Well Being: Starving Cancer – A New Approach to the “C” Word


  • Cancer occurs in the body frequently (microscopic cancer) through angiogenesis
  • Sugar fuels increases cancer cells’ angiogenesis (growth rate)
  • Ketogenic diet provides energy to healthy cells by breaking down fat but starves cancer cells

Is it starve a fever, feed a cold? What about starving cancer? There is a new approach to treating cancer emerging. Cancer actually occurs naturally in our bodies every day. When a cell mutants it’s typically identified by the immune system and eradicated before it can do any harm. Or it doesn’t receive a blood supply and remains benign. When a cell adapts to its environment it’s called angiogenesis.  What we call cancer is the massive unchecked proliferation (angiogenesis) of cancer cells that are often treated with massive doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation and can include surgery to remove the tumor/growth. Chemotherapy is essentially poison. Have you ever heard anyone say “people don’t die from cancer they die from the treatment”? That is because these medicines don’t just kill the “bad” cells they kill the “good” ones too.

There are some cancer treatment centers that are looking at holistic approaches to treating cancer that doesn’t involve systemic poisoning or very little of it. Instead of looking at what causes the cancer or cures it, they’re taking a look at what keeps it growing.Turns out cancer cells have a sweet tooth. What researchers are learning about many cancers is that they feed on sugar. I’ve already talked to you about the addictive qualities of sugar but this is the C word. This is serious business. This is something that strikes fear into the heart of men, women and children. And part of reversing or treating cancer (notice I don’t say cure) involves cutting off its food supply.

It’s called a ketogenic diet. The patient is put on a carbohydrate-free diet. Carbohydrates turn into glucose or sugar in the body. Every cell needs sugar to operate. When you cut off the sugar supply cells switch to fueling themselves with ketone bodies. These bodies are formed when fat is broken down for energy, typically in times of starvation or decreased food intake. However, cancer cells can’t switch to ketone bodies, without the sugar they literally starve to death. The patient relies primarily on foods high in protein and good fat to produce energy and of course vegetables. Fruits, though natural, have a high sugar content.

Scientists are also starting to look at the link between obesity and cancer. Cancer seems to strike people of all races, weight, height, etc. If you’re fighting the battle please consult a physician before embarking on any sort of therapy or alternative therapy. There are treatment centers taking a broader look at the combination of diet and modern medicine. If you want to know more about this topic, please view this fantastic video from TED Talks that explores the topic of starving cancer through antiangiogenetic drugs (or preventing mutation and cutting off blood supply), diet and the notion of microscopic cancers. By the way they believe reducing and limiting sugar intake coupled with a nutritious diet can prevent many cancerous growths from even starting. Nature provides us with various foods and herbs to assist us with this. It’s not clear yet if this approach works on all types of cancers such as lung or brain, or if there is a point of “no return”.

Foods that can inhibit abnormal angiogenesis include but are not limited to:

  • Red grapes
  • Green tea
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Turmeric
  • Bok Choy
  • Tuna
  • Tomato
  • Grape seed oil






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