Simply stated Sugar Feeds Cancer. If you are worried about the cancer you currently have or the one your trying to avoid, you need to read this.
We came across this well researched article posted on the www.BeatCancer.org website, a website devoted to identifying the latest research and educating the public.
We highly encourage you to read it and to research further into the harmful effects of sugar consumption on cancer growth and increase in society.
Patrick Quillin, PHD, RD, CNS, former director of nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, OK, wrote: “It puzzles me why the simple concept ‘sugar feeds cancer’ can be so dramatically overlooked as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan” (Nutrition Science News, April 2000). I agree. Sugar is cancer’s favorite food. There are at least five reasons that cancer and sugar are best friends.
Cancer cells love sugar! That is why refined carbohydrates like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and soft drinks are extremely dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer. Sugar essentially feeds tumors and encourages cancer growth. Cancer cells uptake sugar at 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells. In fact, that is the basis of PET (positron emission tomography) scans — one of the most accurate tools for detecting cancer growth. PET scans use radioactively labeled glucose to detect sugar-hungry tumor cells. When patients drink the sugar water, it gets preferentially taken up into the cancer cells and they light up! The 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, PhD, discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. He found that malignant tumors exhibit increased glycolysis — a process whereby glucose is used as a fuel by cancer — as compared with normal cells.
Warburg also found that cancers thrive in an acidic environment. Sugar is highly acidic. With a pH of about 6.4, it is 10 times more acidic than the ideal alkaline pH of blood at 7.4.
Sugar suppresses a key immune response known as phagocytosis – the Pac-Man effect of the immune system. Consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar can cause about a 50% reduction in phagocytosis. If you consider the sugar in your cereal, the syrup on your waffles and pancakes, the sugar added to your morning coffee or tea, the sugar in cold beverages like iced tea or lemonade, the HFCS in prepared foods, salad dressing and ketchup, and of course sugary snacks and desserts, you can see how easy it is to suppress your immune systems significantly. Not only the amount of sugar, but also the frequency of ingesting sugar is relevant to immune function. In one study, research subjects were found to have nearly a 38% decrease in phagocytosis one hour after ingesting a moderate amount of sugar. Two hours later, the immune system was suppressed 44%; immune function did not recover completely for a full five hours.
In most people, when sugar in any form is consumed, the pancreas releases insulin. Breast tissue, for example, contains insulin receptors, and insulin is a powerful stimulant of cell growth. One group of Australian researchers concluded that high levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) may actually be causative of cancers of the breast, prostate, endometrium and pancreas. A broad study conducted in 21 countries in Europe, North America and Asia concluded that sugar intake is a strong risk factor contributing to higher breast cancer rates, particularly in older women. A four-year study at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in the Netherlands compared 111 biliary tract cancer patients with 480 healthy controls. Sugar intake was associated with more than double the cancer risk.
Sugar ingestion seriously contributes to obesity, a known cause of cancer. Obesity also negatively affects survival. More than 100,000 cases of cancer each year are caused by excess body fat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. These include esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, gallbladder, breast and colorectal cancer.
Our comments and thoughts
We firmly believe the vast studies that are demonstrating that sugar is one of the primary causative factors of cancer and cancer growth.
Our decision to give up sugar entirely was set three years ago. We will be the first ones to tell you that giving up sugar is hard to do:
- Sugar is highly addictive and we are all caught in this trap
- Sugar is in almost every product on grocery shelves making it very hard to buy manufactured products
- Sugar is our brain’s “go-to food” for energy until the cycle is broken
- Giving up sugar makes you unpopular at family and friend events
But…if you truly are on the path to self love and caring for our world, then making the decision to feed your body and mind the foods that improve your health is easy.
Simply – You give up sugar because it has no nutritional value and harms your health.
As a teachers and parents we ask, beg and encourage you to:
- stop giving yourself sugar filled foods and drinks
- stop giving your children sugar filled foods, snacks and drinks
- educate your children on the harmful effects of sugar
- educate others on the harmful effects of sugar
Latest data for 2016 predicts that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 2 women will get cancer in their lifetimes.
We encourage you to read these articles and any others you find online to learn more facts on this issue: