Two and a half years ago, at the age of 27, I was working as a personal trainer and was physically very active. However, I was forced to stop working towards the end of 2012 because I was experiencing debilitating fatigue and severe migraine headaches. The doctors I consulted told me that my symptoms were most likely due to excessive stress.
At that time, I was eating a high carbohydrate, high protein, low fat diet, and I had a very low percentage of body fat. I ran and lifted weights, and for all intents and purposes appeared to be in great shape. I felt like I was doing everything right for good health based on what I had studied while working on my undergraduate degree in Sports Nutrition a few years earlier. But looking back, I probably wasn’t all that healthy internally.
After quitting my job, I decided to study for a Master’s degree in Nutritional Therapy. As I got deeper into my course work,I was shocked to discover that everything I had learned during my undergraduate studies was either false, misleading, or outdated information.
However, the new information was fascinating and I was enjoying it. This is where I first learned about the Ketogenic diet to manage drug resistant epilepsy and potentially cancer. My lecturer at the time told me that she followed a Paleo diet and I was intrigued and a little skeptical at the same time.
Five months later in February 2013, following a workout at the gym, I had what I now know was a partial seizure. I became very confused, had a metallic taste on my tongue, was very unsteady, stared blankly into space, and lost the ability to speak. It was scary and confusing, but – as my speech came back a few minutes later – I ignored it and carried on with my day.
There was also a particularly nasty strain of flu going around at the time, and I thought perhaps my weird symptoms were somehow related to that. Additionally, I was traveling around London which was stressful, but – being the stubborn person that I am – I simply soldiered on.
In the weeks that followed, I gradually became more and more fatigued, my balance was getting worse, my ability to concentrate was declining, and I was struggling to find words. I was also starting to get crushing headaches, but I assumed they were just one of the symptoms of this terrible strain of flu!
I finally started taking pain medication for headaches which was a big decision for me because I hate taking drugs. I was also experiencing some weakness around my right eye, so I decided that maybe I need glasses. I went for an exam and a prescription, but – after getting the glasses – the headaches continued unabated and were becoming more and more debilitating. Then, after suffering from serious dizzy spells all day, I rushed to get a train ride home from London.
As I sat down, the crushing headache was becoming unbearable. I felt nauseous and extremely dizzy. I began to have a pins-and-needles sensation in my mouth and on the right side of my face, along with that weird metallic taste I had experienced before, so I quickly scampered to the less busy side of the train clutching my face in agony.
My head felt like it was burning on one side and my right hand started to shake. I made strange yelping noises that I couldn’t control, and my whole body started to convulse. I felt like my head was being crushed until – suddenly – it felt like someone hit me as hard as they could on the side of my head with a hammer. Then, it felt like someone was turning a water tap on inside of my head, and I fell unconscious on the train.
When I finally came around, I was extremely confused and had a lot of injuries. I was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital. Eventually, the doctors determined that I had suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a highly vascular malignant brain tumor located between the speech and movement areas of my brain. I was misdiagnosed a few times before I received the actual pathology report because there was just so much blood in my brain.
Six weeks after my operation on May 15th, I was told I had an Anaplastic Astrocytoma. It was treatable, but not curable. In other words, they could slow the progress, but ultimately it would prove to be terminal. I reluctantly went ahead with the standard radiotherapy and chemotherapy that my doctors recommended, but I felt extremely depressed.
Based on my previous studies regarding the Ketogenic diet, I began to gradually reduce my carbohydrate intake while simultaneously increasing fat. I read as much information about the Ketogenic diet as my current condition would allow. I was still having seizures on a regular basis, some of which were horrendous and quite traumatic, and I was on a number of strong pain and anti-convulsant medications.
The side effects of these medications were horrible. I asked my oncologist if a Ketogenic diet could help reduce the need for these medications, but I was told that diet would have little-to-no effect. He also stated in a very matter-of-fact way that it would not be a good idea to remove carbohydrates from my diet while undergoing conventional medical treatment because the brain needed glucose to function.
