It's time to bat around another reader-inspired question about an important subject within the realm of health that virtually everyone reading this right now has had to deal with in their lifetime through a diagnosis of a family member or friend--that would be CANCER. Researchers have been looking at what the possible culprits in what is causing this terrible disease for decades, but unfortunately most of the studies have been geared towards finding a pharmaceutical answer. Oftentimes, the natural nutritional remedies aren't even investigated because there is no money to be made promoting that to cancer victims. It's just such a shame that finding a cure for cancer seems to be predicated on how much money can be made treating people that have it. If I'm wrong about this, then somebody tell me otherwise. I guess I've just become so jaded by how health is viewed from the very medical professionals who purport to be about improving health.
One of the most exciting areas of research that is taking place right now is how a ketogenic, low-carb diet could be used as a therapeutic tool for treating people afflicted with cancer when chemotherapy and other procedures have proven ineffective. Thanks to the great work of people like Dr. Eugene Fine and Dr. Thomas Seyfried who are testing this theory about how ketones can help shrink the size of cancerous tumors and quite possibly be used as a preventative measure for people concerned with getting cancer. The funding for these kind of studies has been paltry compared with the drug research, but the outlook for the ketogenic approach looks quite promising.
Enter the following monkey wrench one of my readers shared with me recently regarding a study published in the September 21, 2010 issue of the scientific journal Cell Cycle
claiming that ketone bodies can INCREASE tumor growth by as much as two-and-a-half times reflecting a "Reverse Warburg Effect." Personally, I'd never heard of anything like this, especially in light of the work of Fine and Seyfried on the BENEFITS of ketones in REDUCING cancer cell growth as part of their studies.
to read the concerns of my reader along with responses from many of my low-carb expert friends addressing this issue directly.