Curing Cancer With Ketosis

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Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl A low carbohydrate, high fat/protein (ketogenic) Diet for Cancer Patients Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl Dear Patient The food we eat has always stood in direct relationship to the development of diseases and cancer. Certain foods and diets are considered harmful, others healthy. There are a lot of different findings and preconceptions on this topic. In general though, everyone should ea
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    Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl   A low carbohydrate, high fat/protein(ketogenic)Diet for Cancer Patients    Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl   05/09 2 Dear PatientThe food we eat has always stood in direct relationship to thedevelopment of diseases and cancer. Certain foods and diets areconsidered harmful, others healthy. There are a lot of different findingsand preconceptions on this topic. In general though, everyone should eata healthy, low toxic diet based on natural food.Many cancer patients want to know what they can do to improve theirhealth, and making healthy changes in their diet is an important step.There have been many diet recommendations for cancer patients overthe past decades and you may be asking yourself if this is just anotherdiet promising improvement, or even a cure. We know that thedevelopment and spread of cancer is a very complicated and complexprocess that cannot be fought with diet alone. Nevertheless, cancer cellshave a different metabolism than healthy body cells. Tumour tissueprefers sugar for energy and produces its own fatty acids. In contrast,cancer patients often have a problem utilizing carbohydrates and theirmetabolism favours fat for energy. We would like to show you a diet thatreduces the tumour its sugar supply, the carbohydrates, while providingthe body with enough energy in the form of fat and protein. A lowcarbohydrate and high fat diet is called a “ ketogenic diet ” and is usedworldwide for the treatment of certain diseases, for example epilepsy inchildren.Case studies of tumour patients on a ketogenic diet give us reason tohope that this diet can stop the spread of a tumour disease, or at leastslow it down. This diet can minimize the side effects of chemotherapy(fatigue, exhaustion, stomach pain, and nausea) as well as preventingweight loss – especially the loss of muscle. The feasibility and    Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl   05/09 3 effectiveness of this diet are presently being studied at the University ofWürzburg Hospital for Gynaecology and within the framework of theERGO-Study at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, Department ofNeurology.This booklet will begin with the scientific findings on this ketogenic dietand cancer , followed by an outline of the diet, recommendations, tips onchanging your diet, tables, and how to get further information andrecipes.Dr. U. KämmererScientific Head We highly appreciate the amazing translation of the brochure by Lorraine Stevenson-Knebel (University of Würzburg Hospital, Department of Surgery I, ExperimentalTransplantation Immunology)For further information: http://www.frauenklinik.uni-wuerzburg.de/forschung/ketogenic_english.htm    Frauenklinik und Poliklinik Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Dietl   05/09 4 Carbohydrate Metabolism Glucose is the main fuel for producing energy in our cells. Sufficientoxygen is also essential for the cellular respiration in the cell  “ powerhouses ” , the mitochondria. The brain, especially, usually convertsonly sugar to energy. The body produces glucose in the digestion tractfrom practically all available carbohydrates (starch and sugar, forexample). Glucose is a sugar component found in cane sugar and milk sugar(lactose). Granulated sugar is the main ingredient in sweets, sweetbaked goods, soft drinks, and fruit juices. Glucose is also the basis ofcomplex carbohydrates (polysaccharides), such as starches. All thesesugars belong to the group of carbohydrates. Fibers are alsocarbohydrates, but because our bodies are unable to utilize them wemust distinguish between the “usable” carbohydrates and fibers.Many basic foods and almost all fast food and convenience foodscontain a high amount of carbohydrates that quickly release glucoseduring digestion. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, pizza, burgers, sweetbaked goods and almost all fruits belong to this group. The glucosereleased during digestion is absorbed over the intestine and quicklytransferred to the blood stream. The hormone insulin is now necessaryto push glucose into the cells. The pancreas pumps out insulin as soonas we eat sugar and other carbohydrates. This insulin allows the cells toabsorb glucose from the blood stream, normalizing the blood sugar level.This mechanism prevents an excess of sugar in the blood stream(hyperglycaemia) and the resulting damage. Insulin helps to turn the
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