Monday, October 1, 2007

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My last 2 blogs in September covered the cancer issue (use the archive on the right to view), but now we are in October. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the major media is spreading the word. Look in any national magazine and their October issues will be loaded with information and stories about breast cancer. TV networks will be running specials and articles will pop up in your local paper.

But what kind of awareness will we end up with? Will anyone point out that DECADES ago it was discovered that cancer cells THRIVE on glucose? Will anyone make the connection that the typical American diet is LOADED with foods that turn in to glucose after digestion? Will we see mentions of past studies showing that a low carbohydrate diet can SHRINK cancer cells? I would hope so, but I doubt it.

The American public has not been given the message that for decades scientists have had the data available about the role of glucose in cancer growth, but few have paid attention. The few that HAVE are trying to use that information to develope new drugs. But a drug is not needed to make dietary changes, nor is it needed to spread the word that cancer just loves it when you eat wheat, rice, corn, potatoes, sugary fruits, and high carbohydrate vegetables. All of which we are told to eat multiple servings of every day. People just need facts.

Unfortunately, on my favorite news show "Fox and Friends", the facts on cancer are in short supply. After featuring a group of young people who participated in a cancer awareness ride on the Monday morning show, one of the hosts commented that after all their hard work, they needed to "carbo-load". She then proceeded to hand them all donuts..or, as I will now call them, Sugar Frosted Cancer Rings.


Photo from the USDA website. Snarky comment, me!

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