(NaturalHealth365) It is a no-brainer that if you are on the healing journey with breast cancer (or if you want to prevent it), you simply MUST stay away from sugar.
If you are not yet convinced, here are some not-so-sweet facts about the connection between sugar and cancer.
Breast cancer patients need to know
Fact #1: Cancer is designed to consume sugar. In fact, cancer cells have twice as many insulin receptor sites as healthy cells.
Fact #2: Sugar literally “feeds” tumor growth, according to researchers at University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Fact #3: The technology that conventional medicine uses to detect cancer in various parts on the body is based on a PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography), which takes advantage of cancer cells’ voracious appetite for sugar.
Fact #4: Cancer cells can actually be killed through “glucose starvation” (i.e. depriving them of glucose). According to researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, this activates a metabolic communication and amplification loop that ultimately leads to cancer cell death.
Here’s the next step: Because sugar addictions can be a serious health issue
Okay, by now you are convinced. Then the panic sets in. How is giving up sugar possible since sugar is such a staple of the typical American Diet?
If you suffer from “sugar addiction,” you are also not alone in your experience. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The 10-Day Detox Diet, upwards of 70% of the American population suffers from food addiction of some kind, in large part because of not only psychological but also biological dependency on sugar and refined carbs (especially white wheat flour). The American Heart Association attributes 25,000 deaths in the United States and 180,000 deaths worldwide to sugary beverages alone.
It is no wonder that excessive sugar consumption and obesity are both global health problems that can lead to a myriad of health issues including breast cancer.
“Food made with sugar, fat, and salt can be addictive,” Hyman says. “Especially when combined in secret ways the food industry will not share or make public. We are biologically wired to crave these foods and eat as much of them as possible.”
You could also be chemically addicted to sugar as well. One study by Harvard scientists monitored changes in the body overall when subjects were given high-sugar content milkshakes. Not only did blood sugar and insulin levels spike, but certain addiction centers in the brain did as well.
Take The Test: Does this sound like you?
Take a look at what The Definitive Professional Manual of Psychiatric Diagnosis has to say about addiction in general and see if any of these tendencies apply to you:
- You consume the substance in a larger amount and for a longer period of time than normal.
- You have a persistent desire to “quit” but all of your attempts thus far have proven unsuccessful.
- You spend a lot of time and energy obtaining the substance, using the substance or recovering from the substance.
- You continue to use the substance despite your awareness of the corresponding health and other consequences.
- You have a high tolerance for the substance, i.e. you have to consume more and more just to feel “normal” and not go through withdrawal.
- You suffer from characteristic withdrawal symptoms when you do try to quit (for example, headaches, shakiness, flu-like symptoms and a feeling of going through a “healing crisis” in general).
What can you do if you’re addicted to sugar?
The votes are in. Across the board, experts agree that the very best way to kick the sugar habit is to go cold turkey. It’s the same advice given to most addicts of other substances such as alcohol and cocaine.
Help is out there to support you through this transition. You can also substitute natural substances such as plant-based Stevia and sugar substitutes such as Xylitol, which should be used in small amounts.
Ideally, creating a meal plan with plenty of organic protein and fresh veggies is the best way to maintain brain chemistry overall and keep your neurotransmitters in line with your willpower.
Let’s face it, choosing the healing path may be challenging at first, but knowledge about your own body and the workings of your own brain chemistry is empowering and is also the first step in being proactive with prevention.
About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com
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