Dr. Isaac Eliaz has studied cancer treatments and modified citrus pectin for years.
Here, he explains how modified citrus pectins are successfully being used as an effective natural cancer therapy.
And he provides an important warning about imposter pectins for anyone who is considering taking them for a serious illness.
Interviewer: Talking with Dr. Isaac Eliaz today.And, Doctor, can you talk a little bit about modified citrus pectin?
That’s one thing that you’ve been pretty big on as a therapy. Can you talk about that a little bit?
Dr. Isaac Eliaz: Of course. My journey with modified citrus pectin started, my research started in 1995. So I’ve been involved with it for over 16 years.
It’s an interesting story. I grew up as a child in Israel, and when I was 11 years old we went on a night walk to one of our neighbors, the Cohens. Dr. Ruth and Leo Cohen.
They were pioneer researchers in the citrus industry in Israel. They were both PhD’s in organic chemistry. And out of the blue, Ruth turned to me. And she told me,”Isaac, one day they will find a treatment for cancer from the peel of the citrus fruit.”
And it stuck in my head. And in 1995, almost 25 years later, when the initial research was coming out about the benefits of MCP, I called her up from San Francisco and told her, “Ruth, I remembered what you told me when I was 11 years old, and now I need your help.” And she put me in touch with the leading researchers in manufacturing and analysis of pectins. And that’s where my journey started. That’s my personal journey.
What is modified citrus pectin?
Dr. Isaac Eliaz: So what is modified citrus pectin?
Citrus pectin is a long chain of carbohydrates of galacturonic acid. It is present in the peel of many fruits, and a lot in the citrus fruits.
And, usually, it’s a very long molecule. Very heavy, about 300,000 Da, 300kilodalton. And it’s highly esterified, which means that the galacturonic acidis attached to other carbohydrates. It’s not free.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz: Modified citrus pectin, you take the citrus pectin and you specifically modify it.
You cut it into smaller pieces, between five and 13,000 Da, so that it can get absorbed into the bloodstream. And you modify structure so that it becomes more biologicallyactive.
The initial research of modified citrus pectin was specifically in the field of cancer. It was really a landmark study. When it was found in 1995, the mice were first injected with cancer cells to the hip joint and then then metastasized to the lung. When you give the modified citrus pectin, it dramatically reduced the number of metastases.
It was really the first time any agent, natural or medication, was ever to prevent metastases.
If it was a drug, it would have been a multi billion dollar drug. But, of course, was just something from the peel of the orange. And that’s where my journey started with modified citrus pectin.
What we found over the years through clinical experience and solid research, it’s almost a miraculous compound. It works through a molecule . . . it has many functions, but one of the most important ones is that it interacts with a compound in the body called galectin-3.
Galectin-3 is a combination of alectin of a protein and a carbohydrate, which is the galacturonic acid. And the galectin-3 is produced by the body naturally. It’s part of our repair system.
Cancer cells communicate with each other through galectin-3. They clump together. They attach to the side of the blood vessel through the galectin-3.They create new metastases through the galectin-3, but they also . . . the coil would be chemotaxis. They coil new blood vessel supply and that’s how they create new angiogenesis, new blood vessels.
So if you can neutralize the galectin-3, you’re going to help all these processes. You’re going to help the primary tumor to grow slower. You’re going to prevent this cancer from cancer.
So all of this was known, and modified citrus pectin is a natural galectin-3 blocker. And, maybe, when we talk about modified citrus pectin, it’s an important scope to emphasize that modified citrus pectin is really a generic name.
Any pectin,when it’s manufactured . . . in one way it’s being modified to a certain way.We’re talking about a very specific structure. Our modified citrus pectin is the only one that has been subject to clinical trials. It has multiple patents. It has the same quality control.
And I want to emphasize this because it’s what we call borrowed science. You know, people borrow my science and my work, and come up with things that don’t work, unfortunately. And as I was saying, if you’re dealing with the flu, it’s okay. But when you’re dealing with serious illnesses, it’s really unethical.
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