"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
Even though various cancers
appear very different, they all share this feature of mitochondrial
damage and can be attacked by means of this defect.
Blood glucose is easily measured. The strategy is to create low blood
glucose together with high blood ketones. High blood ketones protect the
cells from damage that would otherwise come from low blood glucose.
Chronic inflammation causes cancer. There are many causes of
The ketogenic diet is anti-inflammatory.
Sugar and high glycemic foods are
Anti-inflammatory oils include:
- omega 3 oils (flax,
chia, sardines, walnuts, pumpkin seeds)
- coconut oil
Pro-inflammatory oils include:
- omega 6 oils (corn, sunflower, safflower, etc.)
- rancid oils
- trans fatty acids (hydrogenated oils)
The Mediterranean Diet is healthy
largely because of the balance between omega 3 and omega 6 oils. The
omega 3 comes from fish, and the omega 6 comes from olive oil.
FDA moves to
ban trans fats from food.
video by Barbara O'Neill
Breastmilk is high in fat, so newborns spend a lot of time in mild
Animal studies indicate that the ketogenic diet "reverses
age-related deficits in learning and other cognitive
Ketogenic diet, calorie restriction plus oxygen
Calorie restriction as a means to augment cancer therapies
Honey has too much sugar, but propolis produced by bees everywhere in
the world is a cancer fighter.
Origins of the fat controversy
Low Fat and Low Saturated Fat Diet Bad for Health
Eskimos would eat the blubber and feed the protein to their dogs.
While eating their meal, Italians will pour some olive oil and balsamic
vinegar into a small bowl, dip their bread in it, and then eat the oil
Organic apple cider vinegar might substitute for the balsamic vinegar.
Instead of olive oil, you might use half and half olive oil and flax
oil. Or only flax oil.
Cancer cells crave sugar
Cancer cells have about 10 times more insulin receptors than healthy
cells, and cancer cells can even produce their own insulin. When insulin
binds to insulin receptors, the result is uptake of glucose by the
cell. Compared to healthy cells, cancer cells require an enormous amount
of glucose in order to function.
The reason why cancer cells require so much
glucose is because their
metabolism is inefficient. The defining characteristic of cancer cells
is damaged mitochondria. Mitochondria are "power houses" for healthy
cells, producing about 30 ATP molecules for every glucose molecule.
A cancer cell uses fermentation of glucose to produce
only 2 ATP molecules for every glucose molecule. Adenosine triphosphate
(ATP) is a molecule that distributes chemical energy throughout the
cell. See our
oxygen page for expanded
discussion of cancer metabolism.
All cells in the body, including cancer cells,
have similar total energy requirements in order to remain alive. Since
cancer cells produce energy from glucose so inefficiently, they require
far more glucose compared to healthy cells.
Cancer cells cannot metabolize fats
The three macronutrients the body can use for fuel are carbohydrates,
proteins and fats. Both carbohydrates and surplus proteins can be broken down to
glucose. Fats are broken down to ketones. Therefore, at the cellular
level two fuels are available: glucose and ketones.
Surplus glucose is stored as body fat.
This transformation from glucose to fat is done in the liver. However,
when the time comes for the body to utilize the energy stored in body
fat, the fat is not converted back to glucose. Rather the fat is broken
down by the liver to water soluble "ketone bodies" that are transported
throughout the body by the blood. These
ketone bodies are used by mitochondria in cells to produce energy.
Since the ketones do not ferment, there is no
way for cancer cells with their damaged mitochondria to derive energy from ketones.
"Without a doubt the most powerful essential
strategy I know of to treat cancer is to starve the cells by depriving
them of their food source. Unlike your body cells, which can burn carbs
or fat for fuel, cancer cells have lost that metabolic flexibility. Dr.
Otto Warburg was actually given a Nobel Prize over 75 years ago for
figuring this out but virtually no oncologist actually uses this
Ketogenic diet kills cancer cells by starving them
A ketogenic diet is comprised of minimal carbohydrates, moderate
protein, and abundant fat. This diet was developed by Johns Hopkins
Medical Center as a means to control childhood epilepsy because it has a
calming effect on the nervous system. However,
variations of the diet are increasingly being used to control other
diseases as well, including cancer.
