Monthly Archives: February 2013

Can fruit and fructose cause cancer?

Actor Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed health issues brought on by following an all-fruit diet,1 adopted in preparation to play the character of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film “Jobs,” due out April 19. “First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues. I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying … considering everything.” The “everything” is likely a reference to pancreatic cancer. Even though Jobs consumed a fruitarian diet years before he contracted his pancreatic cancer, there could be some relationship.

     Fructose, a simple sugar found in fruit, is preferentially metabolized to fat in your liver, and eating large amounts has been linked to negative metabolic and endocrine effects. So eating very large amounts – or worse, nothing but fruit– can logically increase your risk of a number of health conditions, from insulin and leptin resistance to cancer. Research has shown that pancreatic tumor cells use fructose, specifically, to divide and proliferate, thus speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the faster spreading cancers; only about four percent of patients can expect to survive five years after their diagnosis.

     Your pancreas contains two types of glands: exocrine glands that produce enzymes that break down fats and proteins, and endocrine glands that make hormones like insulin that regulate sugar in your blood. Steve Jobs died of tumors originating in the endocrine glands, which are among the rarer forms of pancreatic cancer. Insulin production is one of your pancreas’ main functions, used by your body to process blood sugar, and, in the laboratory, insulin promotes the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. There’s reasonable cause to suspect that if your body maintains high levels of insulin, you increase the pancreatic cancer’s ability to survive and grow. In fact, researchers now believe that up to a third of all types of cancers may be caused by diet and lifestyle. So if you want to prevent cancer, or want to treat cancer, it is imperative that you keep your insulin levels as low as possible.

     Tumor cells do thrive on glucose and do not possess the metabolic machinery to burn fat. However, the cells used fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer. Think of this the next time you drink that can of soda containing high fructose corn syrup. Eliminating processed foods, candy and soda with high fructose corn syrup, and replacing it with an all-fruit diet is likely not going to improve your health. Many tend to believe that as long as fruit is natural and raw they can have unlimited quantities without experiencing any adverse metabolic effects. It’s important to consider ALL sources of fructose, and to try to limit your total consumption if you want to optimize your health (15-25 grams/day).

excerpted from : http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/11/all-fruit-diet.aspx

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Natural help for Migraine’s

headacheA study published last year in the medical journal Headache found that nearly half of all people with migraine used complementary therapies. A number of experts from the American Academy of Neurologists believe that traditional medications should only be one piece of the migraine puzzle. These can include some of the following:

     Lifestyle modifications can help lessen triggers (processed foods, caffeine, soft drinks, artificial ingredients and dehydration). Lack of water is not the only trigger. Water can be missing many of the electrolyte trace-minerals if we drink filtered (including tap) or bottled water. Broad-spectrum ionic trace-minerals are needed rather than chelated or colloidal. The latter are molecules that must be digested and therefore need a carbohydrate in the solution to facilitate that process. Ionic minerals can be absorbed right in the mouth. Adding ionic trace-minerals back to the water can restore neural function and hopefully reduce the dehydration more quickly. Visit the website www.supplementcharge.net for more info. Getting enough sleep also reduces the chance for a headache and although exercise can sometimes trigger migraines, studies have shown a reduction if the exercise program targeted at least three sessions per week.

     Vitamins and supplements that have been considered as adjunct therapy for migraines include Butterbur Extract. This needs to have proper extraction methods by the manufacturer to avoid releasing its toxic chemicals. One company that the AAN recommends is a German brand by Weber & Weber. Vitamin B2 found in milk, cheese and leafy green veggies has been shown to be effective. Magnesium also helps to stabilize the brain by reducing the transmissions of the nerve cells. Feverfew has been studied and is considered secondary behind butterbur. Coenzyme Q10 has been considered as a preventive for migraines and like vitamin B2, they work in a similar fashion to stimulate the energy of the cell powerhouses called mitochondria  (deficiencies which have been linked to the development of migraines). Other complementary techniques include acupuncture and biofeedback.

-excerpted in part from Heading off Migraine by Gina Shaw, Neurology Now Jun/Jul 2012

Pretty scary about new engineered salmon

fishA company is trying to railroad through the FDS, Genetically engineered farmed salmon. And they are using an eel type fish DNA to change things. All this will end up in your body when you eat them and since there are no labeling laws, you won’t have a clue as to which are Frankenfish and which are not.

These fish are more carcinogenic, more allergenic, less nutritious, mess up your intestinal flora and can devastate wild salmon if they get out of their holding pens.

Read about the hazards and the company that is pushing the FDA to get their GMO fish approved. http://GMOcriticalupdates.wordpress.com