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Scientists may have cured cancer last week – more on DCA

27th February 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Scientists may have cured cancer last week.


So, why haven’t the media picked up on it?

Here’s the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.

Doesn’t this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?

The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.

Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.

Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?

Cancer cells don’t use the little power stations found in most human cells – the mitochondria. Instead, they use glycolysis, which is less effective and more wasteful.

Doctors have long believed the reason for this is because the mitochondria were damaged somehow. But, it turns out the mitochondria were just dormant, and DCA starts them back up again.

The side effect of this is it also reactivates a process called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an all-too-important self-destruct button that can’t be pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.

With glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn’t break down and seed new tumors.

Here’s the big catch. Pharmaceutical companies probably won’t invest in research into DCA because they won’t profit from it. It’s easy to make, unpatented and could be added to drinking water. Imagine, Gatorade with cancer control.

So, the groundwork will have to be done at universities and independently funded laboratories. But, how are they supposed to drum up support if the media aren’t even talking about it?

All I can do is write this and hope Google News picks it up. In the meantime, tell everyone you know and do your own research.

This is a column of opinion written by Printz Executive Editor David McRaney. Comments can be sent to

© Copyright 2007 Student Printz
Tim Shumbera
Biltmore Press, Inc.

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63 Responses to “Scientists may have cured cancer last week – more on DCA”

  1. MRGB Says:

    Can you give links to the research you’re talking about?

  2. DJH Says:


    This sounds amazing but also like some kind of hoax. Please can you post more detailed information/research to back all this up.


  3. Maox Says:

    Let’s celebrate with a cigarette!

  4. the english guy Says:

    Yeah a little proof might be good, if it does indeed work. And if you really want this to go far, link to a few places that show how to produce this stuff.

  5. Rj Says:

    This appears to be the real deal –

  6. Steven Says:

    The biggest problem with the information is that I do not think they realize how much danger they are in as far as all the Drug companies losing money.It is close to the same thing that the oil companies do to new technoligies that will use other forms of energy to run alot of our every day life.
    Most forms of new cleaner forms of energy have to keep gas and oil in their designs in order not to be savataged.We live in a sick world and I would be very suppriced if the new canser drug was not pushed under the carpet or savataged completely because of the loss of money it would bring to people in high places.
    The people that run the drug companies are the same people that controll the media and also the oil companies.So no suprice that it hasn’t been in the news.There has been alot of new information about the comspericies about the media being controlloed by evil men

  7. Vic Says:

    Without references this article is of little use. Certainly, big pharma is evil and always looking to capitalize on the illness and suffering of people, but still, for this kind of statement about a cure for cancer there needs to be a list of references to substantiate the claims.

  8. beauty2323 Says:

    The last update on this was back in early 2007! Not that some of what’s written here may not indeed be true, but it’s also pretty old news

  9. OkinKun Says:

    When I read this, I knew it sounded familiar…

    That’s because researchers found that THC kills cancer cells IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY!

    From that article:
    “”THC modulates key cell-signalling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels that supply the tumor.”
    “Cancer occurs because cells become immortalized; they fail to heed normal signals to turn off growth. A normal function of remodelling in the body requires that cells die on cue. This is called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. That process fails to work in tumors. THC promotes its reappearance so that gliomas, leukemias, melanomas and other cell types will in fact heed the signals, stop dividing, and die.”
    “But, that is not all,” explains Dr. Russo: “The other way that tumors grow is by ensuring that they are nourished: they send out signals to promote angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. Cannabinoids turn off these signals as well. It is truly incredible, and elegant.”

    In other words, this article explains several ways in which cannabinoids might be used to fight cancer, and, as the article says, “Cannabinoids are usually well tolerated, and do not produce the generalized toxic effects of conventional chemotherapies.”

    But of course, Marijuana and it’s cannabinoids are considered the devil, and the government claims it has no medical value… So good luck ever getting THIS cure out to the public!

    BY THE WAY, my link also actually contains SOURCES… Something which this one left out. I hope I’ve been of some assistance on this topic.

  10. OkinKun Says:

    Oh also, for video evidence of the claims in my above post, which you can see for yourself…
    See here:

    Enjoy ^_~

  11. Alan Says:

    RJ with comment number 5 posted the link straight to the source of this information. I will post it here again. that link takes you right to the source of this information.

