New study confirms Alzheimer’s and aluminum link can no longer be ignored

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish due toth the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific evidence really leaves little room for doubt.

Case in point: a new case study from Keele University in the UK1 unequivocally shows high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.

While aluminum exposure has been implicated in Alzheimer’s and a number of other neurological diseases, this case claims to be “the first direct link” between Alzheimer’s disease and elevated brain aluminum following occupational exposure.2

The Aluminum-Alzheimer’s Link

The 66 year-old Caucasian man developed an aggressive form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease after eight years of occupational exposure to aluminum dust, which scientists conclude “suggests a prominent role for the olfactory system and lungs in the accumulation of aluminum in the brain.”

This is not the first time high aluminum levels have been found in the tissues of someone who died from Alzheimer’s disease. For example, in 2004, high aluminum levels were found in the tissues of a British woman who died of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

This was 16 years after an industrial accident dumped 20 metric tons of aluminum sulphate into her local drinking water. And there are many studies showing elevated aluminum levels in living individuals displaying a wide range of neurological symptoms.3

Aluminum Can Be an Occupational Hazard

Exposure to aluminum is unfortunately an occupational hazard for those who work in industries like mining, factory work, welding, and agriculture. Not to mention that you ingest aluminum vapors every time your nose catches cigarette smoke wafting by.

Inhaling aluminum dust or vapors sends aluminum particles directly into your lungs in a highly absorbable form, where they pass into your bloodstream and are distributed throughout your body, including your bones and brain. Aluminum powder has been known to cause pulmonary fibrosis, and aluminum factory workers are prone to asthma. Studies of the health effects of aluminum vapors have been grim, pointing to high levels of neurotoxicity.4

So why are most government regulators and physicians so resistant to looking at the health and environmental effects of aluminum? One filmmaker is shining a light on this issue by way of a documentary.

The ‘Dark Side’ of Aluminum Exposed

The featured documentary, The Age of Aluminum, reveals the “dark side” of this toxic metal, exploring the scientific links between aluminum and diseases such as breast cancer and neurological disorders. Also exposed is how aluminum mining and manufacturing have created acute ecological problems across the globe, leading to environmental disasters in Hungary, South Africa, and the UK. In the film, neuroscientist Christopher Shaw reports:5

“Many researchers are beginning to accept that aluminum has some sort of role to play in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Whether it does in others is still an open question, but Alzheimer’s is really coming into focus and it’s fairly clear that the body burden of aluminum from all the sources to which humans are exposed may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.”

Aluminum Is Everywhere

Although aluminum occurs naturally in soil, water, and air, we are contributing to the load with the mining and processing of aluminum ores, manufacturing of aluminum products, and the operation of coal-fired power plants and incinerators. Aluminum can’t be destroyed in the environment—it only changes its form by attaching or separating from other particles.

Rain washes aluminum particles out of the air and into our water supply, where they tend to accumulate rather than degrade. If you live in an industrial area, your exposure is undoubtedly higher than average.6

According to CDC, the average adult in the US consumes about seven to nine mg of aluminum per day in food, and a lesser amount from air and water. Only about one percent of the aluminum you ingest orally gets absorbed into your body—the rest is moved out by your digestive tract, provided it’s functioning well.

When tested in a lab, aluminum contamination has been found in a vast number of products on the market, from foods and beverages to pharmaceuticals, which suggests the manufacturing process itself is a significant part of the problem. Aluminum is found in a shocking number of foods and consumer products, including:

  • Foods such as baking powder, self rising flour, salt, baby formula, coffee creamers, baked goods and processed foods, coloring and caking agents
  • Drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and others; additives such as magnesium stearate
  • Vaccines—Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, Gardasil (HPV), and others
  • Cosmetics and personal care products such as antiperspirants, deodorants(including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos
  • Aluminum products, including foil, cans, juice pouches, tins, and water bottles

Does Your Frozen Dinner Come with a Side of Aluminum?

Aluminum contamination in our food supply is a more significant problem than you may think. In a study published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe,7researchers analyzed 1,431 non-animal foods and beverages for aluminum content. This is what they found:

  • 77.8 percent had an aluminum concentration of up to 10 mg/kg
  • 17.5 percent had aluminum concentrations between 10 and 100 mg\kg
  • 4.6 percent of the samples had aluminum concentrations in excess of 100 mg/kg

Aluminum compounds are often used as additives in foodstuffs. Additional contaminationoccurs when food comes into contact with aluminum equipment and other items because aluminum is unstable in the presence of acids and bases. Aluminum equipment has a protective oxide film, but this can be damaged as fine fissures develop from normal wear and tear.In the study,8 Table 3 shows the aluminum content of everything from flour and baking mixes to soup, chocolate, beer and wine, and herbal teas. Some products show a wide range of contamination levels, and others are more homogenous. Baked goods are very high because of the common practice of baking and storing foods on aluminum trays.9 The report has numerous other tables that demonstrate how prevalent this toxin is in your food.

If you cook your food in aluminum foil, you are introducing your own contamination. One investigation found that cooking meats in aluminum foil increases their aluminum concentration. Researchers concluded, “eating meals prepared in aluminum foil may carry a health risk by adding to other aluminum sources.” As with many toxins, it isn’t one exposure here and there that is so concerning—it’s the cumulative effect of many smaller exposures over time that can lead to a toxic metal overload and erosion of your health. According to a 2006 study, cooking meat in aluminum foil increased aluminum levels as follows:10

  • Red meats cooked in aluminum foil showed an increase in aluminum by 89 to 378 percent
  • Poultry increased by 76 to 214 percent
  • Aluminum levels increased with higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times

Aluminum Heads Straight to Your Brain

Aluminum is to your central nervous system as cigarette smoke is to your lungs. Scientists are clear that toxic metals damage brain tissue and lead to degenerative disease by producing oxidative stress—and aluminum is one of the worst offenders. With Alzheimer’s rates skyrocketing, today’s multiple avenues of aluminum exposure are of great concern. Just as with particles in the environment, once aluminum is in your tissues, your body has a difficult time releasing it. This toxic metal serves absolutely no biological purpose, so the less of it you ingest, the better.

Once in your body, it travels around easily, unimpeded, piggybacking on your iron transport system. It crosses biological barriers that normally keep other types of toxins out, such as your blood-brain barrier. Over time, aluminum can accumulate in your brain and do serious damage your neurological health—regardless of your age. Aluminum toxicity may be doing as much damage to our children as to our seniors.

Brain Inflammation in Both Children and Adults

Vaccines present a particularly problematic source of toxic metal exposure. Aluminum is the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant and is considered “safe” even though research shows it may induce serious immunological disorders and neurological complications in humans.

Dr. David Ayoub discusses how the aluminum in vaccines may be even more dangerous than mercury. The number of aluminum-containing vaccines children receive today11 has quadrupled over the past 30 years. In the 1970s, children got only four aluminum-containing vaccines in their first 18 months of life, but now they typically receive 17. And as children’s aluminum burden has increased, so has the prevalence of childhood neurological disorders. In one school, 90 percent of the children developed ADHD during the course of a single school year, and their toxicity profiles all revealed massive amounts of aluminum.

