The Trouble With Sugar
March 3rd, 2015 by Admin in advice
It is now common knowledge that cancer thrives on sugar. This information dates as far back as 1966, when Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Otto Warburg, addressed the role of sugar in the spread of cancer. He declared that the prime cause of cancer is in the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal cells by fermentation of sugar (anaerobic respiration). Today many experts agree that there are certain food types that promote cancer, the worst being sugar especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup since fructose is the preferred form of sugar for cancer fermentation. A segment was even aired on the television news program, “60 Minutes”, regarding the cancer-sugar connection.
Many of our campers are aware of this connection prior to coming to Utopia. During orientation they excitedly share with us their achievement of having completely eliminated all sugar from their diet. What really comes as a surprise to them is when we further assist them in identifying all the places where sugar is still hiding in their diet. Eliminating cane sugar was a “no brainer” to them but many of them had turned to what they believed was a natural alternative source such as raw turbinado sugar or agave. What they didn’t realize was that these are sugar’s close cousins! Also found in this family tree are corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose and fructose, all of which cause spikes in blood sugar.
We then discuss the unsuspecting sources of sugar such as those found in breads, ketchup, salad dressing, soups, sauces, mayonnaise, canned foods and fruit drinks. By reading the ingredient labels, you will be just as surprised as our campers were to find that this dangerous white powder is unknowingly consumed at an average of 120 pounds per person each year.
We recommend that our patients use the natural leaf extract, Stevia, as an alternative sweetener. If patients wish to use honey as an alternative sweetener, we advise that it be taken in moderation and it must be only in a raw, unprocessed and organic form.
Our campers understand that this dietary practice is not just to be followed while they are here having treatment or upon returning home but that it is a lifetime commitment.