Carnivore Diet & Cancer
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Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

February 17, 2020 [printfriendly]

 

Carnivore Diet & Cancer

 

It’s been almost 7 weeks since I started my new way of eating. The Carnivore Diet has become my most recent lifestyle change, and I’m lovin’ it.

 

I’m Lovin’ the Carnivore Diet

I’m loving this way of eating not only because there is evolutionary evidence that our primal ancestors may have been more carnivorous than previously thought.

 

While humans are omnivorous, we have a stomach, small intestine, and large intestine that are better designed to digest animal foods rather than plant foods. Our small intestines are relatively larger than that of other primates, and our colon is relative smaller. Other primates’ large colon is ideal for handling plant foods. In addition, primates other than humans have a cecum that helps them ferment plant foods into energy. Humans don’t have a cecum large enough to do this. Finally, the larger-sized human small intestine, compared to the smaller-sized small intestines of other primates, is better designed to digest animal proteins, fish, eggs, and some cooked plants. So, humans’ digestive tract seems to function better on animal-based foods rather than plant-based foods. As a matter of fact, researchers determined from fossil remains that Neanderthal Man was mostly carnivorous.[1] And new evidence has been uncovered that homo sapiens in Morocco predominately ate meat on a regular basis.[2]

 

And I’m loving this way of eating not only because the nutritional benefits from an animal-based diet makes digestive and biological sense to me.

 

The Carnivore Diet does not have the anti-nutrients that are associated with plants. Some of the anti-nutrients are lectins and oxalates, which I discussed in my previous Blog. Although some of these anti-nutrients are minimal and may not affect everyone who eats them, many of them cause slow damage in our gut over a long period of time.

 

In contrast, animals digest plants and are biologically able to remove toxic substances and absorb the nutrients better than humans. Then, the stored nutrients, which are present in their muscles, fat, and organs, are basically “predigested” for us. When we eat animals, we can easily and efficiently absorb these nutrients. In this 1979 paper titled “Importance of Animal Products in the Human Diet[3], the authors impress the importance of the nutrient-density in animal-based foods.

 

In addition, when we avoid carbohydrates, many nutrients (like Vitamin C) are not required in large amounts because carbohydrates require more nutrients for proper digestion and absorption. For example, glucose inhibits cellular absorption of Vitamin C. So, when there is little blood glucose, then the daily requirement of Vitamin C for cellular health is greatly reduced.[4] A somewhat similar scenario goes for fiber. The requirement of fiber for the gut to ferment into necessary Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) is not critical since the garden of healthy gut bacteria can ferment the same necessary SCFAs from amino acids.[5]

 

But also, and most importantly, I’m loving this way of eating because it has the potential to assist my body in healing my bone marrow cancer.

 

In a past Blog, I talked about two published case studies of patients with non-treatable cancers being cured only from the consumption of animal-based foods.[6],[7] Certainly, I am aware that there is no proof that the Carnivore Diet will cure my multiple myeloma – maybe not even be beneficial for my malignancy. But I measure my life expectancy in months – not years or decades. Therefore, I’m not going to wait years for medical science to undeniably verify that the Carnivore Diet can heal cancers. I am confident that the current success stories of many cancer patients treated metabolically is real.

 

Fortunately, my oncologist’s original prognosis was incorrect when he gave me only 3-6 months to live. His prediction was made when he first diagnosed me in September 2018. Now, he is somewhat dumbfounded but fascinated with what I have been doing. And I am interested and responsive to all of his recommendations. We have an excellent and respectful rapport. However, I rejected all chemotherapy he recommended at the outset because putting caustic chemicals into my body did not make sense to me. The cocktail of these chemicals most likely would decrease the quality of my life going forward. So, since my cancer was incurable, what benefits would chemotherapy provide me?

 

My New Restrictions

Starting with my original cancer diagnosis, my research led me to many unconventional methods to heal my body. I incorporated these concepts into my Daily Cancer Protocol which I have tweaked frequently along the way. I make changes when I learn new facts or when I realize something in my protocol is not working as I expected. (If you would like a copy of my most recently modified Protocol, send me an email , and I’ll send it to you: Dr.Danenberg@iCloud.com)

 

Only a few months ago, my investigation led me to the Paleomedicini Clinic[8] in Budapest, Hungary. The doctors in the clinic have perfected a form of the Carnivore Diet which they call the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD). Their published case studies and reports during the last 10 years have documented PKD’s results for a variety of cancers as well as many various chronic diseases. It appears to me from my reading of these individual case studies that some patients have completely cured their cancer from a strict adherence to the PKD.

