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Sugar turns the body into a suitable breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer by devastating the immune system.

Sugar Feeds Cancer

Knowing that one's cancer needs sugar, does it make sense to feed it sugar? Does it make sense to have a high-carbohydrate diet?

Of the four million cancer patients being treated in America today, hardly any are offered any scientifically guided nutrition therapy beyond being told to "just eat good foods." Oncologists have no shame about this, insisting that diet has little to do with cancer.

Cancer patients should not be feeding their cancers like they would feed cotton candy to their grandchildren. As long as this cancer cell can get a regular supply of sugar—or glucose—it lives and thrives longer than it should. Now imagine oncologists getting enlightened and they start to advise their patients to starve the cancer instead of bombing it to smithereens with chemotherapy and radiation treatments all the while feeding the cancer with sugar!

 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/cancer-sugar-strategy-selective-starvation-cancer

 

 

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Jan,

Thank you for the article.

I read it all. I am confused/scared because I eat a lot of fruits. in the morning.

I was told by a naturopath that fruits in the morning are OK because they give you the full we all need to go through the day.

Have you read anything about it?

According to the article fructose also feeds cancer cells; however, it also says to reduce the consumpsion of simple sugars.

I also eat beans at least 3 times per week, since I do not eact anything that comes from animals.

Any thoughts, reflections on the articles?

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Sugar is such a NO-NO and basically comes down to:

CARBS = SUGAR and SUGAR = CANCER

Sugar feeds every cell in our bodies.  Our bodies need glucose, or simple sugars for energy.  Even if you cut every bit of sugar out of your diet your body will make sugar from other sources, protein and fat.   Cancer cells need sugar to grow, just like healthy cells.  

Fruits have sugar, even though it's a "natural" type it still raises our blood sugar levels.  Stick to berries as have the lower amount of sugars.  I can't tell you I'm never eating any fruits, but watch the ones with higher sugar levels.  If you google you'll find a listing of fructose levels in fruits.  As well, carbs such as potatoes, rice, etc, turn to sugars and recommended to limite the carbs.  I very seldom eat any pasta, but instead switch to some kind of vegetable.

There are three things in the diet that can help reduce the amount of insulin produced by the body when you eat sugar and carbs.  They are protein, fat and fiber.  When eaten along with even the simplest sugars, these three items help the body make less insulin in response to simple sugar.  In short, protein, fat and fiber help your body process sugar in a more healthful way.  

I as well avoided animal by products, but finding them to not be harmful.  One way I'm eating is the Paleo Diet ..... Based on eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food goups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era.  --- fresh meats (not commercial but grass fed, free-range) beef, pork, poultry, fish (wild), fresh organic fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts and healthier oils (olive, coconut, avacado flaxseed).  Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of the ancestral menu.

I'm sure not perfect but finding that I feel great and full of energy and thusfar, (knock on wood...my head!) NED almost 4 years.  This works for me and took me 4 years to get it down to my daily routine.    

What type of eating does your naturopath recommend?

Hope you're doing well~

Jan

 

 

 

 

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My Naturopath, with a specialty in oncology has also suggested stay away from sugars.  She suggested the lower sugared fruit.  I do have a book called the Glycemic Index Food by Dr Shari Lieberman.  Great book explains what Jan says about fat, protein and fiber helping curb the impacts of natural sugar

So far it was recommended with the Grass Fed beef  and range free organic chicken/eggs, wild fish (sardines/salmon are great)  She said watch the fish you eat as the larger ones tend to have mercury issues.  As far as dairy if you are having any get it made from grass fed cows or use goats milk yogurt/cheese

some helpful items I have found is to replace organic lettuce to do wraps with fahitas,  tacos and other items.  Works great and is wonderful

use spaghetti squash instead of pasta

I historically haven't been a big meat eater and have used Hemp Seed (organic variety) as it is a great source of protein and has very few carbs and no sugar.  You will find there are other items like that out there,  possibly chia seeds.  Hemp is great to add to anything.

for a smoothie I got the nutri bullet (not the magic bullet) works great, not a juicer.  Pack in the greens,  Kale, spinach, etc... add nuts, hemp seed (good for protein) a few blackberries or rasperries or even strawberries,  not a lot.  I add a tablespoon of goats milk greek yogurt but you could add almond milk.  Now you have a great smoothie and the fiber from the greens is great combo with the small amount of fruit

My naturopath didn't say give up all carbs but limit and pick them wisely.  Like cereal use steel cut oats (organic).  Add healthy items like almond milk, chopped nuts etc.  If bread an organic whole grain and check ingredients to make sure no sugar etc... 

another intersting items she suggested as I was a tostitos freek was Kale chips.  A litle expensive and availabe at Whole foods.  but cuts the craving for junk food and packed with great stuf in it

She did prefer the vitamix/nutra bullet than to a jucier as she is big on the fiber.  However if using a juicer watch the carrots and fruit you put in it.  I tend to only add a green apple or lemon to the greens i Juice. 

 

Jan,  i have my first Naturopath post treatment appt next Friday to go over the blood tests they did to start reviewing how my immune system is functioning.  I will share anything else I learn.  My actual Natropath Dr will be on maternity leave and seeing her partner.  I will see her in August 

I am going to genetic counseling on 6/24,  insurance is all for it.  Has anyone else done this with Uterine Cancer?

 

I apologize for being in the hiding. Has been a bit with treatment and work.  But yesterday had my last brachtherapy treatment and done with all!  now to monitoring and on with things.  In another post I will share what I have learned through the livestrong program I was fortunate to get into for Caner survivors

ttl

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

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Great to see you posting again....just one busy lady.  Happy treatments are ove FINALLY!!  That naturopath should really come in handy at this point, getting you on the right footing with keeping the immune system strong.

When you mention kale chips  from Whole Foods, have you ever made your own?  My daughter found a great recipe to make with coconut oil and salt....excellent taste and very easy.  Let me know as happy to send the recipe.

I've learned to make my smoothies in the blender, per my therapist who's a cancer survivor and trained nutritional cook.  I used a Jack La Lanne juicer but found it to take all the skins, seeds and good parts of the fruits into another bin.  Then I could take the "good parts" and store for use later, but in the end, NEVER DID USE THEM...argh!  So...I'm the blender user and it's great.  The Nutri bullet sounds  sorta similar, am I correct?  Even suggested when I eat "organic" apples, eat the seeds and core parts as loaded with good vits.  Sounds strange, but it's not a lot and easy to chew with the apple.

Oils?  I used to be a huge olive oil user, but found at higher temps it changes and not in a good way  Suggestred I use "refined" Coconut oil for cooking and "unrefinedc" coconut oil for non-heated cooking or olive oil.  Took me a bit of time to get used to this, but it's great and even the family loves the taste.  

Raw cheese?  Ever consider this as non-pastured therefore don't loose as many of the nutrients during the mfg process.  Not cheap but then again I don't eat that much cheese or much dairy at all.

Genetic counseling?  No I've not done this and really hasn't crossed my mind.  Let us know what you find after the appt...sure doesn't hurt, especially when thinking about passing to the younger generation.  

What type of uterine did you end up having....MMMT?  Never heard that last of this story as know it changed from the original diagnosis.

Take care,

Jan

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My naturopath recommends no animal food at all. He is also pro raw. He says that fruits are OK, as long as we eat them on an empty stomach. Fruits should not be eaten with anything else, preferably in the morning. I have been vegan for about a year now. After a finished treatment, 2 years in July, I become vegetarian and then dropped the animal products.

I do not eat consciously anything that has any kind of sweetener, even stevia, agave, honey, etc. However, I do eat strawberries, blueberries, sweat cherries, raspberries and blackberries with my oatmeal every morning. I also add 1/4 of grinded almonds and 1/4 of flaxseeds. I drink 20oz of green loose tea with fresh lemon. Before the oatmeal, I drink a glass of vegetable juice: kale, carrots, chard, celery, green apple, parley and ginger. (I also bought a nutria bullet, so I can consume more fiber).

For lunch, my main dish is a big salad seasoned with olive oil, garlic power, turmeric and sea salt. I do eat some kind of carbs like beans, quinoa or veggie burritos. For dinner, I eat salad again, vegetables, and some kind of carbs. Sometimes, I just have a shake for dinner. I bought this protein powder, vegan, that now comes with stevia which I do not like. However, each serving has 2 gr of sugar. To 8 oz of water I add a scoop of powder, almonds, half of banana, and chia seeds. I guess this is a lot of sugar, especially for eating at night!

I really do not feel comfortable eating animal products at the moment. I feel like I would have to raise my own animals to be able to eat animal products, but I may change my mind later.

About 6 months ago, I visited a naturopath in La Jolla who did a dry blood test. She was able to see and show me my blood cells under the microscope. She told me that my blood had too much carbs and some yeast, and that I needed it to eat and drink alkaline food and water. She also told me that all fruit were acidic. I followed some of her advice: bought alkaline drops and chlorophyll, cut back on mushroom and stopped eating nutritional yeast. However, I could not stop eating fruits.

My blood work has been fine since I became vegan. I just had a chest, pelvis and abdomen CT scan Friday, and it came back with no changes (Thank DOD!). I like what you said about taking you 4 years to adjust to your new life style. I guess we all are working toward finding what makes us feel we are doing what is best for our unique bodies.

I have read before that high protein is not good for our bodies. How does that relate to the paleo diet?

 

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Sorry didn't see your posting until just now.  As most of us know, there's more than one way to skin a cat, so if you have a very qualified naturopath, follow their suggestions.  As I try to do, go with my gut and my past experiences.  Bottom line, get as close to nature as one can with eating, plus grass fed meats and organic veggies, etc.  

You do have a very good diet, just I do eat the grass fed, non-commercial chicken...just can't stomach the red meats.  I can relate to not feeling comfortable with the animal products, as I was there, but after some further research step into the animal products.  Do you ever eat fish...the ones without the mercury?  I'm huge on the Wild caught Alaskan Salmon, sauteed in refined coconut oil with tons of spices and fresh ginger on top.  Gotta love the omega 3's from this type of fish.  

Adding more healthy oils -- olive oil, coconut oil, avacado oil and grapeseed oil would really help your body maintain essential tissues, such as protective layer of your nervous system.  One thing missed with many of us with no meats, B12...

Raw foods?  I do consume quite a lot, but have had to cut back as have some long-term side affects from my radiation.  Sorta hit me like a brick wall end of last year and come to find after tweeking my diet, many of my fresh veggies must be steamed, as too much raw at the same sitting sets me into abdominal pains...not fun!

Protein?  Protein plays many important roles in the body.  It's a fundamental building block, functioning as the structural "skeleton" for cells.  I don't come any way close to a high protein diet, as not what I'm suggesting.  Assuming if you're not eating animal proteins or fish you're getting protein from powder protein and oats?  Consume any nuts or beans or eggs which are loaded with protein?

We all come to the plate with a varied amount of different ideas and really great to read how well you're doing.  Great to read about the latest CT scan results...that's wonderful!  Whatever you're doing, keep it up.

Might want to check this link below (hope you can pull it up) which was a topic started last year on our site.  Has some good insight if nothing else.  

http://csn.cancer.org/node/236731

Hugs,

Jan

 

 

 

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Jan,

As always, thank you for your input. I clicked on the link, and wow, it was like opening a can of worms! LOL

We all are trying to do what we think is bet for our bodies. We are very strong human beings trying to survive in this constantly changing world. The changes we have made in our lives are not easy at all! I cannot help to feel a little upset, jut sometimes, about people who eat whatever they want and do not excersice at all and are very healthy. I am at the point, thank God for the strength, that I feel very comfortable with my new life style. It gets complicated at times, because I stick to my eating style as much as I can. Smile

I click on the linck, and yes it reminded me of the great conversations that have been taking place ever since on this super important topic.

Hugs, Fayard

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Sounds like you're in a good place with your new way of living!!  Each day we wake up, thankfully, and put one foot in front of the other and move along with life.  Life goes on and we as well  must continue forward.  Not easy, but I really try to be optimistic and go with the attitude of NEVER GIVING UP!!!

Must agree with the link, definitely brings back some memories.  I posted this as many of the topics are what I've learned for my way of living today.  

Take care and keep doing what you're doing...

Jan 

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Hi Jan!

You know I have been trying to self educate myself on nutrition with alot of help from you, Mary Ann's numerous posts on this subject and books like the Anti- Cancer book. I am glad you mentioned it has been a four year process for you. I think I am on my way and then I learn something new that forces me to make revisions.Like Fayard mentions I thought all fruit was good. I have gone from eating sugared cereal with whole milk for breakfast to a homemade raspberry smoothie with almond milk, low fat yogurt and a little stevia. When I read this article I was afraid all my efforts to start eating more fruit daily wasn't wasn't that good a move. I was relieved to read your response that berries are okay...phew!

I really appreciate the articles you post along with your input and experience. As I said in a previous post I can't afford a nutritionist so when you, Sharon & Fayard share your experience it is definitely helpful!

Thank you!

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Hi Ladies.  Let's not beat ourselves up if we inadvertently take in more sugar than we knew about!  Even if we cut out all sugars and minimise carbs, the body will make sugar anyway and cancer cells will be the first to gobble it up as their metabolism is faster than normal cells.  If we eat sensibly and healthily, from a wide variety of foods, majoring on fresh ingredients and try to remove refined sugars and processed foods from our diets, we are going a long way to help our bodies.  For me, the aim is to try to manage downbwards the sugar intake into my body to avoid spikes in insulin production.  High sugar intake = peaks of insulin release = not good!

Remember that there is so much information "out there" - much of it conflicting, or written by someone with "an angle", that it can make you stressed just trying to work out the best eating pattern.  Stress = not good for cancer!

I am not saying that the "sugar debate" is not valid - I think it is - I just don't want anyone to have sleepless nights over it!

Helen

 

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For saying what I feel.

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Great insight by all.  Don't know if anyone is beating themselves up, but more about information sharing.  Do agree lots of things out there to read and more about what WE FEEL IS BEST FOR US.  A specialist like a naturopath would be a wonderful first step for many starting.  I'm one to read and gather on my own and as well, learn from you ladies.  

As my grandmother who lived to be 92 yrs, told me  -- EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!!!!  If one day we have an over abundance of the "not so nutritious" foods, the next day get back up and start the good way of eating.  I'm done with beating myself up, as that can be obsessive.  Then as Helen mentioned -- STRESS. NOT GOOD FOR CANCER.  That's an entirely new subject which we can cover later.

In the end, we're all here to help each other~

Hugs,

Jan

 

 

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Absolutely agree with everything you've said Jan - particularly your grandmother's advice!  92 years - what a great innings.

Anyone have any tips for living with a "Type A" personality husband - always on the go, always worrying, always planning ahead for every tiny thing?  Love him dearly but need to find a way to sheild myself from his stress! Smile

Helen

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Yes my grandmother was a very strong lady and must admit the healthful eating I learned from her.  When my daughter was 8 yrs she asked me to make "fried" chicken and I just laughed.  Are you kidding I have no idea, heck I was raised eating unskinned, broiled chicken and fresh broiled veggies.  Funny how we still follow family experiences thru adulthood.

Type A?  Well I'm this type personality and attribute this as part of my cancer diagnosis.....always under the gun by my choosing and always successful throughout my career path with jobs in corporate sales.  Was always catching myself going one way and the other, just to keep moving.  After the cancer treatments, read a lot about stress and cancer....is a correlation.  I battled for a good year to find my place to slow down.  Quite my corp jobs and now work from home, as well learned to slow down with exercise, yoga and meditation.

Don't know if any of us can convince a significant other to "destress" and slow down.  Sounds like an issue for you too.  What I've learned, we can control OURSELVES, but not OTHERS.  With this in mind, I've learned via my yoga and meditation and exercising to destress my body and learn I cannot control others.  I can't say any of this will work for you, but it has worked for me with an "a" type personality husband who owns his own business.  When he gets rolling in the fast lane, attempting to pull me in, I simply tell him I will not jump into your circle and get back to my stuff.  I just can't go on  his side of the fast lane, as I remind myself it's not good for cancer.  Basically I just use what I've learned to slow down and not let them get to me and pull into their cycle.  When are minds are calm its amazing how our bodies are calm and the fast cycles from others around us aren't as effective.

Just my thoughts as to what has helped me, but possibly find what works for you.  I know my limits and just don't go there if I can help it.  Surely others have some insight as well.

Good luck Helen,

Jan

 

 

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Thanks for the help and advice, Jan.  I do try to avoid "rolling in the fast lane" and to stand firm in controlling the pace of things to a speed that is right for me.  Not always easy and it takes a long time to find the lane that is right, but I'm sure we'll get there.

Thank you
Helen

 

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Jan:

This makes so much sense and yet no one really advises you about the effects of sugar.   To confirm the effects of sugar and cancer, take the PET scan for example.   Before the PET Scan, you are given a radioactive isotope in glucose (basically radioactive sugar) because as you indicated cancer likes sugar.   If cancer is present, then during a PET Scan the cancer lights up because it was attracted to the radioactive sugar.

I think a more thorough study should be done.  My concern about "starving" cancer of sugar completely is that the cancer might roam to other parts of the body looking for sugar (but that is my thought only).

As in anything in life, there is a balance that needs to maintain and since we are all individuals our balance needs are all different.  Further, what makes us go out of balance?  

Thank you, Jan, for sharing this article.  I myself have dramatically reduced my sugar intake.   I had lost 30 pounds and had kept it off for over a year but recently (after several weeks of back pain) I have gained 9 pounds without any real changes in my diet, which is concerning for me.

 

Kathy

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