Cancer and Fasting

by Mauris Emecka

In the early part of last century, before the extensive use of pharmaceutical drugs, fasting played a vital role in healing. Within the last five years something referred to as intermittent fasting has been increasingly observed as a way to help overcome cancer in all its forms.

Fasting has long been useful as a way of cleansing and recharging the body. It enhances the body’s own healing power, and this information is supported by extensive research. So, what about intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting involves establishing a routine of eating for only a short period of time during the day, and abstaining from eating for the rest of the day. A commonly practiced routine is to eat lunch at 12:30 to 1 pm, and eat dinner later that day at around 5:30 pm. Then, avoid eating until the next afternoon at 1 pm, and that will complete an 18 to 19 hour fast.

Following such a routine for several days makes it difficult for cancer cells to thrive, plus it carries other benefits such as improved detoxification. Extensive research reveals that cancer cells need food in the form of glucose every single minute of the day; and if they do not have access to their food minute by minute they lose their vitality, and many of them will eventually die. The number of days to fast intermittently depends on how far a particular cancer condition has advanced.

Fortunately, this age-old fasting procedure is completely safe and easy to implement. Professor Valter Longo of the University of Southern California is quoted saying “…by undergoing a fasting-mimicking diet, you are able to let the body use sophisticated mechanisms able to identify and destroy the bad but not the good cells in a natural way.”

Dr. David Jockers, DC, is an accomplished chiropractor who notes that one of the benefits of intermittent fasting is to normalize insulin within the body. He also points out that fasting reduces inflammation and reduces oxidative stress.

Research shows that fasting increases tumor killing T-cells, and it also strips away the covering from cancer cells; and that enables the immune system to recognize cancer cells and target them for destruction. Dr. Thomas Seyfried, Professor of Biology at Boston College, has completed an extensive study of cancer cells. He presents proof that cancer cells can be destroyed with 5 to 10 day intermittent fasting when consuming a ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet produces ketones in the body instead of glucose. Cancer cells can only utilize glucose to generate energy and thrive. But normal cells function just fine with either glucose or ketones. By following a ketogenic diet, the body and normal cells thrive on ketones but cancer cells starve.

A ketogenic diet is rich in healthy fats, which includes unrefined virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil, butter, avocados, and various nuts. It also contains fresh fruits and vegetables (especially deep green vegetables). And it contains moderate amounts of protein from tuna, shellfish, vegetable proteins, and eggs. More examples of ketogenic foods can be found at:

Simple carbohydrates, that is, foods that quickly convert to glucose, are excluded from the ketogenic diet. Examples of simple carbohydrates are white rice, white bread, white flour, whole wheat flour, white sugar, brown sugar, and pastas. The ketogenic diet avoids processed, refined, and hydrogenated oils.

The bottom line: intermittent fasting on its own can be a big help against cancer. Add a ketone-rich diet to the fasting routine and the body’s own healing power increases considerably. Fortunately, both are safe, non-toxic, simple to implement, and produce no unwanted side effects.

Mauris Emeka has authored and published two books about cancer and nutrition. Learn more at

• “Water Fasts as a Potential Tactic to Beat Cancer” by Dr. Thomas Seyfried (from
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