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Video on Dangers of Sugar (4:23) March 15, 2014

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“Here’s What You Need to Know about the Dangers of Sugar”–a video available on YouTube.

This is a short, but powerful warning for all who are interested in avoiding cancer. It doesn’t go quite far enough to say how important it is to stop consuming all forms of sugar once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, but if those pesky cancer cells have nothing to feed on, it seems very likely that they will starve to death, right?

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Cancer and High-fructose Corn Syrup April 16, 2013

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So, here’s yet another study confirming the connection between the typical American’s (and increasingly, the rest of the world’s) addiction to and unhealthy consumption of artificially sweetened foods and drinks, and one of the worst scourges of the last few decades: cancer. A quote from the article below, “Consumption of high fructose grew rapidly in the U.S. – by 1,000 percent – between 1970 and 1990, about the time the obesity epidemic began in earnest.” fails to add that between 1970 and 1990 is the same time that cancer cases (and deaths) rose rapidly, leveling out in the early ’90s! Is it just a coincidence?? I think not!

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“…Sugar is toxic beyond its calories”–Professor Lustig, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital February 4, 2012

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I was working on some photos for posting on our charity projects website, when my husband alerted me to the article below which is another reaction to the study (reported in “Nature”, a top research journal) referred to in the previous post on this site. The article I included on Feb. 2  is titled: A little sugar  ’is not a problem, but a lot kills – slowly’  . The results of the study led the scientists to propose some practical measures that would help us as a society to wean ourselves from this destructive addiction. In their words, their suggestions are “gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient, thereby moving people away from the concentrated dose.”

Let’s at least consider it. Of course, those who make money from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other sweetening agents will not only vehemently object, but do all they can to sabotage such a course of action, but we’re at a point of crisis and “in my humble opinion” some control needs to be exerted over those who care not for anything but profits.

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Sugar in small doses might be tolerable, but … February 2, 2012

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Thank  you very much Margaret Munro, for the good article on the negative effects of sugar and why it’s so hard to bring this to the attention of the general public. As with most things, moderation is the key. Here’s her article:

A little sugar  ‘is not a problem, but a lot kills – slowly’  

BY MARGARET MUNRO, POSTMEDIA NEWS FEBRUARY 2, 2012
 Sugar is so toxic it should be controlled like alcohol, according to a new report that goes so far as to suggest setting an age limit of 17 years to buy soft drinks.

It points to sugar as a culprit behind many of the world’s major killers – heart disease, cancer and diabetes – that are now a greater health burden than infectious disease. (more…)

“Good Sugars” vs. “Bad Sugars” Do you know the difference? September 21, 2011

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Can’t seem to stay away from this subject–every time I come across an article making the connection between sugar and cancer, I grab it to share with whoever’s interested. I’ve got quite a collection by now!

Check out this article by Leah Zerbe for Yahoo! Health:

The 4 Best and 3 Worst Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen

At this point, it’s common knowledge that high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugar are bad for us. But given all the marketing hype behind different “natural” alternatives, it’s hard to know which ones really are the best sweeteners. Complicating matters, new studies, like one just published in the journal Cancer Research, are finding that fructose, a sugar found in high-fructose corn syrup, agave, honey, and, in small amounts, even in fruit, actually feeds some cancers. But don’t give up apples and oranges, or even honey, based on a single study. “Natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables—things like berries, green apples, grapefruit, kiwi—are needed to feed beneficial microflora in the gut for a healthy immune system,” explains Donna Gates, who led the movement to bring stevia, a natural sweetener, into this country more than a decade ago. “That’s why nature put a little bit of sugar in fruits and vegetables. It keeps the ecosystem alive in us,” she says, adding that the small amounts of fructose in fruits and vegetables are balanced with minerals, vitamins, and other vital nutrients. “Our body reads it differently,” she notes.Fruits and vegetables provide a perfect sugar fix, but when you’re in need of a sweetener to add to iced tea, baked goods, or anything else, make sure you know the difference between the good guys and bad guys of the sweetener world. (Some of the not-so-sweet details could leave you gagging.) (more…)

Vindication! “Is Sugar Toxic?” April 15, 2011

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This is a very long article from NY Times Magazine, but well worth reading if you’d like to understand Gary Taubes’ connection between sugar and cancer. I, personally, am a believer–as you would already know if you’ve read even a few of my posts. In my personal battle against breast cancer, I read and researched the topic endlessly to try to understand the cause of my cancer, as I didn’t fit the typical picture of most cancer victims: I wasn’t overweight, (more…)

New Research Exposes More Sugar Risks November 25, 2010

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Yep! I’m harping on this same old theme again! I still believe my sweet tooth got me into my breast cancer troubles, although the article I’ve included below doesn’t specifically mention cancer. The delightful sweet taste we enjoy when we consume healthy amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables can be perverted by internal and external triggers. If we indulge those desires, i.e. by allowing our sweet tooth to have its way, we can destabilize an otherwise perfectly balanced system. The lack of fiber (which slows down digestion) in soft drinks, fruit drinks & juices, canned fruits, (more…)

It’s Been a While/Mammograms–Just an Option? September 25, 2010

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I’m still here! I fully intend to get back to my blogging one of these days–I’ve heard that quite a few bloggers don’t last very long and I understand the challenge it is to keep it up, but I’m going to keep trying. One of these days, I’m even going to finish my personal cancer story, which I’ve titled “Choosing Cancer”. Don’t hold your breath–it may still be a while.

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist the temptation to post the article I just read in the New York Times called, “Mammograms’ Value in Cancer Fight at Issue”. As I’ve written before, I discovered the tumor in my breast myself and wish I’d never done the mammogram as other means of examining (more…)

Experts: One-third of breast cancer is avoidable March 28, 2010

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By Maria Cheng, AP, Mar 25, 2010

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)–Up to a third of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers at a breast cancer conference said Thursday, renewing debate on a sensitive topic.

While better treatments, early diagnosis and mammogram screenings have dramatically slowed the disease, experts said the focus should now shift to changing behaviors like diet and physical activity. The comments added to a series of findings that lifestyle changes in areas such as smoking, eating, exercise and sun exposure can have a significant effect on all sorts of cancer rates. (more…)

“Is Eating Sugar Really That Bad for Us?” January 30, 2010

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Those of you who read my blog know that I became personally convinced that my sweet tooth played a major role in my breast cancer. I’ve posted quite a few times on this subject already, but have come to accept that there will be no end to it while we continue to tolerate the way the “food” industry both blatantly and insidiously adds more and more sugar (and all kinds of artificial sweeteners, as well) to more and more food products in order to sell more at the expense of the general public’s health.

It’s hard, but it’s not impossible to drastically reduce your sugar intake. I was really a sugar “junkie” even when I knew how bad it was–though I didn’t yet know the cancer connection. This great article, which I’ve shortened a bit, is quoting experts who know their stuff. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, the fairly well-known cofounder of Doctors Without Borders, who also diagnosed his own brain cancer about 15 years ago is definitely someone worth listening to. (more…)