I stopped the chemotherapy and radiation treatments after a few months because they were making me too sick and were not helping to eliminate the cancer. (Sadly, everyone I know who continued with the conventional treatments for this type of cancer is no longer alive.) After all the research I had done, I decided that a ketogenic diet was crucial to slowing the progression of this cancer and was my best hope. Therefore, I adopted a very high fat, very low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet. It included low sugar fruits and vegetables, lots of heavy whipping cream, coconut milk and oil, nuts, cheese, avocados, etc. All the typical high fat, keto-friendly foods.
I was getting decent numbers on my glucose/ketone meter, but I felt absolutely awful. My migraines and seizure activity got so bad that I was bed bound for months and I became very depressed. Eventually, I went to see my General Practitioner, and he prescribed steroids because my arteries had become severely inflamed. I never took the steroids (prednisolone), but decided to start keeping track of exactly when the symptoms became worse.
I decided to lower my carbohydrate intake further and the vascular inflammation improved without drugs. Esmee had read one of my blog posts about my symptoms and suggested that I might be reacting to the salicylates present in coconut, avocado, nuts, and other plant foods I was eating. So, I decided to eliminate them as a trial and see how I felt. The difference was astonishing. The headaches and seizure activity reduced almost immediately. The saddened me because these foods were the primary staples of my Ketogenic diet and I wasn’t yet sure how to replace them.
After cutting these foods out, however, and utilizing more animal fats like butter and tallow instead, I was able to gradually reduce the anti-convulsant and pain medications I was taking. Meanwhile, my brain scans continued to show improvement which both surprised and encouraged me.
I began to read more academic journals, text books about nutrition, and studied Neurology (because my neurologists were unhelpful) in more depth. I scrutinized my diet some more and realized I could get all the nutrients I needed strictly from the animal kingdom if I included bone broth and organ meats. I then took things to a whole new level by adding insects to my diet.
The diet I designed for myself – based on everything I had read and learned – made a lot of sense nutritionally, and I was amazed at how well it worked on a practical level. I was able to completely eliminate my medications, and I started to feel better and better.
I do take some supplemental vitamin D3 (I have photo-sensitivity and cannot be in the sun for long), and a good quality natural sea or rock salt. I also use some MCT oil which – unlike coconut milk and oil – does not cause migraines or seizures in my brain. I suspect that the salicylates are removed during processing, and this is why it does not bother me.
Of all the different Ketogenic diets I have tried over the past two years, the Zero Carb “Carnivorous” Ketogenic diet is the only one that has given me near complete symptom relief. I am doing things in an unorthodox way, but I firmly believe that this type of Ketogenic diet is the most efficacious for brain cancer management and improved seizure control. Except for some mild fatigue, I feel better than I have felt since this whole experience began.
My current diet is 85% fat, 15% protein. I have 70-75 gms of protein per day, and over 200 gms of fat. The only real difference between the recommended Ketogenic diet and what am doing is that I am eating only foods that come from the Animal Kingdom. I do not include any plant foods or the oils derived from plant foods. I am still very careful about my macronutrient ratios (protein/fat), but counting carbohydrates is no longer an issue for me since I eliminated all plant foods. The only beverage I drink is water or bone broth.
Each day, I eat 2-4 eggs, liver, lambs brain (from a local sheep rancher who raises his animals with care) or sardines/mackerel, bone broth, crickets or other insects like wax worms (either whole or as a flour) mixed with eggs, herbs and animal fat cooked in a frying pan or in the oven, and bacon or red meat with cheddar cheese. I also rotate in a variety of other organ meats like sweet breads. Sometimes I drink heavy whipping cream on its own if I’m on holiday because it’s an easy way to get the fat, but it tends to make me sleepy so I don’t do that very often! Basically, I’m experimenting with new foods all the time and continually learning and expanding my options.
I have also been doing regular short intermittent fasts over the past 2 years, but – now that I am off all of the medications – I feel even more benefit from these fasts. The euphoria and energy I experience is incredible on my fasting days.
I consistently aim for 3-5 mmol/L of blood ketones, 3-4 mmol/L for of blood glucose. Without much effort both my blood ketones and glucose numbers are consistently in the optimal therapeutic range. I can improve both numbers even more with mild exercise, which I am once again able to do and is – in itself – an incredible thing for me.
