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Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Recurrence

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If you or someone you know has had cancer and been in remission, I don't have to tell you that a recurrence of any type of cancer is a huge fear. You certainly don't want the original cancer or any type of different cancer to show up.


It is my opinion that one of the reasons that cancer comes back is because the root cause is not addressed. Said another way, the tumor might have been cut out, you may have gone through chemotherapy, but the environment that allowed cancer to thrive in the first place was not addressed. There are many things that go into analyzing and improving the environment (aka Terrain) of your body and that will be the topic of another article.


The more I study and learn, the more I am understanding cancer and it's relationship to metabolic function, or blood sugar handling. To completely oversimply things, cancer loves sugar. You may have heard that, but do you understand why? Cancer cells are more metabolically active than normal cells. Meaning that they will gobble up sugar or carbohydrates very quickly. In fact, in some cases, cancer can be growing like crazy and a person is, at the same time, wasting away. If a high carbohydrate diet is consumed, the cancer will grab up all the sugar while the healthy cells are not receiving any nutrition. For that reason, a low carbohydrate diet is foundational to changing terrain improving overall health.


One of the simplest things a person can do to help improve metabolic function is to fast. In fact, there was a study done where half of the test group fasted 13 or more hours per day and the other half did not. That is not even that long. Most of us could easily fast for 13 hours per day and not even miss a beat.


The results of the study were fantastic. Of those who fasted for 13 plus hours per day, there was a 36% reduction in cancer recurrence. According to the study, there is more research that needs to be done on this topic, but it was very promising. You can read the full article here for all the details.


In my opinion, adding a simple 13 hour daily fast to your life seems like a no-brainer whether you have ever had cancer or not. Of course, just like anything, there is not a one-size-fits all answer. There are certain populations of people who shouldn't fast. Those with over-taxed stress handling systems, pregnant and nursing women and young children should not fast. You should always talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.


If you are interested in beginning to incorporate fasting, simply start with 8-10 hours overnight and then gradually increase your time until you hit your goal (13 hours for example). Making sure to drink enough water while you are fasting will help, so make sure you drink up!


Here's to changing our terrains and becoming healthier!

Dr. Jeni

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