 

The strict PKD does not allow any dairy, any plant food, or any supplements. As a matter of fact, the Paleomedicini Clinic attempts to wean all of their patients off prescription medications and to allow the PKD to be the only therapeutic treatment.

 

If I adhered to the strict PKD completely, then I would have to remove not only my heavy cream, triple-cream brie cheese, my coffee, my MCT oil, all supplements, and all medications. But also, I would have to discontinue the immunotherapy I am receiving from my oncologist. Whoa, that’s a lot for me to toss aside! Especially, since my biweekly bloodwork is getting stronger, and my quarterly multiple myeloma biomarkers are improving.

 

That said, I am OK with removing the large amounts of triple-cream brie cheeses I was eating as well as some supplements for 1-2 months to determine how I am doing at that time. I will not change any other elements of my modified Carnivore Diet, and definitely I will not stop my immunotherapy treatments.

 

As I’ve clearly stated, my initial impetus to research the Carnivore Diet was its potential to heal cancer patients. I’m also impressed that this way of eating will provide sufficient animal protein, which will maintain my muscle mass. Currently, I am moving forward with my modified Carnivore Diet experiment and will make these adjustments. I have no problem giving up some of what I have enjoyed to-date. Therefore, “good-bye” to some of my favorites for the time being.

 

For my diet, I need to find foods that are high in healthy fats. This is important so that I can maintain a state of ketosis. My gram-based “fat-to-protein ratio” should be at least 2:1. Leaving my triple-cream cheeses behind, I am on the lookout for high-fat animal products that I find delicious.

 

Just a week ago, I discovered a farm in Florida that raises grass-fed, grass-finished pure Wagyu beef – fatty, tasty, and affordable. I have purchased their Wagyu ground beef and their Wagyu short ribs. If you never tried Wagyu, you owe it to yourself to take the plunge. Do some research to find the US farms where Wagyu is raised. I found this one and am very pleased. Check out Pasture Prime Family Farm. Here is their webpage describing their Wagyu products.

 

 

The Here & Now

At this moment in my Unconventional Cancer Journey, I am doing amazingly well. I feel good energy, minimal pain, and a clear mind. My limitations consist of inabilities to travel distances by car as well as anywhere by airplane. I also have difficulty using my right arm because of my previously fractured humerus, walking distances because of my previous fractures in both my right and left femurs, and staying awake past 8 PM because I get very tired.

 

Believe me; I am not complaining. I have so much for which to be grateful. These limitations are nothing compared to what I had to endure when I entered hospice in August 2019 because my body had been severely compromised from my pathological fractures.

 

Going forward, staying in ketosis and effectively maintaining a healthy gut barrier are critical for my cancer healing. Ketosis can be measured by blood ketone levels with a ketone meter (ex. Keto-Mojo Meter[9]). Gut barrier stability is more difficult to measure but can be maintained by a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet, which is the Carnivore Diet. Also, spore-based probiotics and supplements to specifically assist the mucus layer and epithelial barrier of the gut can be helpful. There is a PEG 400 Intestinal Permeability Test Kit that is available from Paleomedicini in Budapest, Hungary.[10] The cost is approximately $250 US for 2 kits – one to record a basis reading and the other to re-evaluate the intestinal barrier health several months later.

 

My outlook is fervently positive, and my degree of health is improving daily. Possibly, my body will go into remission or even be cured in the near future. This would be against conventional medicine since my disease is supposed to be terminal. I’ve been told that I never should be able to cure this aggressive form of multiple myeloma. Well, I just may make medical history!

