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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer offers an innovative, metabolic-focused nutrition protocol that works. Naturopathic, integrative oncologist and cancer survivor Dr. Nasha Winters and nutrition therapist Jess Higgins Kelley have identified the ten key elements of a person’s “terrain” (think of it as a topographical map of our body) that are crucial to preventing and managing cancer. Each of the terrain ten elements—including epigenetics, the microbiome, the immune system, toxin exposures, and blood sugar balance—is illuminated as it relates to the cancer process, then given a heavily researched and tested, non-toxic and metabolic, focused nutrition prescription.

The ketogenic diet—which relies on the body’s production of ketones as fuel—is the centerpiece of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer. Further, Winters and Kelley explain how to harness the anticancer potential of phytonutrients abundant in low-glycemic plant and animal foods to address the 10 hallmarks of cancer—an approach Western medicine does with drug-based therapies.

The optimized, genetically-tuned diet shuns:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Sugar
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Pesticides
  • Synthetic ingredients

The optimized, genetically-tuned diet emphasizes:

  • Whole, wild foods
  • Local
  • Organic
  • Ferments
  • Heirloom
  • Low-glycemic

Other components of their approach include harm-reductive herbal therapies like mistletoe (considered the original immunotherapy and common in European cancer care centers) and cannabinoids (which shrink tumors and increase quality of life, yet are illegal in more than half of the United States). Through addressing the ten root causes of cancer and approaching the disease from a nutrition-focused standpoint, we can slow cancer’s endemic spread and live optimized lives.


Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, L.Ac.,FABNO and Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publishing Date:
May 24, 2017
408 Pages