Earlier today I posted a comment on this BBC article. It was one of those comment boxes where you submit your name, location, ph. number and email address and it gets sent off to the BBC’s department of censorship for rejection.
My comment went something like: “It’s nice to finally see some official recognition that sugar is involved in cancer. Governments should redirect the funds they allocate to anti-smoking campaigns towards a campaign to inform people about the dangers of a high-carb diet and to promote a Paleo diet, as a way to prevent the spread of cancer”.
The strange thing is, right now there are no comments at all under that article, and there is no longer any option to comment, so I was wondering what actually happens to them and what the point of asking for comments is.
A while ago I found out. A nice program researcher from the BBC called me and referred to my comment and asked me if I would like to take part in a BBC radio show that is to discuss the ‘tidal wave’ of cancer that is bearing down on us all.The researcher asked me what the Paleo diet was and how I found out about it and, after I explained the basics to her, she said would email me back and let me know if they wanted to talk to me. Well, the radio show is airing as I write this, and I haven’t heard back from the nice researcher lady, so I guess they didn’t like what I had to say. So I’ll just say it here.
Today being World Cancer Day™ the mainstream media broadsheets of late have been devoting an unusual amount of space to warning the public about the dire threat from cancer. We’re told that fourteen million people a year are diagnosed with cancer and that number is predicted to increase to 24 million by 2035.
Chris Wild, the director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, told the BBC: “The global cancer burden is increasing and quite markedly, due predominately to the ageing of the populations and population growth. If we look at the cost of treatment of cancers, it is spiralling out of control, even for the high-income countries. Prevention is absolutely critical and it’s been somewhat neglected.”
I’m pretty sure that most people reading this know someone who has died of cancer in the past 10 years. Personally, I know several people who have died of cancer in the past 5 years. One was a member of my extended family, another was a guy I went to school with, and he hadn’t even reached 40 years old. So I have no problem accepting that cancer is a serious problem in our advanced technological society, I do, however, have a beef with the conclusions that scientists reach about the causes of the cancer pandemic that is knocking at humanity’s door.
The problem seems to be that the advancement in technology over the course of the 20th century was not matched by an advancement in human intelligence. Modern science has developed all sorts of high-tech instruments that enable them to explore and understand the human body in minute detail. Very often, these instruments produce data that, in and of itself, strongly suggests that long-held scientific theories and beliefs need to be reassessed, sometimes radically. But there is one final piece of processing that this information must go through before it can be presented to the public; it must pass through the average modern scientist’s brain, complete with their prejudices, beliefs and perhaps most importantly, the awareness that their future career prospects are greatly influenced by the nature of the research they do and the nature of the conclusions they reach.
Take smoking for example. Despite the fact the decades-long government anti-smoking campaigns have greatly reduced the number of smokers, particularly in Western nations, recent reports state that, not only is cancer on the increase, (with lung cancer the overall second most common after breast cancer but the most common in men) but it is going to increase dramatically, by over 70%, over the next 20 years. On the basis of this data alone, shouldn’t any scientist, or anyone gifted with a scientific mind, at least question the pervasive, propagandistic claim that smoking causes lung cancer? Why, when there is evidence that genetics may play a major role in lung cancer, is smoking still held up as the number one cause? Why, when doctors happily use smokers’ lungs for 50% of lung transplants, and even say that patients that received lungs from smokers had an increased survival rate over those that received lungs from non-smokers, is smoking still held up as the quintessential evil that rots your lungs and gives you cancer?
While still placing smoking at the top of their list of major sources of preventable cancer, the WHO does give a notable mention to another cause of cancer: sugar.
The BBC reports
The globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists.
But then we read:
One of the report’s editors, Dr Bernard Stewart from the University of New South Wales in Australia, said: “In relation to alcohol, for example, we’re all aware of the acute effects, whether it’s car accidents or assaults, but there’s a burden of disease that’s not talked about because it’s simply not recognised, specifically involving cancer. He said there was a similar argument to be had with sugar fuelling obesity, which in turn affected cancer risk.
The WHO appears to have turned the data on the causes of cancer on its head here. It places smoking at the top of the list and sugar way down at the bottom. The WHO (and every mainstream media outlet) appears to be ignoring the fact that sugar may be directly implicated in the growth and metatization of cancer cells. Note above that the only link made between sugar and cancer is via obesity. All human cells use sugar (glucose) for fuel, so cancer cells in that respect are no different. Ideally however, there would be a way to deprive cancer cells their sugary fuel, while still maintain other normal cells in optimal health. As it turns out, there is a way.
If you deprive the normal cells of your body of glucose, they switch to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies. Cancer cells can only survive on glucose, they cannot use ketone bodies as fuel, and in the absence of glucose, they die. Ketone bodies are three different water-soluble, biochemicals that are produced by the liver from fatty acids. The best source of fatty acids is animal fat. The best way to get animal fat into your diet and deny any potential cancer cells the chance to grow, is to follow the Paleo Diet. (If you need to, you’ll lose weight too!)
But sugar isn’t only implicated in the direct fuelling of cancer cells. There is another pandemic of recent decades that is afflicting millions of people around the world, and especially in the West. Diabetes. The diabetes pandemic is directly linked to over-consumption of carbohydrates and sugar (they’re the same thing from your body’s point of view). The average Western diet today is made up of about 70% carbohydrates (glucose/sugar).
Diabetes is the result of eating a diet high in carbohydrates/sugar. People with diabetes have high levels of insulin circulating in their bloodstream. But people who do not have diabetes also have high levels of insulin circulating in their bodies because insulin is designed to remove excess levels of glucose, or carbs, from the bloodstream. Recent research points to a link between high levels of blood insulin and cancer where insulin may be a causative factor in the generation of cancerous cells.
The bottom line appears to be this: there is enough evidence out there already to point to the high carb western diet being implicated in cancer of all types, not to mention the pandemic of diabetes, heart disease and a host of other modern illnesses. Therefore, the amount of carbs that people are eating today is seriously bad for their health and there IS an alternative. It’s the diet that human beings ate for 99% of their evolution: animal meat and fat.
It’s long past time that people looked at the data themselves and came to their own conclusions. Alternatively, we can all wait while scientists quibble, debate and bow down to the dictates of big Agri-business and big government, both of which make millions from keeping people addicted to carbs (being riddled with cancer is just ‘collateral damage), and finally announce that, yet again, the smokers are to blame for everything. While you’re waiting, and munching on your 70% carbs, don’t be surprised if you find yourself among those 20% of men and 17% of women who will contract cancer over the next 20 years.
Best of luck.