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Sugar Isn’t Always So sweet

By Carol Alt / Post / October 16, 2017
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Sugar feeds cancer- end of blog.

Just kidding… I love sugar, but I try not to eat it. That’s a tall order for anyone! There are so many sugar substitutes out there that are actually healthy for you, but first, some facts. There is no doubt that sugar feeds diseases like cancer. But if I’m going to give up this pleasure, I want to understand why. Below, I’ll lay out what I’ve found (4 paragraphs down I speak English again so just bear with me).

Sugar reprograms metabolism.

Unlike normal cells that generate ATP through oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria, cancer cells are reprogrammed to get their energy from glycolysis in the cytoplasm (Warburg phenomenon). Such transformation helps these cells to adapt to their hypoxic microenvironment, and it also provides them with essential substrates required for the synthesis of macromolecules such as amino acids and nucleosides to help in rapid proliferation. That reprogramming is usually driven by oncogenes such as AKT1, mTOR, and MYC.

The high dependence of these cells on glucose metabolism serves as a basis for the omission of floraldeoxyglucose positron a mission tomography (FDG-pet) imaging.

—hematology and oncology speciality consult. 4th Edition edited by Amanda F. Cashin and Brian A Van Tine Washington University St. Louis University School of Medicine

OK, that’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo for the information that diseased cells have gene mutations that help them use glucose to grow really quickly. This “high dependence on glucose” is what gives them their glow when you see them in a PET scan, or at least that’s what I got out all of that. My doctor knows I’ve been into all this cool kind of stuff, so he walked out of his office one day and handed me this book open to the section on glucose. Naturally I can only understand this in my crazy layman kind of way, and that is this:

SUGAR FEEDS DISEASE.

My doctor also said this is a very BIG concession for conservative oncology– in other words, this is news! It’s great news too, because sugar is something we can actually control. We can decide whether or not to eat sugar! Of all the different helpful hints that I’ve been talking about with trying to be healthy and to look beautiful, this one is not the easiest to do, but at least it can be a start.

I don’t want to just leave you there, though. It’s very hard to cut out sugar, I promise I know. And if you’re not eating raw and really eating a lot of protein and fats (we should be eating breakfast like other cultures- like Japanese fish or lox), it can be almost impossible. That’s why I started this series with this previous entry on diets.

How do you wean off sugar? The way my doctor got me off of sugar is by giving me the following advice:

“Eat breakfast like a king; lunch like a queen; and dinner like a pauper.”

Or the Russians say the following:

“Eat breakfast alone; lunch with a friend; give dinner to an enemy.”

See? They may well be way ahead of us when it comes to eating! So yeah, I can remember those little ditties- but what do they MEAN? It means eat a huge breakfast. I got off sugar by eating a breakfast with salad, raw fish, cold pressed oils, avocado, and any other healthy food I could find. PLUS, and I did say PLUS, a green powder drink!

I did the same for lunch and then I had a carbo with raw fats (COLD PRESSED olive oil/Udo oil) for dinner. Repeat for two months. Then he took away my carbo dinner. Because I was so well fed with green powders and I was eating healthy food, I no longer craved sugar. It was pretty awesome. Maybe you should also think about doing this if you’re going to fast?

If you’re suffering from a health issues right now, my doctor told me about a drug that has suddenly become, according to him, a miracle. Although I do not normally like to depend on pharmaceuticals, this one might be worth mentioning because if you have an issue right now and sugar is part of that issue, then you may need to do something right away and perhaps you should look into this with your doctor.

It’s Metformin.

I am told that Metformin lowers GF, which is insulin growth levels (GF is a fertilizer for disease), and that it lowers blood glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity. I’m also told Metformin inactivates beta-catenin/Wnt pathways, and these pathways help make disease more aggressive. Metformin also inhibits angiogenesis, which is the creation of new blood vessels. This is important because tumors need blood vessels to feed themselves.

Metformin targets stem cells so these cells won’t become diseased. Metformin has even been shown to slow the breakdown of telomeres. We have heard that shortening the length of telomeres through damage can adjust your lifespan and how you age- it can also play a part in disease by hindering the metabolism of some diseased cells because it hinders inflammation!

Besides that fact, it also is being used in polycystic ovary syndrome. It is helping to prevent melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, as it is lowering protein levels of CDKs (2 4 and 6) and cyclins (D1 & E) PMC 3850878. It is inhibiting thyroid cancer and it apparently does many other things to help prevent disease.

The main one I was talking about with you was the lowering of blood glucose levels and increased sensitivity to insulin, so if there’s a small chance that Metformin can do this, there might be a big chance that I will try it. Either way, Metformin is not sold for any of the above. The above seem to be some “happy side effects.” Like I said everybody has to make their decisions on how they handle their health. Metformin does have some other side effects like headaches and dizziness as well. Apparently, there are also some great results to be had with it, so it could be worth researching.

Finally, because this blog is getting too long, maybe you could ask your doctor about yucca sweetener, xylitol, and other non-sweet sweeteners! See? I wouldn’t leave you high and dry without some form of sweetener! My books also have lots of different kinds of sweeteners mentioned in them. Request your local library to bring in my books to help you learn to eat raw, find recipes, understand why raw foods are more nutritious and to learn other protocols that I mention in my blogs.

Eating in the Raw
Easy, Sexy Raw
A Healthy You

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Edited by Jake Layton

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