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Cancer cells however, use a different process outside the mitochondria to generate their energy. Because cancer cells seem to switch off their mitochondria, this is believed to be one way in which cancer cells are able to evade cell death. DCA is a very simple chemical and by adding DCA to cancer cells, it seems to turn the mitochondria back on again. DCA doesn’t seem to affect healthy cells, because their mitochondria function normally. This fits the desirable criteria for an anticancer agent that selectively targets cancer cells with little to no adverse effects on healthy cells.
DCA is a naturally occurring, inexpensive, non-patentable molecule, and is non-toxic to humans. However, that makes it less profitable for pharmaceutical companies to invest funds into making this a new drug, hence the slow progress in clinical trials and lack of many doctors or clinics prescribing this as a medicine. The other way of buying DCA is over the Internet from non-certified sellers and pharma websites which can be very dangerous as you won’t know what exactly is in the capsules. DCA is a prescription drug in Canada, USA and through most of Europe. It cannot legally be sold as a medication unless it is under a doctors prescription (medical doctor or naturopathic doctor) and it is usually possible to obtain it through clinics in Canada.
Dichloroacetic acid, often abbreviated DCA, is an acid, an analogue of acetic acid. The salts and esters of dichloroacetic acid are called dichloroacetates. It is the sodium salt of DCA that is used by those with cancer, and not the acid. Never buy or use the acid yourself as this would be highly risky and harmful.
In medical research the gold standard of acceptability of a treatment is a phase III clinical trial. There is only one problem: DCA is not patentable. Michelakis appealed to the private sector and the Canadian Government and secured $1.5 million dollars in financing to conduct a phase II trial to demonstrate that DCA could work in humans the same way it worked in mice. However, the trial could only point to five patients, two of whom responded to DCA alone. It established that DCA does work in humans (and not only rats), but was not definitive proof. http://therenodispatch.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/what-is-dca-real-story-behind-this.html. Click here to read the complete article.
2010 article: Potential cancer drug DCA tested in early trials
It is recommended to continue treatment for at least 2 to 3 months of treatment. For slow growing cancers, longer treatment is required.