Drug-free Cancer Treatment: Ketogenic Diet

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If you or someone you know is exploring alternative cancer treatments, be sure to read Joseph Mercola, MD’s article about Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s work using the ketogenic diet to starve cancer from the body.

A ketogenic diet has been used as a first line of treatment in managing epilepsy in children since the early 90’s. It calls for eliminating all carbohydrates and sugars from your diet except for non-starchy vegetable carbs, plus including moderate amounts of high-quality protein and fats. The “cleaner” your protein — grass fed, organic meats, raw dairy products and coconut oil — the easier it is for your body to heal nutritionally. The diet also includes intermittent fasting and overall calorie reduction.

It’s a well-established fact that glucose reduction kills cancer cells and the ketogenic diet swaps out glucose for ketone bodies, which normal cells can adapt to use as fuel. Cancer cells are starved in the absence of glucose with this diet.

According to Dr. Seyfield, “Cancer is ultimately a disease of mitochondrial energy metabolism…We’re not going to make major advances in the management of cancer until it becomes recognized as a metabolic disease. But in order to do that, you have to present a massive counterargument against the gene theory of cancer.

“Actually, very few people inherit genes that predispose them to cancer. Most people inherit genes that prevent cancer.”

More information about the specifics of using a ketogenic diet and calorie restriction for the treatment of cancer can be found in Dr. Seyfried’s book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease.

Carol Bedrosian is the publisher of Spirit of Change, New England’s largest holistic magazine.