Cancer Series #2: Ellen Davis – Could Adopting a Ketogenic Diet Help You Fight Cancer?

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Episode Summary

Welcome to the Wealthy Wellthy Life with Krisstina Wise. In part two of this new series on cancer, Krisstina speaks with Ellen Davis, author of, Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet.

Ellen has a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and in this conversation Krisstina taps into that knowledge to explore the benefits of a Ketogenic Diet, how nutrition plays a vital role in our health, the importance of taking ownership of your health and so much more.

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What We Covered

  • [04:47] – The catalyst that made Ellen start researching foods relationship to health
  • [06:40] – Ellen explains what’s behind the quote in the opening of her book that says, “Like a phoenix they will rise from the ashes of despair and soar.”
  • [08:08] – Ellen breaks down what a Ketogenic Diet is
  • [09:24] – The body’s two fuel sources and how they work
  • [12:37] – Krisstina shares an observation of hers while at MD Anderson with her father
  • [13:51] – Doctor’s don’t have all the answers and they are not well versed in nutrition
  • [14:28] – The advantage a Ketogenic Diet has for cancer patients over a high carb diet
  • [17:42] – Ellen talks about the genetic and metabolic belief about cancer
  • [22:48] – Dr. D’Agostino’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments
  • [24:34] – The benefits cancer patients can expect on a Ketogenic Diet
  • [25:22] – Ellen’s opinion of what leads to cancer
  • [26:29] – The somatic gene theory of cancer and Dr. Seyfried’s experiment
  • [27:23] – Ellen explains the typical Western Diet and why it’s not good for us
  • [29:43] – Krisstina talks about what she realized while at an awards conference in Arizona
  • [31:06] – Ellen explores how we have been taught to eat just one way
  • [32:54] – Ellen talks about the fallout from the research of Ansel Keys that a high fat diet causes diseases
  • [36:45] – How a significant amount of doctors don’t believe there is a link between cancer and your diet
  • [39:18] – How the medical system in the U.S. does not allow doctors to offer their patients alternative therapies and treatments
  • [43:58] – Being your own health advocate and taking ownership of your health
  • [47:03] – Ellen shares her thoughts on mainstream cancer treatment
  • [49:04] – Krisstina shares the story of learning of her father’s cancer diagnosis
  • [54:46] – How your belief system and the power of words can have positive or negative effects on you
  • [56:06] – How the Ketogenic Diet can give back control to the patient
  • [58:13] – How keeping patients sick is more lucrative than curing them
  • [01:01:02] – Living a cancer/disease proof lifestyle
  • [01:05:07] – Ellen shares a few success stories from cancer patients she helped through her work
  • [01:08:28] – The big myth Ellen would like to bust


[Tweet “I was only in my 40’s and I felt like I was 90 and I started realizing it had a lot to do with what I was eating.”]
[Tweet “The advice that you’re given from the USDA and the federal government is not necessarily good advice for nutrition.”]
[Tweet “If you want to starve a cancer cell you just stop eating foods that make sugar in the body.”]
[Tweet “Carbohydrates are the smoking gun in Type 2 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes and cancer are intimately linked.”]
[Tweet “Our health system is cracking under the weight of the diseases that are being generated by the food that we eat.”]

Links Mentioned

Ellen’s Website
Healthy Eating Politics
Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet by Ellen Davis
Cancer Genome Atlas
Tripping Over the Truth by Travis Christofferson
Ancel Keys
Thomas Seyfried
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D.

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