Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Help With The RKD

Good morning! I have been bouncing around the state this past week. I stayed with my parents for several days, and hung out with a couple of my Wenatchee girl friends. Then Dan and I went camping. I even got the chance to see my handsome cousins.  Somewhere between the sunshine, the laughter, and the fresh air, I realized that I'm in a really great mental place. I have finally gotten into a nice routine with the RKD, and I'm happy in my social life. I feel healthy and strong, and most of all, relaxed.

So, about that comment (thank you for posting that!) regarding the Restricted Ketogenic Diet. You are correct that 500-600 calories is the restricted calories for humans when compared to mice in RKD research. Also, the 500-600 calories are great to get into the therapeutic ranges of ketones and glucose for those who can not manage the water only fast for 48-72 hours. As for the caloric restrictions after reaching the therapuetic ranges, according to professor Thomas Seyfried's book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, usually a 20% decrease of caloric intake will suffice to stop tumor growth. (I mean - come on - who can live on 600 calories for life? Not this girl.) To keep in the therapeutic ranges you have to check your blood glucose levels (Ideally 55-65), and blood ketone levels (Ideally 4-7). By watching those levels you will learn what you can eat or not eat, and how much - or how often. It has even helped me adjust my supplements (no more melatonin for me - it causes a massive spike in my morning fasting blood glucose level).

I hope I don't get in trouble for posting these scanned pages from my book, but I feel it necessary. professor Seyfriend's book is priced over $100. I feel strongly that cancer patients should get a discount. I mean, come on, the book is a textbook for students. Anyone with cancer that is researching and trying to save their life, or the life of a loved one, shouldn't have to pay the full retail price, you know there's a wholesale price. Textbooks are such a racket anyway. Just my opinion.

The first page is about the 500-600 calorie issue. Please forgive my unprofessional scanning job, and less than easy to read posting of the images.You might want to use the zoom and print the pages out in order to read them. In fact, please print them because I may get asked to take them down. You might need to select a section directly off of the blog post - not from clicking the images - and print the selection, and in the properties before you hit okay, mess with the zoom. Each computer is different. I still think you should pay the money to buy the book. We can't wait for discounts, or freebees. We just don't have time.


Perhaps a bit egotistically, I feel a little like Robin Hood sharing those pages. I feel pretty passionate about the RKD and I want the information accessible to everyone. So enjoy!


  1. Your blog is becoming such a resource for all of these treatments you've found! I can imagine that stumbling upon your blog would be such a blessing for someone else in your shoes. And it's great way for all of us (your "fans" :) to really gain some insight into these diets, treatments, etc that you're doing. Now, please quit going to Wenatchee and come visit us. :)

  2. Thanks for your comment replying to my comment! I have been living at the 400-600 calorie range daily for several months, until the last couple of weeks when i found myself suddenly cheating here and there - not that it started as cheating, but went to tea with my new chi gong community because I felt it was important to share meals with the new community I wanted to join, which opened the door to other "special situations" like the memorial for my beloved 17-year-old cat who died, etc. I think I am really tired of it. That said, Seyfried did talk about brain cancer patients maintained on it for over a year - so I guess I will be trying to test and adjust. I have to say my glucose doesn't seem to get below 75 unless I go down to 400 cals, so maybe I do need to hang out there a while to stay therapeutic, or maybe it's the stuff I'm eating despite the fact that I'm doing the 4:1 ratio. Using ketocalculator, I get the 4:1 but not the individual macro components, i.e. carbs are closer to 3 than the <1 calculated by the program, and I make it up with the protein and fat. Sigh - very complicated!


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