I believe so strongly in the ability for the Paleo diet to revolutionise your health that I take the opportunity to bring it up at every turn. But that’s just because there’s SO MUCH it can do for SO MANY different processes.
But with so many virtues worth extolling, I do find that Paleo Diet naysayers are always looking for something more to be convinced.
“Come on,” they say. “Can it cure cancer?”
Well, based on a new study on mice, the answer just might be: Maybe.
Researchers from the University of Florida have shown that a significantly limited carbohydrate intake is linked to slowing down the growth of glioblastoma – a particularly aggressive, malignant tumour in the brain.
In fact, eating a low-carb, high-fat diet not only slowed the mice’s brain tumour progression… it also DOUBLED their lifespan.
And that’s pretty BIG news.
Glioblastoma is considered incurable, the five-year survival rate with is, at best, 17 per cent – and that’s when you’re in your 20s and otherwise healthy. By age 50, the survival rate drops to just about 5 per cent.
But based on this mouse study, it appears that a reduction in carbohydrates can work to improve the prognosis and extend life expectancy because of how it drastically reduces glucose consumption.
As I’ve mentioned before, tumours love sugar, and they need it to grow. And sugar (in the form of glucose) doesn’t just fuel tumours of the brain – because it can ramp up the growth of other cancers, too.
But what if there were a way to deprive a tumour of that glucose… and literally starve it to death?
The results of this animal study have very interesting implications for future studies on humans, because the researchers didn’t remove all sugars and carbohydrates altogether – they merely limited them to an amount they thought a person would be able to maintain (around 10 per cent). They also supplemented the missing carbohydrates with good fats (saturated fats) and high-quality proteins, which meant that although the tumour might be starving, the rest of the body wouldn’t be.
Imagine how much more you’d be able to fight off those ravenous tumours if you eliminated carbs and sugars entirely!
And that’s what following the Paleo Diet can do for you. Now, if you’ve been eating carbohydrates for decades, trying to go “cold turkey” might be too big a leap for you – and that’s OK.
Just make any change you can… and get started right away.
Cutting even one serving of carbs per week has been shown to have tremendous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure.
It will take some work on your part, but eventually you’ll find a way to break those starchy, sugary habits and get off carbs entirely. And you can have lots of other delicious, nutritious food that will keep you feeling satisfied instead of deprived.
I promise you: It’s worth it.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Lower-carb diet slows growth of aggressive brain tumour in mouse models, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160414114159.htm
Survival rates for selected adult brain and spinal cord tumours, cancer.org/cancer/braincnstumorsinadults/detailedguide/brain-and-spinal-cord-tumors-in-adults-survival-rates