Understanding Cancer

Unless one clearly understands the nature of “cancer” at its most fundamental level (biology and biochemistry), then any attempt to “treat it” or eradicate it is destined to failure.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts regarding cancer upheld by modern medicine that form the current basis to conventional cancer care are archaic, false and are not backed up by the latest scientific research.

In order to fully understand Oasis International’s treatment approach it is very important to firstly have a clear understanding of what cancer is and some of the key differences between a cancer cell and a healthy cell. With a deeper understanding of the metabolic process that results in cancer, it then allows us to clearly see why and how our approach to treating cancer is more effective.

Based on Otto Warburg’s Nobel Prize winning discovery, we can define cancer simply as a failure in cellular respiration. This failure in cellular respiration occurs when the mitochondria (energy powerhouses in our cells) become damaged and are no longer able to produce energy (ATP) aerobically (with oxygen). The reasons for the damage are diverse, but can essentially be understood as being caused by toxins in the body (poor diet, smoking, drinking, etc) and living a toxic lifestyle (stress, environmental toxins, poor sleep, etc). While the causes of cancer may be varied, what is most important to grasp is that cancer is NOT a genetic “disease” but rather a metabolically driven “dis-ease” of lifestyle.

Warburg’s discovery has showed us that cancer, at it’s fundamental level, is simply a chronically fermenting cell. The metabolic process that results in a cancer cell is nothing more than a compensatory mechanism and necessary biological adaptation to keep a cell alive when it has become damaged and is no longer capable of producing energy aerobically.

While the causes of cancer may be varied, what is most important to grasp is that cancer is NOT a genetic “disease” but rather a metabolically driven “dis-ease” of lifestyle.

It is for this reason that we do not acknowledge that “cancer” is a “disease” per se. This is a myth pushed by conventional non-holistic wisdom, which makes the patient feel helpless, an unlucky victim of bad genes or as though “cancer” is some terrible condition they have suddenly become afflicted by. However, in reality it is a biological adaptation that takes time to arise. It is simply a reflection and manifestation of the body and mind’s state of “dis-ease”.

Healthy cells are able to produce ATP aerobically and are much more efficient in terms of energy production. For every molecule of glucose a healthy cell produces 36 ATP while a fermenting cancer cell only produces 2 ATP from a single molecule of glucose.

Cancer cells as a result require much more glucose to produce the same amount of energy. For this reason, cancer cells have many more insulin receptors than healthy cells and will preferentially uptake glucose over healthy cells. This is the specific mechanism by which a PET CT scan with contrast (radioactive glucose) works to show the activity of a cancer cell. The more active and aggressive the cancer the greater the uptake value. With this in mind, next time your doctor tells you that diet has no effect on cancer you would be right to seriously question them.

Cancer cells also lack certain enzymes compared to healthy cells and therefore are unable to metabolize certain compounds that healthy cells can easily metabolize. It is via these mechanisms of action related to insulin receptors and also the enzymatic limitations of cancer cells that IPT and other metabolic therapies work. With this knowledge we can also start to understand why a low-sugar (glucose) diet is fundamentally important when it comes to treating cancer and preventing recurrence.

Finally, it is very important to also understand that cancer is not a “disease” that develops in a short period of time. In most cases, it takes more than 5 years from when a cancer first develops to the time when it is first clinically diagnosed.

In light of this, contrary to common belief and “standard of scare” approach imposed by conventional oncologists, there is generally no urgent requirement to rush into treatment immediately after diagnosis. It is this pressure and fearmongering that often leads patients to make a rushed and poor decision regarding their treatment.

Cancer does not simply appear overnight. Making a decision regarding treatment after diagnosis is likely one of the biggest decisions anybody will have to make in their life. It should therefore not be a decision taken lightly or decided upon hastily without understanding the different options available.

It is for this reason that Oasis International exists. To offer a real and trustworthy second opinion based on the latest scientific evidence, but also without disregarding ancient wisdom or breaking the Hippocratic oath of “first do no harm’.