by Les Cole, MD, ABAARM, ABIHM and Kathie Gonzales,
understanding of cancer has changed dramatically over the past several decades.
Unfortunately, most of this new understanding has not translated into
improvements in therapy.
are basically two types of cells that make up the cancer. The first are cancer
stem cells (CSCs) that act like the “brains of the operation”. They determine
how the cancer acts. The other cells are daughter cells of the CSCs and behave
the same as the CSCs they came from except they multiply rapidly and out of
control. Both CSCs and their daughter cells behave much differently than your
body’s normal cells.
with surgery and radiation, the current treatment of
cancer—chemotherapy—focuses on only one difference between cancer cells and
your normal cells. This is the speed of daughter cancer cells growth.
Chemotherapy is generally a poison to all of your cells, but the fast growing
cancer cells take it up faster and so die sooner, but the side effects of chemo
are evidence that your normal cells are also being damaged.
addition, chemotherapy does not kill CSCs like it does the fast growing cancer
daughter cells. That gives the CSCs enough time and stimulation to mutate, now
leading to production of new, fast growing daughter cells that are resistant to
chemotherapies and more likely to metastasize and become more aggressive,
causing more damage.
there are many more differences between cancer cells and normal cells besides their
rate of growth. These differences provide many more opportunities to treat the
cancer. There are two main categories of differences: the signaling molecules
of both CSCs and their daughter cancer cells behave much differently than your
normal cells, and both CSCs and their daughter cancer cells feed (to produce
energy) much differently than your normal cells. These provide for two
different methods of attacking and killing both CSCs and daughter cancer cells.
will look at each of these differences between your normal cells and the cancer
cells—both CSCs and daughter cancer cells. And we will also look at what can be
used to effectively treat each situation. These are very effective treatments.
They consist of food, supplements and repurposed medicines. Obviously, the
first two are, well, obvious! But what are repurposed medicines? These are
medicines that have been used for years for specific conditions, but it has
been discovered that they work very well against certain aspects of cancer. As
such, these medications are used “off label”.
molecules in your normal cells when stimulated set off biochemical pathways that
make all the things that are supposed to happen in your cells happen normally
to keep your cells healthy. Obviously, something has gone wrong in cancer cells
and it usually is one or more of these abnormal signaling molecules. Below are
listed just two of the many signaling molecules that have gone wrong in cancer
and the treatments that can be used to block its cancerous effect:
Hedgehog Signaling –
present in the majority of cancers.
Berberine – various foods/supplement
Metformin – repurposed diabetes medication
Mebendazole – repurposed anti-parasite medicationWnt/beta-catenin
associated with viral driven cancers
Aspirin – repurposed OTC medication
Dipyridamole – repurposed blood thinning medication
Niclosamide – repurposed anti-parasite medication
(no longer manufactured)
and Varied Methods of Cancer Cells Feeding
Cancer cells feed (for energy production) very
differently from your normal cells. Normal cells utilize glucose and fat in the
Krebs cycle. Below are listed three of the many abnormal ways of cancer cells
feeding and the repurposed medications and foods/supplements that block them:
Aerobic Glycolysis – the
most common way cancer feeds
High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C
Berberine – foods/supplement
Dipyridamole – repurposed medication (as above)
Luteolin – foods/supplement
Statins – repurposed cholesterol lowering medication
Berberine – foods/supplement
Metformin – repurposed medication (as above)
Doxycycline – repurposed antibiotic medication
Niclosamide – repurposed medication (as above)
summary, both CSCs and rapidly multiplying cancer daughter cells can be stymied
in every direction they can take by food/supplements and repurposed
medications. The research is there; we can utilize them safely and they have little
to no toxicity. For patients who refuse chemotherapy, following this roadmap
can be of great benefit. For patients who opt for chemotherapy, following this
roadmap can significantly improve chemotherapy outcomes. There are a number of
studies that show this: one showed a 35 percent cancer kill rate of temozolide
chemotherapy for brain cancer, a 40 percent kill rate for metformin and a 94
percent kill rate for both together. Another study showed 38 percent kill rate
for carmustine chemotherapy for brain cancer, an 86 percent kill rate for
berberine and 91 percent kill rate for combined use.
an upcoming free seminar, Starving, Cancer, presented by Dr. Les Cole, 6 p.m.,
March 17, at St. Petersburg Health & Wellness, 2100 Dr. MLK Jr. St.
N, St. Petersburg. Seating is limited; RSVP 727-202-6807 or visit StPeteHW.com.