One British man from Wirral, Merseyside, has defied conventional medicine and beaten his cancer. After being diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiform 4 brain tumor in July of 2015, Dave Bolton took matters into his own hands. The father-of-two and former police officer claims that ditching carbohydrates and sugar in favor of protein and fat saved his life.
A Glioblastoma Multiform 4 (GBM4) brain tumor is often called “The Terminator” by doctors because of its low survival rates. Bolton was given a year to live after his diagnosis. However, after transforming his diet, his tumor began to shrink. This year, doctors say there is almost nothing left of the cancerous mass.
Bolton decided to eliminate all carbohydrates, sugar and most fruits and vegetables from his diet. Instead, he filled up on more meat, dairy and fat. His game plan to fight cancer is based on the principles of a ketogenic diet. Many people believe that following such a diet can help to fight cancer by cutting off the tumor’s primary energy source: sugar. Of course, many mainstream medicine practitioners do not agree with the diet, and insist that there is no evidence to support such a claim.
Bolton’s very existence, and the diminishing tumor in his brain, should certainly suggest otherwise. Mr. Bolton did also undergo surgery to remove much of the tumor, as well as chemo and radiotherapy, but he believes that his new diet, along with a host of other alternative and conventional therapies played a huge role in his recovery.
You see, when the tumor was first discovered it was not a GBM4. Bolton initially underwent conventional treatments and surgery after his first tumor was discovered, only to have a more aggressive and deadly GBM4 tumor grow back in its place. It is easy to see why Bolton attributes part of his success to alternative treatments; conventional treatment did not work as planned the first time around.
The ketogenic diet was developed decades ago to help epilepsy patients control their condition. In spite of the push-back from the mainstream medical community, interest in the diet as a potential line of treatment to aide cancer patients is growing. A 2014 review authored by researchers from the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, examined the potential mechanisms by which a ketogenic diet could be of use in cancer treatment.
The review notes that a number of studies have found that a ketogenic diet helps to reduce tumor growth in malignant glioma, colon cancer, gastric cancer and prostate cancer. The researchers posited that there are two different mechanisms by which a ketogenic diet may increase the oxidative stress within cancer cells. Evidence has already indicated that following a ketogenic diet can help increase the amount of oxidative stress in malignant cells. Evidence has also shown that cancer cells have a much higher need for glucose than normal healthy cells, and that tumors depend on glucose for survival. You can see why depriving these insidious cells of their favored energy source would be useful.
The researchers state in their conclusion that this manipulation of oxidative stress within cancer cells is what makes a ketogenic diet a potentially useful therapy for cancer treatment, and one that could be “rapidly implemented.”