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Diet-One of The Best Ways to Fight Cancer

There are many different ideas and opinions in the field of cancer treatment regarding which diet is best to address that treatment. One of the only diets to undergo intense scientific study to date is a calorie-restricted ketogenic diet.

Long ago, research proved that cancer cells of all types use an abnormal way of burning sugar, called anaerobic metabolism. It is the process of burning sugar without using oxygen. The problem with this method is that it is 18 times less efficient at producing a given amount of energy from a given amount of sugar. This means the cancer cells need to consume 18 times more sugar than normal cells on a moment by moment basis, to grow and prosper.

The problem is that you cannot kill the cancer by not eating sugar. The reason is that the brain requires sugar at the same level of intensity that it requires oxygen. However, by stimulating the formation of ketones (by eating a calorie restricted ketogenic diet) you protect the brain because it can switch over and burn ketones for energy instead of sugar. Cancer cells cannot do that because they require a constant source of sugar.

Supported by evidence from more than 1,000 scientific and clinical studies over the last several decades, the ketogenic diet has been shown to cause some major changes in the metabolism of cancer cells. This research has revealed some new, non-toxic treatment strategies that target tumor cell energy production and metabolism.

This new method called “Mitochondrial Enhancement Therapy” (MET) denotes a transition from glucose (sugar) metabolism to ketone metabolism which causes a number of major changes that start to weaken and kill cancer cells. It triggers a major reduction in inflammation, a blocking and decrease in the formation of new blood vessels and an increase in what is called apoptosis or cancer cell suicide.

This is one reason why the ketogenic diet is under consideration for use in numerous neurological and neurodegenerative diseases as well, where inflammation is part of the pathology.

This is a systemic therapy that simultaneously targets both the tumor cells as well as the microenvironment. It has proven itself to be effective in retarding progression in many different cancers.

Because all tumor cells suffer common defects in their ability to process energy, they become highly vulnerable to therapies that target these processes. Non-toxic therapies that target cancer cell fermentation will go far in managing the disease without causing further toxicity in the patient.

Any doctor that tells you diet is inconsequential and has no effect on cancer growth is simply not up on the latest research and is doing a disservice to their patients!

Mulrooney TJ, Marsh J, Urits I, Seyfried TN, Mukheriee, P, Influence of caloric restriction on constitutive expression of NF-kappaB in an experimental mouse astrocytoma. PloS One, 2011;6:e18085

Seyfried T, PhD, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, New Jersey, 2012

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