Sugar, Gluten & Cancer
So high is sugar's 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.
Whereas many within the mainstream medical community insist 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 also find such superficial attitudes promoted in the medical press-all of which lack any kind of medical depth.
The therapeutic strategy for selective starvation of tumors by dietary modification (ketogenic diet) is one of the principle forms of therapy that is necessary for cancer patients to win their war on cancer.
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.
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).
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.
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Also, 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
Pancreatic cancer cells use the sugar fructose to help tumors grow more quickly. 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.
Researchers concluded that anyone wishing to curb their cancer risk should start by reducing the amount of sugar they eat.
Dr. Otto Warburg's 1924 paper, "On 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."
Most, if not all, tumor cells have a high demand on 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.
Although much is still unknown about the effect of gluten on the body, we now know, from a study involving 30,000 patients and reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that gluten can cause numerous health concerns, even death.
This data was collected from 1969 until 2008. Divided into three groups, the patients either had Celiac, had intestinal inflammation but not full-blown Celiac disease or had gluten sensitivity.
The results of the study indicated that those individuals with full blown Celiac disease had a 39% higher risk of death. The risk was 72% for those with intestinal inflammation, and 35% for those with gluten sensitivity. Cardiovascular disease and malignancy were the main causes of death in Celiac disease.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity | Celiac Disease
Many people suffering from gluten intolerance are not aware that gluten might be the cause of their symptoms. And many conventional medicine doctors do not readily recognize symptoms. Some of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease can include canker sores, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism.
Other symptoms include digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and, constipation and irritable bowel disease; Keratosis Pilaris, (known as a “chicken skin” look on the back of the arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-mal-absorption caused by gluten damaging the gut; Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten; Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis; Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility; Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain; Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips; Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity is not the end of the road for most people. However, if not properly dealt with, it will setup a cascade of other serious health concerns.
What does Gluten Insensitivity have to do with Cancer? Beginning in the digestive tract, gluten sensitivity produces inflammation in the entire body and is considered a type of autoimmune disease.
Celiac disease, which is the chronic and most severe type of gluten intolerance, currently is thought to affect between 1 in 1,750 and 1 in 105 people in the United States. Less severe symptoms of gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity may actually affect as much as one third of the US population.
Celiac disease also goes by other names such as coeliac, nontropical sprue, celiac sprue, gluten intolerant enteropathy, or gluten sensitive enteropathy.
Cancer is well known as a disease of inflammation as well as a disease of a poorly functioning immune system. Most of us know that up to 80% of our immune system is found in the gut which is where gluten often wrecks the most havoc.
Cancer is also a disease of malnutrition. Diets high in gluten will actually crowd out the nutrients from fruits and vegetables that our body needs for health. Due to the Standard American Gluten Rich Diet as well as environmental toxins and the over-indulgence of prescription drugs, many people already have faulty digestion concerns.
Celiac disease is also associated with bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, which can worsen malabsorption or cause malabsorption despite adherence to treatment.
As stated above gluten sensitivity can lead to higher risk of death from heart disease and malignancy. And cancer is just one of 55 diseases that can be caused or influenced by gluten.
And to add insult to injury, most gluten containing grains are GMO (genetically modified) and contain glyphosates which can also cause digestive concerns that affect the immune system and lead to inflammation.
When cancer is the concern it should be all about repairing the body, not just destroying the tumor. Why, in the last few years, has the number of people with gluten sensitivity skyrocketed?
According to Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the book Grain Brain, the ability of the immune system to recognize friend or foe as far as proteins are concerned is fundamentally regulated by the balance of bacteria that reside within our intestines, our microbiome.
With the overuse of antibiotics and other challenges including other medications like anti-inflammatories, and even chlorinated water, the regulation of our gut related immune system can be compromised, and this leads to inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a nonthreatening protein like gluten.
So disturb the balance of bacteria in the gut, and next thing you know, you are at risk for gluten sensitivity. In addition, the hybridization of wheat has favored both genetic changes in the composition of gluten as well as greatly increasing the amount of gluten found in wheat-derived products (as well as barley and rye).
These changes further overwhelm the immune system’s ability to respond in a normal fashion when exposed to these products. Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, states: …”whole grains raise blood sugar more than table sugar or a Snickers bar.
This is true for even organic, multigrain, sprouted – it makes no difference. Today’s wheat all comes from the same genetically altered plant, which research is still finding out about all of the health effects. Scientists manipulated this wheat to be a higher yielding crop without checking if it was safe for human consumption. Wheat raises your blood sugar higher than eating a candy bar.”
If you would rather not get cancer, I would suggest you replace toxic sugar with Natvia. Natvia is made from organic stevia. Stevia has wonderful health benefits. It helps you to gradually lose your sugar cravings and balances your blood sugar levels. You can find Natvia in the sugar section of most supermarkets now.
Replace all foods containing gluten with organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and seeds.
Drink 6 glasses of purified water every day.
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