Many have searched for and wondered about the main causes of cancer. Well, there are two doctors who have proposed those causes. Yet, have you ever been told or heard about them? In order to appreciate the forthcoming information, you have to understand the nature of United States.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is one of the most unhealthy nations in the world. Though the country has some of the Earth's greatest medical professionals, that doesn't matter if the majority of its inhabitants aren't helping themselves by taking better care.
Accordingly, when cancer shows its face, many of its hosts will lose his or her battle with the disease. The American Cancer Society reports that the current annual cancer death total is 589,430. In this same report, it states that there will be 1,658,370 new cancer cases for 2015.
These statistics are alarming, yes. Yet, before the doctors' statements are mentioned, it's also important to know how the American Cancer Society defines the disease's causes.
"Cancer is caused by external factors, such as tobacco, infectious organisms, and an unhealthy diet, and internal factors, such as inherited genetic mutations, hormones, and immune conditions. These factors may act together or in sequence to cause cancer. Ten or more years often pass between exposure to external factors and detectable cancer."Though these are factual causes, these are not what the notable doctors of this article dictate to be the primary cause. However, they do mention that cancer has a variety of secondary causes like those; yet, they say none of the aforementioned reasons constitute the main cause.
Dr. Otto Warburg, 1931 Nobel Prize winner, proposed — during a 1966 meeting of Nobel Laureates — as follows.
"Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even 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."[caption id="attachment_1834958" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Credits: visindavefur.isPhoto of Dr. Otto Warburg prior to death.[/caption]
Interestingly enough, organizations say there isn't a cure for cancer, yes? Yet, part of the U.S.' "big business" structure is sugar. Sugar is found in nearly everything consumers can eat — or rather, what consumers want to eat. You determine if the following statement is relevant.
One way businesses grow and make more money is through partnerships and collaborative efforts. But to digress...
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans consume vast amounts of sugar.
"Americans have become conspicuous consumers of sugar and sweet-tasting foods and beverages...And those are numbers from 15 years ago. Imagine today's numbers, if you will.
Sugar — including sucrose, corn sweeteners, honey, maple syrup and molasses — is ubiquitous and often hidden. In a sense, sugar is the number one food additive. It turns up in some unlikely places, such as pizza, bread, hot dogs, boxed mixed rice, soup, crackers, spaghetti sauce, lunch meat, canned vegetables, fruit drinks, flavored yogurt, ketchup, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and some peanut butter. Carbonated sodas provided more than a fifth (22 percent) of the refined and added sugars in the 2000.
...In 2000, each American consumed an average 152 pounds of caloric sweeteners, 3 pounds below 1999's record average 155 pounds. That amounted to more than two-fifths of a pound — or 52 teaspoonfuls — of added sugars per person per day in 2000."
Dr. Warburg, in the meeting, elaborates further.
"All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms, namely, a fermentation of glucose"[caption id="attachment_1834950" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Credits: GoogleDr. Otto Warburg definitely made a compelling case about the cause of cancer.[/caption]
Unfortunately, four years after Dr. Warburg gave this statement, he died.
However, another doctor has — since — picked up the torch. In a 2013-article from Yale University's Cancer Research Center, Dr. Xiaoyong Yang states, "Cancer cells are addicted to glucose. They eat and eat and grow and grow."
The article continues as follows.
"Dr. Yang and his lab are working to understand how this reprogramming occurs – the signals that change a cell's metabolism. They are focused on a unique sugar (and metabolic fuel) called O-GlcNAc modification that attaches to many proteins."Dr. Yang hasn't cracked the code yet. However, according to this 2015 publication of Cancer Letters, he's continuing to make strides. Yet, you wouldn't know about it, unless you know his name and where to find his writings. It's not something that is openly publicized, it seems. From a business standpoint, there's no money to be made in cures — only treatments. If someone is cured of cancer, why would they continue treatment? They wouldn't.
An interesting question: What would happen to the food industry if everyone knew that sugar is the primary cause of cancer?
In 2001, total food expenditures for the United States came to $844 billion. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics approximated that each consumer spent $6,600 on food for the year.
Do you drink Coke? According to an infographic from Forbes, a single can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar — "more sugar than two frosted Pop-Tarts and a Twinkle combined."
[caption id="attachment_1834639" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Credits: ForbesYou may think it's harmless. However, these sugary products could be developing into cancer inside of the body.[/caption]
What are your thoughts on the causes of cancer? How much sugar does your household consume? Check out this article to find out why Coke can clean metal and make it look brand new. You'll be amazed.
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