Aluminum is also in vaccines and is used as an adjuvant. If you go by the aluminum content on vaccine labels, the amount kids are getting is excessive, but if you add in the aluminum NOT listed on the labels—”accidental exposure” due to contamination—it’s a much more serious problem. Dr. Ayoub cites one study that found five to six times more aluminum in vaccines than what was actually listed on the labels.

When you review the signs and symptoms of aluminum toxicity, they are shockingly similar to the symptoms of autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases. Vaccine adjuvants can cause serious chronic brain inflammation. Aluminum targets your cerebellum and autonomic nervous system—the part responsible for biological processes over which you have no conscious control (breathing, blood pressure, balance, coordination, etc.). When you look at the MSDS sheet for aluminum, you will see symptoms strikingly similar to those in common neurological diseases, including memory problems, speech impairments and aphasia, dementia, depression, muscle weakness, motor disturbances, and other neurological difficulties. The list goes on and on.12

Researchers Claim New Blood Test May Predict Alzheimer’s

There has never been a way to accurately predict who will get Alzheimer’s, but that may be changing. Researchers at Georgetown University and University of Rochester claim they have found a blood test that predicts this with 90 percent accuracy—and incredibly, with NO false negatives. If further research confirms what researchers expect, this is a medical breakthrough of epic proportions.13

The test involves measuring the patterns of 10 specific lipids (fat-like compounds) associated with the plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. These 10 lipids are highly predictive of whether or not you will become cognitively impaired. All of the people in the study were in their 70s, so the next step is to determine if the test is accurate earlier, say in your 40s and 50s. Researchers say they are still several years away from implementing the test, but they all feel very hopeful.14

Biomarkers such as lipids are tricky for Alzheimer’s because they change during the course of the illness. Some occur in high levels during the early phase of the disease and then actually decrease after symptoms appear—so they are stage dependent. There is clearly much more research that needs to be done before we have a grasp of this disease.15 Even with a test that can predict whether or not you are in the process of developing dementia, there are no good treatments once you have it—so you should be doing everything in your power to prevent it. One of the strategies is helping your body detoxify from metals, such as aluminum.

Aluminum Impairs Your Body’s Ability to Detoxify

Removing mercury from vaccines and replacing it with aluminum may be increasing the problems from BOTH toxins in your body. The reason for this is because aluminum impairs your body’s ability to excrete mercury by impeding your glutathione production. Glutathione is your most important intracellular detoxifier, required for reversing oxidative stress. So, if your aluminum load is high, your body will potentially become more toxic from the mercury from, say, flu shots and fish because you are now on “aluminum overload” and your detoxification system no longer functions well.

Your body requires sulfur to manufacture glutathione, making sulfur an extremely important dietary nutrient when it comes to metal detoxification, which can be optimized through dietary sources. Onions and garlic are good if they are grown in sulfur rich soils, but most soils are unfortunately sulfur deficient. Therefore, animal-based proteins seem to be one of your best bets. Whey protein concentrate is particularly high in cysteine, one of the two sulfur-bearing amino acids that are direct precursors to glutathione.

Please note that if you avoid consuming animal proteins, it is VERY easy to become sulfur deficient, and this may be one of the most significant risk factors for choosing an animal protein-free diet. That doesn’t mean you should go overboard on meat, however! Most people need only about one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body weight, or about half a gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Also make sure to buy grass-fed and finished meats, as most factory farmed meat is of inferior quality and contaminated with a whole host of veterinary drugs, including antibiotics and growth hormones.

How to Detoxify Aluminum

There are a number of potent chelators you can use to detoxify aluminum. Clearly, your first step would be to avoid further exposure to aluminum. This means avoiding products such as:

  • Toothpaste containing aluminium oxyhydroxide16
  • Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or aluminum-zirconium compounds
  • Aluminum laminated pouch drinks
  • Aluminum cookware
  • Aluminum espresso makers

For serious Alzheimer’s disease, the following chelating agents can be helpful:

  • Silica-rich water, such as Fiji water,17 which contains 83 Mg of silica per liter. Research18 published in 2013 showed that drinking up to one liter of a silicon-rich mineral water daily for 12 weeks effectively excreted aluminum via the urine, without detrimental effects on essential metals such as iron and copper. According to the authors: “We have provided preliminary evidence that over 12 weeks of silicon-rich mineral water therapy the body burden of aluminum fell in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and, concomitantly, cognitive performance showed clinically relevant improvements in at least 3 out of 15 individuals.”
  • Melatonin: Research19, 20, 21 shows that melatonin has a metal binding role and is a useful supplement in the treatment of neurological disorders in which oxidative stress is involved, which includes Alzheimer’s. Melatonin can travel freely across all cellular barriers, facilitating the removal of toxic metals such as aluminum. It also appears to suppress the oxidative activity of aluminum in your brain.
  • Anything that raises your glutathione. Your body synthesizes glutathione from three amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. Raw fruits and vegetables, particularly avocado, asparagus, grapefruit, strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra, peach, zucchini, and spinach are rich in the precursors glutamate and glycine. Dietary sources of cysteine include eggs, meat, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, whey protein, and wheat germ. Other helpful treatments for improved glutathione metabolism include:
    • Exercise: Exercise affects your adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels needed to help produce glutathione
    • Optimizing your vitamin D levels through sun exposure: There’s some evidence vitamin D increases intracellular glutathione levels
    • Epsom salt baths
    • MSM supplementation
    • The supplement N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC) may also be useful. NAC is the rate-limiting nutrient for the formation of the intracellular antioxidant glutathione
  • Curcumin:22 Research23, 24 suggests that curcumin has a protective effect against aluminum-induced damage by modulating the extent of oxidative stress. It also decreases beta-amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s, delays neuron degradation, chelates metals, decreases microglia formation, and has an overall anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect. Studies have shown that curcumin can help improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients. There are some contraindications25 that curcumin is not recommended if you have biliary tract obstruction (as it stimulates bile secretion), gallstones, obstructive jaundice, or acute biliary colic.

In Summary

It can no longer be argued that aluminum does not have a role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s—the evidence is very clear and growing. It really should not be surprising that people with aluminum toxicity display many of the same symptoms as those with dementia, Parkinson’s, ADHD, autism, and other neurological diseases, because aluminum targets exactly these areas of your brain and nervous system.

The best way to protect yourself is to be careful about your choices in food and personal products, and minimize your use of vaccines and other drugs that are often contaminated with aluminum.