When the body receives a diet of minimal carbohydrates, moderate
protein and abundant fat, the result is low blood sugar and high blood
ketones. After three to four days the cells of the body adapt to this new
situation and begin to metabolize the ketones for energy.
Healthy fats include:
- olives and olive oil
- coconuts and coconut oil
- palm oil
- sesame oil
- butter and ghee made from raw grass-fed organic milk
- organic raw nuts, particularly macadamia
pastured egg yolks and pastured meats
- of particular importance are sources of omega-3
fatty acids such as chia, flax and fish oil.
For more information
At the cellular level, it makes no difference if the ketones come
from body fat or diet. Therefore, at the cellular level this type of
metabolism is the same as during periods of starvation or fasting, which
have been a normal occurrence throughout human history. The advantage of
using a ketogenic diet is that the state of ketosis can be maintained
for an extended time without harming the body. However, cancer cells
cannot adapt to the lack of glucose and quickly starve. Elaine Cantin
3 reports that her breast cancer disappeared within two weeks of
beginning her ketogenic diet.
There is a moderate ketogenic diet to prevent
disease and a strict ketogenic diet to treat disease.
The Benefit of Intermittent Fasting
talking about is: how do you prevent yourself from getting cancer?
And what you're saying is exactly what I've said in the book. As
long as you can keep the mitochondria healthy - which is when you're
burning fat and ketones - oxygen free radicals within the
mitochondria go down.
Also, there is a
stimulation of autophagy within the cells. The dysfunctional
mitochondria are consumed within the cell. And the biomolecules
within those dysfunctional mitochondria are then distributed to the
healthy mitochondria and the healthy components of the cell. So,
we're actually eliminating the dysfunctional mitochondria and
replacing them with a highly efficient energy system within the
cell. This happens on therapeutic intermittent fasting...
...This not only
targets and kills cancer cells. I mean, this makes neurons in the
brain healthy to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and
cardiovascular disease. This is all linked to the same basic general
phenomenon that too much glucose in the bloodstream is not healthy.
It leads to inflammation. It leads to cardiovascular disease, which
is linked to triglyceride accumulation. It's linked to a lot of
things. It's also linked to dysfunctional mitochondria, which is the
origin of cancer." -
Dr. Thomas Seyfried pages 10 - 11.
is eating every other day. On the eating day, most people will not
eat two days worth of food, so over two or more days of intermittent
fasting the total food
consumption is reduced.)
Flax Oil and Cottage Cheese
"The Budwig formula is so simple and easy to
make it seems ridiculous. You simply combine two-thirds of a cup of
cottage cheese (ideally low-fat, organic) with one-third of a cup of
fresh, refrigerated flax oil and mix it in a blender. Or you can mix
it with a hand-blender (also called an "immersion blender").
Stirring isn't good enough. To mix it properly, you have to blend
Once you've mixed it, you can add - if
you wish - whatever kind of fruit you want: strawberries,
blueberries, or whatever is your favorite. You can also add
something like almonds or walnuts." -
Henderson, page 24. Here are some helpful videos
It is the experience of Gerson
Therapy that flax oil is the ONLY oil
cancer patients should eat. Watch this
video by Charlotte Gerson where she describes cancer tumors growing
back when the cancer patient eats other fats and oils. Search the
Internet for more information regarding Gerson Therapy and flax oil.
Another name for flax oil is linseed oil.
Therapy uses two tablespoons of flax oil daily (one tablespoon at
lunch and one at dinner) for the first month, and one tablespoon
daily thereafter for the remainder of the treatment.
Dairy is a common allergen, and the
Gerson Therapy excludes all dairy for the first 6 to 10 weeks of
therapy. After this time, yoghurt and salt-free defatted cottage
cheese are permitted. This suggests that for cancer patients it might be best to start with plain
flax oil, and begin the cottage cheese/flax oil mixture after 6 to
Dr. Johanna Budwig spent a lifetime
researching the healing properties of flax oil. Her restoration diet
for cancer patients consists of oil, protein, fruit and vegetables.
