Dr. Rath Health Foundation

Dr. Rath Health Foundation

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Cancer: What is it and what causes it?

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Other Serious Illnesses

Dr. Rath's book "Cancer" provides a summary of the progress in the battle against several forms of cancer. Read online...

Additionally, as Dr. Rath writes in his book Cancer, the therapeutic applications of lysine in the fight against disease are not limited to cancer: “ In patients with arteriosclerosis ” , he states, “lysine can stop the spread and growth of the platelet s which are deposited in the arteries of the heart and the brain.

At the same time, a natural therapy process can be started on the arterial walls based on vitamins and other dietary supplements. As for illnesses which originate from a virus, as is the case of flu, herpes and AIDS , or which are caused by bacteria, such as pulmonary infections , inner ear or bladder infections , lysine can stop or slow down the bacteria's aggressive migration. Taking a combination of high doses of Vitamin C and other dietary supplements can bring additional benefits.

Even in patients suffering from a chronic inflammation of the stomach, intestine, joints or bones, using lysine can help to control it, although in order for the treatment of chronic inflammations to be efficient it must include high doses of lysine in combination with other important dietary nutrients. Also the most common allergy problems such as hay fever , neurodermatitis or hives can benefit from a lysine-based therapy as it can relieve and prevent the illness. In these cases it is also recommendable to combine lysine with Vitamin C and other dietary supplements .”

Anti-Carcinogenic Substances

Dr. Rath's research has helped him over the years to produce a list of substances which, alongside Vitamin C and the amino acids lysine and proline, he believes are fundamental for avoiding the propagation of different forms of cancer efficiently following the fact that, in his opinion, the spread of cancer – like that of infectious diseases – is produced by the destruction of collagen in connective tissue. From there, he has focused particularly on substances which avoid that. Let's look at each one briefly.

  • Vitamin C. Not only does it protect healthy cells by both preventing arteriosclerosis and the propagation of cancer but it also causes the suicide – apoptosis – of the cancerous cells. What's more, it fights the free radicals. Vitamin C seems to be at its most efficient – in Dr. Rath's judgement – when it is taken in liposoluble form of ascorbylpalmit.
  • Lysine and proline. They are two natural amino acids – the former is one of the ten essentials – which work as “bricks” in the collagen and elastin fibres . The first of these, lysine, avoids decomposition of collagen by inhibiting the effects of the collagen digesting enzymes which means that it plays a fundamental role in protecting the connective tissue and, therefore, in stopping the spread of cancer and infections, as explained above. Whilst, like Vitamin C, the body cannot produce lysine, our health depends on us having enough of it. We must try and get sufficient quantities in our diet or with dietary supplements.
  • Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a catechin present in polyphenals – especially in green tea – which prevents the appearance of cancer and slows down its propagation by inhibiting urokinase, a fundamental enzyme for tumour growth. It therefore has anti-mutating and anti-proliferating properties. Furthermore, the polyphenals are powerful antioxidants which neutralise the free radicals and protect the cells.
  • Selenium . Fundamental component of the body's antioxidant defence system which also protects the cells from toxins. It slows tumour growth in the first stages of cancer propagation.
  • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) . This is a powerful antioxidant, which is fundamental for glutation production, and is another efficient antioxidant . It also contributes to protecting the connective tissue and avoiding its destruction.
  • Arginine . This is another amino acid, indispensable in high quantities in cases of stress, injury or illness . Arginine does not only improve the immune system's performance but also avoids the multiplication of tumour cells. The largest concentrations of arginine are found in connective tissue.
  • Copper . Indispensable for numerous bodily functions, especially guaranteeing appropriate structure and stability for the connective tissue and protecting it against the free radicals.

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