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More Warburg misrepresentations

  (My responses to the false and misleading claims)

Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg Nobel Prize Winner The Root Cause of Cancer Biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg, one of the twentieth century's leading cell biologists, discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body,


This is not what Warburg found.  Acidity is the byproduct of cancer cell metabolism, not the cause. This is basic cancer physiology.  The malignant tumors take in glucose just like normal cells.  But the malignant tumors ferment, regardless of whether or not oxygen is present  leading to the production of lactic acid.  


meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2.


The lactic acid again is a byproduct of the cancer cells.  But neither elevated lactic acid nor CO2 cause cancer.  If this were the case then everyone who has ever exercised or held their breathe would have cancer.


He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules,


Total garbage.  Calcium oxide is so alkaline it is caustic.  And it only has one oxygen atom (CaO). Acetic acid is of course acidic even though it contains twice as much oxygen CH3COOH.  Lactic acid contains 3 times more oxygen C3H6O3 as does nitric acid HNO3. Sulfuric acid has four times more oxygen H2SO4.

while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same


More garbage, see above.


oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells.


Sugar contains more oxygen than the acids or calcium hydroxide I mentioned above.  This does not mean it is healthy or provides cellular oxygen.  Just like the caustic hydroxides produced by Kangen water do not provide oxygen to the cells.  In order to provide oxygen the oxygen must be in the form of O2, not OH as is found in the Kangen water.  In fact the OH molecule is one of the strongest free radicals known.  Would you drink Drano or lye?  Of course not because these are caustic hydroxides and burn the tissues just like other hydroxides (calcium hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, etc.)


In 1931 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this important discovery.


Warburg was given the Nobel Prize for discovering fermentation in cancer cells.  Not for claiming an association between acids and cancer, which does not exist:



Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells, and in 1931 was awarded the 

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his "discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme."


In 1944, Warburg was nominated a second time for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine by Albert Szent-Györgyi, for his work on nicotinamide, the mechanism and enzymes involved in fermentation, and the discovery of flavine (in yellow enzymes).[3][4]


Dr. Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells. Below are some direct quotes by Dr. Warburg during medical lectures where he was the keynote speaker: “Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline.”


Even if  Warburg claimed this it would still be incorrect.   Many tissues of the body are naturally acidic.  Yet this does not make them cancerous.  The above statement can also be proven false by the fact that acidosis occurs during exercise, holding one's breath, with the ingestion of some poisons, during some conditions such as diabetes and COPD, etc.  Yet none of these are causes of cancer.


Furthermore there are parts of the body that do not have vascularization, and thus maintain a low oxygen level throughout life.  As an example cartilage.  So why doesn't everyone have cancer of their cartilage?  According to these people this should cause cancer from the time we are born and therefore we should all be dead by now.


And turning this around we also have to consider the fact that tumors release various compounds such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which allows the formation of blood vessels directly to the tumor.  By the process the tumor can become more vascularized than most tissues, and thus exposed to more oxygen than most healthy tissues.  This is because for proliferation cancer cells are highly dependent of sufficient oxygen levels.  Oops, I guess they overlooked that fact.


In his work The Metabolism of Tumours Warburg demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). “Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.”


Again not true.  Cancer does not occur as a  result of hypoxia.  I listed some causes of hypoxia above, yet they do not cause cancer.  And acidosis can occur without hypoxia.  I don't know where they are coming up with their bogus statements, but the claims have nothing to do with reality.


"All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen - a rule without exception.“


Again not true:

"Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous."


And it may become a unicorn.  But "may" does not mean it will.  So how do they explain people chronically oxygen deficient, such as COPD patients, not all dying of cancer?


Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body.


That is not even close to what Warburg said.  What Warburg stated is that cancer cells will ferment REGARDLESS of the oxygen concentrations. 


Dr. Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen)


Cancer cells are partially anaerobic, which means they can survive with low levels of oxygen.  So far this is the only half  truthful statement they have made.


and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.


Again, another false claim.  Warburg never claimed that cancer cannot survive in a high oxygen atmosphere.  In fact cancer does fine in a high oxygen atmosphere.  This is why hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) does not cure cancer.



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