Mitochondria – Deuterium Depletion in a 5G World

Deuterium depleted water (DDW) has been shown to suppress cancer growth and extend survival of lung cancer patients [1]. This amazing effect has led some health practitioners to associate deuterium enrichment with disease progression, leading to the widespread belief that by depleting deuterium, a person can overcome all major stumbling blocks that prevent one from achieving optimal health. 

This article is an objective review of how deuterium depletion and enrichment affects biological systems, and the implications of deuterium depletion in a world filled with excess electromagnetic radiation created by humans.

In all living systems on earth, hydrogen plays an essential role in oxidation-reduction processes within cells.  Hydrogen acts as both donor and acceptor in biochemical reactions. It has also been observed that terrestrial organisms display a preference for a specific isotopic resonance that supports their natural growth and development.  Any change in the deuterium/protium isotope ratio can lead to an acceleration or retardation of biochemical reactions [2].

Isotopic Resonance

‘Isotopic Resonance’ describes a natural relationship that exists between the stable isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen.  This Isotopic Resonance is a combination that is exceedingly similar to the average isotopic composition in terrestrial organisms during evolution [3].  Therefore, any radical deviation from this natural equilibrium, whether towards enrichment or depletion, will have negative implications [4]. 

The isotope composition of natural water consists of about 99.732% molecules oxygen and protium, the ordinary isotope of hydrogen that does not have a neutron. The balance of about  0.268% is made up of heavy water molecules featuring deuterium, the heavy isotope of hydrogen. 

The ratio between protium and heavy water vary according to region, climatic conditions,  altitude and latitude, where deuterium concentration is often decreased with increasing latitude.  The heavy water concentration is also decreased on the WINDWARD side of a mountain with increasing altitude [5] [6].

Oceans on earth typically will conform to the VSMOW standard of 0.268% heavy water whereas natural waters in the Antarctic could be as low as 0.243% [7].  

Deuterium isotope content effects can activate or inhibit intracellular processes.  Deuterium-depleted water has been shown to exert antitumor effects with positive results within experimental systems in vivo and in vitro  [8] [1].

Deuterium Depletion Increases Hydrogen Peroxide in Mitochondria

When deuterium levels fall below natural abundance levels of <90 ppm, the respiratory chain reaction in mitochondria has been observed to accelerate dramatically, generating large amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Increasing deuterium concentration in mitochondria will inhibit the process [7].  

Isolated Rat Liver Mitochondria Hydrogen Peroxide levels Control-1 (142 ppm) vs Depleted-2 (52 ppm)


{Source: I. A. Pomytkin, O. E. Kolesova Relationship between Natural Concentration of Heavy Water Isotopologs and Rate of H2 O2 Generation by Mitochondria Bull Exp Biol Med. 2006 Nov;142(5):570-2  DOI: 10.1007/s10517-006-0420-9]


The results shown in the above chart was performed on mitochondria isolated from rat liver incubated in either control water at 142 ppm deuterium (open circle) or deuterium depleted water (closed dot) at 52 ppm.  The mitochondria exposed to lower deuterium concentration generated a much higher level of H2O2. What do you think will happen if the mitochondria is constantly exposed to lowered levels of deuterium? 

If the theory of isotopic resonance is valid, that means the body will make adaptations as a result of the change in the natural abundance between deuterium and protium.  

In an in vivo mouse study published in 2017, scientists found that pre-adapted mitochondria isolated from the livers of rats that consumed deuterium depleted water (46 ppm) still generated 35% more hydrogen peroxide compared with rats that consumed water containing deuterium at natural abundance of 152 ppm [9].

In the experiment, Group 1 rats were fed water with reduced deuterium content (46 ppm)  for 28 days. Group 2 rats were maintained on water with a natural regional deuterium content (152 ppm).  Mitochondria from livers isolated from Group 1 rats were incubated in medium with 46 ppm deuterium and 152 ppm deuterium.  Look at  the difference in the levels of hydrogen peroxide generated by the mitochondria of rats that were pre-adapted to 46 ppm drinking water when incubated in 46 ppm and 152 ppm deuterium water [9]. 

[Source: S. S. Dzhimaka, b,, A. A. Basova, c, N. N. Volchenkoa, A. A. Samkova , L. V. Fedulovab , and M. G. Barysheva Changes in the Functional Activity of Mitochondria Isolated from the Liver of Rat That Passed the Preadaptation to Ultra-Low Deuterium Concentration  ISSN 1607-6729, Doklady Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2017, Vol. 476, pp. 323–325]

Mitochondrial from livers of rats that were pre-adapted to 46 ppm deuterium depleted drinking water still produced 35% more hydrogen peroxide than Group 2  rats fed normal drinking water with 152 ppm deuterium.  Even when incubated in medium with normal deuterium abudance of 152 ppm, the Group 1 rat mitochondria actually produced slightly higher levels of hydrogen peroxide than mitochondria from livers of Group 2 rats fed water with normal deuterium abundance at 152 ppm [9]. 

