Get on a Ketogenic Diet!


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Cancer dogma holds that most malignancies are caused by DNA mutations inside the nuclei of cells, mutations that ultimately lead to runaway cellular proliferation. Given the countless genetic blips that have been associated with various cancers, the illness has actually come to be seen as a complex of diseases for which personalized treatments might offer the best chances of success.But prevailing oncology orthodoxy has its detractors, and some cancer biologists feel that while mutations are nearly ubiquitous in cancer, they may not always be the driving force for disease. Cancer, they suggest, might actually be as much a disorder of altered energy production as it is genetic damage.

This idea traces back to the work of German physician Otto Warburg who, in the 1920s, reported that rather than generating energy using the oxygen-based process of respiration as healthy cells do, cancer cells prefer the anaerobic, or oxygen-free, process of fermentation. Not all products of fermentation are as welcome as beer, wine and cheese.


In the 1920s, Dr. Otto Warburg, a German researcher, found that cancer cells prefer the anaerobic, or oxygen-free, process of fermentation for generating energy.

Boston College biology professor Dr. Thomas Seyfried is a leading proponent of the metabolic theory of cancer. He proselytizes Warburg’s findings and in 2012 published an academic book called Cancer as a Metabolic Disease that lays out the evidence behind his beliefs (Currently the book’s Facebook page has over 6,000 followers and a lively exchange of self-help tips). Seyfried argues that decades of research, including his own, support the idea that aberrant metabolism can somehow induce malignancy. Further, he believes that research supports at the idea that limiting the fuels available for fermentation — that is, the sugar glucose and the amino acid glutamine — is an overlooked approach to aid treatment. He specifically implicates mitochondria, our energy-producing organelles, in spurring on malignancy.

This belief is in part based on work from the ’70s and ’80s showing that if the cytoplasm (the buoyant cellular goo that contains the mitochondria) is transferred from a normal cells to a tumorigenic cell (one with the potential to develop into a cancer) the tendency toward cancer is suppressed. Conversely, animal research has shown that transferring the nucleus of a malignant cell into the cytoplasm of a normal cell inhibits the tumor potential of that initially malignant cell, implying, according to Seyfried, that whatever is causing the cancer lies in the cytoplasm, not the nucleus.More recent research shows that the introduction of mutations in mitochondrial DNA (former single-celled organisms that our cells eventually engulfed, mitochondria have their own genetic material) reduces the tumor protection purportedly provided by normal mitochondria. “If you look at the data, you could say that there is clear evidence that cancer is a genetic disease since we can inherit mutations associated with increased cancer risk,” says Seyfried, “but many of these mutations disturb cellular respiration. And many non-inherited causes of cancer like radiation impair mitochondrial function.”

Seyfried’s colleague Dominic D’Agostino, a biology professor at the University of South Florida also subscribes to the idea that the primary driver of cancer is mitochondrial dysfunction, which can be induced by any number of carcinogens — genetic predilections, radiation, chemical exposures and diet among them. Not only do many mutations and pathways associated with cancer impair mitochondrial function and cell metabolism, he says, but injured mitochondria also produce volatile compounds called “reactive oxygen species” that can damage DNA. “This can explain why most cancers have mutations,” he speculates, “in many cases they’re secondary to mitochondrial damage.”

Dr. E. Aubrey Thompson, a cancer biologist at the Mayo Clinic who in his own words is “strongly on the mutation side,” acknowledges that cancer cells re-orchestrate their metabolic activities and that interfering with cancer metabolism is a potentially fruitful area of research. “There are hundreds of labs already working on this right now,” he says. Yet, he adds genially, “there is no evidence of malignancy developing in the absence of mutations. Anyone who thinks otherwise is obligated to design an experiment to disprove this concept … that’s how science works.”

It turns out there is some evidence that this might happen, but it’s limited. Seyfried pointed me to a 2015 paper by Dr. Stuart Baker of the National Cancer Institute that reviews four recent studies reporting numerous tumors in which zero mutations were found. Seyfried acknowledges that mutations might have been found with more thorough screening and better DNA sequencing technology. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center President and CEO Dr. Craig Thompson (not to be confused with Mayo’s Thompson) hedges on the metabolic theory of cancer. “While the arguments raised [by Seyfried and others] have been considered by the growing field of cancer metabolism, most investigators have moved on to consider other explanations for the observations,” he said in an interview. Still, he has recently written in support of some aspects of the theory with therapeutic implications.

