There has been a ton of media and attention given to the Paleo Diet in the last year or so. In fact, you would have had to be living in a cave (pun intended) not to have heard about some story touting the benefits of this diet.
This “back to basics” way of eating garnered its name from the way our “Paleolithic” ancestors would have eaten in the day. Proponents of the diet claim it is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that caters to our genetics.
The diet, which is designed to keep us lean, strong and energetic, was actually developed by Dr. Loren Cordain, a researcher from Colorado State University, who started studying nutrition in the 1970s. Cordain claims the paleo diet is the way humans were genetically designed to eat.
Many health professionals and paleo advocates agree and also attribute the growing number of health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers, to our modern nutritional habits, and, of course, the endless selection of fast foods, processed meals and snacks that make up the majority of our meals . While there are also those who profess the diet is simply unrealistic in this day and age, others
A Terminal Diagnosis
In 2014, Kelly had mere months to live after his doctors found an inoperable tumor. Kelly, now 27, was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly form of brain cancer.
“I was devastated,” Kelly told the Daily Mail.
Kelly never imagined the worst when he started having migraines in 2013. The summer had been exceptionally hot , so he figured it was just the heat. The headaches continued, however, and one day he nearly collapsed at work, so he called his doctor. After an examination, his doctor suggested it was an “aura,” a common occurrence in many migraine sufferers. The thought of brain cancer never crossed his mind.
“Then, a few days later, I was walking to meet my partner, it was scorching hot and I went to take a drink. My mouth started to droop on one side. My left side was dropping. I thought, why am I having a stroke? I’m 25 years old. I’m healthy,” Kelly recounted.
Kelly went back to his doctor and was given painkillers but the seizures happened again the following week.
At this point, Kelly insisted on having a CT scan, which showed what he said was a ‘haziness’ on the image. However, Kelly decided to get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon, and found out was told he was dying. Doctors further told the man from South Brent, Devon, that his only option was chemotherapy, a toxic cocktail of lethal drugs designed to kill the cancerous cells.
, like Pablo Kelly, claim the Paleo Diet literally saved their life.
While the pharmaceutical industry and most doctors claim that chemotherapy is the best option for cancer patients, in reality, many studies show chemotherapy does little to cure cancer and can even guarantee a terminal result. And Kelly understood this, “The survival statistics for people my age were about three percent and that’s for a maximum of 15 months with chemotherapy.”
In fact, research shows that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival—2.3 percent in Australia and 2.1 percent in the US. And should you survive the chemotherapy, the side effects are many and can often be worse than the initial cancer, or cause other cancers.
Doctors told Kelly that without chemotherapy, he had maybe six to nine months to live. He stood fast with his decision, though: “. . . I decided it wasn’t going to break me . . . that we would figure something out.” And instead, after endless days of research, he decided he would adopt a low carb, high fat and protein diet similar to the Paleo and ketogenic diets.
With a bit of determination and discipline, he knew he could overcome his brain cancer.
‘I did all research and I knew there were other options for me that could help,” Kelly said. “It [the diet] makes total sense.”
High Fat—Low Carbs
The Paleo Diet or the similar Ketogenic Diet restricts carbohydrate intake and instead promotes eating high levels of fats and proteins. Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic developed The Ketogenic Diet in 1924. Back then, it was widely used to control epilepsy. With the advent of anti-seizure medications in the 1940s, however, the diet fell out of favor.
By 1994, nevertheless, it was back in the limelight when Charlie Abraham’s family started The Charlie Foundation, claiming the then toddler had recovered from his daily seizures through diet— after trying every anti-seizure medication available and enduring a traumatic brain surgery. Now, as a college student, Charlie continues following the diet and remains seizure-free today.
The premise behind the Ketogenic Diet is that by drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat, it puts your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. This natural metabolic state forces your body to produce ketone bodies out of fat and uses these for energy instead of carbs. Kelly, like several studies, theorized that by reducing the intake of carbohydrates, thus promoting ketosis, it is possible to starve a tumor of fuel and thus stabilize it.
“It [the diet] works for epilepsy and diabetes, so why should it not work with cancer?” Kelly reasoned, adding, “This brain tumour is trying to kill me right now.” Kelly felt he had nothing to lose by completely changing his nutritional habits, and two years after his fatal diagnosis of brain cancer, he is alive and thriving.
“I’ve had five stable [CT] scans since January 2015 on this diet,” Kelly said, refuting his doctor’s claim that the Ketogenic Diet would not help him in any way.
Being A Paleo Brain Cancer Survivor
Kelly is fastidious about what he eats now. He regularly fasts as part of his regime and he restricts his calories. His only source of carbohydrates is from green vegetables. He has cut out all processed foods, refined sugars, root vegetables, starches, bread, and grains. As part of the program, he measures his blood sugar twice a day and he takes supplements, including natural anti-inflammatory agents to ensure his body receives everything it needs to fight the brain cancer.
“This diet involves a lot of work, but it’s a matter of life and death for me.”
Kelly also wants other people to know that they have options—not just the ones being forced upon them by the medical industry. Anything “natural” or that doesn’t involve the pharmaceutical industry and the hundreds upon hundreds of drugs it pushes daily, is often presented as flakey by medical professionals. Doctors don’t give their patients the complete array of options—the ones that include safer, less invasive alternatives.
“It’s all quackery in the eyes of modern medicine but it’s clearly helping because I’m still alive,” Kelly said.
And according to this brain cancer survivor, that’s not okay. He thinks more people need to understand that there are ways to treat diseases like cancer without harmful medications.
“To my knowledge, I’m the only person with this type of brain tumor that isn’t having therapy or surgery and is still alive today.”
Kelly stresses that he wants people to see his success and advocate for the diet. “The tumor is still there, but I can live and love my family and hopefully start my own family one day.” And Kelly hopes that others can do the same.
Source and reference: http://healthyfromnature.org