The number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime is estimated to increase to nearly half the population by 2020, in a report forecasted by Macmillan Cancer Support. The projected figure of 47%, is up from the current figure of 44%. In 1992, the proportion of people in the UK who got cancer during their life was 32%.
Mainstream oncology views cancer as the build-up of genetic mutations, and the conventional approach utilizing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The survival rate of mainstream treatments for treating all cancer is around 50% of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more.
Cancer can theoretically begin from damage to one single stem cell. It may take 30 years or more for that single stem cell to divide many times over to become a detectable tumour. Cancer typically appears at least 7-10 years from the initiating phase according to mainstream oncologists. The actual time frame can be much longer. Tumour progression can be accelerated by dietary factors, smoking, metabolic imbalances, and stress.
In This Blog
In this blog we will look at the scientific research showing that Hydrogen can possible help as an adjacent therapy for cancer.
With gratitude to Tywon Hubbard from H2 Minutes, for all the information for this blog on Hydrogen has come from his video below So Thank you Tywon.
Can Hydrogen Potentially Benefit Cancer
The answer is Hydrogen does have the potential to benefit cancer and this video from Tywon Hubbard from H2 Minutes. He Covers the 10 keys areas and the text below highlights his main points.
1. Hydrogen Reduces Oxidative Stress
Reactive Oxygen Species(ROS) are found in abundance in cancer cells. ROS create oxidative stress which is well known to be a cause of a wide range of diseases including cancer. ROS are involved in both the initiation and progression of cancer. ROS causes oxidative DNA and protein damage, as well as damage to tumor suppressor genes. Studies show that Hydrogen enriched water is a “potent antioxidant and exhibits anti-inflammatory and potentially anticancer-like activities”.
2. Hydrogen Protects DNA
Oxidative stress damages cellular DNA which leads to mutations. ROS cause oxidative DNA and protein damage as well as damage to tumour suppressor genes. Unlike other antioxidants which are larger, the tiny size of H2 molecules allows them to penetrate bio membranes and diffuse into the mitochondria and nuclei thereby protecting the nuclear DNA and mitochondria.
3.Hydrogen Suppresses Genetic Mutations
Somatic mutations are genetic alterations that affect all of the cells that descend from mutated cells. These mutations are often caused by environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation exposure and chemicals. The mutations give rise to various diseases including cancer. Hydrogen has a beneficial effect on cancer development by suppressing mutations.
4. Hydrogen Suppresses Cancer Cell Growth
Hydrogen suppresses angiogenesis the development of blood vessels in tumours. By suppressing angiogenesis, Hydrogen denies the tumour the ability to feed and grow. Hydrogen inhibits tumour growth by reducing oxidation products. Hydrogen inhibits massive cancer cell growth indicative of early-stage cancer. Hydrogen scavenges ROS maintaining antioxidative potential both inside and outside cells inhibiting cancer growth. Studies indicate that while Hydrogen inhibits cancer cell growth, it does not inhibit healthy cell growth.
5. Hydrogen Induces Cancer Cell Death
Apoptosis is natural or programmed cell death, it is a natural part of the life cycle of cells. Apoptosis is preferred to necrosis, which is the unnatural death of cells typically induced by infection, toxins, and trauma which can lead to tumour growth. Studies show that Hydrogen water induces cancer cell apoptosis thereby enhancing anticancer activity. Studies also show that Hydrogen water induces apoptosis in human leukaemia cells and affected neurons, but Hydrogen doesn’t increase cell death in healthy cells.
6. Hydrogen Suppresses The Spread of Cancer
Metastasis is a term to describe the ability of cells to invade tissue and establish secondary tumours in remote sites and is the main cause of cancer-related death in humans. ROS are involved in metastatic processes including invasion of cancer cells into the surrounding primary tumour sites. Studies show that Hydrogen water may be a therapeutic agent in cancer prevention and metastasis through its anti-ROS effects. MMP’s Matrix Metalloproteinase, are proteins that facilitate biological reactions. Studies note that MMP’s are up-regulated in the course of various malignancies of the breast, colon, pancreas, and liver. MMP’s are viewed as tumour markers and have found to be predictive in metastasis in breast cancer patients. Increased expression of MMP in a primary breast tumour is associated with aggressive disease and unfavourable outcomes. Studies show that Hydrogen water down-regulates the gene expression of MMP’s.
