777: LLVLC Classic – Dr. Thomas Seyfried Pioneers Ketogenic Diet For Cancer

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Ketogenic cancer researcher Dr. Thomas Seyfried is our guest today for this LLVLC Show Classic from our golden archives in Episode 777 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”



Today we dip into our wealth of incredible audio from years gone by for this very special LLVLC Show Classic episode featuring a man who dared to think outside the box when it comes to a critical health issue like brain cancer. When Jimmy had the privilege of speaking with a Boston College-based professor and cancer researcher named Dr. Thomas Seyfried several years back, little did he realize at the time just how quickly the idea of a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet would catch on as an alternative treatment for brain cancer and other cancers. But Dr. Seyfried has been at the forefront of promoting this concept, conducting his own laboratory research, and even writing the seminal textbook about it in 2012 called Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer. Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Seyfried discuss why he believes calorie restriction is an important element in ketogenic cancer therapy, the results he has seen with this nutritional approach in mouse studies, how an annual one-week fast could be an effective cancer prevention strategy (which Jimmy ended up doing for himself in 2011), and a whole lot more. We’ve got podcasting gold for you today in this special LLVLC Show Classic episode! And don’t miss seeing the “Moment Of Clarity” quotes from Dr. Seyfried as one of the experts featured in Jimmy’s upcoming August 2014 book Keto Clarity.


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– VIDEO: Dr. Mercola Interviews Professor Thomas Seyfried
– 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium VIDEO: Targeting Energy Metabolism in Brain Cancer
– RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #738: Miriam Kalamian Offers Hope To Cancer Patients With The Ketogenic Diet
– RELATED PODCAST: ATLCX #31: Dr. Colin Champ | Ketogenic Diets And Cancer
– RELATED BLOG POST: “Seyfried Cancer Textbook Cites My 7-Day Fast Experience”
– RELATED BLOG POST: “High-Fat, Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet For Cancer Featured On The 700 Club”
Keto Clarity: Unleash The Health Benefits Of A Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

14 Responses to 777: LLVLC Classic – Dr. Thomas Seyfried Pioneers Ketogenic Diet For Cancer
  1. David
    February 10, 2014 | 4:01 am

    Is there an example of what foods you would be eating, for the 400-600 calories per day recommended by Dr. Seyfried? Or the % of fat-carb-protein for this reduced amount of calories? Thanks.

    • LLVLCBlog
      February 10, 2014 | 5:45 am

      Dr. Seyfried outlines that in his book. But the diet is very high in fat (over 85% of calories) and the rest is protein and carbohydrate. Hope this helps!

      • David
        February 10, 2014 | 6:37 am

        Thanks Jimmy. It sounds interesting. Like so many other people have mentioned, I find that I am not hungry for periods of time with low carb, so 600 calories a day could be do-able. I don’t know about the 7 days with only distilled water, which he mentioned at the end of the show.

        • LLVLCBlog
          February 10, 2014 | 7:41 am

          600 calories is WAY too low for, but then again I don’t have cancer. There are others who debate the idea that restricting calories is necessary even for cancer patients. Listen to my podcast with Dr. Colin Champ where we discuss this: http://www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/10/31-dr-colin-champ-ketogenic-diets-and-cancer/

          • David
            February 11, 2014 | 5:36 am

            Thanks again, for the link to the program with Dr. Champ. (just listened to it) I do not have cancer either, but Dr Seyfried mentioned his program being beneficial even as a preventative measure against cancer. (Suggesting a 1x/year fast) I’m familiar with ketosis from your shows, but honestly do not know if I have ever experienced it. The Perfect Health Diet is closest to what I follow, so I would generally be above 50g carb/day. I remember your interview with Volek and Phinney, who believe that fasting has no health benefits.

            Do you have anything lined up for a follow up show with Dr. Flechas, or any expert talking about iodine?

            • LLVLCBlog
              February 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

              Right now I’m writing my book. I’ll be reairing my interview with Dr. Flechas next week, but would love to have him back on again when I return to podcasting in a few months. I did a full-on one-week fast after my interview with Dr. Seyfried which he included the story about in his book: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/seyfried-cancer-textbook-cites-my-7-day-fast-experience/14541

              • David
                February 11, 2014 | 9:15 pm

                Thanks Jimmy.. I had not read your blog about doing the 1 week fast. I’m not surprised by some of the negative comments you posted from people. I have done 1 day fasts, and when I tell most people, they think that a 1 day fast is crazy.

                • LLVLCBlog
                  February 12, 2014 | 6:50 am

                  We’re addressing fasting in my next book KETO CLARITY and I know that will be controversial. It’s crazy that people think you need to eat at least three meals a day to be human.

                  • David
                    February 13, 2014 | 5:03 am

                    I’m looking for a starting point to try a ketogenic diet. Until I can get a copy of Keto clarity to read further, what do you think about Paul Jaminet’s recommendation in the PHD book? (around 90 g protein / 60 g carbs / remaining calories from healthy fat sources)

                    • LLVLCBlog
                      February 13, 2014 | 5:14 am

                      That certainly might work, but not everyone can achieve ketosis eating that much protein and carbohydrate. Have you heard my lecture about nutritional ketosis from the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise: http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/8986/748-jimmy-moore-2013-low-carb-cruise-lecture/

                    • David
                      February 14, 2014 | 4:34 am

                      Great info as always Jimmy. Sounds like your ketosis trial was 83% fat, 12% protein, 5% carbs. The PHD breakdown would be closer to 72% fat, 16% protein, 12% carbs.

                      Is there any way to know if you are in ketosis, other than the precision extra meter you mentioned in the lecture?

                      Volek & Phinney said it may take 2 weeks for your body to adjust to a LCHF diet to start consistent weight loss, If you start a ketogenic diet near an optimal weight, would it typically take 2 weeks before ketosis starts?

                    • LLVLCBlog
                      February 14, 2014 | 6:38 am

                      What it takes to reach ketosis will vary depending on carb tolerance. Measuring blood is most accurate current technology, but others are coming. KETO adaptation can happen in a couple of days to a couple of months.

                    • David
                      February 15, 2014 | 2:10 am

                      If carb tolerance is 50 g/day for one person and 120 g/day for another, would you expect the 120g/day person to get to ketosis faster on a ketogenic diet? (Assuming near ideal weight)

                    • LLVLCBlog
                      February 15, 2014 | 5:49 am

                      It’s more than just carbs involved, but generally sure.

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