Mitochondria are among the first parts of the cell to become dysfunctional when they are deprived of oxygen-rich blood, are exposed to toxins, or are deprived of vital nutrients. Mitochondria in decline force the cells into survival mode, switching to emergency energy production. When the mitochondria become unable to adequately perform their functions, cells either die or undergo malignant transformation. Thus, it is no surprise that evidence exists showing that normalizing mitochondrial function is capable of suppressing tumorigenesis.
There is no doubt that in cancer the ability of cellular mitochondria to function normally becomes impaired, even in the presence of sufficient oxygen. In cancer, the cells abandons normal mitochondria production of ATP and turn to fermentation.
Mitochondria are continually confronted with factors that can jeopardize how well they function. These factors include: hypoxic (low oxygen conditions), chronic stress and deep emotional shock, chronic sleep disturbances, hyperglycemia, pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics, organic pollutants like pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals like mercury and other environmental toxins. These factors all cause mitochondrial dysfunction.
Our mitochondria form an interconnected network with other cellular organelles; and their functions extend beyond the cell membranes to include influence on the organism’s entire physiology by affecting communication between cells, tissues and organs. Unsurprisingly therefore, any small defect in any of these functions could elicit mitochondrial dysfunction and promote a combination of diseases including cancer, metabolic disorders, and neuro-degenerative diseases (Elliott, Jiang & Head, 2015).
Designing Human Rocket Fuel for the Mitochondria
Capitalizing to the maximum on the reality that cancer is a metabolic disease, that starts with dysfunctional mitochondria, we can reverse their degeneration and re-light a fire inside the cytoplasm with a strong mixture of the basic ingredients that mitochondria depend on, thus bringing them back to life. We can rain life onto these organelles these factories of life.
Mitochondria are unique structures within every cell of our bodies. We have trillions and trillions of them, making up approximately 10% of our total body weight. They are considered the “powerhouses of the cell,” generating most of the energy in our bodies by converting nutrition into adenosine-5’- triphosphate (ATP). Thus it behooves us to find a magical medical formula that feed and protect our mitochondria and reverse their decline.
The formula for human rocket fuel for the mitochondria includes but is not limited to:
Full spectrum light from the Sun & Vitamin D
Strong doses of red light,
CoQ10 & PQQ
Green Juices, Spirulina,
Numerous studies have linked caloric restriction to improved mitochondrial function and increased longevity because intermittent fasting induces mitochondrial biogenesis and bioenergetic efficiency. Mitochondria in caloric restriction learn to increase oxygen efficiency, reduce oxidative stress byproducts, yet are able to "maintain critical ATP production."
Mitochondria also love light, especially red light and near infrared. Both spectrums penetrate directly into our mitochondria. Both increased sun exposure (Dhar and Lambert, 2013; John et al., 2004; Kent et al., 2013a; Kent et al., 2013b; Levandovski et al., 2013) and the consumption of green vegetables (Block et al., 1992; Ferruzzi and Blakeslee, 2007; van’t Veer et al., 2000) are correlated with better overall health outcomes in a variety of diseases of aging.
The science that supports the above mitochondrial rocket fuel formula is quite extensive. Until now we could even say it was a secret formula because the studies and medical logic that sustains this presentation have existed but never been put forward in a comprehensive way before.
The Nobel Prize was awarded to Dr. Peter Mitchell in 1978 for his theory of chemiosmosis. According to his model, hydrogen is essential in the production of ATP.
It should surprise medical practitioners how superficial modern medicine has become or the reverse, how deep we can go into medical knowledge and wisdom. Though a proper protocol for cancer will extend beyond this mitochondrial formula we can see it as the heart of a cancer protocol because when we change the performance of our mitochondria we greatly change cancer dynamics.
Thyroid hormone (T3) has a profound effect on mitochondrial biogenesis; without T3, there will be less or no mitochondria. Our mitochondria are dependent on thyroid hormones (thus iodine) for their very existence. Thyroid hormones are like the “signal” to make more mitochondria.
With these substances and light energies we can revive and increase the numbers of functional mitochondria in our cells. We can carpet bomb cells with these substances without side-effects because there is no toxicity, especially when the right kind of selenium is used. To work properly, mitochondria need ample oxygen and the right nutrients and hormones to burn brightly.
Magnesium and bicarbonate work to enhance each other. They are mutually reinforcing because magnesium functions as a bicarbonate co-transporter into cells and bicarbonate acts as a transporter of magnesium into the mitochondria.