The Oil Protein Diet Cookbook provides over 500 delicious
recipies utilizing the healing power of flax oil.
Dr. Budwig (pages
1 - 24) writes that when viewed through an electron microscope
"the only substance which characterised the cancerous cells, as
opposed to healthy ones, was isolated fat". She goes on to say that
when living tissue rejects a fat, the body isolates it. She also
discusses heart disease where the normally lean heart muscle is
encircled and confined by solid fat, and rheumatic disease where
"the only factor which distinguishes the diseased muscles from
healthy ones is isolated fat".
Dr. Budwig is highly critical of fats that
have been "destroyed by industrial handling methods" of the "fats
solidification industry". These fats "which are not water soluble
and cannot associate with protein are no longer capable of
circulating through the fine capillary networks. The blood thickens
and circulation problems arise." These alien fats "block the
metabolism of other fat in the delicate glands, capillaries and
filter stations." She relates this to diabetes, problems with the
brain and nerve functioning, heart problems, hardening of the
arteries, liver and gall bladder problems, reproductive problems and
sterility, loss of hair, problems in "those body areas which
normally host many growth processes, such as in the skin and
membranes, the glandular organs, for example, the liver and pancreas
or the glands in the stomach and intestinal tract..." The
commercially created "saturated fats and the semi-saturated fats are
inert and are of no use to your body."
In order for fat to be transported
to cells via the blood it must first become water soluble. Ketone
bodies are made in the liver and are water soluble. A ketone body is
a molecule made of fatty acids and protein.
According to Dr. Budwig, naturally
occurring fatty acids such as butter, coconut butter and palm nut
oil "cannot be turned into energy by the body without the presence
of essential fatty acids".
Her prescription to remedy this
situation is "to use threefold unsaturated fats prepared from flax
seed oil, together with the substance which easily dissolves them,
and that is cottage cheese." Also she says, "fish or liver oil is
ideal for the body..." providing it has not been solidified or
otherwise damaged during processing.
Regarding olive oil, she states "There are
unsaturated fatty acids in, for example olive oil, which has itself
only one unsaturated connection. This fat is not harmful, but
neither is it the most beneficial..."
membranes are made primarily of phospholipids. A phospholipid is a
(lipid) combined with a protein. The main phospholipid in cell membranes
is phosphatidylcholine which forms up to
90% of our cellular membranes when we are born, but can fall to 10% as
we age. When only unhealthy fats are available, then these will be
incorporated into the cellular membrane of newly formed cells. How can
such a cell be healthy?
dietary sources of "phospholipids", which are necessary to form
healthy cell membranes. Phospholipids are found in lecithin, milk fat,
butter, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, trout), seafood, caviar and
unsalted fish roe, fish oil, krill oil, sunflower seeds, chia seeds,
ground flax seeds, nuts, legumes, chicken eggs, animal brain, meats,
vegetables and human breast milk. Lecithin is by far the richest dietary source of phosphatidylcholine.
Sunflower lecithin is 25% phosphatidylcholine, plus it contains a variety of
other phospholipids. Sunflower lecithin can be added to smoothies.
Use Keto Sticks to monitor ketosis
Surplus ketones will be discarded in the urine.
Keto sticks offer a simple way to measure the amount of ketones in the urine.
Sticks are available from drug stores, amazon.com, and other sources on
the Internet. Follow the instructions on the package carefully.
Try to maintain a moderate or higher level of
During the first few days most of your ketones
may be discarded in the urine, resulting in a deep purple color on the
Keto sticks. As the body adapts to the new diet and begins producing
enzymes needed to utilize ketones, then more will be used and less will
According to Dr. Seyfried, the "ketogenic state"
is when the amount of ketone in the blood is greater than or equal to
the amount of glucose. Most people will be able to get their blood sugar
down to 2.5 or 3 millimolars (45 to 55 milligrams per decaliter mg/dl)
and ketones up to 3 or 4 millimolars (55 to 70 milligrams per decaliter
mg/dl). When using the ketogenic diet to treat disease, it is helpful to
measure both glucose and ketones daily. There are meters available to
measure both blood glucose and blood ketone.