My most recent brain scans taken earlier this month (May 2015) show no disease and even the scar tissue is healing. I have a new oncologist – Dr. Kevin O’Neil – that I found through a Ketogenic diet conference last year who is completely supportive of the approach I am taking to treat my cancer and rebuild my health. He is one of the few oncologists who supports metabolic diet therapy for cancer management, and I am blessed to have him on my team.
In fact, he is so impressed with my results that he has offered me an opportunity to work and study at Charing Cross Hospital and Imperial College London to push forward the research on this type of metabolic diet therapy.
I would like to express my deep and sincere appreciation to Thomas Seyfried, Dominic D’Agostino, Adrienne Scheck, and many other scientific pioneers who are conducting studies and carrying out research on the therapeutic benefits of a Ketogenic diet, as well as to the Non-Profits groups The Charlie Foundation and Matthew’s Friends. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet with these amazing people and organizations in person, and they have all been enormously helpful to me on my journey back to Well-Being.
To read an update and watch an interview with Andrew, please go to Dr. Jeffry Gerber’s page:
Please visit my Testimonials page to read the stories of others following a Zero Carb diet.
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Andrew, you are an inspiration. I’m sorry you had to go through this, but I have clients with other inflammatory conditions such as Rh. Arthritis (a slower killer) and they have had to find their way through just as you have done. This despite the medical profession’s best advice (given they know no nutrition at all).
I have also passed this link on to my colleague Misha Sakharoff in Copenhagen, who has also had great success with Ketosis, Buteyko breathing and exercise (where possible) for conditions in your category.
You story was passed to me by Chris, so I was amused to see the inclusion of insects. Right up his street.
Would you mind my being in touch with you, as I believe you will have very valuable information for other clients of mine?
All the best, Declan
It is an amazing recovery! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5e9GbXvIk, Tackling Brain Cancer with Ketogenics: Presenting Andrew Scarborough
I’m a passionate researcher and one of the areas is cancer. So sad that you went through so much suffereing but thrilled you are getting better. Just checking in to see how you are. praying…
He’s doing great! Very busy with school.
Andrew, your story is AMAZING!! I have enjoyed following your progress through reading posts on Principia Carnivora, but this testimonial takes your journey to a whole new level of understanding for me! Thanks for sharing it! I truly hope and pray that what YOU are doing will also help others battling this (and many other) forms of cancer and other diseases. I also pray that YOUR cancer (or LACK of!) will continue to stay at bay and you will be completely healed! Best wishes on your therapuetic ZC journey as well as on the work you’ll be doing to further the research of it! 🙂
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This is an amazing story, I am thrilled to hear such progress, very inspiring and positive 🙂
Could you elaborate on your intermittant fasting please? What type do you do?
Excellent update Andrew! Thank you!
Thank you for sharing your story, Andrew!
I’ve seen some of your posts on Dominic’s D’Agostino Facebook page. Truly amazing!
Great, Andrew! What an amazing history!
Sounds like the metabolic theory of cancer…
Amazing! Necessity is the mother of invention. You had to re-invente your diet and you did so. Kudos to you to! Keep Calm and Keto on! How is the Cricket flour?
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Hi Andrew, what an amazing story. My daughter is on the keto diet for epilepsy. Reading this is so inspiring best of luck for the future x
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I’m in your place. You talked about having a rash. Me too. Mine turned out to be neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). I haven’t been tested, but I’m pretty sure my NF1 progressed into an astrocytoma. Successively eliminating plant products seems to be fixing it. You mentioned salicylates as detrimental. they are to me too. Salicylates are polyphenol dyes. my worst eye and brain reactions come from zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is prevalent in corn, and therefore in egg yolks. Zeaxanthin is RIGHT-folded. its mirror twin, lutein, is left-folded. Most animal proteins are left-folded, and most plant proteins are right-folded. This makes most plant-based foods hard for humans to assimilate.
FYI – Zeaxanthin is RIGHT-folded. its mirror twin, lutein, is left-folded. Most animal proteins are left-folded, and most plant proteins are right-folded. This makes most plant-based foods hard for humans to assimilate.
