Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Use Okra For Treating Diabetes

Okra is considered comfort food by all who love it. Although okra or Abelmoschus esculentus(sometimes referred to as “lady fingers”,”bamia” or “bhindi”) is often served fried and battered, it is quite the healthy food and boasts many health benefits when prepared without a beer-battering and deep-frying.

The Health Benefits of Okra::::

I discussed the 10 health benefits of okra in the past and briefly talked about research linking okra consumption to improvements with diabetes. Okra packs a potassium punch has many vitamins and minerals and is nearly calorie-free.
Now, let’s take an in-depth look at the okra-diabetes connection, and learn more about how preparing okra in a specific way can help fight existing diabetes and stave off diabetes in those who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
Please note that all solid research to date has been conducted on animals, and although rat and rabbit studies may translate well to human applications, the human evidence for okra as an anti-diabetic treatment is limited to anecdotes at this time.

Okra as a Natural Cure for Diabetes – the Research:::::

Several research studies have shown that okra can help treat diabetes.
One animal study published in the Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Sciences and performed by researchers from India used rats in which diabetes had been induced. This study found that the seeds and peel of okra have anti-diabetic properties which led the rats to stabilized blood glucose levels—the prime concern in all diabetic animals, including humans.
In this study, the okra pods were soaked in water and one group of rats was given the solution, while the control group received a solution of Na-carboxymethylcellulose (CMC – cellulose gum; a cellulose derivative often used as a thickener). The results showed that okra helped to reduce the absorption of glucose and lowered blood sugar levels in rats.
Similarly, a study performed by a team of researchers from the Vishwa Bharathi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and published in the International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Chemistry found that okra extract had anti-diabetic effects on rabbits. Over a ten-day time span, the okra level gradually reduced blood glucose levels among the experimental group of rabbits, comparable to the reduction caused by the popular diabetes drug, Metformin.

How to Make Okra Water to Treat Diabetes

Extracting the goodness of okra to treat diabetes is almost too simplistic to be believed—but it works! Some people claim that okra water, consumed daily, can help stave off the disease of diabetes and restore health in people struggling to keep their blood sugar levels normal. Here’s how to prepare it:
  1. Thoroughly wash 4 medium size okra pods
  2. Clip off both ends of the pods
  3. Poke the pods with a fork on opposite sides or split them in half
  4. Place the pods into a glass and cover them with clean, room-temperature water
  5. Allow okra to sit in water overnight
  6. Give the pods a good squeeze before removing from the water (to release any leftover sap)
  7. Discard the pods and gulp down the water!
Do this once per day to reduce the effects of existing diabetes or to keep diabetes at bay as a pre-diabetic person . It takes almost no effort on your part and could potentially save you money in reducing the need for expensive treatments.

When Fresh Okra Isn’t Available

Okra is an annual plant, meaning its seasonal availability (not to mention geographical availability across the globe) may be limited. Although part of the empirical research supporting okra as an anti-diabetic was conducted using parts of the fresh okra plant, canned okra (like this one) and freeze-dried okra (likethis one) can also be used to create okra water for diabetes treatment.
You can also combine the okra treatment with other diabetes management methods, such as a low-carbohydrate diet, intermittent fasting, and ingesting foods high in healthy fats such as nuts, olives, andavocados, all of which have their own health benefits.

Okra – Safety Concerns

If you have been advised to attempt to control your diabetes using dietary restrictions, okra water consumption may be right for you.
However, if you are taking Metformin to control your diabetes, please be aware that okra water usage may interfere with Metformin’s ability to affect your blood sugar, and glucose levels may actually rise instead of falling when okra water is being used as a treatment while taking Metformin. Make sure to consult with your doctor before taking okra as a natural diabetes treatment.
Also, don’t feel that okra’s amazing effects on blood sugar levels is a free pass to consume sugary, carbohydrate-ridden foods! Managing diabetes and using healthy and natural alternative treatments should always be part of a healthier lifestyle, and should never be used as a free pass to eat junk food and “get away with it.”
Use okra water responsibly as a part of a healthy diet, and avoid the temptation to reach out to sugars when you find that okra water helps control your blood sugar levels.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

