Oxygen therapy is a form of treatment based upon the premise that all harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi (e.g. flu, colds, AIDs, candida albicans and cancerous cells) are anaerobic – they can only thrive in low oxygen environments. Conversely, to maintain good health, the human body requires a rich supply of oxygen.
Dr Otto Warburg, twice Nobel laureate was able to prove that cancer cannot grow in an high oxygen environment. He states: Cancer, above all diseases, has countless secondary causes, but there is only one prime cause: the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of body cells by anaerobic respiration. In other words, lack of oxygen. His research revealed that when a cell is denied 60% of its normal requirement of oxygen, it switches to a fermentation mechanism and grows out of control. Researchers have since shown that cancerous growths contract and even disappear when oxygen saturation is sufficiently raised in the fluids surrounding them.
According to Dr Warburg, both normal cells and cancer cells derive energy from glucose, but normal cells require oxygen to combine with the glucose, while cancer cells break down glucose without oxygen, yielding only 1/15 the energy per glucose molecule that a normal cell produces. (This explains why people who consume excessive quantities of sugar may be more at risk from cancer).
The anaerobic breakdown of glucose by cancer cells forms large amounts of lactic acid. Some of this is converted back into glucose by the liver which in so doing uses one fifth of the energy per glucose molecule that a normal cell can, but that still leaves three times more available energy for cancer cells. This wasteful metabolism becomes self-sustaining and dominant unless (a) the cancers energy supply is eliminated or (b) oxygen or energy levels to normal cells are significantly increased.
In essence, therefore, advocates of oxygen therapy claim that it is the lack of oxygen on a cellular level that is responsible for disease. The greater oxygen levels in our bodies, the more resistant we become to viruses and harmful bacteria. This is the principle upon which oxygen therapy is based.