In 1971, President Nixon declared war on cancer. Researchers had just discovered the oncogene at that time, which was thought to be the reason for why people had cancer. In the decades since, vast sums of money have been spent on cancer research. Were oncogenes the correct target, the war on cancer should have been won by now, yet we're no closer to a cure today than we were back then. The Australian government concluded that improvement in cancer statistics as a result of chemotherapy over half a century is but a mere 2.3%. That's an abysmal return on a $500 billion investment - probably the costliest endeavor humans have ever undertaken, except maybe war. Why have we not found a cure for cancer after all these years?
There have been a number of very revealing studies over the years where researchers transplant the nucleus from one healthy cell into another healthy cell with the result, as you would expect, of normal, healthy cells. But when they took the nucleus out of a cancer cell, with its accompanying oncogenes (the DNA that supposedly cause cancer) and put that into the cytoplasm of a healthy cell, the result is still normal, healthy cells, which one might not expect. However, when they took a normal nucleus and put it into the cytoplasm of a cancerous cell, the progeny became cancerous.
Such a simple experiment tells us exactly where in the cell the problem of cancer lies - in the cytoplasm, not the nucleus. So cancer is not a problem of oncogenes. It isn't even a problem of the DNA, nor is it a problem of the nucleus.
Now we know that the cytoplasm is the site of cancer in the cells, let's dig deeper. The cell really only has two parts - a nucleus and the surrounding cytoplasm. Any event in the nucleus is a consequence of a degeneration of the cytoplasm, not the other way around. When these researchers performed these tests and identified clearly that the site of the cancer problem is in the cytoplasm, they postulated that something in healthy cytoplasm must be able to heal the mutations of the DNA in the nucleus, even there's no evidence for this conclusion.
Dr. Thomas Cowan, author of Cancer and the Biology of Water, argues that the real problem in cancer lies in the structured water of the cell, i.e., the cytoplasm. The cytoplasm is basically structured water or a gel. Similarly, Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., believes the studies Cowan mentioned above reveal the problem is rooted in the mitochondria, which also reside in the cytoplasm.
Mitochondrial dysfunction is certainly one aspect, Cowan admits, but more specifically, he believes mitochondrial defects are an integral part of the breakdown of the structure in the water, which then triggers the formation of cancer.
"When you look at what the function of the mitochondria is — which is essentially to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — and you see what the role of ATP is and how integral ATP is to the structuring of the water in the cytoplasm, then you begin to see the connections between the mitochondrial dysfunction … [and the] deterioration of the cytoplasmic water that leads to cancer."
Oftentimes, cancer can be palpated (provided the tumor is large enough). The tumor turns into a palpable lump because the density of the cells is too high, Cowan says. The cells are essentially clumped together, and they've lost their normal spatial orientation.
All cells have a certain spatial orientation because there's an electrical charge around the cell. When two cells start coming together, the charge repels them apart. This allows all the cells to remain at an appropriate distance from each other. This distance varies depending on the cells and organs in question, but all tissues have a spatial orientation that allows the tissue to remain healthy and normal.
Conventional medicine says that the charge around each cell comes from the distribution of sodium and potassium across the cell membrane. However, Cowan points out that experiments by cell physiologist and biochemist Gilbert Ling, performed more than three decades ago, showed that for the sodium-potassium pump to be responsible for the creation of this charge, the cell would need about 30 times the energy at its disposal.
So, according to Cowan, this belief, while being a cornerstone of modern biology, is little more than a myth. Something else causes the charge, but what? Cowan answers that question with the following explanation: "It comes about because in the cytoplasm is a mesh network of water, which, by some genius of nature, is so constituted that, by itself, it traps potassium and excludes sodium. The proper healthy grid, mesh or structuring of the water, in itself, is the pump. No energy is needed, just like the heart. The whole idea of a stupid pump pushing is ridiculous. It's done by the miracle of water. The charge distribution, the spatial orientation of a cell, is because of the structuring of the water. That's one.
“The second thing is the other hallmark of cancer cells: They all have an abnormal number of chromosomes. It's called aneuploidy, as opposed to a diploid cell, which means humans have 46 chromosomes. If you get an abnormal number, that's an abnormal cell we call cancer.
How does that happen? It happens because of events in the cytoplasm, which pulls the two chromosomes apart and makes new copies through mitosis. It doesn't happen properly in a cancerous cell because the milieu in the cytoplasm, the structured water, is disturbed.
Therefore, you get all these errors of mitosis, and the energy used for mitosis is deficient. That's because of the mitochondrial problem. You get errors in chromosome replication called aneuploidy. When you get an aneuploid cell that has an abnormal spatial orientation, that's called a cancer cell."
Once we understand the importance and influence of the cytoplasm and structured water inside the cells in the development of cancer, the next question becomes: How do we restructure the water in our cells?
