I believe many cancer patients would have a major improvement in their outcome if they controlled the supply of cancer’s preferred fuel, glucose. By slowing the cancer’s growth, patients allow their immune systems better nutrition, natural therapies and chosen medical interventions to reduce the bulk of the tumor mass — to catch up to the disease.
Controlling one’s blood-glucose levels through diet, supplements, exercise, meditation and prescription drugs when necessary can be one of the most crucial components to a cancer recovery program. The sound bite — sugar feeds cancer — is simple. The explanation is a little more complex.
The SAD Diet and Cancer
Nutritional therapy alone may not cure cancer, but eating the SAD (the Standard American Diet full of processed foods and additives) will contribute to reduced healing, fatigue and possibly increased inflammation, considered a precursor to many cancers.
Hasn’t the last 100 years shown us that our experiments in food manipulation have gone terribly wrong?
The numbers of people afflicted with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity have rapidly increased along with our addiction to the modern lifestyle.
Some foods that I recommend that people always avoid are dairy, red meat, white sugar and flour products.
It is especially prudent that cancer patients avoid these foods entirely, especially processed sugar.
Otto Warburg, sugar and cancer
To reiterate a point I have covered somewhat in previous posts, the 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, Otto Warburg, Ph.D., first discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. The crux of his Nobel thesis was that malignant tumors frequently exhibit an increase in anaerobic (without oxygen) glycolysis — a process whereby glucose is used as a fuel by cancer cells with lactic acid as an anaerobic byproduct — compared to normal tissues. This results in more lactic acid being produced which results in fatigue from the buildup and a more acidic pH in the tumor.
High sugar intake (especially processed sugars which by themselves are acid-forming in the body) is associated with many cancers including melanoma, breast, colon and gall bladder. As the pounds per person of sugar has increased at an alarming rate (averaging 150 pounds of sugar per person per year), we are seeing more obesity and other health problems due to insulin resistance. This happens when the insulin in your body cannot get the proper nutrients (i.e. glucose) into the cells. So sugar begins to build up in your bloodstream.
This results in two big problems.
The first glitch is that cancer is fed by glucose. Because of it’s inefficient use of this fuel to produce energy, it becomes a ‘glucose hog’ and steals it from the rest of the body by coercing the healthy cells it to make more blood vessels to feed the cancer (angiogenesis). Starve the body of one it’s fuel sources – excessive glucose – it can still survive by utilizing and burning fats in your body called ketosis. But, the cancer cannot. It needs glucose to survive.
Problem two is that if more insulin is produced, insulin begins to have a detrimental effect on the body, favoring the cancer because insulin is a general growth promoter. And since cancer cells usually have a higher number of receptors (places on the cell wall that insulin can attach to) the cancers cells can be stimulated to grow faster. Too much insulin in the bloodstream is also pro-inflammatory. If you have read my previous posts on cancer, you can perhaps see the relationship between inflammation, sugar intake and cancer.
Cancer cells can trigger the insulin pathways and receptors. As a result, cancerous tumors metastasize and spread to other parts of the body.
High insulin levels spell trouble
If insulin levels remain high for prolonged periods, this causes an increase in inflammation — basically, the body’s normal immune response goes into a kind of unhealthy overdrive. Then, through a complex and coordinated series of events, tumor cells use this inflammatory process to signal cells to multiply. It’s the prolonged release of insulin in response to chronic elevations in blood sugar that’s the true problem.
Once again, recalling previous posts, when there is not enough oxygen to burn body sugar (glucose) in the normal way, fermentation results causing more lactic acid to be produced which is toxic to the body, but a tumor promoter.
Change your lifestyle – change the outcome
The goal, therefore — and the most important concept to understand — is that through the foods you choose to eat, you can create an anti-inflammatory environment in the body. You can stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels and stop them from helping cancer cells to grow and spread.
The next post will be on the discussion of natural remedies to combat cancer. Some material will be a summary of what I have already discussed.
I began this current series on cancer by stating that there appears to be a common thread among people who get well from cancer, whether they pursue natural therapies or conventional medical interventions or a combination of both. I will detail this revelation further next week.
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