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Keto and Cancer: Fact check
Submitted by Dr Anushree Vartak (@anushreevartak) on Sunday, 26 February 2017
Section: Full Talk Technical level: Beginner
People in desperation or in the state of blissful ignorance believe everything that Internet says. One can find enough evidence to say that anything can prevent and cause cancer. Even doctors can be fooled by statistics if they are not trained in the critique of clinical trials or in determining quality of evidence, let alone a lay person.
Oncology is essentially about practicing evidence based medicine. Its encouraging to see the field of fitness and nutrition giving importance to evidence rather than just expert opinions floating on internet.
Its painful to see keto diet being advised to every cancer patient like a one stop solution by some dietitians. Especially because its so grounded in science and I dont want it to be dismissed as yet another miraculous alternative therapy.
Instead lets look at the present evidence and scientific mechanisms behind its anticancer potential.
Its intended for all keto enthusiasts.
I will be talking about following things
- A brief introduction about Keto
- Dietary Components of Keto vs Dietary risk factors for common cancers.
- Dietary restrictions in cancer treatment
- Scientific basis of anticancer properties of keto diet.
- How Oncologists perceive evidence
- Pre- clinical evidence
- Human evidence
- Contributing to evidence
- Horoscope :)
I am a surgical oncologist at Army hospital research and referral Delhi. Debunking myths about cancer is my favorite sport. Keto diet has been like a fairy godmother to me. But magic doesn’t cure cancer, science does!