Bob, this is fascinating! Where would I find out more about left or right folded? This is the first time I have heard of this concept. Thank you. Esmée
Bob, chemically and biochemically your “information” is all garbled. First, salicylates are not polyphenolic dyes. They are derivatives of salicylic acid, which is a mono phenol and not a dye. Zeaxanthin and lutein are carotenoids (not proteins or protein like) and they are not folded like proteins. Furthermore, they not mirror images (enantiomers) of each other; rather they are double bond isomers. Zeaxanthin and lutein are both used by humans in their eyes. Lastly, there is no way to generalize about the folding of plant and animal proteins. There are so many possibilities and so many types of proteins.
Funny, where were you when this subject needed expanding on in a positive way?
Carotenoids are dyes. Beta Carotine, a precursor of vitamin A, is a carotenoid. The eye’s retina attracts carotenoids, and uses them for protection from UV light. Few people have trouble with beta carotine.
Lots of people develop antibodies to lutein and zeaxanthin …..mostly Zeaxanthin. Sure, autists have cognitive and relational problems, but check out the incidence of sleep disorder and vision impairment among autists. It’s epidemic. 85% of autistic people have an intolerance to lutein and/or zeaxanthin. This intolerance manifests in the retina. Given the extent that retinal light reception governs sleep, mental function and physical health, what are the chances that lutein and zeaxanthin play a major roll in the dysfunctions associated with autism? ……and other autoimmune related diseases?
I am being neither positive nor negative in my responses. Just trying to clarify your muddled chemistry. Yes, carotenoids are dyes; my statement was that salicylates are not dyes. I have no information or opinion about the role of carotenoids in autism. I am not sure what the connection is to the discussion here.
You preceded the information you passed along with “Bob, chemically and biochemically your “information” is all garbled.” …….negative and totally unnecessary to the information.
In the article above Mr Scarborough said “I was also experiencing some weakness around my right eye, so I decided that maybe I need glasses. I went for an exam and a prescription, but – after getting the glasses – the headaches continued unabated and were becoming more and more debilitating.”
Maybe you don’t see any eye involvement in that statement. I do, but I’m trying not to be defensive and self absorbed.
At the pharmacy you’ll see several pills labeled with an “L-” prefix, like L-carnitine or levothyroxine. The “L” stands for the Latin “levo”, or “left”-folded. Right-folded proteins get the Latin prefix “dex” …..dextromathorphan, or no prefix at all.
Stomach enzymes, like pepsin, are capable of breaking down left-folded proteins via deAMINation. Stomach enzymes are incapable of breaking down right-folded proteins. Among mammals humans are unique in that our small intestines release DPPIV, or DPP4. DPPIV breaks down right-folded plant proteins through deAMIDation. However, the process is extremely slow.
Mostly, like other mammals, we rely on microorganisms to re-fold right-folded proteins to the left. However, when we consume sugars and plant proteins they kill these microorganisms. They also interrupt the DPPIV digestive process by making the intestine walls porous.
Dr William Davis has a tutorial, but it leaves out DPPIV….
Google and Startpage are your friends.
You statements are still misinformed. The “l” or “d” (or “L” or “D”) refers to the direction of rotation of plane polarized light. It does not refer in any way to “folding”. There are other uses of these terms specifically for sugars (d-sugars) and for amino acids (l-amino acids).The latin words that more generally apply here are “sinister” for left and “rectus” for right. Thus, the IUPAC (The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) designations for chemical handedness is “s” or “r”. I realize that 99 % of people could care less about this arcane jargon; my point is that protein folding has nothing to do with any of these things. Also, plant and animal proteins cannot be categorized, as you do, as being “right folded” or “left folded”. You are spouting gibberish.
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Wow man! Good job. I have an “incurable” immune system disease. I had been taking immune supressors, and prednisone but my kidneys and viens can’t take the drugs anymore. Decided three weeks ago that desperate people need to do desperate things. I had as large tumour in my neck the last eight years. It’s completely deflated after just three weeks in deep keto and my other symptoms like skin sores are almost completely resolved too. I’m hoping my kidneys will recover somewhat from the drugs on this diet. I’ve been amazed so far. I just went straight in.. Big move for me who until recently ate a lot lot of carbs and fruit. But I found it very easy to make the change when up against a wall with no where else to go.
Have you restricted energy/calorie intake? Seyfried mentions 600 kcal/day, but that is hard for long-term. (My husband has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, so we are both keto for that.)
