#169: The New Science of Why We Get Cancer with Dr. Jason Fung

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Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline, but the “War on Cancer” has hardly been won.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Jason Fung, a physician, author, and researcher. His groundbreaking science-based books about diabetes and obesity, The Diabetes Code, The Obesity Code, and The Complete Guide to Fasting have sold over one million copies and challenged the conventional wisdom that diabetics should be treated with insulin. Dr. Fung is also the co-founder of The Fasting Method, a program to help people lose weight and reverse Type 2 Diabetes naturally with fasting. His work on fasting has been cited by CNN, Time, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Toronto Star, and many other media outlets. His latest book, The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery, was just released.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Fung talk about a revolutionary new understanding of cancer—what it is, how it manifests, and why it is so challenging to treat. They discuss the seed and soil analogy of cancer, and how the seed of cancer may exist in all of us, but the power to change the soil is in our hands. They also talk about how hyperinsulinemia may enable the development of cancer, and how we can build a soil that offers cancer a hostile environment as opposed to a fertile one.


In this episode, we dive into:


-What is cancer (4:09)

-Cancer Paradigm 1.0: Excessive Growth of Cells (7:42)

-Cancer Paradigm 2.0: Genetic Disease (15:36)

-The cost of cancer drugs (28:50)

-Cancer Paradigm 3.0: An Evolutionary Process (34:27)

-The seed and soil analogy of cancer (53:58)

-The biggest drivers of cancer (57:17)

-What feeds cancer cells (1:00:45)

-How chemotherapy targets cancer cells (1:02:57)

-What you can do today to minimize your risk of cancer (1:10:31)

-The importance of getting your blood sugar under control (1:14:38)

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Jason Fung (1:20:26)


For more on Dr. Jason Fung you can follow him on Instagram @DrJasonFung, on Twitter @DrJasonFung, and through his website https://thefastingmethod.com/. Get Dr. Fung’s book, The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery at https://thefastingmethod.com/book/the-cancer-code/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Pique Fasting Tea - https://www.piquetea.com/pages/fasting-tea


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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