27-year-old paleo crossfitter, just found out I have cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN III), which basically means I have pre-cervical cancer. This came as a shock to me because I thought I was living a pretty anti-cancer life, avoiding neolethal foods and whatnot, but when the dr explained that the HPV virus has been in my body for years (thanks, college) and flares up/ starts to grow when my immune system is compromised during times of stress, it made sense since my life has been kind of chaotic this last year.
I'm scheduled for a cone biopsy soon, but I really dislike the idea of having part of my cervix taken out, especially since I'd like to have more children someday. I know that cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus, so is perhaps different than other cancers (breast, colon, etc) that can be treated/helped by a ketogenic diet, but would it be worth a shot? I was thinking if I could postpone the surgery for a few weeks and dial in my diet/sleep/exercise as close to perfect as I can, perhaps I would give my body a chance to heal itself before I lose a piece of myself that won't ever grow back properly. Is that taking an irrational risk with my health? And to be honest, I don't have much control over how much sleep I get due to family situations, so I guess I could only dial in nutrition and exercise and do my best at sleep. Or is a piece of my cervix the price I have to pay for all the fun I've had in my life?
Sorry to hear this, I just went through the exact same thing this past year. It's scary, and the treatments are fairly invasive. I would go and get the cone biopsy, there's a good likelihood that you will then need to go for a LEEP if the abnormal cells are going deep enough in the cervical tissue. I would do everything your doctor suggests with this and do it quickly. The faster you catch it the better.
After and during the treatments I was taking vitamin d, and vitamin a(my naturopath suggested a high dose of vitamin a for a short period of time). I would be happy to talk via email regarding the details, just let me know.
Do what the doctors tell you. Diet is better at preventing illness than curing it. That said, you can probably help yourself greatly by also attending to your diet.
Eat a low omega 6 diet (like under 3% of your calories). This likely makes promotion of any cancer cells to actual cancer tumors extremely difficult.
Get your vit D levels up to about 50ng/ml by taking D3 supplements. Take some vit K2 as well - perhaps the LEF vitamin K complex. Ensure also adequate vit A by eating liver occasionally (no more than once per week). These fat soluble vitamins push cells to differentiate and, thus, make it hard to advance (and may aid regression) on the metaplasia, dysplasia, neoplasia spectrum.
A low carb diet that is low in omega 6 is hard to achieve. (Grass fed dairy fat, coconut fat, and macadamia oil are low omega 6 fats.) I think you should try cycling into and out of ketosis (like 1 to 2 weeks max) rather than staying in ketosis long term; using calorie restriction during this period may also help.
I like to do multiple things at the same time. Both Doctor and Diet.
Things to research:
Ketogenic diet w/ coconut oil.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natto (fermented soy).
Some grassfed liver
Change meat to Grassfed Lamb/Beef and Wild Salmon
Healing your gut. http://www.siboinfo.com/ Dr Allison Siebecker will do skype calls with you. If you visit her once in person then I think the skype calls can be full up patient doctor..
Things to get rid of:
All Vegetable oils. (This seems like a no brainer but of course research.)
All Dairy. (research)
Soy Protein Powder.
You might study the work of:
He is WAPF friendly but not Paleo. He has a video series in cancer that is interesting. Being his patient involves one flight a year to NY. My friend visits him.
Wait! I had the same issue 15 years ago and was able to shift it with diet.
I took a folic acid supplement and did some visualization (releasing anger against previous sexual partners who didn't respect me). Two months later, my Pap smear was normal.
I suggest liver as a great source of bio-available folate--many people aren't able to convert folic acid to folate efficiently. 4 oz. 2 x a week.
If you can't handle liver, there is a bio-available folate supplement out there. Google it or bug me!
I would also supplement Vitamin D3 if you aren't already. I'd be aggressive and do 10,000 IUs/day for a couple of months & then test my levels and adjust. Take some Magnesium Glycinate before bed 200-600 mg to help with sleep & make your D work properly.
I wouldn't go ketogenic, since it isn't full-blown cancer. You want to reduce your stress as much as possible, for sure.
ETA: Some studies on PubMed do not show any effect from folic acid supplementation, but this one did:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7064879
I'm in complete agreement with everyone here who recommends following your doctor's advice.
That said, this article was recently tweeted by Robb Wolf. It might be helpful to read it closely.
Rainer J Klement and Ulrike Kämmerer, Is there a role for carbohydrate restriction in the treatment and prevention of cancer?
Many, MANY people have had success using 100% pure and potent essential oils AND diet. Here is a site - it is totally worth checking out. I personally would use diet and EO's to treat cancer. http://doterralife.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/essential-oil-cancer-treatment/
Here is the data I gathered on why it would make sense to GET RID of as much SUGAR, regardless of what stage your cancer is in.
These website I like because it relays the sugar molecule as sharp daggers in the body. The sugar molecule is like sharp daggers in your bloodstream that scrape the linings of arteries and organs. Once the tissue has been scraped by the sugars, it scars and forms a scab. The scab can be broken by the sugar that continues to flow through the bloodstream, and the body has to form an even bigger scab. This process eventually leads to a blood clot that closes off the blood vessel causing a host of health problems, including strokes, heart attacks, poor circulation, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction, neuropathies and loss of vision, loss of feet/hands (smallest capillaries are in your eyes, hands, feet). Vital organs eventually lose their ability to produce enzymes, repair themselves or provide nutrients to other cells in the body.
Intuitively I can only surmise, Sugar (without insulin therefore insulin resistant) scrapes every fascia/soft tissue, which would include you cervix. Your cervix is trying to heal as quickly as it can, at the same time your cervix is being degraded by the sugar molecule, causing abnormal cell growth. THe last 2 websites were the most significant in my opinion.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/212987-about-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-people-with-diabetes/ http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Dr-Oz-Explains-What-Diabetes-Does-to-Your-Body-Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDtiYahxr5I&NR=1 (Gary Taubes talks about cancer researchers linking sugar to cancer-- start time 4:40)
My girlfriend just got diagnosed with cervical cancer. We get the biopsy results in the morning. I'm encouraging her to get more opinions because it sounds like misdiagnosis is common.
I did get her to start paleo about 6 months ago. With great results, so she loves it.
I need to get her to quit smoking. This is the biggest challenge.
I agree with misdiagnosis..esp the pre-status. about 30 years ago my doctor said I had pre-cancerous cells. I quit getting annual pap smears..and maybe had 2-3 more..I think my last one was 3-4 years ago. completely normal.
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