A High-fat, Sugar-Free Diet May Fight Cancer

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 in Cancer


At the Wurzburg hospital in Germany, two researchers have been conducting clinical studies on cancer patients by feeding them a diet that eliminates most carbohydrates and sugar and includes high-fat plant oils, soy, and animal fats.

Their study is based on research by Nobel laureate Otto Warburg, who found that cancer cells feed on sugar.

The theory is simple: if most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and they should stop spreading. Meanwhile, normal body and brain cells should be able to handle the sugar starvation; they can switch to generating energy from fatty molecules called ketone bodies the body’s main source of energy on a fat-rich diet an ability that some or most fast growing and invasive cancers seem to lack.Several patients dropped out of the trial because they couldn’t give up sugar and sweets. One of the researchers said, “We didn’t expect this to be such a big problem, but a considerable number of patients left the study because they were unable or unwilling to renounce soft drinks, chocolate and so on.”

Isn’t it interesting that so many people are so addicted to sugar that they won’t give it up even to save their lives?

In the article linked below, Boston College’s Thomas Seyfried says he’s been trying to push research into high-fat, low carb diets to fight cancer, but has come up against resistance:

“Clinical studies are highly warranted,” he says, attributing the lack of human studies to the medical establishment, which he feels is single-minded in its approach to treatment, and opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, which doesn’t stand to profit much from a dietetic treatment for cancer.

Seyfried isn’t kidding. Among the foods The American Cancer Society recommends for cancer patients going through treatment are pudding, ice cream, milkshakes, gelatin, fruit juices, cereal, frozen yogurt, custard, white bread, angel food cake, popsicles, fruit ices, sports drinks, and lemonade. They make the claim on their website that “good nutrition will not cure cancer.” It’s a bold statement considering the evidence and research being done to the contrary.

If you want to see how much information there is on this subject, just Google “sugar and cancer” and see what comes up. The medical establishment might have its collective head in the sand when it comes to dietary links to cancer, but we don’t have to stay in the dark along with them.