Anti-Cancer Diet

The whole concept of an "Anti-cancer diet" is to deprive cancer of what it needs to survive.  Cancer is a hardy, yet fragile, entity. 

Much more is known today, than ever before, about cancer cell physiology .  It has devised ways of hiding within the body, un-detected by the immune system. It is a bully when sharing nutrition with normal cells.  It survives in an oxygen free atmosphere.  It appears bionic yet cannot last long without food.

Therein lies the logic behind the anti-cancer diet.  Feed your normal cells but deprive the cancer cells.

Reno Integrative Medical Center Anti-cancer diet

The most research documented anti-cancer diet is the ketogenic diet.  In his book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Thomas Seyfried, PhD, former researcher at Yale University, documents the cancer fighting benefits of this type of nutrition.  He was actually able to eliminate brain tumors in mice using only the ketogenic diet!

To understand why this anti-cancer diet is so helpful in fighting this disease, it is necessary to understand the abnormal mechanism that all cancers use to produce energy. 

In 1931 a German physician/scientist, Otto Warburg MD, PhD, received a Nobel prize for proving that all cancer cells use anaerobic metabolism (burn sugar without using oxygen) to produce energy.  The problem (for the cancer cell) is that this mechanism is 18 times less efficient than the aerobic (oxygen utilizing) metabolism that our normal cells use.  That means the cancer cells need 18 times more sugar than normal cells to grow and prosper.

That being said, it is not possible to eliminate cancer by not eating sugar.  The main reason is the brain requires sugar on the same order of urgency as oxygen. 

All carbohydrates in the diet (grains, bread, pasta, etc.) get turned into sugar by our digestive enzymes.

A ketogenic diet (one that generates ketones), consists of moderate protein (yes, including meat), high (healthy) fats, and very low carbohydrates.

The most important aspect of generating higher levels of ketones and lower levels of sugar is that the brain can switch over to burning ketones to keep itself functioning.  Cancer cells cannot, they must have simple sugars to survive.  Read more on a therapy that utilizes dropping blood sugar to effectively target cancer cells.

The healthy fats we recommend are hemp oil, coconut oil, MCT oil and avocados.

The particular benefits of consuming coconut oil on a regular basis are being revealed by current research.  Long viewed as a dangerous saturated fat, coconut oil is proving itself to be an extremely beneficial fat to include in one’s diet.


Coconut oil is composed of what is called medium chain triglycerides or MCT’s.  The body always burns these kinds of fats for energy and never deposits them in fat cells.  In fact, the burning of them for energy actually helps the body burn excess fat cells in the process.


Coconut oil also pushes the body into producing ketones which have been shown to help fight/prevent cancer.  Maintaining a low normal blood sugar and generating ketones has been proven, by a former Yale researcher, to produce a very inhospitable environment for cancer cells.  He was able to cure brain tumors in mice purely by feeding them a diet that stimulated ketone formation.  Normal function is maintained in the brain because it can burn ketones for energy while the cancer cannot.


In addition, coconut oil contains a compound called monolaurin which has been shown to have an anti-viral effect.

More on healthy fats.

Healthy Beginnings Magazine article on Fats in the Diet


Many believe that a diet high in alkaline is the key to decreasing cancer growth.  The normal body has an ebb and flow in its' environmental physiology.  It requires a balance in acid and alkaline to function properly.  More on Ph and health.

Another point to remember, cancer cells, through their metabolism, produce high acid levels in the body.  It is not the acid that produces cancer.

The research is in and it proves an anti-cancer diet that reduces glucose and elevates blood ketones will contribute to starving glucose dependent tumor cells. 


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