If I wanted to kill something…..

I would starve it. I would stop feeding it. I figure, that is the least violent and 100% guarantee that it would die. It isn’t rocket science that you could only go without food and water for so long, right? Then eventually you would just shrivel up and die. {Which, in my opinion, is a much cleaner and less aggressive alternative to killing something}

When your baby gets cancer, you begin racking your brain, thumbing through research documents, sleeping less, reading more. All of the sudden you feel like you lose complete control and you know nothing. Sitting in the hospital-your precious child is under the control of someone else. Their well being lies in a complete strangers hands. You just sit back and watch people coming in and out of his room, with medicine, advice, needles, monitors, paperwork. The first week following his diagnosis I was numb. I couldn't even look up the word Leukemia. I didn't want to.  Honestly in the hospital setting you have little reason to. The doctors tell you what it is, what they are going to do about it and that is that. If you know me at all, or know my background, I have never let a doctor take control of either of my children's lives. I have never let someone tell me what they were going to do with my child's health. Truly it had nothing to do with arrogance, but more to do with my education and mommy instincts. With an education in holistic health, specializing in nutrition, an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology and hands on experience supporting the root cause of disease/illness, I had the tools and knowledge to keep my children under my care….until this point.

When your job is to educate on preventing cancer and then your baby gets it…It only took about a week until my mommy instincts and education kicked back in {thankfully during the lapse in time, we had our team of alternative practitioners working alongside the conventional care physicians and supporting Kickers body}.

As a nutritionist my initial instinct was to figure out what I would or would not be feeding my son during his treatment, to assist in getting the cancer out of his body….killing the cancer cells. For the most part, our body only has 2 fuels: sugar (glucose) and fat. Cancer is a disease that begins in the cells which is why understanding how cells are nourished is essential. If the genetic material (DNA) of a cell becomes damaged or changed, it will then produce mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor, or in the case of Leukemia, you have a plethora of cancerous cells floating in the bloodstream, forming ‘liquid tumors.’  Bear with me as I realize that is a very basic and simple explanation to cancer, but it should help you get the point that the end goal is to KILL the cancer cells in order to stop the multiplication of the damaged cells.

There have been numerous scientific studies done to prove that cancer cells feed on sugar (glucose). 

Dr. Otto Warbug won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his research on cancer. He discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells, cancer cells tend to feed on sugar. More recently, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, has confirmed and proven Dr. Warbug's findings, through his tireless research.

“When we’re dealing with glucose and [cancer] management, we know from a large number of studies that if respiration of the tumor is ineffective, in order to survive, the cells must use an alternative source of energy, which is fermentation. We know that glucose is the primary fuel for fermentation. Fermentation becomes a primary energy-generating process in the tumor cell. By targeting the fuel for that process, we then have the capability of potentially managing the disease.”

Dr.Seyfried’s work confirms that sugar (glucose) is the primary fuel for cancer cells, thus removing glucose from the diet and providing an alternate fuel, such as fat, you can dramatically reduce the rate of growth of cancer.

My next question was why our healthy cells can survive on fat alone, but cancer cells cannot. In my research I found a great explanation by Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, PhD: "Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies (fat metabolized). But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can exploit that.” Cancers cells have a “fatal flaw.” They do not have the metabolic flexibility that your regular cells do, which means that they cannot adapt to using fat for fuel. Halle-freaking-luiah!

If cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells and you turn your body into a “fat burning machine.” I can’t help but think of what could happen if conventional medicine began implementing a Ketogenic style dietary plan for all of their oncology patients! There have been studies done showing that by implementing a ketogenic diet, doctors have been able to reduce the amount of chemotherapy by at least 50% and still remove the cancer form the body just as effectively. That said, I do believe that chemotherapy and other conventional cancer drugs can be necessary and helpful in killing cancer and am grateful for the research that has gone into those treatments. However, chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison, and radiation is devastating to the human body. There are so many terrible side effects both short and long term from these treatments. I do not believe that this should continue to be accepted as “the best we can do.” Lets look at a more integrative and holistic approach to a disease that is killing more people every year.

A nutrient dense, real food diet in which you replace carbohydrates with moderate amounts of high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is a diet that is beneficial for almost everyone, whether you have cancer or not. I recommend it to my athletes, my pediatric clients, my weight loss clients, etc. If you are still under the false assumption that eating fat makes you fat, read this

Here is an example of what Kicker eats in a day, in fact this was his 'food journal' from yesterday. For more recipe ideas you can purchase a 30 Day Real Food Menu Plan here

Upon Rising:  12 oz meat stock (more info to come on the importance of meat stock/bone broth in fighting cancer & chronic illness)
*He will often also do a cup of Organic Pastures Raw kefir 

Breakfast: 3 Pastured eggs scrambled in raw butter or duck fat. He also enjoyed 1/4 of an avocado sliced with sea salt.

Snack: Organic apple with  a spoonful of sunflower seed butter. 

Lunch: Organic Applegate Chicken and Apple Sausages, homemade sauerkraut and goat milk yogurt with blueberries. 

Snack: Organic Beef Jerky

Dinner: Butternut Squash Lazagna and salad with homemade ranch

Here are a few additional resources to learn about the benefits of a Ketogenic Diet in regards to the treatment of cancer and disease: 

http://ketonutrition.org
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/16/ketogenic-diet-benefits.aspx

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Season Johnson

Season Johnson, B.A., NTP uses her knowledge in preventive healthcare and nutrition science to educate families on how to achieve real health in a real-life way. Through a nutrient dense diet, detox remedies and healthy living, she is helping her 3 year old son, beat cancer and thrive during conventional treatment.