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What differentiates us from bacteria ? How the ketogenic diet can be used to treat CFS !


Tuesday, January 22 2002 - Filed under: General

Hi,

I posted this message in the CFS-research newsgroup and I thought some of you might find it interesting too:

The last few days I feel a lot better. This is because I went back to a high-fat diet.
I already was on a low-carbohydrate diet, but now I have shifted the balance towards high-fat instead of high-protein.
Result is that the brain fogs have almost completely disappeared.

Do any of you have experience with treating CFS (or brain fogs) with dietary measures ?

Please note, that I'm not even sure I have CFS. I do show signs of adrenal insufficiency (mineral imbalances, hypoglycemia) and my brain fogs are alleviated when I use the same supplements that are effective in alleviating brain fogs in CFS patients (Co-Enzyme Q10, B12, magnesium, ginkgo biloba)..

I was surprised to see that there are no studies in the NCBI archive on treating CFS with dietary measures.
This is very odd, because dietary measures show many benefits in many diseases..

- My crohn's (chronic inflammation of intestines) is now in remission ( I'm sure it's a cure, but won't say that ) for more than a year (med-free 16 months) because of a *specific-carbohydrate diet*
- Epilepsy can be treated very well with a ketogenic diet (high fat, very low carbohydrate)
- We're seeing the first positive results of treating autism with the same specific carbohydrate diet (scdiet).. Some autistic children are completely cured already
- A ketogenic diet robs the cancercells of fuel (they can only use glucose, because they're anaerobic), resulting in negative cancergrowth
- All diabetes-complications can be prevented by a low-carbohydrate diet
- Many more examples I can look up for you

All these treatments have in common that the carbohydrate intake is severely volume-restricted or in the specific carbohydrate diet, all di- and poly-saccharides are disallowed.
I think a study that tests the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet in treating CFS is needed..

What many people don't know is that there basically only exist two types of living cells: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.
Bacteria were the first cells to live on this planet and they are the prokaryotes. After plants started to produce oxygen, a new type of cell emerged: The eukaryotes.
All higher life-forms (from yeasts to men) are made up of eukaryotic cells. The main difference is that eukaryotes have cellular organelles (subunits like the mitochondria, nucleus, ribosome, etc), whereas prokaryotes don't. In prokaryotes there is just one cell soup with no seperation of different components.
Prokaryotes like bacteria must be able to produce energy in the absence of oxygen (anaerobic metabolism). The only fuel they can readily use is glucose. They do this by glycolisis. The eukarocytes (like in men) can also use fats as an energy source. They can also use glucose aerobically.

So, we (men, animals, yeast) have a major advantage over bacteria (and cancer cells): We can metabolize *FATS*. Every glucose molecule (6 carbon-atoms) gives 36 ATP molecules (energy units), whereas a fatty acid with 6 carbon atoms would yield 48 ATP molecules.

What I'm trying to say is: We can very easily deprive bacteria (and mycoplasmas and cancer cells) inside our body of energy by eating fats instead of carbohydrates. Starve the critters by using the evolutionary advantage we have: EAT FATS !

This has been shown to be very effective in treating cancer: Cancer cells are more like prokaryotes than eukaryotes. In fact, you can put living human cells in a petri dish, take away all oxygen and just wait for them to turn into cancerous cells.. Cancer cells work anaerobically and can only effectively use glucose as fuel. A very logical treatment would be to stop eating all glucose-forming foods (carbohydrates) and increase the fat-intake.

Have any of you tried the ketogenic diet (high-fat) before ?

Thanks for reading,

Ed,
The Netherlands



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