How does the ketogenic diet kill cancer cells

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Ketogenic Diet and Cacner(NaturalHealth365) Recently, the ketogenic diet has been touted as a ‘cure’ for cancer. Very popular websites – in the natural health world – magazines and medical experts have raved about its ability to kill cancer cells by feeding the body, primarily, a fat-based diet. But, we must ask a very simple question (before getting too excited) – where’s the scientific proof?

Carbohydrates are “bad” for cancer patients. We hear this all the time and it’s the main reason why the ketogenic diet has attracted so much attention – in recent years. In fact, for nearly 10 years, the world-famous diet doctor, Robert Atkins, M.D. actually used a ketogenic-type diet to (quietly) treat cancer patients. What were his results? And, is the ketogenic diet good for all types of cancer?

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, cancer expert Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., who personally knew Dr. Atkins, will reveal the results of Dr. Atkins work with cancer patients eating a high-fat diet. Never publicly revealed before, Dr. Gonzalez will talk about the science behind the ketogenic diet.

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What will history tell us about the success of the ketogenic diet for cancer patients?

Do you remember the hype surrounding interleukin-2 for cancer patients? Back in the 1990’s, interleukin-2 was touted as the ‘cure for cancer’ with as much passion as the ketogenic diet. But, as time went on, the reports of interleukin-2 toxicity and patient deaths (from treatment) started to pile up and the initial hysteria, obviously, went away.

By the way, interleukin-2 treatments were very expensive – about $100,000 for just a few weeks of ‘therapy’. Naturally, following a ketogenic diet is far less expensive.

So, despite patient deaths, the media continued to promote interleukin-2 therapy for many years. And, finally, in 1998 – a clinical study (13 years after the initial hype) showed that interleukin-2, at least for kidney cancer, worked no better than placebo. Naturally, as the excitement over interleukin-2 faded away, by the late 1990’s, a ‘new’ therapy (bone marrow transplants) replaced the hysteria of the interleukin-2 protocol.

The ketogenic diet, at this point, is being added to a long line of heavily promoted ‘magic bullets’ for the treatment of cancer. But, with respect to this diet, are we making the same mistake or is this diet a cure for cancer?

The man behind the ‘ketogenic diet craze’

Most recently, the ketogenic diet has been popularized as a cure for cancer by Thomas N. Seyfried, Ph.D. – in his book, “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease”. Dr. Seyfried proposes that our normal cells do just fine in the absence of carbohydrates but cancer cells do not. So, based on the work of Dr. Otto Warburg, Dr. Seyfried suggests that a high-fat, no carbohydrate diet will effectively kill all types of cancer cells.

His ideas are really quite simple – if you avoid dietary sugar, cancer cells will die. But, there’s only one problem with this theory. How does Dr. Seyfried explain the success experienced by stage-IV cancer patients on primarily a vegetarian diet – loaded with carbohydrates, in the form of carrot / apple juice plus many other naturally-rich ‘sugary’ foods?

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. talk about the myths surrounding the ketogenic diet. If you’re concerned about cancer and you’re looking for a nutritional solution for your health – don’t miss this program.

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This week’s guest: Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., an expert in nutritional therapies for cancer patients

Find out what practically no one else is saying about the ketogenic diet for cancer – Sun. Oct. 13

Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D., graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in English Literature. He subsequently worked as a journalist, first at Time Inc., before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia. He then received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1983.

During a postgraduate immunology fellowship under Dr. Robert A. Good, considered the father of modern immunology, he completed a research study evaluating an aggressive nutritional therapy in the treatment of advanced cancer. Since 1987, Dr. Gonzalez has been in private practice in New York City, treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses.

Can a high-fat diet kill cancer cells? On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. and Jonathan Landsman will talk about the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet in treating cancer patients. This program will dispel the rumors, expose the myths and give you a better understanding about how diet influences cancer cell growth.

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  • Anonymous

    I am currently investigating natural cancer cures all over the web and weighing up various approaches. The fact that carrots and apple can be consumed to reduce cancer does not disprove the ketogenic theory, unless the theory is in-complete. I think the bottom line is that there is some truth in reducing sugars and keeping sugar levels as low as possible but at the same time there is also a toss up between cancer fighting nutrients density vs carb density. Obviously if these two are completely out of balance then one would probably aggrevate the cancer but if these two are somewhat in balance, in the case of carrot apple mix then things are ok.

  • Rebecca Cody

    I would like to disabuse the world of thinking that only carbohydrates (sugar) cause cancer to grow, and that PET scans are totally accurate in showing cancer in the body.

    Ralph Moss had an article in his newsletter a few months ago about the work of Peter Pederson and Young Hee Ko, showing that, while cancer cells do grow on sugar, as discovered by Otto Warburg, THEY ALSO MAKE ENERGY AND GROW IN THE SAME WAY AS NORMAL CELLS, using oxygen. Peterson is considered one of the world’s leading experts on cancer metabolism.

    In 2010 I was diagnosed with a highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer (this means it is not driven by hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone). During treatment at an alternative clinic the tumor was reduced considerably. The affected breast felt almost the same as the other, and a PET scan showed no cancer activity – no abnormal uptake of sugar. The tumor quickly grew large again, but PET scans still showed no abnormal activity. This went on for almost three years before a fourth PET scan showed cancer in a lymph node. More treatment was followed by a mastectomy last March. The pathology report showed there was still a lot of live cancer, both in the tumor and in several lymph nodes. This happened while I was on a sugar-free, mostly vegan diet with berries and a little green apple as my only brush with sweet anything.

    By the way, anybody preparing for a PET scan or other exposure to a lot of radiation should schedule an infusion of 25 grams of vitamin C the same day, following the scan, to mitigate the damage from the scan.

    Mine is only one example that shows Peterson and Ko’s work to be true. How many people out there are lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that only carbs feed cancer, and that PET scans show whether or not there is cancer growing?

  • Eric

    What does Ketogenic mean??

  • Robin Martinez

    Your information about Interleukin-2 is misleading. Death is an extremely rare occurrence in treatment today. High-dose IL-2 treatment is in regular use for melanoma and kidney cancer. It provides a chance at complete remission – sometimes permanent. In both cancers it gets significantly better results than placebo. Careful selection of patients has increased response statistics for IL-2. Further, IL-2 is in clinical trials with either hydroxychloroquine or entinostat added as what seem to be effective boosters.