7. Hydrogen Helps Anti-Cancer Drugs
Anti-tumour agents are typically cytotoxic drugs that damage healthy tissue and organs while targeting cancer cells. For example, one study showed that 40% of patients receiving chemotherapy agents suffered liver damage. Increased levels of ROS play a role in the side effects. A highly respected review paper states: “Hydrogen has emerged as a promising cancer remedy as a preventative agent or in combined therapy with anticancer drugs. Hydrogen water consumption might mitigate the side effects of anticancer drugs by decreasing oxidative stress and ameliorating metamorphosis due to decreased apoptosis in healthy cells”. Another study states: “Due to its safety, efficacy, and convenience, hydrogen-rich saline should be considered as a potential therapy for heart and liver injury caused by doxorubicin a chemotherapy drug. In the study, Hydrogen did not impair the anti-tumour effect of the drug.
8. Hydrogen Protects From Radiation Therapy
Nearly half of newly diagnosed cancer patients receive radiotherapy. While radiotherapy destroys malignant cells, it also affects normal surrounding cells. Acute radiotherapy side effects include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, loss of appetite, hair loss, sore skin, and depression. The side effects are associated with increased oxidative stress and inflammation due to the generation of ROS during radiotherapy. The success of radiotherapy is limited by the toxicity of healthy cells in the surrounding tissue. In fact, radiation itself can induce many types of cancer, especially leukaemia and lymphoma. An animal study found that Hydrogen protected mice from radiation-induced thymic lymphoma. Another animal study showed that Hydrogen reduced radiation-induced lung damage in mice in the early stage cancer and lung fibrosis in later stage cancer. Yet another animal study showed that Hydrogen protected the gastrointestinal tract of mice from radiation. A review paper stated that: “our findings suggested that hydrogen-rich water may be used as a potential therapeutic to alleviate intestinal injury induced by radiotherapy for abdominal and pelvic cancer in preclinical settings”. Radiotherapy adversely affects 95% of patients and a study found that hydrogen significantly reduced the severity of dermatitis caused by radiation. Another study indicates that Hydrogen helps the immune system placed under duress by radiotherapy.
9. Hydrogen Improves the QOL Scores
Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy or a combination of both often experience varying degrees of QOL. Studies show that QOL scores during radiotherapy were significantly improved in patients treated with hydrogen-rich water. Other studies indicate that “oral administration of hydrogen-rich water may reduce organ toxicity induced by chemotherapy, improve QOL, and decelerate weight loss without affecting the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
10. Hydrogen Increases Survival Rates of Cancer Patients
The first hydrogen study that captured the interest of the scientific community was published in 2007. As such, studies on the effects of survival rates are limited to animal studies at this time. A study shows that Hydrogen water improved the survival of mice with colon cancer who were being tested for chemotherapy. Another study showed the increased survival rates of mice receiving Hydrogen, 30 weeks after receiving radiation. Another study shows that survival rate and weight loss in mice was improved after receiving chemotherapy when the mice received Hydrogen. Another study concluded that Hydrogen is “safe, easy to administer, and cost-effective, protects against radiation-induced death”. Long term human studies need to be completed to verify the findings of the improved survival rates of mice after receiving Hydrogen, but the animal studies provide grounds for considerable optimism about the therapeutic benefits of Hydrogen.
Although Hydrogen therapy potential has many benefits to helping as an adjacent cancer therapy, we believe it is a small part of the healing picture, yet combined with some other very other effective adjacent therapies as strengthening your epigenetics to AIC Therapy, the 50% current survival rate over 10 years could possible increase dramatically. If you would like to read our page on other Adjacent Therapy, please click the image below.
Antony Taylor & Alejandra Garcia
Natural Health Coaches
Authors of Your Greatest Wealth
Specialises In Ozone, AIC, Hydrogen, Nutritional Therapy and Mindset Epigenetic Techniques