Ketogenic Diet Accepted as First Line Approach for Epilepsy: Is Cancer Next?Dr. Thomas Seyfried is one of the leading pioneer academic researchers in promoting how to treat cancer nutritionally and has spent much time investigating the use of the Ketogenic diet in the treatment of cancer. Dr Seyfried believes cancer is not a genetic disease, but a metabolic one. He believes that the mitochondria—the main power generators in your cells—are the central point in the origin of most cancers. Your mitochondria can be damaged not only by inherited mutations, they can also be damaged by environmental factors, such as toxins and radiation, over time, damage to your mitochondria can lead to dysfunction and tumour formation.
Sugar Is the Primary Fuel for Most CancersControlling your blood-glucose leptin and insulin levels through diet, exercise and emotional stress relief can be one of the most crucial components to a cancer recovery program. In 1931, the Nobel Prize was awarded to German researcher Dr. Otto Warburg, who discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells, and that malignant tumors tend to feed on sugar. Dr. Seyfried’s work confirms that sugar is the primary fuel for cancer, and that by restricting sugar and providing an alternate fuel, namely fat, you can dramatically reduce the rate of growth of cancer. He explains:
“When we’re dealing with glucose and management, we know from a large number of studies that if respiration of the tumor is ineffective, in order to survive, the cells must use an alternative source of energy, which is fermentation. We know that glucose is the primary fuel for fermentation. Fermentation becomes a primary energy-generating process in the tumor cell. By targeting the fuel for that process, we then have the capability of potentially managing the disease.”