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Keto Naturopath – Using Keto for Cancer
Welcome to another episode of the Keto Naturopath. Today I will be talking about what I would do, generally speaking, if I had cancer. I will also be discussing the history of the ketogenic diet and sharing what I have learned, personally, from its application.
There is little empirical evidence to prove that the ketogenic diet has cured cancer. So I will approach the topic from the back end and discuss the possible application of the truthful, adjunctive therapy, known as the ketogenic diet.
Marketing has destroyed the medical and health integrity of the ketogenic diet
In my view, marketing has destroyed the medical and health integrity of the ketogenic diet. Keto products often get impregnated with poor quality industrial oils containing preservatives, which, by law, have to be added to any public product.
This kind of advertising has grossly misrepresented and undermined the concept and application of the ketogenic diet because it is about money first, health care second, and health third.
About the ketogenic diet
The ketogenic diet started in Germany at the time of World War 1, with William Wilder, the supposed creator of the diet, and Otto Warburg.
The diet has to do with 20 grams, or less, of carbohydrates. The classic ketogenic diet, which came out in 1921, and got completed in 1924, was 25 grams of carbohydrates per day.
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
In his book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Thomas Seyfried explains that cancer has upregulated our ability to burn sugar. And it is a possible breakdown of the mitochondrial system.
Otto Warburg thought that environmental toxins caused cancer.
Reduction in cancer rates
The highest reduction in cancer rates is not due to any specific therapy. It is from removing people from toxic exposures, which involves looking at the safety and quality of their food, the safety of their environment, and the quality of the water they drink.
Certain cancer treatments have worked for specific cancers. For example, chemotherapy seems to work for testicular cancer but not necessarily for other kinds of cancer.
Otto Warburg’s breakthrough
Warburg noticed an up-regulation. Even when the mitochondria cannot work well, cancer cells can use glucose.
The Genetic Theory of Cancer
When a cell becomes carcinogenic, it starts being able to do things that a normal cell won’t do. And the genetic component of the nucleus gets aberrated, and mutations start to occur. That is known as the Genetic Theory of Cancer.
Cancer therapies focus on the particular mutations that have come about as a result of cancer.
Cancer as a metabolic disease
If you see cancer as a metabolic disease, your focus will be on the mitochondria to make energy. If that ability is impaired, that cell starts to shut down.
Glucose as a fuel
Cancer cells thrive on their ability to use glucose as a fuel. They upregulate and use more and more glucose.
Stopping the glucose to shut cancer down
If you can prevent glucose availability, it appears that it should be an effective way of shutting down cancer.
Fasting and the ketogenic diet
Fasting makes glucose less available. The application of the ketogenic diet, as adjunctive therapy, can be successful in stopping cancer.
An expensive medical system
The US is locked into an expensive medical system with no adjunctive ways to support people’s immune systems.
Warburg focused on finding out about the glucose dependence of cancer cells and on what could get done about that.
The ketogenic diet
The ketogenic diet starves the cancer of the fuel it needs, and it supplies via ketones fuel that cancer cannot use.
Your brain requires some glucose. However, you can run about 90% on ketones, which your body produces when it just burns f