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Renaming Cancer & Sugar in the News

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This morning I heard a short news clip on the radio. A cancer doc was talking about how there is no need to call all cancer cells cancer. That is, when docs see a patient, there are some cancer cells that they know will not progress. Yet, most of the time, the patient is told they have cancer and it is over-treated. He feels that there are many cases when the patient should be told they have cancer cells, but they will not do anything further. Just keep on eye on them with regular visits. He said there's no need to alarm the patient by diagnosing these cases as "having cancer" and then doing treatment.

Then another topic...the question was posed as to how much sugar is "safe" intake. Another expert responded that, in the lab, even small and moderate amounts of sugar produced cancer in rats. YIKES! (After writing this, I heard yet another radio report that female mice that were fed sugar died twice as frequently than the non-sugar fed.)

Yesterday, I attended a healthy cooking class that was fun and a good learning experience for me. Plus, it's always nice to laugh with others of all ages, both genders, and varied ethnicities.

Wishing all a wonderful day.
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MERRYMARY42 8/16/2013 4:41PM

    I try to eat healthy, and stay away from sweets, and lots of carbs, and I have been succeeding the past 6 to 8 weeks, not sure what convinced me, I guess my ear fungus, which right now seems to be getting better after 18 months, I had read that sugar feeds fungus, my ear doctor said it was different kinds of fungus, but I laid off it just to find out, and I do not have to go back to the doctor for 2 months and I had been going weekly and more often, so I think I know sugar in small quantities or not at all

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/15/2013 10:31AM

    We all have cancer cells in our bodies but the experts think that there is some kind of trigger or switch that turns these cancer cells into cancer. I certainly wish they would find out what that is. I know there is a genetic component.

I don't place a lot of emphasis on lab rat studies, especially related to cancer. There are many studies to confirm that the findings in rats don't translate to humans. That being said I do think that sugar is a tremendous problem. When I was a kid people didn't eat sugar like they do now. We had dessert on special occasions - birthdays, holidays. We didn't eat candy every day. We seldom ate out and every day dinners were fairly healthy. We ate one piece of meat, a small starch, and a vegetable with tea to drink. No soda, no bread, no dessert. Lunches were usually soup, salad, sandwiches or a combination of two of them. No fries. No chips. We ate a lot less sugar and a lot less carbs in general. Now you see people go to buffets and eat what we would have eaten over several days in a single meal.

I would have loved to have gone to that class!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/15/2013 12:07AM

    Yes, I would no more eat sugar today than I would stick a gun to my head. It's just not going to happen!

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STONECOT 8/14/2013 5:52PM

    When i had breast cancer, I was told by the oncology consultant to totally cut sugar from my diet. She said that tumours are always looking for sugar to fuel their rapid growth, to the point of growing their own blood vessels to get the sugar in, and that by having a lot of sugar in the diet, you were making life easier for them. Fortunately, I've never had much of a sweet tooth, and have always avoided sugar to protect my teeth. I am now in remission.

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CATLADY52 8/14/2013 4:34PM

    Some cancers are benign and some aren't. I'll leave that to the experts in the field. I just don't want to be faced with something that will leave me cranky and ill tempered. It isn't fair to rest of my family.

Sugar is one of those pleasures of life that can be bad in large amounts. But so can almost anything. The research is narrowed down so much that they don't have room for any other outcome.

Enjoy your cooking class. Every one learns something. Have fun.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/14/2013 12:59PM

    This is what I know and this is also what Wikipedia says "Cancer cells are cells that grow and divide at an unregulated, quickened pace. Although cancer cells can be quite common in a person they are only malignant when the other cells (particularly natural killer cells) fail to recognize and/or destroy them. In the past a common belief was that cancer cells failed to be recognized and destroyed because of a weakness in the immune system. However, more recent research has shown that the failure to recognize cancer cells is caused by the lack of particular co-stimulated molecules that aid in the way antigens react with lymphocytes. There's more if you want to read it. Here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer
_cell

As for the rats and mice go, I've heard that they aren't necessarily the best test subjects because they are prone to getting cancer as it is. I don't know if that is true or not though.

I think sugar should definitely be limited if not avoided if at all possible. I don't know if it has any role any causing cancer or not but it's certainly not healthy for you. I think high fructose corn syrup is much worse for you than sugar itself though. You should read the wikipedia article on the history of sugar. It's really interesting to read. Here's the link if you want to read it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor
y_of_sugar.

The healthy cooking class sounds like fun and a great way to learn more. I wish they had something like that here.

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PATRICIA441 8/14/2013 11:35AM

  Truthfully, I do not know what to think anymore about foods being good or not. The other day they said it was alright for woman to drink a glass or two of wine every day. Caffeine is alright too with coffee and soda's. So we are wondering how come we have addictive babies to sugar and caffeine when they are getting through their mothers. One day you hear this or that food is alright, the next it is not. Confusing for sure. I can remember my mother saying too much sugar will rot your teeth!! If you read your labels it seems to be in everything. I love lemon pepper as a spice then saw it had sugar in it! No wonder I liked it! I know our youngest daughter had "pre-cancer" cells just before she got married and they did a cervical freeze on her. Eighteen years later she was thought to have another problem but by the grace of God is alright. My DH had prostate cancer and they doctor said he could keep an eye on it as it is a very slow growing cancer but with both of his parents and his one sister dying of cancer he decided to have treatment for it. He has been totally cancer free now for seven years. It is always a difficult decision on what the best way to go is when it comes to cancer. Extremely scary thing!

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NANCY- 8/14/2013 8:03AM

    Gotta love those healthy cooking classes, great way to learn new ideas, tips and tricks.
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LIVINGFREE19 8/14/2013 1:24AM

    Cancer is so scary!

I would love to go to a cooking class!

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ZRIE014 8/14/2013 12:24AM

  life changes everyday

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