Friday, September 7, 2012

Do Carbs cause cancer?

Hmmm, well maybe they do!  Or, at least, the elimination of carbs can stop cancer in its tracks.

One of the probably most-offending links recently provided to [redacted]people consisted of Dr. Feinman's wonderful blog linking a paper he co-wrote with Dr. Fine and others.  I posted both the blog post link and the link to the paper on the main message board's "pros and cons of carbohydrates" or something like that.  That post has probably been removed, so you can read the link here.

When the topic came up, I had remembered that there was some research done on the connection between carbs and cancer, so I went looking.  Concidentally, Dr. Feinman posted his blog that very day.

Folks who follow Jimmy Moore might remember that since checking his blood ketone levels and adjusting his diet, his skin tags fell off.  Now it turns out that high levels of sugar cause the skin tags to grow.  Turns out that higher sugar also causes some cancers to grow.

Dr. Feinman's paper outlines a study using a ketogenic diet for people with resistant cancers, and the types of cancers that they thought would probably respond favorably to lowered amounts of sugar in the blood.  Turns out the patients did better when they had a bunch of kidney-trashing ketones running about.

I hope you will check it out.  Here's the plan.  Here's Dr. Feinman's blog.  And here's the results of the study.  After so much fixation on the low carb diet and weight loss, it is time to really take a look at the data indicating that the diet not only is not disastrous and dangerous, it may be more health-promoting than some "experts" want it to be.


  1. do you ever read Dr. Su's site, EB? he's definitely of the same opinion.

  2. yes, I do visit his site from time to time.

  3. Thanks EB for the coverage but I wanted to point out that this is the work of my long time colleague and collaborator, Dr. Eugene Fne, and my part in this was small. The project was enormously difficult to carry out and even get published and few could have accomplished it.

    I also wanted to emphasize that part of the impact of the study -- beyond cancer -- is how the emphasis on insulin ties this to the work in cell biology. This, in turn, came out from the meeting in Washington, DC. In some way, this directs work in macronutrients off to the side of the practical diet problems. We expect more progress to be made on that front because it is less doctrinaire and there is less resistant. This has already improved my personality. Of course, the end-users and bloggers (the other hat I have to wear) still have to try to get the message out but I think things are definitely improving.

  4. Hi Doc, thanks for visiting! I wish I could agree with you that things are improving lol. I hope all you cell-biology types will continue to make this topic more accessible to more people.

  5. OK, I gave Dr. Fine a mention, and gave him his own category. And Doc Feinman, I am sure you contributed plenty. I was third author, too. Statisticians never get beyond third spot, and these days they are usually sixth or seventh.