Healthy Beginnings

New developments in cancer treatment

Dr. Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. Photo: Reno Integrative Medical Center

Why is the track record of conventional oncology treatments so dismal? It’s due to a very poor understanding (or ignoring) of the actual physiology of the disease itself.

Otto Warburg, MD, PhD, received a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for proving that all cancer cells burn sugar without using oxygen. This is called anaerobic metabolism, and he also proved that this way of producing energy requires 18 times more sugar than our normal cells!

A recent 9-year study at the University in Belgium concluded, “feeding sugar to cancer patients accelerates the growth of their tumors.” The sad fact is that conventional medicine has yet to acknowledge this information. The other sad fact is that conventional chemo, radiation and surgery alone are responsible for poor clinical outcomes and the survival and response rate hasn’t changed dramatically in over 40 years!

What to do? Consider obtaining metabolic and immune therapies that have been proven to offer benefit based on addressing this abnormal anaerobic metabolism.

First step … start on a restricted ketogenic diet. It is scientifically proven to limit the ability of anaerobic metabolism to prosper in the body. To be sure, it is unlikely that the diet alone will kill the tumor but for sure it will start to weaken the cancer cells so that whatever treatment approach you chose for yourself, it will be more likely to benefit you.

What we really need is a more pluralistic as well as a more dynamic approach in the treatment of this disease. The immune system must be strengthened not weakened by therapies. This must be done in a way that does not overstimulate it.

There are new studies proving how vulnerable cancer cells are to oxidative damage done by free radicals (single oxygen molecules) with no damage done to normal cells. Oxidative therapies are composed of ways to treat the patient with different forms of oxygen and ultraviolet light. The goal of all of them is to produce a “free radical storm” that is deadly to all cancer cells.

By combining these therapies in very specific ways they become synergistic and are much more powerful than any of them alone. Have you ever heard the definition of insanity being “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”?

It is long past time to broaden our perspective on all the possible ways to expand our treatment of cancer!

Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. is head doctor at the Reno Integrative Medical Center. Visit or call 775-829-1009 to learn more.