In a way, the various competing cancer theories aren’t completely at odds. “Despite all the talk of controversy in the field, the concepts that [Seyfried] and his colleagues are advancing are not really that novel,” says Mayo’s Thompson , “I think everybody who works in cancer biology today appreciates the fact that there are many different processes involved in a conversion of a normal cell to a tumor cell.” He believes a coalescence of pernicious influences is required for a cancer to develop. “One of these processes is probably altered metabolic activity,” he says. “But cancers also must acquire mutations, change the way they interact with neighboring cells and learn to evade the immune system. Every single one of these processes is probably essential to cancer development.”

Matthew Vander Heiden, a biologist at MIT and oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, also says many factors are necessary to induce cancer, including what could be considered the other major theory on the origin of malignancies, that they result from the impairment of signaling pathways that control cell division. “My guess is it’s probably metabolic, and it’s probably genetic and it’s probably cell signaling. I’m not sure you can separate these out since they all appear to be so interrelated,” he explains.

Regardless of the initial cancer trigger, the ultimate end of the biomedical bickering is to help patients. And as Vander Heiden points out, not only are researchers and pharmaceutical companies already developing drugs that target metabolic pathways, such drugs have been around for some time. “I think targeting metabolic pathways in cancer is a great idea. We already have five or six mainstay chemotherapies that yes, attack cell division machinery, but also target metabolism ” explains Vander Heiden, “They’re just not billed that way.”Seyfried is skeptical that medicines alone will cure cancer. Instead he and many of his colleagues — including Dr. Eugene Fine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon — are focusing on the potential of dietary approaches to contain the disease.

There’s particular interest in the ketogenic diet, similar to the low-carb Atkins diet that is low in sugar and high in fat. It’s intended to starve cancer cells of the glucose they use for fermentation. “The drugs we have now are so toxic and there’s no reason people should have to be poisoned to be healthy. There are a number of studies, including those we’ve published, showing a direct relationship between the ketogenic diet and slowed tumor growth,” says Seyfried, also citing the work of Dr. Valter Longo, of the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology. That work shows that low-calorie diets are linked with slowed tumor growth and improved response to chemotherapy. “Why spend all this money going after all these different pathways involved in cancer when you can simply go after the key fuels?” Seyfried asks.

The idea of fighting cancer by changing what patients eat has obvious appeal, but it also raises worries. “I get a little scared when people start talking about diet for cancer since you can quickly get into pseudoscience here,” Mayo’s Thompson counters. He points out that data supporting the ketogenic diet in cancer are limited — and further that rigorous dietary studies are incredibly hard to pull off. “The drug companies aren’t going to fund these types of trials,” he says. “They can’t make money marketing a diet.” Vander Heiden is also wary of many dietary claims, in part because of biased expectations. “It seems that people have often decided what diet they think is best before they do a study,” he says. “There’s a difference between setting out to prove something is a good therapy and asking what therapy is best.”

His own work has shown that certain dietary interventions can be more effective than drugs at treating cancer in mice, but he says panacean claims about the ketogenic diet specifically are a bit premature. “I think it’s a really interesting hypothesis that should continue to be tested, but to claim that cancer is all metabolic or all genetic is probably incorrect,” he says. “Usually in science when you have something as complex as cancer, ascribing it to one particular cause is often going too far.” Even Seyfried acknowledges, despite his zeal for treating cancer by tinkering with calories, that in all likelihood diet and nutrient-based cancer treatments will serve as adjuncts to existing therapies. But what would be wrong with that? “We’re slowing the tumor down and making it extremely vulnerable to lower, less-toxic doses of available drugs,” he says, “When people are locked into an ideology created by a dogma they tend not to focus on rational alternatives.” SOURCE

10 Comments on Get on a Ketogenic Diet!

  1. Starting this tomorrow morning. Done a lot research and it seems like the first 3 weeks or so are the toughest as your body goes through sugar detox. Anyone who is on this currently can you tell me if you experienced “Keto FLU” and maybe any tips on reducing the symptoms? Thxs


    • I just started a full out Keto program 2-3 weeks ago. Don’t let the whole Keto Flu thing worry you. I had a really mild case of it this past week, nothing more then being a little fatigued and a slight headache. Along with Primal edge, I find this Dr.Berg has some really good advice regarding the Keto program


    • Magnesium and Zinc are your friends Timm. Supplement with both!

