The Ketogenic Diet is Cracking the Cancer Code
by Michael Karlfeldt According to the American Cancer Society, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer and one in four will die from it. The medical approach; chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, has proven to
by Michael Karlfeldt
According to the American Cancer Society, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer and one in four will die from it. The medical approach; chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, has proven to be very effective in the initial shrinking or the removal of the tumor, but has in general failed to greatly impact longevity and quality of life.
A metabolic approach to cancer
A new method that is showing much promise is the metabolic approach to cancer. Nobel Laureate Otto Warburg showed that cancer cells function differently in how they produce energy. Instead of using oxygen to generate energy, they ferment sugar, bypassing the mitochondria. By fermenting sugar, the cancer cell produces chemicals as byproducts that stimulate the growth and invasion of the disease. Metabolic therapies focus on shutting down this fermentation, therefore blocking the production of these cancer-driving chemicals. By interfering with the way cancer cells produce energy, they become very vulnerable to oxidative therapies such as chemotherapy or the more holistic alternatives vitamin C intravenous (IV) therapy, ozone therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, IV artesunate or the 100:1 vitamin C/K3.
One metabolic approach that is being studied extensively is the ketogenic diet, which has been found to have many more benefits than just weight loss. Cancer cells cannot use ketones for energy, causing them to starve, while normal cells function well with ketones. It has also been found that ketones have an anti-cancer signaling effect on the DNA. When dealing with cancer, consider the ketogenic diet as a powerful strategy to maximize the impact of oxidative therapies.
Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D., is a board certified naturopath with expertise in IV therapy. He is the founder of the Karlfeldt Center, located at 2921 S. Meridian Rd., in Meridian. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 208-338-8902 or visit TheKarlfeldtCenter.com.