A cancer patient told he had just months to live claims giving up carbohydrates has given him nearly two extra years of life. Pablo Kelly, who was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma multiforme, a terminal brain tumour, in 2014, believes that him giving up carbohydrates is the key to him still being alive two years later.
Mr Kelly says he restricts his calories and fasts regularly - while his only source of carbohydrates comes from green vegetables. He does not eat processed foods, refined sugars, root vegetables, starch, breads, or grains. Two years later, he claims this is the reason he has outlived expectations.
He now believes he is the only person alive diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme - a terminal brain tumour - who is not having therapy or surgery.
"It's all quackery in the eyes of modern medicine but it's clearly helping because I'm still alive," Kelly said. "To my knowledge, I'm the only person with this type of brain tumour that isn't having therapy or surgery and is still alive today."
Due to the tumour's position in Mr Kelly's brain, he was told it is inoperable. When doctors offered him radiotherapy and chemotherapy, he decided he didn't like the idea of a diminished quality of life and opted for the ketogenic diet - which is not recommended by the NHS.
'The doctors said the only option they could give me was chemotherapy,' he said. 'The survival statistics for people my age were about three per cent and that's for a maximum of 15 months with chemotherapy. Without it, based on my health and age, they gave me six to nine months. I was devastated. But I decided it wasn't going to break me, that we would figure something out.'
His idea was to keep carbohydrates low enough so the body starts producing ketones as an alternative energy source — these are produced by the liver from body fat. Tumours thrive off a high glucose supply, so cutting carbs lowers blood sugar, reducing their fuel source, advocates claim. They say the ketones that the body produces to replace glucose as an energy source can be used by healthy cells, but can’t be used by cancer cells. But Cancer Research UK has been cautious about possible benefits of any diet on cancer.
Since January 2015, five CT scans have showed no growth in Kelly’s tumor - which he says proves his special diet is working. Now he wants to try to shrink his tumour and advocate the eating plan to others.