Friday, June 8, 2012

Do You Want Sugar With That? Sugar Feeds Cancer. Choosing Healthy Alternatives. Stevia. Xylitol. Chief Cochise. Century's First "Quincy". T.S. “Allison”.

For “Foodie Friday”:

We all have cancer cells in our bodies, it depends what we eat if it will thrive in us.   Death by sugar may not be an overstatement—evidence is mounting that sugar is THE MAJOR FACTOR causing obesity and chronic disease.

Your liver can be damaged by something other than drinking too much alcohol - too much sugar! 

“Watch as Dr. Alan Greene, Dr. Miriam Vos, and Dr. Oz discuss how too much sugar affects your liver in this video.     See this interesting 4+ minute video demonstrating the effect of sugar here”:


Sugar: Addictive Poison?  By Web MD

"Is sugar even worse than we’ve thought? I urge you to watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” (below) an engaging, informative and entertaining video of Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.

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In this 90-minute lecture, you will see a superb speaker present the case against sugar- a case that would make a trial lawyer swoon with admiration. I’ve always been concerned about the negative health effects of sucrose in all its forms (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.), but Dr. Lustig’s presentation on the scientific evidence, as well as the extent of our societal dependence on sugar, has profoundly changed my viewpoint.

He points out that sugar is not just “empty calories” or “high glycemic” (as if that wasn’t bad enough). He correctly points out that the fructose molecules contained in sucrose (table sugar), high fructose corn syrup and other forms of added sugar in processed foods acts as a toxin to the liver when consumed in excess.

Similar to alcohol toxicity, sugar toxicity causes liver damage. The liver toxicity, in turn, fuels the cholesterol abnormalities, insulin resistance, inflammation, high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors that drive the heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics that have skyrocketed during the past few decades.

If the health effects of sugar are equivalent in so many ways to those of chronic alcohol addiction, then how can we justify the daily average intake of 1/3 pound of sugar per man, woman and child in this country?

I admire what Dr. Lustig has accomplished in this presentation. Unfortunately, the societal dependence on sugar is so far advanced that reversing it seems improbable in the near term. Nevertheless, you can protect yourselves from excess sugar in modern processed foods by learning to carefully follow one of the many popular eating strategies that root out added sugars, including my own favorite eating strategy (that I use with most patients) discussed in detail in an earlier series of blog posts.

Thank you, Dr. Lustig for your leadership and a great lecture!"

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Insulin is the Key to the Vast Majority of Chronic Illness, Sugar Feeds Cancer

“I find it somewhat tragic that this is not really new information. The article mentions Otto Warburg, who was the German physician that was awarded a Nobel Prize over 75 years ago for first uncovering cancer cells' massive dependence on sugar as a fuel source.

Yes, you read that correctly. Physicians have been exposed to this information for 75 years, when most of your great grandparents were alive and kicking.

It is reassuring to have Harvard researchers confirm this again, though. But do you think for one moment this will change the clinical protocols for the average oncologist?

Don't hold your breath.

It is just shocking to me that they don't understand this basic fact and integrate it into their treatment program.   Exercise is a powerful way to improve insulin and leptin sensitivity, which helps to keep your fasting blood sugar below the magic 100 level.  My feeling is that you start to dramatically increase your risk for cancer once your fasting blood sugar rises above 100. The higher your blood sugar level the higher your risk of cancer.

Fortunately, you don't have to wait another 75 years to benefit from this information. Just because your physician may be clueless about insulin's influence on cancer doesn't mean you have to be.”     From:


Fructose Intolerance

"Fructose intolerance limits your body's ability to use sugar to create energy. As a result, you can suffer from low blood sugar and experience feelings of irritability and sweating. You may also have vomiting or diarrhea. Without treatment, people with fructose intolerance can risk liver damage, coma, and death."   From Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) 


The Harmful Effects of Sugar and Choosing Healthy Alternatives

(NaturalNews) “Most of us have heard the good advice that we need to eat less sugar - and rightly so. However, despite the numerous warnings by health authorities of the ill effects of sugar, the majority of the population is still consuming sugar on a daily basis in some form or other. "Sugar" is both a broad category and a misleading one. Let's examine it for our health's sake.

We do not have to consume white, refined sugar to be consuming sugar. Sugar includes glucose, fructose (as in fruit sugar), lactose (as in milk), sucrose (as in table sugar), maltose or malts (as in rice malt and honey), jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar), maple syrup, corn syrup, palm sugar (traditionally used in macrobiotic cooking), and the very deceiving organic brown sugar, which is not all that different from white sugar. Even alcohol is a sugar. All of these sugars are problematic in many different ways.

The sugar industry is not in decline and obesity is on the increase. Sugar is a major culprit in the case against obesity. For obese individuals, consuming even a teaspoon of sugar a day would cause metabolic imbalances that contribute to obesity. Sugar is to be avoided, not only by the obese but by healthy individuals.

