Why Cancer of the Heart is So Rare - Part 2
Updated: Mar 15, 2022
First off, I want to thank all those scientists who did the research that fuel this post. I also want to give credit to Dr. Thomas Cowan who laid out many of the ideas I discuss in this post. All I have done is use those ideas to explain why cancer of the heart is a rare occurrence.
In my first post on this topic I approached things from a metabolic standpoint. I discussed the metabolic theory of cancer that was originally proposed by Otto Warburg (1) and improved upon by Dr. Thomas Seyfried. I discussed how the heart is special in that, unlike other tissues in the body, it will preferentially burn fatty acids and ketones even when glucose is present. Then, I ultimately discussed that the reason the heart is metabolically special in this way is because the body does not want it to have to burn predominately glucose, as that can lead to a heart attack. This knowledge, combined with the metabolic theory of cancer and the fact that heart cells cannot divide like other cells can, then gave us insight into a metabolic reasoning as to why heart cancer is so rare.
If the series of events I discussed in the first post happen (not fat adapted, depletion of Nitric Oxide, and an Autonomic Nervous System imbalance) then the heart is forced to burn more glucose than it wants and instead of this resulting in cancer, the heart cells just die of ischemia and there is no chance for cancer to develop. But there is another special characteristic of the heart that we must discuss to fully understand why heart cancer is few and far between.
This time we are going to look at things from a physics perspective. In some of my other posts I have discussed how water can hold energy and that when the water in the body has enough energy it can form a gel-like phase of water. (2) In my post called “Why Don’t We See Atherosclerosis in Veins?” I discussed how these properties of water can protect our arteries, and in another post called “Is the Heart Really a Pump?” I discussed how the formation of gel-like water in our arteries creates the flow of blood and that the heart is not the sole, or even primary, mover of the blood. But the cardiovascular system is not the only place that this gel water forms. It is what makes up the cellular matrix (cytoplasm) inside each and every one of our cells, including the heart cells.
Dr. Gerald Pollack is the foremost authority on this gel like water in the body and his book Cells, Gels, and the Engines of Life is recommended reading for anyone interested in this topic. It has been long thought that the cause of cancer is due to genetic mutations in the DNA that instruct the cell to become cancerous. But some interesting research has thrown some serious doubt at this theory. Researchers have found that if you take the damaged DNA of cancer cells and put them into the nucleus of a cell with healthy cytoplasm then those cells do not become cancer cells. And vice versa, if you take the healthy cytoplasm of a non-cancerous cell and transplant that into a cancerous cell that has cancerous DNA damage, the cell becomes non-cancerous. (3) So perhaps the key to cancer is in the cell cytoplasm not in the nuclear DNA.
So, let’s talk about gel water and the cytoplasm. First off, it makes sense that the water in our cells is a gel. If you think about what something filled with water feels like, like a waterbed, it is very unstructured, and it sloshes around very easily. That is not what I feel like when I push into my skin. The tissue of my body have some give to them, but they also have some structure to them as well. This is because my cells are composed of water in the gel-like state we know as 4th phase water, or EZ water, or structured water. It has many names.
If you remember from when I talked about the formation of this gel-like water in the arteries, it required energy to the system to do it (sunlight, grounding, vortexing) (4) and it required that the water be next to a hydrophilic surface. (5) The lining of the artery was the hydrophilic surface that allowed the formation of this water in the vascular system. In the cells, there are a few hydrophilic surfaces that facilitate this process. One of them is the lipid (fat) by-layer of the cell membrane. The membrane is formed by lipids that arrange themselves in a way that the hydrophobic ends meet each other, and the hydrophilic ends point to the inner and outer walls of the cell.
But what about the water in the middle of the cell that would also the gel to form throughout the whole cell, where does its hydrophilic surface come from? It comes from proteins, as they are also hydrophilic. Think about Jell-O, or bone broth after it has been made and stored in the refrigerator. What you need to make Jell-O it is water and gelatin that contains collagen protein (sugar, unfortunately, is also included but not needed for gel formation). You mix the water and gelatin together, heat it up to denature (unfold) the proteins so they have more hydrophilic surface area for the water to interact with, and then as it cools it forms a gel. Again, this is the same process that happens with good gelatin containing bone broth after you cook it and then store it in the fridge, some of it becomes gelatinous.
Now, the cell has plenty of proteins and plenty of water, but not near the heat needed to denature the proteins. It denatures them in another way. It does this using ATP, our bodies energy currency. As we will see, ATP, in a way, is not really our bodies energy currency. However, it plays a role in creating our true source of energy by denaturing the proteins in the cytoplasm (6) so that they can interact with water so the water can maintain the gel-like state needed for proper cell function.