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The importance of Calcium in cellular respiration

From: "Saul Pressman"
Date: Sun Aug 15, 1999 5:28 pm
Subject: Re: [oxyplus] Warburg, Moermann, Cell respiration

Dear Vilik and Mary,

Here is a quote from Dr. Reich's book, "The Calcium Factor" :

"Since the cells require combustion of food for energy, the first reaction that occurs with the ingestion of nutrients into the cell is glycolysis, which is the anerobic (absence of oxygen) breakdown of sugar by the reaction with ATP. In this reaction, two ATP molecules combine with one glucose molecule to create two more ATP molecules, lactic acid, and other by-products, while giving off energy in the form of heat. Then a series of enzyme-controlled chemical transformations, known as the Krebs cycle, occurs where the lactic acid and other byproducts of glycolysis are consumed, using oxygen, to produce nucleotide radicals, ATP and heat. A total of 36 ATP molecules are produced for each glucose molecule reacted. If insufficient oxygen is present, the cell then uses glycolation to produce its required energy, resulting in the accumulation of lactic acid in the cell, which can eventually result in cell death. However, calcium buffered mildly alkaline cellular fluids can provide adequate oxygen for the Krebs cycle to occur, thus preventing and/or reversing the buildup of the toxic lactic acid. " p. 44

"....thus calcium is the key biological regulatory ion, regulating the pH and both the cell membrane's voltage and channel openings. It is also the key biological workhorse, bringing the most nutrients into the cell. " p.44

"Calcium is transported into the blood from the digestive tract by way of specific calcium-binding proteins that are stimulated by Vitamin D. Once calcium is in the bloodstream, its deposition in bone is controlled by a hormone released by the parathyroid glands called calcitonin, which also controls the deposition of calcium in the cells. The parathyroid glands are regulated by the pituitary gland, located directly behind the eyes, stimulated by sunlight. Calcium removal from the bones is regulated by the parathyroid hormone PTH. Thus the regulation of parathyroid hormones is of paramount importance." p.45

"The kidneys also help regulate blood serum concentrations of calcium, using boron. Magnesium is also necessary for proper kidney function, and a deficiency will produce kidney stones." p.46

"Stored calcium is released when needed by the action of a special calcium releasing agent, inositol triphosphate. Inositol, a B vitamin, is a constituent of body tissue which is converted to the active triphosphate form INSP-3 when stimulated by full spectrum light. One function of INSP-3 is to increase the cationic permeability of the plasma membrane in the region of the cell that contains the photo receptor, resulting in a flow of current to the cell that stimulates specific glands to produce hormones. Inositol is absorbed from food sources such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, liver, kidney and heart." p.46

" At this point, it is essential to to discuss the effects which certain other nutritious foods, not necessarily rich in calcium, can have on regulating the calcium balance in the body. The consumption of milk products (lactates) and apples (malates) provides anions that help keep the calcium ionized. However, foods that are mildly acidic, such as fruits and vegetables, possess another important capability. Once digested and absorbed by the body, their negative and mildly acidic anion radicals bond with the positive and strongly alkaline cations, such as sodium and potassium already in blood serum, resulting in the formation of slightly alkaline and soluble salts such as sodium lactate and potassium malate, thus helping to maintain the critical serum pH of 7.4." p.46

" Lactose intolerant individuals have an excess of lactic acid in the cells produced as a result of cellular calcium deficiency dropping the cell pH below 6.5, and inducing the fermentation of glucose. Each glucose molecule produces two lactic acid molecules by fermentation. This lactic acid production drops the pH even further, thus preventing the cell from producing the basic nutrient radicals required for DNA synthesis and repair. The cells are starving themselves from both the nutrients and the life-sustaining oxygen. This is a direct result of calcium insufficiency". p.47

" The diseases resulting from calcium deficiency are osteoporsis, arthritis, rheumatism, sclerosis of all kinds, periodontal disease, Alzheimer's, allergies, muscular dystrophy, heart disease and cancer. These diseases can be rectified by balancing the calcium regulatory system." p.47

"Ironically, for a nutrient that is so necessary for the biochemistry of the body, calcium is one of the more difficult elements for the body to absorb. Other compounds, such as phosphates in red meat, tend to keep it from being dissolved. Once calcium has been dissolved, its absorption into the body is dependent on the presence of Vitamin D in the intestine. The concentration of Vitamin D is dependent on the supply of adequate amounts of ultraviolet sunlight on cholesterol under the skin to be produced. Insufficient intestinal Vitamin D results in in preventing calcium absorption into the body in the crucial ionized state. " p. 35

"Sunlight is an essential nutrient to life. Light entering the eyes influences the master glands (pituitary and pineal) which control the entire endocrine system, including the calcium-regulating parathyroid glands. Sunlight is a neglected component of the maintenance of proper calcium serum levels. . Tinted glasses detrimentally affect your absorption of the vital sunlight. Full spectrum artificial lighting can be used to treat psoriasis, neonatal jaundice and herpes simplex infections." p. 48

"Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg showed clearly in 1924 that cancer is associated with anerobic conditions, resulting in fermentation of sugar, production of lactic acid and a marked drop in the pH of the cell, as low as pH 4. Moreover, the production of mutated receptors on the cell DNA cannot occur at the normal pH range of 6.6 to 7.4. If the cell pH is raised slightly above the normal 7.4 top end, to pH 8.5, the cancer cells will first become dormant, and then die. This explains the success of the caustic solution treatment of tumors in the early 1900s. By definition, alkaline solutions are made up of hydroxyl (OH-) radicals, and are therefore oxygen rich. In the absence of oxygen within the acidic cellular fluids, the glucose undergoes fermentation into lactic acid, causing the pH of the cell to drop even further, thereby inhibiting the production of the DNA nucleotides A, C, G, T (adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine) that allow for normal DNA synthesis and repair. Therefore toxic enzymes can bond with DNA, altering the template, setting the scene for abnormal replication." p.55

"In the healthy, calcium buffered, slightly alkaline cell environment, the conditions required for the propagation of cancer do not exist." p.55

"Max Gerson fed his cancer patients large doses of potassium gluconate and potassium phosphate in juices, and found they recovered quickly. The very alkaline potassium went back into the cells where it belonged, raising intracellular pH and inhibiting the proliferation of cancer. Gerson also found that an intravenous injection of ozone into the vein with a very fine needle attacked malignant tissue on contact. Since the cancer cells are anerobic, the contact with ozone is incompatible to them, and also the toxic enzymes are eliminated, disarming the cancer cell's trigger mechanism. " p.56

"Researchers have shown that cancerous tumors grown in a serum deficient in calcium will grow prolifically, while the same tumor cultured in a serum rich in calcium remains dormant." p. 57 "Calcium deficiency is a universal property of all cancer cells". p.17

"Ionization occurs in both acidic and alkaline solutions, but all human digestion is acidic (HCl). The digestive system is made more acidic by the fact that most foods are acidic, thereby generating their own acids and requiring less acid from the body for total digestion." p. 36

Sources of calcium are :

Tofu set with calcium, kelp, blackstrap molasses, turnip greens, bok choy, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, almonds, rutabaga, white beans, broccoli, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, radish, cauliflower, cheddar cheese, hazelnuts, sardines, sunflower seeds, walnuts, salmon, navy beans, peas, yogurt, brewer's yeast, dulse, wakame

If taking supplemental calcium, take three times per day, 500 mg each time; along with a halibut liver oil capsule.

Best of Health
Saul Pressman

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