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Starving Cancer with Methionine Restriction

Randall Smitham



  1. Daniel Manahan Posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    So what if someone were to fast. That would obviously take away their methionine intake from food.

    Would the cancer simply get its methionine from our body's sources such as what happens in starvation when our body eats our own muscles for energy?

  2. imgingi Posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Mind blowing again!

  3. TomaszJohan HuntervdBerg Posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Pancreatic survivor here. Three years and still healthy. I'm one of the lucky 5%. Going vegan has definitely helped. I do eat a lot though. Need to keep my weight up just in case. Thanks for the great vids!

  4. Always Learnin' Posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Great video. Have there been any studies on the cancer rates in vegans vs non-vegans?

  5. Curtis Henschen Posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    One of the joys in life is to learn and better understand the world around you. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with others in such a unpretentious manner. You have a real gift for explaining complicated information in an understandable way. Thank you.

  6. NoGee06 Posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    As a medical student I find your videos extremely helpful and informing. Most doctors I've come across during my internships are completely oblivious to the various benefits dietary changes might offer.

  7. Chris Del Ⓥ Posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I love the way that veganism is the answer to most of what ails us :-)))

  8. rockymtnhorsegal Posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So interesting, Dr. Greger! And think of how many people think they are eating healthier when they restrict their animal proteins to fish and chicken~~

  9. Anon Ymous Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    So how do you explain that Steve Jobs died from cancer despite being vegan for years ?

  10. jetunknownactor Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    it's has been explained on you-tube => if he wasn't vegan he would have died sooner + he his cancer was growing for over 20 years !
    i believe it was on TED talks but you have to look for youreself because it's been a while and i can not exactly remember when that was 😉

  11. tamcon72 Posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Well, if you spend your teens and twenties handling carcinogenic metals with your bare hands . . . A plant based diet is as close to a magic bullet as the human species has, but it cannot counteract the effects of everything in everyone.

  12. chrisbeatcancer Posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm


  13. Betty Mankiller Posted on September 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I had ovarian, breast, and intestinal cancer. I survived that hell thanks to veganism. I will never consume another animal product ever again. VEGAN FTW!!!!!

  14. Jipee Juhu Posted on September 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    since the cancer cells need it for growth none would be optimal
    as you see from the chart that is not feasible because even fruit contains a small amount and not eating is not an option

    the best diet would probably one high in fruit but for that to work properly you need to eat veggies to

    look for the 80 10 10 Diet (fruit based raw)

    or Forks over Knives Book(plant based cooked)
    you can reduce the the bean and grain contend of the forks over knives recieps for greater effect (potatos go !)

  15. jaakizamazin Posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Would you be open to posting what your diet was like as a cancer patient? What did you eat and how much is "a lot"? Thank you and good luck in remission! 🙂

  16. Elizabeth Gomez Posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Isn't methionine the start codon for DNA to RNA gene transcription. I was under the impression that all cells need genes to function.

  17. safenders Posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I am very happy for you. Someone I am very close to has had stage 4 cancer for over a year now. He refuses any of my advice and the nutritionist he saw was no help either. I know there are so many benefits to going vegan especially when it comes to fighting disease. What suggestions do you have to help me get him to see reason?

  18. Annaliesa Rose Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

    What a great video, I love the fact that all this is backed up with scientific evidence so that its not the age old hippy vegan trying tip impress ideas and make the carnivore uncomfortable coz I can now state that this and othe videos have clear cut evidence of the nutritional benefits of a vegan diet void of preservatives, refined sugars, artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, namely a whole foods vegan diet.

  19. Zark Wonderbread Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

    methionine is actually an essential amino acid. meaning, we need it yet don't produce it. but it appears to only be needed in trace amounts, just about the amount found in plant-based foods. As is typical.

  20. Annaliesa Rose Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

    @safenders in order for yout loved one to slow down/reverse his cancer, you know the age old "you can bring a horse to water…" All you can do without chaining him up and force feeding him a vegan diet you need to make him watch videos like Vegucated, fat, sick & nearly dead, forks over knives and show him youtube vids like this one.

  21. Annaliesa Rose Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Also he needs to feel like he is not giving anything up, I find the dipping your toes in approach works best however if he is as sick as you say he really needs to take the full approach now of mostly raw fruits and veggies, or lightly steamed veggies, nuts/seeds especially flax seeds (ground), lots of juices (fresh ones), and cut processed/animal derived foods down to nothing. BUT he will have detox symptoms not only normal ones but cancer ones and the drugs he has taken will come back through

  22. Annaliesa Rose Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I hope this helps 🙂 my prayers are with you

  23. Jipee Juhu Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:24 am

    checked it … you are right ! thanks !
    plants know what we need 😉
    or wait, maybe we evolved with them and just survived on meat when there is no other calorie source available
    what a strange thought 😉

  24. moonsmilelucide Posted on September 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Try showing him this video and also you yourself investigate in hennep oil against cancer cells here on youtube.

