According to several researchers, sugar represents a health risk and contributes to about 35 million deaths around the world every year. The levels of toxicity in sugar is so great that some believe that it should be considered a substance of toxic potential, like alcohol and cigarettes. Others believe that a tax should be imposed upon all foods and drinks that contain sugar, considering its strong connection to type 2 diabetes, which has been increasing absurdly around the world.
The problem with sugar isn’t just diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper and hypoglycemia, reflux, cardiovascular disease, to name a few… Sugar and cancer walk hand in hand in such a way that this topic could not be ignored by health professionals. Fortunately, more and more doctors and, of course, alternative and complementary medicine professionals, believe that the most logical, effective, safe, necessary and efficient way of treating cancer is by cutting off the thing on which tumors and cancer cells feed (glucose), making them hungry due to the lack of “food”.
Researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah seem to have been pioneers in the confirmation that sugar feeds tumors. In 1923 it was already known that cancer cells need much more glucose to survive than normal cells. In June of 2012, a research paper was published (in the Molecular System Biology journal) which demonstrated that glucose deprivation would activate a process which would lead to the death of cancer cells, resulting from an intricate toxic accumulation. I’ve already talked about how sugar causes inflammations in our body in the article “Açúcar – esse sim é o grande vilão”. One of the results of this inflammation process is precisely the appearance of cancer cells, which depend of glucose to continue growing and proliferating. It’s known that normal cells, once they can’t find any more glucose to use as a source of energy, are capable of metabolizing fat. Cancer cells aren´t.
It doesn’t take too much research to see that something isn’t right. If you have already undergone cancer treatment, or know someone who has, by means of strategic changes to eating habits, please, I would really like to know how it went. Unfortunately, in all the stories I hear, oncologists limit themselves to saying “maintain a healthy diet” and this is basically the orientation that most give.
Isn’t it time to start pressuring professionals involved in treating cancer to become better at orienting patients about the most healthy diets and lifestyle habits in order to treat diseases and, most importantly, cancer?
What can you do?
Start by being mindful about your diet and how you manage stress. Trying to eat healthily is very complicated when junk food is available and healthy foods don’t look very inviting.
Cook one healthy dish a day, or even once a week. Learn your way around the kitchen so that it becomes progressively easier and faster to prepare a healthy meal. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy doing this. I believe that all of us feel happier when we realize that we are responsible for maintaining our own health. And it is, without a doubt, an accomplishment when we become totally independent from help to eat and live well. Avoid sugar as much as you can. It’s hidden even in readymade pasta or meat sauces, in bread, which are unavoidable things that you will end up eating because it’s not easy to be natural and cook everything you eat “from scratch”.
I wanted to write about this topic in to make you rethink your health. If you already lead a healthy life, maybe you can influence those around you to start doing the same. If you have cancer, a history of cancer in your family, or know someone who is going through this, search for information, read more about this topic. There is always a way out. Regardless of the diet. whether its Macrobiotic, Paleo, Blood Type, etc., remember that all of these emphatically restrict the use of sugar. Don’t let yourself become convinced by the argument that your diet won’t make much of a difference.
I would really like to hear your opinions about this and your experiences, if you’ve had any, with doctors and other professionals.
This article, originally titled “O Açúcar que Alimenta o Câncer” has been adapted from Portuguese. It was originally posted on my Proposta Natural website, which is written in Portuguese.