Ketone(mM) ≥ Glucose(mM)
in the blood
Ketone(mg/dl) ≥ Glucose(mg/dl)
in the blood
"This type of diet, in which you
restrict all but non-starchy vegetable carbs and replace them
with low to moderate amounts of high-quality protein and high
amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone,
whether you have cancer or not. It's a diet that will help
optimize your weight and all chronic degenerative disease.
Eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to
fat burning." -
Dr. Joseph Mercola
THAT CAN BE EATEN
IN UNLIMITED QUANTITIES
LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES
romaine lettuce, leaf lettuces, kale, collards, Swiss chard,
cabbage, spinach, bok choy.
SOLID GREEN VEGETABLES
artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
celery, cucumber, peas,
green peppers, string beans, zucchini.
NON-GREEN, HIGH NUTRIENT VEGETABLES
beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, peppers, water
BEANS AND LEGUMES
red kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, black-eyed peas,
apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit,
grapes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines,
all melons, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums,
See Dr. Joel Fuhrman's
For Health endorses the "nutritarian"
diet advocated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Watch the movie "First
Do No Harm" free on the Internet.
In this 1997 movie, Meryl Streep portrays a mother with an epileptic
child. After drugs failed to help, the doctors wanted to operate on the
child's brain. At this point the mother learns about the
ketogenic diet and asks the child's doctor if it would be worth a try.
The doctor refuses. The mother tries to remove her child from the
hospital without the doctor's consent and the possibility arises that the child
may be removed from the mother's custody.
However, Meryl Streep prevails and the child is helped by the diet.
has a list of doctors using the ketogenic diet with their patients.
http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.ca/ List of low-carb doctors
Online Articles (from list at
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease (Seyfried and Sheldon, 2010)
Ketogenic Diet and Radiation for Brain Tumors (Abdelwahab et al.
Metabolic Management of Brain Cancer (Zuccoli et al. 2010)
Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer (Review) (Champ et al, 2012)
Ketogenic Diet and Related Dietary Treatments
Ketogenic Diet Preserves Muscle
Ketones and Brain Metabolism
Fasting and Brain Metabolism
Ketone Bodies: Potential Therapeutic Uses (Richard Veech)
What Causes Cancer?
More Online Information
Ketogenic Diet Resource
Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet a Key to Recovery
Cancer & Sugar
Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery
An Introduction: A Ketogenic Diet for Cancer
Cancer Treatments: Is a Ketogenic Diet Better?
Can a High Fat Diet Beat Cancer?
The Anti-Cancer Diet
The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role in Cancer Treatment
Ketogenic Diet in Combination with Calorie Restriction and Hyperbaric
Treatment Offer New Hope in Quest for Non-Toxic Cancer Treatment
The Ketogenic Diet: Cancer Breakthrough or Madness?
Cantin, Elaine, et al, "The
Cantin Ketogenic Diet for Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes and Other Ailments",
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Elaine Cantin avoided
glucose/fructose and allergens such as dairy, soy, grains, and red meat.
The healthy natural oils she ate were extra-virgin olive oil and organic
extra-virgin coconut oil, plus her diet included fish which is a source
of omega-3 oil.
Healing The Gerson Way, Totality Books, Carmel, California, 2009.
Seyfried, Thomas, "Cancer
as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of
Cancer", Wiley, 2012. Watch a
video of Dr. Seyfried on
Budwig, Dr. Johanna,
The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook, Apple Publishing Company Ltd., Vancouver, 1994.
Budwig, Dr. Johanna,
Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and
Other Diseases, Apple Publishing Company Ltd., Vancouver, 1996.
Budwig, Dr. Johanna and Nexus
Cancer - The Problem and the Solution, Nexus Gmbh, 2008.
