Each year during the anniversary week of Mercola.com, we recognize a Game Changer; someone whose work stands as a great service to humanity by making a significant contribution to improving people's health.
This year, we present the Game Changer Award to Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D.,1
a professor of biology at Boston College and a leading expert and researcher in the field of cancer metabolism and nutritional ketosis.
His book, "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
" is an important contribution to the field of how cancer starts and can be treated. Seyfried's work is also heavily featured in Travis Christofferson's excellent book, "Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer."
Each day, some 1,600 people die from cancer in the United States alone. Worldwide, we're looking at a death toll of about 21,000 people daily. So many of these deaths are unnecessary — they're preventable and treatable.
Seyfried is one of the pioneers in the application of nutritional ketosis for cancer; a therapy that stems from the work of Dr. Otto Warburg, who was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant biochemists of the 20th century. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1931 for the discovery of metabolism of malignant cells.
Warburg also held a doctorate in chemistry and was personal friends with Albert Einstein and many of the most prominent scientists of his time. His life's mission was to find a cure for cancer, and he actually did. Unfortunately, few were able to appreciate the importance of his findings.
Seyfried has followed in Warburg's scientific footsteps, and is conducting important research to advance this science. He has in fact exceeded Warburg's initial supposition, shedding important light on the metabolic underpinnings of cancer.
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
The traditionally held view or dogma is that cancer is agenetic disease, but what Warburg discovered is that cancer is really caused by a defect in the cellular energy metabolism of the cell, primarily related to the function of the mitochondria, which are the little power stations within each cell.