There are a lot of updates and warnings on this post. Please read them all then watch Elaine’s very informative story below.
PLEASE SEE BELOW THIS POST FOR ALL UPDATES AND WARNINGS ABOUT USING KETOGENIC DIET WHEN YOU ARE SICK.
Here’s my take on the modified ketogenic diet for cancer:
It’s healthy, it’s healing, it’s all the foods we should be eating anyway. It lacks all the foods that don’t promote health or are common allergens like dairy, sugar and genetically modified grains. It’s low in sugar and carbohydrates. It’s chocked full of essential proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals and if you add a large variety of raw organic plant foods like a satiating amount of raw fats and tons of leafy greens that promote your health and add herbs that help to kill cancer cells, doesn’t that sound like a good way to help your body reverse dis-ease? Diet rules!!
One dangerous issue with ketogenic diets for cancer is when people lose too much weight and start cachexia because they are not eating enough fat, they are not eating enough food and they are not eating often enough. You must eat a lot more food on the ketogenic diet, especially if you eat a lot of raw food, as there is more water in raw food and you feel full faster. Several of the people who share their story on this website have commented that they had to almost double the amount of food they were eating to stop losing weight. You also have to eat more of the right amount of fats (see below).
What does the ‘modified‘ keto mean?
It means you will learn a lot if you read Elaine Cantin’s book (link below) on how she used the modified ketogenic diet (without allergens like dairy!) which resulted in her breast cancer tumor going away twice, hopefully forever!!
A bit more about using raw fats helping to reduce weight loss during ketogenic diet:
The abstract below explains how adding mct or medium chain triglycerides (fats) reduced weight loss in tumour bearing mice.
Medium chain triglycerides are abundant in raw organic coconut fat.
As always, love yourself and follow your body’s messages. If you are losing too much weight that is not a good thing. Please see your physician and supportive health practitioners for advice. You can’t do this alone. Make sure you choose practitioners who are knowledgeable and who support you in every way.
Here’s Elaine’s famous story:
Elaine Cantin was diagnosed with breast cancer and within one week was rushed into have a surgical lumpectomy. Doctors wanted to immediately begin ‘aggressive’ radiation and chemotherapy and this idea frightened Elaine, as she had seen many family members and friends die. Elaine said, “I thought that if I had to go, I would not be going that way.”
Shortly after her lumpectomy the tumor grew back to the size of a small egg. She began researching the Ketogenic diet and after modifying it to remove several allergenic foods, Elaine’s tumor shrunk to the size of a chick pea and then disappeared. Elaine has been told by her oncologist that she is in remission.
Elaine also has been testing the diet with her fifteen year old son who has been taking insulin for Type 1 Diabetes since he was three years old. As long as he is able to stay on the diet, his blood sugars level and he is able to stop taking insulin. Elaine is conducting further research to see if her modified ketogenic diet can actually reverse Type 1 Diabetes.
Elaine shares her encouraging and uplifting story of how she is healing with breast cancer in this short video interview (below) with Incredible Healing Journals.
UPDATE June 2014: “Here is a message directly from Elaine: “
“Recently there have been a couple of people getting on my keto diet and doing what was reported as “miraculously” well…feeling great too. However, since they were real sick to start with, they were also very skinny or they lost weight at the start of the keto diet if they did not eat enough since it acts as an appetite suppressant.
Their medical doctors advised them to get off my keto diet and load up on carbs and sugar to gain some weight. A couple of people died very quickly after following what they were told and I was told one person is now very weak. My keto diet is non calorie restricted and you can maintain or gain weight while on the keto diet if done properly. You want to feed the healthy cells and starve the cancer and prevent cachexia AND NOT the opposite that occurs when you feed the cancer with the sugar and carbs.
A reference from my book that explains this scientifically:
Reduction of weight loss and tumour size in a cachexia model by a high fat diet.”
UPDATE June 2013: Here is a message directly from Elaine: “For those who missed my previous post or if I was not clear enough, I am doing great. 🙂 I was diagnosed with advanced cancer via biopsy and ultrasound on 3/15/2013 and on 4/19/2013, my CT scan report showed that I only had a small nodule left that could no longer be confirmed with certainty as cancer. Thank God for my diet! Love & health to all of you. ♥” Elaine Cantin
UPDATE April 2013: Elaine is battling breast cancer for the second time. We’ll keep you updated as she progresses in healing.