Friday, September 29, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Understanding Cancer’s Metabolic Origins

Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. Dickson Thom, DDS, ND

This year, an estimated 1.95 million people in the United States will hear the words, “You have cancer.” In fact, one in two men and one in three women will hear those words at some point in their lifetime. What’s more, an estimated 609,000 people will die from cancer this year in the United States alone.

Everywhere we turn, we see cancer all around us. But are we looking at it through the right lens?

Our current cancer treatment model is to blast it with radiation, cut it out with surgery, or kill it with chemotherapy (and sometimes a combination of all three). This warfare mentality and battlefield approach to care is one-dimensional, limiting, and often erases human agency within the process. Could it be that we’re looking at cancer all wrong? If we shift our gaze not too far back in cancer’s history—just 100 years ago—we will find a unique discovery by Dr. Otto Warburg that is having a renewed focus among cancer patients and the scientific community.

Dr. Warburg discovered that cancer cells have an altered metabolism and, unlike every other cell, are low in oxygen due to a change in their cellular respiration. Instead of getting energy from oxygen, cancer cells use the fermentation of sugar. Warburg’s discovery is the foundation for the metabolic hallmark of cancer that’s gaining major modern traction in both drug development and dietary interventions today.

In this BioBites, you will learn:

The history of the metabolic theory of cancer
What you can do today to reduce your likelihood of getting a cancer diagnosis
The definition of “The Warburg Effect”
Why our current approach to treating cancer often results in a high rate of recurrence even long after the five-year mark 
Why the future of treatment rests on seeing cancer in this new light
Today’s standard of care, while seen as tremendously successful in many cases, is not without collateral damage. More can be done to prevent, treat, and even cure cancer with a fresh look at an old approach.


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