[Preview] Do cancer patients tolerate chemotherapy better when fasting or being in ketosis?
And I always noticed whenever I refer
a patient with cancer over to an oncologist,
they’ll say… low sugar diet,
they start cutting the carbs out.
They’ll say, “Get away from that.”
And I’m wondering in your experience
what it’s been like
if people are fasting prior to chemotherapy
or if they’re in ketosis,
if they tolerate chemotherapy better
as far as nausea, vomiting side effects…?
Yes without a doubt.
And I think there’s a case series and
if you email me I’ll send it to you,
you can look for it.
It’s a case report,
10 people on short-term fasting,
they had all different cancers,
all different amounts of fasting that
they were doing, all different protocols.
I send that to everybody
who is going to chemotherapy
and I really push for them to do that
and they’re afraid to do it because
they think they’re going to be hungry.
But when you’re in ketosis
and then you get chemotherapy,
you’re not really very hungry afterwards.
So it reduces the G.I. side effects
I can attest to that, because people do it
with it, or do it without it,
and the ones that do it with the fasting
are sailing through this a lot better.
What we don’t have as clear is
if it increases the sensitivity
of cancer to the therapy.
Does it make cancer cells
more sensitive to chemotherapy?
It may, but there is really
no strong evidence on it yet.
So you think it is the fasting state
or is it being in a high-fat diet prior…?
Would it be better for people
to fast prior, or…?
The interesting thing
on this case report was…
I should have said this,
thank you for asking.
The interesting thing on the case report is
that these were not people who were ketogenic.
So they were there fasting,
you know, God help them,
that must have been
a lot more work for them to do
because they weren’t ketogenic,
so they would have
the cravings going into it
that you wouldn’t have with ketogenic.
But no, I don’t think
it’s about ketones,
I think it’s about you
not stressing your GI with food
at the time when the chemotherapy
is killing those cells.
From mouth to anus everything is getting
destroyed in there with chemotherapy.