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Nutrition & Metabolism Society Video: Dr. Eugene Fine Examines If A Low-Carb Diet Is The Answer To Cancer

Everything in your life can be going along just fine when suddenly one day you start to feel some pain in a specific part of your body that requires you to go see your doctor. Once x-ray and MRI tests are run, your physician looks at your tests and says he’s going to need to do a biopsy to determine what exactly that “mass” is inside of you. Your heart sinks immediately thinking the worst and in most cases it ends up being benign after days of excruciating waiting. But it’s not unheard of after having a biopsy done for your doctor’s office to call you back and give you the dismal news you never wanted to hear–it’s cancer. Until you’ve been told those words there’s nothing that can prepare you for the devastation and horror of such a pronouncement that most people view as a certain death sentence. But there are plenty of cancer survivors out there who will attest that nothing could be further from the truth. And there’s one brave researcher at the Einstein College of Medicine who is doing some remarkable work examining the role carbohydrate-restriction can play in controlling and preventing cancer.

Dr. Eugene Fine leads the cutting-edge RECHARGE Trial which stands for REduced CarboHydrates Against Resistant Growth Tumors looking at whether a very low carbohydrate diet can help cancer patients reduce the amount of cancer in their bodies as measured by a PET scan at the beginning and end of the study. Eligible participants for this one-month trial must be an adult with metastatic cancer and have either been resistant to chemotherapy treatments or looking for a natural alternative to chemo. Dr. Fine and his fellow researchers want to see if the study participants can feel well and maintain their weight on a very low-carb diet while seeking a reduction in cancerous tumors. The 28-day diet consists primarily of meat, eggs, cheese, and up to two cups of vegetables daily. Carbohydrate-containing foods are off limits, including all starchy and sweet foods. Fans of livin’ la vida low-carb will recognize this as the Induction phase of the Atkins diet and there’s been some pretty remarkable results so far. Dr. Fine’s research runs parallel to the findings that Dr. Thomas Seyfried is seeing in his lab at Boston College.

On May 8, 2010, a Strategy & Planning Meeting for the Nutrition & Metabolism Society (NMS) took place in New York City featuring some big names in the low-carb community as well as others like a low-carb nutritionist and a NASA rocket scientist who are interested in promoting the science supporting low-carb diets. The primary speakers for this event included the great diabetes living legend Dr. Richard K. Bernstein as well as NMS Founder and President Dr. Richard Feinman. However, all the buzz in the room was about the work Dr. Fine is doing with cancer patients and low-carb diets. I’m gonna warn you ahead of time–his one-hour talk is extremely technical in spots, so you may need to watch it several times to soak in all the information. But for people suffering with cancer and looking for a nutritional way to treat it, this could quite literally be a lifesaving lecture!







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  • Matt Stone

    Promoting a diet that lowers T3 and calling yourself “The Metabolism Society” is a bit ironic. Not saying that carbohydrate restriction doesn’t have its place in nutritional medicine, because it does, but another coalition of people looking at all the pros of carb restriction while trying to simultaneously ignore or block all the negative data is the last thing the average citizen, with little comprehension of the complex subject of nutrition, metabolism, and health needs. We’ve already been handed a heavy dose of that from the low-fat and calorie-restriction crowd.

    • Matt, I don’t mind you commenting, but at least stay on topic. How does this relate to the RECHARGE Trial Dr. Fine is conducting on carbohydrate-restricted diets for cancer?

  • I started eating low carb last year (after reading GCBC) and 6 weeks later I heard “the dismal news you never wanted to hear–it’s cancer” which was a huge shock, as it was found in a pre-IVF workup and I had NO IDEA it was coming.

    When you hear you have cancer you start rethinking everything. In my case I knew the long term survival rates were excellent, but it was hard to have a hysterectomy when I wanted to be having a baby. I was also wanting to do everything in my power to improve my health. I furiously read all I could on low carb and cancer, and ended up deciding it was a good choice to continue eating carb-restricted (you also ran a podcast episode by another doctor who talked about some extreme fasting to kill off all cancer cells, and that helped reinforce the idea).

    Thanks for sharing this, Jimmy

    • Sarah, THANK YOU for sharing your story and I pray that you are successful in treating your cancer. Dr. Fine was outstanding and I look forward to having him on my podcast sometime. Dr. Thomas Seyfried is also doing fantastic work in this area as I shared in my podcast interview with him late last year. :)

  • Sylvie O

    Was he finished after part 6? It ended mid-sentence…

    • Hmmmm….I think that’s just Dr. Fine’s style…very extemporaneous in his speaking. :)

  • Hi Jimmy, I really believe in a low carb / ketogenic diet for preventing and forcing back cancer. In line with and inspired by the work of Dr. Fine, I made a video in which I explain how cancer comes into existence and via what mechanisms the ketogenic diets works against it. You can find the video here: http://bit.ly/950WH3 VBR Hans

    • OUTSTANDING VIDEO, Hans! I’ll feature this on “Fun-Filled Friday” soon. :)

  • Good idea Jimmy. Cancer for many people still is a taboo subject. And even taking the word in the mouth is often experienced as frightening. It is important that these new alternative points of view are brought in an understandable and less ominous way. Fitting it in in Fun-Filled Friday is a great way to do this.

    • Well, and some people don’t think it is possible to nutritionally treat it or use it as a preventative measure when this is PRECISELY what is needed. Hopefully Dr. Fine’s work gets the attention it so aptly deserves in the medical literature someday.

  • Tuck

    It’s interesting work, but at the end of the day, 1 out of 10 showed improvement. That’s not too impressive. There’s definitely some evidence that some forms of cancer and carb intake are related, but he’s pretty clearly got a lot more work to do to prove his hypothesis.

    • Point well taken, Tuck, but I think this is invaluable research Dr. Fine is doing because it is offering an alternative therapy for people who would rather than choose chemo or where chemo has been ineffective. My concern with people using a nutritional method is compliance, although the motivation of possibly dying would propel most of us to follow it to a “T.” This is certainly the kind of research that warrants further investigation and I think more scientists who do not have a preconceived agenda will indeed emerge in the coming years examining carbohydrate restriction as a therapy for a variety of conditions (we’re already seeing it with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s as well).

  • Tuck

    I agree about the compliance problem. You’ve got to be a particular sort of personality to make this work. 😉

  • Linda

    Hey Jimmy Enjoyed the info but I have one request: Please lower the sound on your intro and exits of each “piece” of the lecture – It blasts me out! I have to turn my volume up to the highest setting to hear the lecture and when it is over and your do your music it practically knocks me on the floor – !!!! Would appreciate it – Thanks and keep up your good work it is soooooo important…..

    • THANKS Linda! I’ve already been gently chided from several people about this and I’ll work on it for future videos. In order for me to change these, I’d need to completely remove them from YouTube and reupload them…don’t have time for that. THANK YOU again for your input!