This book details alternative explanations for the incidence of cancer and offers therapies to starve cancer cells and reverse symptoms.

In this episode, Julia and Sasha did not have any time for their usual discussion of paleo activities, offal consumption, and poop health. Due to the upcoming holiday and important things like Friendsgiving, the two only talked about the book, promising more detailed talk of their paleo exploits before Episode 15.

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What is the metabolic approach to cancer? 

Cancer cells are produced by humans every day through cell division, but in a normally functioning body, these cells are quickly destroyed. Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, protects the body by detecting mutated DNA in newly produced cells and breaking down the corresponding cells. A cancerous cells evades the body’s mechanisms to protect against such mutations and is able to reproduce indefinitely.


The conventional theories of cancer genesis include genes, family history, and bad luck. It’s basically the 3 Gs argument applied to cancer. In this world, you’re pretty much doomed, and there isn’t much you can do to change your fate. You’re going to get cancer no matter what you try to do to mitigate it.

What role does sugar play?


The metabolic theory of cancer builds on the Warburg effect, which acknowledges that cancer cells metabolize glucose anaerobically at an incredibly fast rate compared with normally functioning cells. Essentially, mitochondria in cancer cells are malfunctioning and refusing to metabolize glucose to produce ATP normally. Rather, they don’t use oxygen and produce lactic acid as a byproduct. As the authors argue, human actions and environment can make this situation worse and further encourage the incorrect behavior of malfunctioning cells.


Current science is aware that sugar is tantamount to cancer cells’ survival to the extent that they use sugar in positron emission tomography (PET) scans to find tumors. The more a spot lights up, the greater the number of tumor cells gathered there. Even with this awareness, conventional medicine is reluctant to


Finally a book that calls out irresponsible medicine and outdated thinking boldly and unapologetically. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer offers not only hope to people given the worst diagnosis, but it provides solid science and proven remedies to back it up.

This book really makes you wonder why conventional medicine is holding on so tightly to carcinogenic and miserable treatments that might grant you 6 months more of life at the cost of $50,000. It also makes you wonder why so many people have to wait until after a terrible diagnosis to begin living and eating the way we are genetically designed to.


Give The Metabolic Approach a read even if you don't have cancer—and maybe especially so. Get on the right path now to best protect your mitochondria, reverse oxidative damage, and feel young and healthy.