Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Diet to Fight Cancer...?



From learning about nutrition and what to put in your diet, this is an interesting take on how a diet can fight genetic problems. 

Cancer has been researched and battled for a very long time, and scientists and doctors are constantly trying to come up with new ways to treat and aid with the treatment of this deadly disease. Although all types of cancers are different, and therefore treatments may be personalized, there are some general similarities between all types of cancers. Most cancers usually involve the mutation of DNA, but what researchers are starting to recognize is that not only is their genetic damage, but also a abnormality in energy production. Normal cells produce energy using oxygen, however cancer cells "prefer the anaerobic, or oxygen-free, process of fermentation". Instead, caner cells rely heavily on glucose to produce energy. There is also usually mitochondrial damage to the cancer cells, which in turn can be the cause of DNA mutations, not the other way around. This knowledge led to the newly found dietary plan patients can use. This is not a replacement for medicinal treatment, but a helping hand. The diet is high in fat, low in carbs, and especially low in all sugars. In theory, this diet would lead to a kind of starvation of the cancer cell's energy source. This could then slow down the growth of tumors, allowing treatment to be more efficient. 

What do you guys think? From what we learned about nutrition, could there be any side effects from this type of diet? Would anything about this diet be undesirable for some people? Do you think cancer patients would stick with previously conceived "cancer prevention diets", or try something new?

15 comments:

  1. I think cancer patients should keep doing diets to prevention cancer. Because I think it is good for people to fight cancer. I don't think cancer patients should not change and try something new. Because I think people should sick to what they think helps them. I think don't think their be any side effects from this type of diet.

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  2. In my opinion, the bad habit in people's life and their genetic gene are the two main points to cause cancer. We need to have health habits and use balanced diet to prevent cancer. A balanced diet has auxiliary function that we can try to create our own health diet at home. This diet would be undesirable for some people who like to have heavy taste of food. Therefore, this type of people are easy to get diseases because they do not have a health style. I think that cancer patients will try to use medicine to cure the disease because medicine is the best way to fight cancer.

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  3. I think having a diet can help cancer patients keep more healthy. It's good to have a good and balanced meal when sick. I feel that with a healthy diet, it may help cancer patients feel a little better with a healthier lifestyle, but it's up to them. What they feel is right for their own body is something they have the right to have the say in, so if they feel their diet is fine now then they should be able to leave it.

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  4. I think having a diet can help cancer patients keep more healthy. It's good to have a good and balanced meal when sick. I feel that with a healthy diet, it may help cancer patients feel a little better with a healthier lifestyle, but it's up to them. What they feel is right for their own body is something they have the right to have the say in, so if they feel their diet is fine now then they should be able to leave it.

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  5. This seems to be an extremely interesting - I had no idea that the process of fermentation had anything to do with cancer cells. This kind of diet likely doesn't have many if any negative side effects, given the prevalence of the sugar-free diet, and would likely help in boosting overall health as well. Evidently, the biggest roadblock in spreading this diet is the lack of funding for such a campaign, and opposition from drug companies. Additionally, it is not clear to me whether the fermentation process is the cause of cancer, or merely an effect of it, so the diet may ultimately not have much of an effect. More research is needed - and this is difficult without money.

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  6. I think that having this ketogenic diet along side other cancer treatments would help patients a lot and may even be able to save peoples lives. Often times when patients get chemotherapy it makes them weak so they aren't able to with stand as much. If doing something as simple as eating differently will slow down cell growth I think its the healthiest option for them. I don't think it would be good for people to do this on a normal basis to try preventing cancer because it might lead to other health issues because your body needs a certain amount of sugar to be healthy.

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  7. This study is especially interesting because I always thought that cancer was caused by a lack of control in the cell cycle. The alternative explanation proposed here, that cancer cells use different energy pathways, is especially fascinating and can help explain why good diets can prevent cancer. While it may be hard to go on this type of diet, I do not believe that having a high fat diet (not high in saturated fats) will be too harmful. In fact, from what we learned in class, sugar is probably worse. So, the ketogenic diet could serve as a way to help reduce and help treat cancer.

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  8. The ketogenic diet may well serve as a way to curb the risk of tumors spreading. In fact, research in the article found that "there are a number of studies, including those we've published, showing a direct relationship between the ketogenic diet and slowed tumor growth." However, this diet will never go mainstream in the medical community, the same way that Stem cells won't go mainstream for treating AIDS/HIV. The reason is that pharmaceutical companies won't pay for trials that basically eliminate the need for many of their drugs. Many cancer patients are being poisoned through chemotherapy. And yet, no one is really willing to try a healthy alternative. The evidence in the article shows that it may well work. However, we'll never know until we start backing NIH research.

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  9. I think that if changing your diet to help aid medical treatment for cancer could be very useful and I don't think that foods with low sugar and high unsaturated fats would do any harm to the people on this diet. I think that this can be very useful as long as people don't think that this in any way would prevent cancer or that it could possibly replace any sort of medical treatment.

    One thing that is important is that this should not be mandated. Unlike refusing chemotherapy for example, not doing the diet would not necessarily harm you. It doesn't cure cancer, only possibly helping treat it, and one thing to worry about is whether this diet could hurt the well-being of the person fighting cancer. That need to fight is important in beating the disease.

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  10. There won't be any side effects from any type of diet because according to the article, diet is high in fat, and low in carbs, and even sugar.
    There is nothing undesirable for some people because they are going on diet.
    The best way for people is to keep dieting, to fight off cancer.

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  11. I think that there would be minimal side effects, if any. The article states that the diet is high in fat and low in sugar, so as long as a patient chooses to eat fats in things like Avocado and less fats in things like bacon, the diet seems perfectly healthy. I also think that if scientifically proven to work (which the article seems to imply that it has been tested) it would be a great alternative to things like chemotherapy that many patients would opt for.

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  12. I think that this is a good idea, backed (so far) by sound research. The explanation seems rational, and it might lead to other treatments that have a profound impact on cancer research as a whole. However, I would not trust this method as a main method of countering cancer, as nutrition is a rapidly changing field of research, and should take a back seat to more promising cancer treatment plans such as chemo and drug therapy.

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  13. By seeing this resource I believe that it would be a good idea. Seeing that what they are talking about and all of the sources they use to use this diet in daily life makes it seem like a good idea. But I can not imagine a diet that actually could fight off cancer because I feel like it would be just so hard to do. And say it works I believe that the cancer would come back knowing how hard it is to stay on a diet.

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  14. After reading this article I do partially agree with it because I think having a healthy diet is important for everyone. I partially agree with this article mostly because this could help but would take a lot of time because it's a diet. Not only is it because of the diet but also because the type of cancer you may have and being able to stay on a certain diet for a long time. Even though I do think it could possibly help there are still multiple consequences you'd have to go through with using a certain diet to help cure the type of cancer you have. Not only that but you could also be taking a big risk because what if you've been working and been pushing yourself on this diet and it ends up not helping you cure anything. This idea could be different for everyone.

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  15. I partly agree with the article stating that the medicine we have more cancer are getting more and more toxic. With billions of dollars going towards cancer research, we would think we should have a cure for now. The reason we don't is that it attacks a person differently than another. Cancer is not predictable and its behavior varies from person to person. Toxic drug as medicine is already proven than a diet. While a healthy diet could prevent cancer, I do not think it will cure cancer.

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