Diets rich in vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats tend to provide the “power nutrients” that aids in increasing our ability to ﬁght off diseases.
In part one of this article, my goal was to express the importance of good diet and being careful on selecting a diet that sounds “too good to be true.”
Eating habits and nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of many diseases. It has been well documented in the science world. Nutrient dense foods, high quality fats, and ﬁber rich foods helps ﬁght diseases in many ways, the following includes:
*Foods that stimulate the immune system – High quality foods provide vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which stimulate and support our immune system.
* Foods that enhance our body system – Low salt intake improves cell membrane function, which improve nutrient and oxygen entry into our cells. Allergenic foods, such as dairy, wheat, and corn should be eliminated or reduced in meal planning, especially for cancer patients, in order to enhance digestion and assimilation.
*Foods that improve the pH of the biological terrain – Large quantities of meat, especially beef, dairy products, sodas, and reﬁned foods make the “terrain” of the body too acidic, which reduces the amount of oxygen in the tissues. A diet rich in vegetables with a small amount of protein serves in making the tissues more alkaline, therefore enhancing oxygen levels, improves detoxiﬁcation and nutrient delivery into the cells.
*Foods that prevent malnutrition – Studies show that 40% of cancer patients die from malnutrition. Usually it is due to the increased caloric needs of cancer cells, reduced appetite, wrong diet, and side effects of chemotherapy, which often causes nausea and vomiting.
* Foods that help in starving the tumor – Cancer cells are “sugar feeders”. These types of cells are primitive, abnormal cells that cannot get energy from fats and proteins like normal cells in the body. Cancer cells are dependent on simple sugars for fuel. Therefore sugar should be avoided in all cancer treatment programs.
Other than telling you that an individual diet is very important, the main thing I want you to try is to understand the importance of having NO SUGAR in your diet!
Cancer cells love sugar. To help you understand the truth about this, a scientist once told me that he and his colleagues had put all sorts of
chemicals under a microscope with cancer cells to see what would make it grow. He explained to me that when they put sugar on the cancer cells, it replicated immediately.
Most of our patients have had a PET scan by the time they get to us. The medical society understands that cancer takes a liking to sugar but rarely does the oncologist suggest that his/her patient should stop eating it. Did you know that a PET scan works because of a glucose (sugar) solution?
PET stands for positron emission tomography. Before the radiologist carries out the PET scan, a radioactive substance is produced in a cyclotron machine. The radioactive substance is tagged to a natural chemical called glucose or sugar. The tagged glucose is known as a radiotracer. The radiotracer is then inserted into the body via IV.
When the glucose or radiotracer circulates in the blood stream, the cancer cells will recognize the presence of sugar and gobble it up. Once the cancer cells take up the sugar carrier, the radioactive substance is now able to light up the problem areas. Thats how a PET scan works…by introducing sugar into the cells.
This proves that cancer loves sugar.
Many patients have told us that at the time of their diagnosis, they have recognized cravings for a lot of sugary foods.
In part three, I will discuss some general dietary guidelines. Until then, watch your sugar.