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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Time article: "Can a High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?"

Article in Time magazine about using a high-fat diet in the treatment of cancer patients:

Can a High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?
Monday, Sep. 17, 2007 By RICHARD FRIEBE

An excerpt:

"Since early 2007, Dr. Melanie Schmidt and biologist Ulrike Kämmerer, both at the Würzburg hospital, have been enrolling cancer patients in a Phase I clinical study of a most unexpected medication: fat. Their trial puts patients on a so-called ketogenic diet, which eliminates almost all carbohydrates, including sugar, and provides energy only from high-quality plant oils, such as hempseed and linseed oil, and protein from soy and animal products."

Right, don't dare even mention animal fats.

An interesting article. You would think they were talking about restricting oxygen, the way they talk about the temerity with which people cut down their carb consumption. You would think they were talking about giving people heroin or some dangerous drug with loads of awful side effects, like statins, the way they discuss letting people eat fat. Oh, wait ... that's right, it's OK to pump folks with statins. Because ANYTHING is better than letting people eat fat!

Also interesting: The article doesn't say what the macronutrient ratios actually were; just that the diet is ketogenic. That is, carb-restricted.

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