Sugar Addiction, Cancer and Ill Health – PART III
he effects of sugar on the immune system –
The dreaded “C” word
Yes, the “C” word is cancer. A total of 1,660,290 new cancer cases and 580,350 cancer deaths
are projected to occur in the United States in 2013. Do you know that sugar can cause cancer? I told you in Part II that I would show you how this. Here’s how.
Cancer cells in the body
There are naturally many cancer cells in the body. Some are not harmful. The immune system systematically maintains a balance of health by killing them. There is a constant process of this seeking out, marking them for destruction, then the body sends the troops in to wipe them out. You never know they are there, but they are in everyone, even in infants. But the immune system can be compromised. When this happens, the cell growth is exponential and uncontrollable. That is when the cancer becomes dangerous.
Sugar can be the kiss of death.
When I say sugar is the problem, I mean too much sugar in any form, for sugar comes in many forms. Sugars include: fructose in fruits and some vegetables, refined white sugar, refined white flour products like pizza and pasta that turn rapidly into sugar in the body, the Frankenfood High Fructose Corn Syrup.. Combine sugar with other foods, distill sugar, and it is still sugar.
When you eat, the liver and pancreas and their troops convert food to glucose, the form of sugar which the body recognizes as energy producing nutrients to live. This works only in healthy qualities and quantities that allow the liver and pancreas to do their work of converting the food to glucose. Americans overload these incredible organs with too much sugar for them to function, and there is where poor health wins. Sugar simply overwhelms the organs and makes them inefficient or breaks the healthy functions completely resulting in obesity, diabetes, pain and early death from an assortment of disease. It is so easy, unfortunately.
Cancer cells = lactic acid = more sugar = overwhelmed liver
All cancer cells are basically the same, whether bladder, prostate, breast or brain. They all secrete lactic acid.* When they secrete lactic acid, the body becomes more acidic. When it becomes more acidic, the liver acts quickly to convert this lactic acid to glucose, which is sugar. It is back into sugar form.
Cancer cells are ravenous for sugar, they take 8 times more glucose than other cells. Then they secretes an acid which covers them with a kind of slime which has a cloaking effect, hiding it from cells designed to kill it. The more advanced, the more the liver works full time just to handle and give energy to the cancer itself, abandoning its necessary functions.
The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down the nutrients into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body. So abandoning this vital action and hundreds of other functions it daily performs, the body is harmed by not having the liver doing its full job. This compromises the immune system.
How did you get your “sweet” tooth?
Every human has a natural sweet tooth. Mother’s milk is sweet, far sweeter than cow milk. It is innate to have this sweet tooth for it signals survival to us on a very fundamental, subconscious level.
Sugar, or in particular glucose, is absolutely needed as the basic food for the body. Foods are made into glucose which then is fed to the cells to energize the body’s many functions.
Human DNA was not designed to deal with the amount of carbohydrates* we eat today. For millions of years he evolved being very active as hunter/gatherer. Then for ten thousand years he became a farmer of grains. He made it on this diet, but was still very active. Now he is not active, has a huge intake of carbs his DNA is not designed to handle, and recently the “low fat” scare drove him to an even higher carbohydrate diet. Now America is the most obese country in the world.
The vital role of Insulin*
I talked about this in Part II. You eat sugar. The brain tells the pancreas and liver to go into action. The pancreas then begins to excrete insulin to reduce the sugar and transport the glucose to the cells. Of course you simply gorge yourself on sugars, and insulin begins flowing like Niagara, at least for a while until your sugar utilization mechanisms breaks down creating diabetes. Americans consume a ridiculous amount of sugar every year.
Glucose and Insulin are enormously inflammatory
Both glucose and insulin are highly inflammatory. Inflammation causes damage all over the body, and is the cause of pain. Cancer cells have way more “receptor sites”* than normal cells, and use four times more glucose. This creates a sugar/carbohydrate hunger. On top of this, according to a new study, the pancreas releases a protein called S-catenin, which causes cells to replicate, giving them literal immortality. These cells then, sucking in enormous amounts of glucose, can grow without fear of death like normal cells and can grow totally out of control.
Here comes Cholesterol* to the rescue
Cholesterol gets a bad rap. It is a commonly held belief that it is the “cause” of arteriosclerosis.* Not! Cholesterol circulates in the lymphatic* system as part of the immune system*. It is the first step in making all hormones—testosterone, estrogen, in the endocrine system. Like a fat kid pulling one end of a see-saw down, things get unbalanced – the fat kid being sugar, in this case. The more sugar, the more insulin. This causes the problem.
