The Ketogenic diet

Hyperprolactinemia and the Ketogenic diet.I have a Norprolac starting kit lying around at home. I haven’t opened it yet and I have decided not to open it until I’ve tried the Ketogenic diet. If there is a cure to hyperprolactinemia, surely it must be it?

It’s no secret that whatever I’ve done so far has not worked. I’ve tried the herb Rhodiola Rosea. It didn’t cure my hyperprolactinemia but it might have kept my prolactin levels from rising. Most importantly it didn’t do any harm. I even have a bottle of Vitex Agnus Castus but it’s pretty much pure alcohol, and I’m not convinced that will do me any good. So I won’t be able to give you a review on that, other than ‘it does not taste good!’

Since I went Paleo (not eating grains, legumes, milk and processed sugar) I have numerous times considered a Ketogenic diet. And my recent doctor’s appointment has made me even more curious. The Paleo diet does not cure hyperprolactinemia (caused by a tumor that is). My still steadily rising level of prolactin proves that. So maybe the answer lies just a few steps further ahead – in the land of Ketosis.

Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates. This means the body fuels on Ketones rather than glucose. The only disease where Ketosis has been proven highly effective is Epilepsy. It is believed that Ketosis might also cure cancer. The theory is that cancer cells fuel on glucose and don’t do well on Ketones – result – cancer cure. But so far evidence of this is nowhere to be found. I recently read a study where several cancer patients were put on a Ketogenic diet. The patients were at this point so sick they either died or quit the experiment shortly after. Maybe Ketosis has shown much better results when used to treat Epileptic children; because it is much easier to control a child’s diet than us weak willed adults’ diet. And a Ketogenic diet is not an easy one to just give a go in the modern world of today.

The reason why I’m writing this is because I’m hypothesizing that if cancer cells fuel on glucose, maybe pituitary adenomas do too. So where does the study I’ve just mentioned fit into that? Well medication seems to be the preferred approach, right until the doctors realize the patient is going to die no matter what. What if the Ketogenic diet can cure tumors – benign as well as malign? Well I refuse to be hauled through countless medications for the rest of my life while looking back, wishing I had at least tried.

One other strong motivation for wanting to try out the Ketogenic diet is my prior history of ‘miraculous’ prolactin level decrease. After a three month stay in Africa I had lost 7 kg and was basically hungry all the time. Now I didn’t eat low-carb. It was actually more like high-carb. But my total calorie intake was very restricted as to the extent of my body feeding on its own fat stores. I’m not an expert on this subject. I’m only guessing and since I’m not a scientist I’ll have to do the experiment on myself. I will have a new blood test done on October 16, 2012. To be continued!

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