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Andrew, were you in the Northeastern Univ. Ms Nutrition program? I think I remember you — either way thank you so much for sharing your remarkable story. Bless you!
I asked Dr. Paul Mabry to comment on your folded protein comment Bob, and this is what he said… “Esmée from my reading our bodies can only use proteins made from L (left folded) amino acids and D (right folded) carbohydrates. I did not find documentation that plants made different isomers (isomers are either D or L folded) than animals and the only organisms making D amino acids are ancient bacteria and deep sea mollusks. So I don’t really see this being a problem. I personally try to avoid salicylates as they directly inhibit the Arachidonic Acid pathway that yes does produce many inflammatory mediators (that’s why aspirin, a salicylate decreases pain and inflammation) but it also inhibits the production of good prostaglandins like E1 that causes engorgement and increased blood flow to the stomach when we eat to protect it from stomach acid. That’s why aspirin causes ulcers. They also decrease kidney function by up to 30% through blocking kidney prostaglandins. Not a problem if you have normal kidneys but if you have borderline function it can throw you into failure. If you take antiinflammatory medicines (aspirin, motrin, alleve etc) which all work the same way as salycilates after a workout it can block the natural stimulus for muscle, tendon and cartilage strengthening you would have gotten from your workout. Ice is a much better bet.”
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Question from a lurking housewife: what about DLPA? Is that both right-folded AND left-folded, or what?
I read a little about MCT oil when trying to discover why my son (who is only two) seemed to get a sudden onset malabsorption disorder. He had really strange bowel movements for a few months. I tried to cut all dairy, the usual advice to no avail. He caught about every sickness he was exposed to during this winter to extremes while his little brother who is still breastfed and I got sick from him but much more mild versions. Our family medicine doctor is one of the best, but she’d been encouraging us early on to cut out his dairy before he had any real symptoms on account of his speech delay. He drank lots and lots of goat’s milk every day. She admitted to not knowing if there would be a difference between the issues and benefits of raw goat’s milk versus raw cow’s milk or conventional cow’s milk. So much of that information is just not available and unfortunately all gets lumped together. In winter, goat milk ran low in supply from our farmers so we ran out just before all the issues happened. I hadn’t really put that all together because it seemed from what I was reading in the case of malabsorption that all dairy is bad. The internet suggested MCT oil was very effective for malabsorption disorders. However, I don’t like using synthetic anything so I was looking for good alternatives to MCT oil and stumbled upon an article recommending that goat milk (raw, which is what he ate before it ran out) and goat cheeses were a really great exchange for MCT oil. Suddenly, it all made sense. The goat milk that had been discouraged by our doctor was actually really, really good for my son. I think people read platitudes about diets and dairy and they miss out sometimes on very good nutrition in foods they demonizes as a group. My son now drinks his goat milk every day and demonstrates excellent health. In the winter months next year, we’ll buy ahead and freeze as much goat milk and cheese as we can so he has what he needs until his digestion matures and he can process more foods without it.
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This is exactly what kids who were damaged by vaccines go through. It’s also treated with the same kind of things you tried or do now. Most of these kids were dx’d with regressive autism, not the classic Kanner’s type which is DNA change in utero. Many have seizures who also benefit from ketogenic diet. So happy you’ve caught this early on and seem to have found the healing to possibly a brain damage from meds.
He has never taken any meds so I doubt that would be the cause. It seems he was just born that way. Unless, it was something from the epidural. He was a planned home birth that lasted too long for me. I was severely dehydrated and was forced (by my body) to go the hospital route and in exhaustion (no food or drink for two days of intense back labor) took the epidural. I have funky hips. Learned the hard way. Had I seen the chiro one time a few days prior to labor, my home birth would have likely been ideal.
Just FYI, for context. There is a relationship between MCT oil and goat’s milk that may be meaningful, and might be helpful to know about.
Fats are “triglycerides”, compounds of fatty acids and glycerol. These range from liquid to solid at room temperature, and are pretty stable, though in time they may go rancid (oxidize, slowly break down, etc.). Since stable, they make good cell components and are good for storage as potential energy sources in plants and animals. Organisms including us can quickly liberate the fatty acids from the fats, and those fatty acids can enter metabolism to yield cell energy supplies. There are many fatty acids in nature, they fit a pattern but differ in molecule length and in the arrangement of bonds between their carbon atoms.
