Cancer patients are a mainstay of my medical practice.
Colon cancer, ovarian malignancy, anal canal cancer, and other malignancies are on the rise.
In addition, I am seeing patients younger and younger with advanced stage tumors, and many lives are destroyed by cancer.
Can it be the foods we are eating? Is it a result of the Standard American Diet (SAD) as espoused by our fearless leaders, physicians, and nutritionists?
Can a diet alter, modify, and reverse the course of cancer?
Here are some of the highlights of this recent article published in Nutrition and Metabolism (2011)
1. Most, if not all, tumor cells have a high demand on glucose compared to benign cells of the same tissue.
2.Epidemiological and anthropological studies indicate that restricting dietary carbohydrates could be beneficial in decreasing cancer risk.
3.Carbohydrate restriction mimics the metabolic state of calorie restriction or – in the case of ketogenic diet – fasting. The beneficial effects of calorie restriction and fasting on cancer risk and progression are well established.
4.Some laboratory studies indicate a direct anti-tumor potential of ketone bodies (fat).
I encourage ALL of my cancer patients to adopt this lifestyle.
Eliminated processed food, reduce carbohydrates, increase fat intake, and ingest a moderate amount of protein.
What do they have to lose???
It appears we ALL have more to gain…….