It has been said:
“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.”
Cancer is the coming next pandemic. One can already say this next pandemic is already present and accounted for. But, the last 3 years will only accelerate the present pandemic.
This quote from an unknown author highlights the vast, what seems like an infinite chasm that exists between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge does not equal wisdom, and by no means does wisdom come through the accumulation of knowledge. Likewise, it has been said that time results in more knowledge, but time and accumulation do not de facto translate to wisdom.
In fact, how could one not conclude that the more knowledge we have of what has just transpired over the last 3-5 years, that the world’s leaders (sarcasm) have a vacuum of wisdom. The accumulation of knowledge without the application of wisdom is the pathway forward to frank stupidity or worse. This is hard to say and I am sure very hard to hear. I use to think that the leaders of our country and the world were the smartest and most wise amongst us. Well, now, it is clear that they are the dumbest and least wise amongst us.
Knowledge is just the accumulation of data. The accumulation of data is analogous to snowflakes accumulating on the road. Without action, the snowflakes simply accumulate. Wisdom is the processing and application of knowledge into points of action. This processing or application can be an action of conclusion, change in behavior, change in thinking, or change in paradigm. In many ways, foundational and original principles, personal experiences, and history are the bridges that connect knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom is the processing of this data through foundational and original principles, experiences, and history to set into motion the action to move the data to wisdom to clear the road of accumulating snow.
Yet, when there are no foundational or original principles to guide the assimilation and application of the data; surprise, surprise, there is no wisdom to be found anywhere. Why are there no foundational or original principles? Because, they have been intentionally destroyed. The active work to rewrite words, rewrite history can be thanked for the destruction of our foundational and original principles. If we don’t know were we came from, there are no guiding principles moving forward. We can easily be molded into whatever our unwise leaders want. We are the clay and they are the unwise molders. Or worse. All that is needed is fear.
A primary and direct connection of the SARS-CoV-2 and spike proteins to cancer is through the same ACE2 receptors that have received so much media attention over the last almost two years. It is interesting to note that individuals with cancer are said to be at higher risk from SARS-CoV-2 infection than those without cancer. Why? In part, it is because of the same ACE2 receptors [i] [ii]. Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 receptor expression is increased in many cancer types (see below). Cancer is listed as one of the many comorbidities, along with male > female, obesity, advanced age, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, in the SARS-CoV-2 increased infection risk profile. But, does listing cancer as a comorbidity mean that the spike protein, whatever the source, is the right approach to help people with cancer? That is a big question that I will work to answer by connecting a few dots below.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2)
First, what the heck is ACE2? The ACE2 is an important membrane protein that converts the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II to angiotensin as a part of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). ACE2 as a part of the RAAS regulates blood volume and systemic vascular resistance and is implicated in high blood pressure, cardiovascular function, diabetes, and yes, a receptor for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus—see SARS-CoV-2.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is expressed across the spectrum of many different cancer types. Cancer types that express ACE2 are primarily the solid variety of tumors, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, renal cell cancer, and uterine cancer [iii]. Here, cancer cells can serve as a reservoir for viruses. Did your mind just explode? Think of the solid ball of tumor cells as a high rise and each cell a reservoir, or room, for viruses. Specific to this virus and the spike protein, this is kind of a build it (tumor cells), and they will come (virus), and prosper (viral increase in number), and grow (increase infection, inflammation, and cancer growth) concept [iv] [v]. If you look at it through the prism of community construction and development, it is the perfect planned cancer community development. This changes the entire perspective on the relationship between cancer and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It helps to clarify why the spike protein, whatever the source, is not good in patients with cancer.
Remember, the spike protein is, in fact, a toxin or a toxicant depending on its source of origin [vi] [vii]. And what is a toxin or a toxicant? A toxin is a substance created by a living organism, i.e. parasite, virus, or bacteria, which causes harm. The word toxin comes from the Latin word toxicus meaning poison. A toxicant is a synthetic substance created outside a living organism which too causes harm. The level of harm or dysfunction plays no role in whether a substance meets the criteria for labeling as a toxin or toxicant; just simply that it causes harm or dysfunction.
