It wasn’t until after I started LIHF living in 2012 that I began to hear about the link between cancer cells and glucose.
Further research recently led me to the “Verners Views” website run by Dr Verner Wheelock. In this article Verner describes the remarkable research of Otto Warburg who back in 1931 discovered that cancer cells, unlike normal cells, are partially anaerobic and as such, require a supply of glucose to stay alive. This is very similar to yeast cell behaviour during the alcohol fermentation process in the likes of beer, etc. Hence, so theory goes, if you cut off the supply of glucose (ketogenic diet) to the cancer cell you will kill it or better still, it can’t even begin to grow in the first place. Otto Warburg received a Nobel Prize for his efforts.
Further evidence of the success of ketogenic diets in tackling cancer may be found via an amazing young man known as Andrew Scarborough who is “successfully managing ‘incurable’ brain cancer and epilepsy with a ketogenic diet”. You can read more about his remarkable story here..
Asking The Obvious Questions
Armed with the above information, why oh why are we not putting cancer patients onto a ketogenic diet AS SOON as the cancer has been discovered, even before any other treatment has been prescribed, as is the case with epilepsy (the link between epilepsy and ketogenics as a treatment was discovered at the start of the 20th century and is well documented)? Why, if we’ve known about the link between cancer and glucose for over 80 years now, are we still promoting high-carb diets as a “healthy lifestyle” choice?
I look forward to hearing your views..