and cure”). Today Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried and many others, recommend the modified Ketogenic diet for cancer treatment.

To sum up decades of Dr.Warburg work briefly – mammalian cells create usable energy from food in the form of the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecule. Production of ATP is a complex affair involving three distinct and sequential series of cellular reactions that begin with the breakdown of the sugar glucose. The first of these processes, glycolysis, does not require oxygen and occurs in the cytoplasm; the second, the citric acid cycle, occurs within the mitochondria, the oval shaped organelles dispersed within the cytoplasm, and requires oxygen; and the third, and most productive in terms of ATP generation, electron transport, proceeds in the membranes of mitochondria and also needs oxygen.

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