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It’s the Sugar, Folks March 3, 2013

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It’s the Sugar, Folks

(This is a re-print of an article from the New York Times. Although it does’t mention the connection between sugar and cancer, it ends with this: “We finally have the proof we need for a verdict: sugar is toxic.” Could it be more clear?)

By Mark Bittman, NY Times, Feb. 27, 2013
Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.

A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.

In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does.

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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…)

Sleep Problems and Breast Cancer Connection? December 26, 2009

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It looks like I’ll have to give a bit higher percent credit to my sleep problems as a contributing factor to my breast cancer. I’ve assigned a large percent to my sugar addiction in my younger years and chemicals from all sources, but in this latest article, Olivia Judson informs us of the consequences of a little light in the middle of the night: “Exposure to light in the night has been linked to breast cancer; consistent with this, women who are totally blind have a lower incidence of breast cancer than those who can see even a little bit.” Read her whole article below. (more…)

Sugar–Again! November 5, 2009

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I knew it! Finally I see it in black and white: In the article below, Dr. Maoshing Ni gives more evidence that sugar is a major culprit in the development of breast cancer: ” Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet.
I have felt so much healthier since I kicked the sugar habit! It isn’t exactly a subtle difference, but of course eliminating sugar wasn’t the only change I made, so I haven’t followed the usual scientific method in making this claim, but there’s a lot of evidence pointing to sugar as a major factor in the development of many health problems, including cancer. (more…)

Sugar’s the Main Villain in My Book October 8, 2009

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It’s hard to believe that I’m writing about sugar again, after several earlier posts and more-or-less promising I’d leave the subject alone. I suspected that many of you were tired of hearing about it. But I was happy to read 2 more confirmation recently that there are still plenty of people out there who firmly believe that sugar (especially large amounts of it) is to be avoided if one wants to stay healthy.

As I mentioned before, I have a voracious sweet tooth when I indulge it, and I did indulge it when I was young. However, I cut back considerably during most of my adult years, but until quite recently could still easily binge when temptation overtook me. Apparently, according to my herbal doctor, it took its toll on my body in more ways than one. (more…)

You’ve Gotta Read This… September 25, 2009

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Sorry I haven’t posted anything for quite a while. Here’s something, though, that I really want you all to read. And in case you haven’t seen it, the “Bucket List” is a great movie to catch too!

Grandmother Living Her “Bucket List”

Maggie Rodriguez, CBS News, Sept. 11, 2009

Susie Mann, a 79-year-old grandmother, has always been a bit of a daredevil. She’s gone swimming with sharks, paddled down a foaming river on a raft, and even harnessed herself to a bungee cord for a 400-foot cliff dive over Africa’s Zambezi River. (more…)

To Improve Creativity, Do This! August 21, 2009

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Here is a very interesting concept regarding our use of time, written by John Ortberg. It comes along at a most opportune time, as I’ve been really feeling the need to get away from everything and just didn’t know where to go, can’t really travel at the moment and have plenty to do right here anyway. But still, I feel like I need a vacation–a full retreat into a cool, lushly wooded fragrant forest with ferns all around and the feel of soft natural mulch underfoot. Oh it sounds so inviting!

When I’m afraid I’m spinning my wheels, going through the motions, doing what I need to do, but lacking the spiritual power that makes it all worthwhile, I know a change is needed. That’s how I’m feeling now. I’m missing that peace that comes when you know that every task was given the right balance of time, prayer and focus. Ever feel like that? (more…)

Think About It July 26, 2009

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Thought of the Day
“If you are not happy with your life, you can change it in two ways: either improve the conditions in which you live, or improve your inner spiritual state. The first is not always possible, but the second is.”–Leo Tolsto
“If you are not happy with your life, you can change it in two ways: either improve the conditions in which you live, or improve your inner spiritual state. The first is not always possible, but the second is.”–Leo Tolstoy

Are You Spiritually Healthy? July 25, 2009

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I’ve added a new category “Are You Spiritually Healthy?” and posted several articles and stories there already. There are many more to come on a variety of subjects. Check them out. The first three are: Bamboo, The Magic Mask and The Touch of the Master’s Hand. Click on the titles, read the stories and be uplifted. Don’t forget to come back for more!