In part seven our final discussion, we will emphasize the cell’s main organelle and they are the mitochondria. Mitochondria as we touched on previously in this series, are what have been called the “batteries” of the cells. This is because these little energy efficient “powerhouses”, provide energy for the cell for which it is in. As a result mitochondria are the life pulse of the cells. Since cells make up tissues, and tissues make up organs, then it would make sense if they fail, so do the organs from disease scenarios.

Mitochondria once lived as separate entities capable of surviving on their own as living bacteria. Eventually they become swallowed up into another cell and then began a symbiotic relationship with that cell providing the cell with energy and transferring its DNA to this host cell. Throughout time they became efficient at this process fueling exponential amounts of energy (ATP) to provide the cells the fuel to exist. Valuable as they are, there is a down side and that is, utilizing oxygen and producing energy, by -products such as free radicals are produced. Free radicals can alter the cell’s DNA leading to changes progressing to oncogenes (cancer cells). But we have excellent antioxidant fail safe systems set up to quell any fires that these free radicals would produce. Nutrients such as glutathione, Vitamins A, C, E, Selenium, alpha lipoic acid, astaxantine, along with PQQ and COQ10 play huge roles in mitochondrial health. But how does mitochondrial damage lead to cancer?

It was found that chemicals and viruses could damage mitochondria. Viruses such as RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) seen in the young but in actuality, many viruses and carcinogenic chemicals can alter the mitochondria. It was shown by Peter Pederson, Ph.D.  Professor of biological chemistry and oncology at John Hopkins, that chemical agents (carcinogens), radiation and viruses were capable of damaging not only the mitochondria but also the cell’s nucleus. It appeared that the damaged mitochondria sent signals to the cell’s DNA altering it to produce oncogenes or cancer cells. In a nut shell if the mitochondria became damaged so did the cell’s DNA.  The use of changing the energy to a fermentation process of sugar keeps cancer cells alive and proliferate.

This is really just glancing the surface. It is much more complex since the cancer cells once established, keep changing to random DNA sequences which is why typical medical treatment may prolong life but cannot eradicate the cancer. So is the answer as simple as keeping the mitochondria well, partly.

Health is a variety of components some standard, and some not. One single item is not responsible for it all, but an integrated function of many parts. Parts that are suited for providing energy and destroying bad guys along the way. This is why lifestyle changes are vastly important for optimizing wellness and protection. I hope that this series has shed some light on the topic. For further reading go to

“Tripping Over The Truth” by Travis Christofferson

Dr. Paul Stefanelli

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Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology


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