It drives me crazy when I hear oncologists and medical physicians saying that there is no connection with sugar consumption and cancer.
The very technology that they use to detect cancer in various parts on the body, is based on the premise that cancer LOVES sugar. A PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography) takes advantage of the cancer cells voracious appetite for sugar and helps to determine the extent of the cancer in the body. Before a PET scan, the patient is injected with a radioactive sugar solution. Since cancer has 46 insulin receptor sites compared to 2 on a healthy cell, the cancer cells gobble up the radioactive sugar solution first. The end result is an image with little light bulbs glowing in areas of the body that are afflicted with cancer cells.
Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information on the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. The findings may also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“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,” says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah.
A study done at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, proved how simple it is to kill cancer cells: deprive them of glucose. In the journal Molecular Systems Biology, Graeber and his colleagues demonstrate that glucose starvation — that is, depriving cancer cells of glucose — activates a metabolic and signaling amplification loop that leads to cancer cell death as a result of the toxic accumulation of reactive oxygen species, the cell-damaging molecules and ions targeted by antioxidants like vitamin C.
Sugar comes in all shapes and sizes.
1.) White refined sugar
2.) Brown sugar
4.) White rice
7.) Maple Syrup
8.) High fructose corn syrup is a major source of sugar in the North American diet, to the tune of 150 grams of sugar per day or almost half a pound of sugar per day!
9.) Sugar alcohols like Xylitol: although they contain much less sugar and require little or no insulin, they still contribute to raising the blood sugar levels.
10.) All fruits
11.) Wine, beers and liquors
12.) And yes, even ALL complex, unrefined grains eventually create sugar
A comprehensive review of literature that links the effect of carbohydrates on cancer cells definitely proves that cutting off the supply of sugar will suppress cancer. .
Some of you are panicking by now…never eat anything deliciously sweet ever again??? The good news is that there are healthy alternatives that do not affect your health in a negative way.
Stevia is a non-caloric herbal sweetener that is perfectly safe and non toxic. It can be used in baking and to sweeten your teas and lemonades. Some people find that the powdered Stevia has a bitter after taste while the liquid version is a little more palatable.
Then the question of fruit and sugar often needs to be addressed. If you are on a Breast Cancer healing journey, limit your fruit intake to low glycemic fruits like Granny Smith green apples. These should also be consumed with moderation when you juice or blend.
Simply by being proactive and eliminating all sugars from your diet, you are strengthening your Immune System and starving the cancer cells and getting one step closer to being a victorious Breast Cancer Conqueror.