Oxygen Therapy

When you mention “oxygen therapy” in the medical community, the skeptics like to point out that none have been proven successful in all cases.  However,  statistics on the mortality rate of cancer proves that traditional therapies aren’t exactly 100% successful either.

Cancer cells are not like any other cells in the human body. The way they metabolize and create energy for living and multiplication is unique and dangerous. Normal cells love oxygen but cancer cells do not – they prefer glucose (sugar).

A German doctor named Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his research proving that cancer cells use a form of non-oxygen metabolism to survive. Oxygen provides far less fuel for cancer cells than glucose (only 2 energy molecules instead of 36 with sugar). Therefore, filling your body with more oxygen is a smart and safe method to fight cancer.

The idea seems simple, almost too simple — breathing in extra oxygen to boost immune cells in battling cancer. That’s what Michail Sitkovsky, an immunophysiology researcher at Northeastern University, and his team have studied: supplemental oxygen treatment could awaken “sleepy” cells in the body that are capable of fighting tumours.

The researchers found that breathing in 40-60 percent oxygen compared to the 21 percent air provides could help weaken immunosuppression and fight the development in tumours by releasing T-lymphocytes.

Sitkovsky has been analysing the effects of extra oxygen on cancer-fighting cells for decades now. Years ago, he discovered that a receptor located on the surface of immune cells, the A2A adenosine receptor, works against the body by actually helping cancer grow. The receptor prevents T-cells from attacking tumours and disabling the “killer cells” that typically enter tumours to destroy them. But when supplemental oxygen entered the body, it weakened the A2A adenosine receptor and instead triggered the T-cells that kill tumours, the researchers found.

Interestingly, coffee also comes into the equation. Sitkovsky found that caffeine naturally inhibits the A2A adenosine receptor. “The anti-tumour effects of supplemental oxygen can be further improved by the natural antagonist of the A2A adenosine receptor, which happens to be the caffeine in your coffee,” he said.

“I was looking to solve the problem of existence of tumours and anti-tumour killer cells in the same patient,” Sitkovsky said. “Since the root of all problems is the lack of oxygen in tumours, a simple solution is to give tumours more oxygen.”

An oxygen concentrator is a machine that extracts oxygen from air and concentrates it, when turned up high these machines will give a 90% concentration as opposed to the 21% there is in the air. You should use a nasal cannula or if a mask ensure it isn’t an oxygen restricting one. Expensive new, these can be obtained off EBay at reasonable price, around £250 to £300. There are cheaper Chinese models but people have had issues with them. You should ensure it is a 5 litre machine suitable models are: Philips, Airsep, Devilbliss, Invacre.

IMPORTANT – you should not use high levels of oxygen constantly, ideally for half an hour several times a day with periods off and breathing normal air.