The liquid fat, MCT, is not synthetic. These are “medium-chain triglycerides”, separated out and refined from plant sources. The fatty acid content in MCT and that in goat’s milk has similiarities. The fatty acids in MCT are largely capric, caprylic, and caproic acids – notice a theme there? These molecules are shorter than many other fatty acids we consume in foods. From “The Effect of Fatty Acids in Goat Milk on Health”, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/50769
“1.2. Fatty acid composition in goat milk fat
Average goat milk fat differs in contents of its fatty acids significantly from average cow milk fat, being much higher in butyric (C4:0), caproic (C6:0), caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0), lauric (C12:0), myristic (C14:0), palmitic (C16:0), linoleic (C18:2), but lower in stearic (C18:0), and oleic acid (C18:1) (Table 1). Three of the medium chain fatty acids (caproic, caprilyc, and capric) have actually been named after goats, due to their predominance in goat milk. They contribute to 15% of the total fatty acid content in goat milk in comparison to 5% in cow milk (Haenlein, 1993). The presence of relatively high levels of medium chain fatty acids (C6:0 to C10:0) in goat milk fat could be responsible for its inferior flavour (Skjevdal, 1979).” A table of milk fatty acid composition is in this reference.
There is good quality scientific evidence that butyric acid in particular is beneficial to intestinal function and integrity. Also evidence that the short and medium chain fatty acids are rapidly absorbed and enter cell energy metabolism quickly with fewer biochemical stages compared to the longer fatty acids. Very mild ketosis, harmless and possibly beneficial, is likely to follow metabolism of the medium chain fatty acids.
My real point for your situation, finally getting there, is that MCT oil is not “synthetic”, is of plant derivation, has some real similiarities to components of goat’s milk – and is safe to consume, very stable, and doesn’t require refrigeration. Those MCT ingredients are part of the differences between goat’s milk and cow’s milk; are they contributing to your child’s benefit from goat’s milk? There should be no downside to anyone trying MCT oil except that too much at once in someone unused to it may cause a loose stool. But the oil does have these particular fatty acids in more concentrated form – that is, a small volume of MCT would correspond to a much larger volume of milk, in terms of fatty acid content. Of course, there may be other milk components that are also helpful to your son.
Because MCT oil doesn’t require refrigeration and is concentrated, if it is any good in your situation it could be handy especially for traveling and as a backup option when away from home or out of season. I wish the best for you and your son!
You said you used herbs with the protein diet, can you please tell me which herbs you used, because most herbs have salicylates in them?
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At the outset of this article I need to say that this is one man’s story. It is not my story, but it is so well told by the subject of it that I will pass on the link to his blog right away, without further ado…
Eat Meat. Drink Water.
Anecdotal evidence is used a lot to promote things that work sometimes, or are attributed to the relief of some ailment but that may in fact just be coincidental. The power of prayer immediately comes to mind as I write this.
This story falls in the anecdotal category with one large exception:there are scientific theories to explain the effects of eating just animal proteins and fats on neurological health. There are scientific theories to explain the damage that artificial foods and carbohydrates are known to cause in the human anatomy.
There are studies cited in both “The Big Fat Surprise” and “Why We Get Fat” that indicate that it has been long known that low carbohydrate ketogenic diets are known associations with low cancer rate and overall lower mortality for subjects. Causation of the associations are notoriously difficult to determine because of the complexity of the relationship between food and health. There are too many variables, from where the food comes from and how it was raised, to what the subject REALLY eats, not what they report to eat.
This man’s story is one more association between the relationship between food and cancer. It isn’t proof that carbs are the cause of anything, or that even this man’s cancer might have acted exactly like it did for no other reason but time. No disease has a one hundred percent mortality, only life itself has proven to be one hundred percent fatal. That being said, what are the benefits of eating carbs and shunning animal fats? The benefits are mostly moral. You aren’t contributing to the killing of an animal. The defects of eating carbohydrates are documented in the four hundred pages of this blog. One possible defect is outlined in this blog post that I link to. One benefit of eating meat and animal fat may be documented here as well. I don’t know for sure, but I am betting my life on it.
