cancer, but no one takes notice
Since the original publication of this article we have
been inundated with responses from the public at all
walks of life. It is important to note that research is
ongoing with DCA, and not everyone is convinced it will
turn out to be a miracle drug. There have been many
therapies that were promising in vitro and in animal
models that did not work for one reason or another in
humans. To provide false hope is not our intention.
There is a lot of information on DCA available on the
web, and this column is but one opinion on the topic. We
hope you will do your own research into the situation.
So, we have added links to resources at the end of this
Scientists may have cured cancer last week.
why hven't the media picked up on it?
Here's the deal. Researchers at the University of
Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to
produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is
dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat
metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to
use it for other purposes.
Doesn't this sound like the kind of news you see on the
front page of every paper?
drug also has no patent, which means it could be
produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to
what drug companies research and develop.
Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside
the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer
cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with
tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with
Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the
nightly news, right?
Cancer cells don't use the little power stations found
in most human cells - the mitochondria. Instead, they
use glycolysis, which is less effective and more
Doctors have long believed the reason for this is
because the mitochondria were damaged somehow. But, it
turns out the mitochondria were just dormant, and DCA
starts them back up again.
side effect of this is it also reactivates a process
called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an
all-too-important self-destruct button that can't be
pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger
as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning
mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.
glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic
acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn't
break down and seed new tumors.
Here's the big catch. Pharmaceutical companies probably
won't invest in research into DCA because they won't
profit from it. It's easy to make, unpatented and could
be added to drinking water. Imagine, Gatorade with
the groundwork will have to be done at universities and
independently funded laboratories. But, how are they
supposed to drum up support if the media aren't even
talking about it?
I can do is write this and hope Google News picks it up.
In the meantime, tell everyone you know and do your own
This is a column of opinion written by Printz Executive
Editor David McRaney. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org