May 10, 2014 - 9:58 am
when my wife Patricia was ill I had learned of evidence which strongly suggested that dramatic reductiion in glucose levels could starve cancer cells which rely more heavily on glucose than most normal cells (which is why your cancer lights up on a PET scan - the radiaoctive glucose which you take is taken up preferentially by the tumors). In the glucose starved state the cancer cells also seemed more succeptable to chemo. At the time, it appeared that the only way to do this was to fast for several days prior to treatment. Last I heard this technique was moving towards clinical trials. Dr Valter Longo discusses the potential of fasting in this short interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGafhm1cuSI
a July 18th edit: Here is a fairly detailed 2013 lecture by Dr Longo. The part most relavent to cancer starts at 23 minutes in. He also mentions several planned clinical trials which combine a form of fasting using very low calorie foods for 3 to 4 days to assess the effect on various cancers.
Since then I have become aware of the work of Thomas Seyfried, a professor of biology at Boston College, and a researcher who has done a lot of work to unravel the glucose connection to cancer. His work is beginning to be put to the test. Instead of fasting though, which is difficult to some patients, he advocates a ketogenic diet, which is very low in quality carbs, modest in protein, and high in quality fats. Doing this in a low calorie way, in his opinion, makes sense as most people would find it difficult to fast completely for several days each chemo cycle, or, as was the case with my wife, simply cannot do without nutrition for that long.
Now, I've hear of the work of Dr D'Agostino who's research uncovered what appears to be an enhancement to Dr Seyfried's approach, and that is the use of hyperbaric oxygen. Here's a short video in which Dr D'Agostino walks through the basics of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fM9o72ykww
Here is a presentation by Dr Seyfried for those who want a technical explanation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBjnWfT8HbQ
More on Dr Seyfried http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/cas/biology/facadmin/seyfried.html