Guy came to see me after he had undergone brain surgery when his melanoma metastasized to his brain and he was looking to take control of his nutrition to address his stage IV diagnosis and preserve cognition.
Guy's Main Complaint
Guy's focus was to arm his body to heal from his brain surgery, maintain and improve cognition, and amplify the effects of his treatments while reducing side effects.
Preclinical studies have demonstrated improved structural and functional outcome in traumatic brain injury (TBI) models, mild TBI/concussion models, and spinal cord injury in the presence of ketones.1
We focused on a well-formulated ketogenic diet for Guy with the goal of therapeutic levels of ketone production (3+) to aid in healing the brain. This required a macronutrient split of 80% fat, 15% protein, and 5% carbohydrates.
Guy's genetic profile required that we focus on monounsaturated fat sources and limit saturated fat as much as possible. We focused on olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, fatty fish, olives, avocados, pili nuts, and macadamia nuts as the main fat sources.
Guy also had a higher need for omega-3's based on his genetics, which is also helpful for reducing inflammation and recent studies show that n-3 PUFAs display neuroprotective properties and exert beneficial effects on the cognitive function with aging2. So we made fatty fish such as sardines, salmon, and mackerel the center of Guy's protein needs.
We focused on correcting vitamin D deficiency in partnership with his integrative oncologist as well as removing all toxins from his environment.
Guy's case stabilized and his memory improved. His immunotherapy was successful and he avoided the worst side effects. His thyroid did suffer a bit, but his integrative oncologist came to the table with support to avoid significant damage.
As you can see from Guy's note above, he's doing quite well. He was able to continue to run his finance business and his cattle ranch through treatment with little disruption during treatment and he is thriving today.
- Prins ML, Matsumoto JH. The collective therapeutic potential of cerebral ketone metabolism in traumatic brain injury. J Lipid Res. 2014;55(12):2450-2457. doi:10.1194/jlr.R046706
- Zhang W, Li P, Hu X, Zhang F, Chen J, Gao Y. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain: metabolism and neuroprotection. Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2011;16(7):2653-2670. Published 2011 Jun 1. doi:10.2741/3878
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Guy stabilized stage IV melanoma and amplified immunotherapy by utilizing a therapeutic ketogenic diet and optimizing his terrain. If you’d like to work with me, I’d love to chat and learn more about your health goals.
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