Pablo received devastating news at age 25: He had a terminal brain tumor and only between 6 and 9 months to live. Doctors suggested chemotherapy – despite no hope of a cure in his case.
After studying online, Pablo chose to implement a ketogenic diet instead. Two years later, he’s still miraculously alive. What’s more, the tumor appears not to be growing.
The idea behind using a ketogenic diet to stop tumor growth is that you can starve it by not feeding it sugar. Plus, lowering growth factors like insulin could also slow down growth. It might work in some instances, and in some not, as outlined in this article which we wrote a few weeks back: Can Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Be Helpful in Treating Cancer?.
Note that Pablo is a case where conventional chemotherapy would have a moderate effect at best, with no hope of a cure. In many other situations conventional cancer treatment is very effective, offering excellent odds of beating the disease. Turning down treatment in such cases would be a very bad idea.
However, a ketogenic diet might be a potent weapon to use alongside other cancer treatments, at least in some cases. There would probably be much more research going on if it were a patentable drug instead of a simple diet.