Ketogenic Diet Cancer – What You Should Know
Many of us have heard of the low-carb diet. For some, that means a South Beach diet. For others, we think of the traditional Atkins diet. But for almost all of us, there is no diet label needed at all. Low-carb or low-sugar is a lifestyle. People use these diets to manage blood sugar levels, manage or lose weight, and even sharpen brain focus.
But what about cancer? Could a low carb diet contribute to healing or preventing cancer? Are ketosis cancer solutions real?
First, let’s discuss what a ketogenic diet is in comparison to a “low carb” diet. A ketogenic diet means almost no carbs at all. It means the body uses fat as the primary energy burner. For most, a state of ketosis occurs at less than 30 grams of carbs. This means you are still eating greens, such as spinach and broccoli. This also means you aren’t touching fruit, starches, and of course, processed foods. Some people can get away with a bit more carbs and remain in a state of ketosis. When it comes to ketosis in
Low Carb Diet Cancer – What’s Low?
When it comes to ketosis in relationship with cancer, the carbs need to be very low (if you buy into the research, that is). The theory is that sugar is a cancer cell transporter. Meaning, cancer can grow by using sugar in the body to transport it. As you know, cancer can begin in one area of the body and end up in another part of the body. Cancer is notorious for spreading, so could shutting down cancer’s savvy ability to spread be the key to managing or even curing cancer?
In the 1960s doctor Otto Warburg came up with a theory for the cause of cancer.
“Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by an anaerobic [oxygen-deficient] cell respiration.”
This discovery tells us that while normal cells thrive on oxygen, cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen environment. Doctor Warburg’s findings also tell us cancer metabolizes through a fermentation process. A key component of fermentation is the presence of sugar, which is what cancer feeds off of.
Recently a volunteer researcher at GreenMedInfo, Jonathan Middleton, was the first to identify that sugar not only fuels existing cancer, but is the primary cause. This is a process called oncogenesis, which is the initiation of cancerous characteristics in previously healthy cells.
This Study found that the interfering with sugar availability and uptake to the cell causes cancer cells to reverse back to its pre-cancer structure.
Research has indicated that Americans consume about 160 pounds of sugar each year. That’s about 31 five-pound bags of sugar for each individual. This would seem to be a problem when sugar is one of the primary causes of metabolic cell change in the body. Why are major corporations still adding so much sugar to their products?
This is why people whose immune systems are suffering, or already have cancer, could benefit greatly from a ketosis cancer prevention type of diet. This is a diet high in fat and protein and devoid of carbohydrates, both simple (sugar) and complex (grain product). The idea is, if you pull the rug out from under the carb/sugar craving cancer cells, then they are forced into apoptosis, which is cell death. Without the ability to replicate, cancer can’t progress and wreak havoc in the human body.
Of course, sugar and carbohydrates are not the only cause of cancer but rather appear to be a major fuel it. Sugars ability to transport cancer cells is the core competency of the science at play. Other factors that contribute to cancer are:
- Chemical exposure
- Radiation exposure
- Chronic Stress that suppresses the immune system
- Vaccines containing hidden retroviruses
- Lack of Sleep
- Insufficient nutrients such as B12, folate, and B6
Even though cancer can be caused by many different factors we can still control what goes in our mouth. If we truly want to prevent cancer we can stop consuming high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. Even small changes in our diet can play a major role in our health. It is important that we treat our bodies as if they are a temple.
Here is a list of foods that would be a good start to a ketosis cancer diet: broccoli, spinach, grass fed meats, limited fruits such as apples and avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, chicken breast. Avoid sodas, even ones claiming to have no sugar in them. If a soda says it has no sugar yet has a fruity taste, you should be highly suspicious. Drink lots of water. Coffee is good as well, but make sure you stay hydrated with natural water.
Stay healthy, folks!