You cannot drink from a fire hose. You will get hurt. It’s a matter of too much volume with too much velocity.
This is what we do to our blood sugar level when we eat refined white table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup. We provide way too much glucose too quickly. This creates a vicious blood sugar cycle that dramatically benefits cancer cell growth.
“I have yet to see a patient beat cancer who is not serious about controlling blood glucose through diet” (Beating Cancer with Nutrition, Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS).
Blood sugar (glucose) is obtained from carbohydrates. The term blood sugar is the same as blood glucose. A blood sugar high would mean that the amount of glucose in the blood is much higher than normal and a sugar low would mean that the glucose level in the blood is below normal.
Carbohydrates are the primary source of glucose.
Natural vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains which contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important nutrients are the best source of carbohydrates. As these foods are digested, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream in a slow and steady manner. It takes time to digest natural sugars. The more a carbohydrate is in its natural form (i.e. not processed or refined), the more reluctantly it gives up glucose. The body needs to work harder to digest natural carbohydrates and break them down into usable energy. These carbohydrates are referred to as “slow carbs.”
Carbohydrates can be separated into two main categories: 1) Intact or natural carbohydrates, and 2) processed or refined carbohydrates.
Intact carbohydrates are like time-release capsules of glucose.
Refined carbohydrates are more like injections of glucose.
The digestive system breaks down all carbohydrates in much the same way – it breaks them into single sugar molecules which are small enough to cross into the bloodstream. Glucose enters into the bloodstream molecule by molecule.
Refined table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup have short-chained sugar molecules composed of glucose bonded to fructose. Your digestive enzymes are able to break this bond apart quickly and the glucose can enter the bloodstream immediately. In fact, when you eat refined table sugar, glucose is absorbed directly through the stomach wall and is rapidly released into the bloodstream, almost as quickly as if delivered by syringe.
When glucose is present in the bloodstream, the pancreas kicks into gear and releases insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for causing the cells of the body to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.
The cells of the body can not live without the energy supplied by glucose, and glucose can not enter into the cell without the presence of insulin. Insulin is needed to escort glucose into the cell.
If the bloodstream receives too much glucose too quickly, this rush of glucose alerts the pancreas to release a lot of insulin. The extra insulin causes the glucose to be absorbed quickly and drives down the blood sugar level below normal. You then experience a sugar low.
A sugar low causes you to become tired, mentally fatigued, anxious, and in some cases moody or depressed. To counteract this lethargic feeling, you seek a sugar snack or a soft drink to give yourself an energy boost (sugar boost), but this boost is short-lived.
Suppose you drink a can of soda, it contains 10 teaspoons of table sugar (a 20 oz bottle of soda contains 17 1/4 tsp. worth of sugar). Glucose floods into the blood stream. This causes another rapid spike in blood sugar levels with a corresponding quick and strong increase in insulin. An hour or two after drinking a sugary soft drink, your blood sugar level drops below normal and you feel the need for another energy boost.
Each time you cause your body to experience a sugar high it is as if you had decided to throw an all-you-can-eat banquet for your cancer cells.
Cancer cells have five times as many glucose receptor sites on their surface than healthy cells; therefore, during the sugar highs they are able to gobble up vast amounts of glucose to fuel their growth.
In response to a sugar low, you eat a donut, candy bar, or some other sugar treat. This causes another sugar high. After a while, your blood sugar level drops below normal. Once again you feel weak, tired, and have difficulty concentrating. Time for another sugar-snack pick me up and another sugar high and another all-you-can-eat banquet for cancer cells.
This is a vicious cycle that feeds cancer cells and suppresses the immune cells that attack them.
A sugar high is analogous to drinking from a fire hose – you will get hurt!
Do you really want to feed cancer cells all the glucose they want?