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Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure

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"An iconoclastic information-rich narrative that boldly challenges our current understanding and treatment of cancer." - Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., author of The Longevity Factor

"This is a great scientific mystery book...This book is for everyone, but should be read by all physicians that treat cancer. I congratulate the author for a marvelous job and highly recommend this book." - Robert L. Elliott, M.D., Ph.D.


"I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days." - George Yu, M.D.

"While acknowledging that the metabolic theory of cancer has been rejected by the scientific establishment for most of its century of existence, the book presents a convincing argument for taking a new look at the work of scientific renegades whose work suggests that a combination of diet modifications and drugs may be a far more effective treatment than genetic treatment, and far less expensive.... A well-written account of a nonstandard but plausible theory of oncology." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
 

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Travis Christofferson lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with his wonderful wife and two charming children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500600318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500600310
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward Miller on October 18, 2014
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This is a must read for those interested in cancer.

The author uses a historical framework to explain the science, and makes a strong case for cancer as a metabolic disease (as contrasted to a genetic one). More importantly, cures are to come from studies of metabolism, rather than from narrowly targeted treatments aimed as particular mutations.

The treatment is historical, telling the story through the great researchers and their findings, using their stories to explain the science. This makes the book very readable. Telling these stories is not necessary to understanding the science, but it may be necessary to understanding why, and when it was accepted.

After running through various historical figures, such as Warburg (who got his Nobel prize for demonstrating the metabolic abnormality of cancer), the story moves to various interesting modern figures.

By page 93, he reaches the research in Pedersen's lab at John Hopkins University, and the story of the bright Korean biochemist, Young He Ko. She discovers that a simple chemical, 3-bromopyruvate, kills cancer cells better and quicker than most chemotherapy drugs. She achieves the almost unprecedented feat of curing cancers in all of 19 rats, who remain free of their original cancers to the end of their natural life.

One would expect to learn how she got a professorship, fame, and lots of research money. Instead, the academic politics at John Hopkins results in her being terminated, and a law suit, leaving the breakthrough unexploited. (Some believe that this will provide the plot for a movie, and speculate as to which actress should play Dr. Ko). For now, it just makes part of the book read like a novel.

There is drama (starting on p.
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Cancer: It's a terrifying diagnosis, often eventually resulting in one of two possibilities: either a prognosis that amounts to a death sentence, or, if more optimistic, a likelihood of "beating it," with the prospect of then spending the rest of one's life with back-of-the-mind worry that it will come back someday. Why have we made so little progress in treating this illness? Why, over four decades after President Nixon declared "war on cancer," do millions of people still experience the ravages of this disease and its toxic conventional treatments? When we set out to build an atomic bomb, we had the Manhattan Project, and we accomplished it. When we decided we wanted to land a man on the moon, we threw money at the idea, and we accomplished that, too. So why, after forty years, billions of dollars, and thousands of biochemists and researchers devoting their careers to solving the mysteries of cancer, have we made shamefully few inroads?

Is there a chance we've approached things from the incorrect angle? Is there a chance that we've mischaracterized the etiology of cancer, and because of this, our therapies, medications, and prevention strategies are misguided and ineffectual? What if, all these years, cancer has had most of us fooled, and all but a few brave and persistent scientists have been so distracted by the *effects* of cancer that we've inadvertently ignored the underlying cause?

These are the questions Travis Christofferson explores in Tripping Over the Truth.
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A review of Tripping On The Truth by Travis Christoferson

An engaging book to read for layman as well as professionals!

For the layman, it is readable, fun and packed with information that applies cancers forefronts and your health in general. For the professionals, it will give you a clearer understanding of what is going on behind and beyond the day to day news on cancer research and treatments.

I could not put it down and finished it in 2 days-it reads like a suspense mystery yet has the full impact of what is really going on with the research and problematic issues both in the basic science and clinical practice of cancer biology and future clinical management. Sandwiched within these topics, the reader will have a glimpse of the intrigue, politics, and the fierce competition that most of us never see or understand in the struggles of big research, big players, and huge financial implications in the industry of cancer health.

As a doctor and surgeon, I kept the discipline of examining with my surgical pathologist every cancer operation I performed, hoping to uncover its behavior. What doctors see on H & E stains for microscopic slides are the cancer with strange nucleus containing the DNA and its cell division, mitosis. But if microscopic examination could have shown the strange and abnormal mitochondria energy packets in these cancer cells (seen only with the costly electron microscopy) perhaps we would have, long time ago, embraced the issues of cancer energy abnormalities and not have chased the nuclear DNA as much as we have.
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