Dr. Thomas Seyfried became an unusual cancer pioneer when he noticed that when mice with cancer lost weight on a calorie-restricted diet.
The only explanation he could come up with is that mice eating less than usual produced less glucose.
Therefore, the tumor cells had less glucose to gorge themselves on.
Glucose and Ketones
When you eat “normally”, your cells burn glucose for fuel. It comes from the sugar, carbohydrates and (to some extent) from the protein you eat through the day.
However, human bodies are also designed to function by burning another type of fuel: fat.
After all, that’s why our bodies are so efficient at storing the excess calories we eat as fat.
So during the hard times, our bodies can burn that fat as fuel.
In 1973, a man fasted 382 days. He went from 456 pounds down to 185 pounds. Most people can’t survive that long without food, but most people aren’t starting out at 456 pounds.
The ability to burn fat for fuel without a ready supply of carbohydrates gave us an evolutionary advantage.
Chimpanzees starve to death if they can’t eat in 2-3 weeks. Yet a human adult of average body weight can go several months without food.
The human body achieves this by converting stored fat into fat bodies called ketones.
Ketones probably helped our ancestors develop larger and more complicated brains. Brainpower is our biggest advantage over the other species on this planet. Without it, we’d just use our opposable thumbs to break sticks.
Our brain uses 20% of the energy we consume. Ketones serve as a backup fuel system for our brains. The key word to keep in mind here is “backup”.
Cancer Doesn’t Go into Ketosis
If normal cells are accustomed to burning only glucose, it takes them a few days to convert to burning ketones.
But they can and will do it.
Cancer cells? Nope. They demand glucose and only glucose.
Reduce your glucose intake to almost zero, and you seriously stress out cancer cells.
That’s the essence of how to starve cancer of its primary fuel.
Ketogenesis is One Tool to Fight Cancer With, Not a Complete Cure
Fasting is the quickest way to put your body into the fat-burning ketosis mode. However, obviously, you cannot fast until you’re sure you have starved the tumor into submission.
People want the benefits of starving cancer while still eating. That requires a ketosis diet that mainly fat, with only low amounts of carbohydrates and protein.
However, there’s no documentation such a diet successfully beats cancer.
Other natural treatments have a better track record.
There are countless survivors who used juicing, high dose vitamin C and other supplements, stress reduction, fixing unresolved spiritual matters, reducing inflammation, and mega-dosing on fruits and vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables to fight and beat cancer.
However, it’s useful to keep these principles in mind when using other natural methods. Absolutely cut out non-nutritious carbs and other cancer fuels we’ll mention in subsequent chapters.
You can use intermittent fasting to help maintain health after beating cancer.
You can use ketosis to slow down cancer and live longer. You can use it to weaken cancer cells but at some point, diet is not enough. Cancer must be hit hard with cancer killers and there are plenty of natural options.
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Glucose is not the only fuel for cancer, there’s more.
WARNING: Nothing in this post is a recommendation to fast for long periods of time or to fast at all especially if you are already underweight, pregnant or on medication. Always consult your medical professional before fasting because it can be deadly if your body is not in a healthy enough state to sustain itself.