  12. Michelle Says: might be helpful? Then you can contact Google News yourself.

  13. ForScience Says:

    It’s called peer review, guys. Not everything is a big international conspiracy to keep people down. When this research group publishes its findings in an internationally recognizable journal, if the claim has merit the big bad pharma companies won’t be able to do anything about it and things will develop from there. From the website, it looks as if the drug has already moved to clinical trials, which is a good thing. Just because something proved effective in rats does NOT mean it will be effective (or safe!) for use in humans. Clinical trials can take upward of a decade to prove that a drug is safe and effective- So honestly, everyone just calm down, stop thinking that big brother is guiding the hands of scientists to let people die, and let the process work. Believe it or not, there are some people out there working for the greater good.

  14. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Yes, many people are working for the greater good but with little money. Thank God the University of Alberta took on this challenge.

  15. countzero Says:

    the drug is already proven safe.
    “Scientists and doctors have used DCA for decades to treat children with inborn errors of metabolism due to mitochondrial diseases.”
    I don’t understand what the holdup is, or why they need funding for clinical trials. Just talk to a couple people in the hospital and say “this drug may fix your cancer. would you like some?” Clinical trial complete.
    I’d be first in line if I had cancer, and any doctor knowing there is a chance it may work shouldn’t be too hard to bribe into diagnosing you with a metabolic disease instead :P

  16. Andre Fiker Says:

    Dude, send the cancer-curing gatorade bill to the Tobacco companies… They’ll be glad to pick it up.

  17. Ryan G Says:

    Countzero outlines the perfect situation for those suffering from the big C. Unfortunately this suffering would be superceded by the hardship that the shareholders of major pharmas would have to endure.

  18. Ryan McKenna Says:

    The theory seems sound. Clinical trials in humans is an excellent starting point, although, if we already know that the toxicity of DCA is close to nil, and it’s easy to manufacture and distribute, we should be sending this to hospitals nationwide. I’m not a doctor or university educated, but I do understand the function of mitochondria and the processes of aerobic and anaerobic respiration, as well as the fact that lactic acid buildup is a well-known byproduct of cancer cells. If the mitochondria are truly dormant and not dead then there’s no reason this could not work, unless of course DCA can’t make it through the cell membrane of human cancerous cells. But, even then, there’s little to no danger, lets shoot for the stars.

  19. Thomas Says:

    My uncle passed away last week after battling pancreatic cancer. I sure would have spoken to his Doctors about this drug or THC if only I had known sooner. Spread the word people, spread the word.

  20. Denis Says:

    I found these youtube interviews.

    One reporter claims that she saw 2 other drugs that were discovered to help people but nobody picked up on them because of the lack of patent.

    I can see a country like Haiti approve it and treat north American people. That would be a win-win situation. spend a few months on vacation and get cured of cancer.

  21. Ang23ela Says:

    if this is real ?? i dont understand the hold up!!if this stuff could be saving many,many lives then just start already!!

  22. sharon pilgrim Says:

    Just input dichloroacetate at and you’ll get a wikipedia entry telling all the problems with using this course. People get peripheral neuropathy and I can tell you that’s no fun. Other side effects include problems with your gait which don’t always clear up after ending the medication. It comes with many of the same problems of traditional chemo. Also, if you are taking it without medical supervision your liver can start failing and by then forget cancer, your liver will kill you.

  23. Alan Says:

    Just wanting to make sure that everyone realizes this article is referencing a “last week” that happened over a year ago. There has been a lot of coverage of this, more than for pretty much any other kind of medication that is in it’s early trial stages. Hop over to Wikipedia if you want to get some links pointing you towards the current status of this research.

    For those who keep citing conspiracies and evil drug companies as the reasons that this isn’t being widely used consider this. Self immolation kills 100% of the cancer in your body in minutes and rather that shake your fist at big pharma for not funding research on something that would make them no money you could always pull out your checkbook and start making donations.

  24. bob Says:

    you are an idiot. you can’t “cure” cancer, as a general condition. Every cancer is different, the mechanisms are different, the genes, proteins, chemicals and processes are different. There is no ‘magic compound’ that automatically rids everyone of any cancer. While this MAY be indicated in the treatment of a specific type, it is by no means a cure-all.

  25. Rob Says:

    The premise is all wrong. I am supposed to believe that since you supposedly can’t turn a profit curing cancer, no company will bother even though they are capable…?

    I, right now, can go produce this stuff with a few friends who can each get small business loans. Then we can have it approved by the FDA with some more money to pay for research, and then we could sell it at high prices – and all insurance companies will cover it – and I would be filthy rich, world famous, and responsible for saving millions and millions of lives.

