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Calorie Restriction to Fight Cancer

Posted 2/2/2013

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  I am trying to think of a positive way to present this news. This is the best I can do: here is a study suggesting that calorie restriction (severe, serious, hungry all the time calorie restriction) may be a way to fight cancer. The positive spin would be that it is a creative idea, it does not involved medications with side effects, it is under our own control. The less positive spin: (and excuse the hyperbole): What do they want from us? We have been hammered with advice about exercise and weight control, and now they want us to add fasting?

  This is a MedScape report of a study commencing at Duke University to look at severe diet restrictions for people receiving cancer treatment. There is some scientific evidence (in rats) to suggest that a very lean diet may be helpful, and this is the first attempt to apply it to humans. I am wondering who is going to rush to sign up for this one, but, to be fair, there are always people who are eager to do anything that might help. And, for sure, there are people who care less about food than I do.

  Here is the beginning and then a link. And PLEASE NOTE: the comment section of this blog is now working, and is pretty self evident. I would really love to hear from you.

Calorie Restriction to Treat Cancer: The Time Is Now

Cancer research history was quietly made at an American university in January.

For the first time ever, a randomized controlled trial that uses calorie restriction as a treatment for cancer — and measures a cancer-related outcome — was approved by the institutional review board at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and is on its way to the clinic.

"In the entire field of cancer research, there have only been a handful of studies of calorie restriction as a cancer treatment," Stephen Freedland, MD, from Duke, told Medscape Medical News. But none of them were randomized clinical trials.

In what appears to be a manifestation of zeitgeist, the approval at Duke comes when single-group studies of calorie restriction as a cancer treatment are being planned (in breast cancer at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) or are underway (in pancreatic and lung cancer at the University of Iowa in Ames).



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