This formula delivers and works like a ramjet or afterburners in a fighter plane. Green juices add more charge into our mitochondrial rocket fuel. Wheat grass juice, barley juice or juices laced with spirulina or chlorella will take us to the moon and back in term of accelerating mitochondrial output partially because they provide the substrates that enable the mitochondria to more efficiently use light to create energy. Dietary chlorophyll metabolites can modulate ATP levels.
Selenium improves mitochondrial function even in the absence of oxidative stress. Selenium has beneficial effects of endogenous antioxidant activity via GPx, restoration of mitochondrial function and stimulation of biogenesis, and may also reduce oxidative stress driven inflammation.
We will explore each of the above ingredients from our mitochondrial rocket fuel formula in depth starting with selenium, because if the right type is used, one that sees selenium bonded to a lipid, then we do double therapy with one substance, mineral plus Lipid Replacement Therapy (LRT), which is very helpful when our mitochondria are already damaged. When selenium is bound to a lipid the toxicity becomes less than one-thousandth of that of the elements in the forms normally available. So imagine how we can increase the dosage for great but safe effect.
Mitochondrial damage accumulates over time, leading to a number of diseases including diabetes, neurological disorders, and heart failure and cancer. It is possible to reverse mitochondrial damage, but interventions are best made early on in the dysfunction before the damage becomes irreversible. Stronger mitochondria make for stronger brains and stronger bodies. So does consistency: mitochondrial biogenesis, or creating new mitochondria, becomes crucial for vibrant aging, optimal energy production, and protection against oxidative stress.
During a red light therapy treatment, chromophores within our cellular mitochondria absorb red and infrared light photons, and convert them into energy.
Cancer patients should know that damaged mitochondria can turn healthy cells into transformed cells, and that healthy mitochondria can reverse cancerous behavior in tumor cells. If they cannot do that they trigger cell death. Thus today, more than ever before, we need a formula for mitochondrial rocket fuel. Metabolic normalization of cancer cells and concomitant inhibition of carcinogenesis may potentially be attained by induction of mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial correction.
Conclusion and the Case for Bicarbonates
Going back to medical basics, if there’s one thing that mitochondria thrive on, its oxygen. Cellular respiration is the process cells use to make energy. The mitochondria combine glucose and oxygen to make ATP and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen ions are flowing through ATP synthase to make ATP. The presence of CO2 is a measure of health in cells and that is one of the reasons why bicarbonates are so useful in the treatment of cancer.
As CO2 is a hallmark of health lactic acid is the hallmark of cancer. When we flood the body with bicarbonates it inhibits lactic acid production, reverses acidification, which fully rescues circadian oscillation. When the acidity of hypoxic patches deep in tumors is neutralized the worst hardest to treat cancer cells, difficult to defeat by even the most toxic means, become vulnerable.
This comes from the latest research from a Ludwig Cancer Research study. In my most recent essay on sodium bicarbonate I make the case why bicarbonate should be used in every case of cancer because deep inside tumors, where oxygen deprivation and acidic conditions go hand in hand, bicarbonate comes to the rescue. The evidence for a return to more normal conditions in these cells is marked by a return of CO2 and a diminishing of lactic acid.
Acid is produced as a response to hypoxia. Acidic conditions in tissues shut off a lot of things including circadian oscillation. The process of cancer starts in the mitochondria when normal oxidation and CO2 production shuts down in favor of fermentation and the creation of lactic acid instead of CO2. Reversing that reverses cancer though we never rely on only one substance to save a person of this frightening disease, as our human rocket fuel protocol suggests.
Additions to the Mitochondrial Formula
An important step in correcting damaged mitochondria involves addressing lifestyle factors. Studies show that increasing physical activity improves mitochondrial function, so encouraging regular moderate exercise is essential (Anand et al., 2008; Klement & Kämmerer, 2011; Seyfried, 2015). Combining exercise with a diet rich in organic vegetables and moderated in organic, grass-fed meats, free range poultry and wild caught fish and very low in refined carbs and sugar may be essential. In addition, implementing reduced stress practices, such as meditation or yoga, as well as ensuring good sleeping habits are also important. Finally, detoxifying the body by removing fat-stored xenobiotics that inhibit mitochondrial function while replacing essential components should substantially help improve mitochondrial function.
 Lig. ht-harvesting chlorophyll pigments enable mammalian mitochondria to capture photonic energy and produce ATPChen Xu, Junhua Zhang, Doina M. Mihai, Ilyas Washington. Journal of Cell Science 2014