TRUE OR FALSE
SUGAR FEEDS CANCER
Should you avoid sugar? Our expert says no. The website of renowned cancer hospital in Houston, Texas, MD Anderson
Fact: Sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn't speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn't slow their growth. Mayo Clinic's website
MYTH: Cancer loves sugar. Many people with cancer wonder if they should stop eating sugar because they have heard sugar feeds cancer growth. However, there is no conclusive evidence that proves eating sugar will make cancer grow and spread more quickly. All cells in the body, both healthy cells and cancer cells, depend on sugar (glucose) to grow and function. However, providing cancer cells with sugar won't speed up their growth, just as cutting out sugar completely won’t slow down their growth. From Cancer.net
Traditional therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, work. The evidence is the millions of cancer survivors in the United States today who are alive because of these therapies.... Moderation is key. As part of a balanced diet, sugar, salt, milk, coffee, tea, meat, and chocolate --- the foods the “Update” calls into question --- are all safe choices. The Website of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as they refute a hoax email telling people that sugar feeds cancer
If I have patients that are using mainstream medicine to address things like CANCER, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, etc, I always ask them a simple question. What kind of diet recommendations are you getting? So when I recently saw one of my patients who is battling breast cancer and asked her the same question, I was not surprised at her answer. Her doctors were ticked off at her refusal to give up her nutritional supplements. I have written about THIS PHENOMENON in the past.
Fortunately there are lots of mainstream researchers whose research is tempered by common sense. The August 2009 issue of the medical journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, featured one such study. Doctor Don Ayer, a professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences, and researcher for the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, had this to say on the topic. "It's been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth". Truthfully, I could show you dozens, if not hundreds of similar statements from mainstream medicine. So why is it that some of the biggest and 'best' cancer treatment centers in America continue to spout off about sugar not being a concern as far as cancer is concerned. You already know the answer to this one. It's all about that green stuff that rhymes with honey.
Do not buy into the notion that sugar does not somehow feed cancer! Just the other day, a study was published in the August issue of Cell. Cancerous fruit flies put on a HIGH SUGAR DIET showed INSULIN RESISTANCE, tumors growing much larger than normal, as well as cancerous metastasis to multiple sites throughout the body. Lead researcher, Dr. Ross Cagan of New York City's Icahn / Mt. Sinai School of Medicine said, "Our study shows that sugar activates oncogenes in the tumor, which then promote insulin sensitivity, meaning that the exorbitant glucose levels in the blood pour into the tumor, having nowhere else to go in the insulin-resistant body." He went on to say that, "The tumors just went crazy. When the flies were on a normal diet the tumors could barely be seen, but as soon as the sugar was introduced they were everywhere". Freaky stuff.
JACKING WITH BLOOD SUGAR does a host of bad things in your body. In fact, sugar and junk carb consumption is being linked to virtually every disease process facing modern man. So why should we be surprised when it comes to Cancer? This is doubly true in light of Dr. Otto Warburg's research. Remember him? He's the MD / Ph.D who won 1931's Nobel Prize for Medicine. What did he do to earn this prestigious honor? HE SIMPLY FIGURED OUT that sugar is Cancer's food-of-choice (it ferments it in your body for energy). It's why the latest research is touting KETOGENIC DIETS as not only cancer-protective, but cancer-starving if you've already been diagnosed.
If you are interested in preventing cancer, or are actively battling cancer, I would strongly suggest that you avoid sugar like the plague. A simple word of advice: Do not take any doctor's word for anything (including mine). With today's information technology at your fingertips, you no longer have to buy into the BS that many in the "Cancer Industry" are selling. If you are willing to step out of that box just a little bit, you'll increase your chances of living a long and productive life. To see a generic protocol for helping address chronic illness and chronic pain, via diminishing SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION, take a look AT THIS POST.