To illustrate how structured water is made, Cowan compares it to Jello. Jello is made by mixing gelatin proteins with water and then adding heat. The heat unfolds the proteins, exposing their hydrophilic surfaces, which then grab onto the water. As the mixture cools, it forms a gel, "which is basically identical to the state that the cytoplasm is in," Cowan says. To structure the water in your cells and basically mimic this Jello making procedure, you can:
Eat a cyclical ketogenic diet — When fats are metabolized in your mitochondria, they create deuterium depleted water (DDW), which is hydrogen-rich. The more hydrogen you get, the more ATP your cells generate, which in turn allows your cells to create more structured water
Regularly expose much of your skin to sunlight
Regularly expose your skin to near-infrared light, such as a near-infrared sauna or a heat lamp bulb. Not only does it restructure water, but it also detoxifies your cells by creating sweating, which purifies the cytoplasm
Expose yourself to the biofields of other biological entities, such as the touch of other humans and animals
ATP is instrumental for protein unfolding — which is an integral part of the process of creating structured water — and if you have an ATP deficiency, "as happens when you have mitochondrial disease, it's like trying to make Jello without heat," Cowan says. "You get clumps of dysfunctional proteins with water that can't be structured. That's what you see with cancer cells. If you want to have properly structured water, which then creates healthy cell division and healthy spatial orientation in the cells, you need sunlight, earth and human touch — the biofields of other biological entities, especially those who wish you well, so to speak, like your dog."
Another alternative is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, although this is not something most people will be able to do at home. By providing more oxygen to the tissues at increased partial pressure, the oxygen is pushed into the mitochondria, allowing them to generate more ATP, which in turn allows your cells to create more structured water.
In his book, Dr. Cowan also discusses something he calls “mistletoe therapy”, which he recommends almost universally for his cancer patients. He expounds on the benefits of this therapy as follows: "Cancer is growing and parasitizing you, sucking your nutrients, just like the mistletoe sucks the nutrients from the oak tree. But there's a central difference, which is the mistletoe has learned to cooperate with the oak tree, and so each do better together than they would do alone. Whereas in cancer, the tumor has parasitized you and you do worse.
What we need is a situation where we bring back that cooperation.This is not survival of the fittes. That's not how it works in nature. Nature is a cooperative venture. Mistletoe tells you to see it like that. Now, that's the metaphor.
“Mistletoe stimulates fever response, so it is an immunostimulating medicine. It stimulates white blood cells. It stimulates all these aspects of immune response. It stops cells from growing, so it works like a chemo drug, as well. We want the simulation, the purification, the detoxification that happens with fever therapy. Mistletoe does that."
The idea that fever is a healing aid goes back to a cancer treatment developed in the 1890s by William Coley, a bone surgeon. The treatment, which involves giving isolated proteins from the erysipelas bacteria at a specific dose to induce a fever, is known as "Coley's toxin."
According to Dr. Cowan, "Around 1989, for I don't know what reason, I get in the mail a book from Coley's granddaughter about 2,000 cases he treated and the results — about 60% of them, stage 4. All different kinds of cancer were cured by Coley's toxins. It's very well documented. It was the main adjunct of cancer therapy in the United States for a couple of decades. It was used up until the '60s. Many, many papers written about it, peer-reviewed journals. There's no doubt that it was more effective than any adjunctive therapy for cancer we have today.
“In a sense though, it's a blueprint. When you talk about hyperthermia (essentially fever), the problem is it doesn't work as well as Coley's toxins. I think the reason for that is hyperthermia doesn't turn on your innate cellular immune system. It's just heating up your cells. I'm not saying that something good doesn't happen from heating up your cells, but it's not the same. Coley's was a way of internally generating the temperature, and so is mistletoe, although mistletoe isn't as dramatic as Coley's toxin.
“Today, Coley's toxin is not available anywhere. It's very sad. There should be a way of stimulating fever. I had occasion to use it a little bit years ago. You could basically generate any temperature you want. It's pretty rigorous therapy. You get shakes and chills and not everyone wants to do that. But if you do that, you have a dramatic detoxification-purification response. None of these strategies are a magic bullet. The point I'm trying to make is that healthy cytoplasm, which is basically a structured water gel, that's the key focus … All those [factors discussed earlier] contribute to the quality of the gels that you're going to produce. That's what good health is."
Cowan's book ends with the story of Sleeping Beauty. "It's what we tell children to teach them how the world works," he says. Sleeping Beauty, a princess, is bewitched by an evil witch, which in fairytales always illustrates the materialistic side of life.
"When you're bewitched by materialism … you fall into chaos and disrepair has happened in the story. Something has to come along to wake you up, not to a new way of seeing, as they say in the story, but to your true nature. That's where we're at now. We're living out the story of Sleeping Beauty. We're bewitched by materialism and we can't see our true nature. That's become a real problem. [Getting out of that matrix involves] an interesting combination of all these techniques that we're talking about …
“Cyclical ketosis, sunlight, walking in the ocean, infrared saunas … fever therapy, bringing back therapies like Coley's toxins. There's another side too, which is to change our minds … Somehow, we have to change our mind and … see the world as it is.
“I often tell people and patients, 'If you see the world from a materialistic point of view and you realize that the matter we're talking about is made of atoms, which are, themselves, 99% space, just empty, so how does that work? It's an illusion.' Once we see that we're essentially crystallized energy, then you start to wake up.
The most hopeful thing I think I can tell people is that once you begin to open your mind, there's more out there than was taught in school or that your doctors tell you. Somehow the world seems to feed you information or give you clues as to where to go next.
You don't need me to tell you what to do or where to go next. Somehow it just happens. I don't know if you would agree, but in my life, once you open yourself to this possibility, to me, it's like the spiritual world comes in to offer a hand. The next thing you know, you meet this person. Next thing you know, you [learn] things that you didn't know before. You just keep opening your mind. If we keep doing that, we can build a different world. You don't have to do anything. You just have to stop not doing things, believing that there's nothing there."
adapted from Cancer and the Biology of Water by Dr. Thomas Cowan