Optimizing your dietary sulfur is also essential, as your body needs sulfur to manufacture its number one weapon against aluminum overload: glutathione. By taking a few steps to protect yourself, you’ll minimize your exposure while maximizing your body’s ability to rid itself of this toxic metal, which will move you toward a long and healthy life well into your senior years. For additional tips and strategies that can help prevent and/or treat Alzheimer’s, please see my previous article “Two Exciting Alzheimer’s Advances: A Novel Early Detection Test Using Peanut Butter, and a Study Evaluating Coconut Oil.”

Carrying Some Extra Pounds May Not Be Good After All

Contrary to recent research showing that a few extra pounds might give you a few extra years of life, a newer study now shows that what may be truly life-extending is to lose that extra weight, according to NPR. This study concentrated only on people modestly overweight, and not to obesity, which is an undisputed predicator of premature death.

Today, about 75 percent of U.S. men and 67 percent of U.S. women are either overweight or obese, and the trend is getting worse, not better. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 5 deaths is now associated with obesity. The statistics for children are equally disturbing. But despite hopes that “healthy obesity” might one day be reality, the real truth is that extra weight simply isn’t something you want to aim for.

There’s no question that even a small amount of weight loss can have enormous health benefits, whether you’re only a few pounds above your ideal weight, or in need of losing significant poundage. Particularly for obese individuals, one study showed that those who lost just 5 percent of their body weight lowered glucose, triglyceride, insulin levels and systolic blood pressure along with liver fat and intra-abdominal fat volume.

These beneficial changes continued with progressive weight loss up to 16 percent of body weight, which suggests that more weight loss may lead to even greater health benefits. One way to get a quick start on weight loss is to learn how to burn fat for fuel. I explain this is great detail in my book, “Fat for Fuel” — a program that may very well save your life.

Metabolically Supported Therapies for the Improvement of Cancer Treatment

Story at-a-glance
  • Oncologists in Turkey who aren’t under the same U.S. restrictions, are using a stacked ketogenic treatment protocol that is showing shocking remissions in many stage 4 cancer patients
  • By using metabolic support strategies such as ketogenic diet and fasting, a minimal dose of chemotherapy can be used, thereby eliminating many of the side effects and risks of treatment while actually improving outcomes
  • Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients have a life expectancy of six months. Yet metabolically supported chemotherapy was able to induce complete remission even in patients with this advanced stage disease

Each and every day, more than 1,600 people prematurely die from cancer in the United States alone and 20,000 worldwide. While the situation can sometimes seem hopeless, there are effective ways to prevent becoming another statistic.

And, as you will soon learn, even late-stage cancer patients have cause for new hope these days.

In this interview, Travis Christofferson, author of “Tripping Over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer is Overturning One of Medicine’s Most Entrenched Paradigms,” and Dr. Abdul Kadir Slocum from the ChemoThermia Oncology Center in Turkey.

They present data from one of the first  studies documenting the effectiveness of metabolic therapies and nutritional ketosis in the treatment of advanced stages of cancer.

“I’m very excited for this data to be presented,” Christofferson says. “[Cancer] diagnosis has gone up from 1 in 4 to 1 in 3 and is heading toward 1 in 2 … It’s set to surpass heart disease as the No. 1 killer in the Western world by 2020 …

We’ve been treating this disease a long time. Nixon signed the Cancer Act in 1971 … Radiation and surgery have been around for over 100 years. Cytotoxic chemotherapy was developed right after World War II. [Yet] death rates from treatment have barely budged since the 1950s.”

The War on Cancer Has Been Lost Many Times Over

In the mid-1970s, scientists believed they finally understood the molecular basis of cancer. The reigning hypothesis was that cancer was caused by sequential mutations to key oncogenes, which could then be precisely targeted using gene-based therapies. This ushered in the era of targeted therapy.

Alas, targeted cancer drugs have been a bitter disappointment. They barely moved the needle on cancer death rates. Globally, $91 billion was spent on oncology in 2013. In 2014, no cancer drug was approved costing less than $100,000 for a course treatment.

In 2015, eight drugs were approved that cost over $120,000 each for a course of treatment. As noted by Christofferson, this trajectory will eventually bankrupt the health care system. Adding insult to injury, these drugs have marginal efficacy at best.

Consider Tarceva, for example. This cancer drug was approved about 10 years ago. It has significant side effects, it’s expensive, and boosts median survival for pancreatic cancer patients by a mere 10 DAYS!

“In the meantime, we have these non-patentable therapies sitting on the sidelines that could potentially be game changers for cancer, but they cannot get the billion-dollar backing to push through these huge trials to get the burden of proof to where the oncology community will actually incorporate them,” Christofferson says.

“We have all these interesting metabolic therapies. We have repurposed drugs that we could use. The oppressive regulatory environment just needs to be loosened so we can surmount the burden of proof, Phase 1, Phase 2 data, if we have good objective response.

If they’re safe — most of these drugs and therapies are extremely safe — that should be good enough.

In the epilogue in my book, I ask the question, ‘What would it look like today if we had a less onerous regulatory environment like they did in the ’70s, and good oncologists were allowed to … try some of these therapies in the clinic and see what happens?’

That’s why I’m so happy we have Slocum here, because he’s given us the first glimpse of what metabolic therapies will look like when they’re incorporated into the clinic.”

Turkish Oncologists Apply the Metabolic Theory of Cancer

Slocum, who is originally from the U.S. but grew up and completed his medical training in Istanbul, Turkey, is part of a four-member medical team at ChemoThermia Oncology Center.1

The senior person of the team, professor Bulent Berkarda, was the first medical oncologist in Turkey. Educated in the U.S., Berkarda founded the first Department of Medical Oncology of Turkey at Istanbul University in 1974 and has now been practicing oncology for over 40 years.

Together with Berkarda, the other medical oncologist of the team, assistant professor Mehmet Salih İyikesici completed his education in the leading medical schools of Turkey.

“We started as a team back in 2010, asking the question, ‘How can we help our patients in a better way? What can we add to our standard treatment protocols?’ Slocum says. “In the last six years, we started applying the [metabolic] therapies and seeing how our patients respond.

Now, for the last two years or so, we’re doing retrospective analyses of our patients, publishing our treatment outcomes and sharing the remarkable outcomes we were able to achieve by combining metabolic therapies with standard conventional protocols.”

The treatment protocol at ChemoThermia Oncology Center includes:

  • Metabolically supported chemotherapy
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Glycolysis inhibitors, especially 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) and dichloroacetate (DCA)
  • Ketogenic diet with phytopharmaceutical supplements

Metabolically Supported Chemotherapy

Metabolically-supported chemotherapy involves applying chemotherapy with a variety of interventions to support its effectiveness.

At the center, all oncology patients are put on a ketogenic diet, which creates metabolic stress on the cancer cells. Then, prior to administering the chemo, the patient will do a 14-hour fast, which further increases the metabolic stress on the cancer cells.

The patients will typically have a blood glucose level around 80 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) at this point. They then apply glycolysis inhibitors to inhibit the glycolysis pathway in the cancer cells, which creates a terrific amount of metabolic stress, as the cancer cells are already starved of glucose.