4 Tablespoons A Day And Cancer’s Gone! A Famous Russian Scientist Discovers A Recipe For The Most Powerful Cure.

The health benefits this natural remedy provides are innumerable. It cleans your blood vessels, kidneys, and liver, it boosts your immune system and it improves your heart health protecting against heart disease and heart failure.
Moreover, it’s extremely beneficial for your brain health and cognitive function. It also protects against many types of cancer.
  • 15 lemons
  • 1kg raw organic honey
  • 12 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 400gr wheat
  • 400gr fresh walnuts
Place the wheat in a large glass bowl and cover it in water. Leave it overnight.
The next morning strains the water and repeats the process once again. This time leave the wheat in water for 24 hours.
24 hours later blend the garlic, wheat, and walnuts. Then add 5 unpeeled, but sliced lemons to the mix and blend again. Follow by squeezing the other 10 lemons then add their juice to the previous mixture. Blend one more time to get a homogenous mixture. In the end, add the honey with a wooden spoon and mix well.
Store the mixture in a glass jar then refrigerate for 3 days.
Ideally, you should take 1-2 tablespoons of this remedy half an hour before meals or 3 times a day.
If you are using this remedy to fight cancer, increase the dose to 1-2 tablespoons every 2 hours.
Dr. Mermersky, a Russian doctor, claims that this natural remedy is highly beneficial because it provides all the essential nutrients your body needs for proper function. This includes vitamins, proteins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and bioactive substances. It can support a cancer treatment because it strengthens the body’s immune system, stimulates cell regeneration and organ function, and finally, it improves overall health.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Suffer From Arthritis and joint pain , The cure is here !!!!!!

Health experts say that the pain in your shoulders, joints and legs can be caused by poor body posture. So, their advice is very simple, improve your body posture.

So in this article you can find a recipe which will help you to relieve your pain and strengthen your bone structure. If you suffer from pain in your shoulders, joints, legs and neck then this is an ideal recipe for you.
Buy 150g of gelatin, which can be found in any supermarket. In the afternoon, stir two tablespoons of gelatin (5g) into a quarter cup of cold water and keep the mixture out of fridge. When combined with water, gelatin turns into jelly.
Drink this remedy, in the morning, mixed with something you like such as juice, milk, yogurt, tea…
The gelatin will help you with your pain in shoulders, joints, legs and neck. Within a week your condition will be improved. This treatment should last about a month and it should be repeated after six months. In this way you will “lubricate” your joints.
Maybe you don’t believe in this remedy while you are reading it, but it is much better to try this kind of pain-relieving method instead of becoming “pharmaceutical slaver” who thinks that only a pill could help him.
    Why is gelatin good for your joints?
Gelatin is a natural product.  It is derived from collagen obtained from various animal by-products. Gelatin is a mixture of powerful amino acids-peptides and proteins which stimulate growth and improve the structure of connective tissue which is necessary in the treatment of joins and bones.
Gelatin is considered to be a high quality home remedy, and it provides various health benefits such as:
it strengthens joints and heart muscle
   -it boosts metabolism
   -it enhances mental abilities
  -it improves complexion
  -it Increases elasticity, strengthens ligaments and tendons
  -it prevents osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  -it improves skin and hair structure
  – helps in the treatment of dysplasia
This treatment will eliminate your pain and stiffness within 7 days. Only in a month, you will feel much better and your pain will completely disappear.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Turmeric (ORGANIC FORM) Extract Strikes To The Root Cause of Cancer Malignancy

