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Keto Diet & Cancer: Therapeutic Effects of a Low Carb Diet – Thomas DeLauer
Cancer cells are stupid, so – When it comes down to ketosis there are so many different directions that we can look.
We’re not just looking at how you burn fat. We’re not just looking at getting in the best possible shape. There’s actually some really good therapeutic applications.
In this particular case, I want to spend this video talking about the relationship between ketosis and cancer. So, with me I have Joe Anderson who is a PhD in chemical engineering and an expert in ketosis.
You’ve done a lot of digging in the world of ketosis and cancer. I want to turn the tables over to you to talk about what you’ve seen, what you’ve discovered in that world, and get a little discussion going on.
Sure. So, there’s this idea out there that the ketosis could be therapeutic. If you can get to a certain level of therapy with your ketone levels, it can actually decrease the cancer size.
I will say right up front there’s a gentlemen down in southern Florida who some of you may know, Dom D’Agostino, whose actually actively doing research in this area. Some of this stuff is coming from him.
But, the idea is that cancer is tissue that’s growing out of control. Right? Cancer’s made up of lots of cells. When it’s growing out of control some of the fuel that’s fueling that out of control growth can be sugar.
The idea is that if you cut sugar out, get into a high level of ketosis, you’re going to kill those cells because they don’t have any nutrients to thrive on.
But, you have to be careful because every cell in that cancer isn’t necessarily being fueled by sugar. Some will be fueled by fats, so this doesn’t work for every cancer.
They seem to indicate that some of the brain cancers, the nasty ones, are responsive to this keto therapy. Then you have some other cancers as well.
The other idea within that is that some of the cancers are responding to the insulin so if you have sugar, sugar is driving your insulin to be elevated, but that elevated insulin may also be helping the cancer grow out of control.
So, once again, decrease sugar, decrease the fuel for the cancer cells, but also decrease that insulin response that’s causing a response to those cancer cells as well.
Gotcha. Now, cancer is not my world of expertise other than the fact that I lost my father to cancer in February so it’s near and dear to me, but I still don’t have the breadth of knowledge that a lot of clinicians do in the world of cancer.
Can you just describe exactly how a cancer cell works, and how it might feed, and how it might be glycolytic just so that the viewers who don’t have an understanding of really how that works in general and how keto could potentially starve that out?
Sure. I’m not going to try to pretend I’m’ a cancer expert, but I’ve certainly done some research on this in terms of reading the scientific literature to understand it better, but essentially cancer is a cell that doesn’t know when to stop growing and stop dividing.
Your cell will grow, grow, grow and then at some point it can divide into a second cell, but that process is well controlled.