Insulin is then applied to lower the blood glucose levels to around 50 or 60 mg/dL, to cause mild hypoglycemia. At that point, chemotherapy is applied.

“[T]his increases the efficacy of chemotherapy in a tremendous way,” Slocum says. “We’ve been applying this for the last seven years now. It’s an improved version of insulin potentiation therapy (IPT). IPT is known for many years now, but it’s not too widely applied.

Our version of chemotherapy is actually an improved and a much more effective version of IPT because it combines the metabolic theory with the IPT. Metabolically supported chemotherapy is just a different way to apply conventional protocols. We have seen that it increases the effectiveness of the standard chemotherapy regimes. This way, it gives us the option to apply lower doses, see much lower side effects, but much [better] outcomes.”

As in the U.S., Turkish oncologists are bound by “standard of care” treatment protocols, which includes chemotherapy. As noted by Slocum, “according to the current regime worldwide … the patient, even in Turkey, must receive what’s written in the guidelines. If you go against the guidelines and if the patient doesn’t receive the standard of care, which is chemotherapy, then you’re in trouble.” They essentially get around this by just using the lowest dose possible that’s written in guidelines.

The upshot of this metabolic approach is that a far lower dose of chemotherapy can be effectively used, thereby lowering the risk of side effects. In the days following chemotherapy, hyperthermia and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is applied, plus a daily infusion of glycolysis inhibitor therapies with high-dose vitamin C (50 grams) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).

Complete Response for Stage 3 Rectal Cancer

In the team’s first publication in 2016, they reported complete response for stage 3 rectal cancer. The standard of care for rectal cancer and the only curative option has been surgery or chemo-radiotherapy followed by surgery. In this case, they used metabolically supported chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hyperthermia. No surgery was necessary.

“The reason we published that was to explain what metabolically supported chemotherapy is and show how effective it can be,” Slocum says. “The patient we published was 81 years old back then.

Generally, in an 81-year-old patient you won’t be able to apply standard chemotherapy regimens. She won’t be able to tolerate it. By the means of the way we apply chemotherapy, this patient was able to receive chemotherapy at lower doses in a metabolically supported fashion, together with radiotherapy and hyperthermia.”

In the video, Slocum shows the initial positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan of this patient. The patient had a 5.5 centimeter large rectal tumor. Three months later, the tumor was in full remission.

“This publication mainly showed that chemotherapy, when applied in a metabolically supported fashion, can be applied to patients who normally can’t receive treatment. Also, when it’s applied with increased efficacy, responses that aren’t normal, generally, which is a complete response in this stage of a disease, can be achieved by the means of metabolic support.”

Case Series on Pancreatic Cancer

The second paper published last year was a case series of 33 patients with stage 3 and 4 pancreatic adenocarcinoma (pancreatic cancer) — one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers known. It was a retrospective analysis of patients treated at the clinic between 2011 and 2015. Eighty-one percent of these patients had stage 4 disease when the treatment began, and many of them also had large scale liver metastasis.

Generally, if a patient has stage 4 pancreatic adenocarcinoma, their life expectancy is about six months, at most 10 months. If they have large-scale liver metastasis, death typically occurs within weeks or months. Yet despite the majority being end-stage advanced patients, they responded remarkably well to the treatment.

Here, the standard conventional protocol using either gemcitabine-based chemotherapy or folfirinox was again applied in a metabolically supported fashion, together with hyperthermia, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the ketogenic diet, supplements and glycolysis inhibitors.

When the paper was published in 2016, 54 percent of these patients were still alive, and most are still receiving follow-up treatments to this day. Following the conventional protocol, the expected median survival time for the gemcitabine-based protocol is 6.2 months. For the folfirinox regimen it’s 11.1 months. Using a metabolically supported protocol, the median survival time shot up to 20 months — and 54 percent of the patients are still alive today.

“The one-year survival rate for gemcitabine-based protocol is 20 percent. For folfirinox, it’s 48 percent. We’ve seen in our metabolically supported chemotherapy regimen, [survival rate] is 82.5 percent. This shows how effective metabolic support can change the outcomes of treatments and how effective these kinds of treatments can be,” Slocum says.

“As all of us know, the scariest cancer diagnosis is pancreatic cancer. Currently in our regimens, we’re seeing amazing outcomes. It’s so exciting to see how small differences can change these patients’ lives so much.”

Case Series on Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Next, the team will be publishing a paper on stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. Here, they applied a chemotherapy regimen using carboplatin and paclitaxel. Large-scale clinical trials show an expected survival time of six to 11 months. Moreover, stage 4 patients typically cannot tolerate conventional chemo regimens so no large-scale studies have focused on such late-stage patients.

Using the metabolically supported protocol, however, all of the 44 patients in the study were able to receive treatment, and the overall survival time is 43.4 months — that’s more than 400 percent longer than the longest survival time mentioned in any standard chemotherapy regimen.

“This is a dramatic result, even though the patient group we had had more advanced disease and had poor performance status,” Slocum notes. “[P]atients who normally were sent home to just wait for the end, to die, and also patients that won’t be able to receive treatment … can respond [well] to treatment … The advantage of metabolic treatments is that they’re generally not toxic at all. They support the general wellbeing of the patient while also treating the disease.”

Survival Rates for Late Stage, Advanced Cancers Dramatically Improve With Metabolic Therapies

In the video, Dr. Slocum shows PET scans and reviews a number of different patient cases, showing the remarkable response of patients with advanced cancer of the rectum, pancreas, stomach, lung and breast.

This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time all of this data has been publicly shared. It’s really exciting to reveal to the world the shocking effectiveness of what Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., has been speaking about for some time now. And, if you’re stage 1 or 2, your cancer is going to be far easier to treat. The results for early stage cancers are likely to be beyond phenomenal.

“We hope that this kind of treatment will be the standard of care in the upcoming years. We are all trying to share what would work and how we’re achieving these kinds of results,” Slocum says. “Other clinics and other physicians will also hopefully start doing similar therapies.”

Christofferson adds:

“[Thomas] Seyfried [Ph.D., a leading expert and researcher in the field of cancer metabolism and nutritional ketosis] and Slocum met in Tampa. They’ve started a collaboration … Hopefully a year from now, when we talk about these shocking outcomes, they’re even more shocking.

Just to summarize, [Slocum’s] upcoming stage 4 lung cancer paper is incredible … A certain percentage of them aren’t going to make it no matter what, but if they can get through this metabolic protocol, the median survival would increase 400 percent.

That’s incredible. This stuff basically is free. It just took somebody motivated enough to do this. I mean 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) is expensive, but ketogenic diet is free. It just takes work. I couldn’t be happier that this data is coming to life.”

Discipline Is Required When Your Life Is in Your Own Hands

It goes without saying that when using metabolic therapies, the patient carries a significant responsibility for their own outcome. The doctors are not going to cook your food, force you to take supplements or withhold food when it’s time to fast. You have to be very diligent and disciplined in following the specified regimen. As noted by Slocum, when patients don’t respond as well as expected, probing will usually reveal the problem — they didn’t follow the diet, for example.