The debate of whether the spike protein is a toxin or toxicant is beyond its straight forward, pro-carcinogenic impact. Beyond the impact of the spike protein with the pro-carcinogenic plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) [viii] and the suppression, inactivation of natural killer (NK) cells [ix], this blogpost will highlight the research supported mechanisms and impact for far worse. It is consistent with currently published science to state that cancer patients are at higher risk from complications with SARS-CoV-2 infection, and increased risk for complications from the spike protein. These statements are not mutually exclusive but inclusive. Similar to the quote attributed to Hippocrates, we must heal and help patients, but first, at least do no harm. I don’t just want to make broad, general statements but provide the evidence for the exact currently known mechanisms of how the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein contributes to cancer morbidity and mortality—primarily through the process of metastasis.
This is not the first time that research or that ground breaking discovery has identified a connection between a virus and cancer. According to research, approximately 20% of all cancers globally are caused by infectious agents, i.e., viruses, bacteria, and parasites [x]. Viruses are at the top of that list. Viruses can hijack cellular metabolism and reprogram cells for oncogenic metabolism, leading to oncogenic transformation [xi] [xii] [xiii]. Other viruses shown to contribute to and cause cancer include the adenovirus, Herpes simplex type I and II (HSV1 and HSVII), Human cytomegalovirus (CMV), Human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV, Hepatitis C virus, and the Epstein-Barr virus [xiv], just to name a few.
The details of the role that ACE2 expression plays in cancer are essential to better understand the connection between the SARS-CoV-2 associated spike protein, whatever the source (infection or injection), and cancer. As I previously mentioned, many solid cancer tumor types express ACE2. Why? A look at a few cancer types will help to provide more insight.
Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 has been shown in vitro and in vivo studies to reduce angiogenesis and provide a favorable prognosis in breast cancer [xv]. In addition to neogenesis, Angiogenesis is the irregular, tortuous blood vessel supply that is critical to cancer survival. Angiogenesis and neogenesis create the roadmap to fuel the growing tumor’s massive metabolic demand and remove the associated waste that is a byproduct of the high metabolism of tumor growth.
When it comes to low ACE2 levels, the opposite is also true. Low ACE2 expression is associated with a worse survival and prognosis. The implication is that an increase in ACE2 expression provides protection against tumor growth in some breast cancer types and is associated with a favorable prognosis—improved survival 11.
Similarly, a decrease in breast cancer cell ACE2 expression correlates with an advancing stage in breast cancer [xvi]. This points to an indirect relationship of decreasing ACE2 and a progression of breast cancer from stage I to stage III and stage IV. In lung cancer, high ACE2 expression inhibits cancer cell growth [xvii]. In uterine and kidney cancer, ACE2 expression is associated with an increase in tumor microenvironment immune infiltration and improved prognosis [xviii]. Despite the favorable effect in cancer, ACE2 expression increases SARS-CoV-2 infection risk. Again, as previously mentioned, the two statements are not mutually exclusive but are inclusive. Not to make it more confusing, but instead, to show the complexity, high ACE2 expression is associated with a decrease in survival in HER-2+ breast cancer [xix].
There are those that say the science is settled. Just simply looking at the few facts, born out of research, that I have presented so far, begs the question how much “science” do these individuals actually know? Is it science at all?
It is essential to understand that the endothelium is at the center of this wheel of the dysfunction cascade that leads to metastasis [xx] [xxi]. Endothelium is critical to the cancer, platelet, cytokine storm, and metastasis process, discussed in the previous blog post, that triggers the long list of associated problems involving platelets to include metastasis [xxii] [xxiii] [xxiv] [xxv]. More, the endothelium is center stage of the convergence of the cytokine storm, LPS induced metabolic endotoxemia, SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, platelet—cancer cell aggregate, which leads to SARS-CoV-2 acute respiratory distress syndrome [xxvi] [xxvii], thromboembolism [xxviii] [xxix], myocarditis [xxx], and cardiomyopathy [xxxi]. Because of the published research presented here, I add that cancer proliferation and metastasis be added to this list.
