Sugar and Cancer

Jul 27, 2017

While more and more clinicians appreciate the role of sugar in promoting insulin resistance, obesity, and heart disease, a much smaller number of these individuals would attribute any blame to its role in cancer.  Yet, epidemiological evidence suggests otherwise.  The data clearly indicates that dietary sugar and refined carbohydrates are significant risk factors for a variety of cancers (1-3.).

By now, most clinicians and dietitians have learned to assess patient lab work with at least some new-found appreciation for those markers of inflammation.  These may range from the highly sensitive C-reactive protein (CRP-hs) to the more general erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or possibly the surrogate marker of renal inflammation, urinary micro albumin. 

In wake of the solstice, summer is here at last!  Whether you’re taking a day trip to the local beach, riding full steam ahead on a cruise liner, or hopping on that big jet plane to explore the vastness of Mother Earth; you may find yourself in need of a few tips on how to travel with Liquid Hope or Nourish.  

“. . . everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms . . . to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

~ Viktor Frankl

As certain as taxes and death, we can anticipate adversity in our lives. No one is sheltered from the vulnerability of being human. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of such adversity.  When it comes to health, quality of life, and longevity, a person’s capacity for resilience is where the rubber meets the road.

A recent Dutch study last month, published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, revealed that those populations with neurodegenerative diseases caused by mitochondrial dysfunction are most often malnourished in at least a few to multiple macro and micronutrients.

As sun season approaches I find there is often a great deal of confusion about which sunscreens are best? Which rays are the most dangerous?  What ingredients may be potentially harmful?

True superfoods would be those that offer much more than a unique antioxidant or polyphenol content, but that also provide an additional foundation of nutrients, and that are compatible with human physiology on multiple levels.  The lack of difficult-to-digest anti-nutrients, and possessing low levels of sugar and polyunsaturated fats are critical characteristics.  The superfood should also be highly supportive of our micro biome and foster the growth of beneficial organisms while inhibiting the growth of potentially pathogenic ones. 

...there are some things that can be offered to patients that can significantly increase the likelihood that a food or foods at any meal are metabolized more favorably.  

There is a growing level of awareness around the increased risk for chronic disease and inflammatory-mediated conditions with sugar consumption. Many Liquid Hope and Nourish customers choose our organic, whole-food enteral formulas for this reason alone.

Last month's investigation into the metabolic effects of chickpea fiber showed that the nutritional powerhouse offers even greater benefits to the intestinal flora...

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