A new turmeric study published in Cancer Letters is paving the way for a revolution in the way that we both understand and treat cancer. Titled, “Targeting cancer stem cells by curcumin and clinical applications,” U.S. researchers evaluated the primary polyphenol in the Indian spice known as curcumin for its ability to target cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are believed to be at the root cause of tumor formation and malignancy.
Whereas conventional models of cancer assumed that the majority of the cancer cells within a tumor possess self-renewal capacity to differing degrees, the CSC model proposes that, “[T]he initiation, maintenance, and growth of a tumor is driven by a minor population of cancer cells termed cancer stem cells (CSCs),” and that “This CSCs undergo continuous self-renewal and differentiate to heterogeneous cancer cells, yielding new tumors recapitulating the parental tumors, while the majority of cancer cells lack self-renewal capacity.”
In other words, the CSCs are at the apex of a hierarchy of cells within the tumor and are the “mother” of the various daughter cells that make it up, most of which are intrinsically benign. Conventional treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, based on a rodent model with a 2-year experimental window to evaluate treatment efficacy and safety, was incapable of comprehending the CSC-mediated cause of post-treatment tumor recurrence, which in humans can take decades after the initial treatment to manifest. Although it was possible to debulk a tumor with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, CSC populations were often missed or even enriched as a result. When the tumor mass regrew it often became more invasive and treatment-resistant, resulting in the rapid demise and death of the patient — deaths which are often written off inaccurately or disingenuously as non-treatment related.
Given that conventional treatment can drive an intrinsically benign tumor (i.e., so-called indolent tumors) into greater invasiveness through increasing the number of intrinsically resilient cancer stem cells at the very same moment that it kills the less or non-harmful daughter cells, alternative treatment approaches are needed now more than ever.

The Cancer Stem Cell Killing Role of Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric and curcumin extract have been extensively studied for their ability to kill various cancer cell lines. In fact, the literature is so abundant (see: 600 health benefits of turmeric) that it is both surprising and disheartening that so many patients who are in need of safe, effective and affordable treatments are not being given information about it.
The new study identifies a number of ways in which curcumin provides an ideal CSC-targeting therapy, including:

  • Regulation of the CSC self-renewal pathway:  curcumin appears to, directly and indirectly, influence at least three self-renewal pathways within cancer stem cells, namely, Wnt/b-catenin, sonic hedgehog 89 (SHH), and Notch. The authors list 12 difference cancer cell lines which curcumin appear to affect positively.
  • Modulation of microRNA: microRNAs are short non-coding RNA sequences that regulate approximately 33% of the protein-coding genes in the human genome. They bind to target messenger RNAs (mRNAs) leading to their degradation or inactivation. Curcumin has been found to alter the expression of microRNAs in cancer stem cells in a way that would suggest a strong suppression of tumor formation.
  • Direct anti-cancer activity: Curcumin exhibits the ability to selectively kill cancer cellsversus healthy cells and synergizes with conventional chemotherapy agents making them more effective (in some cases less harmful).
The researchers evaluated the safety and tolerability of all the available human research on curcumin in human cancer studies and found no cause for concern. They also noted “Curcumin, as a natural remedy for thousands of years, has been shown to be well tolerated and causes no significant toxicity in a number of clinical trials.”
The conclusion of the study:
“Curcumin, as well as its modified forms (analogues or nanoparticle-encapsulated formulations), has shown great potential to inhibit CSCs in several types of cancer both in cell cultures and in mouse models, including glioma, breast, colorectal, pancreatic, brain, and esophageal cancers. Some analogues (e.g., CDF) and formulations (e.g., nanotechnology-based formulation) have exhibited improved efficacy against CSC-like cells and greater growth-inhibitory capacity in tumors. It is promising to evaluate curcumin and its modified forms in other types of CSCs.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Diet strictly avoid by CANCER patients


1. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be honey but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. A better alternative is Bragg's amino or sea salt. 

2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved. 

3. meat- Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic. It is ok to eat fish, and a few pieces of chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones, and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer. 

4. Take a diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance the growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). 

5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it. 

6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup. 

7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells. 

8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-essence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs, etc..) to enable the body's own killer cells to fight cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells. 

9. Develop Positive Attitude- Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. 

Anger, unforgiveness, and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life. 

10. Do yoga and Meditation- Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapies another means employed to fight cancer cells.

5 Tips on Diet To Lower Cholesterol That Can Save Your Life

Diet to Lower Cholesterol

The fact is, nearly half of all American adults have high cholesterol due to their diet. It can be inherited but to most people, it is just a consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle, especially food choices. High cholesterol is a serious problem and if left untreated it can cause numerous diseases and lead to the occurrence of heart attack symptomsIn order to improve your overall health, you need to exercise and have a healthy diet plan. Keep reading this article and find out what is the best diet to lower cholesterol.

1. Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean diet is considered as the healthiest diet on the planet. Moreover, when you’re diagnosed with high cholesterol, your doctor will most likely recommend the Mediterranean diet as it is the best diet plan to reduce cholesterol. This diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating and is characterized by the consumption of olive oil which is considered as heart healthy too. The reason this diet plan is best for you is in the fact the benefits of this diet are scientifically proven and it is not too restrictive which allows you to take care of your health while still eating delicious foods.
This diet plan lowers high cholesterol and prevents heart diseases, stroke, and even improves our immunity. When following this healthy diet plan. here is what you should eat and how often:
  • As much as possible: Fruits, vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, nuts, beans, seeds, herbs, and spices. Basically, it is recommended to eat plant-based foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients as much as possible.
  • At least two times a week: Fish and seafood, particularly salmon. Fish are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for our overall health and prevent heart attack symptoms.
  • Moderate portions: Cheese, yogurt, eggs, and poultry. You can choose whether to eat them once a day or a few times per week.
  • Less often: Meats and sweets, just a few times per month.

Diet tricks

  • Replace butter with healthy fats
  • Instead of salt, use herbs and spices
  • Drink a glass of red wine after dinner (optional).

2. Avoid trans fats

Tran’s fats are created when the manufacturer adds hydrogen to vegetable oils. These fats prolong the shelf life of the product but are damaging for your heart health and even increase cholesterol levels. According to dietitians, there is no safe level of Tran’s fats and you should avoid their consumption entirely. You can find them in commercially prepared fried foods, snacks, margarine, baked goods, and processed foods.

3. Eat more fiber

Every healthy diet plan needs fiber. Studies show that increasing intake of fiber by as little as 5 to 10 grams a day reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 5%. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. In order to prevent heart disease, you need soluble fiber which can be found in kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, pears, apples, prunes, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley. Also, eating 1 ½ cups of cooked oatmeal provides your body with 3 grams of soluble fiber.
soluble fiber dissolves in water in order to create a gel-like substance which later reduces high cholesterol and glucose levels.

4. The Engine 2 diet

This diet plan was designed by a firefighter and former athlete. It is a plant-based diet that is focused on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and soy products. This diet plan strictly forbids eating meat, poultry, or processed foods which makes it perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

5. What to eat and what to avoid

Fruits and vegetables

Eat Fresh fruits and vegetables, unsweetened and unprocessed canned fruits or vegetables.
Avoid Vegetables prepared with butter, sauce, or cream; deep fried vegetables; sweetened canned fruits.

Whole grains

Eat Low-fat crackers, whole grain pasta, brown rice etc.
Avoid “White” products, croissants, sweet rolls etc.; commercially made muffins, cakes, pasta with butter.


Eat Water, mineral water, soft drinks (sugar-free), tea, coffee – in moderation.
Avoid Sweetened soft drinks, instant coffee, liquors, cocktails.


Eat Fish and seafood, poultry (without skin), unprocessed red meat.
Avoid Deep fried chicken and processed meats.


Healthy diet plan and exercise will help you lower high cholesterol and prevent heart diseases. Ideally, the Mediterranean diet is the best diet plan for high cholesterol and most doctors recommend it due to scientifically proven benefits. Try to substitute unhealthy fats with healthy ones and opt for plant-based foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients instead of unhealthy foods. If you are a meat-lover try to limit your meat intake to several times a month and opt for fish instead.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


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According to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, sugar poses a health risk-contributing to around 35 million deaths globally each year. So high is its toxicity that it should now be considered a potentially toxic substance like alcohol and tobacco. Its link with the onset of diabetes is such that punitive regulations, such as a tax on all foods and drinks that contain “added” sugar, are now warranted, the researchers concluded. They also recommend banning sales in or near schools, as well as placing age limits on the sale of such products.
Sugar does not stop at diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper- and hypoglycemia, GERD and heart disease. Sugar and cancer are locked in a death grip yet oncologists often fail to do what’s necessary to stop their patients from feeding their cancers with sweets.

