The Future “Penny Cure” for Cancer
November 19th, 2014 by Holly Cornish
We’d all like to think stopping cancer could someday be as easy as swallowing a pill or even getting an injection, but that kind of reality is still probably years – if not decades – away.
Yet according to David Kimball, associate vice president of the Office of Translational Sciences at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, that reality may be just around the corner. Keep reading for this remarkable story. . .
This MRI could save your life
I’ve never seen anything like this…
Experimental doctors treating a former gold medalist with terminal cancer got the shock of their lives when they held his MRI up to the light.
What they saw could be hailed as the biggest cancer breakthrough in history.
And after 7 years, their unbelievable discovery is finally being revealed in this free video.
If you’re suffering from cancer or even if you just want to see something astonishing… You need to watch it now.
The government has kept this rare footage quiet over the last 7 years for fear it will topple the billion dollar cancer industry… I can’t guarantee how long it will be available, so watch now!
Granted, Mr. Kimball’s idea of “around the corner” involves at least a decade of research. But those of us who’d rather take action now are in luck, because there are things we can do immediately to prevent or stop tumors.
It’s all based on the exciting research Kimball referred to, which starts with the same mineral that pennies are made out of: zinc (the copper coating is just for show; pennies are 98% zinc).
Discovered: A way to kill
cancer from the inside out
It’s common knowledge that zinc is essential for human processes. It’s in cells throughout your body. Zinc is found in proteins, DNA, and other genetic material, and it helps the immune system fight off any unwanted bacteria and viruses you might have picked up. It’s even a popular cold remedy.
Zinc is also vital when it comes to a healthy pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and any kind of growth phase. The mineral also affects your sense of taste and smell, and can help heal wounds.
But researchers at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Princeton University’s prestigious Institute for Advance Studies recently figured out how zinc can also effectively “disable” solid-tumor cancers.
Here’s how: Most solid-tumor cancers, including breast, pancreatic, prostate, and ovarian cancer, exist because of a protein called p53. Known as the “guardian of the genome,” p53 controls the natural, programmed cell death called apoptosis. If p53 sees stress within a cell, it makes the call to either fix the cell – called cellular reparation – or, if the damage is significant, it triggers cell death.
But when cancer is present, the gene that makes p53 is mutated or disabled. The mutated form of the p53 gene produces a damaged p53 protein that is no longer capable of signaling cell repair, so the protein can no longer intervene and trigger a cancer cell’s death. The protein effectively unfolds, which makes it stop working.
Incredibly, researchers recently discovered that raising the amount of zinc in a cancerous cell causes p53 protein to fold right back up and function normally. From there, the recovered p53 can recognize the damage done to the cell by cancer, and prompt apoptosis.
According to Darren Carpizo, a surgical oncologist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, zinc basically “un-mutates” p53 so it can start working again and kill off cancer cells.
When the compound was tested on human tumor cell lines that have the p53 gene mutation, cancer cells died and tumor growth was blocked.
The next step, say the researchers, is to come up with a molecule that efficiently raises zinc levels in a cancer cell by grabbing zinc from outside the cell, covering it, and passing it through to the cell membrane. This is key because zinc molecules can’t pass through a cell membrane on their own – they need to be covered by an organic molecule for protection.
And now we play the waiting game…
It’s an exciting and promising discovery, except that the next steps will be a long time coming. Researchers have already created over 40 potential zinc “carriers,” and soon plan to move on to testing mouse models. From there, they’ll assess the most promising compounds and then work to develop them into a pharmaceutical drug.
The researchers on the project see it as more of an engineering problem than anything else, because at least they know what end-product they’re looking for. Most cancer projects are a lot murkier, but these folks at least have a clear path. I believe they may get to where they’re going, in contrast to most of the highly-touted genetic therapies that I believe are on the wrong track.
Still, a final drug is probably more than ten years out.
In the meantime, take action
to keep cancer at bay
The best thing you can do in the meantime is to supplement with zinc. Data shows that zinc deficiencies may create fertile ground for head and neck cancer, and your immune system’s natural killer (NK) cells tend to be less functional when zinc levels are low.
So, along with helping decrease the likelihood of developing cancer, we now know that optimal zinc levels will improve your immune system and can help with apoptosis in diseased cells.
Authorities say the average man needs 11 mg of zinc per day, and women need 8 mg (more if pregnant or breastfeeding). I think those recommendations are much too low. The best course of action is to seek treatment from a doctor who will test your blood for zinc levels (and for many other nutrients). Then you can supplement as much as needed – perhaps as much as 50 mg a day or more – to get yourself to a healthy level.
Your body has no natural way to store zinc, but the good news is you can find it in a lot of common foods. And foods are nearly always preferable to pills as a nutrient source.
Oysters are the best source for natural doses of zinc, but you’ll also find plenty in fortified breakfast cereal, poultry, red meat, and seafood (crab and lobsters in particular). If you’re not a meat fan, you can get a zinc boost from eating beans, nuts, whole grains, and most dairy products.
But if you’re a vegetarian, take note – the whole grains and legumes commonly eaten by vegetarians tend to bind zinc and keep your body from fully absorbing it. Some vegetarians need as much as 50 percent more than the recommended daily zinc allowance compared to non-vegetarians.
Check your daily vitamin to see how much zinc you’re already taking in supplement form. If you don’t take a separate, zinc-only supplement, it’s not likely you’re ingesting enough. Almost all multivitamins and mineral dietary supplements will have zinc. You can also find it in some nasal sprays and cold lozenges as well.
Outright zinc deficiency is rare in Western countries, but you should still be supplementing with it. It’s unlikely you’ll get too much, but signs of over-supplementing include nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, stomach cramps, headaches, and diarrhea. Zinc can also interfere with certain antibiotics, so you’ll want to take your zinc supplements at least two hours before or after taking any kind of antibiotics.
Lee Euler, Publisher