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The Link Between Cancer and Sugar Just Grew Stronger



According to two cancer researchers interviewed by a highly esteemed newspaper, the verdict is in: Eating sugar can cause cancer. For decades, alternative medicine experts have been warning cancer patients to give up sugar. While the traditional medical community at large as well as the mainstream media does not hold to this view, more voices are being raised in concern as research increasingly shows an association between sugar and cancer.

A Mainstream Journalist Investigates the Toxicity of Sugar

One such voice is Gary Taubes, a journalist with The New York Times, whose in-depth investigation exploring the toxic effects of sugar found that it could sometimes induce insulin resistance. This effect is the fundamental problem underlying several maladies and may even be the instigator in many cancers. His scientific sources said if sugar is proven to be the agent causing insulin resistance, “the conclusion is hard to avoid that sugar causes cancer — some cancers, at least.”

Eating Sugar Increases Insulin, Which Feeds Cancer

Sugar appears to wield a two-edged sword. One side of the sword is that its consumption sometimes causes insulin resistance, a state that can cause cancer. The other side of the sword is that sugar causes your body to release insulin, a substance that feeds cancer.

Taubes spoke with Craig Thompson, President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, who explained that the cells of many human cancers are dependent upon insulin to provide them with the fuel they need to grow. Many precancerous cells would not turn into malignant tumors if they were not being affected in such a manner by insulin, notes Thompson. “I have eliminated refined sugar from my diet and eat as little as I possibly can because I believe ultimately it’s something I can do to decrease my risk of cancer,” he says.

The other prominent scientist interviewed by Taubes was Lewis Cantley, director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. Cantley relayed that as much as 80 percent of human cancers are driven by mutations or environmental factors that mimic or enhance the effect of insulin on tumor cells. In describing how he feels about the link between sugar and cancer he simply says, “Sugar scares me.”

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer Continues to Grow Stronger

Taubes’ investigative report was published in 2011, yet the evidence linking sugar with cancer continues to mount. In an August 1, 2013 issue of Cell, scientists studying fruit flies found that a high dietary intake of sugar caused localized tumors to grow aggressively and metastasize. The conclusion was that sugar fueled the activation of malignancies.

In September 2013, a research group of scientists working in tandem from opposite sides of the globe uncovered another fact incriminating sugar with cancer. Their finding builds on the discovery made in 1982 by American doctor Georg F. Springer that a certain sugar molecules are plentiful in cancer cells. Researchers from Singapore and the University of Copenhagen found that these types of sugar molecules are not only present in cancer but they actually aid the growth of malignant cells, causing the cancer to spread faster.

Since scientists are discovering how sugar affects human physiology, the admonitions to avoid it are no longer strictly confined to natural health practitioners. Although most allopathic practitioners currently do not condemn the judicious use of sugar, that stance may change in the future as researchers amass evidence of its toxicity.


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5 responses to “The Link Between Cancer and Sugar Just Grew Stronger”

  1. John Myers says:

    In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg (a chemist) received the Nobel Peace Prize for demonstrating conclusively that sugar was the direct cause of cancer by creating cancer in a petre dish using sugar, yeast (fungus), cell cultures and, and an anaerobic (acidic) solution.
    Some doctors have slowly begun to link cancers with fungus but, few if any have yet to make the sugar connection. It is amazing to me that over 80 years later the medical community still pretends to be baffled by this ridiculous ‘disease’.

  2. Dont says:

    GREAT! my wife and I just started using sugar again, since every other sweetener is proven bad too. so you know what, I’m human, therefore I’m not getting out of this life alive.
    I’m not switching back to anything else, I guess I’m just going to be mortal and live my life and eat sugar. I might as well stop purchasing all supplements from your company since I’m going to die anyway. I’m also canceling my subscription to all of your wonderful news, scare tactics.

    • Mary West says:


      I certainly understand your frustration. Sometimes it seems like everything in the world is had for our health, especially things we enjoy. However, as unhealthy as sugar is, I believe artificial sweeteners are even worse.

      You might want to try using pure raw honey as a sweetener. Pure maple syrup can also be used to sweeter foods. For optimal health, it’s best to save the desserts containing sugar for an occasional treat rather than an everyday indulgence.

      Take care.

    • meg says:

      Try Stevia – I was addicted to sugar – I thought I could never give up sugar – took a week!

  3. Nigel Baatjes says:

    Since 2005 I have actively stopped consuming sugar and read lables for actual added sugar. It took 3 months for the withdrawal symptoms to pass. Since then it’s been easy. It just removes 99.9% of all deserts, cakes, sweets, even cereals, processed foods, etc from my grocery list. It has become a way of life and I don’t need to have it and I see how increasingly difficult it is for people to do a hard stop as I’ve done. I have recently added hfc’s to the list too. Since then I have been reading about all these discoveries and go, ‘eish! I’m glad I’m off that!’ Thanks for putting the warnings out.