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Research May Prove It Possible To Starve Cancer Cells To Death

February 10, 2012 by  

Research May Prove It Possible To Starve Cancer Cells To Death

A “normal” diet no longer consists of whole, natural foods that were intended for everyday human consumption, but has come to mean the intake of any number of processed, genetically modified, steroid- and hormone-enhanced foods. The massive health deficit caused by poor diet is evident, so would it be surprising to find that fasting may be a highly effective way to combat cancer?

A study published in Science Translational Medicine found that five out of eight cancer types in mice responded to fasting alone: Just as with chemotherapy, fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumors. Cycles of fasting combined with chemotherapy cured 20 percent of mice with a highly aggressive type of children’s cancer that had spread and 40 percent of mice with a more limited spread of the same cancer. No mice survived in either case if treated only with chemotherapy.

While the researchers do not know for sure if the results can be replicated in humans, they are optimistic.

The research indicates that fasting killed the cancer cells because in the absence of certain nutrients they don’t behave like normal healthy cells, which essentially hibernate until the nutrients return. The cancer cells attempt to make proteins by growing and dividing and, in doing so, create damaging free radical molecules that break down the cancer cells’ own DNA and cause their destruction.

“The cell is, in fact, committing cellular suicide. What we’re seeing is that the cancer cell tries to compensate for the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t,” said researcher Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    I wonder how long you have to fast to make a differance, the next question is what nutrients are the cancer cells looking for, maybe just starve cancer of 1 critical nutrient?

    Interesting artical non-the-less.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • http://yahoo scout

      There you go thinking again. Happy Day

    • Chris Schilke

      FreedomFighter, I heard that cancer loves sugar. I’ve talked to couple of people who claim to have changed their diet by eliminating processed foods, especially all processed sugars from their diet and that their cancer went away and that they remain cancer free to this day. One of them, a woman, said that staying away from sugar was the hardest thing she’s had to do as her husband didn’t seem to understand that sugar could be to blame, it was too easy, and he was always pushing her to eat sweets. I don’t know if that was true but, I don’t believe that those people I met had any agenda but to share their story with me.

    • Acushla

      All the white foods including white sugar have had all their nutrients refined out of them.

    • L Johns, MD

      This reply is to FreedomFighter’s asking “what nutrients are the cancer cells looking for, maybe just starve cancer of 1 critical nutrient.”
      Cancer lives on sugar and iron. Deprive the body of these nutrients and they go into apoptosis (die). There are alternative medicine therapies that are built on this knowledge which conventional medicine refuses to recognize, even to save a life. Their problem is that there is no money in these protocols.

  • Albert Maslar

    If proven that fasting slows down cancer cell growth as claimed, there is new credence given to the two major fasting periods a year, lent and advent, in the Catholic tradition that is based on Jesus Christ fasting for 40 days in the desert before beginning his public life. Today’s epedemic of obesity likewise would benefit from the religious fasting regimens. Michelle Obama is hellbent on fighting obesity when the answer is in the Bible. In the Old Testament of the Bible, those who asked for God’s help wore sack cloth and put on ashes, the symbol of death to beseech God’s help in a crisis. But we moderns are too sophisticated for such remedies. There is no app for that.

    Albert Maslar

    • Chris Schilke

      Albert Maslar, You’re right, there’s a lot of answers to be found in the scriptures. Like this one:

      Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries G5331 were all nations deceived.

      From G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery, witchcraft.

      This piece of Scripture shows that our creator knew mankind would stray off the path and he would turn to his own man-made remedies that actually cause more harm than good.
      I believe that the “sorceries” mention here are also about the processed foods and the poisonous additives put into it like the artificial vitamins. I don’t think the body knows what to do with that stuff so it put’s it away in the fat tissue to be disposed of later when the diet improves. I also believe that many of those chemicals are toxic on the cellular level and can cause cancer because the cells don’t know how to deal with the unnatural chemical. The drug companies are nothing but giant chemical factories and they’ve managed to peddle their poison on a global scale and to find ways to put it into our food supply.
      But, I am in agreement about the use of fasting in the scriptures.

  • http://personallibertydigest Gottaplenty

    I doubt 2 days a year would do the job. Im shure it means 24/7. And I have seen that in a neice that went over to Kentuky to a clinic that practiced that type of therapy. She is cured.

    • Albert Maslar

      It is two PERIODS a year, not 2 days. Lent is 40 days and Advent is 4 weeks.

  • s c

    As far as I know, “modern” cancer therapies shy away from the idea that quality nutrition or fasting or anything else can help. The standard treatment is the Big Three. That is, radiation, surgery and/or chemotherapy.
    If they WORKED, that would be one thing. However, what cancer con artistes don’t want to talk about is how INEFFECTIVE the Big Three are in battling cancer. ‘Science’ that relies on bad info and flawed therapies worships MONEY. Money (if you haven’t noticed), does little or nothing to get or keep people healthy. The same can be said about the AMA, the FDA and Big Pharma. Let THEM try to deny it.

    • Chris Schilke

      S C, you’re right. Those treatments are really and effective way of legally eliminating people at great expense to the cancer patient and his insurance company. Of course a bullet would be quicker but, not legal.


    I am 73 year old male who believes the republicans are on the verge of making the same mistake they made in 2008;namely, nominating a candidate who is defeated before he starts.
    The only viable candidate is the one criticized, denigrated and slandered by the news media; in this case, it is newt gingrich, who, with christie as a running mate would decimate O’Bama in the debates, which I believe will determine the next President

    • MontanaMark

      Howard, I love you but this stream is about alternative nutrition for cancer and other cures. Please, reguardless of what your politics are. Eat 8 to 10 soft poached or boiled eggs a day and the dimentia will diminish and politics can be left to another stream in which people are interested in depression over every one talking politics.. The eggs will increase your cholesterol and the brain needs more to function so one can stay on que as to what we wish to do to help mankind. Not keep them worried of further political submission and socialism.


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