But mainstream medicine insists on promoting the belief that the link between certain types of food with an increased risk of cancer is “weak” or only “nominally significant.” They believe that research “linking foodstuffs to cancer reveals no valid medical patterns.” We find such superficial attitudes promoted in the medical press—all of which lack any kind of medical depth.
An increasing number of medical scientists and many alternative practitioners know that the most logical, effective, safe, necessary and inexpensive way to treat cancer is to cut off the supply of food to tumors and cancer cells, starving them with a lack of glucose. The therapeutic strategy for selective starvation of tumors by dietary modification is one of the principal forms of therapy that is necessary for cancer patients to win their war on cancer.
Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah were one of the first to discover that sugar “feeds” tumors. The research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said, “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 professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah.
Dr. Thomas Graeber, a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, has investigated how the metabolism of glucose affects the biochemical signals present in cancer cells. In research published June 26, 2012, 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 (ROS).[1]
Refined sugars are strongly linked to cancer, not only as a cause of it but also as something that feeds the cancer cells once a person has the disease- Nothing could be more important to consider in the attempt to improve the outcome of cancer treatments. The kinds of sugar so prevalent in today’s standard American diet lead to cancer directly by causing inflammation throughout the body but in some places more than others depending on the individual and their constitution.  Once cancer cells are established in the body, they depend on steady glucose availability in the blood for their energy; they are not able to metabolize significant amounts of fatty acids or ketone bodies,[2] so they need sugar.

Suppress/ Delay/ Slow/ Kill Cancer

Carbohydrates of one of the three macronutrients- the other two being fats and protein. There are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include sugars found naturally in foods such fruits and fruit juices, sodas, some vegetables, white bread, white rice, pasta, milk and milk products, most snack foods, sweets, etc. But let us not forget the simple sugars added to foods during processing and refining that we may have no awareness of. It’s the simple sugars that get most of the credit for causing the insulin response and thus inflammation that can lead to cancer.
Thus by reducing the number of simple carbohydrates in the diet, the emergence of cancer can be suppressed or delayed, or the proliferation of already existing tumor cells can be slowed down, stopped and reversed by depriving the cancer cells of the food they need for survival.
Drs. Rainer Klement and Ulrike Kammerer conducted a comprehensive review of the literature involving dietary carbohydrates and their direct and indirect effect on cancer cells, which was published in October 2011 in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, concluding that cancers are so sensitive to the sugar supply that cutting that supply will suppress cancer.[3] Increased glucose flux and metabolism promotes several hallmarks of cancer such as excessive proliferation, anti-apoptotic signaling, cell cycle progression, and angiogenesis.
Eating white sugar (or white anything) causes magnesium mineral deficiencies because the magnesium has been removed in the processing, making sugar a ripe target as a major cause of cancer because deficiencies in magnesium are not only pro-inflammatory but also pro-cancer.