The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch. With 146 proven reasons why sugar is bad for us, is there perhaps one single reason as to why we might need it? The only interesting thing about sugar is that it tastes good and makes us temporarily feel good. This is an area worth exploring.

Many people really try hard to avoid sugar, and do not sweeten their tea or coffee, yet they crave sugar in some other form, such as chocolates, cakes, ice cream or even fruit - dates and figs. Dates are 99% sugar, in the form of fructose. When a person is in metabolic balance they do not crave sugar. If they do, it is a sign of a metabolic imbalance and it can be corrected without having to consume sugar.
The wonderful thing is that we do not have to give up the sweetness of sugar in order to be healthy; we just need to replace it with better alternatives. While giving up sugar is very difficult, replacing it is now very easy. There are two natural, organic sugar alternatives that are sweet, easy to use and cook with – stevia and xylitol. They may sound like chemicals but they are completely natural and have been proven not only safe but beneficial for our well-being.

The best one to use is Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)   The only thing that deters people using stevia is that it can taste a little bitter in drinks and in some recipes, but this can be overcome by using another wonderful sweetener, called xylitol, in combination with stevia for ideal sugar replacement.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various hardwood trees, like birch. It is a natural, intermediate product that regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of humans and animals, as well as in the metabolism of several plants.
Xylitol is so natural that our bodies produce up to 15 grams of it daily during normal metabolism.

Xylitol looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar - though that is where the similarity ends! While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity.
There are many benefits of using xylitol as a sugar substitute:
* Glycemic index of 7 (sucrose is 60)
* Minimal effect on blood sugar and insulin levels
* Inhibits yeast, including Candida Albicans (It actually helps fight candida)
* Inhibits plaque and dental cavities by 80% (Dentists use it and recommend xylitol toothpaste)
* Retards demineralization, and promotes re-mineralization, of tooth enamel

In its crystalline form, it can replace sugar in cooking, baking, and as a sweetener for beverages. Xylitol is used in chewing gum, mints and hygiene products, such as nasal and mouth washes, because it inhibits bacteria. Unlike many artificial sweeteners, it leaves no unpleasant aftertaste.
Xylitol is formally approved in over 50 countries worldwide. Xylitol has no known toxic levels.”      Complete Article at:


Here are the “146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health”, mentioned in the Natural News article above:        By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.  of LICK THE SUGAR HABIT and LICK THE SUGAR HABIT SUGAR COUNTER.


On This Day:

Apache Chief Cochise dies, Jun 8, 1874:

“Chief Cochise, one of the great leaders of the Apache Indians in their battles with the Anglo-Americans, dies on the Chiricahua reservation in southeastern Arizona.

Little is known of Cochise's early life. By the mid-19th century, he had become a prominent leader of the Chiricahua band of Apache Indians living in southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Like many other Chiricahua Apache, Cochise resented the encroachment of Mexican and American settlers on their traditional lands. Cochise led numerous raids on the settlers living on both sides of the border, and Mexicans and Americans alike began to call for military protection and retribution.

War between the U.S. and Cochise, however, resulted from a misunderstanding. In October 1860, a band of Apache attacked the ranch of an Irish-American named John Ward and kidnapped his adopted son, Felix Tellez. Although Ward had been away at the time of the raid, he believed that Cochise had been the leader of the raiding Apache. Ward demanded that the U.S. Army rescue the kidnapped boy and bring Cochise to justice. The military obliged by dispatching a force under the command of Lieutenant George Bascom. Unaware that they were in any danger, Cochise and many of his top men responded to Bascom's invitation to join him for a night of entertainment at a nearby stage station. When the Apache arrived, Bascom's soldiers arrested them.

Cochise told Bascom that he had not been responsible for the kidnapping of Felix Tellez, but the lieutenant refused to believe him. He ordered Cochise be kept as a hostage until the boy was returned. Cochise would not tolerate being imprisoned unjustly. He used his knife to cut a hole in the tent he was held in and escaped.

During the next decade, Cochise and his warriors increased their raids on American settlements and fought occasional skirmishes with soldiers. Panicked settlers abandoned their homes, and the Apache raids took hundreds of lives and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damages. By 1872, the U.S. was anxious for peace, and the government offered Cochise and his people a huge reservation in the southeastern corner of Arizona Territory if they would cease hostilities. Cochise agreed, saying, "The white man and the Indian are to drink of the same water, eat of the same bread, and be at peace."

The great chief did not have the privilege of enjoying his hard-won peace for long. In 1874, he became seriously ill, possibly with stomach cancer. He died on this day in 1874. That night his warriors painted his body yellow, black, and vermilion, and took him deep into the Dragoon Mountains. They lowered his body and weapons into a rocky crevice, the exact location of which remains unknown. Today, however, that section of the Dragoon Mountains is known as Cochise's Stronghold.