  25. Stoudamire3 Posted on September 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Stupendo video!,grazie!

  26. Ivan B Posted on September 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Great videos as always.

  27. Jipee Juhu Posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

    80 10 10 is more difficult from a social aspect tough
    yeah the documentary is nice
    i recommend the book tough … it contains a pretty short explanation whay and lots of recipes to get you started and it costs around 10 bucks
    or even easier go to drmcdougall "dot" com look for the "free McDougall programm" lots of riceps guidelines and entire mealplans

    you can also look at engine2diet "dot" com they got some great recipes online

  28. valnaples Posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    metrx330, wow, hang in there & keep up the fight…you are an inspiration! Best wishes to you for total healing!

  29. valnaples Posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Jipee, TRUE about Engine 2 and Dr. McDougall…both are awesome…and so are Doc Greger's videos…yep, you CAN prepare delicious and fabulous plant-strong meals yourself…just TRY!

  30. gyrate4 Posted on September 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Well done! Glad you're okay!

  31. roberta peck Posted on September 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Humorous and brilliantly informative,

  32. Betsy Cosmos Posted on September 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Great info!!! You not only give us great info and encourage us to stay vegan, you also make me laugh almost every time (PET scan, indeed 🙂

  33. KravDr Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:58 am

    @Angelina Aguilar. Thank you for sharing your journey. What type of cancer or illness did you have? God bless!!

  34. Lidia Mejia Posted on September 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you! This kind vegan diet is my number one choice in patients with triple negative breath cancer and cokon cancer. I'm a dietitian and general physician in Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America.

  35. Angryconsumernerd Posted on September 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    In one vid you say the longest lived people on earth eat a high fish diet ..and in this one you say fish is deadly …come on

  36. sugarcube700 Posted on September 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

    but legumes contain Methionine, that's why they tell vegans to eat legumes with grains that don't contain it…and u say eat beans…???

  37. balderdashery G Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I highly doubt there is a video made by Dr. Greger about a high animal protein diet being good.

  38. balderdashery G Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Yahoo! Go Vegan!

  39. Hazel Marvic Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:55 am


  40. Natural Lifestyle Show Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for the information.

  41. imapineapple15 Posted on December 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

    This is seriously amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us! I always knew plant-based diets (vegan) were good for you, but this gets to the reason why!

  42. johnny.w Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Would like to see list of supplements that have hi methionine, or induce it. Very useful vid, thanks.

  43. dogfight156 Posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

    6 fart-sniffing dogs saw this vid.

  44. Thou Art That Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    He mentioned cancer treatment several times. Did he include cancer prevention?

  45. quakerlyster Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    A June 19, 2010 article from Natural News reports that in a study of 386,747 subjects from 10 European countries that the people who had the highest blood level of B6 and methionine had a dramatically lower risk of lung cancer.
    He didn't mention any study with real people with cancer and their methionine levels.

  46. Randy Lantz Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Very positive news.

  47. Howard Johnson Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Before I even finish listening to this presentation, I'll bet if one ate only plants, this cancer would not exist.

    Oh, thank goodness.

    How about BACON, HEAVY CREAM, and ICE CREAM?

  48. Rick Gold Posted on October 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    What are your thoughts on the reduced glycine intake as a reason why methionine poses such a problem for humans?

    Many years ago (our grandparents and before them) humans would kill and eat the ENTIRE animal, not just the muscle meat. The bones, cartilage, and organs were eaten too. That is the "whole food" concept.

    Muscle meats are high in methionine, but collagen from bones, cartilage, and organs contains high levels of glycine.

    Glycine is what your liver uses to rid the body of excess methionine.

    Our bodies make glycine endogenously. However, perhaps our livers lack enough glycine to deal with all of the methionine that we are eating because we no longer eat the other parts of the animal…just the muscle meat.

    Glycine is one of the strongest inflammation-modulating proteins there is. If you eat bone broth, gelatin, or supplement with glycine daily, there is a good possibility that methionine intake will not pose a problem.

  49. B Turner Posted on April 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    If you will note, the published charts and information he's using are dated 1974. That a long, long time ago folks. I see he published this in September 2013. Wouldn't you think he would have had much more current data? Would have been much more convincing to me if he had. Maybe I'm missing something.

  50. cc cookie Posted on July 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

    With so many types of cancer you are generalizing about this theory and it is a theory. There have NOT been enough studies done to prove a lot of things about methionine.

  51. SonicArchives Posted on August 8, 2015 at 3:38 am

    So alternative protocols (Otto Warburg, Johanna Budwig, Max Gerson, Dr William Kelly, Nicholas Gonzalez, NORI ) have merit, and sites like science based medicine  and quackwatch are not telling the truth

  52. AIL Ⓥ Posted on December 22, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Wow… I didn't know this yet. 😮

  53. Plant Maven Posted on January 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Info that big food doesn't want you to hear or see. And moderation kills – lowering animal product intake is not enough; you must eliminate it completely because of cancer doesn't get you, cardiaovascular disease will.

  54. steven padilla Posted on February 21, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I love this channel.remember the useless bullshit that was on the boob tube thirty years ago? gilligans island,threes company. lol !!! what a great invention the internet was.

  55. Peter Rabitt Posted on February 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    PET scan…>X'D

  56. Joseph1NJ Posted on March 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Crap! And I love chicken breast.

  57. Dony Sandley Posted on March 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    lol love the play words

  58. elsa Grace Posted on May 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Methionine is added to chicken feed even organic chicken feed. minimum of 2 Lbs. per ton since 1974. At least there is less in eggs than in chicken.

  59. Thomas Underhill Posted on June 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

    pseudoscience bullshit, what does every start codon begin with 'Doctor' ? way to go citing a picture of a paper thats older than the human genome project you fucking charlatan, correlative isnt causative

  60. Eliza Gontijo Posted on June 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm


  61. johnny102marvin Posted on June 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Dr. Greger, what do you think of DCA as a cure for cancer? dichloroacetate

  62. Smokey Dabear Posted on August 24, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Reduce intake of carbohydrates/sugars and increase intake of healthy fats and moderate amounts of proteins to cure/prevent cancer. Cancer cells thrive only on glucose which comes from sugar n carbs stop eating them ull lessen your chances of cancer. This is bs don't listen to this video. Yw for the info bye #ketogeniclifestyle

  63. Neoteric Phoenix Posted on August 27, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I wish all doctors were as shameless about their witty sense of humor 🖖🤓👏👏👏

  64. Jason Woods Posted on October 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    if fish have lots of methionine do Eskimo have a lot of cases of cancer

  65. victoria pence Posted on November 5, 2016 at 5:52 am

    'Pet Scan', lol Love it! You're so awesome!!

  66. Malene Jensen Posted on January 30, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Now doctors can bring their lab to the lab… And PET scan 😁
    The funniest Dr. Greger video I've watched so far, but also the most serious, since a friend of mine died of cancer last fall. They could not determine which kind of cancer, so the treatment and care was not efficient and this knowledge was not presented.

  67. Curtis Rudolph Posted on March 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Why don't doctors employ dogs? We could reduce medical expenses, therefore reducing costs including insurance. Replacing the ACA mandate would be a non issue.

  68. E Mccoy Posted on May 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    has anyone successfully treated early stage colon cancer with a methionine restricted diet??

  69. The Ancients Ancients Posted on May 21, 2017 at 3:02 am

    People should not get confused with methionine as cancer producing! Its normal to consume methionine food or supplement and has lots beneficial functions , its just that for people with cancer its unhelpful

  70. Daniel Rose Posted on July 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    selenomethionine selenium is an anticancer mineral they say. Perhaps we should be putting anticancer elements along with methionine plus a low methionine diet to target the cancer cells, which like to gobble up the methionine stuff?? That is how oncologists should be using chemo, ie fast before treatment so the chemo goes where it is most wanted, the starving cancer cells. In much lower doses of course, but the oncologists make more $$ selling more chemo, or so the rumour goes.

  71. Balazs Pk Posted on July 28, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Gold as always

  72. Jeff Cessna Posted on September 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Dr. Greger you should have 270 million subscribers. I love what you do for us, thank you!

  73. edepillim Posted on December 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Don’t know about fart sniffing dogs. My dog does enough of his own to keep him occupied.

  74. klaas victor Posted on February 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you! What about unions or garlic? Do these contain methionine or sulphur compounds that our body convert in methionine?

  75. Tisha Damian Posted on March 23, 2018 at 4:35 am

    The supplement SAMe is often given for joint issues, anxiety and depression. Those with slow COMT have a harder time clearing neurotransmitters and excess estrogen. Plus supporting this slow COMT they have found to help estrogen shift to a safer excretion pathway? Looking at the 2/4/ and16 hydroxyestrogen ratio, Magnesium and methionine are precursors form COMT. This is a interesting point and side to look at that I will explore more. Thank you for all the work and research you provide. H

  76. Orion Xavier Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Glutathione levels decrease as you age. Glutathione is the master anti-oxidant and is present in every cell. You can increase it by:

    Eating foods containing METHIONINE
    Get plenty of sunshine
    Take organic sulfur

    This approach to cancer prevention?