More Ways to Cause Cancer with Sugar

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) causes cancer in a unique way because much of it is contaminated with mercury due to the complex way it is made. High fructose corn syrup causes selenium deficiencies because the mercury in it binds with selenium, driving selenium levels downward. Selenium is crucial for glutathione production and its deficiency in soils tracks mathematically with cancer rates. Selenium and mercury are also eternal lovers having a strong affinity to bond with each other.
Already touched on briefly, excess sugar spikes insulin levels and insulin’s eventual depletion. High insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) are needed for the control of blood sugar levels that result from chronic ingestion of high-carbohydrate meals (like the typical American diet, that is full of grains and sugars). Increased insulin levels are pro-inflammatory and pro-cancer and can directly promote tumor cell proliferation via the insulin/ IGF-1 signaling pathway.
Dr. Christine Horner has a lot to say to women about insulin and breast cancer:
When it comes to breast cancer, insulin is no friend. One of the biggest reasons is due to the fact that both normal breast cells and cancer cells have insulin receptors on them. When insulin attaches to its receptor, it has the same effect as when estrogen attaches to its receptor: it causes cells to start dividing. The higher your insulin levels are, the faster your breast cells will divide; the faster they divide, the higher your risk of breast cancer is and the faster any existing cancer cells will grow.
There’s also another detriment that high insulin levels can inflict. It makes more estrogen available to attach to the estrogen receptors in breast tissue. Insulin regulates how much of the estrogen in your blood is available to attach to estrogen receptors in your breast tissue. When estrogen travels in the blood, it either travels alone seeking an estrogen receptor, or it travels with a partner, a protein binder, that prevents it from attaching to an estrogen receptor. Insulin regulates the number of protein binders in the blood. So, the higher your insulin levels are, the fewer the number of protein binders there will be and therefore the more free estrogen that will be available to attach to estrogen receptors.
In other words, when your insulin levels are up, free-estrogen levels are up, and both of them speed up cell division. That’s why high insulin levels increase your risk of breast cancer so much. Eating sugar increases your risk of breast cancer in another way. It delivers a major blow to your immune system with the force of a prizefighter.
Dr. Horner talks about a study conducted by Harvard Medical School (2004) that found that women who, as teenagers, ate high-glycemic foods that increased their blood glucose levels had a higher incidence of breast cancer later in life. “So, encouraging your teenage daughter to cut back on sugar will help her to lower her risk of breast cancer for the rest of her life,” she said.

Sugar, Inflammation, Angiogenesis, and Cancer

Sugars and the inflammation and acidic environments they create are important constituents of the local environment of tumors. In most types of cancer inflammatory conditions are present before malignancy changes occur. “Smoldering inflammation in tumor microenvironments has many tumor-promoting effects. Inflammation aids in the proliferation and survival of malignant cells promotes angiogenesis and metastasis, subverts adaptive immune responses, and alters responses to hormones and chemotherapeutic agents.”[4]
The entire subject of inflammation, angiogenesis, sugar, and cancer is crucial to understanding the links between cancer and the foods we eat and is covered separately in the following chapter. When we begin to zero in on inflammation and the acid conditions caused by excessive consumption of simple sugars, including fructose and high-fructose corn syrup, we begin to see more clearly how food and cancer are intimately connected.
In July 2012 a leading U.S. cancer lobby group urged the surgeon general to conduct a sweeping study of the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on consumer health, saying such drinks play a major role in the nation’s obesity crisis and require a U.S. action plan. In a letter to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Cancer Society’s advocacy affiliate called for a comprehensive review along the lines of the U.S. top doctor’s landmark report on the dangers of smoking in 1964.
The ruckus is about the growing connection between high sugar intake, mineral depletion, dehydration, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Sugar causes cancer because the tendency of high-carbohydrate consumers tends toward dehydration, which is pro-inflammatory and thus pro-cancer.[5]
Pancreatic cancer cells use sugar fructose to help tumors grow more quickly.[6] Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, a team at the University of California Los Angeles found. Their findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, helps explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types. Researchers concluded that anyone wishing to curb their cancer risk should start by reducing the amount of sugar they eat.
This is the first time a link has been shown between fructose and cancer proliferation. “In this study, we show that cancers can use fructose just as readily as glucose to fuel their growth,” said Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, the study’s lead author. “The modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it’s a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver.” While this study was done on pancreatic cancer, these findings may not be unique to that cancer type, Heaney said. “These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.”
It has been known for decades that cancer cells thrive on glucose. Moreover, foods that cause a sharp rise in blood glucose (i.e. foods with a high-glycemic index ranking) trigger the secretion of insulin and insulin growth factor (IGF-1), two hormones that also promote cancer growth.
Researchers using rats have found that a low-carbohydrate high-protein diet reduces blood glucose, insulin, and glycolysis, slows tumor growth, reduces tumor incidence, and works additively with existing therapies without weight loss or kidney failure.[7] Such a diet, therefore, has the potential of being both a novel cancer prophylactic and treatment.
Dr. Otto Warburg’s 1924 paper, “On the metabolism of tumors,” stated, “Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.– If you’ve ever made wine, you’ll know that fermentation requires sugar. The metabolism of cancer is approximately eight times greater than the metabolism of normal cells. Doctors have known for a long time that cancer metabolizes much differently than normal cells. Normal cells need oxygen. Cancer cells despise oxygen.
Warburg’s hypothesis was of course that cancer growth was caused when cancer cells converted glucose into energy without using oxygen. Healthy cells make energy by converting pyruvate and oxygen. The pyruvate is oxidized within a healthy cell’s mitochondria, and Warburg theorized that since cancer cells don’t oxidize pyruvate, cancer must be considered a mitochondrial dysfunction.
Most, if not all, tumor cells have a high demand for glucose compared to benign cells of the same tissue and conduct glycolysis even in the presence of oxygen (the Warburg effect). In addition, many cancer cells express insulin receptors (IRs) and show hyperactivation of the IGF1R-IR (IGF-1 receptor/ insulin receptor) pathway. Evidence exists that chronically elevated blood glucose, insulin, and IGF-1 levels facilitate tumor genesis and worsen the outcome in cancer patients.
Treating diabetic patients, A. Braunstein observed in 1921 that in those who developed cancer, glucose secretion in the urine disappeared. One year later, R. Bierich described the remarkable accumulation of lactate in the micromilieu of tumor tissues and demonstrated lactate to be essential for invasion of melanoma cells into the surrounding tissue. One year after that Warburg began the experiments that eventually ended for him with a Nobel Prize.
Sugar turns the body into a suitable breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, fungi, and cancer by devastating the immune system.
Knowing that one’s cancer needs sugar, does it make sense to feed it sugar? Does it make sense to have a high-carbohydrate diet?
Of the four million cancer patients being treated in America today, hardly any are offered any scientifically guided nutrition therapy beyond being told to “just eat good foods.” Oncologists have no shame about this, insisting that diet has little to do with cancer.
Cancer patients should not be feeding their cancers like they would feed cotton candy to their grandchildren. As long as this cancer cell can get a regular supply of sugar-or glucose-it lives and thrives longer than it should. Now imagine oncologists getting enlightened and they start to advise their patients to starve cancer instead of bombing it to smithereens with chemotherapy and radiation treatments all the while feeding cancer with sugar!

