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Cancer: What is it and what causes it?

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Treating Cancer

His interest in discovering how to fight the disease would lead Dr. Rath to choose – among all the possible ways of approaching the problem – to study the cellular mechanisms which the cancer uses to migrate throughout the organism affecting different organs. At the end of the day, a tumour situated in a specific and limited area of the body does not usually constitute a vital danger. On the contrary, when the cancer spreads (metastasis) there is a clear threat to life. In fact, of all the cancerous processes with mortal results, around 90% originate in metastasis, the invasion of cancerous cells in other organs and tissues. So, Dr. Rath states that for cancerous cells to migrate, they secrete enzymes which break down the surrounding connective tissue making it easier to get to other organs in the body.

Understanding this process was the first phase in his research. The next phase was to look for how to avoid it. And Dr. Rath maintains that the research which he and his team developed has permitted them to finally identify several natural biological substances which prevent the propagation of the cancerous cells . The results – they state – show not only a slowing down in the growth of cancerous cells but also complete termination of many types of cancer.

These substances originate naturally, without exception: vitamins, amino acids, plant extracts or fundamental nutrients for the cell. In short, they are natural substances which keep the cells healthy. And which, as opposed to conventional therapies for cancers – Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy –, do not produce any yatrogenic side effects. They provide therapy against cancer which is founded in the already mentioned Cellular Medicine. Let's see what it's all about.

Understanding Cells

Dr. Matthias Rath states that diseases basically originate in two detectable cellular factors: the lack of bio-energy fuel in the cell power station – mitochondria – and the defective functioning of the nucleus, its metabolic control centre. Let's look at it in greater depth.

  • The lack of bio-energy fuel in the cell power plant (mitochondria). According to Dr. Rath, one of the main causes of the diseases – especially coronaries – comes down to an insufficient supply of bio-energy fuel. This refers to the nutrients which are essential to transform food into the energy needed to carry out numerous metabolic reactions in the body. As a general rule, it is enough to have a correct supply of vitamins and other bio-energy substances in order to prevent diseases and, even, reverse the situation in many cases of pathologies which have already set in.
  • Diseases due to a defect in the cells' metabolic programme (nucleus). In the same way that computer viruses disrupt the normal functioning of computers, cells – for many different reasons – can fall under the control of a sick “programme”. The main damage caused by these wrong commands is an uncontrolled multiplication of the cells and, at the same time, chaos in the organisation of the surrounding connective tissue which allows the sick cells to migrate. It is this process which causes the appearance of infectious diseases and cancer.

And, according to Dr. Rath, both infectious diseases and cancer spread throughout the body breaking down the collagen in the adjacent connective tissue. This means that for an infection – produced either by a virus or bacteria – or a group of cancerous cells to be able to migrate through the organism they must be capable of temporarily breaking down the collagen – the main structural molecule in the bones, skin, blood vessel walls and other organs – in the connective tissue which surrounds them. They must “hack their way through”. And to do that they use enzymes – proteins – capable of breaking down and provisionally weakening the collagen which are therefore known as “collagen digesting enzymes”.

Breaking Down And Repairing Collagen

One of the most fascinating functions showing how our organism uses precisely this mechanism of breaking down collagen is the female ovulation process. The hormonal changes which take place every month during the first half of the feminine cycle stimulate determined types of cells which construct a wall around the ovule in the process of maturing (follicle).

These cells produce great quantities of enzymes which are likely to break down collagen until in the middle of the cycle the mature ovule accumulates so many that they are now capable of temporarily breaking the collagen tissue of the ovarian wall. This is a mechanism which is repeated every month allowing the ovule to move from the ovary to the womb (uterus) passing through the Fallopian tube. It is clear that this mechanism has to happen at an exact moment in a very specific place. Likewise, it must guarantee that only one ovule matures and moves per cycle.

“We've known that vitamin C stabilises artery walls for over 200 years. So why hasn't this information been used medically to fight cardiovascular diseases?”, asks Dr. Matthias Rath.

For this, it is absolutely necessary that there is a perfect temporal and physiological balance between the collagen digesting enzymes and the mechanism which blocks them and activates the tissue's self-regeneration. In order to achieve this, when the ovule abandons the ovary, the activity of the collagen digesting enzymes is blocked due to a series of enzyme inhibitors which are produced by the body. In this way the scales tip in favour of the collagen producing mechanisms which finally prevail over the destruction process. Thanks to this mechanism, the ovarian wall tissue recovers and closes up quickly. Four weeks later, during the next cycle, the whole process repeats itself. And in healthy women this process continues to repeat itself until the menopause.

So, Dr. Rath asserts that cancerous cells – of all types – form tumours which spread with the help of the same mechanism: breaking down the adjacent tissue.

A cancer is therefore the uncontrolled multiplication of a cell – for as yet unexplained reasons – which ends up forming a tumour. And according to Dr. Rath, these cells, with the aim of being able to continue expanding, produce a large quantity of enzymes destined to destroy the collagen in the connective adjacent tissue which gets in its way. Once they have achieved this, the cancerous cells reach the capillary vessels and from there they pass into the blood stream, which allows them to migrate throughout the whole body and invade other areas and organs. They can also spread through plasma. Arriving at a new area of the body, the cancerous cells form groups and start to multiply themselves until they make a second tumour: metastasis is complete.

The speed in which cancer spreads through the body depends on the number of enzymes produced by the cancerous cell. Obviously, the faster the illness spreads, the more the patient's life expectancy is reduced.