Essentially, if you have a life-threatening condition like stage 4 cancer, you need to be a bit obsessive compulsive and follow the regimen to the letter. You cannot veer from the protocol if you expect to achieve these kinds of results. You really need to remain in nutritional ketosis. That said, if you’re merely seeking to optimize your health or slow down the aging process, cycling through “feast and famine” — opposed to continuously remaining in nutritional ketosis — appears to be a better approach.

Nutritional ketosis is a powerful intervention, as Slocum’s team has shown. But if you do it continuously, it can actually be highly counterproductive. You need to have days where you eat more net carbs and more protein, especially with strength training, to prevent sarcopenia that is common in cancer.

This is because when cancer cells are deprived of glucose they have the ability to break down muscle tissue to extract glutamine. Interestingly, Seyfried is working with a glutamine inhibitor called DON to prevent this from happening, thereby making the therapy even more effective.

It is important to understand that the “metabolic magic” actually occurs during that refeeding phase when net carbs and protein are increased, which increases muscle growth. After a day or two, you then cycle back into nutritional ketosis.  Typically, this is done once a week. To a degree, Slocum uses this technique on cancer patients as well, although they’re only allowed to eat higher amounts of net carbs once every two or three weeks, on the day they receive chemo.

“As an example, patients come and they’re on a ketogenic diet. When they come in for chemotherapy after a 14-hour fast, then [we] apply glycolysis inhibitors to increase metabolic stress even more and insulin to lower the glucose and then apply chemotherapy.

After applying chemotherapy, on the day of chemotherapy, they are able to eat whatever they want, especially because of the mild hypoglycemia caused by supplying insulin. The day of chemotherapy is when they get as much carbohydrates as they want … We also do intermittent fasting [for a minimum of 14 hours] every other week or so. It seems to be effective.”

More Information

The ChemoThermia Oncology Center treats many international patients, including people from the U.S. and Canada. The center also has published protocols your oncologist could make use of, regardless of where you live.

“We hope there will be physicians open to applying similar regimens to ours,” Slocum says. “But a lot of patients who aren’t able to come to our clinic, they can [still] do it. They first have to go on a ketogenic diet, which is very effective. Together with that, they should go to their chemotherapy in a fasting state, as long as they can stand it — a minimum of 12 hours. We generally recommend a 14-hour fast. The longer … the better.”

Ideally, a reduced amount of the chemotherapeutic agents would then be used. While the amount varies according to your diagnosis and condition, the center has included dose range recommendations in their publications. Typically, the lowest recommended dose is given, which will significantly reduce or avoid most of the complications associated with chemotherapy.

“I hope people out there can see how effective metabolic therapies can be and how they can enhance conventional treatment protocols also. I encourage clinicians out there to ask similar questions to us, to read the literature and start applying similar therapies to ours,” Slocum says.

Christofferson adds:

“What I would like to say is [that] patients who are confused by the ketogenic diet often don’t know the difference between protein and carbohydrate. That’s where they often get tripped up, because they’re not sure what a carbohydrate is. Companies are stepping into this fray, making prepackaged ketogenic meals for cancer patients that take out the guesswork.

The ones I’ve seen are really well done by gourmet chefs and [use] real ingredients. That’s another option. There’s enough on patients’ plates to begin with … That’s going to take a lot of the guesswork out for patients, I think.”

To learn more about nutritional ketosis and the metabolic theory of cancer, I highly recommend listening to the interview I did with Christofferson last year, and to read his book, “Tripping Over the Truth,” which provides the background as to why and how this therapy works, and why the conventional approach to cancer is fatally flawed.

If you’re beyond that point and really want to implement this kind of metabolic therapy, I highly recommend preordering a copy of new book, “Fat for Fuel,” which gives you all the details on how to do that. Anyone that preorders it will have access to my recent 2017 lecture that I have given at several events. Normally these lectures are never posted online. Incidentally, Christofferson was one of the experts who helped edit my book and actually wrote a section on Dr. Rosedale’s work. I’m grateful for all his assistance.

Besides the information in the book, you’ll also find many collaborative supports, including a nine-hour-long free video series that we hope to launch in early May. Miriam Kalamian is also developing a certification course to go along with it through the American College of Nutrition, to have more qualified therapists out there.

This certification will teach any qualified clinician — primarily certified clinical nutritionists but also physicians — how to practically implement nutritional ketosis. Eventually, I expect there will be a virtual army of clinicians available to assist patients with this kind of protocol. Hopefully, at that point we’ll finally start making a dent in cancer statistics.

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Fat for Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola

“Life-Changing and Potentially Life-Saving: I Promise You This Book Will Be the Most Important One on Health That You’ll Ever Read.”

– Dr. Mercola

I couldn’t be more thankful that you’re reading this.

Maybe you’re dealing with a chronic health condition that just won’t budge, no matter what your doctor suggests. Or perhaps you’re simply trying to lose weight and nothing is working long-term.

Or maybe you’ve been handed a serious medical diagnosis like cancer. After all, the latest statistics tell us that 1 in 2 Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime.

And of course, the fact that the medical establishment is really no closer to finding a “cure” than when President Nixon first initiated his “War on Cancer” in 1971 provides no comfort.

Even though the U.S. has spent more than 105 billion dollars on their efforts!

Without a doubt, I know I can help you. No matter what you’re dealing with.

There’s real hope on these pages and in my new book, Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy.

Real hope for cancer patients – even those with advanced cancer – as well as anyone dealing with a chronic disease or wishing to improve his or her health.

I believe anyone with a health concern, big or small, including those wishing to drop extra pounds, will find this information life-changing.

I view this as the most important health information I’ve ever written. Fat for Fuel represents my most worthy contribution to our understanding about preventing and healing disease.

Enough accolades. Let me tell you about my newest book…

Order Now to reserve your copy, and receive free 6 bonuses. Product will ship May 16th, 2017.

What I Learned In 1995 Forever Shaped My View On Cancer And Chronic Disease

“Dr. Joseph Mercola has been a shining beacon of health wisdom and freedom for decades. Fat for Fuel is a masterpiece of cutting-edge research and practical application.”

— Christiane Northrup, M.D.

New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies,
Women’s Wisdom
and Goddesses Never Age

Medical School
I never learned anything about the root cause of chronic disease in med school

Surprisingly, my seven years of medical school and family practice residency never addressed the root cause of common chronic illness.

All I was taught was how to manage symptoms through the use of pharmaceuticals and medical procedures.

Then, in 1995, my understanding of chronic disease took a quantum leap. I was introduced to Dr. Ron Rosedale and his breakthrough views on clinical metabolic biochemistry.

In a nutshell, Dr. Rosedale taught me that defective metabolic processes in your mitochondria, not your genetic makeup, cause cancer and nearly all other chronic diseases, including accelerated aging.