    So there is plenty incentive to get rich. Only an idiot would manage to not get rich after curing cancer, patents be damned.

    Anybody who believes this article is a moron and I hope they don’t base any important life decisions on it.

  26. timtim Says:

    Liver issues are often taken care of in many other contexts by milk thistle. Love to see some studies…

  27. Obi Says:

    You know, I’m a skeptic and a future medical student…So, if this is to be true, I am disgusted at the idea that drug companies would deny such research because they’d not get any money. I want to be a doctor to HELP people, not to earn money. Isn’t that what its all about? If these companies don’t have the heart enough to understand that not earning a little money to help save hundreds of thousands of lives, then I don’t know what to think of the world anymore.

    Granted, there are other ways to produce this as well. Perhaps there are more factors that we are not aware of. Drugs in embryonic stages are always unstable and unpredictable, so we may be getting hyped up over nothing and the companies know that. Either way, the thought I just pondered above sickens me.

  28. fez Says:

    To think that you can add something like this to the drinking water is naive. Any medication needs to be given in proper dosage. That is what needs to be determined by clinical trials. If the dose for cancer is 10X higher than the current dose for metabolic disorders, the risks are higher and must be examined. And you can’t put it in the water–I drink a gallon a day. What if I got too much? What if I take the drug and don’t have cancer? What happens when you take the drug for 80 years? What happens when you give it to your infant?

    This post is incredibly naive.

  29. Natovr Says:

    Really cool idea, Canada :) hope it comes to the UK soon. It would be seriously lifesaving :p

    Stumbled, hope the media finds it!

  30. Natovr Says:

    @Fez, this was the proper dosage o.O because it was given to rats first. They took a measured amount of the DCA water of course.

  31. David in Ohio Says:

    The official site from the University can be found here. Just go there and read about it, straight from the source.

  32. countrywriter7 Says:

    I just read this article. I’m glad it is in Canada and not the USA. If it was in the states, it would have already been shut up forever. At least in Canada, it has a chance to make it.

    I think it would be great that a product be found that could help in treating cancers that didn’t give the pharmaceutacals a lot of money.

    I know people who have cured cancers by diet. That’s not talked about either. Can’t make money on that.

  33. katinka - spirituality Says:

    this is not the real deal untill proven in clinical trials. Since that process is aparently started, there really isn’t a problem.

  34. Hippychick Says:

    More useful info here:

  35. Jackie Says:

    But DCA is bad for the liver and has quite a few other side effects, probably not as bad as cancer tho…

  36. Big Bob Says:

    Fake! The article was obviously photoshopped.

  37. Bob Says:

    I find it hard to believe the claims about DCA, as well as THC, as cancer-fighting agents. Earlier this year, a friend of mine died of cancer. When he was first admitted to the hospital, it was in fact the University of Alberta Hospital here in Edmonton. I would think that they would have tried DCA on him if this claim was true, since they don’t need the media to tell them about it, it’s right in their own labs. In addition to that, this friend had been smoking pot for about 40 years or longer, right up until he was too sick to enjoy it anymore. It doesn’t appear to have had any effect. You’d think that if it can reverse the problem, then regular use ahead of time would also be preventative, no?

  38. Paul Says:

    If funding is the big issue here, look into getting help from insurance companies — they are the ones that would profit by not having to pay out to big Pharma….

  39. prime3end Says:

    Here are people who are trying it,
    It’s not candy but some have apparently responded, you and your doctor be the judge.

  40. Andy Says:

    Here is an article from ABC News (Feb. 5, 2007): Enthusiasm Outpacing Science in Possible Cancer Therapy Discovery

  41. Chief Dan Says:

    Steven in response#7 could use a dictionary or Spellcheck software

  42. Sean Says:

    DCA causes liver cancer.

  43. Matthew Browne Says:

    Here are two articles in “New Scientist” (not an official reference journal, but informative nonetheless) about this:

    These articles demonstrate why perhaps too much hype about this might actually not be a good thing, until the clinical trials are complete. I say this as a cancer patient. However, I have to admit, if I were a terminal cancer patient with just a few months to live, I would be tempted to try to find the drug. But, as the head researcher on DCA, Dr. Evangelos Michelakis (who I believe was also the one who made the discovery) points out, such a person does in fact have a lot to lose by trying an untested drug. Here’s a quote from Michelakis:

    “There are many cases of people being told ‘you’ve only got a month to live’, and a month later they’re still alive. If you take DCA, it may not work, you could still have the cancer, and you’ll be paralysed.”

    So I think the best thing we can do at this point is support the research. Despite the cynical views of many of the above posters (and I at one point shared their views fully), doctors and pharmaceutical companies (the latter of course having a profit motive, I’m not denying that) have every right to be suspicious of anecdotal evidence. I say this out of my own experience trying alternative therapies and researching them; as much as we like to believe that alternative medicine is “the answer”, it’s not that cut and dry. (Don’t get me wrong, I still think there are many alternative therapies that really are helpful.)

    And, I really do not believe that the medical community is so controlled by evil corporate types as some are suggesting that they would reject an amazing cure for cancer if one came along (think, everyone knows someone who has suffered with cancer). If this is proven to work, there will be an unstoppable movement to get it to market, and the drug companies couldn’t stop it even if they wanted to.

    So please, if you want to support this new drug, support the research. See this page for information about donations:

  44. mrs widow Says:

    this article was just brought to my attention and initially brought me to tears as I’m approaching the one year anniversary of my husband’s passing. But then I DID do my own research – and quickly discovered, among other things, “…it’s been used on animals for their cancers and caused paralysis, death and testicular shrinkage. As metabolic medication DCA causes numbness, pain and gait disturbance.” Not a science cite, but neither did this article (over a year old) offer solid citations either. So, let’s proceed w/caution – don’t raise hopes without providing a direction to go with the news (where are the trials being held, where could we have signed up if we’d seen this back in Feb before he passed) and IF there is something more solid to offer now, GET IT CROSS LINKED HERE!!! Because, OF COURSE, we want to know! Otherwise, Rett, this article seems rather irresponsible.

  45. Mike Says:

    ok people be careful when you read this crap. you will be seeing a lot of this in the coming years. the fact is that scientists have known all along about what cancer really is and they’ve been keeping it as vague and under wraps as possible, because for one thing its a great population control as well as a billion dollar industry and for another the pharma industry wont make any money whatsoever off of the real cure. But now to cover their asses they will be saying they’ve found the cure because the word is out. cancer is a natural reaction that your body produces to fight internal fungus. instead of killing the fungus the medical industry has waged war on the cancer, allowing for billions of dollars in war like budgets to be built up to fight this imaginary terrorist. starting to see a pattern? it turns out that baking soda kills almost all types of fungus. do you feel violated yet? do you still believe in your country? scientists have known for years that eating tomatoes on a daily basis will bring your chances of getting cancer down to zero, but do they tell you that? nor do they tell you that you are inviting fungus into your body every time you you eat bread, mushrooms of any kind, drink milk and or hundreds of other unnatural sources. watch this video and you’ll see why scientists now have to say that they have finally found the cure. >>>

  46. LS Says:

    Trials are CURRENTLY still showing %60 to %70 positive response according to this:

  47. Lisa Says:

    Google “Royal Rife” and read some very interesting things about a man who cured cancer in the 1930′s

  48. Z Says:

    There have been MANY cancer “cures” reported over the years. Each and everyday you can find new cures reported online. Each and every time extended human trials have discredited them. Go to DIGG and search cancer cures and you will see what I mean. This is why the traditional media is fearful of reporting about them.

  49. amk Says:

    Orac, who weblogs at Respectful Insolence
    on Scienceblogs, is a surgeon and researcher who’s written extensively about DCA; see the bottom of the linked post for a roundup of all his DCA posts. In short: it shows promise as a new chemotherapy agent, but largely due to experiments not in humans; clinical trials will have to show if it’s actually effective in people.

  50. Steph Says:

    for doubters… i cant rele say much about it bcuz im not rele sure. but id like to tell everyone that i actually got this same information from a local newspaper. someone wrote about this drug (DCA) & told of its abilities to (cure?) cancer. so id just like to say to all the non believers that its not just some made up story (or i dont think so anyway).

    id also like to tell anyone who reads this & has the power to do something about it… please help in obtaining $ for research of this drug!!!! & getting the message out 2 everyone possible!
    i plan to go into medical research after university, & i plan on focusing on this drug. if this drug is for real, i guarantee i will use every cent i have to research it myself. perpahps i have high hopes but…. oh well
    in the meantime, if anyone who can help or knows someone who can… im sure it would make a huge impact on everyone in the world.
    really, who cares about the money if we can save so many lives???
    i have a friend who is 16. she was recently diagnosed with lymphona…. its really bad. the sad part is that she never got to enjoy her life… shes been mentally handicapped since birth.
    if theres somebody out there who has researched this drug or knows anything more about it…. please please please email me @ i would greatly appreciate it.
    & if theres somebody who is involved in keeping this DCA business under wraps, i plead to you, please help all the people who have suffered & who will suffer for a long time if someone doesnt find a cure soon.