[Source: S. S. Dzhimaka, b,, A. A. Basova, c, N. N. Volchenkoa, A. A. Samkova , L. V. Fedulovab , and M. G. Barysheva Changes in the Functional Activity of Mitochondria Isolated from the Liver of Rat That Passed the Preadaptation to Ultra-Low Deuterium Concentration  ISSN 1607-6729, Doklady Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2017, Vol. 476, pp. 323–325]

These observed effects may be the result of adaptive reactions that developed in the rats that were fed deuterium depleted water.  A decrease in deuterium can result in rearrangements of biochemical processes in tissues like the liver that has high metabolic activity.  

Deuterium & Metabolism

Deuterium exists in nature at a natural abundance of 1 deuterium atom per 6420 hydrogen atoms. When deuterium is combined with oxygen, it forms deuterium oxide, commonly known as Heavy Water (D2O).  A normal 50 kg. human body with about 32 kg of water contains enough deuterium to make 5.5 grams of heavy water [34].

The level of deuterium concentration in mitochondria is affected by the redistribution of deuterium between cytoplasmic and mitochondrial water pools. This redistribution is facilitated by non-reversible enzymatic exchanges in cellular substrates like NADH, created during metabolic processes like glycolysis in the cytoplasm and the tricarboxylic acid cycle in the inner mitochondrial matrix [10].

Deuterium atoms are naturally incorporated in biomolecules via metabolic processes such as the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA, Krebs cycle).  These enzymatic exchanges bond deuterium to carbon atoms irreversibly. That means once the bonds are formed, the process cannot be reversed. Whereas the non-enzymatic exchange occurring between deuterium atoms and other atoms like oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur are completely reversible. Under physiological conditions, non-enzymatic exchanges do not exist.  In water (H2O), as soon as the non-enzymatic exchange with deuterium is made, it is reversed almost instantaneously, therefore you will not be able to ‘catch’ a non-enzymatic exchange [11].

Why do mitochondria generate higher levels of hydrogen peroxide when exposed to decreased levels of deuterium? 

The higher levels of hydrogen peroxide generated when there is lower deuterium levels may actually reflect increased oxidative phosphorylation activity in mitochondria.  Early studies on mitochondria plasma membrane ATP synthase in several species of yeasts revealed that H+ ions (protium) extrusion can be reduced by up to 90% when incubated in 99% heavy water [12]. 

This selective preference for H+ (protium) may be the reason for the increased ROS in mitochondria when presented with lower deuterium concentrations. It also provides the basis for the frequent misinformation that deuterium slows down the rate of rotation in the ATP synthase, reducing ATP production.  The truth is, in the presence of heavy water, the hydrolytic activities of the ATP synthases were not affected by higher levels of deuterium [12], [13].  

There is no doubt that the increased production of hydrogen peroxide is associated with elevated oxidation-reduction reactions involved in energy metabolism in mitochondria. Increased formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) including hydrogen peroxide can also be the result of electron leakage from mitochondrial respiratory proteins. Latest research identified eleven distinct sites in the mitochondrial electron transport chain to leak electrons that produce superoxide (O2-) and/or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Among all mitochondrial respiratory proteins, Complex I, II and Complex III exhibited the highest level of leakage [14].

Lower deuterium concentration in mitochondria may produce higher levels of ATP as a result of increased oxidative phosphorylation. What is the price for this increase? 

Hydrogen Peroxide is a Double-Edged Sword

Everything in nature has the potential to be a double-edged sword. Hydrogen peroxide is perhaps one of the best examples. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is one of the major mediators in redox signaling. H2O2 can diffuse through cells and tissues as a messenger molecule, initiating cellular effects that changes the shape of cells. H2O2 can induce the proliferation and recruitment of immune cells [15].   H2O2 can modify cysteine thiols on redox sensitive proteins including peroxiredoxins [16]. Peroxiredoxins are enzymes that play critical roles in the regulation of peroxide levels within cells [17]. The balance of hydrogen peroxide must be tightly controlled because H2O2 are sensed by transcription factors in multiple complex pathways. H2O2 reactions with these transcription factors can lead to the modulation of gene expressions [18]. 

Hydrogen Peroxide and Cellular Damage

Increased levels of hydrogen peroxide is associated with biomolecule damage. When human endothelial cells are exposed to excess H2O2, they showed elevated intracellular calcium concentration and increased calcium release from endoplasmic reticulum [19].  H2O2 is also capable of targeting DNA, causing single or double-stranded breaks, in addition to DNA cross links. Hydrogen peroxide has been observed to exert both nuclear as well as mitochondrial DNA damage in various types of cells in humans. [20], [21].   H2O2 is now recognized as cause for aging, inflammation and cancer metabolism and metastasis. [22]

If deuterium levels below <90 ppm can dramatically accelerate respiratory chain reaction in mitochondria producing higher levels of ATP, is it possible that mitochondria would generate deuterium depleted water to facilitate this process? 

