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Cancer: What is it and what causes it?

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Nature Shows Us The Way

What can we do? As we saw in the ovulation process, nature itself has control mechanisms for enzyme activity. And it does that thanks to two large groups of molecules which can block the mechanism to assimilate and digest collagen.

“Diseases basically originate from two detectable cellular factors: lack of bio-energy fuel in the cell power plant – the mitochondria – and defective functioning of the nucleus, its metabolic control centre”, asserts Dr. Matthias Rath.

The first group includes our organism's own inhibitors which are capable of stopping the collagen digesting enzymes in a very short time. And this is how it normally works. However, in the case of serious infectious diseases or cancer, it is obvious that sometimes this is not enough. The second group includes enzyme inhibiting substances which come from our diet – or from dietary supplements – and which give us a second line of defence in protecting our collagen.

Fine, so according to Dr. Rath the most important element in this second group is a natural amino acid: lysine. And he asserts that if you take a large enough quantity of lysine using a dietary supplement, the collagen digesting enzymes can be blocked and so the break down of connective tissue can be prevented. This means that above all we're talking about an efficient preventative agent. But it also fights cancer in synergy with other substances:

The more aggressive the cancer” , states Dr. Rath, “the more collagen digesting enzymes of this type it produces. And this enormous production of enzymes, which are capable of destroying tissue, can be reduced or completely stopped by using the amino acids lysine and proline combined with Vitamin C and some other micronutrients. Recently, our research has established that all types of studied cancerous cells can be blocked using this synergy of nutrients to block the enzyme action.”

“Both infectious diseases and cancer spread throughout the organism breaking down the collagen in the adjacent connective tissue ”, maintains Dr. Matthias Rath.

In short, we're talking about a treatment which claims to correct the lost equilibrium giving the organism a higher than normal and prolonged concentration of lysine in order to stop the disintegration process. We must add that taking excessive quantities of lysine does not affect the block, according to Dr. Rath's team, even when patients take 10 times as many grams or more per day. Therefore, taking large doses of this essential amino acid gives great results when treating all types of cancer.

Back in 1977, a Swedish research group led by Dr. Astedt – from Lund University – reported the efficiency of enzyme inhibitors in the treatment of breast cancer: "Secondary tumours were already forming in the brain of a patient suffering from breast cancer” , the Swedish doctor explained in his report. “And whilst radiotherapy and chemotherapy had absolutely no effect whatsoever, treatment based on enzyme inhibitors produced a reduction in cerebral metastasis and the illness's other symptoms. A year after receiving the treatment, the patient had recovered from the illness."

More About Lysine

We were saying before that lysine is an amino acid – one of the most important as it intervenes in functions such as growth and tissue repair as well as collaborating in the synthesis of antibodies and hormones – which much be supplied in the form of a dietary supplement. This happens because the organism does not synthesise it, which means, it cannot make it by itself. But, what is an amino acid? In order to understand this, we had better take a closer look at the biology of the cell. And we're going to do that in a simple way.

“It's enough to take sufficient vitamin C – a substance which is abundant in fresh fruit and vegetables – to prevent and treat practically all cardiovascular diseases” , states Dr. Matthias Rath.

All the metabolic functions of the human organism are ruled by a biological language. A language in which the letters would be the amino acids (currently we know of 25 basic amino acids). And these amino acids can join together in very different ways making words peptides – and then phrases proteins . Only that in this “language” each letter separately – each amino acid – fulfils important “individual” metabolic functions as well.

It must be added that when the organism itself can synthesize the amino acids – which means, make them using other elements – they are then called non essential amino acids. And if, on the other hand, it can't produce them itself and must receive them from external sources they are then called essential amino acids . In short, they have to be present in the diet because they are essential for living.

So, we can add that in the group of essential amino acids, lysine occupies a fundamental place, similar to that of Vitamin C in the group of Vitamins. And just like Vitamin C, the daily requirement of lysine is higher than that of the other amino acids. Think that approximately 25% of collagen – the structural base for bones, skin, blood vessel walls and other organs – is basically made up of two amino acids: lysine and proline. So that as well as being important in cancer treatment it also plays an essential role in developing the locomotive system .

What's more, it participates in the synthesis of the amino acid carnitine, which is very important for generating cell energy using fat metabolism; as a consequence, it is equally vital for optimal functioning of the cardiac muscle.

Likewise, lysine collaborates in the synthesis of the growth hormone in the hipophisis. From there its deficiency – along with other essential amino acids – has been linked to symptoms of learning difficulties and cerebral dysfunctions. In fact, the WHO considers lysine to be one of the “critical” amino acids for adequate nutrition and suitable child development.

“I'm convinced”, states Dr. Matthias Rath, “that the pharmaceutical companies have known for decades that an optimal vitamin supplement would bring the multi-million prescription drug market crashing down.”

That said, we can suppose that the reader will be wondering if we get enough lysine in our food. And the answer is that in many cases we don't because it is an amino acid which is mostly destroyed when food is boiled or fried. Freezing food destroys it as well. So it is recommendable to take it as a supplement, preferably combined with one of these substances: Vitamin B 2 , B 6 , C, niacin, glutamic acid and iron. As for food rich in lysine, it is most noticeable in fish, chicken, eggs, milk and, although in much reduced quantity in cereals, nuts and pulses. The best results are observed when it is combined with a diet rich in Vitamin C and low in arginine which contains amino acids which are antagonistic or competitive for some functions.

Add to that the fact that the organism can store a high quantity of this amino acid and it shows just how important it is for our health. The body of a person weighing 70 kg stores around 500 grams of lysine at all times. So, taking an overdose of lysine, according to Dr.Rath, is as impossible as overdosing on Vitamin C. Our metabolism is accustomed to dealing with large quantities of both substances and can get rid of any excess whenever it wants and without any difficulty. Actually the opposite is more frequent: it has been proved that nowadays almost everyone suffers from chronic lysine deficiency.