About a decade after Cochise died, Felix Tellez--the boy whose kidnapping had started the war--resurfaced as an Apache-speaking scout for the U.S. Army. He reported that a group of Western Apache, not Cochise, had kidnapped him.”


Forensic evidence captures a murderous father, Jun 8, 1913:

“Two farmers walking near a quarry outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, find two small, dead bodies floating in the water, tied together. Although the bodies were so waterlogged that authorities could barely confirm that they were human, Sydney Smith, the century's first "Quincy," was able to use forensics to help solve the crime.

Smith was at the beginning of his 40-year career and working as an assistant to Professor Harvey Littlejohn at Edinburgh University. The first thing he noticed about the body was the presence of adipocere, a white and hard type of fat. The level of adipocere in the bodies, which takes months to form inside the human body when exposed to water, led Smith to believe that they had been in the quarry somewhere between 18 to 24 months.

The adipocere had preserved the stomachs of the bodies and Smith saw that the children had eaten peas, barley, potatoes, and leeks approximately an hour before they died. Given the seasonal nature of the vegetables, Smith figured that the kids had died at the end of 1911. Most importantly, Smith found an indication that one of the children's shirts had come from the Dysart poorhouse.

With this information, law enforcement officials quickly found the killer. Patrick Higgins, a widower and drunk, had placed his two boys in the Dysart poorhouse in 1910. When he didn't pay the small fees, Higgins was jailed. He eventually took the young boys out of the poorhouse, but they had not been seen since November 1911.

Higgins was arrested and pled temporary insanity at his trial in September 1913. The jury rejected his defense, and, on October 2, 1913, he was hanged.  Sydney Smith went on to be a pioneer in forensic medicine.”


Tropical Storm Allison wreaks havoc, Jun 8, 2001:

“On this day in 2001, Tropical Storm Allison hits Houston, Texas, for the second time in three days. Although Allison never even approached hurricane status, by the time it dissipated in New England a week later, it had killed about 50 people and caused $5 billion in damages.

Allison originated off the coast of Africa on May 21. For the next two weeks it moved across the Atlantic, into the Caribbean and then along the Mexican coast. By the morning of June 6, the storm had winds as high as 60 miles per hour as it hit the Texas coast at Galveston. It battered the region with rain, with Houston getting as much as eight inches. Allison was unusual in that it hovered over the region for several days.

Louisiana and southern Texas were inundated with rain. Baton Rouge received 18 inches over just a couple of days. Some portions of Texas racked up 36 inches by June 11. It was at this time that a weather system moving east from the Rocky Mountains collided with Allison and pushed it to the northeast. By the time Allison moved on, 22 people in Texas and Louisiana had lost their lives.

For the next week, Allison moved slowly up the Atlantic coast, continuing to dump rain in prodigious amounts. Florida attributed nine deaths to the storm as did North Carolina–all as a result of traffic accidents. In Virginia Beach, Virginia, a tree fell on a woman and killed her. Pennsylvania received up to 10 inches of rain and had serious flooding problems. The flood conditions caused a natural gas explosion in an apartment complex in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, killing six people.

Tropical Storm Allison proved that storms need not be particularly strong or fast-moving to be deadly and destructive.”



Yesterday, Misty and I went to get Jay while Ray started working on the left outside of the cargo trailer.  When we had moved the water tank, we also had to move the drain.  So that hole had to be filled with a little screen wire, patched with Bondo, sanded, primed and painted.  You can’t tell there was ever a hole there, now.  Some other places on that side needing touching up, too.  

Jay and I reorganized and vacuumed the grooming room.  I am going to be boarding 2 cats next week, and one, Sadie, is diabetic.  Her ‘Mom’, my SPCA boss Kenya, doesn’t have to give her 2 shots of insulin every day anymore.  She has Sadie’s diabetes under control with a special diet.  So that there will be no chance of her getting into anything that will upset her diabetes, Sadie will be staying in a 4’ x 4’ special two-storey cage while she is here.  Jay and I made room for that. 

The other cat, Candy is a foster cat, and she will be loose in the grooming room most of the time.  If Prime and Candy decide that they want to be friends, Kenya says I can let them play together, as Prime still misses Patches. The lady who was supposed to adopt Prime wanted Candy, too, so if the lady ever gets sorted out from the funeral, they will already be buddies, we hope.

Then Jay mowed the wispies in the grass again, but wearing a face mask because of the dust.  Last night I could hear thunder and saw lightening in the distance.  I hope ‘they’ are right, as it hasn’t started yet, but ‘they’ said we would have rain for the next few days.

1 comment:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Yup, we went and explore Chochise Stronghold when we were out west. Good camping near by too... but for smaller rigs. Ours would have to set on the BLM land nearby, but it's doable.

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard