Should you use the modified ketogenic diet with cancer?
Maybe! First though, you need to know more about how this diet works.
Putting yourself into ketosis can be a smart thing and it can also be dangerous if you are already very ill, so you must be knowledgeable about how nutrition and the ketogenic diet work in your body.
This diet is very low in sugar and carbohydrates, allergens and toxins. If you do it right, it’s chock full of essential proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals.
If you add a large variety of raw organic plant foods like leafy greens and cancer fighting herbs and a satiating amount of raw organic fats from seeds, nuts, avocados, coconut, fruits and vegetables, these foods will help to kill cancer cells and assist your body in cleansing and rebuilding.
What Is Ketogenesis?
This is when you eat such a low carb diet that your body has no sugar to burn so it turns to burning fat. This produces ketones, which are excreted and can be measured in your urine with simple keto strips. 
It’s not easy reaching ketosis because you have to give up many foods to get there. For example, eat a whole grain flat tortilla, which can have up to 28 grams of carbohydrates, and you’ve just eaten all your carbohydrates for the day, which may be too much at one meal to reach ketosis.
How much fat, protein and carbs can I eat?
According to Elaine Cantin: “I kept a ratio of at least 3:1 up to 5:1 for the total fat combined with proteins compared to the amount of total carbohydrates … My daily carb intake was up to 20-30 grams of total carbs per day …
3 (Fat + Protein) : 1 (Carbohydrate)
5 (Fat + Protein) : 1 (Carbohydrate)”
Is The Ketogenic Diet Healthy?
Yes, as long as you make it that way!
If you follow a holistic pattern of eating, meaning you eat whole natural and organic foods, then it’s simple to make the ketogenic diet healthy.
However, if you eat fried pork rinds and bacon, now you are focusing on unhealthy fats, damaged proteins and toxic chemicals, which wreak havoc with your liver, gall bladder and digestive system, your nervous system, brain and all your glands and the hormones they produce. More importantly your immune system uses up vital nutrients to deal with and remove the toxins from these ‘foods’, nutrients your body could be using for other important immune functions.
Your body and your immune system need specific organic raw fats and nutrients to function properly and protect you. These are not found in fried pork. Another problem with pork specifically is that it is a common food allergen. These types of allergens stress your immune system and eliminatory organs as your body tries to contain and remove them. Often though our eliminatory organs become clogged up and overworked. This is where a clean diet can really help your body mop up, clean out and rebuild itself. This is a major key to staying healthy.
What’s different about the modified ketogenic diet?
It lacks all the foods that don’t promote health or are common allergens like dairy, sugar and genetically modified grains, fructose and glucose.
In The Cantin Modified Ketogenic Diet for Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes and Other Ailments , Elaine Cantin explains about allergens and toxins:
“Use the Cantin Ketogenic diet to remove the major allergens/toxins (dairy, soy, wheat/grains, fructose, rBGH, GMO, etc.) and remove any other known allergens that may be present in the diet or in the environment. To remove toxins/stress for example, use a water filter to remove chlorine and metals and/or boil water. You can also use an ion pod to alkalize the water or use some other system.” (Cantin, 2012)
What’s important about removing allergens from a healthy ketogenic diet?
This is one of the keys to why this diet is so effective and why so many people are using it. Allergens cause buildup of waste, interfere with biochemical reactions, damage cells and stress your immune system, using up its valuable resources. They should always be removed to the greatest extent possible.
It’s always about the quality of the food you eat.
What nutrition is the food providing and if not nutrition, what toxins, damaged fats, hormones, chemicals, unusable proteins and denatured vitamins are you feeding yourself?
What effect will these allergens have on your cells, the composition of their walls and parts within?
How will your liver, heart, kidneys, brain and organ systems be powerful if allergens and waste are not removed regularly?
Look at kidney stones microscopically close  and you’ll see they are tiny razor-like blades that could easily slice (irritate) the inside of your kidneys. Imagine having lots of kidney ‘stones’ over a long period of time.
Look at the inside of a gall bladder  when it has been removed because it is so stuffed with gallstones. Where did they come from? They are buildup caused by the very toxins, damaged fats, unusable proteins, denatured vitamins and excess cholesterol, hormones and chemicals the person ate.
What about damaged and congested arteries? They didn’t do that to themselves.
How will you remove waste, rebuild tissues, organs and cells and effect repair throughout your body if your nutrition is not stellar?
Your nutrition can easily be the best there is.
I’m Vegan/Vegetarian, Now What?
You can use Vegan protein powders from peas, hemp, etc. to increase your quality raw protein. Organic please!
Lacto Vegetarian? You can use isolated whey protein (only use whey protein from organic dairy to avoid rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).)
Is the ketogenic diet dangerous?
It can be!
One dangerous issue is when people lose too much weight and start cachexia, wasting away. This is a very serious condition, which requires medical attention immediately.
Cachexia can happen on a keto diet when you are not eating enough fat and protein, you are not eating enough food and you are not eating often enough.
To be successful at maintaining a healthy weight, you must eat a lot more food, especially if you eat a lot of raw food, as there is more water in raw food and you feel full faster. There are also more available nutrients.
Speaking from a holistic nutrition standpoint, raw is almost always better. When is it not better? In certain circumstances of immune suppression when eating bacteria on raw food can cause serious infections in immune compromised individuals.
Several of the people who share their story of healing through the modified ketogenic diet at www.incrediblehealingjournals.com  had to almost double the amount of food they were eating to stop losing weight.
Warning: This diet should be done under medical supervision only. Please see a ketogenic diet trained physician.
Using raw fats to help reduce weight loss during ketogenic diet:
The abstract below explains how adding mct or medium chain triglycerides (fats) reduced weight loss in tumour bearing mice.
Medium chain triglycerides are abundant in raw organic coconut fat.
How Can I Find more information about the Modified Ketogenic Diet?
You will learn a lot if you read Elaine Cantin’s book on how she used her own modified version of the famous diet. Her book explains how to use her version of the keto diet in great detail and includes lots of delicious recipes and a 7 day meal plan.
Click on the book to order:
Want a support group where others are experiencing the exceptional powers of the modified ketogenic diet?
Watch this short interview where Elaine shares her personal story about healing with breast cancer:
As always, love yourself and follow your body’s messages.
If you are losing too much weight that is not a good thing.
Please see your physician and supportive health practitioners for advice.
You can’t do this alone.
Choose practitioners who are knowledgeable and who support you in every way.
Healing and Blessings,
Cantin, Elaine. 2012. The Cantin Ketogenic Diet for Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes & Other Ailments. Williston, Vermont.