This Time Magazine article (which was e-mailed to me by about a hundred people--AFTER I had already seen it! THANKS everyone!) details the use of a high-fat, ketogenic (very low-carb) diet on cancer victims to see what impact it would have on their condition. The findings of the researchers has the entire world buzzing about the health BENEFITS of the low-carb lifestyle yet again--and it's about time!
In the article entitled "Can A High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?" (although I'm not sure what that big double cheeseburger at the top of this story has ANYTHING at all to do with a high-fat, low-carb diet--that bad boy is MUCH higher in carbs from that big ole bun!), researchers Dr. Melanie Schmidt and Ulrike Kammerer, both from the University of Wurzburg in Germany, have been implementing the use of a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet on the most dire of cancer patients who have run out of treatment options since the beginning of the year. Without the use of any medications, they simply require the participants to slash their carbs and eat more fat.
But, according to the story, this high-fat, low-carb treatment goes back much further than Dr. Atkins to 1924 when a German Nobel Prize winning scientist named Otto Warburg put forth what would be known as the "Warburg hypothesis" which concluded in the words of Warburg that "the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar."
Did you catch that? Warburg said EIGHTY YEARS AGO that cancer THRIVES where sugar resides. So, the thinking goes like this: remove the sugar (and the carbohydrates that turn to sugar in the body) and replace it with fat, then the cancer cells will die. It was a BRILLIANT hypothesis that was lauded among the scientists and health advocates of his day, but somehow it has been forgotten by many in our modern culture who would rather sweep such forward-thinking methods for cancer treatment like this under the rug.
Not for Dr. Schmidt and Kammerer, though.
They've taken Warburg's lifetime of work and run with it in 2007. By removing sugar from the diet of cancer patients, can they stop the spread of cancer before it is too late? The whole world is watching with hopeful anticipation that this could be exactly what is needed to bring cancer under control.
This experiment has been dubbed "The Wurzburg trial" and is underwritten by a German food company named Tavartis
which seems to stock a line-up of high-protein, low-carb products. So begins this journey to cancer-free living for some who have lost all hope when chemotherapy and other treatments failed them. It's not a certainty, but it is another option that many are not even told about.
Painful and arduous cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, hyperthermia and autohemotherapy are so aggressive and potentially life-threatening that a more natural and quite possibly MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE treatment like a ketogenic diet could be a welcoming prospect for those who are dealing with this most dreaded of diseases to afflict the human body.
Sadly, Schmidt said a few of the cancer patients who attempted to eat a sugar-free diet couldn't handle not being able to drink sodas and eat chocolate. Um, hello? Have you never heard of DIET soda and sugar-free, low-carb chocolates like ChocoPerfection bars? You don't have to give these things up, you simply replace the sugary ones with a healthier version instead. And for a chance to live much longer than you expected, isn't it worth making a small sacrifice like giving up sugar to make that happen? This goes beyond my ability to comprehend.
By the end of the three-month study, the researchers were able to see five patients survive the high-fat, low-carb cancer treatment with INCREDIBLE RESULTS!
Here's what happened to them:
- They all remained alive and the cancer did not overtake them - Their illness remained stable or even improved - The tumors in their body grew slower, stopped, or even shrunk
AMAZING! And these improvements didn't go without fanfare within the lab where this was happening either. Kammerer said it was nothing but "positive reactions and an increased interest" in how this high-fat, low-carb diet was doing what it was doing. She is cautiously optimistic, though, since it was not a resounding success with all the patients. But it is an excellent first step in figuring out what methodology for treating cancer should be considered in the future.
Be sure to read about the other studies that have been conducted on cancer patients placed on a ketogenic diet in the Time Magazine story, including comments from Dr. Thomas Seyfried who is a champion of the high-fat, low-carb approach to treating cancer. He states in the story that the reason more clinical studies like this haven't been conducted is because of the close ties that the medical establishment has to the pharmaceutical industry which would lose BILLIONS annually if an all-natural cancer treatment were promoted. Shhhhhhhh! They don't want anyone to know that! OOOPS!
The Wurzburg trial is only the first of many studies that are coming down the pipeline. There's one happening in The Netherlands right now and another one in Germany slated to begin next month. While expectations are high, they are all being careful about proclaiming this ketogenic treatment option as the be-all, end-all for treating cancer.
Just like with weight loss, a high-fat, low-carb diet isn't for everyone. It's all a matter of how the individual will respond to such a diet and at the stage of cancer that they have. If a ketogenic strategy can be implemented early enough, then perhaps there is greater hope for those individuals. Rather than waiting to start livin' la vida low-carb until a LAST resort when nothing else has worked, why not try making it your FIRST option for getting the cancer under control before it can spread? That certainly seems to make sense to me.
You can e-mail Ulrike Kammerer about her remarkable study at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to THANK her for sharing this research with the world and encourage her to continue looking at ketogenic diets in the treatment of cancer.