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    blizzar180 is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default Cancer may have been cured last week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Article by David McRaney

    So, why haven't the media picked up on it?

    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.

    The side effect of this is it also reactivates a process called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an all-too-important self-destruct button that can't be pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.

    With glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn't break down and seed new tumors.

    Here's the big catch. Pharmaceutical companies probably won't invest in research into DCA because they won't profit from it. It's easy to make, unpatented and could be added to drinking water. Imagine, Gatorade with cancer control.

    So, the groundwork will have to be done at universities and independently funded laboratories. But, how are they supposed to drum up support if the media aren't even talking about it?

    All I can do is write this and hope Google News picks it up. In the meantime, tell everyone you know and do your own research.


    This is a column of opinion written by Printz Executive Editor David McRaney. Comments can be sent to
    So what do you guys think?

    This is BIG. Even if it isn't a complete cure for cancer...this could save countless lives.

    Why hasn't the media picked up on this?

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    true_panda is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Because the media is to busy telling Hillary duff shes anorexic.

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    Mooch is offline Senior Member Regular
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    I don't think it's true.
    I read this a few days ago and the first thing i thought was why is this not all over the media.
    The article tries to explain why but the questions that are asked are answered with completely irrelevant answers.
    The only reason that they have given for this not being all of the media is that pharmacies won't make anymoney from it therefore won't stock it. If this was the case there would probably be one of the biggest debates in the world going on, Therefore it would be all over the news. but it's not so do you really think it's true?

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    Structure of dichloroacetic acid or dichloroacetate,

    I could synthesize this compound in my college lab with very little trouble.

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    As usual, it all comes down to money. I fucking hate humanity.

    Since the original publication of this article we have been inundated with responses from the public at all walks of life. It is important to note that research is ongoing with DCA, and not everyone is convinced it will turn out to be a miracle drug. There have been many therapies that were promising in vitro and in animal models that did not work for one reason or another in humans. To provide false hope is not our intention. There is a lot of information on DCA available on the web, and this column is but one opinion on the topic. We hope you will do your own research into the situation. So, we have added links to resources at the end of this column. If you are arriving here form a linking website like Fark, then those links will not appear because they tend to grab only the text. For those visitors, here is a link to the original research:

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    sounds interesting... wont be long before Pfizer sells it for 20.000 dollars a pill.

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    yeah, if i worked "more" or was more effective, then of course it would of made head lines news. But from reading 98's post...i see y it hasnt. good info tho.

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    Oh I'm sure they really cured cancer. The big companies are just supressing it cause theres not enough money.

    No, wait, thats the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Even if no large company took it. It would take all of about 5 seconds for some entrepreneur to latch on to an easy money maker and start running for capital funding. Where there is a need and therefore money can be made, someone will build a company to fill that hole to get paid.

    The article is bullshit, and clearly the drug isn't as finished as they make it sound. No big company would ignore it anyway, if they were greedy they would change it slightly then patent to control it then release and ridiculous high mark up. The writer needs to try again, possibly with some economics education first.

    From the Economist article linked in the article:
    "RNA interference is the subject of eager investigation among pharmaceutical companies, but so far it has yet to yield a drug approved by the regulators. Dichloroacetate, by contrast, is already employed for other purposes. That does not mean it will work as an anti-cancer agent in the real world, of course. But it does give it a head start. And even if dichloroacetate itself does not work, Dr Michelakis's study points towards a new approach to stopping cancer in its tracks."
    So if this really works soon we will see a viable cure for cancer released.
    Last edited by Alexian; 02-02-2007 at 11:41 AM. Reason: additional stuff

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    even if its not true its a very interesting read. Although the average internet user will probably say "ZOMG!!!!1!!1 CANCER HAS BEEN CURED!" and will promptly attempt to alert every media organization in the world. should be good for a laugh

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    dawnniephu is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    thats cool
    all the media do is earn money and spread rumor about celebrity i mean get a life and stop trying to dig into ppls bussiness


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