Is fasting cancer tumors a viable treatment strategy?
We’re going to look at the exciting results of a woman who reversed her “untreatable” Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by shrinking her tumors with fasting, and then kept them shrunk with a low fat vegan diet.
Fasting for any serious health condition, and particularly for cancer, has often been scoffed at by physicians who consider anything but chemo, surgery, radiation, and various drug regimes to be nonsense, not aggressive enough, or completely unsupported by the available evidence.
Cautious doctors are at least right to be weary on the last score, since before a decade ago there was little in the way of studies published in modern peer-reviewed medical journals showing fasting cancer tumors to be effective.
In this video I spoke about how work published by professor Valter Longo of the University of California and several other researchers is slowly starting to chip away at that situation, establishing fasting as an extremely effective and safe treatment for conditions ranging from high blood pressure to cancer.
But Longo has focused largely on short-term water fasts lasting only a few days. Today we’ll look at a woman who fasted for 21 days.
Fasting Cancer: Case Study
The woman (whose name is not published) we’ll be talking about today had her experience tracked by doctors at the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA, which is generally considered to be the most successful and well-respected fasting center in the U.S.
Her case study was published in the British Medical Journal1.
The woman was diagnosed with stage IIIa follicular lymphoma by her oncologist. A CT scan revealed that not only were her lymph nodes greatly expanded with cancerous growths, but that the cancer had spread to other sections of her body as well.
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Cancer: Follicular lymphoma
Since the Oncologist believed chemo and radiation would be useless, and that the disease was incurable, he advised no treatment. The patient was told that the best case scenario would be a slow tumor growth rate, in which case the woman might reach her 60th year.
The patient then sought out study author Michael Klapper, M.D. at True North, who advised water fasting. Beginning on November 3, 2014, the patient drank only water and consumed no food for 21 days.
The patient had no adverse reaction to the fasting, and also dropped from 78 to 68 kg (178 to 149 pounds).
How did the patient like the fasting experience? In the study, she is quoted as saying:
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So yeah, it appears she liked it a lot.
Afterward she began drinking first vegetable juice, then eating raw fruits and veggies, and then was eventually allowed to eat a more varied, low fat vegan diet that contained no oil, salt, or sugar.
A post-treatment CT scan showed that her cancer-ridden lymph nodes had shrank considerably, being reduced in size by roughly half. During a nine-month post-treatment follow- up, a test showed the tumors hadn’t started growing again while she was eating a vegan diet.
Fasting Cancer: The Long-Term Results
The patient started off considerably overweight, and after the fast she continued to drop weight on a her low fat vegan diet. Nine months post fast, she was down to 59.9 kilos from her original 78 (178 to 130 lbs).
How is she liking the results? The study quotes her as saying:
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“When we allow the body to rest, heal and regenerate, the results are impressive…I sincerely believe that it’s all about our will and positive attitude, and our determination to get well and stay healthy. My water fast changed my life, and I plan to continue to eat a wholesome, plant-based, SOS-free (sugar, oil, and salt-free) diet for the rest of my life. This is my medicine, this is my treatment.”
She also indicated that she intents to return to do another extended water fast later in an attempt to shrink her tumors further.
It appears that fasting cancer tumors for long periods can be a very effective treatment for some types of cancer.
There are some caveats, however. Not all types of cancer respond to fasting.
For instance, my own father’s cancer did not respond to fasting at True North. He was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer, which likely would have responded well for fasting. However, he chose to receive radiation therapy for it, which created a radiation-induced sarcoma (a new cancer from the radiation, essentially) which rapidly grew and overtook his body.
He didn’t attempt to fast or adopt a low fat vegan diet until after the radiation-created tumor had resisted all attempts to treat it with conventional medicine, and even a long fast did nothing to stop its growth.
I spoke more about my father’s experience with the medical system in this video.
It also goes without saying that long-term fasting without medical supervision has the potential to be very dangerous. Generally, the less vital and healthy a person is to begin with, the greater the risk of a complication. It’s not unheard of for fasters to fall into comas and die or become very ill if their vitals are not being closely monitored.
Goldhamer AC, Klaper M, Foorohar A, et al. Water-only fasting and an exclusively plant foods diet in the management of stage IIIa, low-grade follicular lymphoma. BMJ Case Reports 2015:published online 10 December 2015.↩