This an an excerpt from Unspoken Cures: Weight Loss Edition. It is discussing the health benefits of eating low carbohydrate in regards to cancer. We have posted an article about this before we this excerpt adds to it with information from Harvard. You can read the first chapter of the book and register for an advanced copy by clicking HERE.
I was once told by a family member that a high protein diet causes cancer. At that point I was in high school and supplementing with protein for weight lifting. The current research proves just the opposite. This is assuming you are eating grass fed, non hormone beef. Obviously, cows that are filled with hormones have their own health concerns similar to processed food.
Today, many are frustrated with cancer treatments that do not work and end up killing their loved ones.
However, new research shows there is a method that is free and easy and enhances any cancer treatments. This treatment is eliminating carbohydrates and eating proteins and fats.
He was given a few months to live…
Dr. Fred Hatfield is a well known Dr. and power lifting champion. He has made millions in business and authored dozens of books. However, he has said his greatest achievement is figuring out how to kill cancer when his own doctors gave him a death sentence.
“The doctors gave me three months to live because of widespread metastatic cancer in my skeletal structure,”
he recalled. “Three months, three different doctors told me that same thing.”
His wife remembers,
“It’s a horrible, horrible feeling to have someone tell you that the person you love only has three months to live and you’re not going to be with him any more,” she said.
Hatfield had prepared his mind for death but he had heard of an anti cancer diet that was being used in Florida. This diet consisted of immediately cutting out carbohydrates and sugar from his diet. He gave it a try. The results were astounding.
“The cancer was gone!” he exclaimed. “Completely. To this day there’s no trace of it. And it’s been over a year.”
Smoking Cancer Out
Hatfield eliminated carbohydrates, which eventually turn into glucose inside your body. Cancer cells love glucose and need it desperately to survive. Once you stop giving it to them, they die. It is actually very simple.
“It just absolutely amazes me that medical science is just now finding this out,” Hatfield said.
Hatfield’s cancer recovery, however, was not a surprise to Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, who has researched metabolic therapy for years. He has performed studies where researchers with the University of South Florida removed carbohydrates from the diets of lab mice. These mice were able to survive highly aggressive metastatic cancer even better than chemotherapy treatment.
When discussing the study. Dr. D’Agostino said,
”We have dramatically increased survival with metabolic therapy,” he said. “So we think it’s important to get this information out.”
In addition to lab mice. Dr. D’Agostino has also seen similar success in human patients – lots of them.
“I’ve been in correspondence with a number of people,” he said. “At least a dozen over the last year-and-a-half to two years, and all of them are still alive, despite the odds. So this is very encouraging.”
The Ketogenic Diet
Every cell in your body, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. When deprived, our cells switch to their alternate fuel, ketone bodies, commonly known as fat.
The exception is cancer cells, they do not survive. A defect prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel. These cells can only survive on glucose. All other cells can use both types of cells.
“Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can exploit that,” Dr. D’Agostino explained.
Patients like Hatfield, who want to deprive their cells of glucose and fuel them with ketone bodies instead, eat what’s known as a ketogenic diet. It consists of almost zero carbohydrates, but lots of natural proteins and fats.
This goes right along with everything laid out in this book.
What Does Harvard Say?
The medical study from Harvard Medical University that I am referencing throughout the book has it’s own appendix on studied health benefits. Here is the list of benefits they list while following the protocol I have laid out.
- Increased Lung Capacity
- Improved Sleep
- Increased Blood Volume
- Improved Pancreatic Function
- Improved Liver Function
- Reduced Fat Stores
- Prevention of Diabetes
- Increased Glucose Tolerance
- Increased Insulin Sensitivity
- Increased Muscle Glucose Uptake
- Increased Mitochondrial Function
- Decrease in Depression
- Decrease Alzheimer’s
- Decreased Stroke
- Decreased Appetite
- Improved Cardiac Function
- Improved Lipid Profile
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Increased Bone Density
- Increase Muscle Density
- Decreased Rates of Cancer