Hydrogen Ions, Mitochondria & ATP: The ATP Synthase Connection

To understand why it is both theoretically and technically impossible for mitochondria to produce deuterium depleted water, let us take a look at what happens to hydrogen ions inside the mitochondria.

The level of deuterium concentration in mitochondria is affected by the redistribution of deuterium between cytoplasmic and mitochondrial water pools. This redistribution is facilitated by non-reversible enzymatic exchanges in cellular substrates like NADH, created during metabolic processes like glycolysis in the cytoplasm and the tricarboxylic acid cycle in the inner mitochondrial matrix [10].

The generation of a hydrogen ion transmembrane electrochemical gradient produces energy that can rotate the ATP synthase for the production of ATP.  This electrochemical gradient is regulated by the balance between hydrogen ions trapped in the intermembrane space that is located between the outer membrane and the inner membrane of mitochondria, and the hydrogen atoms within the mitochondrial matrix [23]. 

Hydrogen ions are translocated into the intermembrane space when NADH is transported through the four enzyme complexes of the Electron Transport Chain (ETC) during oxidative phosphorylation. When three protons re-enters the mitochondrial matrix via the ATP synthase, the energy generated the mitochondria hydrogen ion gradient is able to produce one ATP [24]. 

Hydrogen Ion Translocation to Intermembrane Space in Mitochondria During Oxidative Phosphorylation

[Source: ATP-Making Strategies in Mitochondria]

Hydrogen Ion Entry into Mitochondrial Matrix Via ATP Synthase to Produce ATP

[Source: ATP-Making Strategies in Mitochondria]

In order to maintain an effective hydrogen ion electrochemical gradient, hydrogen ions are unable to diffuse across the inner membrane after being translocated into the intermembrane space, except through the ATP synthase. So if the ATP synthase is hypothetically 100% efficient in selectively discriminating against the entry of deuterium back into the matrix, does that mean mitochondria can make deuterium depleted water as all the deuterium would end up being ‘trapped within the intermembrane space?

Proton Leaks, Uncoupling Proteins & Deuterium 

Hydrogen ions are actually able to return to the mitochondrial matrix independently of the ATP synthase.  The term describing these processes are collectively known as “proton leaks’. These leaks are not the result of damage to the mitochondrial inner membranes [25].

The majority of proton leak activity is catalyzed by specific mitochondrial inner membrane proteins called uncoupling proteins (UCPs).  UPC1 is mainly responsible for converting mitochondrial energy potential into heat in the regulation of adaptive thermogenesis [26]. Whereas UCP2 and UCP3 have been found to be associated with the regulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in mitochondria [27]. 

Uncoupling Protein 1, also called thermogenin, generates heat by allowing the influx of hydrogen ions back into mitochondria without the synthesis of ATP, effectively ‘short-circuiting’ the mitochondria ‘energy battery’, releasing energy in the form of heat [26].

UCP1 can be activated by exposure to cold (cold thermogenesis, CT) [28], or agonists like Resveratrol and Quercetin [29].  The activation of UCP1 allows the re-entry of translocated hydrogen ions from the intermembrane space in mitochondria, effectively redistributing ‘trapped’ deuterium in mitochondria matrix. 

Mitochondria Water is NOT Deuterium Depleted

Due to the effects of proton leaks, mitochondria matrix will always have deuterium present in the ratio that reflects the natural abundance found in the food and water ingested by the organism. 

If you understand how water is made in the mitochondria, you will realize that it is technically impossible and theoretically improbable that mitochondria would produce deuterium depleted water.

The fourth complex in the electron transport chain in mitochondria is composed of three cytochrome proteins.  This complex contains two heme groups and three copper ions. The cytochrome holds an oxygen molecule tightly between the iron and copper ions until the oxygen molecule is reduced completely.  The reduced oxygen molecule then picks up two hydrogen ions from the matrix space to produce water (H2O) [30].  There is no selectivity involved in this process. The oxygen molecule will not, and cannot discriminate between a proton and a deuteron. 

The only way deuterium in mitochondria is ‘exported’ is via excretion of water through Aquaporin-8 water channels [31] and metabolic processes involving the utilization of substrates that have incorporated deuterium through irreversible enzymatic exchanges [11]. 

It is also theoretically improbable that mitochondria would produce deuterium depleted water. 

