Otto Warburg, a Nobel prize winning researcher, discovered that by depriving healthy tissue of 35% its oxygen requirements, he could induce cancer virtually at will.This fascinating research gives us great insight into the mode of onset of cancer and how to best protect against it.
Essential fatty acids enhance oxygen uptake in cells, thereby decrease tumour formation and slowing tumour growth whilst decreasing the spread of cancer cells. Essential fatty acids are a group of fats that the body cannot make itself, therefore dietary intake is essential. If we aren’t eating these fats, our body will quickly become deficient.
These essential fatty acids include omega 3 and omega 6. We need these fats in a 1:1 ratio in order to have a protective, anti-inflammatory effect. Due to our Westernised diet, high in grains, grain-fed meats and processed foods, we have a mismatch in these ratio which has been estimated to be more like a 20:1 ratio of omega 6: omega 3, highly inflammatory and detrimental to health.
Essential fatty acids can be obtained from fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies. A high quality, optimal potency fish oil can also greatly enhance omega 3 intake and improve the omega 3:6 mismatch. Poor quality fish oils can have negative effects on our health due to oxidisation of these precious fats.
Research suggests that optimal outcomes for decreasing the rate of growth or reversing cancer growth are accomplished when optimal nutrition is provided to support healthy cell function, liver function and immune function. A healthy intake of vitamin C, B6, Vitamin A and zinc are essential for a fully functioning, protective immune system. Animal studies have shown that low levels of essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, B2, B6, D can also result in or exacerbate cancer cell growth.
Studies suggest that there is a ‘point of no return’ where vital organs can become so heavily damaged that the body cannot recover from cancer, regardless of nutrient intake. However, that point of no return could be different in every individual, I have personally witnessed remarkable recoveries of terminally diagnosed cancer where the individual was given very little time and made a full recovery.
Cancer affects almost everyone in some way. Whether personally or someone we know. We can empower ourselves with the knowledge that there is much we can do to protect ourselves, enhance our immune system and safeguard our health through optimising our natural defence systems.
The battle against cancer continues