Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, PhD was nominated an unprecedented three times for the Nobel Prize, for three separate achievements. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1931 for his work in understanding the real cause of cancer. As the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in Germany, he was considered one of the twentieth century’s greatest biochemists.
The following excerpts are taken from Dr. Warburg’s lecture ‘The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer’ that he delivered at the 1966 annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany:
“…for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation”. Otto Warburg went on: “Why then does it happen that in spite of all this so little is done towards the prevention of cancer?…nobody today can say we do not know what cancer and its prime cause [may] be. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known.” Warburg concluded his lecture with the following prophetic statement: “But how long prevention will be avoided depends on how long the prophets of agnosticism will succeed in inhibiting the application of scientific knowledge in the cancer field. In the meantime, millions of men must die of cancer unnecessarily.”
Dr. Warburg passed-away in 1970 at the age of 87 and my guess is that he died of a broken heart. He had been trying for over 35 years to get the medical community to act on the understanding that the prime cause of cancer is cells generating energy by the non-oxidative breakdown of sugar/glucose. He even showed in his lab that if you deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours that it would become cancerous (reverts to fermentation for fuel). In his work “The Metabolism of Tumors” he proved that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). He thought that his research would change the course of history. Now you must be wondering – how come I have never heard of this guy or his discovery? Good questions.
Unfortunately the entire Western medicine community worldwide completely ignored his research and the pharmaceutical industry went one step further and actually decided to go in exactly the opposite direction. The opportunity was to try to understand why cells were not getting enough oxygen and what could be done to support proper oxygen utilization under these conditions. Dr. Warburg was encouraging medical doctors to address the issue of acidosis or hypoxia as a way of preventing or reversing cancer. Instead the medical community focused almost exclusively on addressing the symptoms of cancer. They also completely ignored acidosis and hypoxia or any of Dr. Warburg’s findings.
Otto H Warburg believed that cancer should be interpreted as a mitochondrial dysfunction. The primary role of mitochondria is to generate most of our energy by aerobic respiration. Causes of mitochondrial dysfunction tend to involve oxidative stress. He wanted science to discern ways of ensuring aerobic respiration by reducing the toxins and/or acidosis that was at the root of impairing proper oxygen utilization. There could not have been a clearer direction given by a more respected and intelligent scientist on what needed to be done to eliminate cancer and save the lives of millions of people worldwide. Instead, Western medicine decided to look at cancer as fundamentally a disease of “unregulated tissue growth”. This is because cells that revert to fermentation for fuel are so ineffective compared to cells combusting oxygen that they need to reproduce as much as 20 times, to approximate the same amount of energy. The focus of Western medicine is not to support the immune system and help correct the low oxygen levels or balance the acid levels of the body but to actually do the reverse and suppress the immune system, poison or burn cancer cells and any other cells that get in the way. The aim of Western medicine is to stop these ‘proliferating’ cells and the primary tools used for this are surgery and the use of radiation and/or chemotherapy. So these must highly effective right?… think again.
Surgery removes the tumor but does nothing to address what caused the tumor in the first place. The source is not addressed at all. This is like removing your car’s dashboard ‘low oil’ light when it comes on. This may make you feel better initially (no annoying light or buzzer) but there is a catch. Unless you also address the primary issue of low oil, your engine is going to seize-up, and it is going to be sooner rather than later. The next most popular medicine for cancer is radiation. As we all know radiation is toxic. In this kind of wellness intervention, highly toxic radiation is either injected into cancerous tumors or fired into cancerous cells. Anything that comes in contact with this radiation dies or is severely damaged, including healthy cells. What are the side affects of radiation? Well according to the Mayo Clinic up to 10% of all invasive cancers are related to ionizing or non-ionizing radiation. Yes you heard that right, radiation treatments actually cause cancer, which is a great segway to the next intervention, chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is a term for chemical poisons that disrupt the process of dividing cells by attacking the control center of cell division: the nucleus. Chemotherapy drugs damage the genes that are copied within the nucleus during division, or they can damage cells when they are physically splitting. Because chemotherapy disrupts the process of cell division, it can effect not only cancer cells (the primary target) but any cells in the body that are constantly in division. For example, the bone marrow, hair follicles and skin, intestinal track and various components of the immune system. This form of health support is administered by IV or oral pill and the long term side effects include loss of hearing, loss of memory, loss of sexual drive, increase in blood fungus, and damage to your liver. Chemotherapy poisons also contribute to ‘toxic load’ and therefore to autoimmunity and/or chronic inflammation. What is really exciting about chemotherapy however is its number one side affect…yes you guessed it – cancer.
Now you may be asking, why would Western medicine decide to weaken the immune system instead of strengthen it? Or, why would they pollute the body with substances that cause cancer, as a substitute for supporting the body with remedies that make it healthier? This direction also begs the question: why did they not follow the path forged by one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century? … Or why did they not look at ways of increasing oxygen to the cells as a way of reversing or preventing cancer?… Or how about balancing body pH for the same reason? After all Dr. Otto Warburg proved that this was the direction we needed to take when he discovered the true cause of cancer over eighty years ago and got the nobel price for his work.
I am not exactly sure what the answer is but I think it involves a lot of money. Unfortunately it also involves a staggering loss of life and a total absence of morals, ethics and decency by all those involved in perpetrating this travesty.
Patrick Coady is a wellness consultant and outspoken advocate for holistic health. He lectures on health and wellness and works with his partner, Silvana Spanò, at the Cuenca Holistic Wellness Center in Cuenca Ecuador.