The ketogenic diet is a natural, nontoxic metabolic therapy being studied and utilized for cancer prevention and treatment. It works because cancer cells are dependent upon a constant supply of blood sugar (glucose) to stay alive. Normal cells can make energy from both glucose and ketones (metabolic by-products of burning fat), but most cancer cells can only use glucose. Avoiding carbohydrates (starch and sugar) while enjoying delicious and healthy protein and fats will lower blood glucose and increase blood-ketone levels, resulting in a normal body state called nutritional ketosis. Research has shown that nutritional ketosis starves cancer cells while nourishing normal cells and strengthening total body health.
This essential, fully referenced book is a practical guide for physicians, patients and caregivers, and provides step-by-step instructions for customizing the diet and clear explanations of the cutting-edge research on ketogenic therapies being done by Dr. Dominic D’Agostino’s team at the University of South Florida and Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s team at Boston College. The ketogenic diet for cancer is based on the consumption of whole, fresh foods and it can be used in addition to standard care or as a stand-alone treatment in wait-and-see situations.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1 Personal Stories
Chapter 2 Cancer and Ketogenic Diets
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
Cancer Cells Are Sugar Addicts
Cancer's Metabolic Problem
Understanding Food Choices
Chapter 3 The Scientific Evidence
How Ketogenic Diets Work
Inhibition of Cancer Cell Metabolism
More Work from Less Oxygen
Lower Insulin Levels
Ketones and HDAC
Do Ketogenic Diets Slow or Stop Cancer?
What about Pediatric Cancer Treatment?
The Complete Picture
The New Research
Hypoxia, Insulin and Hyperbaric Oxygen
Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP)
Reishi Mushroom Extracts
Who Should NOT Follow a Ketogenic Diet?
Note on Steroids
Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment
Chapter 4 Goals and Side Effects
Goal #: Reduce Blood Glucose and Insulin and Increase Ketones
Dr. Seyfried's G/K Index
Goal #: Minimize and Treat Possible Side Effects
Ketosis versus Ketoacidosis
Chapter 5 Benefits and Monitoring Progress
Measuring Blood-Glucose and Ketone Levels
Troubleshooting Stubborn Blood-Glucose Levels
Tips to Help You Start and Succeed
Chapter 6 Food Facts, Fasting and What to Eat
Dairy Fats and Dairy Proteins
Protein and Amino Acids
L-Glutamine Supplement Recommendations
Calculating Total versus Net Carbs
Increasing Carb Limits over Time
Water and Dehydration
Foods to Avoid
Fasting and Intermittent Fasting
Chapter 7 Customizing Your Diet
Using the Food Exchange Lists
Why Use Exchanges?
Tips on Using Your Customized Ketogenic Diet Plan
Chapter 8 Ketogenic Cooking Techniques
Time-Saving Cooking Tips
Quick Ketogenic Snack Ideas
Useful Kitchen Supplies
Chapter 9 Dining Out on a Ketogenic Diet
Tips for Specific Cuisines
Beware of Hidden Dining Pitfalls
Chapter 10 Other Factors and Resources
What about Exercise?
Illness, Medications and Menstrual Cycles
How Long Should I Stay on the Diet?
Concerns about Acidity and Alkalinity
Ketogenic Diet and Vegetarianism
Resources for More Information
Appendix A: Recommended Supplements
Appendix B: Recommended Health Professionals
Appendix C: Suggested Ideal Weight Ranges
Appendix D: Daily Calorie Requirements
Appendix E: Ketogenic Macronutrient Levels
Appendix F: Macronutrient Worksheet
Appendix G: Food Exchange Lists
Appendix H: Exchange Record and Food Diary
Appendix I: Meal Exchange Log
Appendix J: Conversions and Measurements
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