By Samantha Chang
A Nebraska man used the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet to cure his longtime psoriasis.
Dr. Josh Ellis, an assistant professor at Chadron State College, said the ketogenic diet has many health benefits, including accelerating weight loss, managing diabetes and reducing inflammation.
Ellis made the remarks during a lecture (see video), where the applied sciences professor revealed he cured his psoriasis without prescription drugs shortly after adopting the ketogenic diet.
Ellis was frustrated after learning his dermatologist was aware that he could have eradicated his psoriasis through diet alone, without drugs, but never told him that (see video at 29:19).
“She said she knew [keto] would work instead of prescription drugs,” said Ellis. “I couldn’t believe she hadn’t told me there was a natural alternative.”
The ketogenic diet reduces inflammation by inhibiting blood-sugar spikes (which high-carb diets do). Inflammation fuels skin problems, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and cancer.
Psoriasis is a disease of inflammation, explained Dr. Ellis, whose diet now consists of plenty of unprocessed fats, extremely low carb intake and moderate protein.
Shortly after adopting the ketogenic diet, Ellis’ psoriasis went away completely. He also lost 15 pounds (which the naturally lean Josh didn’t intend), and experienced more mental clarity.
Ellis said he rarely felt hungry, and all his carb cravings subsided. Ellis, who has followed the ketogenic diet for the past year, said his psoriasis has not returned at all during this time.
The ketogenic diet has also been shown to manage epilepsy, reverse type 2 diabetes and fight cancer. Notably, keto has been cited for promoting rapid weight loss by suppressing appetite and encouraging the body to burn fat for fuel.
Obesity experts said this is because fat is satiating and curbs hunger better than carbs or protein.
While low-fat diets have historically been recommended for weight loss, scientists found they were unsuccessful in the long term because dieters got hungry when they didn’t consume enough fat.
In contrast, high-fat, low-carb diets such as the ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss without calorie restriction by inducing the body to burn fat for fuel. Even when calories were reduced, dieters reported feeling less hungry than on low-fat diets.
There are numerous anecdotal success stories. Laura Childs and her daughter Veronica Childs lost 65 pounds and 55 pounds, respectively, several months after embarking on a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic Paleo diet.
In addition to fueling rapid weight loss without hunger, the mother-daughter duo say their low-carb, high-fat diet improved their sleep, boosted their energy and gave them radiant skin and hair.
Veronica and Laura Childs chronicled their unbelievable weight loss in their book, Low Carb High Fat No Hunger Diet: Lose Weight With A Ketogenic Hybrid.
Dr. Eric Westman, an obesity expert who oversees the Duke University Lifestyle Clinic, has helped thousands of morbidly obese people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds on the high-fat ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets.
Westman’s mantra is: Eat fat to get thin. “Eat lots of fat,” said Dr. Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity. “Fat makes you feel full. There’s no problem with fat.”
The ketogenic diet has also proven effective for reversing diabetes, stopping epilepsy seizures, preventing Alzheimer’s and heart disease and treating metastatic cancer.
Elaine Cantin discussed how she used the ketogenic diet to manage her son’s type I diabetes and her own aggressive breast cancer in her book, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet For Cancer, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes, Epilepsy & Other Ailments.
Groundbreaking research suggests the ketogenic diet also prevents cancer and starves cancer cells.
“The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” said scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease.
Seyfried’s decades of research at Boston College indicates cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease that can be managed with the ketogenic diet. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino of the University of South Florida Medical School agrees.
D’Agostino’s research shows the sugar-free ketogenic diet starves cancer cells because cancer thrives on sugar and cannot survive on ketones. “Sugar addiction is the Achilles heel of cancer cells,” he said.
By drastically limiting carbohydrates and entering a metabolic state called ketosis, you reduce glucose and insulin, and thus restrict the primary fuel for cancer cell growth. “When we restrict carbs in our diet, we can prevent pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin,” said D’Agostino, who has a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience. “Suppression of blood glucose and insulin spikes is very helpful when managing chronic diseases.”
Thomas Seyfried says the time has come for the medical community to publicly acknowledge the viability of the ketogenic diet as an inexpensive, non-toxic way to treat cancer.
“The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer,” Dr. Seyfried told me. “The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers.”