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln

[1] https://www.academia.edu/463164/Isotopic_biogeochemistry_13C_15N_of_fossil_vertebrate_collagen_application_to_the_study_of_a_past_food_web_including_Neandertal_man

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28593953

[3] https://www.journalofdairyscience.org/article/S0022-0302(79)83366-4/pdf

[4] https://escholarship.org/content/qt2z34h0kw/qt2z34h0kw.pdf?t=q3qpcv&v=lg

[5] https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-019-0704-8/tables/2

[6] http://pubs.sciepub.com/ajmcr/4/8/8/

[7] https://www.openfuture.biz/expertise/AndrewScarborough.html

[8] https://paleomedicina.com/en/

[9] https://keto-mojo.com/

[10] https://c.nutriintervention.com/order?fbclid=IwAR1gPG1I18rVFJTAJoghXyGjb4BxXjCAYiVe0z8XTtWaiaJnIc10mx_P5ug

 

 

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33 Days on Carnivore Diet
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Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

February 3, 2020 [printfriendly]

 

33 Days on Carnivore DietOn January 1, 2020, I began the Carnivore Diet, which is an animal-based diet. I did my research and learned that this way of eating was more than helpful for many cancer patients. Some patients were cured! So, I am all in with this eating plan, which replaces my paleo-type diet I was eating for the last 7 years.

 

 

Case Studies

Case studies have been published where incurable cancer patients went into remission and even resolved their malignancies by eating basically an animal-based diet. Some of these patients had been on chemotherapy previously, but many of them elected never to start chemotherapy. Instead, they began this special diet.

 

However, I know of no published papers that show the Carnivore Diet has been used with multiple myeloma patients. As I’ve described in my past Blogs, my diagnosis is IgA Kappa Light Chain Multiple Myeloma. While many named types of cancer exist, initially all cancers to some extent are a result of mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction. So, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it may be plausible that repairing damaged and ineffective mitochondria and improving a cancer patient’s metabolism should be the basis for all cancer therapy.

 

Paleomedicini is a clinic in Budapest, which has documented several cancer patients benefiting from its animal-based diet, which they named the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD). This clinic claims to cure many chronic diseases, including cancers, with the PKD exclusively. While the regulations on making medical claims in Hungary are different than those in the United States, Paleomedicini’s published case studies are impressive and are based on human clinical results.

 

 

My Experiment

My experiment with the Carnivore Diet as a lifestyle change has been relatively uncomplicated and encouraging. However, over the last 4+ weeks I have had 2 concerns: (1) I was not able to stay in ketosis continuously, and (2) I have had occasional acid reflux, which has never been a problem for me.

 

(1) The ketosis concern is most likely from increased levels of blood glucose resulting from gluconeogenesis. Excess protein with no carbs in my diet could cause gluconeogenesis. For the most part, I fixed that by making sure that my fat-to-protein gram ratio is at least 2:1 and that I am not eating an excess of protein.

 

Also, the stress I deal with because of my incurable diagnosis could be a cause. (Yes, I do have stress even though I am extremely positive.) Stress is a more difficult factor to get under control continuously, but I am relatively successful with it.

 

In addition, some medications that are given to me during my infusions of Darzalex will cause my blood sugar to be elevated – specifically dexamethasone. Fortunately, my oncologist is decreasing my dose of dexamethasone along with decreasing the frequency of my infusions from weekly to biweekly.

 

(2) My other concern is acid reflux. This also could be due to the dexamethasone that is given to me during my infusions of Darzalex. The half-life of dexamethasone is up to 72 hours. So, remnants of this drug could linger in my bloodstream from infusion to infusion. Fortunately, as I mentioned, my dose and frequency are being reduced, which could solve this concern.

 

 

I Am Unique

All this being said, I believe I am unique in noteworthy and advantageous ways. After reading published case studies of cancer patients and their success with a Carnivore Diet, I found none of these patients emphasized improving their overall health like me.

 

Even before I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2018, I was following a primal diet and a primal lifestyle for about 6 years. After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I elevated my metabolic status to levels not typical of the average cancer patient. I wanted to give my body everything it required to stay healthy and heal naturally. Humans survive and thrive because of their strong immune system and the presence of nutrients the body demands to function optimally.

 

From my experience at my local Cancer Center, most current cancer patients have not been educated about the importance of their metabolism and their nutrition. Here is my firsthand observation:

 

I have been going to the Cancer Center once a week to receive my infusion of Darzalex, which is a specific form of immunotherapy targeting my malignant plasma cells. Before starting the immunotherapy, I was required to have an “instructional interview” with the cancer nutritionist. She told me I could eat anything I wanted if I liked it. Nothing was taboo!

 

In the clinic where I was receiving immunotherapy infusions, many other cancer patients were receiving various cocktails of their chemotherapy drugs. On several of my visits for infusions, the nurses and aides in the clinic were offering chocolate chip cookies to all the cancer patients having their IV therapies. The doctors in the clinic advised these cancer patients to eat anything they liked to maintain their weight. The quality of the food didn’t matter – pizza, ice cream, cookies, donuts, bagels, and the like were not discouraged because they provided calories. No wonder most of these cancer patients have a highly compromised metabolism. Don’t the docs and nurses get it? Glucose feeds cancer cells, and junk food and poor metabolism compromises the all-important immune system.

 

I can emphatically state that this is not the way I have been abusing my body. On the contrary, my diet over the last 7 years has included foods that are anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense. Here is a link to my Blog where I describe how I believe I contracted multiple myeloma.

 

After being diagnosed in September 2018, my Daily Cancer Protocol has emphasized areas of my body which are weak and would benefit from external help. As you may recall, since my diagnosis, I have experienced numerous pathological fractures which were results of the severe bone damage I already had when I was diagnosed. I’ve tweaked my protocols along the way. My integrated protocols were, and currently are, designed to:

 

  • Support my immune system with herbal extracts
  • Maintain my healthy bone metabolism through specific supplements
  • Assure my gut is at peak efficiency by taking spore-based probiotics to improve the growth and diversity of my gut bacteria along with supportive supplements to protect and repair my gut’s mucus layer and epithelial barrier.
  • Assist my mitochondria to function properly and produce ATP efficiently through the application of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy with a full-body mat

 

 

My Personal Carnivore Diet

I’ve been asked, “So, what do you eat on the Carnivore Diet?” My goal with the Carnivore Diet is not only a healthy eating lifestyle but also a means to help starve cancer cells by ketosis.

 

I’m not an expert on the carnivore diet, but Paul Saladino, MD is the doc with detailed facts. Dr. Saladino has just published his book titled, The Carnivore Code, which takes a deep dive into the medical science of an animal-based diet. If you are interested in the evidence supporting this way of living, I recommend Dr. Saladino’s book to get into the nitty gritty of the Carnivore Diet. His website is also a wealth of information.

 

Another source I just discovered is a cookbook. While shopping at my local Costco, I came across The Carnivore Cookbook by Maria and Craig Emmerich that was published in 2020. It is much more than a cookbook. The first 76 pages go into an in-depth but easily understood description of the medical science behind the Carnivore Diet. This is a “must purchase” in my opinion if you are exploring the Carnivore Diet.

 

I try to vary the meals I eat on my modified animal-based diet, and I only eat when I am hungry. Below are a typical day’s meals for me. I generally only use Himalayan salt for seasoning. Since these foods are extremely satiating, I rarely snack. But when I have the urge, I may snack on homemade devilled eggs or slices of high-fat, zero-carb cheese. (I don’t have any negative systemic effects from this cheese.) Because it is important for me to maintain a high fat-to-protein gram ratio of approximately 2:1, I add extra healthy fats for cooking and food preparation into my meat and organ entrees. My go-to thirst quencher is filtered water, which I drink throughout the day.

 

 

Around 6 AM:

16 ounces of French Press coffee from organic, freshly ground beans. I add 2 tablespoons of Collagen Peptides. To this I also add 2 tablespoons of organic MCT Oil and heavy whipping cream to get extra good fats.

 

Around Noon:

Ground lamb or beef burger; 2-3 eggs over easy (cooked in tallow)

Or

Chicken or pork liver pâté; 2-3 eggs over easy (cooked in tallow)

Or

Salmon roe; 2-3 eggs over easy (cooked in tallow)

Or

Wild-caught sardines with bone-in and skin-on; 2-3 eggs over easy (cooked in tallow)

 

 

Around 6PM:

Shrimp; triple-cream brie; bone broth to drink

Or

Wild-caught salmon; triple-cream brie; bone broth to drink

Or

Ribeye steak; triple-cream brie; bone broth to drink

 

 

Where I Am Now

My experiment with the Carnivore Diet probably will turn out to be the way I eat for the rest of my life. I am impressed with my results so far, and I am more than impressed with the potential to help my body heal from this aggressive form of multiple myeloma.

 

I’ve stated this before, and I continue to emphasize, that my quality of life is paramount. My wife and I continue to delve into my ever-expanding Bucket List since I have outlived my original prognosis by over a year so far. And I feel exceptional with energy and outlook to spare. My wife and I are going to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary in June 2020. We didn’t think we would make it to our 50th wedding anniversary last year, but we did! Awesome memories!!!

 

 

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