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Anyone tried Paleo to combat Sarcomas?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

My mother has been battling different sarcomas for a few years now. It has recently migrated to one of her breasts. She sees one of the leading Doctors in this field..... but he only helps once a new tumor has been discovered. I was hoping maybe I could get some advice here. Would a change to a Paleo diet help? Are there supplements that anyone knows of? Because sarcoma is different than other cancers I'm not sure if preventative measures should be different. Thanks for any info!!!

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on May 13, 2011
at 05:40 AM

some cancer eats sugar... ketogenic diets aren't useful for all cancer. time to test your pubmed skills and see if you can find a pathway by which the keto diet would be helpful. I shadowed a naturopathic oncologist who never recommend ketogenic diet because he figured most patients would not take in enough calories and thus lose weight on them which is a huge risk factor for people with cancer.

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on May 13, 2011
at 12:03 AM

I would suggest a KETOGENIC Paleo Diet. Ketogenic diets are being studied for brain cancer, and like Mike says, cancer eats sugar. If you get the sugar out, it may kill the cancer. Low calorie is good too with the ketogenic. Lots of coconut oil too! Hope this helps!

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on May 13, 2011
at 05:40 AM

some cancer eats sugar... ketogenic diets aren't useful for all cancer. time to test your pubmed skills and see if you can find a pathway by which the keto diet would be helpful. I shadowed a naturopathic oncologist who never recommend ketogenic diet because he figured most patients would not take in enough calories and thus lose weight on them which is a huge risk factor for people with cancer.

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on May 12, 2011
at 10:11 PM

I only spent about 30 seconds googling more information on sarcomas since I didn't know much about them, but I didn't find what I was looking for. There are two reasons (that I know of) that paleo is good for preventing cancers (and possibly stopping their growth).

1 - You're getting extra good stuff that fights cancers (e.g., Vit D), and you're not eating poisons that may cause cancers (e.g., PUFAs).

2 - Cancers generally only eat glucose (and some fructose), so a low-carb paelo approach starves the cancers of food. Also, since you're not eating much in the way of sugar your insulin stays down and insulin is a growth hormone that cancers also respond strongly to.

So to really answer your question, I'd look at #2: Do sarcomas respond to insulin and/or do they eat a mainly glucose diet? If the answer is yes, then I'd look to a low carb paleo diet to starve them.

One way to answer that question is "are PET scans good for detecting sarcomas?" PET scans generally work by giving the patient radioactively labelled glucose, waiting about 30 minutes and then detecting where the radiation is in the body. Cancers that primarily eat glucose will have show up bright since they took the radiation in with the glucose. (It's funny that doctors know that, but they don't make the connection that starving the cancer of glucose could weaken it!)

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