Fasting and Cancer

Looks pretty clear that a 3-day water fast does a lot in terms of fighting cancer. Cancer cells grow using glucose, not ketones, but if you are fasting, there is no added glucose for cancer cells to use. Also, the lack of additional protein undermines tumor growth.

A long water fast stimulates autophagy, which may mean the actual destruction of cancer cells.

A long water fast also simulates the immune system, which may be a key player in fighting off cancer. There have been many authorities assert that long fasts are beneficial for those doing chemo, largely because of this effect of restoring the immune system, which otherwise gets whacked on chemo.

The Keto diet with low carbohydrates and moderate protein might be the best choice for a cancer patient. Again, low carbohydrates minimizes the amount of glucose available. so cancer cells “starve”.

There’s quite a bit of evidence that mushrooms have the effect of minimizing blood vessel growth. This can help with cancerous tumors as these tumors need blood vessels in order to continue growing.

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Cancer and Food

Watched the documentary Be Here Now on Netflix of an actor who was struck down by lymphoma. Very powerful blow by blow description of his struggle with the disease. But I was shocked that the one thing he didn’t try was to design his diet to fight the tumors. That never came up as an option.

Anyone who has read at all extensively about food and cancer knows that sugar feeds tumors, the foods with high ORAC values negate free radicals, and that certain types of mushrooms restrain blood vessel growth in tumors and therefore starve them, but none of this came up during his battle with the disease. Like food and cancer were completely unrelated.  Not true, in my opinion.

Be Here Now

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ORAC Values

The ORAC value of clove powder is off the chart, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to incorporate it into my diet, as the taste is not very appetizing.  I suppose I could put it into smoothies.

With all the attention on free radicals, it is surprising to me that more people don’t seek out foods with high ORAC values.

The last thing I eat every day, without fail, is an apple cut in half with both halves sprinkled with cinnamon — another ORAC all star.

What are your ORAC all stars?

ORAC Values

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