And what causes these faulty processes?

Insulin and leptin receptor resistance from too many net carbs and activation of the mTOR metabolic signaling pathway by too much protein.

Let me put this into more easily understood terms…

When you eat too many sugars and carbs without fiber, along with too much protein, you can ignite a cascade of metabolic events that includes:

  • Widespread inflammation and cellular damage, especially your mitochondria, or your cells’ power factories
  • Faster aging and a greater risk of all cancers from the activation of your body’s most important signaling pathway from eating excess protein
  • An increase in insulin resistance that can progress to prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes because your cells have lost their ability to respond to insulin effectively
  • Overeating due to the loss of control over your appetite and knowing when you’re “full”
  • An inability to lose weight because your body is holding on to fat instead of burning it for fuel

So how can you take what I’ve learned and put it to good use? That’s the idea behind my new book, Fat for Fuel – to help you take control over obesity and chronic disease, including advanced cancer.

Why Cancer Is One Of The Most Manageable Diseases We Know Of Today

“Once you realize what cancer is, that it’s a metabolic disease, you can take charge of those kinds of things. In other words, getting cancer is not God’s will. It’s not bad luck.”

— Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D.

Human Mitochondria
An artist’s view of human mitochondria inside a cell

I believe, along with many of the experts I interviewed for Fat for Fuel, more than 90 percent of cancer cases are either preventable or treatable.
That should be very welcome news to most people – even if you’re not currently fighting cancer or have a friend or family member who is.

But here’s something that I think should be even more reassuring…

Many people don’t realize that their chances of developing cancer are slim if their mitochondria are healthy and functional.

Researcher Dr. Peter Pederson from Johns Hopkins, recently made a fascinating discovery:

One characteristic that cancer cells share with one another is that they have a radically reduced number of fully functional mitochondria.

Maybe you remember learning about mitochondria in science class…

These tiny organelles, originally thought to have evolved from bacteria, exist in nearly all your cells. Most cells have several thousands of them, and can comprise up to 50 percent of your cells’ volume!

Your mitochondria are truly your body’s lifeline. They supply over 90 percent of your body’s energy needs by converting the food you eat and the air you breathe into usable energy.

Powerful Strategies For Repairing And Nurturing Your Mitochondria

As you age, your body produces fewer mitochondria, so that makes taking care of the ones you have all the more important.

When a significant percentage of your mitochondria stops functioning properly, your health can falter and leave you more vulnerable to cancer and other chronic diseases.

However, we now know there are powerful strategies that can repair and improve the health of your mitochondria.

What I believe to be the most valuable strategy for repairing your mitochondria is the main subject of my newest book:
Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy.

You see, everything you eat affects your mitochondria – positively or negatively.

When you make food choices that boost your mitochondrial health, you reduce the risk of damage to your cells’ genetic material or DNA that can lead to disease or cancer.

In Fat for Fuel, here’s just a sampling of what you will learn:

  • How to trigger powerful changes in your health in just a few days
  • How to avoid feeding cancer cells’ mitochondria while repairing your healthy mitochondria
  • How to starve out cancer cells (and not harm your healthy cells!)
  • How to permanently shed unwanted pounds and inches faster than you ever thought possible
  • How to feel sharper mentally and improve your memory just by changing how and when you eat
  • How to boost your physical stamina and endurance
  • How to eliminate excessive hunger pangs and food cravings
  • How to explain to your friends, family, and doctor exactly what you’re doing and get their unwavering support
  • How to monitor your progress and find the least expensive supplies

Beyond Ketogenic Diets: The Eating Program That Can Heal Your Mitochondria

“A truly revolutionary program. . . Fat for Fuel will change the way you think about nutrition and your health.”

— Leo Galland, M.D.

Author of The Allergy Solution

Let me be very clear… you don’t need to be sick, overweight, or have cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s to benefit from the information in Fat for Fuel.

This book is designed for anyone wishing to improve his or her health. There’s tremendous value in repairing and nurturing damaged mitochondria just to feel more energetic and to help live a long life free from disease.

However, the sicker you are or the older you are (because you now have fewer mitochondria), the more you stand to benefit from the strategies I present in Fat for Fuel.

My program, Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy, or MMT, is a system of eating that aims to heal the root cause of chronic disease and aging – and your mitochondria themselves.

MMT Benefits
Greater energy and stamina are just two benefits of MMT

It does this by shifting your metabolism from burning glucose as your primary fuel to burning fat instead.

When you replace carbs with fat for fuel, potentially:

  • You optimize your mitochondrial function
  • You turn on your body’s ability to burn body fat
  • Your metabolism runs more efficiently
  • You enjoy long-lasting energy and stamina
  • Your brain functions more efficiently and you feel sharper mentally

Glucose is a “dirty” fuel, while fat burns much cleaner. So by replacing carbs with healthy fats, your cells’ mitochondria are less likely to suffer damage from free radicals that are caused by reactive oxygen species or ROS.

Since 90 percent or more of the total ROS in your body are produced within your mitochondria, these fragile components of your cells are continually under siege when there are excessive ROS. Some are needed for crucial cellular functions, but too many cause devastating damage.

Previously, it was thought excessive ROS could be addressed by taking antioxidants, but we now know that this was a flawed strategy and it is far better to prevent their production by eating an optimal fuel mixture.

MMT can help your cells’ mitochondria reach the “Goldilocks” zone for producing ROS — not too much and not too little, but just the “right” amounts for healthy cellular and mitochondrial function.

Why You Need Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy (MMT)

What many people may not realize is that switching over to fat-burning is not an instantaneous “aha” moment. Nor is it a one-size-fits-all plan.

That may be why, if you’ve ever tried a ketogenic diet, you weren’t able to reach or remain in ketosis long enough to produce significant health effects.

My MMT program is a highly customizable, multi-step process that can take a few days or as long as a few months to become fully fat-adapted. Everyone is different.

Fat for Fuel walks you through the complete step-by-step process. You learn which foods and practices work best for you.

My goal is to help you get there smoothly and as easily as possible, identifying and removing potential challenges ahead of time that can derail you off course.

