Episode 6.5 - Dr. Linda Isaacs (Q&A)

I hope your week is off to a great start!! Today for you I have a recording of a Q&A session we had with Dr. Linda Isaacs a little while back. It has been challenging but interesting for me as a coach and survivor to understand how the Gerson Therapy, which has helped people with melanoma (like myself) beat the odds and is low in meat/animal protein, fits in with the success of Dr. Isaacs/Dr. Gonzalez's diet, which has also helped people with melanoma beat the odds and typically includes a lot of meat for a person with melanoma. What I found most interesting in our Q&A session with Dr. Isaacs was her response on how to reconcile this apparent dichotomy, which she explains at 5:27 and 24:10 in the video.

Part of her explanation is that it's possible that on the Gerson diet there is less protein to digest and therefore the enzymes in the body are freed up to circulate the body and scavenge and kill/digest cancer cells, just like they're proposed to do on her protocol, which I explain in other videos if you search the term "Gonzalez" on my blog or YouTube channel. To me it sounds like the enzymes could be key, no matter which diet a person is on.

She also explains both in this Q&A and in our previous interview that a person's ancestry affects which diet a person can thrive on, depending on where his/her ancestors lived. For example, a person whose ancestors lived in the arctic circle would not have had access to lots of fruits and vegetables, therefore their bodies would thrive on a diet that is high in fat and protein and they would pass down these genetic traits to their children and children's children, even if they have moved out of the arctic circle. Now you and I may think, well what about all the epidemiological studies that show that a diet high in fat and protein tend to have the worst health outcomes overall, and a diet high in unprocessed carbohydrates and low in fat and protein tend to have the best outcomes? I think that could partly be related to the ancestry aspect, that these study results may not take into account a person's ancestry, and that if ancestry were more frequently accounted for we might see some different results. These studies also don't take into account a person's autonomic nervous system balance, which can be affected by stress and other factors, including specific mineral levels. I can't say what is true about it for sure, but am interested to learn more as more information becomes available. There are also juices in the diet and individualized supplements in Dr. Isaacs' regimen, so I trust that those help the body to eliminate the cancer cells as well.

When it comes down to making a decision about which kind of diet or protocol to choose if a person has cancer (or would like to prevent getting cancer), Dr. Isaacs did say that most people have a more balanced autonomic system, so most people would not need a diet high in meat on her protocol. From my perspective as well, since we also know that the longest living populations in the world (think the Blue Zones) thrive on diets that are low in animal proteins, and most cancer survivor stories I've come across followed a low/lower meat diet, my belief is that most people are more likely to need a diet that includes lots of vegetables and fruits with maybe a little bit of animal protein too. However, I cannot exclude a high-meat diet as an option for some, including those with melanoma, because it's worked for some too! As we learn more I'm sure there will be new nuances understood about Dr. Isaacs' recommended individualized diets based on the works of Drs. Kelley and Gonzalez, though, just like everything else in life, the truth about the best diet for an individual may never be understood 100%.

Show notes:

1:50 Q) Understanding the rationale for high amounts of meat in the diet of a person with melanoma as the Gerson Therapy has a track record as a successful treatment for this type of cancer and it is very low in animal protein?