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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

by Remission Nutrition Founder, Jess Higgins Kelley MNT, ONC 

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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer:
Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies
Written by Remission Nutrition Founder,
Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT, ONC
Remission Nutrition: The Trusted Source for Oncology Nutrition ConsultingTM Since 2010

If you're curious about how nutrition can help prevent or manage your cancer process, you’ve come to the right place. Dietary therapies have been used as medicine for thousands of years. Certain foods and nutrients are safe, non-toxic, necessary for human function, and can have extremely powerful anticancer activities. Anti-nutrient foods have an opposite effect, causing imbalances, immune dysregulation, inflammation, and disease. Since everyone has a unique genetic make-up and biological history, the key is discovering your specific dietary needs. Through extensive assessments, our experts in Oncology Nutrition ConsultingTM will help you discover which foods and therapeutic diet are prescriptive... and which are poisonous. Check out the services we offer here.

The core of our approach is dedicated to the science of using therapeutic nutrition in order to create an inhospitable environment for cancer while also removing dietary and lifestyle agents that provoke it. Dietary agents have been shown to impact all of the ten hallmarks of cancer.[1] From decreasing the spread (metastasis) of cancer cells, to promoting cancer cell death (apoptosis) to inhibiting growth factors - believe it or not, nutrients can be cancer’s fiercest enemy. In 2015, an international task force of 180 scientists and medical doctors, published a paper titled “Designing a broad-spectrum integrative approach for cancer prevention and treatment.” The paper identified dozens of non-toxic phytonutrients that impact the ten hallmarks of cancer and the pathways known to be significant for the development and spread of cancer.[2] 


What this means is that eating well for cancer is not just a good idea, it means that the specific nutrients can exert proven medicinal action against the disease. Our job is to help you discover and integrate the most potent nutrients and therapeutic diet to match your bio-individual process.


[1] Aggarwal, Bharat B., and Shishir Shishodia. “Molecular Targets of Dietary Agents for Prevention and Therapy of Cancer.” Biochemical Pharmacology 71, no. 10 (May 14, 2006): 1397–1421. doi:10.1016/j.bcp.2006.02.009


[2] “Block, Keith I., Charlotte Gyllenhaal, Leroy Lowe, Amedeo Amedei, A. R. M. Ruhul Amin, Amr Amin, Katia Aquilano, et al. “Designing a Broad-Spectrum Integrative Approach for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.” Seminars in Cancer Biology, A broad-spectrum integrative design for cancer prevention and therapy, 35 (December 1, 2015): S276–304. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semcancer.2015.09.007.

Common Questions in Oncology Nutrition

Remission Nutrition Founder, Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT, ONC, provides answers to commonly asked questions in oncology nutrition in this interview with Believe Big's founder, Ivelisse Page


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“It is not enough for a cancer patient to receive appropriate conventional therapy for his or her disease. To improve quality and quantity of life, a regimen of good nutrition is essential."


– Linus Pauling, PhD, twice Nobel laureate, pioneer in nutrition for cancer patients​​

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“Working with Remission Nutrition has been a highlight amongst all of the various doctors' appointments in my life these days. Jen and the team are all so knowledgeable, and equally important, patient. They are willing to meet you where you are at to facilitate the changes that are right for you. In my personal journey, I've been working through a strict elimination diet, and Jen has been my cheerleader throughout; she provides tangible information, as well as an understanding shoulder to lean on. I've learned so much about food and my relationship with food. With a cancer diagnosis or any chronic illness, everything seems to get flipped on its head, but from day one, my nutrition journey has been clear -- and for that I'm so grateful!"

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