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Andrew do you have a pic of your brain tumour before when you had the early scans? I would like to see the difference? you only showed the healthy brain. -thanks Tina
Scroll down for the pix.
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Dr. Atkins gave us this diet back in the 70’s and he was ridiculed! Now its back with a vengence. Be careful with the fat if you have a delicate or compromised gallbladder.
Actually, a low fat diet is the cause of gall bladder problems.
Don’t you think it would be a good idea to get some healthy antioxidant foods with anti cancerous properties like raspberry powder? Things like this have documented anti tumoral activity. With all diets of course what works for one may not work for another.
this is very interesting & also seems daunting! I’m feeling inspired to begin research! Thanks for all the sharing & comments; stay well !
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amazing story, thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work!!! Such an inspiration!
I saw a testimony on the news recently about a man who was given 3 months to live because of having cancer. I don’t remember what type of cancer it was, but he went on the Ketogenic diet and within an X number of months he was cancer free. It isn’t the easiest diet to follow, but when it comes to life or death, I’d choose life. Oh, it was a Dr. that practices alternative medicine that put him on the diet. His regular oncologist was shocked. I think it sad that conventional have such closed minds about this. I think of the thousands of children who are suffering from cancer. I think modern medicine need to expand their knowledge base.
I have spoken with a young man who had this same experience. He is also cancer free….Now.
He had a geoblastoma….then…surgery, chemo, radiation and became paralyzed and bed ridden. A couple months later 5 new tumors appeared. He was given two months to live. He found a functional medicine doctor who put him on a keto diet. A keto diet shrunk and killed the tumors. He is now running three miles a day.
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What are your dietary sources of magnesium? Apart from molluscs, the richest sources per 200kcal servings are all vegetable-based (chlorophyll has Mg at its core). See http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000120000000000000000.html
Elevated serum cortisol (caused by an over-reliance on hepatic glucose production) increases urinary loss of Mg.
A lack of Mg can cause headaches, due to spasms in the walls of the cerebral arteries. More seriously, a lack of Mg can cause seizures. See http://nigeepoo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/a-treatment-for-epilepsy-thats-as-cheap.html
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Email me at email@example.com to do that interview on my podcast.
Jimmy – I forwarded your comment to Andrew. Hopefully he will contact you soon. – Esmée
thanks for sharing this amazing personal story
Hi andrew can you contact me if possible please my sister has numerous tumours nd weeks to live and needs some advice my email is firstname.lastname@example.org pleaseeee?
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So did the migraines ever completely go away while on that high protein diet? I ask as this is something which has become excruciating during the worst of times resulting in an inability to function often lasting for days. Despite seeing five physicians during twelve years very little has produced any significant, let alone extended relief plus most medications produced massive weight gain, at least one seizure, memory impairment, DT and depression after cessation (excluding magnesium), in addition I was also diagnosed with hypoglycemia as well as an adrenal tumor.
I would absolutely love to go ketogenic in order to finish droping weight and get proper healing going however the main concerns while following such are potential weight gain, cognitive impairment, increased cortisol, excessive ammonia, reduced metabolism and anxiety attacks.
Andrew’s diet is not high protein. If you want more info on zero carb eating and how it might help you, please join us in the Facebook group Principia Carnivora. Come and post your questions there and we will try to help you.
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Andrew, your story is fascinating. I noticed your last post was 12/15. How have you been doing for the last 7-8 months? It’s not easy, but keep it up.
Andrew is back in college and doing really well.
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Hey Andrew, I was also recently diagnosed with a aplastic astrocytoma. I had many of the same symptoms that you mentioned I have been doing radiation and chemo for the last couple weeks without too many side effects, I am intererested in your ketogenic diet approach. A few years before I was diagnosed I was on a lower carb diet and a very fit cyclist with a body fat percentage around 6%. Have you spoken with others that have successfully followed your approach? If you ever want to reach out, I would appreciate more information
Here is the link to Andrew’s blog…
I am only about 1/3 of the way through reading this and it is already entirely too familiar and similar to what I have been going through in the last 6 months…
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