But how? It is readily apparent that the endothelial dysfunction occurs through the down regulation of the same angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor expression and signaling [xxxii] [xxxiii]. To be clear, this is the same down-regulation of ACE2 expression that also sits at the heart of its pro-cancer impact, that I will discuss more below. More, spike protein as a toxin, exists to cause cause damage. The endothelium is the perfect bullseye target!
You likely have heard a lot about these ACE2 receptors in the discussion of COVID-19 over the last almost three years. According to current research, they are the primary means by which the SARS-CoV-2 virus gains access to cells. The SARS-CoV-2 virus gains access to the ACE2 receptors via the infamous spike proteins expressed on the virus’s surface. Think of the spike protein as the key to opening the door, the ACE2 door, to gain entry into the cell’s internal machinery. In addition to the spike protein, there is a 1) membrane protein, 2) nucleocapsid protein, and 3) envelope protein expressed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. That is four total proteins. There are numerous tissue types (brain, eyes, nasal cavity, oral cavity, cardiovascular system, lungs, liver, kidneys, reproductive organs) throughout the body that also express the ACE2 receptors. But the lung is the tissue type that is most heavily concentrated with ACE2 receptors [xxxiv]. It should then come as no surprise that one of the primary organs affected by this virus is the pulmonary system—particularly the lungs. The result is pneumonia and, worse, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
Isn’t it interesting that the last organ system that express ACE2 receptors in the list, the reproductive organs, has received a lot of recent attention. A January 2022 study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology highlights the 25% of women with cycle irregularities following the spike proteins injection. How, in part through the same ACE2 receptors, but exact mechanisms are yet to be determined. But, animal studies have shown suppression of central gonadotropin suppression from SARS-CoV-2 which will lead to LH and FSH suppression, and resultant fertility disruption/dysfunction [xxxv] [xxxvi]. Hmmm…
Beyond the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein ACE2 receptor activation, spike proteins alone increase platelet aggregation and P-selection expression through the same ACE2 receptor activation [xxxvii]. Yes, it appears that platelets too express ACE2 [xxxviii]. The end result is platelet hyperactivation. According to the authors of the article, SARS-CoV-2 binds ACE2 to enhance thrombosis in COVID-19,
“…both complete SARS-CoV-2 virus as well as the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein are able to induce platelet activation.”
In the case of cancer, platelet hyperactivity, including an increase in platelet aggregation, we should expect an increase in the formation of the cancer cell-platelet aggregate, discussed previously, and its associated increase in cancer metastasis implications highlighted previously. In addition, an increase in the adhesion molecule, P-selectin, on platelets will increase angiogenesis and metastatic potential [xxxix] [xl] [xli]. It is readily apparent that spike protein ACE2 receptor activated platelets and increase in P-selectin expression will aid metastasis:
“Circulating tumor cells attach to the microvasculature of target organs, penetrate the vessel wall, and survive and proliferate within their new tissue microenvironments.” [xlii]
The relationship of spike protein to cancer is analogous to giving candy to a classroom of sleep-deprived elementary school kids—watch out for the mayhem as they bounce off the walls. The data of the sugar, kids, and sleep deprivation are well known; the wisdom of their integration would be obviously called into question. Just the same, the data of spike proteins and cancer are known, the wisdom of their integration should be called into question.
Consider this thought for a moment. Based on the information presented, what would be the impact of platelet hyperactivation in individuals with cancer, or even individuals at high risk of cancer, that also have co-existing endothelium damage? It is safe to say that any adult older than 40 or with any chronic disease of aging has some degree of endothelium dysfunction or damage. In fact, aging equals endothelium dysfunction. The obvious impact would be a significant increase in morbidity and mortality. Remember, metastasis is the cause of 90% of morbidity and mortality in cancer. It just so happens that the spike protein accomplishes both. Hmmm.
