It is common knowledge that cancer is one of the deadliest diseases that man has ever come across. Even after years of research and experimentation, we still feel that there is room for improvement as far as oncology is concerned. Every year, about 21,000 people lose their lives to this fatal illness. Conventional medicine still has miles to go before discovering new techniques to battle cancer successfully. The book penned by Travis Christofferson titled “Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure” throws some light on how non-genetic cancer can be tackled with certain dietary tweaks, based on the metabolic theory of cancer.
How It All Started
Travis, who has a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering and Science and a Pre-medical undergraduate degree, stumbled upon a book by Dr.Thomas N. Seyfried titled “Cancer As A Metabolic Disease”, which revolves around how non-genetic cancer has a metabolic origin. This incredibly detailed book encouraged Travis to delve deeper into the mutations found within cancer cells and the common confusions that existed even among the topmost scientists regarding this theory.
Dr. Otto Warburg And The Metabolic Theory Of Cancer
Travis’s book primarily revolves around the work of Dr. Otto Warburg, MD, PhD, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1931 for making the groundbreaking discovery that concluded cancer cells have a different metabolism compared to the healthy cells. Warburg used to be friends with physicists like Albert Einstein and Max Planck and is considered to be one of the greatest biochemists of the 20th century.
Through his studies, Warburg concluded that cancer cells increasingly produce lactic acid when oxygen is present. Known as the Warburg effect, this theory talks about how energy can be produced in a cell in two ways: anaerobically, in the cytoplasm, which results in the production of lactic acid, or aerobically, in the mitochondria. Warburg pointed out that the reversion of energy generation from aerobic energy generation to anaerobic fermentation is the prime factor for cancer.
Despite his efforts and academic proficiency, Warburg’s theory was dismissed by conventional medicine, and was soon forgotten by the time DNA was discovered by Watson and Crick. All the cancer theories were based on genetics subsequently.
Making A Difference Using The Warburg Effect
Conventional medicine often overlooks the fact that something far more complex (or simpler?)than gene mutation is responsible for making people fall prey to this illness. Though some top scientists are aware of this, they have chosen to retool their gene theory rather than give weight to Warburg’s findings.
According to Warburg, and later Seyfried, the origin of cancer is closely linked to mitochondrial damage followed by an epigenetic response. Since there are thousands of mitochondria present in each cell, mitochondrial damage can seriously compromise the normal functioning of a human body. Mitochondrial damage in turn triggers genomic instability, thus leading to accumulation of mutations.
A New Hope
Novel treatment methods are adopting Warburg’s theory to come up with effective solutions to beat cancer. Researchers talk about the need to address metabolic mitochondrial damage by cutting down the non-fiber carbohydrates in your diet, upping your intake of high quality fats, and controlling the consumption of high quality protein as protein can speed up cancer growth. Travis is of the opinion that following a ketogenic diet and adding 3-bromopyruvate (3bp), is a drug much reactive than lactic acid, can reverse the effects of almost all cancers.Travis also points out that his research unearthed facts link sugar directly with the growth of cancer cells.