  51. Pocket Says:

    The pharmaceutical industry is not going to keep people sick.
    I’m sure that major pharmaceutical companies understand that there will always be a serious disease on the horizon; that there will forever be a money-making disorder or virus that’s cure eludes us for some time.

  52. Amber Says:

    what are your sources???

  53. Anonymous Says:

    Actually, the study of dichloroacetic acid on rat tumors was all over the media, particularly by the widely popular New Scientist in an article called “Cheap, ‘safe’ drug kills most cancers.”

    The advantage of citing your sources is that you’ll be less likely to publish bullshit. Give it a try next time.

  54. Shuo Says:

    This is ridiculous. You have no idea what you’re talking about. The reason it’s not out is because of unbelievably thorough testing required by the FDA before human clinical trials are allowed. They’re doing this to protect your health. Moreover, there are already clinical trials on the way. Here’s one to get you started:

    Hopefully you’ll actually do some research before making another ignorantly indignant post about medicine.

  55. Alberto Says:

    perhaps about mitochondria one ought to read nick lane:

  56. Answer My Health Question Says:

    This article may show as no tangible proof because It has no source.. But nice article anyway!

  57. statistically speaking Says:

    We know in health studies it must be reliable and more research must need to prove theories because It may risk life.

  58. any info would be apreciated Says:


  59. dsd Says:

    Here you can find observation data gathered by Canadian Clinic – Medicor Cancer
    Centres durning DCA therapy:
    and here are 4 cases treated with DCA:

    here’s an lymphoma remission story using DCA B1 vitamine protocol:
    and here are other remissions:

    for more info on alternative therapies and dca see and for additional info see and – they can ship worldwide and to the us!

  60. Cozmo Says:

    Digg it! Bump It up! lets hope some Independent news source investigates!

  61. A Doctor Says:

    I am a doctor. First – most cancers are already curable. Second – there is no sure fix for cancer. Third – Treatment of cancer is not “one drug” but rather a complicated multimodal approach customized to the patient, the type of cancer, the extent of spread and dozens of additional prognostic factors which differ from cancer to cancer. So DCA is not a cure-all (we have hundreds of anticancer drugs at present, and the more nonspecific a drug, the more likely that there is nothing unique about the drug. A bit vague, I know, but to explain further I would have to get technical.) Untested medication is dangerous. This looks very suspicious, please do not believe everything you read.

  62. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Well, Doc! We will keep what you have to say in mind.

    But please tell me again how they test chemotherapy agents before administering them to the general population?

    Double blind controlled studies please on humans. Anything less really is not very acceptable.

    Make reference to studies and statical results please, so any patient can make a determined choice.

    You could start with the chemo agents they use on lung cancer and throw in breast and prostate cancer too because we have lots of folks with that these days.

  63. Dhdj Says:

    THis seems to be fairly legitimate, if you research and cross reference the most believable information, like the , well one article from a former doctor who self treated himself with dca with successful remission poked at the idea dca might be “from other collections of very optimistic evidence” very effective, less effective in his case because his cancer did not have mitochondria, but still provided remission with a higher dose. Now there is also a document on a patient who was end stage lymphoma after a chemo caused remission, who took dca with caffeine and vitamin b1 and had regained appetite remarkably within 2 days”something impossible to have with even a trace of cancer usually lol”. He successfully gained a remission and is now cancer “free”, there was another patient with stage 5 colon cancer, who took a dosage of dca, observed a blood sample before and then only minutes later, and after minutes blood cells had began splitting off and beginning progress. It appears to me this is a cure for some, and only for some, that this is a miracle treatment that in some cases is completely efficient alone, or of Much better use in cooperation with other treatments, chemo, rad etc.. It appears that only rarely does it perform the task on it’s own, and most often when it does it gives only remission before the medication starts showing unsettling side effects, Which would give way to the theory that dca in combination with other treatment, a twist of caffeine and b1 might be a cure in many circumstances, one can only hope that maybe a purposely unadvertised drug has finally found some light.