What is the connection between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and ACE2, and what is the corresponding relevance to cancer? Just as in endothelium damage described previously, the spike protein down-regulates ACE2 expression on cancer cells [xliii] [xliv] [xlv]. Yes, you did read that correctly. The implications in cancer are significant, profound, and relatively straightforward. You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed expert to make this connection. As mentioned previously in the study “SARS-CoV-2 cell receptor gene ACE2-mediated immunomodulation in breast cancer subtypes” [xlvi], decreasing ACE2 expression correlates with advancing breast cancer stage, i.e., stage II, stage III, stage IV. The implication here is an advancing stage of cancer is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The opposite is true, an increase in prognosis and survival in the solid cancer types which highly express ACE2. This connection helps explain why the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor) and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) class of hypertension medications are linked to an increase in cancer risk in some studies through their decrease in ACE2 expression 40 [xlvii]. As mentioned previously, this connection is not universal across cancer types because the opposite holds true in HER-2 positive breast cancer. This lack of uniformity highlights another issue in cancer treatment today; a one-size-fits-all approach will never work in cancer treatment. This is why the future and precision of multiomic medicine must be applied to target and individualize therapy.
The implications between the spike protein, whatever the source, and ACE2 in cancer are concrete, but we need to connect a few dots (highlighted above) to make the connection more clear. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 is highly expressed in cancer cells. First, ACE2 expression is associated with a decrease in cancer invasion, advancing stage, and metastasis. Second, research has shown that a decrease in ACE2 expression is associated with advancing cancer stage—metastasis. And third, the spike protein down-regulates ACE2 expression. To summarize, the connection of these dots point directly to the spike protein down-regulation of ACE2 expression as a significant contributor to cancer invasion, advancing stage, and metastasis, which worsens cancer prognosis and survival. And that is just one mechanism. Currently, there are two known sources of the spike protein—SARS-CoV-2 infection and that associated from vaccination. Don’t interpret anything here through the prism of political bias, as this is what is found in the published evidence.
Does infection or injection produce more spike proteins than the other? The scientific jury is still out on that question of spike proteins, but we can infer the likely outcome based on mRNA data. Professor Jean-Michel Claverie has previously published that injection provides 7 to 10 times higher levels of mRNA in blood compared to that from natural infection [xlviii]. The obvious inference is that mRNA will produce more spike proteins. But, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that the injection source produces a higher spike protein antibody response than natural infection 32. The implication is that the vaccination produces more spike proteins because it produces more spike protein-directed antibodies. However, the direct data to support that relationship remains incomplete, but the current evidence available points to the likelihood that injection produces more spike proteins over that of natural infection. Remember, the spike protein is a toxin. In my literature review, it doesn’t appear that much of these questions have been asked or even investigated. My guess is we may never see that data. It does not take a quantum leap of logic to conclude that repetitive injections will maintain and increase spike proteins and the resultant increase cancer risk.
And then there is transmission. What you may ask. Transmission of messenger RNA (mRNA) or transmission of the spike protein itself. The mRNA is a part of the injection that induces the production of the spike protein that is suppose to induce the immune response and provide lasting immune protection against future infection…without boosters… Hmmm…. That was the thought. That was the design. Well, that didn’t turn out so well.
The SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations use synthetic mRNA vaccine lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). These mRNA lipid nanoparticles are designed to mimic natural occurring extracellular vesicles (EVs or exosomes). Extracellular vesicles are natural carriers that are involved in cell to cell communication. It should come as no surprise that the synthetic LNPs have the ability to release their content into the cytosol of a cell, identical to natural exosomes. More important, synthetic LNPs, similar to EVs or exosomes, can carry vaccine originating mRNA and spike proteins.
Now, what is the connection to the potential for transmission? Synthetic LNPs, similar to EVs or exosomes, are found in urine, feces and likely to be in saliva, breast milk, and sweat. There is even evidence to suggest passage through the placenta, as well as transmission through aerosolized droplets, and even direct skin to skin contact. A quote from a recent 2022 publication from Infectious Disease Research says it all:
“All these studies show that EVs carrying mRNA and spike could therefore be excreted by different body fluids and could enter by transcutaneous or inhalation route in unvaccinated individuals (as well as by breast milk in infants and by transplacental passage in fetuses and why not by semen). Naked mRNA could also be excreted and entered.” [xlix]
Though not conclusive evidence, another 2022 study published in the journal medRxiv, looked at non-vaccinated children living with non-vaccinated parents and compared to non-vaccinated children living with vaccinated parents. What they found is highly suspicious and consistent with the theory of transmission. The nasal antibody production to COVID found in the non-vaccinated children living with vaccinated parents was significantly higher than that of the non-vaccinated children living with non-vaccinated parents [l]. Evidence of transmission? Seems to point in that direction, but further research and time will tell. My take: you betcha!
