Cars are far from simple these days. Not only have they become so complex that few of us can maintain our cars without professional assistance, but some run on completely different fuel sources than others. Modern vehicles can run on gasoline, natural gas, batteries, and even hydrogen fuel cells.Then there is the hybrid, which is part battery operated and part gas fueled.
Fully electric vehicles run on borrowed energy, which has to be replenished when the batteries run low. But the hybrid is capable of recharging the batteries from the gasoline engine and recovered momentum energy through regenerative braking. Although the gasoline engine is primary, the electric traction motor can still run the vehicle. Of all the vehicle types out there today, only the hybrid could run on two different types of fuel.
We are a bit like hybrid vehicles, because we utilize different fuel sources. We can run on three sources: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and we have three “engines”, which are metabolic pathways, integrated into one body. We are the most flex-fuel creatures on the planet. The byproducts of burning each type of fuel are different, but each fuel can provide us with energy.
Cars make fuel byproducts. Gasoline is considered to be a more “dirty” fuel because a small percentage of its byproducts are hydrocarbons which are considered pollutants. Natural gas has almost no byproducts and is thus considered a cleaner fuel. Battery-based vehicles give off no byproducts, but the chemicals used in the batteries are highly toxic, hard to get from the earth without doing significant mining damage, and the batteries are physically heavy, requiring more energy to move the vehicle. Hydrogen fuel only gives off water, but the tanks are highly volatile and explode a bit too easily to become mainstream.
Most of us don’t even worry about what type of fuel we are consuming when we eat, but dieters pay a lot of attention if they are attempting to follow the diet strictly. That’s because the particular metabolic pathways involved for each fuel source have different byproducts and different effects on the body overall. Dieters are usually trying to lose weight, and the pathway they want to reduce is the sugar/insulin cycle. Sugar and simple carbohydrates drive that cycle, which then results in energy storage in the form of fat. That is a very undesirable result of this fuel source, leading to inflammation and potential disease, as well as the physical difficulty of carrying the extra weight around. Diets such as Atkins and Keto (the Ketogenic diet) use predominantly proteins and fats as fuel sources, avoiding this problem — to some extent.
A (type 2) diabetic body has an impaired and overused insulin cycle, so the Keto and similar diets steer away from the carb/sugar cycle. Keto diets rely on fat, although some versions are high protein. This diet still differs from truly high protein diets which usually rely heavily on meat. The fat-heavy Keto diet intentionally promotes the production of ketones, which are then the alternative energy source to replace sugar.
Most diets, if actually followed, will promote weight loss. The question of what is the best diet comes down to how clean burning is the fuel, and what the required metabolic processes for the primary type of fuel does to the body. Animal-based high-protein diets carry an immediate warning: they quickly acidify the body. While they can decrease diabetes at times, the acid load promotes other diseases. All animal-based food is “dirty”, simply because the animals have concentrated toxins from their food into their tissues. The higher up the food chain, the worse is this concentration. Cooking the food makes the problem worse by altering the protein and creating additional toxins.
So maybe the best diet depends upon fat as the primary fuel source. There is a lot of evidence to support that. Training your body to be a “fat-burner” means not only are you taking in fat as fuel, but the already active fat burning pathways will also turn to your own fat stores for fuel. Not only that, but fat burning inhibits cancer, which loves sugar. Research confirms this, such as the study published in Cell Metabolism, where researchers conducted animal studies to consider the effect of the Keto diet on cancer. They found that the diet did indeed cause tumors to shrink. They attributed this to a process called ferroptosis, which is a form of cell death involving lipids, or fat molecules, and iron. This is distinct from the standard apoptosis, where the body regularly tells cells that are too old or show disease to die and make way for replacement cells. But the researchers ran into a big problem…
It seems that the animals stopped absorbing nutrients from the Keto diet. In the short term, the diet worked, but then the animals weakened and cancer came back strong. What went wrong? The researchers stated that “Cancer is a whole-body disease. It reprograms normal biological processes to help it grow.” Yes, that’s an important point, and cancer research and treatment should consider the entire body, because health is intricate and all its aspects are interrelated. But the researchers assume that the diet failed because the cancer prevented normal metabolism. This assumption didn’t consider the possibility that the idea of a high fat, low carb diet, while a good start, missed some important factors.
Mayo clinic has several Keto diets for those interested in how to put the diet together. Most of the plans involve meat. Interestingly, the one that gets the title “Healthy Keto” is based on olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Why does it get the title “Healthy Keto”? Are the others less healthy? There are many diets out there, including many variations of specific diets, and these variations may make a big difference.
Published in JAMA Oncology, researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York reviewed two basic diets — the whole foods plant-based diet (WFPBD) and ketogenic diet (KD) — in relation to cancer development. Their conclusion? “The results of this review suggest that the collective evidence supports plant-enriched diets vs KD for the reduction of cancer risk and the improvement of metabolic disorders in survivors.”
Here we see the problem with individual studies: as valuable as they are, they can’t account for all the details of human metabolism. They intentionally reduce variables so that consistent results are possible, but in doing so they don’t take everything into consideration. Here, the Cell Metabolism study uses a standard Keto diet, most likely with plenty of processed animal products in the formula. They aren’t considering the impact of a raw, living plant-based diet which would give them the benefits of the Keto diet without all the damaging components of cooked animal fats and proteins. Yes, they cut carbs, but since cancer is “a whole-body disease”, the effect of the diet on the whole body must also be considered. Had their study used a WFPBD the results would have been different, because the animals would have avoided the known cancer-promoting effects of cooked animal products. Stepping it up further would have been to study a raw whole foods plant diet with plant fat such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and low carb vegetables as the core of the diet.
There are now many types of fuels available for cars. Using the right fuel for your car is vital to keep it running. Toxic byproducts will shorten the life of your engine. Your body isn’t that much different. You can’t afford the wrong fuel, and even the right fuel laced toxic byproducts, such as cooking and processing produces, isn’t the best for optimum health — they are inflammatory. You want every advantage you can get for your health, and you can’t get better than a living raw plant diet, rich in plant fats and low-sugar vegetables.
Dr. Nemec’s Review
Over the last 40 years I have had numerous patients come to me who were on a standard ketogenic diet with animal products, and they all said basically the same thing: I did really well at first, I lost a lot of weight which I needed to, and felt really good; but then after a while, I started to gain weight back, did not feel so good, and had to stop the diet.
What were they experiencing? First, when you take carbs out of your diet, you feel better because simple carbs are inflammatory and energy draining — also because gaining weight means gaining more inflammation, more ill feeling. The overall consensus was after anywhere from three to 9 months they started to feel worse, and now the toxic byproducts had built up, causing kidney stress, if not kidney damage from now highly acidified tissues, (disease grows in an acid environment not an alkaline environment). These toxic byproducts are very inflammatory, with way too many growth factors to stimulate the growth of tumors and accelerate pathogen growth. This is just a few of the side effects of a long-term ketogenic animal-based diet.
Next is the issue of cooking the animal fats and proteins, which makes them oxidized and free-radical forming. This is not the formula for long-term health, but instead a recipe for disease production.
Next issue is an excess of protein: too much protein produces too much acid in the body. It also produces tremendous amount of stress on the kidneys.
Next, there’s the issue of the chemicals and toxins that have been stored in the tissues of carnivores as you eat up the food chain. Why does tuna have so much mercury in it? Because it is a large fish that ate a smaller fish which ate a smaller fish which ate a smaller fish which ate algae. So if you were going to eat fish, you would want to eat the fish that ate the plants, not the fish that ate other fish.
Now let’s talk about the plant-based diet. Plant fats are not toxic relative to animal fats. Plant proteins are not complete proteins, compared to animal proteins which are complete. This is to your advantage, not to your detriment, because most pathogens — including cancer — thrive on complete protein. So if the diet doesn’t have complete protein, cancer cells and pathogenic cells have to work much harder and wait much longer to build their cellular structure. This gives your immune system time to catch up and attack the cancer cell or pathogen.
Now let’s look at carbs. Plant-based carbs from whole plants are called complex carbohydrates. They have a much lower glycemic index, unlike refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, beans, rice, starches. Most of these are refined, higher glycemic index carbohydrates, which are not ideal fuel long-term because they can grow pathogenic cells, including cancer cells, and usually lead to diabetes and inflammatory disorders.
Finally, we will briefly touch upon what living and raw food is. Living food is food that still has biophotons, the energy of life, still in it because it’s growing, it’s still alive. This is what the majority of the animal kingdom eats and what keeps them healthy. They do not refrigerate and they do not cook their food. The second category is raw food, which means it is no longer living and growing, but no heat has been applied to it so it still has the power of enzymes inside of it that have not been denatured with the cooking process. This is the second critical component in the diet after the biophotons or energy of life.
So, as you can start to see, the food that standard Americans eat is not only highly inflammatory, stimulating growth of tumors and pathogens, it also leads very commonly to being overweight with high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which naturally becomes diabetes and a whole list of other inflammatory diseases.
This is just with one lifestyle issue called diet. Can you imagine how your life could change if you address all the lifestyle issues and the root of mental and emotional stressors in your body?
It becomes a complete transformation, not just healing. This is the beauty of the program we developed at Revolution New Medicine: not only does it help heal the body, but it also heals the mind and the emotions that were the major cause of the body becoming sick.
Why do you think you choose toxic and inflammatory foods for pleasure when they are producing brain and body inflammation and dysfunction? It’s because of the mental-emotional stress programs that started early in childhood and were reinforced throughout your life. When these are confirmed with our imaging, and then released and reprogrammed with our protocol — not only do the mind, brain, and emotions heal; but best of all, so does the physical body. This is what we call total health of body, mind, and spirit This is our God-given right and our God-given destiny, but you must be proactive, go after it, and choose it.
You can change your whole life: heal your life from your mind to your brain to your emotions to your body to all the cells in your body. This is your God-given destiny; but remember the vision, the revelation, the picture that you see will only manifest with your continual action steps. Faith without action, without continual forward movement, is dead and useless, and will produce no fruit.
Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:
- Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
- Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
- Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
- Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.