      Use a good salt (pink Himalayan Salt) to replenish your electrolytes.

      Eat an Avacado everyday. Best source of potassium you can get. More than twice the amount of a sugar filled banana!

      Drink plenty of water!

      Get to bed earlier!

      Get in your DHA!

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  2. Fletcher Betker // March 8, 2016 at 12:41 am // Reply

    hello, thanks for this awesome post. I’ve been trying to lose weight for about 11 months and I’ve come to the conclusion that it all depends on eating right. I found this video that gave me a great diet plan, and I actually lost 10 pounds. All I did was follow the plan completely. If you want to watch the video, here’s the link: I hope this can motivate people to lose some weight. Good luck!


  3. Peter Smith // March 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm // Reply

    Hi Rich, I’ve been listening to your video about the ketogenic diet. I’ve also read on wikipedia that there’s a risk of developing kidney stone on a low carbohydrate diet. Did you know about this? How do you limit this risk while still using keto?

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    • I’ve never heard of this before? However, drinking 100 ounces of water a day or more, will almost gauruntee that you’ll never get a stone!


      • Peter Smith // March 8, 2016 at 2:28 pm //

        I’ve read about this here

        About 1 in 20 children on the ketogenic diet will develop kidney stones (compared with one in several thousand for the general population).

        Another problem is that it may affect the growth of children who take the diet:
        The diet reduces levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, which is important for childhood growth. Like many anticonvulsant drugs, the ketogenic diet has an adverse effect on bone health. Many factors may be involved such as acidosis and suppressed growth hormone


  4. Ask any marathon runner does he run on fat, and see what answer you get. Try and eat meat raw, and watch your teeth loosen and fallout (we haven’t the canines or molars of a carnivore, or the stomachs to digest meat like animals). And how did we catch, kill and eat wild animal’s pre tools and fire? We didn’t. And when Palaeolithic Man did invent tools to kill wild animals, he only ate the brain and soft organs, until fire was discovered. Fat stops the absorption of carbs, and is harder to burn than glucose. Oh, and to believe bacon is healthy, is delusional. The carbs that make people fat, are processed ones and not fruits and vegetables.
    Ketosis is great for quick weight loss, but certainly not a long – term lifestyle.


    • What I tell people here is very simple. I f they have a routine or an eating regiment that works for them, they feel great, they look good, they’re numbers and vitals are in check, stick with what you’re doing. No need to change.

      However, most Americans don’t fit that description. Most Americans are binge eaters and they’re addicted to highly refined processed foods and sugar.

      As far as long distance runners…

      Long distance runners (IMO) are not healthy, nor do they look it or feel it. They’re always injured, they’re the first ones to get sick. They’re always coughing and sneezing all over the gym. They age faster than any group I know, and most of the “men” that run have the frames of 9 year old boys.

      Running long distance destroys muscle tissue. I’d much rather run my body on ketones than spike my insulin all day long and run on glucose.

      Furthermore, you don’t need to carb it up or eat a bunch of high sugar fruit to produce insulin.

      On a Ketogenic diet your body produces glucose with excess protein stores, through a process called gluconeogenesis.

      Everything is about insulin control.

      Should we be eating tons of processed cured meats or corn fed industrial raised beef and chicken? No. I agree with you. I eat none of it!

      But eating a few grass-fed products with a few strips of uncured bacon IMO is fine. And a diet composed mostly of wild seafood and high quality fats, with some green leafy vegetables, and plenty of good clean quality water, and proper supplementation is IMO the way to go.

      But if raw food and veganism works for you have at it. Everyone is different. There is no one size fits all when it comes to eating.

      What I do know is that keto works. It’s the only way to truly control insulin levels.


    • One thing I will say Joe is that I think we can and should (all of us) drastically reduce the amounts of land animal meat we consume! 100% agree on that. There is truly no need for it. I eat very little of it as is. Chicken, beef, pork, veal, lamb, turkey, etc I can go without.

      Take away my wild Salmon, Avacado, and Oysters… And we’re fighting!


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