Lower Nagalase

The Nagalase blood test helps us, at Reno Integrative Medical Center, to identify the activity of an enzyme called Nagalase that helps cancer cells hide from the immune system.

What is Nagalase
and why is it so important?

The first thing to understand is that there is one and only one reason cells grow into cancer.  It is a lack of sufficient oxygen to a certain subset of the 210 different types of cells known to make up the human body.  This is called hypoxia.

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There may be a thousand things that cause hypoxia, but there is no cancer cell which does not commence and live by hypoxia.

To survive and keep producing energy, these cells must switch over to glycolysis alone as the source of their energy.

At exactly the same time as fermentation starts, the now sickened, dysfunctional cells must also start protecting themselves from the immune system.  They do this by producing a protective enzyme called alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase or Nagalase for short.

The Nagalase enzyme has the ability to completely shut down the activity of the localized immune macrophage cell, whose job it is to destroy any cell that has been harmed or is not functioning normally.  It effectively “cloaks” the cancer cells from detection by the immune system.  This is the reason that someone can have a strong functioning immune system and still be growing a tumor.  The Nagalase blood test is a good way to check the progress of treatment.

The Nagalase Blood test
exposes the cancer so we can “De-cloak ” it.

De-cloaking cancer at Reno Integrative Medical Center

A test measuring the level of nagalase in the blood can be used to provide a measure of progress during treatment for cancer.  Remember, the more cancer cells there are, the higher the fermentation process is. This causes the cancer cells to “cloak” or hide their activity from the immune system by producing Nagalase.

There are some other conditions that can cause a false high reading on this test so experience with it is necessary to properly interpret the results.

If a person has had a recent viral infection or if they have recently started a heavy exercise program, it can skew the results.  The reason is that this is exactly what our normal muscle cells do when overworked and the oxygen level falls below a level necessary for respiration.  They will produce the enzyme.

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The way to cut down, or eventually stop, the production of this enzyme is by the use of a compound called Salicinium.  It is a natural plant extract that enters only into cancer cells and reacts in such a way as to shut down the production of nagalase.

When this happens, the macrophage and natural killer cells in the immune system can then recognize the cancer cells as being abnormal and attack and kill them.  We have ways of naturally boosting the immune system and increasing the t-cells so that when the de-cloaking occurs, your body is ready to act.

This is the reason it is so very important to get and keep a strong, balanced immune system even as the treatments are working to kill the abnormal cells.

Our treatments are all designed to stop cancer cells from flourishing.  It is a synergistic collaboration of many factors: