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    Need help with details

    A friend of mine's brother in law has cancer.

    I know there is a link between eating grains and sugar and free radicals causing cancer.

    He also has cravings for sugar, and pigs out on sweets, which is feeding the cancer. He is also on Chemo.

    Is there a link to an existing article on this, or anyone with a decent process explanation of how these thing stick together.

    thanx

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    Cancer cells can only burn glucose, if they burn fats they die (called the Warburg Effect). One approach would be to starve the cancer cells by depriving them of glucose, so a ketogenic diet.

    Vitamin D supports immune function, cellular communication and autophagy - all processes helpful in preventing cancer, not sure about treating it but worth a shot.

    Long chain omega 3s block angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) and halts cancer growth

    Just in general reduce inflammation and stress. Cells become cancerous in response to a hostile environment.

    Some antioxidants like glutathione may be helpful (eat animal foods or supplement cysteine), others like vitamin C also protect cancer cells from chemotherapy.

    His sugar cravings and cancer are likely due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Sugar because his fat metabolism is compromised (can't access stored body fat very well in between meals) and cancer because of the excess ROS causing DNA damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevenhamley View Post
    His sugar cravings and cancer are likely due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Sugar because his fat metabolism is compromised (can't access stored body fat very well in between meals) and cancer because of the excess ROS causing DNA damage.
    I am not doctor, but surely his sugar cravings are due to having cancer? The cancer is surely desperate for sugar to grow?

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    Some cancer cells have genes switched on for fructose transporters, so they can take up fructose from the bloodstream. Normally only the liver takes up fructose from the bloodstream to detox it.

    Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds | Reuters

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...00049-0110.pdf

    As fructose is more damaging to DNA than glucose, with a greater risk of triggering further mutations in tumour cells, its best for him to avoid sucrose (which is 50% fructose) and fructose as much as possible. Plus fructose puts a strain on the liver.

    A low carb diet high in medium-chain fatty acids, e.g. coconut oil, with plenty of fresh vegetables as the only source of carbs is probably the best diet, and will boost the immune system and liver function. Starch is certainly preferable to sugar.
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