Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease.

Note: This particular article was written specifically about cancer, but the Ketogenic Diet can be used to cure a number of different diseases and health issues including:

  • Buerger’s Disease (thromboagiitis obliterans)
  • Bechterew’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Neurasthenia
  • Type I Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Degenerative Diseases
  • Glaucoma
  • Psoriasis
  • Migraine
  • Infectious Disease [1]
  • Epilepsy [5]
Quick Summary

The ketogenic diet is unique in that it focuses on the consumption primarily of fats and proteins found in meats and cheeses as opposed to focusing on the consumption of whole fruits and vegetables as many of the other cancer diets do. Patients following the ketogenic diet can continue to eat animal products as long as the animal products are organic and not mixed with undesirable substances such as nitrates, nitrites, artificial flavorings, or colorings, sugar, sugar substitutes, etc. Though the stipulations of this diet may seem to run contrary to all of the other cancer diet stipulations, it is actually in agreement on one important count: the patient must avoid all sugars because sugars feed cancer. The ketogenic diet takes this concept one step further and says that cancer patients should not just avoid sugar, but should avoid all carbohydrates. Less than 1/8th of the diet should be carbs. The rest of the diet should be all fats and proteins. The ketogenic diet renovates the patient’s metabolism such that their main source of energy becomes ketones rather than glucose.


Detailed Introduction

The ketogenic diet is calibrated to cure most non-genetic diseases by giving the body the necessary nutrients in carefully determined proportions. The diet is very low in carbohydrates and higher in proteins and fats. [1][2][3].


Proportion of fats : proteins : carbohydrates


Patients using the ketogenic diet to cure cancer consume foods according to the following proportions:


  • 1 part protein
  • 2.5 to 3.5 parts fat
  • 0.3 to 0.5 parts carbohydrates [2]


These proportions may vary depending on the specific ketogenic diet, but in all cases, carbohydrates are consumed in very low doses [10].


Jan Kwasniewski first set forth the basic tenets of a ketogenic diet, but it was made popular by Robert Atkins in the 1990’s [1][7]. Experts believe that the mechanisms through which this diet work to kill cancer have to do with the fact that the ketogenic diet excludes sugar, the primary fuel used by cancer cells. The ketogenic diet limits the supply of sugars/glucose available to cancer cells, ultimately causing the cells to starve to death [9].




The prefix “keto” in “ketogenic” comes from the fact that the body produces molecules known as ketones when very few carbohydrates are consumed and instead proteins and fats make up the bulk of the diet. Ketones are an alternative fuel supply produced by the body when glucose levels are low. Glucose is derived from carbohydrates so when a patient eats very few carbs, and only moderate amounts of protein, ketones are produced in the liver from fats. The ketones are used in place of glucose as fuel for the body [1][3].


When ketones are produced, they can be used throughout the body as fuel. This fact is significant for two reasons:


  • When the body switches to ketones as the primary fuel supply, insulin levels are lowered.
  • When ketones are used for fuel, fat metabolism increases which makes this diet ideal for weight loss.


Weight Loss Using the Ketogenic Diet


Weight loss is easier with the ketogenic diet. And as an added benefit, the ketogenic diet emphasizes the value of ketones as a source of fuel for the brain, which makes it possible for patients to think more clearly while on the diet [1][3].


When the body’s metabolism switches to consuming ketones for fuel it is said to be in a state of “ketosis”. Fasting and the ketogenic diet can both produce a state of ketosis in the body [3]. In a state of ketosis, the body is metabolizing fat as its primary source of fuel and if the patient consumes only small amounts of carbohydrates, there is little food for cancer cells. The cancer patients with the highest blood glucose levels have the lowest survival rate. Patients consuming a ketogenic diet have a very low blood glucose level because they consume very few sugars and starches [10].


Patients typically follow the ketogenic diet as part of a cancer protocol that includes other integrative cancer treatment options [2].

Safety and Effectiveness
Diseases That Can Be Treated Using the Ketogenic Diet

Over twenty studies have shown that this diet can help patients lose weight and improve overall health [4][6][8][9].

Ketogenic Diet Basics

On the ketogenic diet, the most important thing patients need to control is their intake of carbohydrates. Patients should aim to keep carb consumption under 50 grams per day. Patients may need to count carbohydrates at first. Of course, the fewer the carbohydrates in the diet, the better [3].


The ketogenic diet also requires strict avoidance of sugars and high sugar foods. Ketogenic-friendly foods are particularly high in fats [3]. Consumption of a lot of proteins is also avoided because proteins can be converted easily into glucose inside the body. Approximately 75% of a patient’s diet should consist of fats [10].


There are a variety of ketogenic recipes available to help patients select the correct foods [1]. The following foods can be included in a ketogenic diet:


Permitted Foods


Fats (these should make up 75% of the diet):



Proteins (these should make up only 20% of the diet):


  • Wild game
  • Beef (grass-fed only)
  • Fish and seafood
  • Fermented dairy products
  • Organic, pastured poultry
  • Raw, organic dairy products with full fat content


Carbohydrate vegetables (these should make up only a very small proportion of the diet):


  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Onion
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Kale [1][10]


Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet


While the ketogenic diet causes the metabolism to switch over to using ketones for fuel, fasting can achieve the same goal. But because fasting for long periods of time is difficult and potentially dangerous, many cancer patients instead choose to “intermittently fast” for 20 hours a day. On a 20 hour fast, patients only eat between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM each day which allows their bodies to detoxify while producing ketones for fuel rather than relying on glucose metabolism [10].




Patients practicing the ketogenic diet should take probiotics, and a multi-vitamin supplement as well as omega-3 supplements [10].



Other Important Information

The Holistic Bio Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers the ketogenic diet as part of a cancer treatment protocol:


The Holistic Bio Spa

Plaza Marina, Local B-10

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48335







The ketogenic diet should not be used by patients with the following physical considerations without consulting a doctor:


  • Insulin-dependent diabetics
  • Patients who take medication for high blood pressure
  • Patients who are breastfeeding


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