Melanoma Alternative Treatments

Melanoma is one of the most deadly cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, it accounts for approximately 5% of all cancer deaths worldwide. The incidence of melanoma has been increasing over time due to increased sun exposure and smoking among other factors. There are several treatments available for melanoma including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy drugs or even gene therapies.

Curing Melanoma Naturally With Diet

The first step towards curing your melanoma naturally is to stop eating the foods which cause cancer cells to grow. The best way to do this is through a low carb diet.

A ketogenic (low carbohydrate) diet will not only kill cancer cells but will also boost energy levels and reduce inflammation resulting in improved health overall. If you have ever heard of “ketosis” then you already understand what I am talking about here!

Ketosis is a metabolic state where the body burns fat instead of glucose as its main source of fuel. Ketones are produced when fats break down into fatty acids and acetone during breakdown.

Acetoacetate (AcA), which is produced from breaking down fat, is used as a substrate for making ketone bodies such as AcD and AcE. These ketones are very effective at treating many diseases like epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, AIDS wasting syndrome etc.

How does it work?

The main reason why someone would want to follow a ketogenic diet is because it mimics the effects of starvation. This means the body shifts from using glucose as its main energy source to burning fat directly. When this happens, conditions like cancer have a much more difficult time existing. This is because rapid division of cancer cells requires glucose to survive. So by limiting glucose availability (e.g. sugar), it is possible to stop cancer in its tracks. This is exactly what happens during a ketogenic diet.

To get into ketosis, you need to consume no more than 20g of carbohydrates per day. Keep in mind that some vegetables have quite a bit of carbs, even if they are “green”.

For example, 1 cup of peas has over 42g of carbs!

What this means is that the only carbohydrates you should be eating are from vegetables with 3g of carbs or less per serving. Some examples of these are:

Asparagus (3g per 6 spears)

Avocado (2.7g per half a fruit)

Cauliflower (2.6g per 1 cup)

Green beans (4.6g per 1 cup)

Spinach (1.6g per 1 cup)

There are many others, but this should give you an idea of vegetables you can eat while keeping your carbohydrate intake low. Keep in mind that some carbohydrates in vegetables take the form of fiber and therefore have minimal effect on blood sugar.

Here’s a list of high fiber vegetables . In addition to eating these low carb vegetables, it is also a good idea to supplement with ketones . These are the same ketones your body produces when in ketosis and they can help someone adapt more quickly. While not absolutely necessary, they will help and are recommended for anyone new to low carb dieting.

What about fruits?

The next question is whether or not you can eat fruits. The answer is “yes, but just a few”. Berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries) are usually fine because they have very few carbs. This is especially true if you’re only having a handful for a snack and not making them the centerpiece of your meal.

Citrus fruits can also be eaten (under half of a medium orange, etc.), but again don’t make them the centerpiece of your meal.

This is because even though they have very few carbs, they have a lot of natural sugars and will therefore cause a drop in your blood sugar levels. Not only does this make you feel like crap, it also makes it harder to stay in ketosis.

Last but not least, avoid fruit juices. These are pure sugar water with almost no fiber to slow the absorption of the sugars into your bloodstream.

While pure fruit sugar is okay in moderation, do not drink fruit juice. Stick with small portions of whole fruits instead.

What about artificial sweeteners?

There are a lot of concerns over the safety of artificial sweeteners. While some research does show they are potentially harmful, these studies are often done in test tubes or using rat models. In other words, what happens in a petri dish or to a rat doesn’t necessarily have the same effect on a human.

Even if these artificial sweeteners weren’t safe, it would still be better than consuming regular sugar. It’s a question of moderation.

It’s the same as eating an egg. Eating an egg everyday will harm you, but a couple eggs a week is no problem.

While I am generally against artificial sweeteners, there are two that I think are safe in moderation:

Aspartame – E951

This is by far the most common artificial sweetener in diet sodas and also found in many grocery store products. It’s safe in reasonable quantities (e.g.

the same as you’d find in a can of soda), but this will be up to you to decide.

Acesulfame-K – E950

This is the same thing as the popular Sweet-n-low. It’s used quite commonly in baked goods and “light” products since it has virtually no calories.

You might find that some diet products use this instead of aspartame since it can withstand higher temperatures.

What about other products?

A lot of other diet products contain artificial sweeteners. Some that you may run into are drops (that can be added to water), “light” products (e.g. light yogurt, light ice cream, etc.), fat free dairy products, “low fat” and “fat free” snacks and many more. Check the labels!

What about diet pills?

There are a lot of diet pills out there. Some are over the counter, some require a prescription. Most of them are a bust in terms of weight loss, but a few (as far as we know) do work. These include:

Alli

Alli is a fat binder. It’s active ingredient is a chemical that blocks about 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed (estimates range from 10-30%).

The problem with this of course is you need to remember to take it before every meal. It also has serious side effects when combined with other drugs like flexiril (for muscle spasms). Alli can also cause extremely severe dehydration which can be fatal.

While this product does work, the risks are too high in my opinion. It’s not uncommon for people to have serious digestive problems and even rectal bleeding.

There are also users who have reported serious liver damage. You can read more here.

Alli (orlistat) is the same thing as xenical which is available by prescription only. It carries the same risks as alli.

Appesat

Since Alli and Xenical are prescription only, a company called Appleton has created a product called Appesat which contains the same active ingredient. It is available without a prescription, but is not as strong (Alli and Xenical contain about 60% of the active ingredient that Appesat does).

Many people have reported success with Alli and Xenical, but it seems that they only work in those who are extremely overweight. This is likely because their bodies are unable to process all of the fat in their diet and the orlistat prevents some of that from being absorbed.

As people lose weight, their bodies are better able to process fat so the pills become less effective.

If Alli or Xenical are available in your area and you are thinking about using them, you should get a full body scan first to check for potential liver damage, kidney failure or other problems. If you have any of these conditions, don’t even bother.

Conclusion

It is possible to lose weight while eating whatever you want. I’ve done it.

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