For more information and videos, search the
Internet and YouTube.com for "ketogenic diet cancer" and "Dr.
Johanna Budwig". Dr. Budwig wrote 15 books and many articles,
however they are all in the German language. Unfortunately, not much of
her work has been translated into English.
This Vedic text is over a thousand
of years old:
KRISHNADAS AYURVEDA SERIES :
Taila (oil) is suited in diseases like tumors...
- Volume 1, page 210
Ayurvedic therapies make extensive use of herbalized oils. The
particular herbs used in each oil are suited to the needs of the person
being treated. Oils used in Ayurvedic treatments include sesame
oil, coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, ghee (clarified butter), plus essential
oils from many plants. Here are some of the therapies:
Abhyanga - full body massage with herbal oil
Shirodhara - warm herbal oil is streamed over the Ajna Chakra (third
Anuvasana Basti - herbal oil enema
Nasya - herbal oils used to clean and purify the sinuses
Internal oleation is generally required as preparation for Panchakarma
(Ayurvedic treatments). The actual procedure will be personalized to
your needs. However, it will be something like this. For a week to ten
days prior to beginning Panchakarma, you will consume some oil or ghee
each day. The first day you start with one tablespoon of oil, the second
day two tablespoons, increasing by one tablespoon each day until the end
of the preparatory period. Plus, during this time you will eat only
warm, oily food such as kitchari (half and half rice and lentils with
herbs and ghee). People who have done a gall bladder cleanse will have
experienced something very similar to this Ayurvedic internal oleation.
However, the Ayurvedic procedure is meant to benefit the entire body and
to prepare the body for Panchakarma.
Ayurveda also makes use of heat therapies. Swedana, for example, is an
herbal steam treatment that generally follows Abhyanga.
Cancer loves sugar. The modern cancer-causing
diet favors carbohydrates (sugar, grains and starchy vegetables such as
potatoes). The cancer-preventing ketogenic diet favors healthy fats and
minimizes carbohydrates. Both diets require a moderate amount of protein.
When following the ketogenic diet it would be wise to have a good look at Dr. Budwig's findings. Dr. Johanna Budwig spent a lifetime studying fats
and their role in health and disease. Ketone bodies are made of fat and protein. Dr. Budwig
found that flax oil blended with cottage cheese creates a health
building food that would be of great benefit to everyone. Most people
consuming the typical modern diet will be deficient in the essential
omega-3 oils found in flax oil. This is perhaps the most wide-spread and
dangerous nutritional deficiency today.
Carbohydrates, fats and protein are the three
macro-nutrients in the diet and it is important to find the right
balance for your health condition. However, in addition to the three
macro-nutrients there are thousands of micronutrients that the body
requires for good health. We suggest the micronutrient-dense diet
advocated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman is an ideal companion to a ketogenic diet.
Plus, the micronutrient-dense fruits and vegetables advocated by Dr.
Fuhrman make the wonderful juices used in Gerson therapy.
A word of caution here. Fruits and vegetables
contain sugar. So we are not really talking about an entirely sugar-free
diet. Rather, the sugar in fruits and vegetables comes along with
incredible nutrition. This nutrition builds up the body and increases
the body's ability to fight cancer. The sugar we are avoiding is the
junk sugar, the carbohydrate rich foods that contribute nothing to
Furthermore, we are not proposing that the
ketogenic diet is going to cure cancer all on its own.
Dr. Robert Atkins tried treating cancer with the ketogenic diet
alone and the results were unimpressive. However, the ketogenic diet
should help prevent cancer. As a cancer treatment, the ketogenic diet
should work well with
hydrazine sulfate. Plus, Dr. Atkins found the ketogenic
diet to be effective to successfully treat obesity,
diabetes, heart disease, hypoglycemia, and metabolic syndrome.
What we are looking for is a healthy balanced diet to accompany the 8
step program that we offer on this website. The balance is carbohydrates
from nutrient dense foods, healthy fats, and moderate protein.
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