Ketogenic Diet: Cancer, ALS, Seizures, Research: Video

June 30, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Natural vs Big Pharma

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Discussing the Keytogenic Diet

The NEW Ketogenic Diet is low Protein, low carb, low dairy, and high fat, unlike the Atkin’s Diet which is high protein. Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, College of Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Flordia. Dr. D’Agostino is doing research on the metabolic treatment for Cancer, ALS, Seizures, and other metabolic diseases. He was originally funded to research the affects of gases on the brain, and as they researched ways to control seizures caused oxygen toxicity in Navy Seal Divers.

Dr. D’Agostino’s research is revealing interesting possibilities for cancer treatment, seizure treatments, ALS and other inflammatory diseases.

He learned the Ketogenic diet was effective with people with epilepsy. Our brains use glucose for fuel but when glucose is not available the brain gets its energy from keytone bodies. In addition the research showed that Ketosis could be used to treat cancer.

Cancer is unique in that it has anaerobic glycosis, they fuel their metabolism from excess glucose consumption. Insufficient oxidation in the mitochondria, increase the enzymes and enhances the cancer cells to use glycosis as a means of fuel. All normal cells in our bodies can either utilize glucose, or in the absence of glucose, the cells can derive fuel from keytones. Cancer cells cannot derive adequate energy from keytone bodies, says Dr. Agostino. In testing for ways to prevent seizures, they discovered the cancer cells could not survive in the absence of glucose.

We have limited glucose storage. It is stored in our liver, and muscles. It is only stored for 18 hours, to a maximum of three days. When we eat carbs all the time, we are continually providing cancer cells the source of energy they seek, in theory.

However, when we limit carbs we stop spikes in blood glucose, insulin production, but without restricting calories also, it does not reduce glucose in the blood. But, a Kytogenic Diet doesn’t work, to eliminate glucose stores, unless the calories are also reduced. Whenever we shift from glucose, as our primary fuel, to a keytone and fatty-acid based metabolizm. We can become keyto-adapted using keytones and fatty-acids. Protein, also needs to be be significantly reduced. This is the main difference from the Dr. Atkins diet, which was very high in protein.

Not a whole lot of money, or political will, to appreciate how nutritional strategy effects the body. The majority of cancer research is done by pharmaceutical companies. There is no money in nutritional bio-chemistry, so it is often underfunded.

This is very early in the process of research, it will take considerably more research, before this can answer many of the unanswered questions.