Feed a Fever, Starve a Cancer

There’s an interesting post in Ramblings of a Carnivore on the connection between carbs and cancer.
“Cancer cells are normal cells that grow too fast and the cells need both energy and growth factors to grow at an increased pace. A logical theory of treatment would be to take away the energy and growth factors and starve the cancer cells.”
It certainly isn’t the first time I’ve heard that cancer cells feed on sugar (and therefore carbs as well), but I’ve never heard an oncologist suggest that a patient reduce sugar/carb intake.
Rambing of a Carnivore's post provides reports on interesting research, such as a study done by Nakamura et al.
The Japanese researchers hypothesized that increased fat intake drove up colorectal cancer rates. In other words, they though fat was to blame. To test this, 373 former cancer patients were advised to restrict fat. After four years, they found that fat restriction increased the risk of the cancer coming back. Oops.

For more details and references, check the original post.

For more info on the wonder that is sugar and sweeteners, see
Sweets and Sweeteners: White Sugar
Artificial Sweeteners: Something for Nothing
High Fructose Corn Syrup
All About Honey


Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

It is definitely becoming something that more and more cancer patients are trying. I am not sure if it is coming from their doctors or their own reading, but I know at least two women who have totally cut out sugar from their diets (one even fruit) to combat breast cancer. I hope it works for them.

Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

Sorry for the double comment, but I have to mention that they are also both going through conventional treatments for breast cancer as well. The cutting out of sugar is just supplemental.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Foods said...

Right. No matter whether you're getting conventional treatment or some sort of alternative treatment, you still have to eat. So it may as well be an optimal diet.

Linda said...

I've heard this about sugar too, it would be very wise for everyone to greatly reduce if not eliminate their sugar intake.

Vicky said...

We have a friend who has Stage 4 cancer who is now sugar-free, eating for Blood Type A and vegan as well as eating apricot kernals, taking additional B17 supplements and MMS1 & 2. Fingers crossed he makes it..he was given 6 months to live 8 months ago and he is no worse so hopefully he will reach a turning point soon.

Anonymous said...

In my experience, fasting ( nothing but water for 24 hours ) can shrink a tumor by 35 percent or more as well as make it more susceptible to other therapies. Cancer definitely thrives on carbs. Avoid starches and sugars.

Jill@RealFoodForager.com said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. Hope to see you next week!


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