1. Ketogenic diet – the foundation

  1. Cancer cells rely on glucose (from carbohydrates) and  Glutamine (from protein) for fuel.  Cancer cells have 17 times as many glucose receptors as normal cells (because cancer cells have defective or missing mitochondria) and the glutamine provides the nitrogen needed by cancer cells.
  2. A ketogenic diet helps maintain low steady glucose and glutamine levels in the blood and the body converts from using carbohydrates for fuel to using fat for fuel.  The ketones from fat are the fuel all the cells in my body can use – but cancer cells cannot use ketones for fuel (since they have defective mitochondria), so ketogenic diet “starves” and weakens cancer cells.
  3. If a person eats a low carbohydrate and high fat diet they will naturally convert to using ketones from fat.  MCT oil and coconut oil turn into ketones more easily than other fats, so you can have more carbohydrates and still stay in ketosis.
  4. Johns Hopkins University uses the ketogenic diet to treat children with epilepsy who do not respond to any medicines.
  5. Other goals for cancer patients are to rebuild the mitochondria through eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, and to build the immune system.