The Ketogenic Diet is Designed to Starve Cancer Cells

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(NaturalHealth365) Despite the massive growth in genetic therapies, pharmaceutical and surgical technologies – chronic disease is crippling mankind. We have clearly not addressed the underlying causative factors for many conditions such as cancer. The true solutions for cancer and many other degenerative disease processes lie in the nutritional and metabolic functions of the body.

Sweet foods and starches are not genetically congruent to eat on a regular basis. Our ancestors looked at these as rare delicacies. Most people in our society today are raised on a steady diet of sugars, grains and other starches. Studies have shown that sugar is the fuel source for cancer and creates an environment of chronic inflammation that leads to other degenerative disease processes.

A closer look at traditional cultures and ketone energy usage

Many traditional cultures such as the Eskimos and Maasai tribesman consumed very little carbohydrates and survived from effective ketone formation in the body. Ketones are a form of energy that is produced by the liver through the metabolism of fatty acids. Ketones are able to cross over the blood brain barrier to provide energy for neurons. In addition, ketones have been able to support life in the absence of available glucose.

During times of fasting, which were quite common for our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors – the stores of glucose drop and high levels of ketones are formed. Diets that are very low in carbohydrates (50-80 grams daily) and moderate in protein (0.8-1.2g/kg) are able to produce ketones in higher levels.

Research has shown that the body adapts to ketone metabolism and improves the efficiency of this fuel source over time. The specific liver hormone, FGF21, which is critical for the oxidation of the liver’s fatty acids, is upregulated in individuals who are on a ketogenic diet over time. This allows for a greater use of ketones as an energy source in the body.

How are cancer and glucose metabolism related to each other?

Famous cell biologist and cancer researcher Otto Warburg discovered that cancer cells have an altered metabolism and are unable to produce energy through cellular respiration. They drive all of their energy from substrate level phosphorylation through glucose fermentation. Other researchers such as Dr Thomas Seyfried have found that cancer cells run off of both glucose and amino acid (glutamine) fermentation.

Keep in mind, cancer cells contain ten times the amount of insulin receptors as normal cells. This allows them to gobble up glucose and other nutrients from the blood stream at an accelerated rate. As long as an individual continues to provide this form of fuel the cancer will continue to grow.

Cancer patients with the highest blood sugar readings (after eating) have the lowest survival rates

Cancer cells have damaged mitochondria and are unable to produce energy through aerobic respiration so they are unable to metabolize fatty acids for energy. They depend entirely on glucose or amino acid metabolism. So any method that restricts glucose and amino acids has the ability to starve off cancer cells.

High protein diets will continue to feed the cancer growth as will consistent eating habits. In our culture, most people eat 3-5 times a day when you include traditional meals and snacks. The constant flow of nutrition elevates blood sugar and insulin levels and allows plenty of substrate for the cancer to continue to grow.

Can fasting help to prevent cancer?

Creating a lifestyle around intermittent fasting is particularly effective at creating ketones and starving cancer cells. Highly motivated individuals with advanced cancer diagnosis may do a three to seven day cleanse where they consume nothing but water with lemon.

Others may choose to incorporate a regular fasting lifestyle in which they only eat for a 4-8 hour period each day. They may choose to eat only between the hours of 3pm and 7pm and do a 20-hour fast each day. This will force the body to make ketones to fuel the brain and body deep into the fasting period.

Individuals with a cancer diagnosis should do the daily 20 hour fast while individuals without a cancer diagnosis can do more of a 16 to 18 hour fast for optimal ketone metabolism.

A cancer killing meal plan

Meals should be focused on good fats like coconut oil, avocados, olive oil and raw nuts and seeds. Very low carbohydrate vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale, collard greens, spinach, celery, cucumbers and cabbage – among others should be staple parts of the diet.

Clean proteins in moderation such as grass-fed beef, grass-fed raw cheese and fermented dairy, organic poultry and wild game are great.

Fresh squeezed lemon-lime, apple cider vinegar and other low-sugar fermented food-drink and fresh or dried herbs should be used in abundance. These help to provide organic acids, enzymes and anti-oxidants into the body.

Organic acids produce an alkaline ash once metabolized. These alkaline elements that neutralize the excess aciditiy produced by cancer cells and improve cellular oxygenation – which helps destroy cancer.

Change your diet change your life:) Food as medicine!

In good health,

Dr .Heather

About drheather
I have been practicing alongside my husband, Dr. Ralph S. Cardin, for the past 12 years and have worked in the health care environment for over 29 years. Besides being a passionate practitioner, I am a proud mother of four beautiful boys. I am active in my church and my children’s school and enjoy cooking and exercising.

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