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FIVE REASONS TO CONSIDER THE
KETOGENIC DIET FOR CANCER
First, let me share with you the #1 reason
why I personally devoted a decade to sharing what
I know about Keto for Cancer.
My beautiful son Raffi was just four years
old when we learned that he had brain cancer.
Treatment options failed and he was about to be
moved to palliative care when I literally stumbled
across the early research coming from Dr. Thomas
Seyfried's lab at Boston College. I quickly learned all
I could about the diet before deciding to give it a
try. After all, what did we have to lose?
At the end of our three
month trial, Raffi's tumour had
stopped growing. In fact, it had
shrunk back from the tumour
margins and was smaller in all
dimensions. We continued with
the diet, kicking the can down the
road for an additional six years.
Most of that time, our son enjoyed
an amazing quality of life. So when
skeptics demand "evidence", I tell
them, "I lived with the evidence"!
Fortunately, the landscape
is shifting and now even the most
casual search of peer-reviewed and
published literature will uncover
a stunning number of papers
supporting the use of the diet
in cancer. I introduce you to this
scientific research in my new book
Keto for Cancer and share strategies
for how to adopt this targeted
nutritional therapy. Now, let's flip
the demand for evidence on its
head and look at the many reasons why you should
at least consider a simple trial.
1. People with cancer don't have the luxury of
time
There is urgency to act as soon as you learn that
you have cancer. Your oncologist will want to start
treatment right away so it's in your best interest to
learn all that you can, not just about the standard of
care for your particular cancer, but also about any
add-ons (adjunct therapies), like diet, that might
enhance those treatments.
2. Diet does matter!
But that's not what you're likely to hear from your
oncologist. Honestly, though, would you ask for
plumbing advice from a history professor? Of
course not! Even though oncologists excel in their
field, that doesn't make them experts-- or even
knowledgeable--about topics that they haven't
studied. Of course. you need to listen to any
medical or nutritional objections they may have
as not everyone is a good candidate, as I point
out in my book. On the upside, if your doctor tells
you that diet doesn't matter, then
you've just been given the green
light to eat what you want. Switch
to a ketogenic diet? Or eat potato
chips. Your choice!
3. The ketogenic diet inhibits
pathways associated with cancer
progression
This gets into some heady science!
To put it simply, the ketogenic
diet mimics fasting, and nutrient
sensing at the cellular level inhibits
activities that are deemed non-
essential, including the rapid
proliferation of most cancer cells.
This goes far beyond the simple
notion of "starving cancer".
4.
Side effects are reversible
There's too much emphasis given to
"keto flu" and other temporary side
effects associated with weaning
yourself off carbs. These typically
ease up as you adapt to the diet. If
you decide not to continue with the diet, then you
can return to your old eating patterns. No harm
done. Not so with drug therapies. Side effects
persist or worsen with time, and some late effects
of chemo and radiation can continue to exert their
adverse effects long after treatment has ended.
Please understand that I'm not suggesting that you
forgo conventional care. Just put this "side effects"
issue into proper perspective.
Miriam's new book :
Keto for Cancer: Ketogenic
Metabolic Therapy as a
Targeted Nutritional Strategy
(Chelsea Green Publishing,
October 2017)