Cytotoxicity in Deuterium Depletion –  Implications in a 5G World

A study on human adipose-derived stem cells that was released in August, 2018, demonstrated that under deuterium content below natural abundance of 150 ppm, there was a stimulating effect on proliferation activity of adipose stem cells. At the same time, deuterium depletion caused chronic cytotoxicity in those stem cells [32].

The 2018 study showed that when deuterium concentration is above natural isotopic values, there tended to be a decrease in cell migration rate and metabolic activity. Whereas lower deuterium concentrations in growth mediums raised the migration rate and metabolic activity compared to controls. 

The authors concluded from their experiments that deuterium concentration close to natural values is the most optimal for living organisms in vitro, and should be taken into account when investigating deuterium action in living systems in vivo. 

The increased generation of hydrogen peroxide in mitochondria from deuterium depletion has profound implications.  Considering the fact that one of the most damaging effects of electromagnetic radiation is the production of uncontrolled oxidative stress. 

Our world today already contain less deuterium than in the past. As levels of oceans continue to rise, deuterium concentrations continue to drop. Sea levels have risen from -77m 11,500 years ago to +0.2m today.  Deuterium in precipitation, which is the source of all our water, comes mainly from oceans. [33]. As such, we cannot expect to be able to maintain the perfect terrestrial isotopic resonance, critical to all life systems on earth. 

It is not beyond consideration that the exponential increase in various diseases including cancer as a result of ubiquitous man made electromagnetic radiation may in part, reflect the reduction in deuterium levels in our environment from elevated ocean levels. How does deuterium protect us from electromagnetic radiation? ……… To Be Continued…….



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[2] Isotopic Resonance Hypothesis: Experimental Verification by Escherichia coli Growth Measurements | Scientific Reports


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[7] Relationship between natural concentration of heavy water isotopologs and rate of H2O2 generation by mitochondria. – PubMed – NCBI

[8] Deuterium-depleted water (DDW) inhibits the proliferation and migration of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells in vitro. – PubMed – NCBI

[9] Changes in the functional activity of mitochondria isolated from the liver of rat that passed the preadaptation to ultra-low deuterium concentration. – PubMed – NCBI

[10] Glycolysis, Citric Acid Cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation

[11] Hydrogen exchange and structural dynamics of proteins and nucleic acids. 

[12] Deuterons cannot replace protons in active transport processes in yeast – Kotyk – 1990 – FEBS Letters – Wiley Online Library

[13] ATP hydrolysis in ATP synthases can be differently coupled to proton transport and modulated by ADP and phosphate: A structure based model of the mechanism – ScienceDirect

[14] Superoxide-H2O2 electron leaks Mitochondria_Production of superoxide and hydrogen peroxide from specific mitochondrial sites under different bioenergetic conditions

[15] Hydrogen peroxide as a damage signal in tissue injury and inflammation: Murderer, mediator, or messenger?

[16] Cysteine-Based Redox Switches in Enzymes

[17] Peroxiredoxins: Guardians Against Oxidative Stress and Modulators of Peroxide Signaling

[18] Hydrogen peroxide sensing, signaling and regulation of transcription factors

[19] Transient Ca2+ changes in endothelial cells induced by low doses of reactive oxygen species: role of hydrogen peroxide. – PubMed – NCBI 

[20] NADPH Oxidase-generated Hydrogen Peroxide Induces DNA Damage in Mutant FLT3-expressing Leukemia Cells

[21] Hydrogen peroxide causes mitochondrial DNA damage in corneal epithelial cells. – PubMed – NCBI 

[22] Hydrogen peroxide fuels aging, inflammation, cancer metabolism and metastasis

[23] The c-ring stoichiometry of ATP synthase is adapted to cell physiological requirements of alkaliphilic Bacillus pseudofirmus OF4

[24] The mitochondrial respiratory chain. – PubMed – NCBI

[25] Mitochondrial proton and electron leaks

[26] Stimulation of mitochondrial proton conductance by hydroxynonenal requires a high membrane potential. – PubMed – NCBI

[27] Disruption of the uncoupling protein-2 gene in mice reveals a role in immunity and reactive oxygen species production. – PubMed – NCBI

[28] Uncoupling protein-1 (UCP1) contributes to the basal proton conductance of brown adipose tissue mitochondria. – PubMed – NCBI

[29] The Effect of Resveratrol and Quercetin Treatment on PPAR Mediated Uncoupling Protein (UCP-) 1, 2, and 3 Expression in Visceral White Adipose Tissu… – PubMed – NCBI

[30] Electron Transport Chain

[31] The Inner Mitochondrial Membrane Has Aquaporin-8 Water Channels and Is Highly Permeable to Water

[32] In Vitro Study of Deuterium Effect on Biological Properties of Human Cultured Adipose-Derived Stem Cells

[33] Deuterium, Quantum Paradox: Light Water & Magnetism | Doris Loh | Pulse | LinkedIn

[34] Deuterium

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