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I had stage-4 bone marrow cancer that metastasized to the brain. My brain cancer was secondary, but it what was shutting my body down quickly. I had lost over 50 pounds and was so weak I was in a wheelchair. I not only had to reverse the bone marrow cancer that was primary, I also had to quickly bring down the cancer in my brain and reverse that as well.
Ketone Bodies Feed Your Brain, Not Cancer
The brain needs glucose 24 hours a day to function. Since sugar feeds cancer, the brain is taking in sugar 24 hours a day and the cancer is been fed 24 hours per day. But, if you understand the brain, you will also know there is another FUEL the brain will use and prefers over sugar – it’s ketone bodies or keto acids. Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy.
I made the switch immediately to get my body in ketosis, so the only fuel my brain was getting were ketone bodies. Normal healthy brain cells use ketones for fuel but cancer cells (because their mitochondria is damaged) cannot use ketone bodies and the cancer begins to die. I still monitor my body to make sure my sugars are low and I’m in ketosis.
Toxins Destroy the Brain
There are many toxins that can pass the blood brain barrier and affect the brain. You have to minimize your exposure to toxins immediately.
Example: Environmental toxins, heavy metals, household products and cleaners, perfumes, colognes, lotions, etc. One of the hardest toxicities that damages your brain are artificial sweeteners, sucralose, Splenda®, Sweet N Low®, etc. Say NO to sugar-free processed foods that contain these artificial sweeteners, along with diet sodas, diet drinks or pretty much “diet” anything. You must read your labels. But then again, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, salad greens, etc. don’t need labels. They are real foods. Eat more of those and minimize the processed foods!
Test, Don’t Guess
Cancer is always secondary. You need to run tests to find the cause(s) of your cancer and monitor those as well.
Here is a brief list of some of the more important tests to do:
- Toxicity tests
- Vitamin D
- Hormone panel
- Thyroid panel
- Fatty acid ratio
- Leaky gut
- Leaky brain
- Food sensitivities (IgG, IgA)
Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat – It Makes You Healthy
My favorite healthy fat I eat all day long is coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) and they are a great source of ketone bodies, since coconut oil is about 66 percent MCTs. Every meal and snack has to include lots of healthy fats as well as drinking a ketogenic shake 3-4 times per day. This is the easiest way to stay in ketosis and produce ketone bodies.
Whatever affects the colon, affects the brain immediately! I ask my patients this, “if you were to drink 3 shots of whiskey, how fast would your brain feel it?” They say, “immediately.” That’s because the colon affects the brain immediately. You have to stop inflammation and stop damaging your colon immediately and repair it.
What will damage and create inflammation in your gut and then in your brain?
- Food sensitivities
- Medications (NSAIDs, birth control, pain medications, etc.)
- Bad fats, caffeine, processed soy, and alcohol
- High and low cortisol (excess stress)
This is just the beginning steps to reversing brain cancer. All cancers are a multi-factorial and multi-system failure. You didn’t get cancer and then get sick, you have been sick and toxic for years and THEN you got cancer. The cancer is secondary, not primary. The only cure for cancer is to get to the cause(s).
It is now five years I am cancer-free and I’m the healthiest and strongest I have ever been. Again, the only cure for cancer is getting to the cause(s)!
With so much information (and MIS-information) floating around out there, it’s hard to get a clear picture of what the ketogenic diet actually is. Here are some helpful articles that may help guide you:
- 10 Tips for Following a Ketogenic Diet Plan & Getting “Fat Adapted”
- The Benefits of a Plant-Based Ketogenic Diet for Cancer Prevention
- Keto for Women: Is Cyclical Ketosis Right for You?