Gary Fettke_Cape Town Presentation February 2015

“Could we have been travelling down the wrong road of cancer treatment for 90 years? This opens up a whole new way of managing cancer, based on a nutritional approach that is cheaper and doesn’t have the bad side effects of conventional treatment.

Cancer rates are rising worldwide. We never used to see cancers in traditional societies, such as the Inuit and the people of New Guinea, but now we do. Estimates are that there will be a 70% increase in cancers over the next 20 years especially in developing nations, and there is already a 3% increase in children’s cancers per annum. One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer.

There is an increasing incidence of worldwide cancer and poorer prognosis.

The genetic model of cancer doesn’t make sense. It raises the question: is cancer a problem of chromosomal damage as we’ve been taught? But what if the chromosomal damage is just a cancer marker, not the cause. What if the model is wrong, if we are doing things the wrong way when treating cancer? If we have been going down the wrong road for 90 years?”

The summary of the talk is at

Theoretical Cancer Model

There are three phases to the development of a cancer with relationship to my theory. The same applies to most other disease.

Phase 1

The first is that if to create low grade inflammation. The cell in an organ then undergoes what is called metaplasia, just like you develop a callus on the bottom of your foot when running barefoot over time. That chronic irritation creates a change in cells. If irritation continues over a longer period of time then those cells can start developing abnormalities and some of them may in fact turn into cancer cells (dysplasia and in to anaplasia).

Phase 2

Those cells then have the ability to divide and if they are in the right inflamed and vascular environment they can potentially grow.

Phase 3

The third aspect is that the body has natural clearing mechanisms within it for taking away abnormal cells and material. There are white cells that are responsible for this activity. Under a Fructose high environment, they appear to have poorer function and motility. This means you have a relatively immunosuppressed system for clearing up any abnormal cells that are developing in the body.

The combination of these three entities with increasing abnormal cells, growing in an inflamed environment and not being able to be cleared away falls well within a model for creating a cancer.

I clearly feel this requires further research and maybe that is the next step we are heading towards.

Childhood Cancer

If the mother takes in a diet with Polyunsaturates Oils then that it will make its way into the embryo, foetus and then breast milk.

The potential damage for the child from polyunsaturated oil consumption may therefore be happening in the womb (in utero), continue on with breast milk and then be compounded as the child is weaned off breast milk.

Could this be a model for the rising incidence of childhood Cancer, allergy and disease?

Starving Cancer

Trials are underway looking at decreasing calories in patients with cancer rather than increasing them. It sort of make sense to starve the most rapid turnover cells rather than feed them.

It is history repeating itself from mice experiments a 100 years ago and tags on to work originally out of South America where it was noticed that patients on Metformin (a cheap anti diabetes drug) had a slower progression of their cancers. Metformin is now mainstream management.

There is a long way to go on this topic but the epidemiology of disease is driving the science.

Current Scientific Research Points to Cancer Cells Metabolism and 'Sugars'

Dr Gary Fettke

More specifically, most cancers can only survive and grow with a steady supply of glucose.

This is where my study started on the whole NoFructose endeavour. It is where a lot of my reading time is spent and it is what Tim Noakes asked me to speak on at the First LCHF World Summit in South Africa in the 2015.

Cancer cells metabolise glucose via the Warburg Effect, in quite a unique metabolic pathway. It is the basis of PET scanning which is routinely done in cancer assessment.

Cancers generally thrive and grow under the influence of Insulin and Insulin Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1).

The more sugar and carbohydrate you consume the more glucose you metabolise.

The more glucose you metabolise the more Insulin and IGF-1 your body produces.

That simply means that if you have cancer then by eating a diet high in sugar and carbohydrate you are providing the perfect environment for cancers to thrive.

Cancers in general will not metabolise ketone bodies, from fat metabolism, as a fuel source. There is a suggestion that the ketone bodies may be toxic to some tumours.

How about considering a LCHF lifestyle. A low carbohydrate intake means a low amount of fuel for cancer. Take away the insulin and IGF-1 blood spikes and let the bodies immune system fight the cancer.

Have a diet high in healthy natural fats that can be utilised as ketone bodies and now you are making it difficult for the cancer to grow.

I have previously spoken about the ‘Nutritional Model of Modern Disease’ outlining that inflammation is behind cancer. Avoiding fructose, refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated oils will decrease inflammation and hopefully avoid cancer in the first place.

Avoiding them in the long term should help treat cancer.

Diet alone will not get rid of cancer as an issue. Getting real food into the system should have a massive role to play in prevention and treatment adjunct therapies.

Talk to your doctors about it. Ask them about the Warburg Effect. Most will not have heard about it.

I have had my cancer. I am LCHF. I am eating a ketogenic diet. I am in nutritional ketosis.

I am stacking the odds in my favour. LCHF may be for you too.