My last blog post on April 18, 2016, focused on the value of pairing a Ketogenic Diet with traditional cancer treatments. The simple concept – Cancer cells thrive on glucose and starve when faced with Ketones. This was all over the media for several weeks.

It did not take long for those who disagree with the value of Ketosis to come forward. No – they would not challenge the value in the fight against Cancer – but raise the question – Is Ketosis safe.  The article is entitled: Ketogenic diet could help ‘starve’ tumours — but is it safe for the general population?

The article was published April 18, 2016, in the Yahoo Style section of their Web Site, by Gail Johnson. She is but a style journalist an blogger. The Article starts off on a positive note.

Doctors are monitoring the case of Adam Sorensen, a Calgary teen who was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Following surgery and radiation, he started the ketogenic diet two and a half years ago. His most recent brain scan in March was clean, despite the fact that his type of cancer usually recurs within 18 months.

Sorensen’s diet consists of 80 per cent fat, 15 per cent protein, and five per cent carbs.

We can all pray that Adam wins his fight against Cancer.

But then she makes the following statement: “Not to be mistaken for Atkins, the ketogenic diet is controversial when it comes to being used for weight loss.”

We then get dueling Dietitians.  

Kristen Mancinelli, a registered dietitian and public health nutritionist based in L.A. who is plugging her book “The Ketogenic Diet: The Scientifically Approved Approach to Fast, Healthy Weight Loss” but pulls a CYA with the following:

Mancinelli cautions that people with diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney disease, or other conditions that disturb metabolism should not attempt to follow a ketogenic diet. Diabetics who attempt a ketogenic diet could trigger ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition for them.

Since this is not in quotes – I can only wonder how accurate this is – particularly the BS about ketoacidosis.

The next dietitian goes further.

Toronto registered dietitian Andrea Falcone, however, says that solid research into the safety and efficacy of a ketogenic diet for weight loss is lacking.

“Everything in the research is short term, small sample size, so you really cannot address huge benefits with…research that has been done to date,” she says, noting that people who have tried the diet for weight loss haven’t been followed over the long term.

By severely restricting carbohydrates, she says, “you are not providing the body with the proper balance of nutrients,” and used over a long period, the diet could be “ very hazardous to our overall health.

There is so much solid research being done by real scientists. Why do we get a dietitian mouthing off half truths and spreading myths?

Yes – that type of reporting raises my blood pressure and makes me want to go out and eat an entire deep dish pizza.

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