Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

Eating With Brain Cancer

Monday, 15 Apr 2013 10:06 AM

By Dr. Brownstein

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Question: What protocol would you advise for an holistic approach to brain cancer?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Unfortunately, conventional medicine has not made much progress in treating many different
brain cancers. However, there are natural therapies that may help.

The first is to eat a ketogenic diet, which contains very low amounts of carbohydrates and
large amounts of fat and protein. This diet forces the body to use fats as fuel rather than sugar.

In a low carbohydrate diet, the liver can break down dietary fats to fatty acids and ketone bodies. These ketone bodies can pass through the blood-brain barrier into the brain. The brain cells can adapt to utilize ketones for fuel rather than glucose.

Brain cancer cells use glucose for fuel. Denying brain cancer cells glucose is a nontoxic way to kill them without harming normal brain cells.

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