Can Ketogentic Diet Affect Cancer by Starving the Cancer Cells


Starving Cancer Cells: Ketogenic Diet Essential to Healing


There are several people who are really worried with today’s cancer treatments since they are expensive,  painful and sometimes just don’t work.

However, there is a new cancer remedy that is free, has  nearly no side effects, and can be blended with other  cancer treatments.

It includes trimming out carbohydrates, beginning with  the worst carb of all - sugar.

Killing the Cancer Cells

This is a real story of Dr. Fred Hatfield who had a widespread metastatic cancer in his skeletal structure!  This story has been featured on CBN News on their Health & Science section (see the citation below for details).

Dr. Fred Hatfield is an amazing man: a power-lifting champion, author of dozens of books, a millionaire businessman with a beautiful wife.

But he'll tell you his greatest success is killing his cancer just in the last possible time.

As to Dr. Fred Hatfield  "Doctors gave me just three months to live because of widespread metastatic cancer in my skeletal structure," he recalled. "Three months, three different doctors said that same thing."

His wife Gloria recalls it well.

"It's a terrible, terrible feeling to have someone tell you that the person you love only has three months to live and you're not going to be with him any more," she said.

While Hatfield was preparing to die, he heard about an anti-cancer diet, also known as metabolic therapy. With nothing to lose, he gave it a try and was surprised when it really worked.

"The cancer was gone!" he exclaimed. "Completely. To this day there's no trace of it. And it's been over a year."


How to Starve the Bad Cells

Even though it was really difficult, Dr. Fred Hatfield ceased from eating carbohydrates, which converts into glucose inside our body. Cancer cells need glucose so badly, so if you stop giving it to them, they die.

"It just totally amazes me that medical science is just now finding this out," he said.

Hatfield's cancer recovery, however, was not a shock to Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, who researches metabolic therapy.  When he and his team of scientists at the University of South Florida eradicated carbohydrates from the diets of lab mice, the mice endured highly destructive metastatic cancer even improved better than when they were treated with chemotherapy.

"We have radically increased survival with metabolic therapy," he said. "So we think it's essential to get this information out."

It's not just lab mice. Dr. D'Agostino has also seen comparable success in people – many of them.

"I've been in touch with a number of people," Dr. D'Agostino said. "At least a dozen over the last year-and-a-half to two years, and all of them are still alive, in spite the odds. So this is very promising."


The Ketogenic Diet

All cells, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. But if you remove glucose, they shift to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies.

Except cancer cells. A flaw prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel and thus, cancer cells can only stay alive on glucose. All other cells can use glucose or ketone bodies.

"Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to acquaint from using glucose to using ketone bodies. But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can use that," Dr. D'Agostino explained.

People like Dr. Fred Hatfield, who want to remove their cells of glucose and fuel them with ketone bodies instead, eat what's known as a ketogenic diet. It includes of almost zero carbohydrates, but lots of natural proteins and fats.

Gloria said the food on the ketogenic diet is in every grocery store and is very easy to make.

"You can go online and there's cook books," she said, "It's clean eating. Just very clean eating, none of the sugars, the salts, the trash food."

"Natural" proteins are ones that are in their original form. On the other hand, "processed" meats, like cold cuts and hot dogs, are off-limits since frequently carbohydrates have been added to them.

Similarly, "natural" fats are whole foods, like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Stay away from "trans" fats, such as shortening or margarine, any oil that is hydrogenated. Trans fats are man-made.


Safe & Healthy

Occasionally people are afraid to test the ketogenic diet since they think eating fat like this is bad for your heart. But more doctors say as long as it's natural, fat is great for you, even saturated fat like coconut oil and butter.

"Is cholesterol the main cause of heart disease?" cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra asked. "Absolutely not."

In his book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Dr. Sinatra said the real reason of heart disease is inflammation, which originates from eating too many carbohydrates.

"We need to teach our patients and empower our patients about the dangers of sugar," he said. "Unfortunately, they're not hearing that. They're hearing the opposite, the dangers of fat. Fat is healthy for you, as long as you avoid trans fats."

So by reducing carbohydrates and eating natural fats and proteins, you could enhnce your heart health and even remove cancer.

Additional Details:

For additional resources and recipes for delicious ketogenic diet foods, such as breads and cupcakes with all natural ingredients, check out the following resources:


Here are some of the recipes:


Whipped Coconut Cream with Berries

Serves 2
A dairy free version of whipped cream with berries and chocolate shavings.

Whipped Coconut Cream with Berries

  Prep Time: 5 min    Cook Time: 3 min    Total Time: 8 min
  1. 1 Can Unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  2. Berries of choice
  3. Dark chocolate (optional)
  1. Store the coconut milk in the fridge for at least 12-24 hours.
  2. Scoop out the thick part of the coconut milk leaving the water behind.
  3. Whip with a hand mixer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix in berries.
  5. Top with chocolate shavings.
  6. Enjoy!
  1. Some like to add a dash of vanilla extract.



Homemade Italian Meatballs made with Grass Fed Ground Beef

Serves 4
Easy homemade Italian meatballs for all occasions.
Homemade italian meatballs
  1. 1 lbs grass fed ground beef
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup almond flour
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 tsp pepper
  6. 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  7. 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (for mixture)
  8. 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (for topping)
  9. 3 tbsp tomato based sauce
  10. 2 tbsp grass fed butter (for frying)
  1. Mix together the grass fed ground beef, egg, almond flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cheese and the tomato based sauce in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Roll up your meatballs.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat.
  4. Melt the butter on the pan.
  5. Add the meatballs and saute for 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Put meatballs on a broiler proof pan and top each one with cheese.
  7. Put meatballs under the broiler for 1 minute.
  8. Enjoy!
  1. I used a tablespoon to measure out the size of my meatballs. If you want larger size just add a little bit to the cooking time to make sure you cook them through.



No Cook Homemade Triple Berry Ice Cream

Serves 4

no cook homemade triple berry ice cream


  1. 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  2. 1 cup frozen bananas
  3. 3 tbsp cold full fat coconut milk
  1. In a food processor mix together the berries and bananas.
  2. When smooth add the coconut milk and mix well together.
  3. Serve and Enjoy!
  1. 3 tbsp of coconut milk gave a hint of coconut flavor for me, if you want more or less, just adjust that amount.



Cauliflower Rice a Great Alternative to Rice

Serves 4
A flavorful side dish that trumps regular white or brown rice made with cauliflower, onion and garlic.
Cauliflower Rice a Great Alternative to Rice

Prep Time:
 10 min    Cook Time: 10 min     Total Time: 20 min



  1. 1 Head cauliflower
  2. 1/2 Yellow onion
  3. 3 Cloves garlic
  4. 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  5. 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre heat a pan to medium heat.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic in small pieces.
  3. Roughly chop up the cauliflower and remove from stem.
  4. In a food processor pulse the cauliflower pieces until it resembles the size of rice.
  5. Melt the coconut oil on the pan.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and stir together for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the cauliflower, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well together.
  8. Cover the pan and let simmer for 10 minutes stirring a couple of times to prevent the rice from burning.
  9. Enjoy!



Lorie, J. (2013, June 21). Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet a Key to Recovery. CBN News. Retrieved from

One Response to Can Ketogentic Diet Affect Cancer by Starving the Cancer Cells

  1. Fantastic article. I’m using the ketogenic now and look forward to continuing. I have energy that’s off the charts and clear thought processing like never before.

    Thank you,

    Jason Esswein, LMFT

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