Cancerfighter’s Weblog

Alternative cancer therapies and ideas

ATP and cancer

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on November 10, 2008


Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide        http://www.fightingcancer.com

ATP is an abbreviation for adenosine triphosphate – a critically important macromolecule that serves as the primary energy currency of the cell. It is the most widely distributed high-energy compound within the human body. All fuel sources of Nature, all foodstuffs of living things, produce ATP, which in turn powers virtually every activity of the cell and organism.

Therapies that kill cancer cells through increasing ATP production work by restoring the cell’s ability to kill itself. This is called apoptosis. Apoptosis is dependent on the functioning of a gene called P54 and the process is mediated by the mitochondria. Therapies that might increase ATP production would include CoQ-10, alpha-lipoic acid, sodium DCA, the Budwig Diet, electrical stimulation, etc. Increasing mitochondrial activity can be a shot in the dark. You run the risk of energizing the cells without getting to the point of restoring apoptosis.

Another anti-cancer approach is to inhibit ATP production. The approach is based on the idea that if you suppress energy in cells in a generalized way the normal cells can tolerate it, but the cancer cells may fall below a minimum threshold and die. These therapies include Cantron and Protocel, paw paw, graviola, and methyl pyruvate.

The downside here is that you might not be able to drive the energy production low enough to get the die off. When it does work the cells die through a process called lysis in which the cells sort of fall apart. Lysis is more likely to cause inflammation and Herxheimer reactions than is apoptosis.

The important point to note is that both approaches can work – but they shouldn’t be mixed.

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