“We have a major drug addiction in this country. Bigger than opiates, amphetamines, alcohol, heroin, and nicotine all combined. It’s a legal drug, and everyone can easily get it. Even kids. You guessed it: sugar—it’s in practically every modern food we eat and drink and it is fueling our cancers and other chronic illnesses. Sugar consumption is simply off the charts, and most people don’t even think twice about it; it seems so innocent and so tasty. So what’s the big deal? The deal is that cancer cells ingest sugar—all kinds of sugar—at a rate that’s almost fifty times faster than healthy cells, and it’s the main fuel that helps them to grow and spread. Researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that up to 80 percent of all human cancers are driven by the effects of glucose and insulin, which stimulate the proliferation, migration, and invasiveness of all types of cancer. It is because sugar is cancer’s favorite food that the positron emission tomography (PET) scans are able to detect active cancer sites. Before patients undergo a PET scan, they first must fast and then receive an injection of radioactive sugar. The sugar circulates in the bloodstream and is gobbled up by hungry cancer cells that light up the scan like a glow stick. The higher the rate of glucose consumption (that is, the more densely lit the cancer cells appear on the scan), the more aggressive the tumor.”
Let’s pause for another moment and reflect on this: A PET scan detects active tumor sites. It’s basically searching for hot spots of sugar metabolism.
Why? Because, as per the Warburg Effect: “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. 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.”
The fact that cancer cells have dysfunctional metabolism that preferentially feasts on sugar is an established fact that EVERYONE acknowledges. Including your traditional oncologist.
YET… (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) My brother’s oncologist has a bowl of candy in his reception area. And, when I shared that fact with a best-selling author friend who is also undergoing treatment for cancer, he told me his oncologist has a bowl of candy in his reception area as well. To which I replied, “How is that not malpractice?” All of which is part of a longer chat we’ll save for another time.
For now: As Nasha and Jess put it, if your doctors don’t think nutrition significantly effects your well-being you might want to look for another doctor. ;)
Back to the chapter on the second terrain element: “Sugar, Cancer, and the Ketogenic Diet.” Want to Optimize your deep nutrition? Eliminate added sugar and all the edible foodlike substances in which it’s hidden. Which, to be clear, is pretty much EVERY processed food.
I know I say this all the time. And, I know some of you might be saying exactly what Nasha and Jess say above: “Really? Come on. Can’t be THAT bad for you.” Well, it is.
And, let’s not wait for the cancer diagnosis to make the change. Although the metabolic approach to cancer provides a TON of hope to thrive after a cancer diagnosis, it’s easier to prevent than to treat cancer. So… Stop drinking the sodas. Say no to the donuts and cookies and all the other stuff that’s torturing your mitochondria. (Pretty please with no sugar on top?)
One more thought from Nasha and Jess: “All cancer cells have the ability to reprogram their energy metabolism in order to consume more glucose and grow faster. No conventional treatment, including the newer targeted therapies, will affect the cancerous cells if sugar remains high. Period.”
Here’s another gem: “The ketogenic diet plays an integral role in the metabolic approach to cancer and in our approach. We personally have seen it work wonders with our cancer patients time and time again. It is a deeply therapeutic, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that enables the body to cease using glucose as its primary fuel source and to utilize ketones (the bi-product of fatty acid breakdown) instead. Ketones are a source of fuel that is more difficult for cancer cells to consume than glucose is. The ketogenic diet thus deprives cancer cells of energy targeting the fundamental cause of cancer: altered metabolism.”
P.S. Another big tip from that chapter? ELIMINATE GMOs from your diet! I knew they were bad but I didn’t realize just HOW bad. Did you know that twenty-six countries have banned genetically modified foods and other substances because they’ve been proven to be so carcinogenic? Yep. Although places like Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland have banned GMOs, the US has not.
So… If it doesn’t say organic/non-GMO then assume it’s GMO. And don’t eat or use it.