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Study Suggests Cancer Is a Metabolic Disorder Rather Than a Genetic Disease

A study of more than 1,200 cancer patients has found that cancer is a metabolic disorder that develops under the stress of metabolic nutrient deprivation. Breast cancer patients, in particular, were found to have changes in their metabolism that “predispose” them to the development of their disease, Medical Life Sciences News reported. The research was conducted by a team of 35 co-investigators from 17 institutions from the U.S., Brazil and Europe.

It’s been a long time coming, but vindicating that other scientists are finally catching up with Thomas Seyfried, who asserted years ago that cancer is a metabolic disease that occurs when your mitochondria — the energy stations inside your cells — fail to metabolize in the way they are meant to function. The bottom line is the genetic mutations observed in some cancers are actually a downstream effect of defective energy metabolism in your mitochondria.

In lay language, what this means for you is that when your body isn’t burning the proper fuel it needs to function, your mitochondria suffer. The problem is exacerbated when your body has only glucose to operate on — and today most people are burning glucose as their primary fuel, thanks to an overabundance of sugar and processed grains in the diet and a deficiency in healthy fats.

The good news is that metabolic support strategies such as a ketogenic diet (in which you eat healthy fats and restrict, with the goal of eliminating, sugars in your diet) and fasting can help you fight cancer if you already have it. In fact, this strategy worked so well in one study that stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients with a life expectancy of just six months were able to go into complete remission with metabolically-supported chemotherapy.

Even better news is you don’t have to wait until you get cancer to adopt a ketogenic diet. You can begin burning fat for fuel right now, today, and help your mitochondria refuel and regenerate. When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates water-soluble fats called ketones that burn far more efficiently than carbs. Coupled with intermittent fasting, you can cycle in and out of nutritional ketosis and help your body help itself.

To implement a ketogenic diet, the first step is to eliminate packaged, processed foods. The emphasis is on real whole foods, plenty of healthy fats and, initially, as few net (nonfiber) carbs as possible. This typically involves dramatically reducing or temporarily eliminating all grains and any food high in sugar, particularly fructose, but also galactose (found in milk) and other sugars — both added and naturally-occurring.

As a general rule, you'll want to reduce your net carbs to 20 to 50 grams a day or less, and restrict protein to 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass. To make sure you're actually meeting your nutritional requirements and maintaining the ideal nutrient ratios, use an online nutrient tracker such as www.cronometer.com/mercola, which is one of the most accurate nutrient trackers available.