Episode 51: The Role Of The Ketogenic Diet In Cancer Treatment

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Summary: Thanks for joining us for episode 51 of The Ancestral RD podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you'd like us to answer it on the show! Today we are interviewing Patricia Daly who through personal and professional experience with cancer is working to take the fear out of the disease. Patricia Daly is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist (BA Hons, dipNT, mBANT, mNTOI) based in Dublin, Ireland. Following her cancer diagnosis, she left her corporate career and started studying nutrition, specializing in the area of Integrative Cancer Care. Patricia has worked with hundreds of cancer patients across the world. Her network with both complementary and orthodox health professionals allows her to stay up-to-date with current research and best practice. The process of fighting cancer can be filled with confusion and fear. Often there isn’t time to research and consider the multi-faceted approaches that are widely known, let alone the lesser known approaches. In today's episode, Patricia shares evidence based knowledge about the ketogenic diet and it’s promising role as an adjuvant therapy making cancer treatment more effective and even helping the body fight the disease. Listen to our insightful discussion to learn what the ketogenic diet is, who should implement it, and how. Here are some of the question we discussed with Patricia: You’ve dealt with cancer in the past, so would you mind just starting us with you own story? Can you tell us a little bit about what a ketogenic diet is? Why do you think that a ketogenic diet is very helpful for cancer patients? What makes it so special? What’s your opinion on the whether or not cancer is a metabolic disease, and what does that even mean either way? When there is damage to the mitochondria, why do you feel like a ketogenic diet is then useful in that regard? What does a ketogenic doing to the mitochondria itself? Who should be doing a ketogenic diet? What are your thoughts about how glucose intake without cancer would affect the risk of getting cancer? Do you think that a ketogenic diet can be considered a preventative diet for cancer, or do you think it’s just a therapeutic diet once somebody already has cancer? What kind of things are you monitoring to determine how low someone should go with carbohydrates or any other macronutrient for that reason? Where does the stress level have to lie in someone implementing a diet like this for it to become not useful anymore? How can you determine if it’s going to do more harm than good for someone? How does digestion play a role when it comes to the ketogenic diet? Can you tell us a little bit about the resources that you have available for people that are interested in this? Links Discussed: WildFoods.co - Use the code WILDRD for a free gift! TRANSCRIPT: Laura: Hi, everyone. Welcome to episode 51 of The Ancestral RDs podcast. I’m Laura Schoenfeld and with me as always Kelsey Marksteiner. Kelsey: Hey guys. Laura: So Kelsey, are you getting excited for your trip to California? Kelsey: Yes. Oh my gosh, I’m so excited. I’m excited to do some talks because I was talking about a couple weeks ago, this will be my first sort of “real” public speaking engagement, which is kind of exciting and it seems like it going to be a really awesome retreat. I’m exited both personally and professionally to go. It should be nice. Laura: Do you have a lot of free time where you can enjoy being outside if you’re going to be in California? Kelsey: Yeah. I think I do have a good amount of free time which should be nice. Although I think because I’m offering sessions while I’m there as well on the days that I’m speaking, so I have a few of those so far which is great. And I’m sure probably once I’m there and people hear me speak, there might be a couple add-on’s at that point. Laura: Yeah.