What is DCA?
Sodium Dichloroacetate commonly referred as DCA, is a synthetic drug with a chemical formula of Cl2 CH COONa. It is relatively simple and its structure reminds of ordinary acetate with two additional chlorine atoms. DCA is produced in certified laboratories, however, it can be naturally found in some seaweeds such as Asparagopsis taxiformis.
This compound has been used as an effective prescription for life-threatening congenital mitochondrial disorders which lead to lactic acidosis since 1973. Its safety and medical applications have been confirmed and researched on more than several decades ago.
Recently, in 2007, a medical doctor and a researcher Evangelos Michelakis renewed interest in this medication as a potential way to help heal cancer. It was uncovered that DCA induces death in human brain, lung, breast and other tumors which were implanted into experimental rodents, while causing no toxicity to healthy cells.
While the precise mechanisms are still debated on, it is believed that Dichloroacetate works by entering the malignant cells and inducing natural cell suicide system. When the cancer cells stop their division and start dying on their own, this leads to delicate shrinkage of tumors without effecting the healthy tissues of the human body.
Currently, a lot of studies involving cultivated cancer cell cultures and experimental rodents are ongoing and provide new information every day. Furthermore, there are clinics which use DCA to help their patients battle cancer.