Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners – One of the greatest causes of inflammation.
Many of us are familiar with the serious effects of artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and its popular brand AminoSweet™ – reactions include neurological / cognitive disorders, physiological effects from irritability to severe depression, migraines, inflammation, gastrointestinal disorders, skin rashes, allergies, and more. In addition, they are known to trigger, mimic, or cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia and other cognitive disorders.
That said, many are not aware of the unhealthy effects of sugar. Insatiable sugar cravings, usually caused by candida over-growth, are dangerous health saboteurs. Candy, desserts, chocolate, high carbohydrate breads / meals / cereals, are all culprits. Though most of us are concerned about our waistlines, there’s more serious health disorders to avoid. High refined sugar intake has always had a strong correlation to tumor development in cancer patients, now there’s unquestionable evidence that a high sugar diet actually causes inflammation and eventually can “ignite” cancer.
HOW Sugar FEEDS Cancer Cells
Cancer cells uptake sugar at 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells. The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) test is an accurate tool for measuring cancer growth. Malignant tumors, according to 1931 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg, exhibit increased glycolysis in contrast to healthy human cells and will show cancer cell uptake of sugar.
HOW Sugar PRODUCES Cancer Cells
The 2013-2014 Journal of Clinic Investigation released results of an in-vitro study that analyzed the results of increased sugar uptake and oncogenesis (cancer creation). The results demonstrated that increased glucose uptake had a direct and positive correlation to inflammation and the early phases of cancer cell production.
One of the crucial mechanisms through which cancer is promoted through sugar is mitochondrial dysfunction – sugar burns very differently than fat, which generates free- radicals. When free-radicals damage cell mitochondria, the nuclear DNA, cell membranes are also affected, leading to protein impairment. Cancer is essentially caused by replication of genetically-mutated cells. Mitosis is the means through which cells divide and promote tissue growth. When the process of apoptosis (cell death) begins to break down, cancer occurs.
Naturally-Occurring vs. Refined Sugars
The above study takes into account the difference between refined sugar and naturally-occurring sugars. Refined sugars include table sugar and high fructose corn syrup that are absorbed when consuming processed foods, sodas, and baked desserts, namely added sugar. Naturally-occurring sugars in fruits are deemed less harmful, regardless of their glycemic index.
A 1985 study on sugar and the risk of large bowel cancer found that patients with high intakes of sugar were more predisposed to the development of cancer than patients with lower intakes.
Spinning Your Odds for Cancer
Sugar is related to a multitude of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, immobility, elevated triglycerides, inflammation, candida yeast over-growth, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Cutting out refined sugars and processed foods is a good start to decreasing inflammation and your risk of cancer cell growth, as well as those other disorders and diseases.
I created the cookbook and instructional videos because so many of my patients were un-inspired, un-motivated or downright intimidated in their kitchen when it came to finding tasty, easy recipes for their health maladies, particularly the underlying inflammation. More and more each day I was asked how I can travel and eat out, cook and eat gourmet food yet not induce inflammation and all the disorders that ensue as a result like fibromyalgia, arthritis, gout, diabetes, gluten-intolerance, candida, etc.
My motivation was seeing the positive results in myself and my patients when specific dietary modifications are made. I knew it was time to get my Cooking Institute in full gear and we began to work on the project that I’d personally began more than fifteen years ago…putting my well-researched time-tested proven anti-inflammatory recipes in print and video. I live what I teach, and all my cooking has paid off because I’m free of inflammation and happily have a more satisfying and healthy quality of life than I’ve ever had…food IS my medicine, and it CAN be yours as well!
Since there are only 24 hours in a day (although I constantly try to find a way to get more but haven’t succeeded…will let you know when I do)! I subsequently launched the Cooking Institute division under my Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation. In addition to me taking your hand in the kitchen and guiding you to wellness, we’ll have guest chefs sharing some of their “secrets” to successfully cooking for clients with food allergies, inflammation and some regional favorites adapted to be anti-inflammatory.
Update on My Patient Consulting: Many have asked if I continue to consult with patients worldwide via telephone and email, the answer is definitely, YES. I also continue to write and publish (this is my 29th book) …AND…I’m determined in my 72nd year not to slow down – I figure that way old-age never catches me!
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