Cholesterol and Insulin, so what?
Here comes the kicker in this whole obesity gig. The arch villain is not really revealed. When the huge flood tide of glucose hits the liver and pancreas, they frantically work at handling the load. Get the idea of 100 phones ringing at the same time and you are the telephone operator. You can’t take them one at a time or it will all shut down so you try to answer them all at once, which is literally impossible. Insulin enters the blood stream, causes tearing and lesions in the arterial walls. Cholesterol races to the rescue to plug the holes and fix the problem, and begin to fill up the arteries in an attempt to repair.
One reputed cardiologist/vascular surgeon said that every artery he explores looks like they have been scratched by a wire brush. They are inflamed and torn. He says that without sugar this would never happen. He says that these conditions have increased exponentially over the last 30 years directly in proportion to the increase in consumption of sugar, sugar products, high fructose corn syrup and processed foods.
Regardless of what else you do, unless you learn the secret of eating the right foods, sugar can effect your health adversely. I will tell you in the Part IV what different foods do to you, and the show how many are really sugar in disguise, and you will be introduced to the sugar Frankenchild, High Fructose Corn Syrup. Then in Part V, I will show you how to win. We hope that knowing the truth about how to beat sugar addiction will help you understand and change your habits.
Arteriosclerosis: Degenerative changes in the arteries, characterized by thickening of the vessel walls and accumulation of calcium with consequent loss of elasticity and lessened blood flow.
Cancer: A disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. The cells go out of control and metastasize, invading nearby areas and spreading through the body.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of both healthy and unhealthy foods—bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches.
Cholesterol: Cholesterol plays a part in the production of hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, aldosterone and cortisone. Cholesterol, a waxy substance produced by the liver and found in certain foods, is needed to make vitamin D and some hormones, build cell walls, and create bile salts that help you digest fat. Many foods contain it, but actually, your liver produces about 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day, enough cholesterol so that if you never touched another cheese fry, you’d be OK.
Immune System: The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The cells involved are white blood cells.
Lactic Acid: Known as “milk acid”. It is mainly produced in muscle cells and red blood cells. It forms when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy during heavy exercise.
Lymphatic System: The lymph system is the body’s drainage system. It is composed of a network of vessels and small structures called lymph nodes. The lymph vessels convey excess fluid collected from all over the body back into the blood circulation. Along the way, however, these fluids are forced to percolate through the lymph nodes so that they can be filtered. Harmful organisms are trapped and destroyed by the specialized white blood cells, called lymphocytes, that are present in these nodes. Lymphocytes are also added to the lymph that flows out of nodes and back to the bloodstream. The lymph system is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, and lymph vessels that make and move lymph from tissues to the bloodstream. The lymph system is a major part of the body’s immune system.
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are soft, small, round- or bean-shaped structures. They usually cannot be seen or easily felt. They are located in clusters in various parts of the body, such as the neck, armpit, groin, and inside the center of the chest and abdomen. Lymph nodes make immune cells that help the body fight infection. They also filter the lymph fluid and remove foreign material such as bacteria and cancer cells. When bacteria are recognized in the lymph fluid, the lymph nodes make more infection-fighting white blood cells, which causes the nodes to swell. The swollen nodes are sometimes felt in the neck, under the arms, and groin and inside the center of the chest and abdomen. Lymph nodes make immune cells that help the body fight infection. They also filter the lymph fluid and remove foreign material such as bacteria and cancer cells. When bacteria are recognized in the lymph fluid, the lymph nodes make more infection-fighting white blood cells, which causes the nodes to swell. The swollen nodes are sometimes felt in
Receptor Sites: a location on a cell surface where certain molecules, such as enzymes, neurotransmitters, or viruses, attach to interact with cellular components. Locations on a cell that receive nutrients.
Saturated fat: In the past few decades, saturated fat has been blamed for having a causative role in heart disease. However, research has not shown this to be the case. Saturated fats are found in animal products, including meat and whole milk dairy products, as well as certain plant oils like palm, palm kernel and coconut oils. Trans fats are found in the artificially created “hydrogenated” oils used in fast foods and found in solid oils, like vegetable shortening and stick margarine.
Triglycerides: Triglycerides are the form in which the body stores fat (our body fat is mainly made up of triglycerides.) When we talk about someone’s triglyceride level, however, we usually mean the amount of triglycerides that show up in the blood when it is tested. A high triglyceride level is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
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