If you don’t know what’s broken, you can’t fix it
Without a clear understanding of the cause of a health problem, and the mechanisms by which it has developed, it is extremely difficult to completely resolve the situation, restore optimum health and minimise the chance of a recurrence. If you are simply focusing on the symptoms, at best it’s a ‘patch-up’ job. In that case, you may only have pushed it underground, where it is free to develop and re-emerge again in the future. Worse still, it may culminate until a new and worse problem develops.
This happens regardless of whether the problem is simple, such as the common cold, or as serious as cancer. A recent client had a gum abscess at the point of the anaesthetic injection following a recent dental procedure. She was advised by the dentist to take a ten-day course of a strong antibiotic. She was worried about taking this and about the possibility of developing candida and related problems. Instead, she chose to follow a carefully planned program aimed at stimulating increased activity on the part of her immune system. The strategy was successful, the swelling subsided, the pain stopped, and the problem has not returned.
In relation to cancer, there are two approaches. Understanding which one to apply for the best result is a matter of great importance. In the Metabolic and Biochemical approach to cancer, we understand that cancer is caused by a failure of the mitochondria and proper oxygen respiration. The mitochondria are the tiny organelles, of which there are about a thousand within each cell. Although tiny they are immensely powerful. They are known as the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell as in them the energy locked up in the foods that you eat is finally released, in a complex process of several dozen steps in such a way that thousands of tiny batteries (ADP) are recharged up (to ATP). Less well known is the fact that they are important for the normal function of many different tumour suppressor genes. It is now clear that cancer can develop when the mitochondria of the cell do not get enough oxygen and nutrients (in the widest possible sense of the word) and are damaged by many of the 100,000 or so toxins to which they are exposed.
Once the mitochondria are damaged, they fail to block the reactions that can lead on to the formation of many other genetic mutations, both in the mitochondria and elsewhere in the cell. There can be as many as hundreds, or even thousands of these mutations in a tumour. Some may cause little harm but a great number of them can lead on to cancer. These are the genetic mutations, the detection of which leads much of the medical thinking of cancer as a ‘Genetic Disease’, or more specifically the Somatic Mutation Theory of cancer. Attacking these mutations is a bit like hearing a terrible noise coming from your car engine and putting earplugs on to block out this noise rather than repairing the fundamental damage. This can also be likened to a gardener clearing the land by cutting the tops off of all the weeds so that it looks good, and then wondering why the weeds regrow.
Some doctors and medical scientists are beginning to recognise, with the understanding of the genetics found in cancer cells, that calling the genetic theory the prime cause of cancer is incorrect. The genetic changes are a secondary cause, one that results from the metabolic changes in the mitochondria.
To take this analogy further, in the Metabolic approach we correct the fault in the engine rather than putting on earplugs or as in the other example, pull the weed out of the garden root and all. Once that is done there is little if any need for the toxic and harmful effects of the procedures that are used to damage the secondary cause, the genetic mutations that result from mitochondrial failure. This is fortunate as chasing after the several hundred or even thousands of those genetic mutations is never going to be a full or targeted successful strategy.
First, know the cause, then fix it and restore normal and healthy homoeostasis.
Knowing the cause is the best way of determining the means of correcting it.