Ketogenic Diet Plan
You’ll receive my step-by-step plan for reaching nutritional ketosis

Here are some of the valuable insights you’ll gain from Fat for Fuel to help you succeed:

  • The 7 most common symptoms to expect while shifting to fat burning and simple ways to ward them off
  • How to use timing and spacing of meals to propel your results
  • The weight loss bonus that will hook you in your first few days on MMT
  • How to overcome emotional roadblocks that may arise before and during MMT
  • One simple way to tell if you’re exercising too much (or too little) while adjusting to fat burning
  • The 7 most common challenges people face when adopting a fat-burning eating plan and how to face them head on
  • How to customize MMT for you so you’ll want to continue it for life (although you’ll most likely be convinced that long-term is for you once you experience how much better you feel when eating this way!)
  • Why your brain loves ketones (Hint: it has to do with how easily they are whisked across your blood-brain barrier into your brain tissue)
  • Why it’s easier to lose weight on a ketogenic diet (and especially my MMT plan) and keep it off
  • The greatest tool I’ve found to help keep on track, pinpoint nutritional deficiencies in my diet – and to stay motivated
  • The effective and inexpensive long-term alternative to blood tests for monitoring ketones
  • My guidelines for long-term optimum fat-burning, including the ideal amount of protein to eat at any meal to avoid activating mTOR
  • The other side of eating that most people ignore, yet it’s equally important for your body to function at its best (it happens to be the oldest dietary intervention in the world!)
  • Why taking too many antioxidants can be dangerous and actually aid the survival of cancer cells
  • The popular cooking oils that can harm your cell membranes and threaten your mitochondrial health
  • Why it may be a big mistake to follow your conventional doctor’s advice about fat in your diet

Why MMT Is One Of The Most Powerful Strategies For Lasting Weight Loss And Much More…

“Beautifully lays out the history—and the myths—behind the high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet that has been at the root of so much illness and death in the last half-century.”

— Ron Rosedale, M.D.

Weight Loss
Your waistline measurement is your greatest gauge of health

As a healthy child, you had healthy metabolic flexibility. When you ate a limited amount of sugar and net carbs (carbs minus the fiber) and greater amounts of healthy fat, you were easily able to burn clean burning fats as your primary fuel.

After eating a high net-carb diet, your body loses its ability to switch effortlessly from glucose-burning to fat-burning. And, if you’re like the majority of adults, your health — especially your metabolic health — has suffered as a result.
One visual gauge of your current metabolic health is the amount of body fat you’re carrying, especially around your waistline. This is largely unhealthy visceral fat.

You need a certain amount of body fat to protect your organs, but too much puts you at higher risk for chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

By making MMT part of your everyday life, you can regain that long-lost metabolic advantage. And that puts you squarely into control of your health – and weight – like no other step you could possibly take!

Similar to a ketogenic diet, MMT is a high-fat, low-carb, and moderate-protein eating plan. But unlike a ketogenic diet, it emphasizes on high-quality, unprocessed whole foods.

Since your body was designed to run more efficiently on fats than on carbs, when you successfully shift over to what’s called nutritional ketosis, you optimize your mitochondrial function and your body’s ability to burn body fat.

While fitting into your favorite skinny jeans is certainly a valuable side effect of MMT, my plan’s primary aim goes much deeper – to heal your metabolism at the cellular level and ward off the development of most common chronic diseases and premature aging, including:

  • Cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Atherosclerosis and heart disease
  • Cataracts

And of course, that includes the core causes of obesity!

Please Don’t Confuse Paleo With My Advanced Version Of Ketogenic…

Meat Protein
Paleo promotes far too much protein

Paleo diets are one of the hottest eating trends today. Many people claim eating that way helps them feel more energetic. Others swear by them for weight loss.

But it’s not the same thing as MMT…

While there are many advantages to the Paleo diet – it’s certainly a big step above the typical American diet – it doesn’t initially control net carbs.

Paleo restricts grains, dairy, starches, and processed foods, but the diet allows some starchy vegetables, fruits, and sugars like honey and coconut sugar.

And it encourages protein from meat, seafood, and nuts and seeds – lots of it! Many people who follow the Paleo diet consume far too much protein.

Too much sugar and too much protein can make it impossible to maintain a state of ketosis, especially if you are new to nutritional ketosis.

Eating too much protein can also activate your body’s most important signaling pathway – mTOR, or the mammalian target of rapamycin – and boost your risk of cancer. Your mTOR pathway organizes all the nutrient sensors in your body to regulate metabolism, growth, cell differentiation, and cellular survival.

Researchers have discovered that low-protein diets extend lifespan in flies because they improve mitochondrial function and inhibit mTOR.

MMT or my version of the ketogenic diet provides very precise protein recommendations to help avoid activating mTOR and, at the same time, restore health to your mitochondria.

With the guidance I provide in Fat for Fuel, you’ll know how to determine the exact amount of protein that’s right for you!

Just As Important As What You Eat Is What You Don’t Eat

“Fat for Fuel . . . reveals truths the food industry won’t tell you about the food you eat and starts you on a path to radically transforming your health.”

— Mark Hyman, M.D.

#1 New York Times best-selling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin and
director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine

Water Fasting
If water fasts aren’t for you, I introduce you to 5 other types of fasts in Fat for Fuel

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we should eat that it’s easy to forget the other side that’s equally important for your mitochondrial health. And that’s not eating.

Consider your early ancestors… They didn’t have ready access to food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instead, they evolved to withstand extended periods without food. You and I are here today, so they obviously thrived.

Could your body perhaps be equipped to function optimally by not eating?

Fasting can rapidly accelerate your transition to fat-burning and immediately begin to improve metabolic pathways involved with many health challenges.

Think of it as a jump start to success… Starting MMT when you’re already adapted to burning fat through fasting makes your eating plan much easier to implement and stick with.

Fasting also provides numerous benefits in itself. When you fast, your:

  • Blood sugar stabilizes
  • Insulin levels fall and insulin resistance improves
  • Digestive tract gets to rest and repair its mucosal lining
  • Immune system participates in the regeneration of your body’s organs
  • Stem cells produce new white blood cells to boost immunity
  • Body produces ketones to fuel your brain and nervous system while preserving muscle mass
  • Metabolic rate increases to provide energy in the absence of food
  • Damaged cells are cleared out through a natural cleansing routine
  • Excess body fat is shed without the loss of lean body mass
  • Levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and cancer-promoting hormones drop
  • Rate of aging slows as does the accumulation of cellular free radicals
  • Brain function is protected by higher levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and other chemicals

Your Biggest Decision Likely Won’t Be If You’ll Fast, It’ll Be Which Fast Will You Choose?

Working Out
Want to kick-start your results? Choose one of my fasts

I think you’ll agree that fasting provides an exceptional way to jump-start your mitochondria and become fat-adapted in as short a time as possible, and start reaping the many benefits of fat burning.

You can do a traditional 2- to 3-day water fast where you drink nothing but water plus minerals, or you can take your pick of at least 5 other types of fasts to make the transition to fat-burning even easier.

You’ll find detailed information about each type of fast in Fat for Fuel, including:

  • How to find the “right” fast for you
  • The fast that burns through your glycogen stores the quickest and pushes your body to start using fat for energy (You’ll want this one if you’ve just received a very serious diagnosis)
  • How to get the benefits of water fasting without the typical loss of energy
  • How to quickly shed your cravings for sweets and carbs while fasting
  • How to optimize your body’s repair and rejuvenation processes
  • How to use timing to reap many of the same benefits as long-term calorie restriction without the pain, suffering, and compliance challenges
  • How to know if fasting is safe for you (Especially if you have low blood pressure, thyroid disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or are taking diuretics or blood pressure medications)
  • The fast where you’re still eating food (This may be a tougher approach!)
  • What you need to know about exercising while fasting
  • How to fast without upsetting your body’s circadian rhythm
  • A quick trick to help extend your fast while warding off your hunger without raising your blood sugar (Many will enjoy this taste treat!)
  • The 3-hour window when you never want to eat (To help optimize your mitochondrial function and prevent cellular damage and faster aging)
  • My favorite form of fasting – and the one I personally use (It’s the easiest to maintain once you’ve shifted over to fat-burning)

Is There Life After MMT?

