Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer RecoveryTo some, a ketogenic diet amounts to nothing less than a drug-free cancer
treatment. The diet calls for eliminating carbohydrates, replacing them with
healthy fats and protein.
The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and
carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs
literally starves the cancer cells.
This type of diet, in which you replace carbs with moderate amounts of
high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend
for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s simply a diet that will
help optimize your weight and health overall, as eating this way will help
you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning.
Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Brain Cancer Recovery
The featured video shows Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D, who is one of the leaders
in teasing the details of how to treat cancer nutritionally. I am scheduled
to interview him shortly and hope to have that interview up later this year.
In the video, Professor Seyfried discusses how, as a metabolic disorder
involving the dysregulation of respiration, malignant brain cancer can be
managed through changes in the metabolic environment.
“In contrast to normal neurons and glia, which transition to ketone
bodies (beta-hydroxybutyrate) for respiratory energy when glucose levels are
reduced, malignant brain tumors are mostly dependent on non-oxidative
substrate level phosphorylation due to structural and functional
abnormalities in mitochondria. Glucose and glutamine are major fuels for
malignant cancer cells.
The transition from glucose to ketone bodies as an energy source is
an ancestrally conserved adaptation to food deprivation that permits the
survival of normal cells during extreme shifts in nutritional environment.
Only those cells with a flexible genome, honed through millions of years of
environmental forcing and variability selection, can transition from one
energy state to another.
We propose a different approach to brain cancer management that
exploits the metabolic flexibility of normal cells at the expense of the
genetically defective and metabolically challenged. This evolutionary and
metabolic approach to brain cancer management is supported from studies in
orthotopic mouse brain tumor models and from case studies in patients.
Calorie restriction and restricted ketogenic diets (R-KD), which
reduce circulating glucose levels and elevate ketone levels, are anti-
invasive, anti-angiogenic, and pro-apoptotic towards malignant brain
Current conventional cancer treatment typically involves chemotherapy and
radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison, and radiation is
devastating to the human body. More often than not, the treatment is what
eventually kills the patient. This can no longer be accepted as “the best we
can do.” As Dr. Seyfried says:
"The reason why we have so few people surviving is because of the
standard of care. It has to be changed, if it's not changed, there will be no
major progress. Period."
By Dr. Mercola
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