It is important to understand that science is not just about waiting on double-blinded, randomized placebo-controlled trials; worse, waiting for some “expert panel” or “consensus”, or waiting on a single expert to tell all collective physicians what to do and think and what algorithm recipe to use. It is interesting that most physicians never know the names of experts, or expert panel, and are never asked to be a part of the “consensus”. In the vast majority of the cases of these experts, expert panels, and consensus declarations, the individuals are not known. Again, Hmmm. This seems to me to align more with the political use of the “straw man”, as in the political use of the unnamed source. Here, it is the unnamed expert, expert panel, and unnamed, unknown consensus. The question should also be asked, what constitutes a consensus? My writing of this post, is a consensus of one. But, it is a consensus. I am obviously injecting some ridiculous humor here, but the point of the question is very real.
Science is also about the foundation of observation and connecting the dots found through observation, literature search, accompanied with rigorous scientific investigation. This is highlighted in a recent New England Journal of Medicine opening:
“…the path between the laboratory and the bedside runs both ways: clinical observations often pose new questions for laboratory investigations that then lead back to the clinic.” [li]
As the spike protein down regulates ACE2 expression, the specific cancer implications of a decrease in ACE2 include:
- Proliferation/Growth [lii] [liii] [liv]
- Angiogenesis 11 45
- Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) [lv] [lvi] [lvii]
- Metastasis [lviii] [lix]
- Pro-carcinogenic alterations in the tumor microenvironment (TME) [lx] [lxi]
- Pro-carcinogenic Immunomodulation [lxii] [lxiii] [lxiv] [lxv]
- Increase in tumor cell stemness [lxvi]
The effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, specifically the spike protein and ACE2 expression, extend far beyond the broad cancer supporting effects listed. Some of the specific genetic oncogenic alteration effects include: 1) up-regulation of VEGF [lxvii], 2) up-regulation of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness via up-regulation of the transcription factor SNAIL, which is a member of the superfamily of zinc-finger transcription factors (Snail maintains metastatic potential, cancer stem-like properties, and chemoresistance in mesenchymal mouse breast cancer ) [lxviii], 3) down-regulation of P53 [lxix], 4) up-regulation of PDL-1, PDL-2, NF-kappaB, and IL-6 [lxx], 5) up-regulation of CREB1, PTEN, SMAD3, and CASP3 [lxxi] (ACE2), up-regulation and involvement of the pro-growth PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway signaling [lxxii] [lxxiii] [lxxiv], activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) implicating tyrosine kinase signaling pathways via ACE2 [lxxv], and the 6) up-regulation of the following genes that regulate cell growth cycle CCNB2, ESPL1, TTK, CCNA2, CCNB1, CDC6, CDC20, CDK1, BUB1, CHEK1, BUB1B, CDC45, PLK1, CCNA1, ORC1, and E2F1 [lxxvi], C-MYC, EGF, FGF, PDGF, TGF-beta, and IGF are also known. Other
In addition, there are profound negative implications of its effects on cancer treatment beyond the scope of this post. But, this post is too long already to discuss the individual genetic oncogenic alterations—maybe in another post soon.[lxxvii]
In review, whatever the source of the spike protein, (infection, injection, or repeated injection) research points to an increase in endothelium damage and dysfunction, angiogenesis potential, platelet hyperactivity, platelet—cancer cell aggregation, immune evasion, circulating tumor cell survival, natural killer cell suppression, cancer cell intravasation and micrometastasis, which all point to an increase in metastasis. The result will be an increase in cancer incidence, recurrence, metastasis, morbidity, and mortality. This is a completely unforced error for those with cancer or those at high risk for cancer. Observation and the connection of the dots in the research suggest that cancer is the coming next pandemic.
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above…”
Ultimately, wisdom comes from above. The last 3 years shows that it does not come from government leaders.
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