In 1924, Dr. Otto Warburg won a Nobel Prize for his hypothesis that cancer cells had a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. Dr. Warburg showed that cancer cells exhibited a preference for the utilization of sugar (glucose) as a fuel, even when the oxygen that normal cells use for energy creation was available. He wrote:
“Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.”
When I started my journey, I cut out all sweets, stopped drinking (yes that's sugar), went gluten-free, and limited meats, diary and other foods that contributed to an acidic environment. An acidic environment is a low oxygen environment. More on the pH connection later.
What I didn't realize initially was that it wasn't that simple. I had limited carbs, and had better carbs, but still didn't have the right protein-fat-cab balance. More research suggested that a ketogenic diet was a better fit.
Here's the bottom line - if cancer cells don't get sugar, they die. But its not just about limiting sugar in your diet. It's about understanding the role of carbohydrates and their conversion to sugar and the importance of the protein-fat-carb balance. Getting the body to use ketones as a fuel source is an important part of the process.
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