This post is for anyone who has developed cancer as a vegetarian or vegan.
Or for anyone who has tried adopting one of those two diets to reverse cancer, but isn’t making any progress.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after nearly nine years of researching nutrition and natural therapies for cancer, it’s that there is not one perfect diet for everyone to reverse cancer.
There is a lot of anti-meat dietary dogma out there. Some think that vegetarianism is the healthiest diet. Some think veganism is the healthiest. Some think raw veganism is the healthiest. And some even think eating only raw fruit is the healthiest.
Now there is certainly a lot of research showing that a plant-based diet significantly reduces the risk of all chronic diseases: heart disease, cancer, strokes, and more. No doubt.
But reducing the risk of developing a disease and reversing a disease once you have it may require very different approaches.
Many vegans I’ve met are vegans for an animal-rights reason, first and foremost,
not for health.
They don’t like the idea that an animal has to die to feed them… I get that.
But for some, a staunch animal-rights mentality prevents them from considering any valuable information to the contrary, specifically when it applies to health. They would rather continue to be sick then consider eating something that came from an animal…
But the reality is (drum roll):
Different bodies have different needs.
Some people have reversed cancer with a plant-based diet. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, some have even reversed cancer with The Primal Diet, eating only raw meat. That’s right. Raw. Meat. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to start eating raw meat)
Your anti-cancer diet depends on your body type.
For example: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD has had remarkable success using nutrition and natural therapies to treat cancer. Along with pancreatic enzyme therapy, he has 10 basic diets that he puts his patients on based on their individual needs, ranging from pure vegetarian nuts and seeds to an Atkins-type red meat diet.
I personally adopted an 80% raw / 20% cooked organic vegan diet for 90 days. I have no doubt it was beneficial, but I couldn’t maintain a healthy weight, so my naturopath added some clean meats back into my diet. I was fine without meat, but I wanted to live, and I trusted his judgement. So I added some clean meat back to my diet about three times per week back in 2004.
I’ve met many other survivors that have reversed their cancer while eating animal products as well. So beware of anyone who demonizes animal food as unhealthy for everyone across the board.
That is just flat-out wrong.
There’s no place for dogmatism when your life and health is at stake.
You must be open to all options.
Enter Elaine Cantin
After trying a mostly plant-based diet to heal her breast cancer, which didn’t work for her,
Elaine discovered The Ketogenic Diet. She modified it slightly and super-charged it with the same specific anti-cancer foods I ate. As a result she successfully healed her recurrent breast cancer tumor in about two weeks.
There is some fascinating research about the benefits of The Ketogenic Diet.
This is a diet that is high in fat with moderate protein, and extremely low in carbs.
Similar to Atkins, but with no dairy, and less carbs. It’s also similar to The Paleo Diet. Epileptic children put on The Ketogenic Diet for 6-24 months showed a 90% decrease or elimination of seizures. That’s pretty impressive.
Check out this abstract from a 2008 Ketogenic Diet research paper:
“It is also necessary to emphasize that as well as the weight loss, ketogenic diets are healthier because they promote a non-atherogenic lipid profile, lower blood pressure and diminish resistance to insulin with an improvement in blood levels of glucose and insulin. Such diets also have antineoplastic (anti-cancer) benefits , do not alter renal or liver functions, do not produce metabolic acidosis by ketosis, have many neurological benefits in central nervous system, do not produce osteoporosis and could increase the perfomance in aerobic sports.”
A ketogenic diet mimics the healing effects of fasting. I causes the body to burn fat for energy instead of glucose and break down non-essential tissue like tumors.
I did not follow a ketogenic diet to beat cancer, but since it is clearly producing some remarkable results for some people, I think it’s worth sharing.
Final Note: The ketogenic diet for cancer is a very new idea. It has bee shown to be effective for eliminating tumors for some people, like Elaine Cantin, in the short term, but we don’t know how well it works long term. Only time will tell.
Resources mentioned in the interview:
Ketostix for monitoring ketones in your urine.
by Thomas N. Seyfried
Other useful links recommended by Elaine:
Website of Dr. Mary Newport MD
Dr. Mary Newport interview, talking about putting her husband on a Ketogenic Diet for Ailzheimer’s
Find a physician who uses the Ketogenic Diet:
Keto Researcher: Dominic D’Agostino PhD:
Elaine Cantin’s facebook group:
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Post your questions and comments for Elaine below!