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Prepared for the Peak for January 24, 2013


Cancer as a Metabolic DiseaseBig PictureFinancialPractical PreparationEnvironmental NewsHealth

Cancer as a metabolic disease

There is something wrong with the current theory of why we get cancer. The prevailing theory is called the gene theory of cancer, and it says that mutations in the DNA of a cancer cell are the reason a cell becomes cancerous. A lot of money and human energy has been used going down this path.

But here's the problem: when mutated DNA are transplanted into a healthy cell, according to Dr. Thomas Seyfried's new book, out of 24 attempts only 2 produced cancerous cells — and the researchers couldn't guarantee contamination wasn't the cause.

If the theory was correct, the mutated DNA would cause the healthy cell to act cancerous — but that's not happening. And it's consistently not happening. It isn't just one attempt that is failing.

When a piece of glaring contrary evidence like this shows up, there's a good chance the theory is wrong. We've seen this already with cholesterol. Here is a graph of average cholesterol and death by heart disease for several countries from the World Health Organization's MONICA study.

It shows that the countries that have high cholesterol (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, etc.) have some of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. If cholesterol were the cause of heart disease, which is the prevailing view, this data simply wouldn't exist. Of course researchers have been trying to get around this inconvenient data for decades. "It's the wine they are drinking that somehow protects them" or "It's their lifestyle."

Here's another possibility: the cholesterol theory of heart disease is wrong. That would explain that data quite neatly. For a full explanation, see the recent Dr. Oz show in which he changes his mind on cholesterol and why.

It's the same thing with the current theory of cancer. If mutated DNA were the cause of cancer, these experiments that attempt to induce cancer by transferring DNA would be successful.

Since they aren't successful, and they should be if the theory were correct, perhaps we have another situation like cholesterol — the theory is wrong.

Dr. Ede reviews Seyfried's new book that outlines an alternative theory of cancer. He is a brain cancer researcher working out of Boston College and the book is entitled "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer " and you can watch his excellent presentation at the Ancestral Health symposium here.

The alternative theory that he presents is that cancer is caused by disruption of the cell mitochondria, not their DNA. That's why when researchers transplant cell cytoplasm (but not DNA) from cancerous cells into healthy cells those cells become cancerous. The process is transferring damaged mitochondria, not DNA.

In Seyfried's presentation you'll learn that by restricting calories, placing the mice on a ketogenic diet and using certain drugs, he is able to consistently reduce tumor size between 65% and 90%. I highly recommend everyone read Dr. Ede's review of his book (Part 1, Part 2, part 3 forthcoming) and watch the presentation.

I've been reading that higher carbohydrate consumption is linked to cancer but didn't know the mechanism. This may be it. Read Dr. Ede's blog, watch the video and decide for yourself if Seyfried is onto something.

Also, be sure to read Chris Martenson's piece "The Really, Really Big Picture." As usual, we are of the same mind.

— André

Big Picture

The Really, Really Big Picture | Peak Prosperity, January 15, 2013

Unchecked Growth Is a Path to Poverty | New York Times, January 16, 2013

Political Transformation in the Age of Energy Scarcity | Resource Insights, January 20, 2013

America doesn’t import its oil from where you think it does | Grist, January 22, 2013


Why Is the Economy Shrinking? (Interview with Richard Heinberg) | Resilience, January 15, 2013

Misunderstanding Austerity, Stimulus and Demand | Of Two Minds, January 17, 2013

Beware the Coming Emerging Market Bust, Warns Banking Group | Daily Finance, January 22, 2013

Practical Preparation

Peak Moment 225: Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos | Peak Moment Television, January 3, 2013

Urban Agriculture Helps Combat Hunger in India’s Slums | WorldWatch, January 17, 2013

Cultivate New Farmers | Slow Food USA, January 17, 2013

How millions of farmers are advancing agriculture for themselves | Resilience, January 18, 2013

Baby, you can drive my car: How car sharing teaches us to be good neighbors | Grist, January 22, 2013

Environmental News

Study Links Oil And Gas Extraction To Ozone Chemicals | ThinkProgress, January 17, 2013

Extreme Weather Events Sync Rise and Fall of Arctic Populations | Environmental News Network, January 18, 2013

More than half of the US is still in drought, and it is likely to last until April | Grist, January 18, 2013

When Trees Die, People Die | The Atlantic, January 22, 2013


RHR: What Research Says About Losing Weight and Keeping it Off | Chris Kresser, January 16, 2013

Study: Don't Be Lonely, It's Bad for You | The Atlantic, January 22, 2013

Americans Take Steps To Combat Obesity Epidemic, Consume Less High Fructose Corn Syrup | Think Progress, January 23, 2013

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