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For Cancer Protection, Reverse Your Glucose to Ketone Ratios
Dr. Seyfried uses ketones and glucose as the measures of
this new metabolic state. The parameters associated with an
ideal state are ketone levels equal to or higher than the
glucose level in your blood.
"There's a high ratio of glucose to ketones. But in a
fasted or therapeutic state, this ratio is actually reversed.
Ketones can actually become higher than glucose," he says.
"What they can do is they can get their blood sugars down to
2.5 to 3 millimolar [equivalent to about 55-65 mg/dl, and
then their ketones to up to 3 or 4 millimolar, where the ratio
is now reversed. It's this state that now brings the body into
this new physiology."
You can easily check your glucose levels at home, you'd
need to work with a doctor to measure ketone levels in your
blood. Generally speaking, a fasting glucose under 100 mg/dl
suggests that you're not insulin resistant, while a level
between 100-125 suggests you're either mildly insulin
resistant or pre-diabetic. Here, Dr. Seyfried recommends
getting your glucose down to a steady level of about 55-65
mg/dl, which is about HALF of what's conventionally
considered "good" or "normal."
Blood ketones can be easily measured using the Medisense
Precision Xtra blood glucose and ketone monitor from Abbot
Laboratory. As many pharmacies might not stock the meter (bar
code# 93815 80347), it might be necessary to call Abbott
directly (1-800-527 3339) to obtain the meter. According to
Dr. Seyfried, the Precision Xtra seems the most accurate of
all the ones he's used.
It is important to mention, however, that the blood
ketone strips are more expensive than the blood glucose
strips. Dr. Seyfried therefore recommends measuring your
blood ketones every few days rather than 3x/day for blood
glucose. Although urine ketone measurement is a cheap way to
assess ketones, urine ketone levels are not always indicative
of blood ketone levels. It is best if you can measure ketones
from both blood and urine.
"I work with nutritionists and physicians," Dr. Seyfried
says. "The problem with cancer patients is that many of the
practitioners are unfamiliar with this whole approach, so
there's this tremendous gap. We have knowledge of how to do
this. We have patients willing to do it. But we lack
professionals that are trained or even understand the
concepts of how to implement these kinds of approaches."
All of the guidelines are included in Dr. Seyfried's
book, Cancer as Metabolic Disease, which is available on
Amazon. He's also published a couple of papers that outline
the guidelines and treatment strategies for cancer patients.
One caveat to consider is your use of medications, as you
need to know what the adverse effects might be if you use a
medication at a particular dosage along with this kind of
The Importance of Intermittent Fasting
In my experience, the vast majority of people are adapted
to burning carbs as their primary fuel, as opposed to burning
fat. One of the most effective strategies I know of to become
a fat burner is to restrict your eating to within a six to eight
hour window, which means you're fasting for about 16-18
hours each day. This upregulates the enzymes that are
designed to burn fat as a fuel, and downregulates the glucose
enzymes. This kind of intermittent fasting plan can be a
useful modality to help you make the transition to a
"That's the way it started in the clinic for children
with epilepsy. Basically, the child is given a 24-hour and
sometimes 48-hour fast water only. And then the ketogenic
diet is introduced in relatively measured and small amounts,"
Dr. Seyfried says.
"Your body transitions naturally that way. intemittent
fasting is actually a very strong component of the approach.
A three-day fast is uncomfortable, but it's certainly doable.
It gets your body into a new metabolic state, and then you
can apply these therapies. The hardest part, I think, of this
fasting is the first three to four days, depending on the
individual and how many times they've done this.
That's basically trying to break your addiction to
glucose. The removal of glucose from the brain elicits the
same kind of problems or events as you would if you were
addicted to drugs, alcohol, or something like this. You get
malaise, headaches, nausea, lightheadedness. You get all the
kinds of physiological effects that you would get from
withdrawal of any addicting substance. I look at glucose as
an addictive substance. It's an addictive metabolite. Your
brain is comforted by having glucose; your body is comforted.
And when you break that glucose addiction, you have these
... Fasting certainly has remarkable health benefits
to the body: strengthening the mitochondria network system
within the cells of your body. As long as the mitochondria of
your cells remain healthy and functional, it's very unlikely
that cancer can develop under these particular states."
Unless you have a very serious disease, I believe it is
best for most people to implement intermittent fasting slowly
over six to eight weeks rather than a three-day complete
fast. You begin by not eating for three hours before you go
to bed, and then gradually extend the time you eat breakfast
until you have skipped breakfast entirely and your first meal
of the day is at lunch time. Of course, you are only
consuming non-starchy vegetables for carbs, low to moderate
protein and high-quality fats. One of the things I've noticed
is that once you've made the transition from burning carbs to
burning fat as your primary fuel, the desire for junk foods
and sugar just disappears like magic.
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