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“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…)

Is Sugar a Poison? December 6, 2009

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I just can’t resist this topic! Sugar used to be my happiness, but now I know it was destroying me. Here’s another blog post on the subject:

As many folks around the world fight the battle of the “bulge” and obesity along with the plethora of diseases that go with it, it’s good to know that there are solutions. If one is truly concerned about their health, here’s one item that, if avoided, would likely radically improve their health and reduce their weight at the same time: refined sugar. Most of us already know this. From childhood we were told to limit our sugar intake. Even though we know we shouldn’t eat as much sugar as we do (“did” in my case, as I cut it out over a year ago) the hardest part (even if we  really want to limit our sugar intake) is exercising the will power. If you know it is negatively affecting your health and you got a really good scare or two (breast cancer, in my case), these two factors combined can give you quite a bit of strength to resist the temptations to eat things sweeten with refined sugar. (more…)

Raw Honey and Turmeric to the Rescue! August 12, 2009

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Thought  you might be interested–honey and turmeric seemed to work just fine to shrink my boil and it’s now the size of a fading pimple–no swelling, no redness, no pain or tenderness! It took about a day and a half. I used raw, unfiltered, non-heat-treated mountain honey from Sapa, Vietnam mixed with powdered turmeric to make a paste and applied it to the boil. I covered the goo with a tiny bit of tissue to keep from accidentally touching anything to the potently colorful mixture and thereby reducing the chances of staining clothes, etc. The two nights I used the paste, I also covered the area (on my nose!) with a band-aid to avoid disturbing it or messing up my linens while I slept. (more…)

Oh no! A Boil! August 9, 2009

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What’s the most prominent and humbling place you can think of, where you really wouldn’t want to get a big, red, ugly painful boil? In my opinion, that would be the end of my nose. And yes, that’s where it sits, as I write.

I’ve never been particularly fond of my nose, though there’s really nothing about it to make me complain. In fact, I guess I’ve gotten used to it and haven’t complained about it and its plainness since my youth, but suddenly it’s hard to keep my attention off it. These last few days, I’ve been frequently pulling out my mirror and checking its size, shape and hue, and watching the development of the nasty boil on the end of it. (more…)

Tips on How to Reduce Sugar Intake April 4, 2009

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(I hope you aren’t terribly bored by this topic already, but hopefully, this will be my last post on the subject–at least for now.)

First you have to believe it’s important to reduce your sugar intake. Then the information and tips below will be able to have some effect. I personally wanted to reduce my sugar intake long before I knew I had cancer. I knew I had a sweet tooth and ample evidence in my mouth in the form of fillings, extractions and crowns to prove it! I was a sweets addict from a very early age—no fault of my parents! They tried to raise me right!

For the last, maybe 20 years we have not had white sugar in the house and over the last couple of years (more…)

More Reasons to Limit One’s Intake of Sugars April 3, 2009

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Read my post below for the introduction to this topic!

* Refined sugar lowers your body’s resistance because it’s very easily digested and goes quickly to the bloodstream. This in turn depresses the immune system because, basically‚ vitamin C—required by white blood cells to eliminate germs—competes with glucose for space in the cells, and higher levels of glucose in your blood mean less vitamin C can be absorbed. To put some skin on this: Two teaspoons of refined sugar can lower your resistance by about 25 percent for 4 or 5 hours.A large helping of cake and ice cream renders your white blood cells completely helpless (a 100% decrease in your resistance level) for the same amount of time. (more…)

Giving up Sugar! April 3, 2009

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OK back to my story:

As I said earlier, I began taking herbal medicine less than a week after my diagnosis and was also trying very hard to apply what I’d been reading in the 2 books I had to help in my fight against cancer—“A Cancer Battle Plan” and “Eating Alive”. Both books stressed the importance of good digestion and a healthy immune system. I brisk walked for a minimum of 30 minutes daily and continued my many-years habit of daily taking quality time reading the Bible and other spiritually nourishing material as well as praying earnestly for myself and others.

So, I was now fighting on four fronts: prayer, exercise, diet and herbal medicine.

When I knew my diagnosis was cancer, the full realization hit me (more…)