Chapter 11: The cachexia cycle
Note: This article on cachexia also applies to these two situations:
- A very fast-spreading cancer or
- The cancer has spread throughout the body
Frequently when an alternative cancer treatment expert hears a description of an advanced cancer patient they immediately think to themselves: “This person is full of lactic acid.”
Indeed, almost all advanced cancer patients who have lost weight because of their cancer and they have become very weak are almost guaranteed to have cachexia (i.e. lactic acid). Another evidence, perhaps the most accurate, is a loss of appetite.
While all cancer patients have lactic acid in their bodies, when the patient starts to lose weight and starts to become weak and starts to lose their appetite, due to their cancer, you can rest assured the cachexia is very serious. Their body is FULL of lactic acid.
The lactic acid cycle, commonly called “cachexia,” occurs for the following reasons:
- Step 1) Cancer cells routinely create lactic acid,
- Step 2) This lactic acid is released by the cancer cells and travels to the liver via the bloodstream,
- Step 3) The liver converts the lactic acid into glucose,
- Step 4) The liver releases the glucose and cancer cells are likely to pick up this glucose because cancer cells consume about 15 times more glucose than normal cells
- Go To Step 1
While this may seem like a harmless cycle, there are two reasons that about half of all cancer patients die from this cycle.
First, the conversion of glucose to lactic acid by the cancer cells and the conversion of lactic acid to glucose in the liver both consume massive amounts of energy.
Second, the lactic acid itself, while it is in the bloodstream, can block key nutrients from reaching healthy cells (i.e. non-cancerous cells).
Any athlete is familiar with lactic acid. Athletes normally take pickle juice, D-Ribose, MSM and Vitamin C or other special things to get nutrients past the lactic acid blockade and thus get energy into the cells.
Most cancer patients do not die from the cancer cells, rather they die from the damage to the non-cancerous cells. Thus, it is critical to get nutrients past the lactic acid blockage to nourish the non-cancerous cells immediately.
Every cancer patient who thinks they may have cachexia, no matter what protocol they are on, should start taking D-Ribose immediately. “Ribose is an essential ingredient in the formation and conservation of ATP, ADP and AMP.” (See: D-Ribose – What You Need to Know, by Edmund R. Burke, PhD.) D-Ribose can be purchased at any health food store.
Magnesium is a critical mineral at helping get rid of lactic acid. Whether the magnesium works directly or indirectly (e.g. by supporting enzyme chemical reactions) I do not know. Cellect, to be discussed below, has a considerable amount of magnesium in it, but it might help to find an ionic/liquid version to supplement with.
Another area of interest in regards to the buildup of lactic acid is that many athletes prior to a strenuous workout, and after the workout, will consume MSM with Vitamin C. This combination is known to neutralize the lactic acid buildup after the workout and it stops the pain.
Using the MSM and Vitamin C together, as they work synergistically, should have the same ability to neutralize the lactic acid in patients with cachexia as well. MSM and vitamin C can be purchased at the health food store. Some MSM products, such as the Trimedica brand, have Vitamin C in the capsule along with the MSM and should work well.
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