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High-fat diets and Cancer

Posted Sep 11 2008 8:27pm

I promise this isn't one of those posts that start linking red-meat as the cause of cancer. :0) It's actually quite the opposite!

I just read this exciting article titled Can a High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?

From the article:

Since early 2007, Dr. Melanie Schmidt and biologist Ulrike Kämmerer, both at the Würzburg hospital, have been enrolling cancer patients in a Phase I clinical study of a most unexpected medication: fat. Their trial puts patients on a so-called ketogenic diet, which eliminates almost all carbohydrates, including sugar, and provides energy only from high-quality plant oils, such as hempseed and linseed oil, and protein from soy and animal products.

The next sentence has me rolling my eyes...

What sounds like yet another version of the Atkins craze is actually based on scientific evidence that dates back more than 80 years.

Uh.. excuse me? This is not another version of the "Atkins craze" This basically IS Atkins!!! Granted, Atkins doesn't use plant oils in place of actual veggies, but you see the connection here. Don't you just love it when journalists throw this kind of rhetoric in?

The rest of the article is very interesting and certainly renews my determination for me and my family to avoid high-carb, sugar-laden foods. And the good news is that it sounds like the research on this will not stop here! Others are jumping on the bandwagon and investigating the possible benefits that cancer patients can receive from low-carb high-fat diets. While I'm not surprised at their findings, I'm certainly glad to see that others are taking a second look. It looks like we may actually getting the message out there! So let's keep spreading the word! :0)
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