If I have surgery and I have a cancer diagnosis, what should I do next?
There is a new study that just came out (that confirms what Dr Conners has said a hundred times) that states you should not have elective surgeries, if you can help it, when you have a cancer diagnosis. Why? Listen and find out; and also learn what to do to support your body post-surgery!
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Best things to do after removing the cancerous tumor? So what’s the best thing to do after surgery really is the question. If I have surgery and I have a cancer diagnosis, what should I do? Well, I made a video. It’s a blog post. It’s on dealing with surgery. There’s a new study that just came out that actually confirmed something that I’ve said a hundred times, that we don’t want to have elective surgeries if we could help it when we have a cancer diagnosis. That’s why I’ve told you guys multiple times that I’m not a big fan. Okay, “I had a mastectomy because I had breast cancer, but now I’m going to have a surgery to have breast implants.” And I understand, I’m not a woman and I don’t know what it’s like to not have breasts and all the emotions that go along with that. But when we perform a surgery of any kind, even to remove a cancerous tumor, the way your body has to heal itself is to upregulate IGF1, remember IGF1 is your growth hormone initiator. So IGF1 levels are how you heal. So, if I even cut myself, how do I heal that cut? IGF1 one levels are up regulated, meaning increased, and that stimulates an increase in that mTOR pathway.
Remember we’ve spoken about that ad nausea. So when we up-regulate the mTOR pathway, it increases my ability to heal, my wound is scarred over and I heal nicely and go, “wow, look at that I healed so well.” That’s wonderful, but you did so by upregulating mTOR and IGF1 pathways. When you up-regulate mTOR and IGF1 pathways with a cancer diagnosis, I hate to say it, but it is like throwing gasoline on a fire. So we want to do things to down-regulate the mTOR and IGF1 after surgery. So the best way to down regulate mTOR, an IGF1 is through fasting.
But I’ll say it again, cancer patients can not fast more than 24 hours at a time. If we’re talking about a true water fast. That’s why we talked about doing the attributed fasting or what’s called time restricted eating. So you actually are fasting every day, but it’s only a fast of maybe 16 to 20 hours a day if you’re time restricted eating is limited to four to eight hour window. If you’re eating within a four-hour window, which would be a pretty tight, time restricted eating window, that means you’re fasting 20 hours a day, which would be a great thing for cancer because you’ll have downregulated IGF1 downregulated mTOR, downregulated PDKs.
You could get the same benefit by using the fasting mimicking diet. So you’d go to the fasting mimicking diet five days a month, and you stick to the diet that we put you on. You’re going to have downregulated IGF1, downregulated mTOR, downregulated PDK. You do not want to go on a water fast for more than 24 hours if you have cancer, because it’ll upregulate IGF1. The only exception to that is if you’re doing chemo and you’re going on a water fast on a day previous to the chemo and then the day of chemo. It’s a lot of information. If you have questions, you can post another question on Facebook, rewind this video and listen to that again. The best way to heal from a surgery, if you have cancer, is to try to downregulate, keep a handle on IGF1 and mTOR, and you do that through the fasting mimicking diet. That answers that, that will help. So if you have more questions on that, feel free to call or to ask on Facebook.
Dustin has been passionate about holistic health since he met his wife, Dr Mallory Ranem (Conners) 20 years ago. As the Digital Media Manager, he coordinates content across Conners Clinic’s large online presence, including written, video, and audio.