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The Role of Oxygen, Antioxidants and Toxins in the Cancer Process

by Tony Isaacs
author of
Cancer's Natural Enemy

(The Best Years in Life) Normally, oxygen helps with normal programmed cell death. That is due to the oxidative damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen. Examples include oxygen ions and peroxides. ROS are formed as a natural byproduct of the normal metabolism of oxygen. As part of the cancer process cancer cells revert to a primitive form of respiration which uses glucose instead of oxygen. As a result, they no longer take in oxygen like healthy cells do.

It has been postulated by some that antioxidants interfere with chemo treatments. In the early stages of cancer antioxidants might interfere with ROS-induced programmed cell death, and that might make it more difficult for the chemo to kill off early stage cancer cells because chemo, as well as other cancer treatments, kills the least resistant cancer cells first. However, I do not think that such interference offsets the benefits of antioxidants in an overall anti-cancer protocol - and that is especially true once cancer gets beyond the early stages. Antioxidants scavenge up free radicals which otherwise damage cells and damaged cells are more prone to cancer and other diseases.

Actually, a great many natural things could be viewed as detrimental to chemo, since chemotherapy treatment is essentially making a bet that it might be able to poison out the cancer before it poisons out and kills the patient. It is often a losing bet. Chemo tries to kill cancer by damaging cancer cells. In the process it also damages and kills healthy cells - and it destroy the immune system which is the body's first line of defense against cancer and other illness. Many of the best natural cancer alternatives try to defeat cancer by making the body healthier and better able to beat and ward off cancer naturally. The best natural alternatives also include the elimination and avoidance of toxins, the true primary cause of cancer.

Otto Warburg won the Nobel prize many years ago when he discovered that cancer cells have low oxygen. Intitially he hypothesised that cancer might be caused by low oxygen (hypoxia) and that cancer might be beaten with oxygen. His experiments failed to produce the results he hoped and he later retracted his hypothesis - but his findings of low oxgen being characteristic of cancer cells remains valid. In recent times, Warburg's discovery has been misinterpreted and many would have us believe that his discovery was his failed hypothesis. This misinformation has been used to sell a great many products and books, but it is largely invalid.


The primary cause of cancer is not low oxygen. Neither is it acidic pH. Cancer cells have low oxygen because they no longer take it in and utilize it. Cancer cells have acidic pH because lactic acid is a by-product of cancer cell's glucose respiration process. As the cancer process progesses the body becomes increasingly acidic (more cancer cells = more lactic acid = more acidic pH).

Neither is the primary cause of cancer fungus, viruses, bacteria, stress or unresolved emotional issues or any other number of items which have been put forward (usually to sell products or books) as main causes of cancer. All or most of those may very well contribute to cancer or be parts of the cancer process, but they are not the primary causes. The primary cause is toxins - especially prolonged exposure to toxins in combination with unhealthy cells which have not been adequately nourished, hydrated, cleansed and/or oxygenated.

Those other items touted as the main causes of cancer have always been present. What has not been present is man-created toxins - and I include radiation as a toxin as well as all the toxic chemical compounds man has created. Notably, when industry and foods such as we have in the U.S. are introduced to less developed countries, their cancer rates increase. Those countries already had plenty of viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc. What they did not have was all the toxins from industy and the toxins in their foods like food items in the American SAD has.

The increased incidence of cancer in the U.S. tracks pretty much exactly with the increased incidence of man-created toxins from industry and the toxins added to our food by Big Food. We now have something like 100,000 man created chemical compounds which have been spewed, dumped and/or spilled into our environment and into our food. Only a small fraction of those compounds have been tested for safety singly and almost none of them have been tested in all the various combinations.

Then we have some of the worst toxins of all: our medicines, which are unnatural man-created compounds which have largely been self-tested by the Big Pharma manufacturers and which have very seldom been tested in combinations. Vaccines are a primary example: almost no long term safety studies and virtually no studies of the safety of combinations of vaccines.

Our foods are a huge source of toxins and a huge cause of our health problems. Few people are aware that 80% of the packaged items on the grocers' shelves in the U.S. have ingredients which have been banned in other countries. It is all about greed and profits and to hell with our health if a chemical compound can make it cheaper or faster to make a food item or enhance color, taste, texture or shelf life.

It is worth noting that oleander extract potentates chemo treatments while at the same time either eliminating or greatly lessening virtually all the side effects associated with chemo (with the exception of hair loss when the chemo drug is Cisplatin). When the company which makes the patented oleander extract Anvirzel assessed cancer patients and chemo they found that people who took oleander along with chemo had a significantly higher success rate than did those who took only chemo. However, the highest success rates overall were those who took oleander without chemo, though there may have been some instances the combination may have been a good option. In general, I think that is because in most instances oleander is not working with chemo so much as it is having to fight both the chemo and the cancer.

See also:

Oxygen and Cancer - What Otto Warburg Actually Discovered

A Rational Theory of Cancer

A Critical Look at 3 Popular Alternative Cancer Cures: Oxygen, High pH and Baking Soda/Molasses

The Best Years in Life Cancer Alternatives Resource Page

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."

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