Dominic D’Agostino recommends The Cantin Ketogenic Diet: For Cancer, …, with NO dairy!
The Cantin Ketogenic Diet has been a valuable resource for many. Elaine Cantin goes beyond macronutrients and optimizes the diet with specific food selection to avoid potential food allergens that may trigger inflammation, insulin resistance and elevated glucose, which may prevent nutritional ketosis. The efficacy of nutritional therapy will depend on getting blood biomarkers in the “zone of metabolic management”, which may require removing dairy protein. I’ve noticed that people consuming high amounts of dairy protein typically have little or no measurable ketones in urine or blood, even with carbohydrate restriction (<50g/day). Few ketogenic diet books or websites address this issue. Many of the popular ketogenic diet medical foods consist of milk protein and hydrogenated fats.
Dominic may have missed the point a bit here. Well formulated ketogenic diets have moderate protein (~ 1-1.5 g/kg lean body mass), including dairy protein; certainly NOT high amounts of protein, dairy or otherwise. Many authors note that excess protein may be converted to glucose and knock you out of ketosis (which is probably what Dominic saw). OTOH, Cantin is concerned with the hormone IGF-I in cow’s milk (see below) which can only be eliminated by not eating any dairy.
Elaine Cantin’s book is inspiring and it is a great guide for designing a ketogenic diet for optimal health.
The typical KD is based heavily on dairy products, which is a major problem for people with allergies to dairy proteins. Elaine takes careful consideration to eliminate foods associated with allergies, which is a huge help for people seeking a non-dairy approach.
“The typical KD is based heavily on dairy products” - mostly for the fat, not the protein. But there is some protein in any dairy fat, so the allergy problem persists; as does the IGF-I hormone problem (see below).
p.69, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet For Cancer:
I removed red meat and dairy to avoid synthetic bovine growth hormone (rBGH), and I also wanted to avoid IGF-I from the cow’s milk.
The cow makes and includes IGF-1 in its milk. The only way to get rid of it is to NOT eat dairy.
But rBGH is given to beef cattle by modern humans to fatten them. Eating only grass fed and finished beef should eliminate rBGH. The traditional diet of the Inuit was mostly caribou meat and fat (sans rBGH) and they had no cancer.
Cantin ate <30 total grams of carbs per day with less than 150 grams of protein+fat, p.58 (she ate chicken). I prefer to use the normal ketogenic goals of <20 grams total carbs, <1 g/kg lean body mass of protein, and fat to satiety.
To help treat my metastatic prostate cancer I’m now trying to follow a zero carb solely grass fed and finished meat diet with no dairy (I also eat olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and Brain Octane Oil). Last month I did a 4 day fast and plan to do at least a 3 day fast every month.