[1] Nicholas A Graham, Martik Tahmasian, Bitika Kohli, Evangelia Komisopoulou, Maggie Zhu, Igor Vivanco, Michael A Teitell, Hong Wu, Antoni Ribas, Roger S Lo, Ingo K Mellinghoff, Paul S Mischel, Thomas G Graeber. Glucose deprivation activates a metabolic and signaling amplification loop leading to cell deathMolecular Systems Biology, 2012; 8 DOI: 10.1038/msb.2012.20
[2] Ketone bodies, also called acetone bodies or simply ketones, are any of three compounds produced when the liver metabolizes fatty acids. The three types of ketone bodies-acetoacetic acid, beta-hydroxybutyric acid, and acetone -are released into the bloodstream after metabolism occurs. Acetoacetic acid and beta-hydroxybutyric acid are used for fuel by the brain and muscles, but the body can’t break down acetone and therefore excretes it in the urine. Excess acetone or ketone bodies in the blood and urine can be a sign of a serious metabolic disease, and doctors often use the measurement of ketone bodies as a tool in the diagnosis of such diseases.
In healthy individuals, the body uses mostly carbohydrate metabolism to fuel its cells. If sufficient carbohydrates are not available, such as during starvation, the body begins metabolizing fats into ketone bodies to provide the necessary fuel. High levels of ketones in the urine, a condition called ketonuria, indicates that the body is using mostly fat for its energy.
A condition that will produce dangerously high levels of ketone bodies is Type I diabetes. Individuals with diabetes mellitus are unable to efficiently metabolize glucose, due to insufficient insulin production or insulin resistance. Their bodies will begin metabolizing fats and proteins to make up for the lack of available glucose for energy. Without treatment, extremely high levels of ketones in the blood and urine can lower the blood’s pH and cause a condition called ketoacidosis. It occurs most often in people with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and is exacerbated when high blood glucose levels, caused by lack of available insulin, further acidify the blood. Ketoacidosis can lead to ketoacidosis coma or death.
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