Cancer Cure – The Premise of DCA

I’m sick… can’t even talk much at the moment. Whispering (which is rare for me). Sigh… anyway, what struck me with this interesting opinion (OPINION… Note that word there!) piece is the content of ‘hope’ laced in it. Here’s a quick excerpt from the short letter:

Here’s the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.

Doesn’t this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?

The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.

Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.

Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?

Cancer cells don’t use the little power stations found in most human cells – the mitochondria. Instead, they use glycolysis, which is less effective and more wasteful.

Doctors have long believed the reason for this is because the mitochondria were damaged somehow. But, it turns out the mitochondria were just dormant, and DCA starts them back up again.

Full letter can be read from here

What is interesting to me is the allusion that people (rephrase that… organisations) don’t really care about a cure that is non-profitable. This assumes that all organisations are only out for profiteering and that alone, which is really a bit too far fetched. Granted that organisations are not saintly too… but that just seeks to shift from one end of the pendulum to the other. No, organisations do have some social responsibility, especially in our day and age, it is a competitive advantage to be CSR minded, at least to the mind of the consumer.

The writter obviously forgets that many pharmaceutical companies do give out cheap vaccines and medicine at a lost in order to be seen to be CSR.

Nevertheless, there were adequate sources located at the bottom of the article to search up the topic for ourselves and draw our own conclusions.

I just might. If I have the energy. Yawn.


3 thoughts on “Cancer Cure – The Premise of DCA

  1. I’d read about this article on around last year November/December and the Uni was already saddened that no parties were willing to fund their research (on DCA) or to patent it. They need a huge fund in order to proceed from rat to human testing of the drug.

    I think the reason that organizations didn’t fund this research is due the risks involved, not so much on the CSR itself. Afterall dichloroacetate met with alot of skepticism in the biology and chemistry scientific field. In some research, it shows that it is counter-productive (it caused cancer to a healthy animal). And some argue that it may poisoned our liver if we consume DCA in large dose (small dose will not have any effect to our body). Hence, understandably, organization will not want to risk splashing million of dollars for a 50/50 chance of product success.

    Perhaps this should be a GSR? Government Social Responsibility. I can’t think of any better parties other than government itself to fund for this research.

  2. Btw, the letter above on DCA exaggerated a little bit. It only looks at the extreme positive side of the drug and they were wrong to say that the media didn’t pay attention to dichloroacetate (DCA). There were already alot of talks and discussion about it at the moment in the health care industry.

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