Hey guys, I need your help. My dad's cancer has reemerged once again, it's been many times now, I've lost count. I've tried in the past to get him to change his diet which is woefully high in carbohydrates from grains and such to a ketogenic paleo-type diet. You all know how hard it is to convince your family members though and thus far he hasn't done it. I feel like he might bite though if his doctor tells him to do it.
So, I need your help to find research, hard research, that he could take to his doctor that might convince his doctor to have him try it out. If you can think of anything else that might help as well, please share, including anyone that knows a paleo-oriented or savvy oncologist in the Seattle, WA area. Prayers are welcome too.
A bit of history on his cancer: He had a slow growing colon cancer, which he got removed. It came back, so they gave him a colonostomy, but it had already metastasized to his lungs apparently. Chemo has helped, and has stopped it for periods of time, he's gone on and off chemo for the last few years. He now has multiple small (<1inch) tumors in his lungs.
I wonder if he'd read Perfect Health Diet? It's very well researched with footnotes galore. It's written by scientists, and talks about a ketogenic version for a host of ailments, including cancer. I also think that although it's written to be credible to physicians and scientists, it's very readable for a layperson.
Well this in itself is not hard research, but it is compelling and could lead you closer to it http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1662484,00.html "Can a High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?" Good luck, man.
My closest uncle has stage 3 cancer. I gave him my copy of Mr. Wolfs book and recommended some things but in the end I'm not a doctor and he isn't willing to change. I've just tried to give good things to read and not be too forceful. You have a Smart approach on convincing the doctor! Maybe focus on him. Older people don't like to listen to younger people especially if they are related! Good luck.
Other things to try:
As a note I would go VLC and be dairy free if I was in the same situation. However that is just me. Not any hard evidence. I hope you find some.
My friend goes here for treatment:
Mercola interviewed Gonzales about his cancer work (7 part series):
Also if he is on statins they lower your Coenzyme Q10 levels.
Also vegetable oils would be very bad.
Give him the book Anti-Cancer. Its written by a doctor who had cancer, so would probably appeal to your father much more. It is not paleo, but educates avoiding the worst parts of the SAD. Hopefully seeing conflicting information, he might be forced to think hard. Then he might be able to openup more on the issues. The doctor is very much against Omega6, and is against meat because of this reason. If you tell him to eat organic grassfed meat, and show that it does not have more Omega6 he will be more convinced. The education will have to be slow. Most people cannot get the logic of Paleo in a sitting.
DADs can be weird. My dad thinks my paleo diet is a psychosis. In other words the arthritis i have cured is in my mind. And then in his next sentance he shows me how awful his arthritic hands look all deformed with Rheumatoid arthritis. Sorry your dad has cancer, good luck at getting him to change anything. We all love our dads, we just cant change them and what is meant to be just will happen.
He doesn't have to go on some crazy restrictive ketogenic diet necessarily. Depending on what kind of cancer he has he could probably see some benefits by minimizing polyunsaturated fats to as low as possible. High dose aspirin or salycilic acid is also very good for cancer patients.
when i listened to the Cancer World summit from Kevin Gianni. I saw most of the approaches are nealry vegan.some where completly vegan. others only had little or very little animal products. One expert David Getoof has the WAPF approach. Actually he is PricePotenger Foundation.
There is also an TED talk for Cancer and foods. Except Wild Salmon, the most known foods are vegetables. For sure grass fed and healthy fed animlas is better than farm meat. Maybe juicing and cleansing also work. Like Kevin Said listen to different experts and decide wise whats good.
If paleo works for you fine. It might not for a cancer person. I wish youz good luck.
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