Masters of Health Magazine January 2018 - Page 90

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, in his new book, “The Blood Sugar Solution,” insulin resistance is the major cause of ageing and death in the developed and most of the developing world. In fact diabesity, the continuum of health problems ranging from mild insulin resistance and overweight to obesity and diabetes, is the single biggest global health epidemic of our time. Affecting 1.7 billion people worldwide, it is one of the leading causes of heart disease, dementia, cancer and premature death in the world. It is almost entirely caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. This means that it is almost 100% preventable and curable. From 1980 to 2010, childhood obesity has tripled. One in three children is overweight in America and will have diabetes in their lifetime. Childhood obesity will have more impact on the life expectancy of children than all childhood cancers combined.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, sugar also promotes unfriendly bacteria in the gut, which in turn contributes to yeast infections and prevents absorption of much needed nutrients. Sugar depletes the immune system and creates deficiencies. When sugar is consumed, white T-cells actually become immobilized and stick together. The lymphatic system becomes congested. Sore throats are usually the first symptom. Sugar consumption also causes congestion in the sinuses and respiratory system. If sugar consumption does not stop, then lung congestion occurs as the body produces more mucus in an effort to try and eliminate the bacteria. If sugar consumption continues, eventually, plaque builds up in the arteries leading to atherosclerosis.

Refined sugar also feeds cancer cells. Yet, a patient is rarely if ever told to eliminate refined sugar from their diet! Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah were one of the first to discover that sugar "feeds" tumors. The research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences stated that it's been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. “Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth," says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. For more details on this topic, read the article at: article/258920-Cancer-Sugar-Strategy-for-selective-starvation-of-cancer by Dr. Mark Sircus, (27 Feb 2013)

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) causes cancer in a unique way because much of it is contaminated with mercury due to the complex way it is made. High fructose corn syrup causes selenium deficiencies because the mercury in it binds with selenium, driving selenium levels downward. Selenium is crucial for glutathione production and its deficiency in soils correlates mathematically with cancer rates. Selenium and mercury also have a strong affinity to bond with each other.

Dr. Christine Horner says: When it comes to breast cancer, insulin is no friend. One of the biggest reasons is due to the fact that both normal breast cells and cancer cells have insulin receptors on them. When insulin attaches to its receptor, it has the same effect as when estrogen attaches to its receptor: it causes cells to start dividing. The higher your insulin levels are, the faster your breast cells will divide; the faster they divide, the higher your risk of breast cancer is and the faster any existing cancer cells will grow.

There's also another detriment that high insulin levels can inflict. It makes more estrogen available to attach to the estrogen receptors in breast tissue. Insulin regulates how much of the estrogen in your blood is available to attach to estrogen receptors in your breast tissue. When estrogen travels in the blood, it either travels alone seeking an estrogen receptor, or it travels with a partner, a protein binder, that prevents it from attaching to an estrogen receptor. Dr. Horner talks about a 2004 study conducted by Harvard Medical School, which found teenagers who ate high-glycemic foods that increased their