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The last time Brad Lemley entered our line of sight, he was promoting something he called “The Apostle’s Protocol.” He headlined his spiel with the phrase “Jesus’ Lost Words,” which he told us that we wouldn’t find in the Bible, but which were in an ancient manuscript which had been found in a cave in Egypt in 1945. The particular medical miracle found in this holy ancient screed had the power to cure Alzheimer’s disease in as little as four days. There was a Doc Gumshoe post about “The Apostle’s Protocol” and one other equally holy packet of miracles in June of last year, titled “Yet More Miracle Cures from On High.”
This time the figure Brad Lemley summons up to give prestige and authority to his claims is Dr Otto Warburg, who genuinely was a distinguished Nobel Prize-winning scientist in the 1930s. Lemley’s claim is that Dr Warburg was working under the direct orders of Adolph Hitler, who made an exception for Warburg and did not send him to the gas chambers despite his un-Aryan ethnicity, but required him to continue working on his secret cure for cancer.
For your astonishment (or maybe entertainment), here’s how Lemley presents it:
“In 1944, a German scientist performing cancer research for Hitler made an incredible discovery …
DID THE NAZIS BURY A TRUE CURE FOR CANCER?
FOUND: A PRICELESS WAR RELIC COVERED UP BY OUR U. S. GOVERNMENT FOR 70 YEARS!
Please be warned: The story you’re about to hear was DENIED by our own United States government…
In fact, there is evidence that suggests it has been covered up since the end of the Second World War. Until today…
Even as I speak to you now, certain powerful parties have a vested interest in keeping this information hidden…
…and I fully expect this video to be removed from the Internet in the next 24 hours.”
That’s’ the kind of guff that’s meant to get readers to hurry up and opt in to whatever Lemley is hyping. But then Lemley does go on (eventually) to identify the source of this cure for cancer as Dr Warburg, who propounded the theory that the single cause of cancer was a change in the way the mitochondria in some cells metabolized glucose. In most cells, glucose is metabolized by oxidation, but in some cells glucose can undergo anaerobic metabolism, i.e., without oxygen. It is those cells that become cancerous, according to Dr Warburg’s research. His belief was that all one had to do to prevent the development of cancer cells was cut off the glucose supply to those errant mitochondria. Accomplishing this is, unfortunately for those who subscribe to Warburg’s credo, well-nigh impossible. That’s because, regardless of whether we consume sugar or carbohydrates, we convert a great part of whatever goes in our stomachs into glucose, which is the prime energy source, not only for those perverted little mitochondria in cancerous cells, but for all the cells in our bodies.
Warburg knew this, but he thought that cancer could be controlled by decreasing blood glucose levels. As cancer research progressed, and the evidence mounted that a considerable number of other factors could cause cancer, Warburg persisted in the belief that his theory was the only fundamental explanation and that the later evidence was nothing more than a distraction from the essential truth that glucose was the cause.
Lemley does not go into this, of course. He stays right with Dr Warburg in 1944 and disregards the 70-plus years of research that have not only failed to back up Warburg’s theory, but resulted in much greater understanding of the way cancers originate, evade our immune system, and metastasize. And, along the way, this research has resulted in treatment protocols which, even though they do not originate in recently-unearthed sacred screeds or underground secrets, have had important and beneficial results for millions of patients. But more of that later on.
Having asserted that Warburg’s cancer cure was definitely all anybody needed to know about how to defeat cancer once and for all, he goes on to other claims, viz:
“… every detail on how you can use this cancer miracle for yourself and your family is now available in a FREE book called The Secrets of Underground Medicine…
And, in addition to full details on the Warburg cancer miracle, this 510-page free book also contains full, PROVEN underground disease therapies like…
How a revolutionary “food solution” can now REVERSE full-blown diabetes… in as little as 8 days?! (page 415)
How an all-natural arthritis wonder can actually REGROW healthy, young, pain-free joints. (page 295)
How a simple nutrient your doctor doesn’t know… can SAVE YOU from a deadly heart attack, build “bones of steel” and even fight off prostate cancer…
It’s called “Nutrient K” and there’s an 80% chance you are deficient right now… (find out on page 54)
Or how the incredible “Methuselah Diet” has already extended animal lifespans by an additional 83%… could it work to add 60 years to YOUR life?! (page 407)”Are you getting our free Daily Update
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Here Lemley is touting some of the other miracle cures in his book. These will turn out to be the same or similar to the ones he talks about in his other books. And, as with those other miracle cures, it’s likely that there’s at least a modicum of fact behind some of them.
What is Nutrient K?
Nutrient K is pretty sure to be Vitamin K, which has been known for more than 80 years as essential to the coagulation of blood. It was initially termed koagulationsvitamin in German, thus Vitamin K. There are at least two forms of Vitamin K, K1 and K2. The former, Vitamin K1, is abundant in most green leafy vegetables, including kale (which I assiduously avoid, because it tastes – to me, anyway – like eating plastic), but also spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, and several others, all of which I like quite a bit. The latter, Vitamin K2, is present in eggs, meat, and in many proteins. (A third form, Vitamin K3, or menadione, is not considered to be a bona fide vitamin and has no known physiologic role.) In addition, bacteria in our intestines generate Vitamin K. So it is very rare for people to have a Vitamin K deficiency, although some diseases can prevent the body from absorbing Vitamin K, and several medications can decrease Vitamin K absorption. In many developed countries, all newborns receive injections of Vitamin K to reduce the chance of bleeding, which, although quite rare, is definitely dangerous.
Vitamin K is also an essential bone-building vitamin; osteoporosis has sometimes been found to be associated with low levels of Vitamin K. And recent research also suggests a link between Vitamin K and a group of proteins collectively termed glutamic acid (Gla) proteins, which have a range of physiologic roles, one of which is related to the control of deposition of calcium in the arteries. Unchecked, arterial calcification leads to sclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, associated, as we know, with several cardiovascular conditions. Vitamin K deficiency may lead to reduced activity in those Gla proteins and increased arterial calcification.
Proponents of Vitamin K supplementation also point to possible links between Vitamin K deficiencies and other diseases, such as type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and cancer. In fact, they even cite studies comparing levels of risk in cohorts with the highest versus lowest levels of Vitamin K, e.g., for all-cause mortality, a 36% relative risk reduction; for cancer, a 46% relative risk reduction; for coronary heart disease mortality, a 57% relative risk reduction; for T2DM, a 51% risk reduction.
I have not checked these studies, but my skepticism index is stratospheric. May I point out that nowhere was it asserted that these relative risk reductions were achieved by increasing the Vitamin K levels in a group of patients, whether through diet or supplementation – just that, observationally, patients with the higher Vitamin K levels were found to be at lower risk for those outcomes. Since Vitamin K is abundantly available in a healthy diet (green leafy vegetables and proteins) we do not know whether the comparison is between individuals on a healthy diet and those who subsist on soda pop and pizza. And, most important, we do not know what the absolute levels of risk in these specific cohorts were.
We need to remember the famous (or should I say infamous) presentation of the Women’s Health Initiative, in which it was reported that women taking hormone replacement therapy had a 23% increase in the relative risk of a heart attack compared with women not taking HRT. This was based on a really tiny increase