Diet matters, but no one has ever been “cured” from cancer based on diet alone. Anyone who tells you otherwise is, in my opinion, either mistaken or selling something.
That being the case, the influence of diet on health has been the focus of more books, articles and podcasts than all the other elements combined. I have been fascinated with dietary approaches to health and healing since my first exposure to the tenants of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) twenty years ago. The dietary evolution for me has evolved from a body builder’s low-fat high protein diet, the TCM diet (no wheat, dairy or caffeine), vegetarian, raw “primal” (including raw eggs, raw meat and raw dairy products), a low-carbohydrate high-fat “Paleo” diet and, most recently, a ketogenic diet.
The one common theme among all the diets that work, regardless of theory, is to stick with “whole foods” (food in its most natural state), while avoiding anything processed. That change, coupled with a reduction in sugar and the avoidance of unhealthy fats, is, in my view, the closest thing to a “one size fits all” diet. In other words, anyone, regardless of genetics or body composition, would stand to benefit from those changes.
However, cancer raises the bar considerably, and, within the cancer community, there are two clearly defined camps. In one corner, we have those promoting a purely plant-based diet (along the lines of so-called “Gerson Therapy”). Simply stated, this diet requires the consumption of large quantities of fruits and vegetables, and includes juicing on a regular basis, and abstinence from animal products (dairy, meat, eggs). In the other corner, we have a high-fat ketogenic diet, in large part thanks to the works of Dominic D’Agostino and Thomas Seyfried. Based upon the Warburg theory, these scientists have demonstrated that a calorie restricted ketogenic diet is the most efficacious diet for slowing the progression of cancer.
My own research has led me to adopt a bit of hybrid approach, or what I call a “high-fiber” ketogenic diet, or, perhaps more accurately, a “Deuterium Depletion Diet” (more on that in a blog post). Since I don’t eat the same way each day, a better way to explain my diet is to see what I consume in a typical week (when I am not fasting). What you would see is an abundance of local sourced organic vegetables (all of which grow above the ground), a few quarts of fatty bone-broth, some sardines, salmon and healthy meats (in moderation), a lot of avocado, nuts, healthy fats (including coconut products, sprouted raw nuts, olive oil and full-fat and raw grass-fed dairy products, including Bravo yogurt, raw cheese and raw butter). While a diet with an abundance of non-starchy vegetables is the healthiest way to eat, veggies have little energetic potential (i.e., calories). Thus, a purely plant-based diet necessarily relies heavily on carbohydrates as a fuel source, including grains, to make up the deficit. Since we know that cancer burns glucose as a primary fuel source, consuming a diet high in glucose is not the best approach. Thus, I replace the carbohydrate portion of the fuel sources with plenty of healthy fats, and moderate amounts of protein. I will do several posts on my diet, but, in a nutshell:
• Cycle calories, in other words fast on a regular basis.
• Consume plenty of healthy fat (avocados, nuts, olives, coconut products, raw dairy).
• Moderate healthy meat (only organic, grass-fed and finished, wild caught, etc.)
• Abundance of organic multi-colored local (above ground) vegetables.
I have also incorporated the “Budwig” blend into my diet to facilitate cellular communication, and as an electron rich source of essential oils to synergistically work with photons from the sun.