Healthy Diet
Once you regain the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel you’re ready for more variety in your diet

As I show in Fat for Fuel, switching to burning fat as your primary fuel is a very powerful strategy for improving the health of your mitochondria, and in turn, your overall health.

But maybe you’re wondering, “Do I have to eat this way for the rest of my life?”

The short answer is, no you do not. In fact, I don’t want you to.

In Fat for Fuel, I help you determine how long is enough for you based on your genetic and mitochondrial differences, as well as any hormonal challenges you may have.

MMT is not intended to be a long-term deprivation diet. Once you regain the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel you’re ready to listen to your body and increase the flexibility in your diet.

By mimicking the eating pattern of many of our ancient ancestors, you can use what I call “feast-famine cycling,” a strategy that many in the body-building community have embraced to optimize their performance.

There are multiple ways to use this clever strategy and I review them all in Fat for Fuel. When done correctly, you’ll enjoy a greater variety of delicious, wholesome foods without harming your body’s newly regained ability to burn fat.

And I think you’ll agree… With greater variety and flexibility, it’s much easier to stick to a lifetime of healthy eating!

The Stealth Threat Facing Every Man And Postmenopausal Woman, Exposing You To Obesity, Cancer, Cognitive Decline, And Heart Disease

Weight Management
If you struggle with weight issues, excess iron may be a factor

My MMT Program helps control the production of damaging ROS and secondary free radicals in three important ways. The first two are the foods you eat and when you eat them.

The third is such a serious threat to overall health that it absolutely astounds me that more doctors aren’t giving it the attention it deserves, including many holistic practitioners.

This threat targets every single man and postmenopausal woman, and it isn’t related to a reckless lifestyle or poor eating habits.

You could even be following my MMT eating plan and be at high risk for this health-wrecking threat!

I’m talking about iron.

Excess iron can lead to one of the most dangerous reactions in your body — the Fenton reaction — that decimates your mitochondrial DNA, proteins, and membranes and contributes to system-wide inflammation.

And all you may initially notice is some joint pain, fatigue, gut pain, memory fog, or an irregular heartbeat!

Even moderately elevated levels of iron can contribute to:

  • Obesity — Obese individuals are more likely to have high levels of iron in their bodies.
  • Cancer — Elevated levels of iron are found in patients with many types of cancer, including breast cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS — High levels of iron in your brain tissue (which can easily happen as you age) can lead to cognitive impairment and inflammation.
  • Cardiovascular disease — Women’s risk of heart disease rises significantly after they either go through menopause or have a hysterectomy (and stop losing blood each month through menses).
  • Diabetes — Men with high iron stores were found to be 2.4 times as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as men with lower levels.
  • The growth of pathogens — High iron levels facilitate the growth of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.
  • Osteoporosis — Too much iron in your body can damage your bones, but unfortunately, symptoms don’t typically appear until your levels are dangerously high.

What You Learn About Iron In Fat For Fuel Could Literally Save Your Life

Iron Test
Serum iron tests won’t tell you if there’s a problem

Many doctors, including some Naturopathic physicians, aren’t doing the right test to give you the information you need about your iron levels.

Yet, they’ll insist they know best, and may even try to talk you out of the test you really need.

It’s much easier to manage your situation if you discover your high levels early, which is just one of the reasons why I’ve become so passionate about this topic.

Fat for Fuel is your guide to repairing and nourishing your mitochondria. But, you simply can’t optimize your mitochondrial health – or that of your entire body – if you have excess iron.

I’ve dedicated an entire chapter to the topic of excess iron, where you’ll learn:

  • The real test that you need to find out how high your levels truly are
  • The ideal range you want to maintain (it’s not what labs and most doctors consider “normal”)
  • The 7 things that increase your absorption of iron (it’s not only cast iron pans)
  • What to avoid eating or drinking with a steak to minimize your absorption of iron from red meat
  • The fastest way to lower excess iron levels (and what I do each month to help maintain safe low levels)
  • The 6 alternative strategies that can lower your absorption of iron as much as 95 percent
  • The 3 popular beverages that help protect you from the iron in foods
  • When never to take vitamin C or calcium supplements as they can increase your absorption of unwanted iron
  • The controversial strategy that provides the same iron level reduction as donating blood (it even provides up to a 75 percent lower rate of certain cancers), but it may not be for everyone

Your iron levels are so crucial, I’ve made getting them tested the right way a prerequisite before proceeding with my MMT plan!

10 Bonus Strategies To Boost Your Mitochondrial Health

Healthy Mitochondria
Diet isn’t the only way to improve the health of your mitochondria

Without question, my MMT diet is the most effective way to improve the health of your mitochondria. But it’s not the only way…

In Fat for Fuel, I outline 10 other powerful strategies for boosting mitochondrial health. At least half of them you can do at home without any special tools or equipment!

In this bonus chapter, I show you:

  • How to use photobiology to create energy to improve your mitochondrial function (first, make sure your cells have enough of this beneficial fatty acid)
  • The two-part strategy to gain a powerful synergy that could help reverse any health challenge
  • How to use light to deeply penetrate your tissues to deliver energy to your mitochondria for increased ATP production (it must be this certain hard-to-find wavelength!)
  • How to renew damaged proteins inside your cells, inside of allowing them to accumulate and form plaque deposits in your brain and vascular systems
  • The inexpensive tool to help protect your circadian rhythms and natural melatonin production to help you sleep better at night and help lower your cancer risk
  • The simple change you can make in your home to nearly duplicate the sun’s healthy, natural lighting for your eye health
  • What to do if you wake up before sunrise, especially during the darker months of winter (and continue to do it until the sun rises)
  • How to stimulate the production of new mitochondria and boost the destruction of diseased ones
  • The 20-second trick to double your body’s production of norepinephrine for improved focus and attention and to boost mood and alleviate pain
  • The four supplements to avoid if you have (or suspect) cancer as they can make cancer cells stronger and more resistant to anti-cancer treatment (this is a mistake many natural medicine practitioners make!)
  • The ancient healing method that’s been shown to be useful in treating pain conditions, depression, age-related mental decline, and Alzheimer’s (I use it every night to help quell free radicals and protect against EMFs)
  • Two ways to help your body increase levels of healthier “structured” water inside your cells and two simple ways to create it yourself from regular drinking water

Why My Book May Not Be For Everyone

Is Fat for Fuel for You
Is Fat for Fuel for you?

What I think about this book: A  MUST READ ONE.