Each year, an average American consumes their body weight in this substance which causes cancer. Unfortunately, hospitals feed their cancer patients sugar and high carbohydrate diets despite the harm they do, because they are immensely ignorant of nutrition’s role in health and disease. Thus, it’s no wonder cancer grows so much and the hospital rooms are packed.
Although science has shown (Otto Warburg’s cancer hypothesis) that tumors are more likely to use fermentation to produce energy instead of the much more efficient oxygen-based phosphorylation, hospitals have called corporations such as Mcdonalds into their facilities in order to “improve” the gustatory experience of patients. They wanted to provide comfort and take the patients’ minds off the painful surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments, presenting them as the only reasonable “standard of care”.
But, according to a new research, these medical institutions might have to rethink their dietary strategies, at least if they want to claim their interventions are based on evidence.
Study Discovers Sugar Doesn’t Just Feed, But Causes Cancer
A pioneering new study, carried out by Jonathan Middleton, a volunteer research at Greenmedinfo, is the first study ever to identify that sugar not only feeds the already existing cancer, but it also serves as a primary driver in oncogenesis, causing cancerous characteristics (phenotype) within cells which were previously healthy.
In the study named Increased sugar uptake promotes oncogenesis via EPAC/RAP1 and O-GlcNAc pathways, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers noted that: “increased glycolysis [sugar based metabolism] is frequently viewed as a consequence of oncogenic events that drive malignant cell growth and survival.” In other words, they stated the cancer research community has a common perception (or misperception) in terms of sugar’s relationship to cancer.
Contrary to this popular opinion, this study presents evidence that increased glycolytic activation on its own can be an oncogenic event. To put it another way, the activation of sugar-based metabolism in a cell, triggered by the increased quantities of glucose and the increased glucose receptors on the cell membrane surface, causes cancer.
Furthermore, the study discovered that forced reduction of glucose uptake by breast cancer leads to phenotypic reversion. Thus, interfering with the availability of sugar and uptake to the cell will make the cancer cell reverse towards its previous cancer structure-function (phenotype).
This new research suggests that sugar which is consumed an astounding 160 lbs each year, is one of the main causes of metabolic cell changes in the body along with initiation and promotion of cancer. It also indicates that cancer could be reversed if sugar is removed from the diet, thus depriving the cells of it.
Forms Of Hidden Sugar
Unfortunately, there are many hidden forms of sugar in refined carbohydrate products such as bread, crackers, pasta cereal. What’s more, puffed rice makes your blood sweeter (and probably provides more cancer cells with sugar) than white sugar, because it is higher on the glycemic index. According to the USDA, the average American consumes 200 lbs of grain products each year, so if we add the figures of consumption of sugar and grain-based products together, we consume 360 lbs of sugar a year, all of which can contribute to initiating and promoting aerobic glycolysis: the perfect metabolic situation of cancer cells.
This is why a diet focused on fat and protein, devoid of carbohydrate, in simple (sugar) and complex (grain product) form such as the ketogenic diet is effective against some of the most aggressive cancers including brain cancer. If you take away sugar from a cancer cell which craves sugar/carb, it will be forced to experience programmed cell death (apoptosis) or revert back to non-cancerous phenotype.
If It’s So Bad, Why Do We Eat It So Much?
One of the main reasons why we eat sugar and carbs is simple. They’re addictive. In just a few minutes after consuming sugar/carbs, our body experiences a neuroendocrine roller coaster. Our brains cannot survive too long without glucose, the primary energy unit of the cell, and will ‘freak out’ if they don’t receive a steady stream of glucose in only 2-3 minutes. On the other hand, the endocrine system detects the dangers of high sugar like blood caramelizing, gumming up the finely tuned works and will try to get the increased sugar in the blood and tissues under control by releasing hormones like adrenaline, insulin, and cortisol.
Insulin is responsible for forcing the sugar into storage within the cell as glycogen and as fat, but usually does this so well that it causes the depletion of available glucose levels in the brain, and triggers ’emergency signals’ indicating the body to release more adrenaline and cortisol to increase the glucose levels in the blood. In turn, this leads to additional insulin production and release, repeating the same cycle over and over again.
This supposedly endless cycle is responsible for the huge cravings we get from a high carb/sugar diet, in addition to the fructose-based hedonic effects in the brain that regulate the opioid and dopamine receptors in our nervous system, and the pharmacologically active peptides in a number of grains that contain gluten, which are also known to drive addictive behaviors and fixations on consuming carbs in each meal.
So, it’s not surprising that our world where Westernized diets prevail is affected by a cancer epidemic. That’s not to say that a sugar/carb rich diet is the only cause of cancer. There are many other factors which cause cancer such as:
- Radiation exposure
- Chemical exposure
- Vaccines which contain retroviruses and viruses which cause cancer
- Chronic stress which suppresses the immune system
- Lack of sleep
- Natural infection with viruses and bacteria which cause cancer
- Insufficient nutrients (lack of folate, B12, B6 prevents the body from turning off cancer-promoting genes
- Lack of sleep
All in all, cancer is a complex phenomenon which depends on many factors and variables we can’t always control. But, there’s something we can control − what we eat. And if we truly want to prevent or treat cancer we should avoid sugar. Also be careful with carbohydrates which don’t taste sweet on the front end like cereal, crackers, and bread, because they convert to sugar in the body within minutes after you consume them.
So, if you are concerned about cancer, suffer from cancer, or want to stop its recurrence, you should remove sugar and excess carbohydrates from your diet. In addition to being common sense, now it’s backed up by experimental research, so you don’t have an excuse.