    Not eating foods containing methionine
    Avoid excessive sun exposure
    Sulfur is "bad"

    Lol. Interesting.

  77. fmn2628 Posted on May 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Methionine can be made in the body from methylating homocysteine in presence of folic acid and B12 vitamin, I wonder if not only one should restrict Methionine from the diet as well as vitamin B12 and Folate, these two vitamins also participate in DNA synthesis, and therefore allow a cell to do more mitosis. As we know more mitosis is a hallmark of cancer cells. Something else I have been thinking is Methionine is also the transfer RNA start codon of all protein synthesis of the body, so without it protein synthesis in the body becomes restricted.

  78. Family Vegan Discoveries Posted on July 18, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Pet scan 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  79. Vinnette Pope Posted on August 2, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Very interesting and informative presentation. Thank you for sharing this wonderful video

  80. Michael Charron Posted on August 10, 2018 at 2:23 am

    How in the world do you get your proteins then? Because you know, nuts and seeds contain loads of Omega-6, making it ALSO a bad option with cancer…

  81. Dante Gabrielle Posted on August 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    What about the large amount of methionine in soy ? Does this not make soy unhealthy particularly if you have cancer ?

  82. M Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I miss the cheesy visuals

  83. Singapore Emcee Alex Tan Sing Posted on September 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Give new meaning to the word Pet Scan hahaha!!!! Great one!!!!

  84. Tobi Ace Posted on October 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    bring the lab to the lab! 😀

  85. Letta Mego Posted on October 29, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    The gov't mandated in the late 1990's that all grains, corn products, and rice be fortified with a cheap synthetic called folic acid…that builds up … and gets in the way of using folate from the food you eat.. folate is critical in building nucleotides and producing the amino acid methionine . China is making hundreds of millions in profits annually on this one product. Those people who have been put on low fat diets are probably taking an excess amount of the made-in-china folic acid … folate is necessary to produce meithionine. And nucleotide synthesis. You may already be short of methionine. and have chronic diseases like cancers, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and dementia from it. It's something to consider. The folic acid thing is one of the most studied and written about topics in nutrition and yet the public, the doctors, have never heard of it. I only recently began reading about it and I'm so upset I can hardly speak… as you can read in this comment.

  86. Arian PC Posted on January 8, 2019 at 5:15 am

    So whats the real daily methionine requierment?

  87. Sinisa Sumina Posted on February 21, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Thanks Dr. G. I stay away from animal foods but it is so hard to bring my friends to the team. I can talk about science all day but it doesn’t work. Even if I try to bait them into carnivore test by saying that on one side we have melons, apples, cherries and all sorts of ripe fruit and on the other a small bunny or a puppy and try to tell me where would they’d bite first. Not one said they’d bite the bunny but also do not accept the fact that a proper predator like lion or a tiger woul go for it… we’re not carnivores – fact!

  88. A G Posted on February 21, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. I'm surprised about fish, but not chicken.

  89. michelle castro Posted on February 24, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Great video! Thank you Dr Greger. Proving once again that a healthy diet is key aaaaaand that Dogs really are Man's and Woman's best friend. 😊🌱🙌🏼

  90. Pax Romana58 Posted on March 6, 2019 at 5:38 am

    I had colon cancer. And I'm trying to do everything in power to keep it from coming back. I was told to eat among other things, sardines, walnuts, and lentils because they are supposed to be anti-colon cancer foods. Now I see these foods are highest in Methionine. I feel like I'm dammed if I do, and dammed if I don't. What the heck am I supposed to do?

  91. Abc 123 Posted on March 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Is this why the Blue Zones plant based diets regions of the world have the most centenarians and lowest rates of diseases/ aging? ☺️

  92. Dave Stock Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    If methionine is related to amino acids, are bcaa powders and whey protein dangerous?

  93. Diane Watson Posted on April 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    This seriously angers me. Well of course the pharmacomafia wants to come out with a methionine lower drug. Friggin' soul sucking parasites! We can't have common sense and just stop intaking foods that contain methionine, we need to make a drug so we can make our obscene profits off of your sickness and misery and keep you dependent on us. ffs.

  94. EK Lim Posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:57 am

    so Pet Scan can be better than PET Scan

  95. Kolla Kling Posted on May 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Im so happy I’m vegan 🙏⭐️♥️

  96. punkratz hasenfratz Posted on May 24, 2019 at 5:16 am

    i just realized that creatine supplement contains methionine

  97. pmgmail Posted on August 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Oh yeah, what about Hemp seed? Choc full of Methionine..