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With Ketogenic Diet
What is a ketogenic diet? When the fats you eat break down in your body, your liver makes ketones. This process is called ketogenesis. Your body uses these ketones as an energy source when sugar (glucose) isn't available. Therefore, a ketongenic diet is one that maximizes the body's production and use of ketones for energy, and minimizes its use of glucose.
How can a ketogenic diet help cancer patients? New research shows that cancer cells thrive on sugar, but can't live on ketones. Therefore, if you stop eating sugars, your body then uses ketones for energy, and the cancer cells in your body will starve. This is the basis of a ketogenic diet as a therapy for cancer patients.
NOTE: This diet should not be attempted as a cancer therapy without a doctor's supervision and assistance.
How does Dr. Gelhot use ketogenic therapy? Dr. Gelhot has been working with ketogenic diets for years. She has used them in patients for weight loss and is also using them as an adjunct to cancer prevention and treatment.
Dr. Gelhot is more than happy to consult with patients who have cancer, working with their oncologists to help achieve the best possible outcome for cancer therapy. She provides ketogenic-diet consultation and support for other patients as well, assisting them and their physicians in meeting thier goals achieving their ideal weight and optimum health.
For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Gelhot, please call 314.576.0094.
As you can see, the typical American diet consists of a high ratio of carbohydrates (sugars) to fat and protein. The popular Atkins diet lowers the ratio of carbohydrates and increases protein and fat. A ketogenic diet decreases carb consumption even more so that the liver produces ketones, which the body can then use for energy instead of sugars, thus cutting off nutrition to cancer cells.
Where can I get more information about ketogenic diets in the treatment of cancer? The following publications provide more details on the research supporting ketogenic diets and their effectiveness in cancer therapy:
Cancer Prevention and Complementary Treatment by Helen Gelhot, M.D.
Starvation-dependent differential stress resistance protects normal but not cancer cells against high-dose chemotherapy (Raffaghello L, Lee C, Safdie FM, Wei M, Madia F, Bianchi G, Longo VD. SourceAndrus Gerontology Center, Department of Biological Sciences and Norris Cancer Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.)
The ketogenic diet and hyperbaric oxygen therapy prolong survival in mice with systemic metastatic cancer (Poff AM, Ari C, Seyfried TN, D'Agostino DP; Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)
Targeting insulin inhibition as a metabolic therapy in advanced cancer: a pilot safety and feasibility dietary trial in 10 patients (Fine EJ, Segal-Isaacson CJ, Feinman RD, Herszkopf S, Romano MC, Tomuta N, Bontempo AF, Negassa A, Sparano JA; Department of Radiology (Nuclear Medicine), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA)