She Declined Chemo, Now Says Ketogenic Diet Cured Her Breast Cancer
A breast cancer survivor is now claiming that her battle with the deadly disease ended when she changed her diet to a low carb, or ketogenic, style diet. The ketogenic diet has long been said to help stave off cancer by starving cancer cells, a concept that’s been widely debated between both alternative health professionals and the pharmaceutical and medical industry.
63-year-old Philly Alexander attended what is known as the “Goddess Gathering,” which is a Scottish gathering of people who have survived a variety of illnesses, including fibromyalgia, cancer, and even anxiety and depression. As Alexander’s story goes, in 2013, she was handed down her breast cancer diagnosis and was immediately given traditional, medical options of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Alexander, however, aware of the potential harsh side-effects often experienced by those who opt for chemotherapy, decided to take her own route.
Alexander opted to leverage a ketogenic diet and oxygen treatment as a way to cure her breast cancer. The ketogenic diet has a baffling list of reported benefits, most notably weight loss and helping to subdue and cure children’s epilepsy. However, the high-fat diet has also been linked to some benefits when it comes to fighting cancer. In fact, the ketogenic diet has over 62 studies showing that it may work. In one study, people with cancer who stayed on the ketogenic diet for more than 3-months showed definitive tumor shrinkage. There is also research that shows the ketogenic diet works for migraines. Actress Halle Berry credits the ketogenic diet with keeping her fit.
It is believed that the ketogenic diet “starves cancer cells,” which inhibits their ability to replicate. Replication is a driving factor in the spread of cancer. Without replication of cancerous cells, cancer’s potential for harm is lowered.
The ketogenic diet causes the body to shift into a fat burning mode, as opposed to a carb burning mode, which is often a less efficient energy source. In Alexander’s case, she claims she knew immediately after starting the ketogenic diet that she was going to cure her cancer.
She said: “I immediately thought, ‘I will be cancer-free within a year and I was’. I refused to let fear or anxiety get a grip of me.”
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Her 2013 MRI scans showed a couple of tumors existing in her breast. By 2014, there were none. She says that her oncologists felt baffled by the results.
“I have never felt as fit and healthy as I do now. I am very careful in that I am not saying this will work for everyone, but it worked for me and I want to share my story with others.” She further explained, according to the Herald Scotland.
In terms of potential conspiracy theory, the ketogenic diet would clearly pose a threat to the finances of big pharmaceutical companies which create vast amounts of revenue through innovative cancer machines and treatments. The simplicity of the ketogenic diet would be both its appeal as well as its potential for danger. Because there are few studies, it is a risk to take such an option with any late-stage cancer. However, one must wonder if the lack of studies on the matter is more of a coordinated effort to conceal the facts and benefits of the ketogenic diet.
It is possible that the ketogenic diet works with some cases, but not all. It would be difficult to know without more research into the matter. However, in the face of large-scale medical revenues, it is difficult to see when and where ketogenic diet research could become a priority matter. Cancer remains a “cureless” but profitable venture. That may be the result of pure circumstances beyond our control, or it could be a tad more coordinated or influenced. Whatever the facts are, Alexander’s story, if true, allows us to accept a shroud of hope into our lives. Almost everyone knows someone living with cancer. Cancer’s reach is global and genderless and raceless. If changes in diet can help stave off cancer in any way, we need to make such research more of a priority.
Here is Alexander talking about her breast cancer cure back in 2015.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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