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For over 50 years, conventional cancer therapy has been directed at mainly one target: the DNA of the cancer cell. That’s because of the belief that this is where the cancer is most vulnerable. The idea is that cancer cells are dividing rapidly, exposing their DNA, so that should be the prime target.

But that strategy has only resulted in limited success. Most stage 4 cancers remain incurable. Why is that?

One answer to that question is that the DNA really is not the most vulnerable place in the cancer cell. DNA can readily repair itself when damaged, leaving many cancer cells intact after treatment. 

Attacking cancer’s weakest point

There is another point of weakness in the cancer cell. This weakness is where the cell’s energy is generated: the mitochondria.

Many people know mitochondria as the “powerhouses of the cell.” Mitochondria are responsible for turning consumed sugars, fats, and proteins into chemical energy forms that the body needs to function. 

While mitochondria are sub-components of individual cells, they are part of every complex organism. They produce roughly 90% of the chemical energy that cells need to live. Because of this, when mitochondria stop working properly, serious disease is frequently the result. Beyond the production of energy, mitochondria have a unique role in causing cell death (apoptosis). If this process is interrupted, and the cells don’t die when they should, tumors begin to form.

As we all know, cancer cells consume huge amounts of energy compared to normal cells. While normal adult cells spend most of their time resting, cancer cells are busy reproducing and growing. This requires a huge amount of energy. So the cancer cell can be thought of as a car engine running on high RPMs.  

One strategy we are exploring at the Karlfeldt Center in Meridian, Idaho is treating cancer patients with natural substances, such as Vitamin C/K3, that push the cancer cell into the metabolic “red zone,” to the point of self-destruction. These treatments push the cancer cell’s metabolism beyond its limits, causing it to self-destruct. 

You see, in metabolic terms, the waste products of hypermetabolism are something we call “free radicals.” The cell cannot tolerate high concentrations of these radicals, because if they build up beyond a certain point, the cell dies. We call this process “apoptosis,” or programmed cell death. Vitamin C in combination with Vitamin K3 have been shown to induce apoptosis in cancer cells by generating “superoxide” free radicals via the mechanism known as “oxidative stress.”

What’s so exciting about this strategy is that normal cells that are not so hyped up, are completely unaffected by the therapy. Also, the supplements used for the treatment are relatively inexpensive and easy to self-administer.  

Other supplements used to complement this strategy in addition to Vitamin C and vitamin K3 include sodium butyrate, artemisinin, vanadium, borage oil, and others. These supplements are not only detrimental to the mitochondria of most cancer cells, they can also positively impact the overall wellness of the individual. 

For more information on this treatment strategy and others please request an appointment with one of our specialists here at the Karlfeldt Center.